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State of the Program for December 7th, 2022
 
In the News

Eternal Weekend Returns to MTGO:  December 10-11 sees the return of Eternal Weekend.  Taking the place of paper events in Europe, we have a Legacy event at 1am PT on the 10th, and a Vintage event at the same time on Sunday.  You can see information for the event here.

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:  This is going to start on Friday, thanks to Daybreak getting their system up earlier than they thought they would.  Remember that redemption runs now until supply is gone. 

Patch notes:  Update using versions in your collection is slated to work again.  You can see the rest of the notes 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
Next B&R
Unknown
Dominaria United Redemption
Until Supplies Last
The Brothers' War Redemption

Start December 9, 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 - Supreme Pioneer Chaos Draft

December 10 - Standard Showcase Qualifier
December 11 - Legacy Showcase Qualifier

December 14 - Ixalan Block Flashback
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: This looks like a really sweet list, which I think shows that you do not have to be Grixis or play with Fable of the Mirror-Breaker if you do not want to in Standard.  Of course you are probably not a Hall of Fame player, like Edel is, so your results might not be the same! 


Modern: I am really glad that Mishra's Bauble got a reprint and has made the artifact cheap in paper and MTGO. Every set should have a subset like Strixhaven and The Brothers' War. Cards should be cheaper!


Pioneer: I really like the Azorius Control lists in Pioneer. They have so many answers to many of the decks in the format and play a nice game that isn't really seen in a lot of formats anymore. True Control may be dying an archetype, but it lives on here.


Pauper: Actually Pauper may be the last true home for true control.



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Enrichetta - Doomsday
Saturday Modern - ArchaeusDota - Temur Rhinos
Saturday Pauper - cicciogire - Dimir Terror
Saturday Pioneer - Stranger99 - Rakdos Midrange
Saturday Standard - Edel - Mono White
Saturday Vintage - HanktheObese

Sunday Legacy - spiralprince - Izzet Murktide
Sunday Modern - Bombloeriot - Izzet Prowess
Sunday Pauper - Beicodegeia - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - Xwhale - Hidden Strings Combo
Sunday Standard - Cabezadebolo - Mardu Midrange
Sunday Vintage - kasa

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Showcase Challenge
Modern Showcase Challenge


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: Gix, Yawgmoth Praetor is off of the list.  Titania, Voice of Gaea, Mishra, Claimed by Gix, and Misery's Shadow are also off the list.  Graveyard Trespasser is gone, and the joy in tracking the Planeshift version of Diabolic Intent is also over.  Raffine, Scheming Seer came off the list as well.   

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Phyrexian Fleshgorger $17.04 $16.97 $0.07 0%
Brotherhood's End $12.02 $10.88 $1.14 10%
Woodcaller Automaton $10.97 $10.92 $0.05 0%
Cityscape Leveler $5.81 $5.54 $0.27 5%
Portal to Phyrexia $8.18 $6.93 $1.25 18%
Saheeli, Filigree Master $5.42 $7.25 -$1.83 -25%
Leyline Binding $17.66 $18.02 -$0.36 -2%
Liliana of the Veil $6.81 $6.69 $0.12 2%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $80.46 $67.34 $13.12 19%
Memory Deluge $9.36 $9.27 $0.09 1%
Haunted Ridge $15.07 $17.29 -$2.22 -13%
Brutal Cathar $16.38 $15.07 $1.31 9%
Deserted Beach $7.37 $8.94 -$1.57 -18%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $6.96 $7.92 -$0.96 -12%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $8.35 $8.76 -$0.41 -5%
Shipwreck Marsh $6.21 $6.82 -$0.61 -9%
Boseiju, Who Endures $56.36 $58.57 -$2.21 -4%
Otawara, Soaring City $12.82 $14.19 -$1.37 -10%
The Wandering Emperor $15.72 $17.32 -$1.60 -9%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $39.76 $42.78 -$3.02 -7%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $11.71 $10.73 $0.98 9%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $8.31 $8.69 -$0.38 -4%
Ledger Shredder $27.34 $28.31 -$0.97 -3%
Unlicensed Hearse $25.63 $27.07 -$1.44 -5%
Wedding Announcement $6.78 $8.07 -$1.29 -16%
Stormcarved Coast $9.35 $9.37 -$0.02 0%
Sorin the Mirthless $4.83 $5.08 -$0.25 -5%
Hallowed Haunting $5.12 $5.22 -$0.10 -2%

Modern Staples:
 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $13.47 $13.38 $0.09 1%
Cavern of Souls $8.45 $7.93 $0.52 7%
Mishra's Bauble $6.90 $6.40 $0.50 8%
Polluted Delta $7.68 $6.25 $1.43 23%
Wooded Foothills $7.03 $6.42 $0.61 10%
Flooded Strand $8.45 $9.63 -$1.18 -12%
Bloodstained Mire $6.86 $6.09 $0.77 13%
Windswept Heath $4.99 $5.68 -$0.69 -12%
Thoughtseize $6.34 $5.75 $0.59 10%
Force of Negation $11.19 $9.82 $1.37 14%
Wrenn and Six $21.58 $23.75 -$2.17 -9%
Sunbaked Canyon $8.52 $7.71 $0.81 11%
Seasoned Pyromancer $10.58 $9.81 $0.77 8%
Force of Vigor $20.00 $18.04 $1.96 11%
Flusterstorm $31.93 $31.73 $0.20 1%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $8.66 $8.49 $0.17 2%
Archon of Cruelty $17.89 $14.24 $3.65 26%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $38.95 $35.14 $3.81 11%
Urza's Saga $57.43 $56.46 $0.97 2%
Solitude $24.46 $21.65 $2.81 13%
Endurance $36.87 $34.28 $2.59 8%
Grief $11.76 $10.90 $0.86 8%
Murktide Regent $17.61 $15.02 $2.59 17%
Fury $41.91 $31.36 $10.55 34%
Esper Sentinel $6.57 $8.63 -$2.06 -24%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $7.43 $7.30 $0.13 2%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $6.25 $8.01 -$1.76 -22%
Subtlety $12.31 $9.90 $2.41 24%
Chalice of the Void $14.34 $13.56 $0.78 6%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.29 $6.31 -$0.02 0%
Teferi, Time Raveler $14.37 $15.57 -$1.20 -8%
Scalding Tarn $6.22 $5.44 $0.78 14%
Verdant Catacombs $2.75 $2.61 $0.14 5%
Misty Rainforest $4.88 $4.69 $0.19 4%
Arid Mesa $3.24 $3.07 $0.17 6%
Marsh Flats $1.57 $1.32 $0.25 19%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
White Plume Adventurer $70.66 $50.00 $20.66 41%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $57.30 $46.00 $11.30 25%
Hullbreacher $19.14 $18.66 $0.48 3%
Opposition Agent $44.03 $49.89 ($5.86) -12%
Jeweled Lotus $12.50 $12.50 $0.00 0%
Jeska's Will $28.77 $28.47 $0.30 1%
City of Traitors $19.33 $16.15 $3.18 20%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $16.20 $17.05 ($0.85) -5%
Helm of Obedience $15.58 $15.75 ($0.17) -1%
Force of Will $54.24 $46.02 $8.22 18%
Karakas $7.35 $7.44 ($0.09) -1%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $10.29 $10.02 $0.27 3%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $5.00 $5.00 $0.00 0%
Enlightened Tutor $6.44 $6.22 $0.22 4%
Unmask $19.06 $18.73 $0.33 2%
Misdirection $13.20 $13.23 ($0.03) 0%
Rishadan Port $6.65 $7.63 ($0.98) -13%
Snuff Out $17.56 $17.43 $0.13 1%
Submerge $10.35 $9.75 $0.60 6%
Daze $8.70 $7.95 $0.75 9%
Entomb $10.16 $10.07 $0.09 1%
Mox Diamond $28.73 $29.05 ($0.32) -1%
Wasteland $30.39 $23.13 $7.26 31%
Ancient Tomb $24.11 $21.88 $2.23 10%
Lotus Petal $19.59 $21.98 ($2.39) -11%
Grindstone $6.10 $5.74 $0.36 6%
Grim Monolith $15.15 $13.05 $2.10 16%
Goblin Welder $6.52 $5.41 $1.11 21%
Meltdown $33.55 $32.08 $1.47 5%
Exploration $8.58 $8.26 $0.32 4%
Gaea's Cradle $30.32 $29.76 $0.56 2%
Carpet of Flowers $8.84 $9.96 ($1.12) -11%
Gilded Drake $7.57 $6.38 $1.19 19%
Show and Tell $14.87 $12.11 $2.76 23%
Black Lotus $20.25 $15.75 $4.50 29%
Volcanic Island $13.48 $12.20 $1.28 10%
Underground Sea $6.88 $6.42 $0.46 7%
Null Rod $7.64 $7.51 $0.13 2%
Doomsday $18.98 $19.14 ($0.16) -1%
Paradigm Shift $12.84 $13.00 ($0.16) -1%
Pioneer StaplesUlamog, the Ceaseless Hunger has left the list. Bonecrusher Giant stomped away. Esika's Chariot rode away.  The Prismari and Witherbloom Commands have both come off the list.  

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $7.76 $8.22 -$0.46 -5.60%
Hall of the Storm Giants $9.05 $10.67 -$1.62 -15.18%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $6.39 $8.06 -$1.67 -20.72%
Treasure Vault $6.01 $7.24 -$1.23 -16.99%
Lair of the Hydra $12.87 $13.54 -$0.67 -4.95%
Collected Company $4.56 $5.82 -$1.26 -21.65%
Brazen Borrower $16.25 $14.38 $1.87 13.00%
Arclight Phoenix $6.27 $8.38 -$2.11 -25.18%
Shark Typhoon $8.01 $7.36 $0.65 8.83%
Raugrin Triome $4.04 $5.21 -$1.17 -22.46%
Orvar, the All-Form $53.46 $38.26 $15.20 39.73%
Spirebluff Canal $8.54 $8.40 $0.14 1.67%
Cavalier of Thorns $18.26 $21.09 -$2.83 -13.42%
Leyline of the Void $5.42 $4.68 $0.74 15.81%
The Meathook Massacre $15.44 $16.20 -$0.76 -4.69%
Karn, the Great Creator $18.63 $20.10 -$1.47 -7.31%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $14.77 $17.52 -$2.75 -15.70%
Skyclave Apparition $10.20 $11.64 -$1.44 -12.37%
Roiling Vortex $7.18 $6.39 $0.79 12.36%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.77 $7.24 $0.53 7.32%
Sea Gate Restoration $6.59 $6.38 $0.21 3.29%
Pauper StaplesSkred melted off the list.  Fireblast came off the list as well. 

Pauper Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Night's Whisper $2.26 $2.36 -$0.10 -4.24%
Wild Growth $3.05 $2.54 $0.51 20.08%
Merchant Scroll $1.74 $0.59 $1.15 194.92%
Relic of Progenitus $1.15 $1.07 $0.08 7.48%
Fire/Ice $1.80 $1.52 $0.28 18.42%
Ninja of the Deep Hours $2.27 $1.90 $0.37 19.47%
Avenging Hunter $0.93 $4.13 -$3.20 -77.48%
Kenku Artificer $1.28 $4.15 -$2.87 -69.16%
Goliath Paladin $3.60 $6.97 -$3.37 -48.35%
Basilisk Gate $1.55 $1.25

Citadel Gate $0.71 $1.04

Benevolent Blessing $1.66 $1.82 -$0.16 -8.79%
Boarding Party $7.13 $5.84 $1.29 22.09%
Maelstrom Colossus $1.38 $0.77 $0.61 79.22%
Crimson Fleet Commodore $0.89 $1.56 -$0.67 -42.95%
Utopia Sprawl $3.26 $2.32 $0.94 40.52%
Obsidian Acolyte $0.80 $1.77 -$0.97 -54.80%
Flaring Pain $5.15 $2.52 $2.63 104.37%
Prismatic Strands $7.32 $7.13 $0.19 2.66%
Pyroblast $8.35 $9.87 -$1.52 -15.40%
Hydroblast $7.88 $10.08 -$2.20 -21.83%
Mystic Remora $9.30 $9.82 -$0.52 -5.30%
Dust to Dust $3.02 $4.14

Spidersilk Armor $2.23 $2.61 -$0.38 -14.56%
Ancestral Mask $7.79 $6.50 $1.29 19.85%
Land Grant $1.57 $3.06 -$1.49 -48.69%
Snuff Out $17.56 $23.03 -$5.47 -23.75%
Sandstone Needle $3.19 $3.80 -$0.61 -16.05%
Saprazzan Skerry $3.39 $2.96 $0.43 14.53%
Peat Bog $2.32 $2.32 $0.00 0.00%
Great Furnace $5.42 $5.59 -$0.17 -3.04%
Vault of Whispers $1.50 $0.47 $1.03 219.15%
Moment's Peace $3.41 $0.91 $2.50 274.73%
Sunscape Familiar $1.69 $1.24 $0.45 36.29%
Thorn of the Black Rose $5.09 $3.35 $1.74 51.94%
Custodi Squire $7.54 $5.89 $1.65 28.01%
Ash Barrens $1.34 $1.94 -$0.60 -30.93%
Manamorphose $2.61 $1.70 $0.91 53.53%
Tortured Existence $2.54 $3.05 -$0.51 -16.72%
Lotus Petal $19.59 $20.33 -$0.74 -3.64%
Crop Rotation $4.61 $2.23 $2.38 106.73%
Exhume $2.23 $1.56 $0.67 42.95%
Curfew $1.49 $1.19 $0.30 25.21%
Pestilence $2.12 $3.05 -$0.93 -30.49%
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 $114.72 $108.56 $6.16 6%
The Brothers's War Booster $3.06 $2.96 $0.10 3%
Dominaria United $133.39 $118.93 $14.46 12%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $71.65 $75.81 ($4.16) -5%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $145.49 $155.87 ($10.38) -7%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $161.75 $169.62 ($7.87) -5%
Streets of New Capenna $96.98 $101.80 ($4.82) -5%
Treasure Chest $2.35 $2.32 $0.03 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 258.42
Mox Jet 1E Rare 125.16
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 118.14
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 116.44
Karakas UBT Mythic 114.08
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 111.26
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 101.04
Time Walk 1E Rare 83.68
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 82.99
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 80.46
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 78
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 72.58
White Plume Adventurer CLB Rare 70.66
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 66.58
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 63.43
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 62.89
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 61.15
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 60.65
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 57.43
Seasoned Dungeoneer CLB Rare 57.3
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 56.36
Force of Will MED Rare 54.24
Aether Gale C14 Rare 53.84
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 53.6
Orvar, the All-Form KHM Mythic 53.46
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 49.87
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 48.89
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 45.65
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 44.03
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 43.4
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 42.78
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.4
Fury MH2 Mythic 41.91
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.5
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 39.76
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 38.95
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 37.33
Endurance MH2 Mythic 36.87
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 36.19
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 35.23
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 34.12
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 33.96
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 33.55
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.11
Timetwister 1E Rare 33.08
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 32.75
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 31.93
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.77
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 31.74
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 31.7
Force of Will VMA Rare 30.82
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 30.68
Wasteland TE Uncommon 30.39
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 30.32
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 30.2
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 30.15
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 29.62
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 28.78
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 28.77
Mox Diamond ST Rare 28.73
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 28.41
Force of Will EMA Mythic 28.23
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 28.03
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 27.94
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.67
Ledger Shredder SNC Rare 27.34
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 26.63
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.23
Unlicensed Hearse SNC Rare 25.63
Wasteland TPR Rare 25.62
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

Prices were done Wednesday morning.  The new Hearthstone set is neat, and I am waiting for the new Spellslingers patch.

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