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State of the Program for August 28th, 2020
 
In the News

Bans: Field of the Dead, once suspended, and then not suspended, was put on to the Historic banned list this week.  For full reasoning, you can check here

Zendikar Rising: A trailer came out this week, MaRo added stuff to his blogatog site with little hints at what we will see, a couple of Planeswalkers were spoiled and spoilers should be starting soon for the next set.

Commander ProductsCommander Collection Green was revealed during the last CommandFest.  We also got a sneak peek at Commander Legends. 

Supreme Draft: I don't play limited so Supreme Draft is not a thing that seems to be for me, but if you're looking for (and this is what I understand it to be) a solo drafting experience where you take two cards per pack, this might be for you. Check out the information here.

Trade Requests:  Recently some high level streamers have had their games disrupted by people spamming their opponents with trade requests.  This can now be blocked from the trade request window. 

New Survey: A new survey is out, but WotC doesn't really care about me, a person that hits the other box and then types in Mercadia as a play that I would like to see a return to.  You can take the survey here.

Organized Play Update:  I do not know what is going on here, other than I no longer feel like Wizards wants a person like me to continue to chase their brass ring. My eyes kinda glazed over at it, so if you're interested in the adventures of the MPL and Rivals, go here
 

The Timeline

This is a list of things we have been promised, or we just want to see coming back. Another good source for dates and times is the calendar and the weekly blog, while the best source for known bugs is the bug blog which appears sporadically on MTGO.com. Not listed, but important: Wizards offers either one or two online MCQs each weekend, with qualifiers for limited MCQs running the days immediately prior to the MCQ.
 
Upcoming Events
Dates
Scheduled Downtimes
Unknown
Constructed Leagues End
September 16, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
September 17, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
Unknown
Ikoria Redemption Guarantee
July 29, 2020 Ends September 2nd 2020
Core Set 2021 Redemption
Starts July 22, 2020
Zendikar Rising
Fourth Quarter 2020
2018 Magic Online Championship Series and other events
Complete details, including schedule, rules, and which online events qualify you for which online or paper events is here. In addition, Wizards will be offering these special formats:

Showcase Qualifier Weekend:  Saturday - Modern Sunday - Legacy
 
Magic Online Format Challenges
These are high stakes events that happen every weekend. They cost 25 Tix / 250 play points, and last a number of rounds based on participation (assume 5-8), plus a single elimination Top 8. Details, including prize payouts, are here. Start times are:

TIME (PT) SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m.   Vintage Challenge
2:00 a.m. Pauper Challenge  
4:00 a.m. Legacy Challenge Modern Challenge
6:00 a.m. Standard Challenge Pioneer Challenge
8:00 a.m. Modern Challenge Legacy Challenge
10:00 a.m. Vintage Challenge Pauper Challenge
2:00 p.m. Pioneer Challenge Standard Challenge
 
 



Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:

Historic:

Legacy:

Modern:

Pauper:

Pioneer:

Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

The Winner's Circle is where I will recognize winners of the past events on MTGO.  Well, it normally does.  This week Wizards of the Coast did not publish the winners of the weekend challenges and stuff, and as much as I love recognizing other people's accomplishments, I am not down to type up a bunch of names that went 5-0 this week!

Around the Web

MTGOTraders YouTube:  Did you know that MTGOTraders.com has a YouTube page with videos added Monday, Wednesday and Friday?  Well if not, now you do, and you can find it here

Card Prices
Note: all my prices come from the fine folks at MTGOTraders.com. These are retail prices, and generally the price of the lowest priced, actively traded version. (Prices for some rare promo versions are not updated when not in stock, so I skip those.) You can get these cards at MTGOTraders.com web store, or from their bots: MTGOTradersBot(#) (they have bots 1-10), CardCaddy and CardWareHouse, or sell cards to MTGOTradersBuyBot(#) (they have buybots 1-4). I have bought cards from MTGOTraders for a decade and a half now, and have never been overcharged or disappointed.
 
Standard Staples: Lurrus of the Dream Den has entered the list.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $29.54 $28.56 $0.98 3%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $5.52 $5.53 ($0.01) 0%
Questing Beast $8.37 $8.41 ($0.04) 0%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.43 $6.45 ($0.02) 0%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.82 $5.88 ($0.06) -1%
Assassin's Trophy $7.54 $7.21 $0.33 5%
Fiend Artisan $9.44 $10.68 ($1.24) -12%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $6.34 $6.32 $0.02 0%
General Kudro of Drannith $15.20 $16.77 ($1.57) -9%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $7.80 $7.87 ($0.07) -1%
Luminous Broodmoth $5.37 $5.30 $0.07 1%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $15.14 $15.53 ($0.39) -3%
Shark Typhoon $21.21 $16.31 $4.90 30%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $5.83


Chandra, Awakened Inferno $11.89 $12.35 ($0.46) -4%
Leyline of the Void $4.95 $5.35 ($0.40) -7%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $9.02 $10.55 ($1.53) -15%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.46 $6.28 $0.18 3%
Elvish Reclaimer $10.22 $10.43 ($0.21) -2%
Teferi, Master of Time $18.31 $20.27 ($1.96) -10%
Terror of the Peaks $7.80 $7.74 $0.06 1%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $8.67 $9.70 ($1.03) -11%
Elder Gargaroth $41.35 $31.26 $10.09 32%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper 7.99 7.59 $0.40 5%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath 71.3 72.09 ($0.79) -1%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 11.44 10.42 $1.02 10%
Klothys, God of Destiny 12.57 12.28 $0.29 2%
Finale of Devastation 8.75 8.24 $0.51 6%
Karn, the Great Creator 37.65 39.3 ($1.65) -4%
Dreadhorde Arcanist 12.15 12.28 ($0.13) -1%
Blast Zone 12.76 12.16 $0.60 5%
Modern Staples: Magus of the Moon came off the list.  Cryptic Command is also gone. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $6.89 $7.74 ($0.85) -11%
Cavern of Souls $22.78 $24.90 ($2.12) -9%
Mishra's Bauble $9.31 $7.98 $1.33 17%
Aether Vial $19.53 $22.63 ($3.10) -14%
Horizon Canopy $8.97 $8.66 $0.31 4%
Tarmogoyf $9.34 $9.03 $0.31 3%
Liliana of the Veil $14.63 $13.81 $0.82 6%
Polluted Delta $10.19 $8.32 $1.87 22%
Wooded Foothills $7.36 $7.30 $0.06 1%
Flooded Strand $5.13 $5.03 $0.10 2%
Bloodstained Mire $11.05 $9.91 $1.14 12%
Windswept Heath $5.29 $4.74 $0.55 12%
Thoughtseize $10.97 $11.56 ($0.59) -5%
Field of the Dead $12.67 $10.18 $2.49 24%
Force of Negation $89.59 $88.99 $0.60 1%
Wrenn and Six $73.42 $69.42 $4.00 6%
Prismatic Vista $13.46 $11.35 $2.11 19%
Sunbaked Canyon $16.54 $16.77 ($0.23) -1%
Seasoned Pyromancer $50.51 $41.39 $9.12 22%
Fiery Islet $14.25 $13.80 $0.45 3%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $11.86 $12.28 ($0.42) -3%
Plague Engineer $16.72 $14.06 $2.66 19%
Force of Vigor $12.31 $12.09 $0.22 2%
Collector Ouphe $7.05 $6.93 $0.12 2%
Nurturing Peatland $6.60 $7.48 ($0.88) -12%
Ice-Fang Coatl $9.33 $9.09 $0.24 3%
Giver of Runes $6.99 $6.10 $0.89 15%
Flusterstorm $6.28 $6.30 ($0.02) 0%
Chalice of the Void $15.99 $16.28 ($0.29) -2%
Karn Liberated $5.64 $5.50 $0.14 3%
Surgical Extraction $15.22 $13.65 $1.57 12%
Dismember $5.69 $6.13 ($0.44) -7%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $4.09 $5.67 ($1.58) -28%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.21 $8.99 $0.22 2%
Gemstone Mine $9.39 $11.14 ($1.75) -16%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.66 $8.78 ($0.12) -1%
Scalding Tarn $14.96 $15.96 ($1.00) -6%
Verdant Catacombs $15.46 $15.35 $0.11 1%
Misty Rainforest $14.42 $16.75 ($2.33) -14%
Arid Mesa $6.64 $7.30 ($0.66) -9%
Marsh Flats $4.09 $4.29 ($0.20) -5%
Eternal StaplesShow and Tell and shown and told all it could, and is gone. 
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $5.76 $6.06 ($0.30) -5%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $20.79 $20.94 ($0.15) -1%
City of Traitors $25.09 $25.40 ($0.31) -1%
Monastery Mentor $6.23 $6.50 ($0.27) -4%
Force of Will $42.99 $43.60 ($0.61) -1%
Karakas $5.67 $5.69 ($0.02) 0%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $21.88 $20.96 $0.92 4%
Land Tax $10.77 $12.84 ($2.07) -16%
Demonic Tutor $6.44 $6.44 $0.00 0%
Unmask $6.36 $6.50 ($0.14) -2%
Misdirection $17.30 $18.56 ($1.26) -7%
Rishadan Port $5.78 $5.75 $0.03 1%
Entomb $5.46 $6.23 ($0.77) -12%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $65.28 $62.48 $2.80 4%
Mox Opal $5.33 $5.10 $0.23 5%
Mox Diamond $19.86 $19.12 $0.74 4%
Grindstone $10.52 $12.56 ($2.04) -16%
Wasteland $31.86 $30.24 $1.62 5%
Ancient Tomb $21.56 $20.97 $0.59 3%
Lotus Petal $16.29 $21.79 ($5.50) -25%
Earthcraft $5.61 $5.76 ($0.15) -3%
Academy Rector $11.54 $11.07 $0.47 4%
Grim Monolith $13.44 $14.09 ($0.65) -5%
Exploration $13.62 $15.98 ($2.36) -15%
Gaea's Cradle $21.42 $22.27 ($0.85) -4%
Carpet of Flowers $37.99 $39.70 ($1.71) -4%
Gilded Drake $13.86 $16.26 ($2.40) -15%
Black Lotus $11.21 $10.26 $0.95 9%
Tropical Island $7.67 $9.65 ($1.98) -21%
Volcanic Island $8.76 $12.84 ($4.08) -32%
Underground Sea $9.90 $9.59 $0.31 3%
Sol Ring $7.78 $7.23 $0.55 8%
Null Rod $7.38 $8.64 ($1.26) -15%
Doomsday $9.01 $8.12 $0.89 11%
Mindbreak Trap $9.87 $8.61 $1.26 15%
Pioneer StaplesEmrakul, the Promised End has come off the list.  Mutavault wasn't activated enough times in the past and also fell off.
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $10.70 $11.35 ($0.65) -6%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.76 $7.72 $0.04 1%
Collected Company $12.72 $11.96 $0.76 6%
Liliana, the Last Hope $8.83 $9.10 ($0.27) -3%
Collective Brutality $11.75 $8.50 $3.25 38%
Breeding Pool $2.11 $2.92 ($0.81) -28%
Stomping Ground $3.34 $3.49 ($0.15) -4%
Godless Shrine $1.40 $1.34 $0.06 4%
Sacred Foundry $0.78 $1.07 ($0.29) -27%
Watery Grave $0.70 $0.50 $0.20 40%
Mana Confluence $7.27 $8.33 ($1.06) -13%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.38 $10.42 ($1.04) -10%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $5.76 $6.13 ($0.37) -6%
Thought-Knot Seer $9.08 $7.85 $1.23 16%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $5.67 $6.03 ($0.36) -6%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $6.67 $18.94 ($12.27) -65%
Rest in Peace $5.85 $5.10 $0.75 15%
Hallowed Fountain $1.57 $2.78 ($1.21) -44%
Steam Vents $1.94 $2.32 ($0.38) -16%
Blood Crypt $1.93 $2.67 ($0.74) -28%
Overgrown Tomb $0.78 $1.00 ($0.22) -22%
Temple Garden $0.75 $0.61 $0.14 23%
Teferi, Time Raveler 34.04 34.17 ($0.13) 0%
Standard Legal Sets: This table tracks the cost of a single copy of every card in each Standard legal set, plus Treasure Chests and the current booster pack. I’ll keep tracking these because they are interesting (at least to me).  This is being kept as a small tribute to Pete!
Complete Set Price Last Week Change % Change
Core Set 2020 $187.12 $185.75 $1.37 1%
Core Set 2021 $131.50 $126.22 $5.28 4%
Core Set 2021 Booster $3.28 $3.04 $0.24 8%
Guilds of Ravnica $42.64 $43.04 ($0.40) -1%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $122.44 $120.89 $1.55 1%
Modern Horizons $395.50 $372.56 $22.94 6%
Ravnica Allegiances $57.37 $60.08 ($2.71) -5%
Theros Beyond Death $141.84 $139.45 $2.39 2%
Throne of Eldraine $156.08 $153.99 $2.09 1%
Treasure Chest $2.38 $2.42 ($0.04) -2%
War of the Spark $150.23 $152.30 ($2.07) -1%
Double Masters $145.09 $156.99 ($11.90) -8%


The Good Stuff
The following is a list of all the non-foil, non-promo cards on MTGO that retail for more than $25 per card. These are the big ticket items in the world of MTGO.  The list is interesting, at the least. This is interesting to me because a lot of these cards have been reprinted more than once, and they are still commanding a high price. 

Black Lotus 1E Rare 215.7
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 108.8
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 101.13
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 89.59
Mox Jet 1E Rare 76.97
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 75.38
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 74.89
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 73.42
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 73.35
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 71.3
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 70.71
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 65.78
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 65.28
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 63.2
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 60.09
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 59.08
Time Walk 1E Rare 55.29
Karakas UBT Mythic 53.69
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 51.42
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 50.51
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 48.37
Timetwister 1E Rare 44.48
Force of Will MED Rare 42.99
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 41.65
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic 41.35
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 37.99
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 37.65
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.91
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 35.14
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 34.34
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 34.04
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 32.23
Wasteland TE Uncommon 31.86
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 31.52
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.17
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic 29.96
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 29.54
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 28.83
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 28.05
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 27.63
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 27.04
Force of Will EMA Mythic 26.8
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 26.79
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 25.91
Tuvasa the Sunlit PZ2 Mythic 25.71
Force of Will VMA Rare 25.44
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.35
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic 25.33
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 25.28
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.27
City of Traitors EX Rare 25.09
The big number is the retail price of a playset (4 copies) of every card available on MTGO. Assuming you bought the least expensive versions available, the cost of owning a playset of every card on MTGO is approximately a number that I cannot figure out still. I have actually asked Pete to do this for me, because Open Office is weird, and I have no idea what I am doing, and I am pretty close to just being a dog in a labcoat.

 
In Closing

Prices were done Wednesday night, while I was watching NXT.  New season of Fortnite started, and I am playing that and just a ton of Magic.  Enjoying stuff right now. 

This series is an ongoing tribute to Erik “Hamtastic” Friborg.