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State of the Program for December 6th, 2019
 
In the News

Secret Lair Reveled:  Thought to be a LootCrate like endeavor from Wizards of the Coast, the Secret Lair product line was instead a series of cards with alternate art more like Panini Instant, taking advantage of print on demand and a very short buy window of 24 hours.  If you pick one of these up, you get a code for a sleeve image on Arena and a code for copies of the cards on MTGO as well.  I got a playset of all of them on MTGO from a friend, and boy, the goblins from <Explosion Sounds> may be my new favorite thing on MTGO.  No wait, it's for sure one of the cat avatars!  You can see the cards here, and pick up the daily drop here.

Secret Lair Promo Cards:  Earlier in the week, Wizards of the Coast hand delivered some of the Secret Lair sets to players in the Seattle area.  When they opened them, they saw something that Wizards of the Coast had went on the record of saying would never be on cards, the stained-glass Planeswalkers from War of the Spark.  After pictures of them started to go up Wizards clarified on Twitter that a little something extra would be going in to this series of drops.


Pioneer BansField of the Dead, Once upon a Time and Smuggler's Copter were removed from the Pioneer format on Monday.  Also in this article, Wizards of the Coast stated that they expect the weekly bans to slow in the format and to sync Pioneer with the rest of the formats early next year. You can read about the changes here.

Visa issues keep Mythic Championship competitor outGeorge Kaschihin had an issue with their visa paperwork and can't attend the Mythic Championship this weekend.  It will go on with 67 players.

Format Point Removals:  Gearing up for a new year of organized play, Wizards is removing unused format points from accounts.  They will not be used in the next years organized play system.

Magic Online Premier Play:  2020 will see the year split into seasons, around 17 weeks long each.  Each season will have their own qualifying events which will cap off with an eight player in person tournament with a prize pool of 70 grand.  There is only one entry resource to track now, preliminaries are back, it appears that PTQS are tied to Qualifier points again, so no more open entries.  The MOCS means Magic Online Championship Showcase now, so it appears that the days of a end of year event are over.  Of course the MOCS is what the 8 player showcase events are replacing.  Lots of changes are coming, you can read about them 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 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
Begins October 23, 2020

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:

Vintage Playoff - December 7th
Legacy Playoff - December 8th
Pioneer PTQ - December 6th, December 7th
Modern PTQ - December 8th
 
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

On Bans:  The cards that they took out of Pioneer needed to go, and they used very sound reasoning for their removal.  Smuggler's Copter hurts the mono black deck sure, but it can go in so many different directions.  It can be the aggro deck it is now, or move back to Vampires, or switch to Zombies.  Removing Copter allows three different mono black aggro decks to exist, all of them doing things cheap and effectively still.  The same could be said for removing Copter from Gruul Aggro.  You can do low to the ground with stuff like Pelt Collector and Experiment One. You can go wide with Legion Warboss and Goblin Rabblemaster, heck I've seen Gruul take Collected Company and do sick things with it in the main deck now. Yeah Once Upon a Time may be a bigger dagger to the Gruul decks, but looking over Thursdays results I saw so many different flavors of aggro without the Looter Scooter.  It's not a dead archetype and its removal allows a traditional control to exist.  Removing Field of the Dead helps with that as well. 

I do not think that the did enough though.  Cards still need to leave the format.  Oko, Thief of Crowns hasn't had a chance to do what it did to Standard, or what it is doing to Modern and Legacy yet.  It's low key one of the top cards in the Pioneer format.  If the right build of Lotus Field is found, it's going to be a dangerous deck, but what would one cut from there?  Thespian's Stage allows one to take advantage of the Field, but just banning Field, if the deck comes together would kill it.  That doesn't seem to be the best move, I mean Summer Bloom was banned and Amulet Titan is still fine, even a bit more fair in Modern.  The Lotus Field deck may actually get Dig Through Time and Treasure Cruise banned.  While they are fair in the Arclight Phoenix deck, in the Field deck that are easily cast quickly.  Of course, it end up that the Lotus Field deck is more like Through the Breach or Neoform. Decks that are capable of doing stuff explosively, but also just capable of dying to it's own self.  It is a bit to early to tell with Twiddle Field still. 

What's not to early to tell is Wilderness Reclamation or Nexus of Fate.  I'd prefer the enchantment goes because I think Nexus, at 7 mana isn't the worst.  It's when the turns cycle starts on turn four after a turn three Reclamation.  That's when the instant gets dumb.  Of the two it most correct to just get rid of Nexus of Fate though.  It leads to tournament states like Sensei's Divining Top or Second Sunrise.  Nexus will eventually be removed from the format. 

So if the ban list were up to me, I would add Oko, Thespian's Stage and Nexus of Fate to the list.  I honestly think that things are getting to be really close to correct about Pioneer, and I would LOVE to see them ban the fetchlands in Modern as well.  I would actually like them to go back and unban everything in Modern, and let us have the same kind of power over it that we did over Pioneer.  I think that would be some exciting Magic.  The Fetchlands, as it turns out, were a mistake, and that's weird coming from me, as one of their biggest defenders.

On Secret Lair:  I was expecting a Loot Crate style thing, and was really blown away by the Secret Lair product.  Wizards has some revenue streams that they could be taking advantage of, and this is one of them.  It's nice to see them crib an idea from Topps or Panini, both sports card companies that offer a limited time print on demand card after certain games.   You get to capture history as it is made.  My advice to WotC for this?  Expand the buy period to 48 hours.  Lower the price of non-foil versions, and then with that same buy, offer an upgrade to a foil version.  That opens each buy up to players that want non-foils for tournament play, and for players that want foils to bling out their decks.  Also allow players to directly buy the Stained Glass walkers in a non foil version if they want those.  I was so happy to see that they walked back not printing that art on cards.  Don't do this every day.  Do it once a month maybe.  You don't want to overwhelm players.  It's already viewed as a cynical cash grab, but it could effectively open up a solid revenue stream for them.  I loved the addition of the cards to MTGO, and my Goblin Piledrivers look fresh! 

Also, really look in to a subscription loot system.  You have one of the most beloved ips in the world, act like it. 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:  I've spent more time on Pioneer and Modern because Standard just feels like a whole bunch of not fun things going on right now.  The decklists from the next Mythic Championship came out, and one that caught my eye is this 5 color Fires of Invention from Ken Yukahiro.  Fires is right powerful Magic card, and I enjoy doing silly things with it.  Niz-Mizzet Reborn seems like it could be among the most silly things one could do with the enchantment. 

Legacy:  I saw earlier on twitter, that there is a movement on banning Arcum's Astrolabe on reddit. One of the reasons to ban it is so people start to play non-basics again, over their ugly basic lands.  Reddit is weird.


Modern: I don't think I have ever featured this combo here, but it takes a ton of clicks, and eats some clock, so if you're gonna play it, make sure to get some practice in first! 


Pauper:  Metalcraft is Affinity's weird cousin, to me, it is weird to have this many artifacts and not run some number of Atog, but I am so far out of the loop in regards to Pauper. I think I am off the format until Ghostly Flicker is out of it.


Pioneer:  Maybe control is the wrong thing to call this, it's seemingly more midrange, and I love the copies of Despise in here.


Vintage: This deck looks like a blast, and I am so sorry that Vintage doesn't seem to have a huge role in next season's organized play.



 
Winner's Circle

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

This section is going to be huge this week, as I want to recognize last week's winners, Pioneer Week wins, and this week's winners. 

Sealed PTQ - caesar607 qualified!
Standard PTQ - Gobern won with Jeskai Fires with Cavaliers. 
Modern Challenge - GGoggles won with Eldrazi Tron.
Vintage Challenge - ChubbyRain won with Sultai Leopold.
Legacy Challenge - JPA93 won with Sneak and Show. 
Pauper Challenge - TimCanpy won with Stompy. 
Pioneer Challenge - KelMasterP won with Mono Black Aggro.
Pioneer PTQ - JoshicallsmeFabo won with Mono Black Aggro.
Pioneer PTQ - medvedev won with Mono Black Aggro. 
Pioneer PTQ - starwarsguy6 won with Bant Food.
Pioneer PTQ - Wasticore won with Bant Food. 
Pioneer PTQ - MountainMaster13 won with Simic Aggro. 
Pauper Playoff - c_is_for_cookie won the event with Elves.
Legacy Challenge - rofelos won with Snow Bant.
Vintage Challenge - SoulStrong, a name that came up often while looking at all the decklists this week, won with Paradoxical Outcome.
Pioneer PTQ - maikage won with Simic Aggro.
Pioneer PTQ - Phil_Hellmuth won with Selesnya Knights. 
Pioneer PTQ - MrSatan won with Golgari Field.
Modern Playoff - _Shatun_ won with Izzet Spells.

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: Lotus Field is getting a bump from the Pioneer format.  We'll see how long that lasts.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Oko, Thief of Crowns $70.25 $56.52 $13.73 24%
Brazen Borrower $22.84 $19.78 $3.06 15%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $10.30 $11.84 ($1.54) -13%
The Royal Scions $4.82 $6.33 ($1.51) -24%
Questing Beast $10.45 $7.32 $3.13 43%
Once Upon a Time $2.90 $10.32 ($7.42) -72%
Fabled Passage $5.71 $5.04 $0.67 13%
Rankle, Master of Pranks $3.04 $6.07 ($3.03) -50%
Arclight Phoenix $13.56 $15.12 ($1.56) -10%
Assassin's Trophy $8.76 $8.22 $0.54 7%
Vraska, Golgari Queen $5.70 $4.65 $1.05 23%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $18.67 $21.23 ($2.56) -12%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $19.20 $24.72 ($5.52) -22%
Leyline of the Void $4.30 $6.13 ($1.83) -30%
Cavalier of Night $4.34 $7.71 ($3.37) -44%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $29.02 $68.77 ($39.75) -58%
Ajani, Strength of the Pride $6.43 $6.54 ($0.11) -2%
Kethis, the Hidden Hand $3.45 $5.40 ($1.95) -36%
Knight of the Ebon Legion $2.85 $8.26 ($5.41) -65%
Lotus Field $5.26


Hydroid Krasis $8.90 $7.72 $1.18 15%
Deputy of Detention $6.14 $5.91 $0.23 4%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $7.04 $7.17 ($0.13) -2%
Teferi, Time Raveler $51.41 $63.70 ($12.29) -19%
Finale of Devastation $8.90 $8.39 $0.51 6%
Karn, the Great Creator $31.33 $21.10 $10.23 48%
Finale of Promise $3.61 $6.99 ($3.38) -48%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $15.39 $16.62 ($1.23) -7%
Blast Zone $14.22 $18.40 ($4.18) -23%
Illharg, the Raze-Boar $9.81 $10.44 ($0.63) -6%
Gideon Blackblade $5.23 $6.34 ($1.11) -18%
Modern Staples: Ranger-Captain of Eos fell off this week as Modern prices continue to tumble as it becomes this really weird format on MTGO smack dab between Legacy, which is still supported, and Pioneer, which is the brand new hotness. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $8.12 $9.69 ($1.57) -16%
Cavern of Souls $10.71 $9.89 $0.82 8%
Noble Hierarch $6.85 $5.34 $1.51 28%
Mishra's Bauble $26.93 $18.00 $8.93 50%
Aether Vial $6.50 $5.44 $1.06 19%
Trinisphere $5.46 $5.95 ($0.49) -8%
Horizon Canopy $8.13 $6.47 $1.66 26%
Tarmogoyf $5.84 $4.86 $0.98 20%
Liliana of the Veil $12.18 $12.62 ($0.44) -3%
Snapcaster Mage $5.34 $5.68 ($0.34) -6%
Polluted Delta $6.61 $6.06 $0.55 9%
Wooded Foothills $4.37 $3.88 $0.49 13%
Flooded Strand $3.65 $3.91 ($0.26) -7%
Bloodstained Mire $4.37 $4.29 $0.08 2%
Windswept Heath $2.94 $2.69 $0.25 9%
Thoughtseize $16.49 $16.56 ($0.07) 0%
Force of Negation $42.52 $60.05 ($17.53) -29%
Wrenn and Six $38.29 $38.09 $0.20 1%
Prismatic Vista $14.86 $19.99 ($5.13) -26%
Sunbaked Canyon $8.18 $12.82 ($4.64) -36%
Seasoned Pyromancer $7.42 $8.60 ($1.18) -14%
Fiery Islet $5.40 $5.82 ($0.42) -7%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $14.45 $19.39 ($4.94) -25%
Hexdrinker $6.05 $8.02 ($1.97) -25%
Plague Engineer $13.54 $15.80 ($2.26) -14%
Force of Vigor $7.84 $10.45 ($2.61) -25%
Collector Ouphe $9.79 $12.57 ($2.78) -22%
Giver of Runes $4.53 $6.76 ($2.23) -33%
Ice-Fang Coatl $7.36 $8.43 ($1.07) -13%
Chalice of the Void $10.52 $8.55 $1.97 23%
Karn Liberated $10.59 $11.14 ($0.55) -5%
Surgical Extraction $10.81 $9.84 $0.97 10%
Mox Opal $22.89 $22.34 $0.55 2%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.27 $8.99 ($1.72) -19%
Gemstone Mine $11.10 $11.94 ($0.84) -7%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $18.81 $19.71 ($0.90) -5%
Scalding Tarn $10.83 $11.40 ($0.57) -5%
Verdant Catacombs $9.32 $7.94 $1.38 17%
Misty Rainforest $11.88 $9.57 $2.31 24%
Arid Mesa $4.10 $4.14 ($0.04) -1%
Marsh Flats $2.72 $2.44 $0.28 11%
Eternal Staples:  No big movements here.  Power is still cheap, the original dual lands are getting there as well, outside of Underground Sea.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $14.92 $8.23 $6.69 81%
City of Traitors $23.32 $24.74 ($1.42) -6%
Monastery Mentor $10.43 $9.79 $0.64 7%
Force of Will $25.98 $25.37 $0.61 2%
Land Tax $6.61 $6.70 ($0.09) -1%
Unmask $9.41 $12.70 ($3.29) -26%
Misdirection $10.33 $10.33 $0.00 0%
Daze $5.88 $5.12 $0.76 15%
Submerge $3.69 $5.09 ($1.40) -28%
Entomb $8.00 $8.81 ($0.81) -9%
True-Name Nemesis $6.59 $8.31 ($1.72) -21%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $15.82 $15.31 $0.51 3%
Mox Diamond $16.92 $19.33 ($2.41) -12%
Altar of Dementia $7.41 $7.82 ($0.41) -5%
Grindstone $9.51 $9.22 $0.29 3%
Wasteland $14.26 $15.67 ($1.41) -9%
Ancient Tomb $10.66 $8.61 $2.05 24%
Lotus Petal $11.50 $11.26 $0.24 2.13%
Grim Monolith $12.13 $14.39 ($2.26) -16%
Exploration $16.20 $16.17 $0.03 0%
Show and Tell $8.44 $9.47 ($1.03) -11%
Gaea's Cradle $10.91 $10.70 $0.21 2%
Sneak Attack $8.29 $8.44 ($0.15) -2%
Time Spiral $6.38 $6.23 $0.15 2%
Ancestral Recall $1.43 $1.19 $0.24 20%
Black Lotus $6.07 $6.68 ($0.61) -9%
Mox Emerald $2.33 $1.29 $1.04 81%
Mox Ruby $1.65 $1.52 $0.13 9%
Mox Pearl $1.74 $1.09 $0.65 60%
Mox Sapphire $2.02 $2.72 ($0.70) -26%
Mox Jet $1.89 $1.33 $0.56 42%
Timetwister $2.11 $1.86 $0.25 13%
Time Walk $1.76 $1.19 $0.57 48%
Volcanic Island $6.77 $8.54 ($1.77) -21%
Badlands $2.19 $1.94 $0.25 13%
Tropical Island $3.86 $3.39 $0.47 14%
Bayou $2.31 $3.21 ($0.90) -28%
Tundra $0.94 $0.98 ($0.04) -4%
Savannah $0.98 $0.91 $0.07 8%
Scrubland $0.69 $0.79 ($0.10) -13%
Plateau $0.50 $0.50 $0.00 0%
Taiga $0.95 $0.59 $0.36 61%
Underground Sea $7.80 $8.92 ($1.12) -13%
Sol Ring $6.55 $6.05 $0.50 8%
Mana Crypt $2.53 $2.42 $0.11 5%
Mana Vault $2.02 $2.63 ($0.61) -23%
Pauper Staples:  With the release of the Secret Lair cards there are more copies of Serum Visions then most players need.  Heck I got my playset, and then moved all of the ones I had off my account except for the DXTR copies.  Serum Visions fell off the table. 

Pauper Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Wild Growth $1.42 $1.19 $0.23 19.33%
Merchant Scroll $3.76 $4.17 -$0.41 -9.83%
Standard Bearer $2.61 $2.30 $0.31 13.48%
Ninja of the Deep Hours $1.84 $1.49 $0.35 23.49%
Martyr of Ashes $1.46 $1.24 $0.22 17.74%
Skred $1.43 $0.76 $0.67 88.16%
Flaring Pain $1.77 $2.76 -$0.99 -35.87%
Prismatic Strands $1.62 $1.52 $0.10 6.58%
Pyroblast $1.89 $1.49 $0.40 26.85%
Hydroblast $2.16 $1.98 $0.18 9.09%
Mystic Remora $5.14 $4.64 $0.50 10.78%
Spidersilk Armor $2.40 $2.16 $0.24 11.11%
Ancestral Mask $3.61 $3.95 -$0.34 -8.61%
Cho-Manno's Blessing $1.23 $1.01 $0.22 21.78%
Land Grant $3.48 $1.47 $2.01 136.73%
Snuff Out $3.96 $3.03 $0.93 30.69%
Reverent Silence $5.56 $7.16 -$1.60 -22.35%
Moment's Peace $3.39 $3.81 -$0.42 -11.02%
Rhystic Study $2.67 $2.43 $0.24 9.88%
Entourage of Trest $1.70 $2.71 -$1.01 -37.27%
Thorn of the Black Rose $7.10 $6.32 $0.78 12.34%
Palace Sentinels $3.86 $3.63 $0.23 6.34%
Custodi Squire $4.15 $3.70 $0.45 12.16%
Ash Barrens $2.03 $2.07 -$0.04 -1.93%
Manamorphose $1.47 $1.27 $0.20 15.75%
Crop Rotation $2.01 $1.38 $0.63 45.65%
Exhume $0.91 $2.51 -$1.60 -63.75%
Pestilence $3.74 $4.17 -$0.43 -10.31%
Impulse $2.21 $1.68 $0.53 31.55%
Quirion Ranger $2.46 $2.26 $0.20 8.85%
Pioneer Staples:  Welcome back Soul-Scar Mage!  With the bans Mono Red seems like a choice that can punch through without having to deal with a board full of Zombie tokens again. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $10.02 $13.41 ($3.39) -25%
Soul-Scar Mage $7.09


Gideon, Ally of Zendikar $12.97 $10.41 $2.56 25%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $8.66 $9.81 ($1.15) -12%
Courser of Kruphix $7.77 $5.67 $2.10 37%
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria $5.56 $5.43 $0.13 2%
Voice of Resurgence $6.24 $5.85 $0.39 7%
Kolaghan's Command $9.42 $7.66 $1.76 23%
Collected Company $10.32 $6.83 $3.49 51%
Liliana, the Last Hope $20.81 $20.69 $0.12 1%
Collective Brutality $8.39 $7.92 $0.47 6%
Emrakul, the Promised End $10.13 $8.04 $2.09 26%
Grim Flayer $4.77 $5.48 ($0.71) -13%
Breeding Pool $5.28 $4.04 $1.24 31%
Stomping Ground $3.68 $4.25 ($0.57) -13%
Godless Shrine $2.09 $1.17 $0.92 79%
Sacred Foundry $0.98 $0.84 $0.14 17%
Watery Grave $1.22 $1.21 $0.01 1%
Mana Confluence $10.39 $12.90 ($2.51) -19%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $10.29 $10.79 ($0.50) -5%
Spirebluff Canal $6.69 $7.84 ($1.15) -15%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $8.31 $10.55 ($2.24) -21%
Bomat Courier $5.77 $4.51 $1.26 28%
Blooming Marsh $3.49 $4.32 ($0.83) -19%
Botanical Sanctum $5.98 $4.27 $1.71 40%
Scavenging Ooze $9.51 $11.24 ($1.73) -15%
Mutavault $13.42 $14.87 ($1.45) -10%
Goblin Rabblemaster $10.31 $8.34 $1.97 24%
Nexus of Fate $24.95 $28.35 ($3.40) -12%
Field of the Dead $3.45 $23.53 ($20.08) -85%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $25.43 $17.80 $7.63 43%
Thought-Knot Seer $8.28 $9.53 ($1.25) -13%
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar $5.54 $10.52 ($4.98) -47%
Kozilek's Return $4.88 $3.10 $1.78 57%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $15.48 $19.08 ($3.60) -19%
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth $5.43 $6.60 ($1.17) -18%
Sphinx's Revelation $6.82 $8.96

Rest in Peace $6.71 $4.95 $1.76 36%
Supreme Verdict $9.21 $6.71 $2.50 37%
Hallowed Fountain $2.39 $3.53 ($1.14) -32%
Steam Vents $2.18 $3.23 ($1.05) -33%
Blood Crypt $3.54 $3.33 $0.21 6%
Overgrown Tomb $1.41 $1.59 ($0.18) -11%
Temple Garden $1.05 $1.03 $0.02 2%
Abrupt Decay $4.52 $5.96 ($1.44) -24%
Relentless Dead $4.68 $5.81 ($1.13) -19%
Tireless Tracker $7.04 $5.34 $1.70 32%
Thassa, God of the Sea $4.32 $3.45 $0.87 25%
Elspeth, Sun's Champion $5.94 $6.82 ($0.88) -13%
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 $68.93 $68.88 $0.05 0%
Ravnica Allegiances $77.26 $75.52 $1.74 2%
Treasure Chest $2.34 $2.31 $0.03 1%
War of the Spark $197.91 $205.49 ($7.58) -4%
Throne of Eldraine Booster $2.64 $3.01 ($0.37) -12%
Core Set 2020 $176.11 $261.89 ($85.78) -33%
Modern Horizons $215.87 $267.18 ($51.31) -19%
Throne of Eldraine $183.27 $180.95 $2.32 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 265.56
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 161.14
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 106.43
Mox Jet 1E Rare 94.79
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 87.32
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 82.35
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 80.29
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 78.98
Time Walk 1E Rare 71.33
Oko, Thief of Crowns ELD Mythic 70.25
Timetwister 1E Rare 62.6
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 53.29
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 51.41
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 43.58
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 43.5
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 42.52
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 40.75
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 40.67
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 40.13
Unmask V16 Mythic 38.47
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 38.29
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 34.23
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 31.33
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger M20 Mythic 29.02
Thoughtseize IMA Rare 28.94
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 26.95
Dark Depths UMA Mythic 26.94
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 26.93
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 26.08
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 26.02
Force of Will MED Rare 25.98
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 25.7
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet OGW Mythic 25.43
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 18530.  Last week, Pete provided me with a big number as well, which was 18830.  The last published State of the Program the number was 18762.  Changes happened.  It's down 300 from last week. 
 
In Closing

I did poorly in a the first Pioneer PTQs of Pioneer week, and then got Pokemon Sword.  I didn't play in any other PTQs, as I was far to busy capturing and battling monsters.  Also taking a week off from this didn't solve the burnout problem that I was experiencing, and that makes me really sad. 

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