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State of the Program for December 14th, 2022
 
In the News

MTGO Forums: Daybreak has set up forums for MTGO, which you can find here

MTGO Discord:  In addition to the Forums, Daybreak has set up a Discord for MTGO.  You can get the invite here

December Secret Lair Drop: Highlighted by some sweet Transformer cards you can catch the next drop here

Starter Commander decks:  These are new to the shop and the exact product that you would buy in paper! 

The Brothers' War Redemption:  Redemption is up and running!  Remember that redemption runs now until supply is gone. 

Patch Notes:  The biggest one of the week is Demolition Field working as intended even if the opponent declines.  You can see the rest here.

Eternal Weekend:  Congrats to mephidro who won the Legacy portion of Eternal Weekend with Elves!  JUJUBEAN_2004 won the Vintage portion of the event.  They played a sweet Bazaar of Baghdad discard build. 

Treasure Chest Changes:  In addition to the Treasure Chest Only slot closing, a few cards are moving to the Curated slot.  You can see the changes here.

Phyrexia: All Will Be One: The first previews of the next set came out during the weekly Twitch stream.  There are going to be ten Planeswalkers in the set.  You can see the first look overview 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
January 26, 2023
Constructed Leagues End
Ends January 31, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
Ends January 31, 2023
Next B&R
Unknown
Dominaria United Redemption
November 29, 2022



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 -  Ixalan Block Flashback

December 17 - MOCS Showcase Open
December 18 - MOCS Showcase Open

December 21 - Vintage Cube
January 25 - A draft format

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) SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m.   Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m 32 Player Limited 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

 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard: Standard, the decks in the format, at least feel fine.  Standard, the format?  Seems less so.  It feels like it's mainly played online, and I've not really see paper play embrace the format again since play has picked up now that the pandemic is "over." 


Legacy:  Mono-White Initiative took the North American Legacy Championship by storm over the weekend, with 3 copies in the top eight.  Here you can see Chris McGuire's list from the event. 


Modern: Modern is in a neat place right now to where there is solid counterplay to the top strategies of the format.  This Mono-Red Stompy deck looks to be one of the leading anti-meta decks.  Look at all that hate, Blood Moons and Relic of Progenitus and Fury all being powered out by the ruthless aggression of Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer


Pauper:  This ihe kind of deck that I will always love about Pauper. 


Pioneer:  Hidden Strings Combo has changed a bit.  Yeah the idea is still the same, but Hope Tender has been added to the deck.  It's another way to get the most mana out of Lotus Field and it works well with Hidden Strings as well!  


Vintage: Mono-White Initiative took the North American Vintage Championship by storm over the weekend, with 3 copies in the top eight.  Here you can see Stu Somers' list from the event. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - snoopy-magic - Reanimator
Saturday Modern - NicolasGEM - Mono Red Stompy
Saturday Pauper - Wizard_2002 - Bogles
Saturday Pioneer - LucasG1ggs - Rakdos Mid
Saturday Standard - mahzinha_linda - Mono Red Aggro
Saturday Vintage - ecobaronen

Sunday Legacy - satu2112 - Reanimator
Sunday Modern - Mogged - Izzet Murktide
Sunday Pauper - Sti - Turbo Fog
Sunday Pioneer - Aardos - Hidden Strings Combo
Sunday Standard - Dazai - Esper Midrange
Sunday Vintage - Eternal Weekend

Other Event Winners

Standard Showcase Qualifier
Legacy Showcase 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:

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Phyrexian Fleshgorger $18.07 $17.04 $1.03 6%
Brotherhood's End $10.94 $12.02 -$1.08 -9%
Woodcaller Automaton $7.22 $10.97 -$3.75 -34%
Cityscape Leveler $7.24 $5.81 $1.43 25%
Portal to Phyrexia $11.86 $8.18 $3.68 45%
Saheeli, Filigree Master $3.34 $5.42 -$2.08 -38%
Leyline Binding $16.77 $17.66 -$0.89 -5%
Liliana of the Veil $7.04 $6.81 $0.23 3%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $70.64 $80.46 -$9.82 -12%
Memory Deluge $8.97 $9.36 -$0.39 -4%
Haunted Ridge $11.73 $15.07 -$3.34 -22%
Brutal Cathar $17.54 $16.38 $1.16 7%
Deserted Beach $5.41 $7.37 -$1.96 -27%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $6.50 $6.96 -$0.46 -7%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $6.96 $8.35 -$1.39 -17%
Shipwreck Marsh $5.16 $6.21 -$1.05 -17%
Boseiju, Who Endures $50.10 $56.36 -$6.26 -11%
Otawara, Soaring City $11.06 $12.82 -$1.76 -14%
The Wandering Emperor $14.10 $15.72 -$1.62 -10%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $36.69 $39.76 -$3.07 -8%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $11.03 $11.71 -$0.68 -6%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $7.47 $8.31 -$0.84 -10%
Ledger Shredder $23.00 $27.34 -$4.34 -16%
Unlicensed Hearse $22.09 $25.63 -$3.54 -14%
Wedding Announcement $7.19 $6.78 $0.41 6%
Stormcarved Coast $7.29 $9.35 -$2.06 -22%
Hallowed Haunting $5.09 $5.12 -$0.03 -1%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $12.74 $13.47 -$0.73 -5%
Cavern of Souls $9.42 $8.45 $0.97 11%
Mishra's Bauble $3.82 $6.90 -$3.08 -45%
Polluted Delta $5.81 $7.68 -$1.87 -24%
Wooded Foothills $8.19 $7.03 $1.16 17%
Flooded Strand $9.55 $8.45 $1.10 13%
Bloodstained Mire $5.72 $6.86 -$1.14 -17%
Windswept Heath $6.13 $4.99 $1.14 23%
Thoughtseize $5.38 $6.34 -$0.96 -15%
Force of Negation $12.57 $11.19 $1.38 12%
Wrenn and Six $18.19 $21.58 -$3.39 -16%
Sunbaked Canyon $9.91 $8.52 $1.39 16%
Seasoned Pyromancer $9.04 $10.58 -$1.54 -15%
Force of Vigor $19.10 $20.00 -$0.90 -4%
Flusterstorm $34.27 $31.93 $2.34 7%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $6.00 $8.66 -$2.66 -31%
Archon of Cruelty $21.62 $17.89 $3.73 21%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $40.98 $38.95 $2.03 5%
Urza's Saga $49.65 $57.43 -$7.78 -14%
Solitude $20.44 $24.46 -$4.02 -16%
Endurance $35.31 $36.87 -$1.56 -4%
Grief $11.83 $11.76 $0.07 1%
Murktide Regent $16.62 $17.61 -$0.99 -6%
Fury $40.92 $41.91 -$0.99 -2%
Esper Sentinel $7.19 $6.57 $0.62 9%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $5.32 $7.43 -$2.11 -28%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $9.03 $6.25 $2.78 44%
Subtlety $9.55 $12.31 -$2.76 -22%
Chalice of the Void $12.99 $14.34 -$1.35 -9%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.13 $6.29 -$0.16 -3%
Teferi, Time Raveler $12.83 $14.37 -$1.54 -11%
Scalding Tarn $6.03 $6.22 -$0.19 -3%
Verdant Catacombs $2.44 $2.75 -$0.31 -11%
Misty Rainforest $3.86 $4.88 -$1.02 -21%
Arid Mesa $3.83 $3.24 $0.59 18%
Marsh Flats $1.01 $1.57 -$0.56 -36%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
White Plume Adventurer $29.89 $70.66 ($40.77) -58%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $26.23 $57.30 ($31.07) -54%
Hullbreacher $17.43 $19.14 ($1.71) -9%
Opposition Agent $36.89 $44.03 ($7.14) -16%
Jeweled Lotus $11.86 $12.50 ($0.64) -5%
Jeska's Will $30.01 $28.77 $1.24 4%
City of Traitors $21.69 $19.33 $2.36 12%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $14.55 $16.20 ($1.65) -10%
Helm of Obedience $13.38 $15.58 ($2.20) -14%
Force of Will $44.95 $54.24 ($9.29) -17%
Karakas $6.88 $7.35 ($0.47) -6%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $10.37 $10.29 $0.08 1%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $4.91 $5.00 ($0.09) -2%
Enlightened Tutor $5.25 $6.44 ($1.19) -18%
Unmask $17.37 $19.06 ($1.69) -9%
Misdirection $12.46 $13.20 ($0.74) -6%
Rishadan Port $5.27 $6.65 ($1.38) -21%
Snuff Out $17.62 $17.56 $0.06 0%
Submerge $9.49 $10.35 ($0.86) -8%
Daze $7.84 $8.70 ($0.86) -10%
Entomb $9.03 $10.16 ($1.13) -11%
Mox Diamond $28.50 $28.73 ($0.23) -1%
Wasteland $26.11 $30.39 ($4.28) -14%
Ancient Tomb $20.56 $24.11 ($3.55) -15%
Lotus Petal $21.69 $19.59 $2.10 11%
Grindstone $6.46 $6.10 $0.36 6%
Grim Monolith $14.52 $15.15 ($0.63) -4%
Goblin Welder $5.26 $6.52 ($1.26) -19%
Meltdown $26.20 $33.55 ($7.35) -22%
Exploration $6.74 $8.58 ($1.84) -21%
Gaea's Cradle $34.18 $30.32 $3.86 13%
Carpet of Flowers $6.89 $8.84 ($1.95) -22%
Gilded Drake $7.28 $7.57 ($0.29) -4%
Show and Tell $14.97 $14.87 $0.10 1%
Black Lotus $20.47 $20.25 $0.22 1%
Volcanic Island $13.62 $13.48 $0.14 1%
Underground Sea $4.77 $6.88 ($2.11) -31%
Null Rod $7.32 $7.64 ($0.32) -4%
Doomsday $19.78 $18.98 $0.80 4%
Paradigm Shift $12.45 $12.84 ($0.39) -3%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $14.52 $7.76 $6.76 87.11%
Hall of the Storm Giants $5.98 $9.05 -$3.07 -33.92%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $5.71 $6.39 -$0.68 -10.64%
Treasure Vault $4.56 $6.01 -$1.45 -24.13%
Lair of the Hydra $11.42 $12.87 -$1.45 -11.27%
Collected Company $4.65 $4.56 $0.09 1.97%
Brazen Borrower $15.16 $16.25 -$1.09 -6.71%
Arclight Phoenix $5.60 $6.27 -$0.67 -10.69%
Shark Typhoon $5.77 $8.01 -$2.24 -27.97%
Orvar, the All-Form $42.51 $53.46 -$10.95 -20.48%
Spirebluff Canal $7.85 $8.54 -$0.69 -8.08%
Cavalier of Thorns $18.80 $18.26 $0.54 2.96%
Leyline of the Void $4.67 $5.42 -$0.75 -13.84%
The Meathook Massacre $13.99 $15.44 -$1.45 -9.39%
Karn, the Great Creator $13.40 $18.63 -$5.23 -28.07%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $10.97 $14.77 -$3.80 -25.73%
Skyclave Apparition $6.82 $10.20 -$3.38 -33.14%
Roiling Vortex $8.75 $7.18 $1.57 21.87%
Agadeem's Awakening $8.49 $7.77 $0.72 9.27%
Sea Gate Restoration $7.53 $6.59 $0.94 14.26%
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 $126.37 $114.72 $11.65 10%
The Brothers's War Booster $3.06 $3.06 $0.00 0%
Dominaria United $126.73 $133.39 ($6.66) -5%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $66.57 $71.65 ($5.08) -7%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $135.86 $145.49 ($9.63) -7%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $147.26 $161.75 ($14.49) -9%
Streets of New Capenna $85.91 $96.98 ($11.07) -11%
Treasure Chest $2.39 $2.35 $0.04 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 255.89
Mox Jet 1E Rare 123.47
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 110.99
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 93.12
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 92.19
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 90.75
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 82.65
Time Walk 1E Rare 82.57
Karakas UBT Mythic 82.49
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 72.58
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 70.64
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 62.13
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 61.13
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 61.06
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 59.55
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 53.43
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 50.1
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 49.87
Aether Gale C14 Rare 49.71
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 49.65
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 48.89
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 48.08
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 46.73
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 45.65
Force of Will MED Rare 44.95
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 43.4
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 42.78
Orvar, the All-Form KHM Mythic 42.51
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.4
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.5
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 40.98
Fury MH2 Mythic 40.92
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 37.33
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 36.89
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 36.69
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 36.15
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 35.75
Endurance MH2 Mythic 35.31
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 35.01
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 34.27
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 34.18
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 34.16
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 33.73
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.11
Timetwister 1E Rare 32.76
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 32.75
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 31.98
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.21
Force of Will EMA Mythic 30.97
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 30.72
Force of Will VMA Rare 30.66
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 30.01
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 30.01
White Plume Adventurer CLB Rare 29.89
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 29.62
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 28.55
Mox Diamond ST Rare 28.5
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 27.94
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 27.92
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.67
Wasteland TPR Rare 27.19
Wasteland EXP Mythic 26.73
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 26.63
Seasoned Dungeoneer CLB Rare 26.23
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.23
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 26.2
Wasteland TE Uncommon 26.11
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 25.73
Wasteland EMA Rare 25.05
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

I spent, from last Wednesday, to Monday, many hours a day working on deckbuilding projects in Paper and on MTGO.  I took apart a lot of decks in Commander, redid my Pauper decks (but kept together Cyclops), redid my Modern decks and downsized my Pioneer builds.  I am getting so many packages from tcgplayer (including from our pals at Cape Fear Games!) that getting Christmas cards will take on a whole new meaning for me! 

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