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Dec 13 2019 12:00pm
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State of the Program for December 13, 2019
In the News

Vintage Cube:  Running until January 16, 2020, there is a new list for the cube and you can see that cardlist here

Pioneer Bans: 
Oko, Thief of Crowns gets a little more time to be the best card in yet another format as nothing was banned this week. 

Mythic Championship VII Winner Crowned: 
Cloud, Tifa and Barret went to Midgar to stop a corporation...wait I've already made this joke. It wasn't great the first time around.  Anyways, congrats to Piotr Glogowski for capturing the championship with Jund Sacrifice.

Theros Beyond Death Spoilers Start: Gamespot got to reveal the newest forms of Athreos, Ashiok and Elspeth,  The set is 254 cards and you can view the spoiled ones here

DreamHack Arena Tour:  At least four cities are seeing stops from DreamHack, 100,000 per stop.  You can see the tweet here

Historic Suspension:  Instead of banning cards from Historic, WotC is suspending them.  It's the same thing, but because it's a digital format they don't have to give out wildcards when something is suspended in Historic, and they can easily change the list.  For reasonings and cards that entered the suspended list, you can check it out here

Brawl is paywalled on Arena:  For 10000 gold you get to play as much as you want to until the middle of next month, and get a copy of Rhys the Redeemed to play with on Arena.  You can read about it in State of the Game here

Wotc adds prized to Prelims:  Breaking on Thursday, while I was doing anything else at all instead of prizes, the Magic Online twitter account showed some prize changes to the Prelim events on MTGO.  4 wins will get 40 QPs, and treasure chests will come to those with 5 4 and 3 wins.  Tweet tweet!

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
Scheduled Downtimes
January 15, 2020
Constructed Leagues End
January 15, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
January 16, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
December 16, 2019
Throne of Eldraine Redemption
Ends March 11, 2021

Theros: Beyond Death
January 24, 2020
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
April 24, 2020
Core Set 2021
Zendikar Rising
Third Quarter 2020
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:

Limited PTQ Finals - December 13
Limited MOCS Open - December 14
MOCS Prelim - December 15

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 6:00 am PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT
The Hot Take Corner

When I write, I listen to a lot of music.  It switches, often, and can take something from OutKast to Miles Davis, or My Chemical Romance to Undertale.  Today, I controlled my play list and listened to what I wanted to, and that was probably a mistake. 

I graduated back in 1998, high school that is.  I went to North Hardin High school, a school in Kentucky that is well known for it's music program.  My band director at the time, Charles F Campbell, Jr, had a long and storied career that ended up with him in the Bands of America Hall of Fame, and someone that I looked up to, even as he bravely fought pancreatic cancer.  He was one of the few people that made me think I mattered, made me think I could do anything when I was younger.  I would go on to the school of music at the University of Louisville and struggle, the practice habits of a musician were not a thing I had mastered, and I found practicing boring.  I just wanted to play.  I couldn't get the hang of the piano, music theory, I just wanted to be on my tuba, and that was it.  I would drop out after my father died, overwhelmed by what I thought was my own failures. 

Anyways, while doing prices, I noticed that my old had played in a festival and it was on Spotify.  I am so far removed from concert band music that I didn't recognize many of the pieces, but did recognize Everything's Beautiful.  It was written in his memory by Samuel Hazo, and I had heard it many times before.  It just hit differently today.  I thought back of the memories I had.  A group of students stranded in the snow, the day of an all-state festival practice.  Him challenging me to nail an audition piece, to make it shine.  Lifting me up when my father passed.  Running in to him at the gym long after school and hearing about his community band, which he lead after he retired.  I told him I'd play, but I kept blowing it off, ashamed of what my abilities had become after being so great. 

Magic was never supposed to be what I grew to do.  It was supposed to be a distraction, and it ended up dominating so many things.  I missed weddings, birthdays, funerals, significant life milestones for my friends because I was off in hotel convention rooms chasing a blue envelope.  Even when I finally qualified, and looked back on things, I can't say for sure that it was worth it.  I spent more time working on decks than I did working on growing with my wife, and that's not a thing I can do anymore, because she's gone.  By the time the third movement rolled around, I was filled with self hate, tears streaming down my face at what I had missed, what I had grown to be, what I am now.  The things I missed out on, performances, plays, things I put off to be on the tour. As the song swelled to it's final notes, I came to the only conclusion that I think I could possibly come to. 

I hate Magic: The Gathering. 

I hate this game so much.  Not because of the people I met, or the money I've spent, or the damage I did to my body traveling far and wide to events.  I hate it because no matter what I do, what I win, nothing will be as fulfilling to me as what I gave up on.  Nothing will ever feel as good as that man's smile and a handshake, neither of which can be replicated, but can be remembered.

Upon further reflection after closing down the article, and speaking with the composer of the song, I decided that I don't really hate Magic, I use it as a excuse to make up for my own perceived shortcomings.  MaRo never told me to chase the pro dream.  I told myself that.  Zvi never held me down to write an article, I made me do that.  Bob Maher never kept me from going to a wedding, that was on me.  Magic never made me avoid personal accountability, it was just the scapegoat for me to use whenever something went wrong. 

I love Magic: The Gathering. 

I love this game, because every match is a puzzle, and when I solve it, it is the most amazing feeling.  I love Magic because it gave me opportunities to see places I'd never see otherwise.  I got lost in the city of Boston because I went to a Grand Prix and walked the wrong way from a subway stop.  I got to experience a Patriots Super Bowl win in the city.  I got to visit New Orleans with friends that are still friends to this day.  I got to see Las Vegas, and Minneapolis, and Saint Louis, places I had never been before.  I got to meet so many incredible people, try so many incredible things, and am lucky enough to create content, and give a voice to those that want to discuss this game for a living.  I am surrounded by good bosses, by supportive writers and friends, and have made a very small mark for myself in the game.

I'll never be in the Hall of Fame for Magic.  Halls are not meant for mediocrity, but my work is in magazines and books because of the game.  I've been recognized from my content at StarCity and Brainburst.  I've done well for myself because of the game. 

I try not to regret things, to ask what if, because I can't travel back through time and make changes, because I wouldn't want to. 

Well with the exception of actually playing in his band again, without blowing him off. 

I'd do that. 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard: With the Mythic Championship this past weekend, I figured I would highlight the decks that won the events that happened.  It might be a little lazy, it might not be, but here are some winning lists! 

Legacy: Congrats to Daryl_Ayers for taking down the Legacy Format Playoff!

Modern:  Amulet Titan won the Modern PTQ this weekend.

Pauper:  Congrats to _Bolawarrior_ for taking down the Pauper Challenge with Mono Blue Delver!

Pioneer:  Continuing the winning decklist theme, here is yamakiller's winning Simic Food list.

Vintage: Last winning deck of the week looks to take full advantage of Paradoxical Outcome and the cheap artifacts of the format to draw a ton and bury your opponent.

Winner's Circle

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

I mentioned most of the winners in this week's Cutting Edge Tech, but a few events got left out there so here are the rest of the winners from the last week!

Pioneer Challenge - Amnesa won with UW Control
Modern Challenge -  PuntThenWhine won with Amulet
Pioneer PTQ - duparcqG won with UW Control.

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: Have some new cards joining the list this week, as the Brawl commanders jumped on, and a few old favorites that fell off came back. 
Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Oko, Thief of Crowns $56.47 $70.25 ($13.78) -20%
Brazen Borrower $31.71 $22.84 $8.87 39%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $9.51 $10.30 ($0.79) -8%
The Royal Scions $5.30 $4.82 $0.48 10%
Questing Beast $9.26 $10.45 ($1.19) -11%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.68

Chulane, Teller of Tales $6.57

Fabled Passage $4.87 $5.71 ($0.84) -15%
Arclight Phoenix $10.86 $13.56 ($2.70) -20%
Assassin's Trophy $9.72 $8.76 $0.96 11%
Vraska, Golgari Queen $6.67 $5.70 $0.97 17%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $21.71 $18.67 $3.04 16%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $27.97 $19.20 $8.77 46%
Leyline of the Void $5.56 $4.30 $1.26 29%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $24.86 $29.02 ($4.16) -14%
Ajani, Strength of the Pride $5.43 $6.43 ($1.00) -16%
Shifting Ceratops $6.37

Lotus Field $4.87 $5.26

Hydroid Krasis $18.42 $8.90 $9.52 107%
Deputy of Detention $6.18 $6.14 $0.04 1%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $7.26 $7.04 $0.22 3%
Spawn of Mayhem $5.33

Teferi, Time Raveler $53.91 $51.41 $2.50 5%
Finale of Devastation $8.96 $8.90 $0.06 1%
Karn, the Great Creator $29.80 $31.33 ($1.53) -5%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $13.08 $15.39 ($2.31) -15%
Blast Zone $13.88 $14.22 ($0.34) -2%
Illharg, the Raze-Boar $8.48 $9.81 ($1.33) -14%
Gideon Blackblade $4.65 $5.23 ($0.58) -11%
Modern Staples:  Modern seems to me like it's still sliding, still trying to find itself with Pioneer existing now. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $7.78 $8.12 ($0.34) -4%
Cavern of Souls $10.84 $10.71 $0.13 1%
Noble Hierarch $7.16 $6.85 $0.31 5%
Mishra's Bauble $24.46 $26.93 ($2.47) -9%
Aether Vial $6.80 $6.50 $0.30 5%
Trinisphere $3.72 $5.46 ($1.74) -32%
Horizon Canopy $8.18 $8.13 $0.05 1%
Tarmogoyf $4.73 $5.84 ($1.11) -19%
Liliana of the Veil $11.20 $12.18 ($0.98) -8%
Snapcaster Mage $5.09 $5.34 ($0.25) -5%
Polluted Delta $6.62 $6.61 $0.01 0%
Wooded Foothills $3.37 $4.37 ($1.00) -23%
Flooded Strand $3.82 $3.65 $0.17 5%
Bloodstained Mire $5.21 $4.37 $0.84 19%
Windswept Heath $2.18 $2.94 ($0.76) -26%
Thoughtseize $14.61 $16.49 ($1.88) -11%
Force of Negation $53.59 $42.52 $11.07 26%
Wrenn and Six $37.11 $38.29 ($1.18) -3%
Prismatic Vista $15.11 $14.86 $0.25 2%
Sunbaked Canyon $6.60 $8.18 ($1.58) -19%
Seasoned Pyromancer $7.54 $7.42 $0.12 2%
Fiery Islet $6.59 $5.40 $1.19 22%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $14.54 $14.45 $0.09 1%
Hexdrinker $6.30 $6.05 $0.25 4%
Plague Engineer $16.40 $13.54 $2.86 21%
Force of Vigor $8.54 $7.84 $0.70 9%
Collector Ouphe $11.48 $9.79 $1.69 17%
Nurturing Peatland $6.18

Ice-Fang Coatl $13.88 $7.36 $6.52 89%
Chalice of the Void $10.61 $10.52 $0.09 1%
Karn Liberated $8.06 $10.59 ($2.53) -24%
Surgical Extraction $10.81 $10.81 $0.00 0%
Mox Opal $22.94 $22.89 $0.05 0%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.20 $7.27 ($1.07) -15%
Gemstone Mine $10.91 $11.10 ($0.19) -2%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $18.40 $18.81 ($0.41) -2%
Scalding Tarn $9.46 $10.83 ($1.37) -13%
Verdant Catacombs $9.22 $9.32 ($0.10) -1%
Misty Rainforest $11.71 $11.88 ($0.17) -1%
Arid Mesa $3.47 $4.10 ($0.63) -15%
Marsh Flats $2.84 $2.72 $0.12 4%
Eternal Staples:  Urza's Saga has a couple of new entries on the list this week!

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $15.97 $14.92 $1.05 7%
City of Traitors $22.63 $23.32 ($0.69) -3%
Monastery Mentor $10.73 $10.43 $0.30 3%
Force of Will $25.32 $25.98 ($0.66) -3%
Land Tax $6.29 $6.61 ($0.32) -5%
Unmask $9.35 $9.41 ($0.06) -1%
Misdirection $10.33 $10.33 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $8.38

Daze $5.75 $5.88 ($0.13) -2%
Entomb $7.98 $8.00 ($0.02) 0%
True-Name Nemesis $6.50 $6.59 ($0.09) -1%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $16.74 $15.82 $0.92 6%
Mox Diamond $15.87 $16.92 ($1.05) -6%
Altar of Dementia $7.41 $7.41 $0.00 0%
Grindstone $9.58 $9.51 $0.07 1%
Wasteland $11.97 $14.26 ($2.29) -16%
Ancient Tomb $10.48 $10.66 ($0.18) -2%
Lotus Petal $12.58 $11.50 $1.08 9.39%
Grim Monolith $11.36 $12.13 ($0.77) -6%
Exploration $16.19 $16.20 ($0.01) 0%
Show and Tell $8.00 $8.44 ($0.44) -5%
Gaea's Cradle $10.96 $10.91 $0.05 0%
Sneak Attack $7.82 $8.29 ($0.47) -6%
Carpet of Flowers $16.53

Gilded Drake $5.61

Time Spiral $6.34 $6.38 ($0.04) -1%
Ancestral Recall $1.82 $1.43 $0.39 27%
Black Lotus $6.98 $6.07 $0.91 15%
Mox Emerald $2.15 $2.33 ($0.18) -8%
Mox Ruby $2.44 $1.65 $0.79 48%
Mox Pearl $1.91 $1.74 $0.17 10%
Mox Sapphire $2.62 $2.02 $0.60 30%
Mox Jet $1.94 $1.89 $0.05 3%
Timetwister $2.50 $2.11 $0.39 18%
Time Walk $2.20 $1.76 $0.44 25%
Volcanic Island $6.11 $6.77 ($0.66) -10%
Badlands $1.79 $2.19 ($0.40) -18%
Tropical Island $3.24 $3.86 ($0.62) -16%
Bayou $2.13 $2.31 ($0.18) -8%
Tundra $0.99 $0.94 $0.05 5%
Savannah $0.99 $0.98 $0.01 1%
Scrubland $0.45 $0.69 ($0.24) -35%
Plateau $0.44 $0.50 ($0.06) -12%
Taiga $0.55 $0.95 ($0.40) -42%
Underground Sea $6.61 $7.80 ($1.19) -15%
Sol Ring $6.28 $6.55 ($0.27) -4%
Mana Crypt $2.03 $2.53 ($0.50) -20%
Mana Vault $0.84 $2.02 ($1.18) -58%
Pauper StaplesSwirling Sandstorm is back with us this week.  Pauper seems to be in a pretty okay place right now. 

Pauper Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Wild Growth $1.77 $1.42 $0.35 24.65%
Merchant Scroll $3.46 $3.76 -$0.30 -7.98%
Standard Bearer $2.45 $2.61 -$0.16 -6.13%
Ninja of the Deep Hours $1.81 $1.84 -$0.03 -1.63%
Martyr of Ashes $1.48 $1.46 $0.02 1.37%
Skred $2.11 $1.43 $0.68 47.55%
Flaring Pain $1.38 $1.77 -$0.39 -22.03%
Prismatic Strands $1.76 $1.62 $0.14 8.64%
Swirling Sandstorm $2.11

Pyroblast $2.00 $1.89 $0.11 5.82%
Hydroblast $1.87 $2.16 -$0.29 -13.43%
Mystic Remora $5.13 $5.14 -$0.01 -0.19%
Spidersilk Armor $2.49 $2.40 $0.09 3.75%
Ancestral Mask $2.91 $3.61 -$0.70 -19.39%
Cho-Manno's Blessing $0.94 $1.23 -$0.29 -23.58%
Land Grant $4.05 $3.48 $0.57 16.38%
Snuff Out $4.07 $3.96 $0.11 2.78%
Reverent Silence $4.61 $5.56 -$0.95 -17.09%
Moment's Peace $2.48 $3.39 -$0.91 -26.84%
Rhystic Study $2.70 $2.67 $0.03 1.12%
Entourage of Trest $1.98 $1.70 $0.28 16.47%
Thorn of the Black Rose $5.01 $7.10 -$2.09 -29.44%
Palace Sentinels $3.28 $3.86 -$0.58 -15.03%
Custodi Squire $4.03 $4.15 -$0.12 -2.89%
Ash Barrens $1.33 $2.03 -$0.70 -34.48%
Manamorphose $1.86 $1.47 $0.39 26.53%
Crop Rotation $2.29 $2.01 $0.28 13.93%
Exhume $1.51 $0.91 $0.60 65.93%
Pestilence $4.04 $3.74 $0.30 8.02%
Impulse $3.49 $2.21 $1.28 57.92%
Quirion Ranger $2.49 $2.46 $0.03 1.22%
Pioneer StaplesSelfless Spirit enters the list this week.  Field of the Dead which I should have taken off list week, goes back off it. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $10.02 $10.02 $0.00 0%
Soul-Scar Mage $5.17 $7.09 ($1.92) -27%
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar $12.53 $12.97 ($0.44) -3%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $8.53 $8.66 ($0.13) -2%
Courser of Kruphix $8.98 $7.77 $1.21 16%
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria $7.93 $5.56 $2.37 43%
Voice of Resurgence $6.34 $6.24 $0.10 2%
Kolaghan's Command $7.21 $9.42 ($2.21) -23%
Collected Company $8.34 $10.32 ($1.98) -19%
Liliana, the Last Hope $20.62 $20.81 ($0.19) -1%
Collective Brutality $7.44 $8.39 ($0.95) -11%
Emrakul, the Promised End $9.44 $10.13 ($0.69) -7%
Grim Flayer $5.05 $4.77 $0.28 6%
Selfless Spirit $6.33
Breeding Pool $7.16 $5.28 $1.88 36%
Stomping Ground $3.43 $3.68 ($0.25) -7%
Godless Shrine $2.43 $2.09 $0.34 16%
Sacred Foundry $0.96 $0.98 ($0.02) -2%
Watery Grave $1.33 $1.22 $0.11 9%
Mana Confluence $9.89 $10.39 ($0.50) -5%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.50 $10.29 ($0.79) -8%
Spirebluff Canal $5.48 $6.69 ($1.21) -18%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $8.52 $8.31 $0.21 3%
Bomat Courier $4.23 $5.77 ($1.54) -27%
Blooming Marsh $3.90 $3.49 $0.41 12%
Botanical Sanctum $6.15 $5.98 $0.17 3%
Scavenging Ooze $11.05 $9.51 $1.54 16%
Mutavault $8.97 $13.42 ($4.45) -33%
Goblin Rabblemaster $7.26 $10.31 ($3.05) -30%
Nexus of Fate $24.47 $24.95 ($0.48) -2%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $22.10 $25.43 ($3.33) -13%
Thought-Knot Seer $7.16 $8.28 ($1.12) -14%
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar $6.56 $5.54 $1.02 18%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $18.65 $15.48 $3.17 20%
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth $5.20 $5.43 ($0.23) -4%
Sphinx's Revelation $6.63 $6.82 ($0.19) -3%
Rest in Peace $5.95 $6.71 ($0.76) -11%
Supreme Verdict $8.61 $9.21 ($0.60) -7%
Hallowed Fountain $2.42 $2.39 $0.03 1%
Steam Vents $2.42 $2.18 $0.24 11%
Blood Crypt $2.65 $3.54 ($0.89) -25%
Overgrown Tomb $1.94 $1.41 $0.53 38%
Temple Garden $0.85 $1.05 ($0.20) -19%
Abrupt Decay $5.96 $4.52 $1.44 32%
Tireless Tracker $5.61 $7.04 ($1.43) -20%
Thassa, God of the Sea $7.76 $4.32 $3.44 80%
Elspeth, Sun's Champion $8.06 $5.94 $2.12 36%
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
Guilds of Ravnica $69.19 $68.93 $0.26 0%
Ravnica Allegiances $88.64 $77.26 $11.38 15%
Treasure Chest $2.30 $2.34 ($0.04) -2%
War of the Spark $196.21 $197.91 ($1.70) -1%
Throne of Eldraine Booster $2.91 $2.64 $0.27 10%
Core Set 2020 $189.04 $176.11 $12.93 7%
Modern Horizons $243.50 $215.87 $27.63 13%
Throne of Eldraine $181.13 $183.27 ($2.14) -1%

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 193.74
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 116.02
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 83.69
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 82.35
Mox Jet 1E Rare 74.63
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 71.66
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 66.37
Oko, Thief of Crowns ELD Mythic 56.47
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 55.94
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 53.91
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 53.59
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 53.29
Time Walk 1E Rare 50.47
Timetwister 1E Rare 49.12
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 44.42
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 42.08
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 41.35
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 40.75
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 40.13
Unmask V16 Mythic 38.47
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 37.11
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 34.22
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 31.71
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 29.8
Thoughtseize IMA Rare 28.39
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord M20 Mythic 27.97
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 26.95
Dark Depths UMA Mythic 26.84
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 26.08
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 26.02
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 25.7
Force of Will MED Rare 25.32
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 25.23
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 18505.  Last week?  18530, down twenty five dollars for the week, not bad, seems pretty stable. 
In Closing

Prices were done on Thursday, which was hard to do considering there was a Demonic Pact deck in the Pioneer deck dump on the same day. 

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



Wow. Just coming off reading by Alphi at Thu, 12/19/2019 - 06:28
Alphi's picture

Wow. Just coming off reading your Hot Corner here. It's... Strong. And it touched something for me.

I have been on and off Magic since Unlimited. I never really fell into the rabbit hole though. I was too poor when I was young to afford to play it competitively, and only did a few tournaments. And when I graduated from college, I immediately became an expatriate, and the game was just not available to me (no, Magic is not universal, not even access to MODO. Not when you're in Central Asia, the bad bits of the Middle East or West Africa 20 years ago). But it stayed with me, an obsession I couldn't get rid off even when there were no cards in sight. I'd read about it whenever I could, imagining playing it in my head. Heck, I even had the gall of posting on the old forums.

And then the world changed, and internet became a thing everywhere, even in the most remote locations. I could play Magic online! It wasn't easy mind you, I always ended up in places where the time difference made finding players difficult. I remember once sitting on the floor at 4 in the morning in front of my laptop, trying to keep awake waiting for my opponent to reconnect for about half an hour. That might sound like an unpalatable experience, but I was in southern Pakistan and playing Magic, it was a dream.

But I still had a high-stress, time-consuming job that did not pay very well, so playing competitively on MODO was still elusive. And then that changed too. I got a posting that was calmer, very well paid, and in a place where internet was ok and I was aligned with European players. I could afford to throw hundreds of dollars at the game AND have the time to actually play it. I went full in.

I played Legacy league upon Legacy league, Legacy being my favorite format. I started modestly but I improved. My first time going 5-0 is as memorable as anything in my life. I started looking at getting into the MOCS, branching into other formats. I was spending all my evenings and non-negligible part of my weekends playing the one game.

It lasted about 4 months, after which my wife came back home one evening and started crying when she saw me on my computer. I didn't really understand at first: she had always been very independent, and in 10 years of marriage, she never complained about any of my other obsessive hobbies, whether video games, painting minis, or anything. It turned out that by that stage, she was SCARED of what my resultwould be in whatever competition I might be playing. She told me my mood swings had become dramatic, that I was either extremely elated or deeply depressed, every evening. That my rants against my screens were getting louder. And in neither case was it fun to be around me, for even when I was elated, I couldn't talk about much else than my latest victory.

It took a bit of work to process this, especially as it was the first time I had seen my better half in that state (and I don't use the term "better half" lightly). But it was so very true. I remembered occasion when I had made a bad misplay, conceding instead of winning, and it had obsessed me for a couple of days, at home, at work. I felt so bad, I couldn't manage my team properly or take a decision, because clearly, I was worthless. In a very short while, who I was, my worth, had become entirely defined by my time in Magic.

I still play now, but I have forsaken competition. I had the luck of finding another expat who is fond of the game, and we brought back a bunch of packs. We play for fun, in a bunch of formats, from drafts to Duels decks. We take it easy. I still read about Magic a lot, heck, I still have a subscription with the Starcity website. But I keep it in check. I don't know what it is about this game that can take you in so fully. It remains absolutely unique, and I am happy it exists, even if I'm a bit sad when I think about it can do to me.

Anyway, sorry for the very long post, but your article stirred up some memories. Cheers!