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State of the Program for August 9th, 2023
 
In the News

MTGO Socials: Daybreak has set up forums for MTGO, which you can find here. In addition to the Forums, Daybreak has set up a Discord for MTGO.  You can get the invite here. MTGO has a Twitter account, and can now add an account for Facebook and Instagram

Two-Factor Authentication:  This is in Account Settings.  To turn it on you will be asked for your account password and a 6-digit code sent to the email associated with your account.  You can use either an email or authenticator based system.  This will help keep your accounts secure, you can read about the system here.

Redemption: 
Redemption is up and running!  Remember that redemption runs now until supply is gone. Currently being redeemed is The Brothers' War,  Phyrexia: All Will Be One, and March of the Machine.  As of May 23, 2023, Redemption Tokens are non-refundable!  A limited amount of Dominaria United is back in stock.  You can check the new redemption page here.

Challenge Schedule Changing:  Two Prelims on Friday nights are now becoming small Challenge events.This helps players in the Asia-Pacific region.  Saturday is also getting another Modern Challenge. Both of these are 32 player events. The Saturday 6 a.m. Standard Event is going back to a small event prize structure.   

64 player Single-Elimination Drafts:  Coming back with Vintage cube are large scale 64 player events.  These, of course, Single-Elimination.  Will be Vintage Cube, and start on August 25.

New Bans:  Tricked you, it was new Unbans!  Preordain was unbanned in Modern, giving a buff, according to the article to Izzet Murktide, which had three top eight placements in MTGO challenges over the weekend.  Mind's Desire is also unbanned in Legacy.  You can read the full article here.

Prize Increases:  Prizes are now being paid out to the top 128 of Showcase Challenges.  Increases are a full regular set to 9-16.  A full regular set for players that finish the Swiss X-2.  33-64 will get 200 play points and 10 Treasure Chests.  65-128 will get 150 play points and 5 treasure chests.  Super Qualifiers are also getting a boost, 33-64 are getting 400 play points and 10 chests.  65-128 is getting 200 play points and 5 chests.  Players that finished that highly in Super Qualifiers since July 30, got a retroactive prize increase as well. 

Patch Notes: You can check out the notes for this update 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
August 30, 2023
Constructed Leagues End
September 5, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
September 5, 2023
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:

Ongoing - Commander Masters and Chaos Draft

August 12 - Modern Showcase Challenge
August 13 - Pioneer Showcase Challenge
August 19 - Standard Showcase Challenge
August 20 - Legacy Showcase Challenge

August 16 - Vintage Cube

Magic Online Format Challenges
These are high stakes events that happen every weekend. They cost 30 Tix / 300 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) FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m.     Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m   Limited 32 Challenge 32 Player Limited 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
12:00 p.m.   Limited Challenge Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m.   Pioneer Challenge Standard Challenge
4:00 p.m. Limited 32 Challenge    
6:00 p.m. Modern 32 Challenge Modern 32 Challenge  

 

Cutting Edge Tech

Legacy:  Skipping Standard this week, because Creative Technique came to MTGO this week and won the first Challenge.


A Second Legacy Deck:


Modern: Blue Tron? Blue Tron! *so what if it has Dismember in it, it's still Blue Tron!


Pauper: After all the cool downshifts from Commander Masters, the Saturday results came in, and the cards that won so far were basically Murmuring Mystic, Dread Return and Lotleth Giant. Hopefully we'll see some All that Glitters and other cards.


Pioneer:  sMann2.0 has been on a run recently with Transmogrify decks in Pioneer recently.  I believe this started off as a Jund Vehicles list, then moved to a Jund Saga list before moving on to this Rakdos version. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - rastaf - Rakdos Evoke

Saturday Legacy - Beekeeper - Creative Technique
Saturday Modern - boytriton - Izzet Murktide
Saturday Modern - Lennny - Boros Burn
Saturday Pauper - Nulyan - Boros Synthesizer
Saturday Pioneer - bernardocssa - Rakdos Midrange
Saturday Standard - kasa - Dimir Midrange
Saturday Vintage - thepowernine

Sunday Legacy - SureThing - Dimir Death's Shadow
Sunday Modern - RespectTheCat - Saga Jund
Sunday Pauper - jwaves - Mono White Aggro
Sunday Pioneer - Xenowan - Rakdos Transmogrify
Sunday Standard - _IlNano_ - Dimir Midrange
Sunday Vintage - medvedev

Other Event Winners

Limited Super Qualifier
Limited Super Qualifier

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: Brotherhood's End went up a bit, but not enough to hit the five dollar mark that we like to do for non fetchlands!

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Cityscape Leveler $12.46 $13.80 -$1.34 -10%
The Stone Brain $7.86 $7.46 $0.40 5%
Leyline Binding $11.13 $12.44 -$1.31 -11%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $24.08 $18.87 $5.21 28%
Nissa, Resurgent Animist $23.49 $24.84 -$1.35 -5%
Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival $7.52 $12.68 -$5.16 -41%
Memory Deluge $10.78 $14.22 -$3.44 -24%
Sheoldred $5.41 $5.03 $0.38 8%
Invasion of Tarkir $4.68 $6.65 -$1.97 -30%
Urabrask $7.76 $10.23 -$2.47 -24%
Invasion of Gobakhan $12.72 $11.67 $1.05 9%
Elesh Norn $6.04 $8.15 -$2.11 -26%
Jin-Gitaxias $4.83 $5.29 -$0.46 -9%
Vorinclex $13.17 $13.47 -$0.30 -2%
Boseiju, Who Endures $28.69 $21.03 $7.66 36%
Otawara, Soaring City $7.25 $6.72 $0.53 8%
The Wandering Emperor $7.10 $8.02 -$0.92 -11%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $7.30 $7.68 -$0.38 -5%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $8.88 $8.42 $0.46 5%
Jace, the Perfected Mind $5.50 $5.70 -$0.20 -4%
Ledger Shredder $6.65 $6.22 $0.43 7%
Unlicensed Hearse $7.25 $5.58 $1.67 30%
Wedding Announcement $19.57 $18.15 $1.42 8%
Modern StaplesBlood Moon is back on the list. Cavern of Souls is back as well. Dismember is membering disses or something like that. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $10.51 $9.04 $1.47 16%
Blood Moon $5.79


Cavern of Souls $5.32


Orvar, the All-Form $9.41 $10.53 -$1.12 -11%
Polluted Delta $21.06 $16.77 $4.29 26%
Wooded Foothills $5.75 $8.33 -$2.58 -31%
Flooded Strand $5.18 $6.47 -$1.29 -20%
Bloodstained Mire $5.99 $5.19 $0.80 15%
Windswept Heath $4.47 $4.76 -$0.29 -6%
Thoughtseize $7.44 $6.53 $0.91 14%
The One Ring $100.26 $118.13 -$17.87 -15%
Orcish Bowmasters $39.91 $39.38 $0.53 1%
Force of Negation $26.79 $34.21 -$7.42 -22%
Wrenn and Six $12.41 $13.30 -$0.89 -7%
Sunbaked Canyon $15.87 $20.31 -$4.44 -22%
Seasoned Pyromancer $6.95 $8.39 -$1.44 -17%
Force of Vigor $15.39 $16.89 -$1.50 -9%
Flusterstorm $7.90 $7.15 $0.75 10%
Archon of Cruelty $6.08 $8.41 -$2.33 -28%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $5.94 $8.08 -$2.14 -26%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $24.23 $21.99 $2.24 10%
Urza's Saga $23.76 $24.82 -$1.06 -4%
Solitude $15.26 $15.76 -$0.50 -3%
Endurance $26.00 $26.30 -$0.30 -1%
Grief $37.33 $37.55 -$0.22 -1%
Murktide Regent $24.87 $11.13 $13.74 123%
Fury $31.08 $35.87 -$4.79 -13%
Esper Sentinel $4.33 $8.65 -$4.32 -50%
Subtlety $40.48 $41.98 -$1.50 -4%
Chalice of the Void $20.40 $18.54 $1.86 10%
Dismember $6.43


Teferi, Time Raveler $11.20 $11.06 $0.14 1%
Scalding Tarn $5.83 $5.66 $0.17 3%
Verdant Catacombs $2.65 $3.04 -$0.39 -13%
Misty Rainforest $5.87 $5.94 -$0.07 -1%
Arid Mesa $1.94 $2.80 -$0.86 -31%
Marsh Flats $1.21 $1.03 $0.18 17%
Eternal StaplesJeweled Lotus is of the list, and to be honest, it probably should have been off a while ago.  I don't think players are using Doubling Cube on this mana anymore.  A note on Creative Technique.  It's currently not on the list.  MTGOTraders will update the price when it's in stock.  When that happens it will be on the list.  If you're looking for a copy, be prepared to spend upwards of 80 tickets on one. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Avenging Hunter $7.16 $9.46 ($2.30) -24%
Kenku Artificer $18.77 $12.73 $6.04 47%
Goliath Paladin $7.40 $7.83 ($0.43) -5%
Displacer Kitten $5.61 $6.31 ($0.70) -11%
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $6.35 $5.70 $0.65 11%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $9.38 $6.84 $2.54 37%
Caves of Chaos Adventurer $6.73 $6.83 ($0.10) -1%
Hullbreacher $8.91 $5.42 $3.49 64%
Opposition Agent $9.93 $9.49 $0.44 5%
City of Traitors $14.13 $14.87 ($0.74) -5%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $14.51 $14.26 $0.25 2%
Helm of Obedience $8.39 $9.82 ($1.43) -15%
Force of Will $29.21 $29.14 $0.07 0%
Urza's Bauble $9.29 $7.79 $1.50 19%
Hydroblast $6.73 $8.08 ($1.35) -17%
Pyroblast $8.26 $8.01 $0.25 3%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $8.34 $8.82 ($0.48) -5%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $8.57 $8.63 ($0.06) -1%
Unmask $17.52 $13.54 $3.98 29%
Misdirection $11.08 $11.21 ($0.13) -1%
Snuff Out $13.38 $16.41 ($3.03) -18%
Daze $4.21 $6.10 ($1.89) -31%
Retrofitter Foundry $6.18 $5.87 $0.31 5%
Mox Diamond $43.35 $44.88 ($1.53) -3%
Wasteland $11.60 $12.17 ($0.57) -5%
Ancient Tomb $13.10 $12.68 $0.42 3%
Lotus Petal $11.06 $12.46 ($1.40) -11%
Grindstone $13.83 $14.71 ($0.88) -6%
Powder Keg $13.53 $13.66 ($0.13) -1%
Grim Monolith $17.46 $18.67 ($1.21) -6%
Gaea's Cradle $22.52 $27.58 ($5.06) -18%
Gilded Drake $8.87 $11.09 ($2.22) -20%
Show and Tell $19.61 $17.72 $1.89 11%
Black Lotus $14.86 $14.25 $0.61 4%
Volcanic Island $12.48 $15.18 ($2.70) -18%
Underground Sea $16.40 $16.35 $0.05 0%
Null Rod $23.02 $21.20 $1.82 9%
Doomsday $15.28 $12.06 $3.22 27%
Paradigm Shift $12.10 $12.10 $0.00 0%
Pioneer StaplesLair of the Hydra barely climbed back on.  Hengegate Pathway is back on. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $4.65 $6.20 -$1.55 -25.00%
Lair of the Hydra $5.02


Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $4.36 $6.21 -$1.85 -29.79%
Brazen Borrower $7.20 $8.53 -$1.33 -15.59%
Castle Locthwain $3.49 $5.07 -$1.58 -31.16%
Shark Typhoon $6.92 $8.69 -$1.77 -20.37%
Mana Confluence $5.80 $7.26 -$1.46 -20.11%
Blightstep Pathway $9.18 $10.30 -$1.12 -10.87%
Hengegate Pathway $6.54


Spirebluff Canal $5.20 $3.78 $1.42 37.57%
Inspiring Vantage $4.63 $7.44 -$2.81 -37.77%
Lotus Field $18.92 $11.64 $7.28 62.54%
Cavalier of Thorns $5.53


The Meathook Massacre $14.57 $15.20 -$0.63 -4.14%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $26.12 $22.41 $3.71 16.56%
Magma Opus $6.19 $6.77 -$0.58 -8.57%
Karn, the Great Creator $12.05 $17.64 -$5.59 -31.69%
Emeria's Call $21.03 $17.63 $3.40 19.29%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $5.35 $5.64 -$0.29 -5.14%
Skyclave Apparition $7.04 $7.84 -$0.80 -10.20%
Sea Gate Restoration $13.96 $11.75 $2.21 18.81%
Roiling Vortex $17.85 $22.27 -$4.42 -19.85%
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 Time Change % Change
The Brothers' War $76.01 $76.64 ($0.63) -1%
Dominaria United $68.36 $63.60 $4.76 7%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $55.46 $53.16 $2.30 4%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $73.03 $74.06 ($1.03) -1%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $92.27 $81.97 $10.30 13%
March of the Machine $154.43 $157.53 ($3.10) -2%
March of the Machine Booster $1.99 $2.06 ($0.07) -3%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $163.84 $159.61 $4.23 3%
Streets of New Capenna $39.96 $36.96 $3.00 8%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.37 $2.42 ($0.05) -2%


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 265.22
Mox Jet 1E Rare 120.7
The One Ring LTR Mythic 100.26
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 99.43
The One Ring LTR Mythic 98.62
The One Ring LTR Mythic 94.21
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 74.67
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 72.4
Time Walk 1E Rare 70.86
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 60.62
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 57.78
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 55.91
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 54.59
Karakas UBT Mythic 46.44
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 45.16
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 43.39
Mox Diamond ST Rare 43.35
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 41.71
Timetwister 1E Rare 40.81
Subtlety MH2 Mythic 40.48
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 40.3
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 39.91
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 39.49
Grief MH2 Mythic 37.33
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 35.83
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 33.58
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 31.63
Fury MH2 Mythic 31.03
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 29.84
Force of Will MED Rare 29.21
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 28.69
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 28.52
Force of Negation 2X2 Rare 28.45
Armored Whirl Turtle PZ2 Common 27.88
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 27.53
Reanimate UBT Mythic 27.35
Polluted Delta ONS Rare 27.32
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 26.79
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 26.12
Endurance MH2 Mythic 26
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 25.59
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 25.54
Polluted Delta EXP Mythic 25.2

 
In Closing

Prices were done Tuesday night.

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