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State of the Program for December 21st, 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. 

*MTGO Holiday*:  Vintage Cube is updated and back for 5 weeks.  Players should have gotten a free Vintage Cube entry item in their MTGO accounts.  All-Access is back from December 21st, to January 4th.  There is a week of Super Qualifiers as well.  Check the holiday article out here. You can check out the updated Vintage Cube article here.  The Vintage Cube card list is here.  As well as this, Daybreak Games will go on holiday break on December 23rd and come back on January 2nd.  No new blog next week, Customer service will be working at a reduced capacity, social media channels will be monitored less. 

*Card Legality*:  Starting with Phyrexia: All Will Be One, when you have the cards, you can play them!  This brings tabletop play in line with digital a bit more, as tabletop tournament legality is not now tied to Prerelease dates.  Check it out 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 25, 2023
Constructed Leagues End
Ends January 31, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
Ends January 31, 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 -  Vintage Cube

December 23 - Limited Super Qualifier
December 26 - Modern Super Qualifier
December 27 - Standard Super Qualifier
December 28 - Pioneer Super Qualifier
December 29 - Legacy Super Qualifier
December 30 - Vintage Super Qualifier
January 1 - Limited Qualifier

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

I tried to do a Christmas theme week, but ended up just doing mono red with a touch of white.

Standard
: It's amazing what red can do though.  Prowess is a super linear aggro deck that combines creatures with the mechanic and spells that deal damage.  Monastery Swiftspear was such a sweet reprint!



Legacy:  Red can also combo off, like this Storm like in the Legacy format.  I wish I had seen the Echo of Eons when I made the decklist! 


Modern:  Of course, Red can burn.


Pauper:  It can do Prowess in multiple formats! 


Pioneer:  Red can also midrange.  In conclusion, Red is a color of contrast!



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - TueBo - Izzet Murktide
Saturday Modern - burnt_taco - Temur Aggro
Saturday Pauper - FranMtg - Mono Red Prowess
Saturday Pioneer - boytriton - Izzet Phoenix
Saturday Standard -  Schiaveto - Azorius Soldiers
Saturday Vintage - musasabi

Sunday Legacy - AlessioC - Mono Red Storm
Sunday Modern - yriel - 4 Color Creativity
Sunday Pauper - Condescend - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - MrRaeb - Temur Creativity
Sunday Standard - Mogged - Izzet Control
Sunday Vintage - bless_von

Other Event Winners

Sunday MOCS Showcase Open
Saturday MOCS Showcase Open

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: Saheeli, Filigree Master is off the list.  We've got a few new cards from The Brothers' War on the list as well.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Phyrexian Fleshgorger $16.62 $18.07 -$1.45 -8%
Brotherhood's End $8.98 $10.94 -$1.96 -18%
Woodcaller Automaton $6.34 $7.22 -$0.88 -12%
Cityscape Leveler $8.29 $7.24 $1.05 15%
Portal to Phyrexia $11.32 $11.86 -$0.54 -5%
Arcane Proxy $6.68


Titania, Voice of Gaea $5.41


Urza, Lord Protector $5.37


Leyline Binding $16.13 $16.77 -$0.64 -4%
Liliana of the Veil $6.59 $7.04 -$0.45 -6%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $67.09 $70.64 -$3.55 -5%
Memory Deluge $8.79 $8.97 -$0.18 -2%
Haunted Ridge $10.49 $11.73 -$1.24 -11%
Brutal Cathar $15.30 $17.54 -$2.24 -13%
Deserted Beach $4.73 $5.41 -$0.68 -13%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $5.66 $6.50 -$0.84 -13%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $5.90 $6.96 -$1.06 -15%
Shipwreck Marsh $4.32 $5.16 -$0.84 -16%
Boseiju, Who Endures $45.44 $50.10 -$4.66 -9%
Otawara, Soaring City $9.27 $11.06 -$1.79 -16%
The Wandering Emperor $12.26 $14.10 -$1.84 -13%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $33.42 $36.69 -$3.27 -9%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $10.41 $11.03 -$0.62 -6%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $7.27 $7.47 -$0.20 -3%
Ledger Shredder $19.60 $23.00 -$3.40 -15%
Unlicensed Hearse $21.13 $22.09 -$0.96 -4%
Wedding Announcement $7.22 $7.19 $0.03 0%
Stormcarved Coast $6.75 $7.29 -$0.54 -7%
Hallowed Haunting $5.15 $5.09 $0.06 1%
Modern Staples:  Thanks to a Standard set reprint, Mishra's Bauble is finally off of the list.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $11.51 $12.74 -$1.23 -10%
Cavern of Souls $9.76 $9.42 $0.34 4%
Magus of the Moon $6.54


Polluted Delta $5.48 $5.81 -$0.33 -6%
Wooded Foothills $5.38 $8.19 -$2.81 -34%
Flooded Strand $9.14 $9.55 -$0.41 -4%
Bloodstained Mire $5.06 $5.72 -$0.66 -12%
Windswept Heath $5.92 $6.13 -$0.21 -3%
Thoughtseize $5.18 $5.38 -$0.20 -4%
Force of Negation $13.22 $12.57 $0.65 5%
Wrenn and Six $20.13 $18.19 $1.94 11%
Sunbaked Canyon $8.88 $9.91 -$1.03 -10%
Seasoned Pyromancer $9.08 $9.04 $0.04 0%
Force of Vigor $19.59 $19.10 $0.49 3%
Flusterstorm $29.19 $34.27 -$5.08 -15%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $5.38 $6.00 -$0.62 -10%
Archon of Cruelty $26.65 $21.62 $5.03 23%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $33.61 $40.98 -$7.37 -18%
Urza's Saga $50.36 $49.65 $0.71 1%
Solitude $20.84 $20.44 $0.40 2%
Endurance $37.82 $35.31 $2.51 7%
Grief $14.26 $11.83 $2.43 21%
Murktide Regent $13.94 $16.62 -$2.68 -16%
Fury $41.11 $40.92 $0.19 0%
Esper Sentinel $7.33 $7.19 $0.14 2%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $4.17 $5.32 -$1.15 -22%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $5.98 $9.03 -$3.05 -34%
Subtlety $11.02 $9.55 $1.47 15%
Dress Down $5.53


Chalice of the Void $10.63 $12.99 -$2.36 -18%
Ensnaring Bridge $5.91 $6.13 -$0.22 -4%
Teferi, Time Raveler $13.62 $12.83 $0.79 6%
Scalding Tarn $6.08 $6.03 $0.05 1%
Verdant Catacombs $2.28 $2.44 -$0.16 -7%
Misty Rainforest $4.82 $3.86 $0.96 25%
Arid Mesa $3.23 $3.83 -$0.60 -16%
Marsh Flats $1.29 $1.01 $0.28 28%
Eternal StaplesPhyrexian Dreadnought is off of the list.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
White Plume Adventurer $35.97 $29.89 $6.08 20%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $14.98 $26.23 ($11.25) -43%
Hullbreacher $16.49 $17.43 ($0.94) -5%
Opposition Agent $33.96 $36.89 ($2.93) -8%
Jeweled Lotus $11.86 $11.86 $0.00 0%
Jeska's Will $30.41 $30.01 $0.40 1%
City of Traitors $21.95 $21.69 $0.26 1%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $14.55 $14.55 $0.00 0%
Helm of Obedience $12.82 $13.38 ($0.56) -4%
Force of Will $45.06 $44.95 $0.11 0%
Karakas $6.72 $6.88 ($0.16) -2%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $10.21 $10.37 ($0.16) -2%
Enlightened Tutor $5.27 $5.25 $0.02 0%
Unmask $15.98 $17.37 ($1.39) -8%
Misdirection $12.46 $12.46 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $5.13 $5.27 ($0.14) -3%
Snuff Out $23.30 $17.62 $5.68 32%
Submerge $8.97 $9.49 ($0.52) -5%
Daze $8.35 $7.84 $0.51 7%
Entomb $9.06 $9.03 $0.03 0%
Mox Diamond $26.84 $28.50 ($1.66) -6%
Wasteland $20.94 $26.11 ($5.17) -20%
Ancient Tomb $20.68 $20.56 $0.12 1%
Lotus Petal $21.09 $21.69 ($0.60) -3%
Grindstone $6.48 $6.46 $0.02 0%
Grim Monolith $15.21 $14.52 $0.69 5%
Goblin Welder $5.16 $5.26 ($0.10) -2%
Meltdown $21.42 $26.20 ($4.78) -18%
Exploration $6.69 $6.74 ($0.05) -1%
Gaea's Cradle $36.86 $34.18 $2.68 8%
Carpet of Flowers $5.61 $6.89 ($1.28) -19%
Gilded Drake $7.67 $7.28 $0.39 5%
Show and Tell $14.01 $14.97 ($0.96) -6%
Black Lotus $16.76 $20.47 ($3.71) -18%
Volcanic Island $11.84 $13.62 ($1.78) -13%
Underground Sea $6.25 $4.77 $1.48 31%
Null Rod $7.47 $7.32 $0.15 2%
Doomsday $18.64 $19.78 ($1.14) -6%
Paradigm Shift $12.45 $12.45 $0.00 0%
Pioneer StaplesTreasure Vault has fallen off the list.  Collected Company has also come off the list.  Leyline of the Void has been removed from the list. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $10.98 $14.52 -$3.54 -24.38%
Hall of the Storm Giants $4.75 $5.98 -$1.23 -20.57%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $5.81 $5.71 $0.10 1.75%
Lair of the Hydra $9.60 $11.42 -$1.82 -15.94%
Brazen Borrower $14.44 $15.16 -$0.72 -4.75%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.09


Arclight Phoenix $4.12 $5.60 -$1.48 -26.43%
Shark Typhoon $5.19 $5.77 -$0.58 -10.05%
Orvar, the All-Form $55.53 $42.51 $13.02 30.63%
Spirebluff Canal $6.30 $7.85 -$1.55 -19.75%
Cavalier of Thorns $16.46 $18.80 -$2.34 -12.45%
Elder Gargaroth $5.54


Terror of the Peaks $5.18


The Meathook Massacre $13.29 $13.99 -$0.70 -5.00%
Karn, the Great Creator $15.06 $13.40 $1.66 12.39%
Finale of Devastation $10.62


Emeria's Call $11.57


Omnath, Locus of Creation $10.03 $10.97 -$0.94 -8.57%
Skyclave Apparition $7.17 $6.82 $0.35 5.13%
Roiling Vortex $9.24 $8.75 $0.49 5.60%
Agadeem's Awakening $8.55 $8.49 $0.06 0.71%
Sea Gate Restoration $8.16 $7.53 $0.63 8.37%
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 $119.74 $126.37 ($6.63) -5%
The Brothers's War Booster $2.87 $3.06 ($0.19) -6%
Dominaria United $123.54 $126.73 ($3.19) -3%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $65.48 $66.57 ($1.09) -2%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $125.98 $135.86 ($9.88) -7%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $135.75 $147.26 ($11.51) -8%
Streets of New Capenna $82.06 $85.91 ($3.85) -4%
Treasure Chest $2.41 $2.39 $0.02 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 255.89
Mox Jet 1E Rare 123.47
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 110.99
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 104.16
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 92.19
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 89.47
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 82.65
Time Walk 1E Rare 82.57
Karakas UBT Mythic 82.49
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 71.44
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 67.09
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 62.13
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 61.06
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 60.62
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 59.55
Orvar, the All-Form KHM Mythic 55.53
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 53.43
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 50.28
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 49.87
Aether Gale C14 Rare 49.71
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 48.88
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 47.94
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 46.73
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 45.65
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 45.44
Force of Will MED Rare 45.06
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 43.4
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 42.78
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.4
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.5
Fury MH2 Mythic 41.15
Endurance MH2 Mythic 38.2
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 37.33
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 36.86
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 36.15
White Plume Adventurer CLB Rare 35.97
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 35.05
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 34.52
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 33.96
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 33.61
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 33.42
Timetwister 1E Rare 33.12
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.11
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 33.03
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 32.75
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 31.98
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 30.41
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 30.01
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 29.92
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 29.62
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 29.52
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 29.19
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 28.78
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 28.55
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 27.96
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 27.94
Archon of Cruelty MH2 Mythic 27.68
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 27.08
Wasteland EXP Mythic 27.07
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.96
Mox Diamond ST Rare 26.84
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.23
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 25.73
Wasteland TPR Rare 25.62
Bruvac the Grandiloquent JMP Mythic 25.12
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 am taking a break from State of the Program next week.  My son will be here on Christmas vacation, so I'm gonna spend a lot of time with him. 

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