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State of the Program for December 17th, 2021
 
In the News

Season Qualifier Points:  Season 3 ended on Wednesday.  The 2022 season started then as well, taking Season 1 Qualifier Points.  

2022 Magic Online Premier Play:  Season 1 Started on the 15th, and will end on April 13th, 2022.  It seems to mirror the current organized play system on MTGO, gives invitations to Set Championships on MTG Arena, and still has the Champions Showcase event.  You can see the full document here.

Season 3 Showcase Qualifiers:  Saturday sees a Modern Showcase Qualifier, and Sunday is a Legacy one.  Pauper gets one on December 26th and Pioneer on January 2nd! 

Super Qualifiers:  There is one on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  Limited, Pauper and Modern. 
 
Kamigawa Neon Dynasty:  Previews kinda started Thursday for the next set, they start properly on the 27 of January.  You can see the info 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
Unknow
Constructed Leagues End
Ends February 9th, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends February 10th, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
Midnight Hunt Redemption 
Ends February 9th, 2021
Crimson Vow Redemption

Starts December 15th, 2021

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 - Modern Horizons 2 Draft
Ongoing - Artifact Cube

December 17th - Crimson Vow Sealed Super Qualifier
December 18th - Pauper Super Qualifier
December 18th - Modern Showcase Qualifier
December 19th - Legacy Showcase Qualifier
December 19th - Modern Super Qualifier
December 26th - Crimson Vow Sealed Super Qualifier
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

December 22 - Another three weeks of Vintage Cube
January 12 - Supreme Vintage Cube
January 19 - Usman Jamil's Ravnica Cube
January 26 - Innistrad Double Feature
 
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
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
 
The Hot Take Corner

Modern had a fair share of bans this year.  Field of the Dead, Mystic Sanctuary, Simian Spirit Guide, Tibalt's Trickery and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath  were all removed back in February.  Modern is a format that can best be describe sometimes as Modern Horizons block constructed.  The second Horizons set dropped this year and with all the important new cards in it many players feel like Modern is a rotating format now, based on when Horizons sets come out.  Urza's Saga, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and the Evoke Elementals have made rental accounts almost useless as the prices of these singles soared.  The kicker is this. 

The deck of the year in Modern might have a bunch of weird equipment in it. 

Tibalt's Trickery:  This deck was a menace.  You cascaded into a Trickery as early as turn one thanks to the Spirit Guide and then got something that usually broke the game be it an Eldrazi or whatever.  This was a rough patch for Modern, in what was an otherwise bright year. 


Omnath Pile:


Hammer Time:  This is what I feel is the deck of the year in Modern.  It may also be the best deck for Urza's Saga in the format. 


Death's ShadowDeath's Shadow may be the best deck for Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer in the format as well. 

Cutting Edge Tech

Cutting Edge Tech will have the same purpose this week that we did last week, more decks of the year!  This section will go over Pauper, which had an incredibly rocky year.  Fall from Favor was banned in January.  Joining them in September was Chatterstorm and Sojourner's Companion.  These bans were not enough to actually help the format.  It was a slow motion train wreck all year long.  Well, honestly, Commander Legends had a huge impact on the format, downshifting some new cards like Fiery Cannonade and  Abrade.  Each set seemed to have at least something playable and then Forgotten Realms, Modern Horizons and the Innistrad sets had some cheap artifacts and cheap draw for the format.  Check out the decks below! 

Fall from Favor
:  I know that this looks like an Izzet Skred and it is, but every blue deck in the format had some number of Fall from Favor in it.  It warped the format. 


Chatterstorm:  Another deck that warped the format.  The Chatterstorm still with First Day Of Class made this very potent, but Galvanic Relay also got a chance to shine here as well. 


Sojourner Affinity:  This was basically the same time as Chatterstorm.  This was one of the decks in the format that could go head to head with the Squirrels. 


Rakdos Affinity:  This deck is making people run Dust to Dust in the main. 

 


 

 

Winner's Circle

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

Xerk had a pretty good weekend! 

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - No event
Saturday Modern - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Pauper - kasa - Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - WookieWasabi - The Locust God Combo
Saturday Standard - Xerk - Dimir Control
Saturday Vintage - Bryzem

Sunday Legacy - TrincoTeq - Elves
Sunday Modern - RyanWu - Omnath Pile
Sunday Pauper - Thalai - Boros Monarch
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Standard - Clockwork Dean - Mono Green Aggro
Sunday Vintage - Vertyx_

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Showcase Challenge
- Xerk - Collected Angels
Modern Showcase Challenge
- zachattack23 - Omnath Pile


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: Not much action here. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $31.70 $34.96 ($3.26) -9%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $11.02 $11.08 ($0.06) -1%
Acererak the Archlich $16.35 $18.82 ($2.47) -13%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $9.18 $9.90 ($0.72) -7%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $6.45 $6.42 $0.03 0%
Old Gnawbone $16.66 $16.65 $0.01 0%
Den of the Bugbear $40.23 $41.89 ($1.66) -4%
Lolth, Spider Queen $23.82 $22.69 $1.13 5%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $14.36 $14.56 ($0.20) -1%
Inferno of the Star Mounts $7.01 $8.46 ($1.45) -17%
Ranger Class $6.67 $7.58 ($0.91) -12%
Hall of the Storm Giants $17.96 $14.32 $3.64 25%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $7.92 $7.39 $0.53 7%
Treasure Vault $11.69 $12.08 ($0.39) -3%
Valki, God of Lies $8.33 $8.39 ($0.06) -1%
Goldspan Dragon $8.34 $9.07 ($0.73) -8%
Alrund's Epiphany $11.43 $12.73 ($1.30) -10%
Arlinn, the Pack's Hope $5.37 $5.26 $0.11 2%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $7.58 $7.25 $0.33 5%
Moonveil Regent $5.77 $6.26 ($0.49) -8%
Tainted Adversary $5.33 $5.26 $0.07 1%
Spectral Adversary $5.47 $5.34 $0.13 2%
Wrenn and Seven $35.65 $35.75 ($0.10) 0%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $14.25 $14.00 $0.25 2%
The Meathook Massacre $26.06 $25.67 $0.39 2%
Intrepid Adversary $22.23 $24.02 ($1.79) -7%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $5.67 $5.69 ($0.02) 0%
Memory Deluge $12.46 $12.25 $0.21 2%
Prismari Command $8.31 $8.30 $0.01 0%
Professor Onyx $6.10 $6.50 ($0.40) -6%
Mascot Exhibition $7.46 $8.53 ($1.07) -13%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $37.36 $30.76 $6.60 21%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $8.16 $6.21 $1.95 31%
Faithbound Judge $6.38 $8.59 ($2.21) -26%
Cemetery Illuminator $6.65 $7.90 ($1.25) -16%
Cultivator Colossus $29.62 $34.31 ($4.69) -14%
Cemetery Prowler $5.00 $5.25 ($0.25) -5%
Manaform Hellkite $5.08 $6.84 ($1.76) -26%
Skyclave Apparition $14.65 $14.72 ($0.07) 0%
Shatterskull Smashing $13.94 $14.53 ($0.59) -4%
Roiling Vortex $7.48 $7.11 $0.37 5%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.03 $5.85 $0.18 3%
Modern Staples:  Modern Horizons 2 prices have exploded again. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $30.79 $30.68 $0.11 0%
Steelshaper's Gift $5.45 $6.56 ($1.11) -17%
Cavern of Souls $14.34 $16.94 ($2.60) -15%
Mishra's Bauble $35.80 $32.69 $3.11 10%
Aether Vial $5.88 $6.18 ($0.30) -5%
Liliana of the Veil $8.46 $7.54 $0.92 12%
Polluted Delta $7.89 $10.04 ($2.15) -21%
Wooded Foothills $5.83 $6.80 ($0.97) -14%
Flooded Strand $7.08 $6.75 $0.33 5%
Bloodstained Mire $6.21 $7.46 ($1.25) -17%
Windswept Heath $7.14 $7.26 ($0.12) -2%
Thoughtseize $12.33 $11.07 $1.26 11%
Force of Negation $48.89 $52.59 ($3.70) -7%
Wrenn and Six $61.68 $54.41 $7.27 13%
Prismatic Vista $7.53 $8.14 ($0.61) -7%
Sunbaked Canyon $21.40 $21.61 ($0.21) -1%
Seasoned Pyromancer $14.70 $16.73 ($2.03) -12%
Fiery Islet $6.88 $6.31 $0.57 9%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $5.96 $4.76 $1.20 25%
Force of Vigor $54.91 $57.97 ($3.06) -5%
Flusterstorm $18.98 $22.65 ($3.67) -16%
Archmage's Charm $15.63 $15.61 $0.02 0%
Silent Clearing $7.86 $6.83 $1.03 15%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $9.16 $8.63 $0.53 6%
Archon of Cruelty $9.27 $6.31 $2.96 47%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $99.03 $97.66 $1.37 1%
Urza's Saga $48.28 $56.90 ($8.62) -15%
Solitude $52.87 $50.47 $2.40 5%
Endurance $63.51 $71.08 ($7.57) -11%
Grief $12.54 $12.27 $0.27 2%
Murktide Regent $14.85 $12.95 $1.90 15%
Sanctum Prelate $8.63 $9.25 ($0.62) -7%
Fury $28.84 $20.16 $8.68 43%
Chalice of the Void $17.63 $19.40 ($1.77) -9%
Surgical Extraction $7.24 $7.63 ($0.39) -5%
Karn Liberated $7.00 $7.72 ($0.72) -9%
Puresteel Paladin $5.95 $5.26 $0.69 13%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $7.03 $7.27 ($0.24) -3%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $6.61 $6.56 $0.05 1%
Wurmcoil Engine $6.28 $6.02 $0.26 4%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.47 $6.76 ($0.29) -4%
Teferi, Time Raveler $38.81 $41.93 ($3.12) -7%
Gemstone Mine $10.10 $9.53 $0.57 6%
Scalding Tarn $5.65 $6.41 ($0.76) -12%
Verdant Catacombs $3.32 $3.74 ($0.42) -11%
Misty Rainforest $5.40 $4.91 $0.49 10%
Arid Mesa $2.82 $2.97 ($0.15) -5%
Marsh Flats $1.44 $1.61 ($0.17) -11%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $24.00 $24.46 ($0.46) -2%
Opposition Agent $23.27 $22.00 $1.27 6%
Jeweled Lotus $26.38 $26.40 ($0.02) 0%
City of Traitors $13.35 $12.08 $1.27 11%
Allosaurus Shepherd $39.56 $37.44 $2.12 6%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $8.85 $7.85 $1.00 13%
Force of Will $53.25 $40.26 $12.99 32%
Karakas $6.79 $5.90 $0.89 15%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $12.64 $13.12 ($0.48) -4%
Unmask $12.00 $11.69 $0.31 3%
Misdirection $13.11 $13.14 ($0.03) 0%
Rishadan Port $9.31 $9.73 ($0.42) -4%
Snuff Out $10.95 $11.83 ($0.88) -7%
Submerge $9.98 $9.77 $0.21 2%
Daze $5.88 $5.95 ($0.07) -1%
Entomb $8.86 $8.16 $0.70 9%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $8.20 $9.56 ($1.36) -14%
Mox Diamond $33.57 $29.56 $4.01 14%
Wasteland $20.14 $21.07 ($0.93) -4%
Ancient Tomb $17.25 $13.67 $3.58 26%
Lotus Petal $30.60 $32.31 ($1.71) -5%
Grim Monolith $11.26 $11.63 ($0.37) -3%
Exploration $18.65 $17.82 $0.83 5%
Gaea's Cradle $18.46 $19.10 ($0.64) -3%
Carpet of Flowers $17.56 $16.70 $0.86 5%
Gilded Drake $6.39 $7.04 ($0.65) -9%
Black Lotus $15.06 $15.86 ($0.80) -5%
Volcanic Island $7.96 $8.08 ($0.12) -1%
Underground Sea $6.63 $9.02 ($2.39) -26%
Null Rod $12.77 $13.28 ($0.51) -4%
Doomsday $20.61 $19.11 $1.50 8%
Paradigm Shift $7.58 $7.58 $0.00 0%
Pioneer Staples:   A couple of cards fell off this week.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.73 $6.30 ($0.57) -9%
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria $5.18


Collected Company $6.40 $6.32 $0.08 1%
Kolaghan's Command $5.45 $6.19 ($0.74) -12%
Brazen Borrower $19.43 $19.20 $0.23 1%
Bonecrusher Giant $3.07 $5.09 ($2.02) -40%
Arclight Phoenix $6.02 $4.20 $1.82 43%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $14.82 $13.68 $1.14 8%
Shark Typhoon $8.32 $8.06 $0.26 3%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $12.82 $10.86 $1.96 18%
Spirebluff Canal $5.84 $5.03 $0.81 16%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $23.44 $16.11 $7.33 45%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $7.88 $8.09 ($0.21) -3%
Rest in Peace $4.96 $5.42 ($0.46) -8%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $9.28 $10.43 ($1.15) -11%
Ox of Agonas $6.23 $6.01 $0.22 4%
Karn, the Great Creator $26.27 $29.07 ($2.80) -10%
Blast Zone $3.25 $5.15 ($1.90) -37%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $23.02 $22.50 $0.52 2%


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
Forgotten Realms $284.22 $290.59 ($6.37) -2%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $184.73 $190.00 ($5.27) -3%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow Booster Pack $3.12 $3.35 ($0.23) -7%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $210.26 $212.10 ($1.84) -1%
Kaldheim $85.06 $85.56 ($0.50) -1%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $79.10 $86.66 ($7.56) -9%
Treasure Chest $2.42 $2.32 $0.10 4%
Zendikar Rising $102.84 $102.67 $0.17 0%


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 225.37
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic Rare 144.53
Mox Jet 1E Rare 119.04
Karakas UBT Mythic Rare 110
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic Rare 107.77
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic Rare 98.73
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic Rare 97.14
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 95.44
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic Rare 83.65
Time Walk 1E Rare 81.64
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 81.22
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 80.57
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic Rare 64.96
Endurance MH2 Mythic Rare 63.51
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic Rare 61.68
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 58.93
Dark Depths UBT Mythic Rare 57.7
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 54.91
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 54.36
Force of Will MED Rare 53.25
Solitude MH2 Mythic Rare 52.87
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 51.2
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic Rare 50.98
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 48.89
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 48.28
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 47.53
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic Rare 45
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic Rare 42.94
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 40.23
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic Rare 39.56
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic Rare 38.83
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 38.81
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 38.64
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 38.42
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 37.65
Chandra, Dressed to Kill VOW Mythic Rare 37.36
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic Rare 37.35
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 37.15
Mana Vault UBT Mythic Rare 36.87
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic Rare 36.07
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 35.8
Wrenn and Seven MID Mythic Rare 35.65
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 35.48
Mox Diamond ST Rare 33.57
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 32.8
Engineered Explosives 2XM Rare 32.63
Reanimate UBT Mythic Rare 32.35
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic Rare 32.27
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic Rare 31.98
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic Rare 31.93
Engineered Explosives MMA Rare 31.76
Demilich AFR Mythic Rare 31.7
Wasteland EXP Mythic Rare 31.2
Engineered Explosives 5DN Rare 30.79
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic Rare 30.61
Lotus Petal TE Common 30.6
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic Rare 30.55
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic Rare 30.51
Engineered Explosives MS2 Bonus 30.08
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 29.97
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 29.82
Timetwister 1E Rare 29.72
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 29.58
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic Rare 29.54
Fury MH2 Mythic Rare 28.62
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic Rare 28.62
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic Rare 28.11
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic Rare 27.87
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic Rare 27.44
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic Rare 27
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic Rare 26.38
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 26.27
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic Rare 26.24
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic Rare 26.06
Force of Will 2XM Mythic Rare 25.33
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic Rare 25.31
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic Rare 25.19
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 25.13
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 $27,475.  Last week it was $27,227.  We got a small increase of $248. 
 
In Closing

I was up until 6am multiple days over the weekend.  The tornadoes that did so much damage in Kentucky this past weekend may have missed me, but many Kentuckians lost everything in a short span of minutes.  I know people that lost everything and coworkers that will have to deal with the reminders of this for so long. I watched a friend see a picture in Cincinnati, Ohio, and identified it as a picture of people they knew from Ohio county, Kentucky.  We've rallied for the communities impacted, but they are going to need so much during this season and as they begin to rebuild.  You may not like our Senator or Congress people, you may love our Governor, but in the end the people of the commonwealth are great people and deserve the help and well wishes.  If you can help, please do so!

I'm astraphobic, and watching these storms triggered my panic and other issues.  I hadn't been half a mile away from my house in nearly a decade but that didn't seem to matter to me when we raced to the storm shelter to seek safe haven from the storms.  Going home I even got to see how much stuff had changed since I last saw it. 

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