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State of the Program for December 11th, 2020
 
In the News

Zendikar Rising Championship: Congrats to Brad Barclay for winning the Zendikar Rising Championship.  The format for the event was Standard and Historic, with a Historic top eight.  Brad had a highly teched out Azorius control deck that dominated the top eight.  You can read about the event here.

Showcase Qualifiers:  There are two chances to qualify for the Magic Online Champions Showcase.  Saturday give Standard a go, if that's not your style, on Sunday there is a Pionner qualifier.  You can learn more about Showcase Qualifiers here. Showcase Last Chance events can be learned about here.

MOCS Season 1:  This began on Wednesday!  The info page for this is found here.

Terms of Use changes:  Wizards of the Coast sent out an email that said their Terms of Use and Privacy Policy have been updated.  It reflects the inclusion of Spelltable, organized play and dispute resolution.  You can read the new Privacy Policy here, and the new Terms of Use here.  It would be super nice though, if they just showed you what changed at the state of the document. 

Commander Legends League changes
:  Player clocks are down to 40 minutes and the time to make picks in drafts has been reduced.  Peep the tweet!

Limited Showcase issues:  December 6th saw some issues on MTGO with the Limited Showcase.  It just didn't fire.  It eventually started at a later time, and three booster packs were given out as a token of apology. 
 

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
January 27, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
January 27, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
January 28, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
Zendikar Rising Redemption
Began November 11, 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:

This changed this week, make sure to keep that in mind when looking at the schedule.  I put the changes in bold. 

December 9 - December 16:  Supreme Draft:  Chaos
December 16 - December 23:  Supreme Draft:  Vintage Cube
December 23 - January 13: Vintage Cube
January 13 - January 20:  New Spotlight Cube
January 20 - January 28 - Vintage Masters Flashback

 
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: The Arena deck dumps are weird. Sometimes you get a cool looking deck like this Abzan Control list, and other times you get a best of one list with no sideboard that is just hanging out in the best of three queue. Sometimes you get someone's great netdeck, others, someone decided to play with their Brawl deck. I mean good for them, but there has to be a better way the featuring a deck with 4 sideboard cards and a dream right?


Historic: I did want to show off the deck that Brad Barclay won the Zendikar Rising Championship with. It's pretty strong and having access to Grafdigger's Cage in the main makes playing God-Pharaoh's Gift a little more difficult.


Legacy:Every so often it is nice to see a tribal strategy do well in Legacy. It's usually Death and Taxes that does it, so Goblins showing back up, with the help of Muxus, Goblin Grandee is nice.


Modern: I was at a loss for Modern decks this week, so I went with another tribal strategy.


Pauper: I did not imagine that Temur Land Destruction would rise up in a Fall from Favor dominated format, but here we are. Cascading in to land destruction spells off of Boarding Party or Annoyed Altisaur has to be great. Also there are not the right words in the right order to convince me that Bonder's Ornament as a 10 dollar card on MTGO is a good thing.


Pioneer: Any deck with Whelming Wave in it is going to catch my attention. Sadly, Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath is cost prohibitive to some people, but I guess that is why Magic is a luxury item.


Vintage: This is probably my last Vintage deck for a while. The format is more and more difficult to find exciting decks for, and it's not it's fault. When you have access to the most powerful cards of Magic's history it is hard to go away from that.



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - comeback - Elves
Saturday Modern - showcase
Saturday Pauper - Mogged - Mono Blue Monarch
Saturday Pioneer - Phill_Hellmuth - Sultai Reclamation
Saturday Standard - showcase
Saturday Vintage - showcase

Sunday Legacy - showcase
Sunday Modern - Sodeq - Dredge
Sunday Pauper - _against_ - Dimir Monarch
Sunday Pioneer - showcase
Sunday Standard - Good_Game - Dimir Rogues
Sunday Vintage - Jenara19

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Showcase Challenge - jessy_samek - Green Devotion
Legacy Showcase Challenge - slod - Snow Control
Vintage Showcase Challenge - laughingrock
Standard Showcase Challenge - O_danielakos - Dimir Control
Modern Showcase Challenge - Xwhale - Eladamri's Toolbox
Modern Champ Qualifier - kaktusowysmok - Goblins

 

Around the Web

MTGOTraders YouTube:  Did you know that MTGOTraders.com has a YouTube page?  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: Sea Gate Restoration fell off this week. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $15.51 $15.02 $0.49 3%
Questing Beast $6.30 $6.18 $0.12 2%
Bonecrusher Giant $4.68 $5.83 ($1.15) -20%
The Great Henge $7.13 $6.80 $0.33 5%
General Kudro of Drannith $7.36 $7.59 ($0.23) -3%
Shark Typhoon $12.44 $13.39 ($0.95) -7%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $7.59 $7.34 $0.25 3%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $9.42 $9.21 $0.21 2%
Teferi, Master of Time $8.05 $9.71 ($1.66) -17%
Terror of the Peaks $17.29 $17.22 $0.07 0%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $14.83 $16.03 ($1.20) -7%
Elder Gargaroth $34.08 $34.88 ($0.80) -2%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 12.15 13.38 ($1.23) -9%
Klothys, God of Destiny 7.9 10.23 ($2.33) -23%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 7.56 6.31 $1.25 20%
Ox of Agonas 6.01 5.61 $0.40 7%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $29.11 $29.22 ($0.11) 0%
Turntimber Symbiosis $19.53 $20.60 ($1.07) -5%
Agadeem's Awakening $13.53 $13.77 ($0.24) -2%
Skyclave Apparition $14.67 $19.78 ($5.11) -26%
Shatterskull Smashing $6.44 $5.98 $0.46 8%
Modern Staples:  Welcome back to the list Steelshaper's Gift and Engineered Explosives.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $23.39 $15.79 $7.60 48%
Steelshaper's Gift $16.22


Engineered Explosives $5.38


Cavern of Souls $20.20 $16.41 $3.79 23%
Mishra's Bauble $9.71 $9.33 $0.38 4%
Aether Vial $20.11 $17.17 $2.94 17%
Horizon Canopy $12.64 $9.97 $2.67 27%
Tarmogoyf $4.24 $5.58 ($1.34) -24%
Liliana of the Veil $11.10 $12.39 ($1.29) -10%
Polluted Delta $11.27 $10.92 $0.35 3%
Wooded Foothills $6.06 $6.24 ($0.18) -3%
Flooded Strand $6.06 $5.61 $0.45 8%
Bloodstained Mire $6.42 $7.06 ($0.64) -9%
Windswept Heath $5.09 $6.27 ($1.18) -19%
Thoughtseize $8.12 $8.79 ($0.67) -8%
Cryptic Command $5.12


Field of the Dead $21.97 $20.75 $1.22 6%
Elvish Reclaimer $19.56 $15.10 $4.46 30%
Force of Negation $77.06 $81.07 ($4.01) -5%
Wrenn and Six $66.70 $74.09 ($7.39) -10%
Prismatic Vista $12.23 $15.15 ($2.92) -19%
Sunbaked Canyon $15.02 $14.10 $0.92 7%
Seasoned Pyromancer $36.75 $45.31 ($8.56) -19%
Fiery Islet $9.31 $8.69 $0.62 7%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $10.38 $11.90 ($1.52) -13%
Plague Engineer $12.65 $13.21 ($0.56) -4%
Force of Vigor $15.80 $13.38 $2.42 18%
Collector Ouphe $5.13 $4.44 $0.69 16%
Nurturing Peatland $4.73 $6.56 ($1.83) -28%
Ice-Fang Coatl $7.42 $7.58 ($0.16) -2%
Giver of Runes $14.69 $13.87 $0.82 6%
Hexdrinker $6.33 $6.62 ($0.29) -4%
Flusterstorm $8.52 $8.19 $0.33 4%
Archmage's Charm $10.88 $9.54 $1.34 14%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $9.28 $6.42 $2.86 45%
Silent Clearing $6.25 $6.58 ($0.33) -5%
Chalice of the Void $10.72 $9.90 $0.82 8%
Surgical Extraction $17.50 $15.75 $1.75 11%
Dismember $5.84 $5.71 $0.13 2%
Karn Liberated $5.45 $5.17 $0.28 5%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.97 $8.78 $0.19 2%
Boil $10.87 $7.41 $3.46 47%
Gemstone Mine $11.65 $13.30 ($1.65) -12%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $7.55 $8.24 ($0.69) -8%
Scalding Tarn $15.35 $17.41 ($2.06) -12%
Verdant Catacombs $10.68 $14.30 ($3.62) -25%
Misty Rainforest $15.09 $16.05 ($0.96) -6%
Arid Mesa $4.77 $4.97 ($0.20) -4%
Marsh Flats $4.49 $5.06 ($0.57) -11%
Eternal Staples:  With Muxus, Goblin Grandee being featured in this week's Legacy list, I figured it would be a good time to add the goblin to the table.  Show and Tell has come off the list.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $5.32 $5.33 ($0.01) 0%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $22.58 $20.36 $2.22 11%
City of Traitors $18.71 $19.42 ($0.71) -4%
Sphere of Resistance $6.38 $6.29 $0.09 1%
Monastery Mentor $7.72 $7.94 ($0.22) -3%
Allosaurus Shepherd $48.75 $55.82 ($7.07) -13%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $5.11


Force of Will $46.99 $45.66 $1.33 3%
Karakas $10.56 $10.79 ($0.23) -2%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $42.16 $41.27 $0.89 2%
Demonic Tutor $8.75 $8.31 $0.44 5%
Echo of Eons $9.98 $8.53 $1.45 17%
Unmask $8.20 $7.92 $0.28 4%
Misdirection $11.62 $12.22 ($0.60) -5%
Rishadan Port $12.92 $14.10 ($1.18) -8%
Entomb $7.13 $7.03 $0.10 1%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $42.81 $39.14 $3.67 9%
Mox Diamond $17.15 $19.29 ($2.14) -11%
Wasteland $39.88 $43.12 ($3.24) -8%
Ancient Tomb $17.93 $18.99 ($1.06) -6%
Lotus Petal $21.44 $20.62 $0.82 4%
Earthcraft $6.68 $6.63 $0.05 1%
Academy Rector $5.32 $5.22 $0.10 2%
Grim Monolith $14.32 $14.26 $0.06 0%
Exploration $14.28 $13.74 $0.54 4%
Gaea's Cradle $28.90 $28.57 $0.33 1%
Carpet of Flowers $33.29 $29.28 $4.01 14%
Gilded Drake $8.36 $8.40 ($0.04) 0%
Black Lotus $9.58 $8.59 $0.99 12%
Tropical Island $10.67 $9.46 $1.21 13%
Volcanic Island $11.79 $10.66 $1.13 11%
Underground Sea $13.11 $12.52 $0.59 5%
Sol Ring $10.09 $10.36 ($0.27) -3%
Null Rod $6.45 $6.41 $0.04 1%
Doomsday $20.22 $21.15 ($0.93) -4%
Mindbreak Trap $22.56 $17.73 $4.83 27%
Pioneer Staples:  The smallest list remains stable for the most part this week. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $7.34 $8.35 ($1.01) -12%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $6.69 $5.83 $0.86 15%
Collected Company $5.86 $6.40 ($0.54) -8%
Collective Brutality $4.55 $5.16 ($0.61) -12%
Assassin's Trophy $6.89 $7.85 ($0.96) -12%
Mana Confluence $5.66 $5.31 $0.35 7%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.81 $7.14 $0.67 9%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $5.82 $5.69 $0.13 2%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $77.12 $76.83 $0.29 0%
Teferi, Time Raveler $36.71 $37.60 ($0.89) -2%
Finale of Devastation $5.07 $6.16 ($1.09) -18%
Karn, the Great Creator $36.93 $36.78 $0.15 0%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $11.36 $13.91 ($2.55) -18%
Blast Zone $14.80 $15.32 ($0.52) -3%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $17.52 $18.33 ($0.81) -4%
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 2021 $126.80 $129.46 ($2.66) -2%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $72.95 $72.51 $0.44 1%
Theros Beyond Death $158.83 $160.47 ($1.64) -1%
Throne of Eldraine $140.15 $140.00 $0.15 0%
Treasure Chest $2.35 $2.35 $0.00 0%
Zendikar Rising $129.08 $137.50 ($8.42) -6%
Zendikar Rising Booster Pack $2.97 $3.27 ($0.30) -9%


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 127.8
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 101.48
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 77.12
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 77.06
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 76.51
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 74.21
Karakas UBT Mythic 73.85
Mox Jet 1E Rare 72.77
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 66.7
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 65.57
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 61.74
Time Walk 1E Rare 61.72
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 60.54
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 52.93
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 52.25
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 51.38
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 48.75
Force of Will MED Rare 46.99
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 42.9
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.82
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 42.81
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 42.16
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 41.56
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 41.21
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 40.12
Wasteland TE Uncommon 39.88
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 38.19
Timetwister 1E Rare 37.31
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 37.28
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 36.93
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 36.75
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 36.71
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 36.23
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.48
Force of Will EMA Mythic 34.75
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 34.13
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic 34.08
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 33.99
Force of Will VMA Rare 33.93
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 33.29
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 32.4
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 31.36
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 31.16
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.08
Wasteland TPR Rare 30.97
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 30.51
Wasteland EXP Mythic 29.75
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 29.11
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 28.9
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 27.74
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 27.61
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 26.63
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 25.97
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.28
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 25.25
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.19
Auriok Champion IMA 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.

Nevermind, ignore all of that, Pete got it done for me, because he is just the dang best. The big number this week is $25,957.  Last week the number was $25,630.  It's a small gain, of $327, but a gain! 
 
In Closing

I have played so much Commander this week.  While writing the news section I was actually taking a Gavi, Nest Warden deck through a queue, and managed to the win the game early thanks to Approach of the Second Sun.  I've also been working on a few decks to take advantage of The Walking Dead legends.  I'm really excited about Daryl and Michonne.  Glenn and Rick both seem a bit straight-forward, and I am hesitant to play Negan, considering well, his character.  I'm not sleeping well either, waking up after about 4 hours of sleep either in pain from a arm that fell asleep, with heartburn or needing to use the bathrom.  Getting old is not fun, and I strongly advise against it. 

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