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State of the Program for August 2nd, 2019
 
In the News

Mythic Championship IV Winner Crowned:  Congrats to Thoralf Severin who outlasted 500 or so other players in a field full of Hogaak and Leyline of the Void with Tron.  Alvaro Fernandez Torres was in the finals, who was on Hardened Scales Affinity. 

Red Bull Untapped:  A soft drink that gives you wings is holding a Magic tournament for reasons I don't really understand, but they shared the top eight finalists with the world recently. Headlined by 2018 World Champion, Javier Dominguez, these eight players are getting together to battle it out for 60000 dollars.  You can see the competitors here, and watch the action here.  The article doesn't say when they are playing, so it might be going on now, or tomorrow, or maybe next year.  I have no idea! 

MPL Bracket Play:  The MPL is split in to 8 player brackets that will play round robin matches, and the top four will have a play off to determine the winner of each group.  Each division will get a featured week.  You can watch that on twitch.  You can read about it more here

Modern Horizons getting Extra Time:  The end date of Modern Horizons events has been pushed back from the 14th of August to the 28th of August.  Go play some sealed and maybe crack a Wrenn and Six!


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
August 14th, 2019
Constructed Leagues End
September 25, 2019
Sealed Leagues End
September 30, 2019
Next B&R Announcement
August 26, 2019

 
Modern Horizons Ends
August 28th, 2019
Throne of Eldraine
September 2019
“Baseball”
January, 2020
“Cricket”
Spring, 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:
 
M20 Sealed MCQ - August 18, 2019
Pauper MCQ - August 24, 2019
Standard MCQ - August 31, 2019
Modern MCQ - September 1, 2019
M20 Sealed MCQ - September 2, 2019.

All of the above qualify for Richmond. 

Limited MOCS - August 3, 2019
Standard MCQ - August 4, 2019
 
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:
 
Event Type
Start Time
Saturday, 8:00 am PT 
Saturday, 10:00 am PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT
 
The Hot Take Corner

I may need to outsource the opinion section.  As a person with agoraphobia, a lot of stuff really doesn't apply to me anymore.  The new Judge Academy?  Level 1 judge Joshua would have hated it, but the dude afraid of the outside who let his membership lapse?  He really does not have any strong opinions.  I don't feel it's great.  I've talked about it on twitter, but my feelings aren't strong enough to actually sit down and put words to website over it. 

The lack of communication about organized play and what its future might hold?  Doesn't matter to me, I no longer play in MCQs or have the dreams of the Pro Tour or Mythic Champion or whatever.  It sure would be nice if WotC would say something and help my friends out, but no strong feelings.  What about the MPL?  Did it achieve its goals for WotC or will changes be happening with it?  Will digital MCs ever have an audience?  It feels weird to embrace esports, but do it so haphazardly. 

I very much feel like the Neutrals from Futurama right now.   I have no strong feelings one way or the other.  Have I outgrown Magic?  Maybe, I still play an awful lot.  I stream, I interact with the game, but it's on different terms now. I would never go to a Magic Fest to actually play in the main event anymore, but to hang out with friends and maybe do a few side events. 

I know things are doing well for Magic, and that is exciting, but I also feel like I'm leaving it behind as I try to figure out what role it has in my life going forward.  I love the management work here at Pure, and can't imagine my life without the game, or the great writers and fans of the site, so leaving Magic is never been a thing I seriously considered. 

A thing I have seriously considered?  Opening MTGO and playing some commander. That's always great! 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:
Looking at this deck, and my collection on MTGO and I sure wish that there were alternate art versions of every Planeswalker. The anime walkers are great, even if a bit expensive, but it is nice to have something a bit different. I truly wish that Wizards of the Coast had printed the stained glass walkers. With an actual stained glass style treatment. Would have been a heck of a Mythic Edition.


Legacy:
This deck to me is needlessly complicated. It may not actually be, as it seems that putting Vampire Hexmage in to play with Dark Depths as quickly as possible. I played this a while back when the format was a lot more affordable, and ran the ole spicy 0-5. The deck just never seemed to click for me.
Modern:
For sure need to show off the winner of the most recent Mythic Championship, even if the deck is as old as time.


Pauper:  Goblins got a heck of a boost with the recent unification of the format. Goblin Grenade is a heck of a Magic card.  I still wish that WotC would have left Sinkhole alone, even if just for one legality cycle.  I would have loved it. 

Vintage:
I am probably retiring weekly Vintage coverage, because I feel like I have highlighted the most played decks. I may replace it with Brawl decks, or something. Enjoy this BUG list though!



 
Winner's Circle

The Winner's Circle is where I will recognize winners of the past events on MTGO.

Pauper Challenge:  Heisen01 won with Jeskai Astrolabe
Modern MCQ:  rastaf won with Hogaak
Legacy Challenge:  astrozombie took first place with UW Stoneblade
Sealed MCQ:  Tetsubou qualified in sealed play. 
Vintage Challenge:  swiftwarkite won with Dredge
Modern Challenge:  JMM rose to the top with Izzet Phoenix
 

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

Monday:  Alex Ullman broke down the recent Pauper Challenge.
Tuesday:  The Goblin Lore Podcast spoke with Chase about mental health in a two part episode. 
Wednesday:  Tournament reports are fun, tournament reports where Burger King has issues are even more fun.  Check out LSV's winning report.
Thursday:  To toot my own creative horn, I am messing around with different content ideas for Legitmtg.

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: Cavalier of Gales enters the list for the first time in a while.  Cards that are soon to be rotated are still depressed, and I have noticed that cards out of the oldest legal sets come the fall have started to settle down as well.  Outside of a couple of cards from War of the Spark, Standard seems to be pretty affordable right now. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Arclight Phoenix $25.90 $24.33 $1.57 6%
Teferi, Time Raveler $22.19 $21.13 $1.06 5%
Hydroid Krasis $14.99 $15.54 ($0.55) -4%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $9.41 $11.20 ($1.79) -16%
Prime Speaker Vannifer $4.65 $5.44 ($0.79) -15%
Seraph of the Scales $5.05 $6.25 ($1.20) -19%
Finale of Devastation $14.43 $15.40 ($0.97) -6%
Karn, the Great Creator $21.32 $25.61 ($4.29) -17%
Finale of Promise $43.72 $43.85 ($0.13) 0%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $12.20 $12.79 ($0.59) -5%
Skarrgan Hellkite $6.21 $6.50 ($0.29) -4%
Assassin's Trophy $9.45 $8.50 $0.95 11%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $18.89 $21.88 ($2.99) -14%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $15.54 $15.46 $0.08 1%
Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer $6.14 $5.38 $0.76 14%
Leyline of the Void $16.82 $11.29 $5.53 49%
Yarok, the Desecrated $8.20 $7.94 $0.26 3%
Omnath, Locus of the Roil $6.87 $7.54 ($0.67) -9%
Cavalier of Thorns $5.89 $6.26 ($0.37) -6%
Blast Zone $8.37 $7.29 $1.08 15%
Cavalier of Gales $5.89


Modern Staples:  Seems like a lot of stuff from Hogaak moved down, while the key parts to Tron moved up.  With the Mythic Championship over, Modern should settle down for the time being, unless Wizards of the Coast makes an announcement for pro level Modern play anytime soon. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Cavern of Souls $15.32 $15.26 $0.06 0%
Chalice of the Void $22.41 $23.74 ($1.33) -6%
Engineered Explosives $12.60 $12.00 $0.60 5%
Ensnaring Bridge $20.72 $19.10 $1.62 8%
Gemstone Mine $18.33 $18.36 ($0.03) 0%
Horizon Canopy $12.97 $13.90 ($0.93) -7%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $22.46 $27.14 ($4.68) -17%
Karn Liberated $21.50 $17.41 $4.09 23%
Liliana of the Veil $22.32 $26.88 ($4.56) -17%
Liliana, the Last Hope $7.57 $11.24 ($3.67) -33%
Auriok Champion $12.13 $12.63 ($0.50) -4%
Mox Opal $40.98 $35.42 $5.56 16%
Scalding Tarn $15.73 $14.82 $0.91 6%
Surgical Extraction $29.41 $32.55 ($3.14) -10%
Mishra's Bauble $14.08 $10.99 $3.09 28%
Snapcaster Mage $7.21 $8.61 ($1.40) -16%
Trinisphere $6.76 $6.56 $0.20 3%
Force of Negation $28.89 $36.51 ($7.62) -21%
Wrenn and Six $90.38 $90.51 ($0.13) 0%
Prismatic Vista $8.08 $9.28 ($1.20) -13%
Sunbaked Canyon $5.76 $7.37 ($1.61) -22%
Seasoned Pyromancer $16.95 $20.47 ($3.52) -17%
Fiery Islet $4.70 $5.38 ($0.68) -13%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $14.94 $12.25 $2.69 22%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $10.18 $7.14 $3.04 43%
Hexdrinker $6.00 $7.86 ($1.86) -24%
Plague Engineer $14.46 $13.12 $1.34 10%
Altar of Dementia $17.44 $19.10 ($1.66) -9%
Mycosynth Lattice $14.75 $17.37 ($2.62) -15%
Bloodghast $7.21 $14.08 ($6.87) -49%
Aether Vial $11.27 $14.08 ($2.81) -20%
Gravecrawler $9.61 $13.61 ($4.00) -29%
Polluted Delta $12.34 $14.01 ($1.67) -12%
Verdant Catacombs $13.95 $12.09 $1.86 15%
Tarmogoyf $9.46 $10.11 ($0.65) -6%
Noble Hierarch $7.91 $10.03 ($2.12) -21%
Force of Vigor $8.37


Eternal Staples:  Power Nine seemed to be on the move this week. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Back to Basics $9.19 $8.72 $0.47 5%
City of Traitors $26.01 $26.11 ($0.10) 0%
Force of Will $21.23 $25.57 ($4.34) -17%
True-Name Nemesis $26.57 $28.94 ($2.37) -8%
Underground Sea $7.03 $7.27 ($0.24) -3%
Wasteland $23.10 $24.94 ($1.84) -7%
Mox Diamond $16.44 $16.80 ($0.36) -2%
Grim Monolith $22.63 $23.57 ($0.94) -4%
Land Tax $14.00 $14.22 ($0.22) -2%
Exploration $14.65 $14.21 $0.44 3%
Show and Tell $14.33 $14.08 $0.25 2%
Monastery Mentor $14.65 $13.27 $1.38 10%
Unmask $13.17 $13.15 $0.02 0%
Misdirection $12.74 $12.74 $0.00 0%
Gaea's Cradle $12.48 $12.32 $0.16 1%
Dark Depths $14.34 $11.37 $2.97 26%
Rishadan Port $9.84 $10.46 ($0.62) -6%
Ancestral Recall $1.84 $0.98 $0.86 88%
Black Lotus $8.85 $9.57 ($0.72) -8%
Mox Emerald $2.53 $1.24 $1.29 104%
Mox Ruby $1.71 $2.14 ($0.43) -20%
Mox Pearl $1.86 $1.46 $0.40 27%
Mox Sapphire $3.65 $2.97 $0.68 23%
Mox Jet $2.29 $1.68 $0.61 36%
Timetwister $1.64 $0.92 $0.72 78%
Time Walk $2.02 $0.88 $1.14 130%
Volcanic Island $11.03 $8.63 $2.40 28%
Badlands $3.25 $3.99 ($0.74) -19%
Tropical Island $4.16 $3.57 $0.59 17%
Bayou $1.77 $2.50 ($0.73) -29%
Tundra $1.79 $2.08 ($0.29) -14%
Savannah $0.78 $1.13 ($0.35) -31%
Scrubland $0.98 $0.64 $0.34 53%
Plateau $0.53 $0.50 $0.03 6%
Taiga $0.79 $0.54 $0.25 46%
Pauper Staples:  Added a couple of cards to the list that I missed last week, they seem pretty important to include on this list. 

Pauper Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Lotus Petal $11.90 $11.70 $0.20 1.71%
Drafna's Restoration $6.04 $6.40 -$0.36 -5.63%
Thorn of the Black Rose $6.64 $6.19 $0.45 7.27%
Daze $4.79 $4.41 $0.38 8.62%
Spidersilk Armor $4.40 $4.26 $0.14 3.29%
Skred $2.28 $3.76 -$1.48 -39.36%
Rhystic Study $3.50 $3.70 -$0.20 -5.41%
Palace Sentinels $4.38 $3.70 $0.68 18.38%
Manamorphose $4.43 $3.70 $0.73 19.73%
Pyroblast $3.58 $3.47 $0.11 3.17%
Hydroblast $3.47 $3.35 $0.12 3.58%
Ancestral Mask $3.60 $3.35 $0.25 7.46%
Exhume $2.79 $2.82 -$0.03 -1.06%
Cho-Manno's Blessing $3.76 $2.72 $1.04 38.24%
Standard Bearer $2.74 $2.68 $0.06 2.24%
Pestilence $2.68 $2.63 $0.05 1.90%
Ash Barrens $2.66 $2.62 $0.04 1.53%
Flaring Pain $2.57 $2.39 $0.18 7.53%
Impulse $2.31 $2.34 -$0.03 -1.28%
Moment's Peace $1.96 $1.98 -$0.02 -1.01%
Custodi Squire $4.20 $1.95 $2.25 115.38%
Peat Bog $1.79 $1.91 -$0.12 -6.28%
Quirion Ranger $1.59 $1.80 -$0.21 -11.67%
Serum Visions $1.95 $1.77 $0.18 10.17%
Accumulated Knowledge $1.66 $1.71 -$0.05 -2.92%
Ninja of the Deep Hours $1.76      
Mystic Remora $15.75      
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 2019 $98.62 $93.28 $5.34 6%
Dominaria $23.21 $23.82 ($0.61) -3%
Guilds of Ravnica $65.01 $63.59 $1.42 2%
Ixalan $16.71 $17.04 ($0.33) -2%
Ravnica Allegiances $97.64 $106.43 ($8.79) -8%
Rivals of Ixalan $15.35 $15.28 $0.07 0%
Treasure Chest $2.34 $2.29 $0.05 2%
War of the Spark $170.99 $177.57 ($6.58) -4%
Core Set 2020 Booster $3.48 $3.00 $0.48 16%
Core Set 2020 $147.03 $145.07 $1.96 1%
Modern Horizons $254.96 $265.41 ($10.45) -4%


The Good Stuff
The following is a list of all the non-promo, non-foil 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 325.55
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 166.73
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 116.24
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 115.75
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 101.18
Mox Jet 1E Rare 95.53
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 90.38
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 84.37
Time Walk 1E Rare 71.6
Liliana of the Veil PRM Mythic 69.37
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 68.91
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 59.49
Timetwister 1E Rare 50.66
Liliana of the Veil UMA Mythic 48.92
Finale of Promise WAR Mythic 43.72
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 43.28
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 43.14
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 42.43
Mox Opal MM2 Mythic 41.83
Mox Opal MS2 Bonus 41.27
Mox Opal SOM Mythic 40.98
Unmask V16 Mythic 36.99
Surgical Extraction PRM Rare 35.03
Narset, Parter of Veils PRM Uncommon 34.05
Black Lotus PRM Rare 34
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 33.15
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 31.66
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 31.27
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 30.66
Karn, the Great Creator PRM Rare 30.57
Karn Liberated UMA Mythic 30.51
Mox Sapphire PRM Rare 30
Surgical Extraction NPH Rare 29.41
Teferi, Time Raveler PRM Rare 29.21
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 28.89
Surgical Extraction MM2 Rare 26.92
True-Name Nemesis PZ1 Mythic 26.57
Avatar - Aeon Chronicler VAN Rare 26.28
Liliana of the Veil MM3 Mythic 26.21
City of Traitors EX Rare 26.01
Arclight Phoenix GRN Mythic 25.9
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 25.34
Snapcaster Mage UMA Mythic 25.28
Ancestral Recall PRM Rare 25
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.

Nevermind, ignore all of that, Pete got it done for me, because he is just the dang best. The big number this week is $16,420 .  Last week this number was at $16,245.  It's went up!  (Inserts Stonks Picture here). 
 
In Closing

Prices were completed on Thursday August 1st, 2019.  The bulk of the article was researched from Monday to Thursday, and written on Thursday.  Time spent not doing that was spent on streaming some Standard and playing World of Warcraft, at least until I got the pathfinder achievement finally. 



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