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State of the Program for December 4th, 2020
 
In the News

Secret Lair Anniversary: Cyber Monday kicked off a new round of Secret Lair products.  Dubbed Secretversary, there are five new drops from the program. 

A Box of Rocks gives you new art for Arcane Signet, Chromatic Lantern, Commander's Sphere, Darksteel Ingot and Gilded Lotus in addition to a single use code for copies of each on MTGO. This comes in foil and non-foil.  

Artist Series: Seb McKinnon is to me, the most ideal use for Secret Lairs, allowing an artist to pick some cards and create for them.  Featuring a poem by Liam McKinnon, the alternate cards for Damnation, Enchanted Evening, Sower of Temptation and Swamp tell a story and highlight why Seb is a beloved artist in the game.   This drop is also foil or non-foil, comes with a sleeve code for Arena and a code for MTGO. 

Happy Little Gathering features ten basic lands with art from Bob Ross.  Foil and non-foil, it also includes a code for 5 of the basic lands on Arena, and all ten on MTGO. 

Party Hard, Shred Harder is my second ideal use for Secret Lairs.  Announced by renowned Italian metal band Lacuna Coil, these cards don't look like Magic cards at all, but rather, concert posters.  You get new art for Anguished Unmaking, Assassin's Trophy, Decimate, Dreadbore, and Thraximundar.  You get an MTGO code for these as well. It is available in non-foil. 

We Hope You Like Squirrels is the final drop of the sale.  It's only in foil, and it's all about Squirrels.  Chatter of the Squirrel, Krosan Beast, Squirrel Mob, Squirrel Wrangler, Swarmyard and a Squirrel token are the featured cards in this one.  You also get a code for an Arena sleeve, and an MTGO code for the cards as well. 

There are bundles for this as well, one for all the non-foil offerings, one that is all the foil ones, and a third that is bundle of the previous two. 

Bob Ross Land Codes:  If you noticed in the previous section I talked about the Bob Ross drop only giving five lands on Arena (well that and apparently an alternate art Evolving Wilds).  The case sensitive codes for the other lands have been released for Arena, and they are good until December 14th.   DelightfulMeadow, IslandWilderness, TreeFriend, HappySwamp, and MoveMountains are the codes you need.

Modern Super Qualifier:  Friday, December 4th is the next super qualifier on MTGO. 

Showcase Challenge Weekend:  Saturday December 5th will highlight Standard, Modern and Vintage.  Sunday, December 6th will show off Pioneer, Legavy and Zendikar Rising sealed.  Format challenges for these formats will of course, be pre-empted. 

2021 MOCS Season 1
:  This started on Wednesday, there are also changes to Prelim events on MTGO.  The number of rounds is down to 4 from 5.  Minimum players is down from 16 to 12.  Prizes are also changed.  4 wins gets 600 Play Points, 40 QP and 5 Treasure Chests.  3 wins gets 300 Play Points, 20 QP and 3 Treasure Chests.  2 wins get 150 Play Points, 10 QP and 1 Treasure Chest.  Entry fee remains the same. 

You can read the rest of the Magic Online announcements here

Magic Online Champions Showcase:  The new MOCS was last weekend, featuring eight players, this two format event features the winners of each pod facing off in the finals, unless one player wins both of the 8 person pods.  There is no finals then.  Kazuya Takuwa won the Zendikar Rising draft pod, lost all of their Modern rounds and faced off against Francesco Giresi in the finals.  Takuwa won the final series, with Modern decks 2-1, and took home $20,000 for the weekend. 

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, 2021


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 2 - December 9:  Chaos Draft: Masters
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: It is weird to me, to see a linear aggro deck that isn't running green for the adventure card advantage engine, but this deck, packing five pieces of equipment does just that, trading out Edgewall Innkeeper for Ox of Agonas.  You also have a nice little combo with Robber of the Rich and Seasoned Hallowblade


Historic:  This deck went 6-0 recently, and after playing it, I am not sure how it did it.  To me, it is to mixed up in what it wants to do.  Is it Enchantress?  Is it Auras?  It's taking up both lanes from what I recall about it. 


Legacy: It was only a matter of time that Legacy would see an uptick in Oops!  All Spells!  It has been doing well enough in Modern and Pioneer, so I am not surprised at all.


Modern:  This list won two Challenges over the weekend, and a list that ran one more land won the new MOCS.  It's worth keeping an eye on for sure.


PauperFall from Favor is a nearly 4 dollar common that makes it almost impossible to get back in to the game.  I don't imagine that it will be a part of Pauper for long, but then again, I thought Tron would have left a long time ago.  Just let me cast Nivix Cyclops again please!


Pioneer:  It's like the Standard deck but with more explosive options! 


Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

It appears that Tweedel and Hamuda both had incredibly good weekends. 

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - into_play - Golgari Depths
Saturday Modern - Tweedel - Mono Red Obosh Prowess
Saturday Pauper -  Hamuda - Jeskai Atog
Saturday Pioneer - gottelicious - Irencrag Red
Saturday Standard -  _Spata_ - Gruul Adventures
Saturday Vintage - thedeck84

Sunday Legacy - John1111 - Urza Echo
Sunday Modern - Tweedel - Mono Red Obosh Prowess
Sunday Pauper - Hamuda - Jeskai Atog
Sunday Pioneer - Showtime_ - Mono Red Prowess
Sunday Standard - kvza - Dimir Control
Sunday Vintage - discoverN

Other Event Winners

Sealed Champ Qualifier
Pioneer Champ Qualifier - jay44bab - Oops All Spells

 

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

I am consuming less Magic content, because let's face it, after spending 40 to 60 hours a week writing, working with writers and getting the sites ready the last thing I want to do is read more Magic stuff, so when I do read something it's always a thing that I think is impressive as heck.  I also do not get worked up about MTG finance, Cassie Labelle however is one of the best finance writers for Magic right now, and when she writes about something I always find it captivating.  Looking at the prices of cards after bans?  What a neat idea!  You can check it out on tcgplayer

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: Nothing huge going on in Standard right now.  The format still feels really healthy. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $15.02 $18.29 ($3.27) -18%
Questing Beast $6.18 $6.43 ($0.25) -4%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.83 $4.43 $1.40 32%
The Great Henge $6.80 $7.51 ($0.71) -9%
General Kudro of Drannith $7.59 $9.36 ($1.77) -19%
Shark Typhoon $13.39 $12.90 $0.49 4%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $7.34 $8.23 ($0.89) -11%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $9.21 $9.35 ($0.14) -1%
Teferi, Master of Time $9.71 $10.98 ($1.27) -12%
Terror of the Peaks $17.22 $17.19 $0.03 0%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $16.03 $16.72 ($0.69) -4%
Elder Gargaroth $34.88 $37.50 ($2.62) -7%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 13.38 15.08 ($1.70) -11%
Klothys, God of Destiny 10.23 11.05 ($0.82) -7%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 6.31 5.7 $0.61 11%
Ox of Agonas 5.61 5.56 $0.05 1%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $29.22 $30.87 ($1.65) -5%
Turntimber Symbiosis $20.60 $20.06 $0.54 3%
Agadeem's Awakening $13.77 $17.41 ($3.64) -21%
Skyclave Apparition $19.78 $15.88 $3.90 25%
Shatterskull Smashing $5.98 $8.33 ($2.35) -28%
Sea Gate Restoration $4.53 $5.51 ($0.98) -18%
Modern StaplesSteelshaper's Gift is back over $5.  Well it's actually closer to $11.  It's not on the list this week because this is surely driven by Commander right?  It's seeing play in two decks on MTGGoldfish, so I am assuming it is thanks to Commander Legends.  A couple of New Phyrexian cards came back to the list as well.  Boil is over 7 dollars now, and that, I reckon is good sideboard tech.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $15.79 $24.89 ($9.10) -37%
Cavern of Souls $16.41 $17.79 ($1.38) -8%
Mishra's Bauble $9.33 $8.72 $0.61 7%
Aether Vial $17.17 $23.51 ($6.34) -27%
Horizon Canopy $9.97 $13.09 ($3.12) -24%
Tarmogoyf $5.58 $4.30 $1.28 30%
Liliana of the Veil $12.39 $11.89 $0.50 4%
Polluted Delta $10.92 $7.95 $2.97 37%
Wooded Foothills $6.24 $5.87 $0.37 6%
Flooded Strand $5.61 $5.13 $0.48 9%
Bloodstained Mire $7.06 $5.51 $1.55 28%
Windswept Heath $6.27 $5.13 $1.14 22%
Thoughtseize $8.79 $7.13 $1.66 23%
Field of the Dead $20.75 $22.99 ($2.24) -10%
Elvish Reclaimer $15.10 $11.56 $3.54 31%
Force of Negation $81.07 $71.58 $9.49 13%
Wrenn and Six $74.09 $68.87 $5.22 8%
Prismatic Vista $15.15 $12.34 $2.81 23%
Sunbaked Canyon $14.10 $12.03 $2.07 17%
Seasoned Pyromancer $45.31 $29.77 $15.54 52%
Fiery Islet $8.69 $8.68 $0.01 0%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $11.90 $7.93 $3.97 50%
Plague Engineer $13.21 $11.02 $2.19 20%
Force of Vigor $13.38 $14.81 ($1.43) -10%
Collector Ouphe $4.44 $5.16 ($0.72) -14%
Nurturing Peatland $6.56 $4.65 $1.91 41%
Ice-Fang Coatl $7.58 $6.20 $1.38 22%
Giver of Runes $13.87 $9.23 $4.64 50%
Hexdrinker $6.62 $7.91 ($1.29) -16%
Flusterstorm $8.19 $6.18 $2.01 33%
Archmage's Charm $9.54 $5.76 $3.78 66%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $6.42 $6.91 ($0.49) -7%
Silent Clearing $6.58 $5.38 $1.20 22%
Chalice of the Void $9.90 $11.46 ($1.56) -14%
Surgical Extraction $15.75 $15.74 $0.01 0%
Dismember $5.71


Karn Liberated $5.17


Ensnaring Bridge $8.78 $8.39 $0.39 5%
Boil $7.41


Gemstone Mine $13.30 $11.12 $2.18 20%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.24 $8.26 ($0.02) 0%
Scalding Tarn $17.41 $13.46 $3.95 29%
Verdant Catacombs $14.30 $12.71 $1.59 13%
Misty Rainforest $16.05 $15.08 $0.97 6%
Arid Mesa $4.97 $5.32 ($0.35) -7%
Marsh Flats $5.06 $3.98 $1.08 27%
Eternal StaplesDark Depths is back on the list.  Sphere of Resistance has also came back to the list.  I added Echo of Eons to the list as well, as it seems like it is a Legacy playable more than a Modern one.  Paradigm Shift is something I am going to keep an eye on, as I am not sure if it is a Legacy playable or not. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $5.33


Oko, Thief of Crowns $20.36 $20.64 ($0.28) -1%
City of Traitors $19.42 $19.00 $0.42 2%
Sphere of Resistance $6.29


Monastery Mentor $7.94 $4.61 $3.33 72%
Allosaurus Shepherd $55.82 $68.03 ($12.21) -18%
Force of Will $45.66 $39.99 $5.67 14%
Karakas $10.79 $9.82 $0.97 10%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $41.27 $35.81 $5.46 15%
Demonic Tutor $8.31 $8.30 $0.01 0%
Echo of Eons $8.53


Unmask $7.92 $9.74 ($1.82) -19%
Misdirection $12.22 $13.31 ($1.09) -8%
Rishadan Port $14.10 $11.32 $2.78 25%
Entomb $7.03 $9.76 ($2.73) -28%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $39.14 $25.80 $13.34 52%
Mox Diamond $19.29 $19.36 ($0.07) 0%
Wasteland $43.12 $35.92 $7.20 20%
Ancient Tomb $18.99 $19.73 ($0.74) -4%
Lotus Petal $20.62 $18.17 $2.45 13%
Earthcraft $6.63 $6.93 ($0.30) -4%
Academy Rector $5.22 $5.38 ($0.16) -3%
Grim Monolith $14.26 $14.57 ($0.31) -2%
Exploration $13.74 $13.02 $0.72 6%
Gaea's Cradle $28.57 $28.49 $0.08 0%
Carpet of Flowers $29.28 $40.18 ($10.90) -27%
Gilded Drake $8.40 $9.67 ($1.27) -13%
Show and Tell $4.35 $6.63 ($2.28) -34%
Black Lotus $8.59 $8.85 ($0.26) -3%
Tropical Island $9.46 $9.34 $0.12 1%
Volcanic Island $10.66 $9.70 $0.96 10%
Underground Sea $12.52 $12.81 ($0.29) -2%
Sol Ring $10.36 $10.17 $0.19 2%
Null Rod $6.41 $6.26 $0.15 2%
Doomsday $21.15 $21.16 ($0.01) 0%
Mindbreak Trap $17.73 $23.35 ($5.62) -24%
Pioneer Staples:  Pioneer also seems like it is really fine right now.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $8.35 $9.59 ($1.24) -13%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.83 $5.77 $0.06 1%
Collected Company $6.40 $7.10 ($0.70) -10%
Collective Brutality $5.16 $5.17 ($0.01) 0%
Assassin's Trophy $7.85 $6.14 $1.71 28%
Mana Confluence $5.31 $3.93 $1.38 35%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.14 $8.34 ($1.20) -14%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $5.69 $8.90 ($3.21) -36%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $76.83 $74.37 $2.46 3%
Teferi, Time Raveler $37.60 $37.68 ($0.08) 0%
Finale of Devastation $6.16 $7.58 ($1.42) -19%
Karn, the Great Creator $36.78 $32.92 $3.86 12%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $13.91 $14.68 ($0.77) -5%
Blast Zone $15.32 $11.90 $3.42 29%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $18.33 $14.08 $4.25 30%
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 $129.46 $139.66 ($10.20) -7%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $72.51 $74.22 ($1.71) -2%
Theros Beyond Death $160.47 $157.01 $3.46 2%
Throne of Eldraine $140.00 $141.96 ($1.96) -1%
Treasure Chest $2.35 $2.40 ($0.05) -2%
Zendikar Rising $137.50 $139.26 ($1.76) -1%
Zendikar Rising Booster Pack $3.27 $3.23 $0.04 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 149.25
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 101.48
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 81.07
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 76.83
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 76.51
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 74.94
Mox Jet 1E Rare 74.61
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 74.09
Karakas UBT Mythic 73.85
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 66.18
Time Walk 1E Rare 62.07
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 62.02
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 55.82
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 54.48
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 52.93
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 52.25
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 52.12
Force of Will MED Rare 45.66
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 45.31
Wasteland TE Uncommon 43.12
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 42.89
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.82
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 42.42
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 41.27
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 39.14
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 38.29
Timetwister 1E Rare 37.98
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 37.95
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 37.6
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 36.99
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 36.89
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 36.78
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 35.49
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.48
Force of Will VMA Rare 35.34
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 35.18
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic 34.88
Force of Will EMA Mythic 33.34
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 32.76
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 32.76
Wasteland TPR Rare 32.46
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.91
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 31.43
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 31.36
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 31.31
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.08
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 30.51
Wasteland EXP Mythic 29.77
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 29.28
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 29.22
Wasteland EMA Rare 28.96
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 28.57
Auriok Champion IMA Rare 27.68
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 26.85
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Submerge NE Uncommon 25.69
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.28
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 25.25
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.19
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 $25,630.  Last week, even though I took the week off, Pete did the big number and it was $25,063.  That is an increase of $567.  It's also the same last three numbers but in a different order! 

Neat. 
 
In Closing

Spent a reasonable amount of time playing CommandFest over the weekend.  It was a blast, and I was mostly symptom free during the bulk of it.  I know webcam games are not the same as in person games but it was a small step.  The next season of Fortnite started as well, so I have been doing work on the battlepass for my son.  I streamed the end of season event for him to watch, and we all had a blast with it. 

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