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Hammie’s The State of the Program for February 15th

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

In the News this Week:

Standard Spotlight Tournaments & 64 Player Drafts this Weekend: To celebrate the Pro Tour this weekend, Wizards is offering 64 player drafts and reduced price Standard Premier events. Standard Gold Queues are also returning. Details here – way at the bottom of the article.  
 
New Promo Cards: Wizards has announced the promos for March. The MOCS promo is the alternative art Lotus Cobra that was given away at paper GPs two years ago. The MOPR play promo is an alternative art Vampire Nighthawk. The store promo is a full art Cathedral of War. Not Force of Will, but not complete garbage, either.
 
Falling Pack Prices:   The price of packs has fallen significantly online. Return to Ravnica packs, which had started life close to 4TIX each, have now dropped below 3TIX. Data here, in 4th post. Gatecrash packs appear to be following suit. Odds are that this is because the 4pack sealed events – the events that removed a number of packs from the system each time they ran – are gone, and have been replaced by phantom events that eat tickets and spawn packs. With pack prices this low, players are beginning to question whether it is cost effective to play in 2 person constructed queues, or even constructed daily events. 
 
Art Change for Shocklands: From the forumsThe Onslaught and Mirage fetch lands' text boxes went from multi-colored to solid yellow with the last update.  I appreciate the consistency, but it makes them less convenient to play with.  Opinions are mixed on whether this is good or bad.    
 
Shocklands to return in Dragon’s Maze:  (repeat from last week)Wizards has announced some details for the Dragons Maze paper prereleases.  The prerelease packs will be guild specific. You will choose a guild, and get the guild-specific booster of that guild (like the ones in the RtR and Gatecrash prerelease packs.) You will also get a “secret” pack from an overlapping guild from the other set, and 4 Dragon’s Maze boosters. For example, if you choose the Boros pack, you will get a Boros guild booster and a guild booster from RtR that shares a color with Boros (in other words, not Golgari.) 
 
The announcement also mentioned one other interesting fact: the Dragon’s Maze boosters will not include basic lands. Instead, the basic land slot will contain either one of the ten Gates, or a shockland. Presumably, the shocklands will be more “rare” than the gates. This is great news. From a limited standpoint, being able draft a decent mana base will be critical. From a constructed format, this should help ensure that Standard and Modern manabases remain affordable. Nice. Details here.  
 
Redemption Costs to Rise with Gatecrash: Beginning with Gatecrash and going forward, the cost to convert a set from digital to paper will go from $5 to $25. This is five-fold increase in the costs of redemption. Details and explanation are here. I discuss the effects in the opinion section. A lot of people are also sounding off in this thread. One interesting idea is the “golf” approach in the comments.
 
Round Three of the Classic Quarter Invitational Starting Soon:  The next round will start shortly. Registration closes March 2nd, at midnight.   Registration is different this time around – it will now use Gatherling.com, which is becoming increasingly common for constructed PREs. Details here.
 
HammyBot: Still here! HammyBot was created to sell the late Erik Friborg’s MTGO collection to raise money for his widow and son. HammyBot is a great way to get cards while supporting the family of someone who supported the community. Here’s an update on the Bot, plus a note on a cool card that I saw on HammyBot.
 
            Cards left on HammyBot: 28,106
TIX raised so far:  5,377
            Cool HammyBot card of the week:  Momir Vig Avatar 
 

Video of the Week:

Last week, I mentioned that I wanted to make a video of the Oops, All Spells deck that various people had been playing around with online. One version made the top 32 in the most recent SCG Legacy Open. I decided to try it out. One note: in the video I tended to call Cabal Ritual Cabal Therapy, and vice versa. The deck has both, and I know that Cabal Ritual is mana acceleration, and Cabal Therapy is the discard spell, but apparently I cannot play and talk and record – and use the right names – all at once. Sorry about that.
 
Here’s the video, followed by the decklist.
 

 
 
 
Oops All Spells
various players, various Legacy events
Creatures
4 Balustrade Spy
4 Undercity Informer
1 Laboratory Maniac
4 Chancellor of the Annex
4 Narcomoeba
4 Simian Spirit Guide
1 Wild Cantor
1 Azami, Lady of Scrolls
4 Elvish Spirit Guide 
27 cards

Other Spells
1 Angel of Glory's Rise
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Manamorphose
1 Bridge from Below
4 Summoner's Pact
1 Dread Return
4 Chrome Mox
2 Cabal Therapy
4 Cabal Ritual
4 Dark Ritual
4 Lotus Petal
33 cards
 
Lands
0 cards

Azami, Lady of Scrolls
 
 

Battling with the New Interface

Each week I intend to make a video using the new interface. However, I am still having issues with loading my collection, so nothing usable this week.   Instead, I offer one piece of advice that confused me for a bit, then I spotted the answer on the forums. 
 
Tip of the Week: How to order blockers on the Beta:
Kumquats wrote: I can't figure out how to order blockers. No amount of clicking or right-clicking has any effect that I can tell in the GUI…
PirateAmmo replied: You drag them. I agree that it would be confusing if you did not already know how it works. It is one of the only interactions in the client that requires dragging, and there is no visual clue.
 
Good to know.
 

Cutting Edge Tech:

Standard: As you read this, the Pro Tour will be going on. That will tell us more about the state of Standard than anything I could find now, but I do have one interesting deck to share. Hall of Fame candidate and noted brewer Tomoharu Saito has been winning with a Naya brew that I expect to be very popular at the PT.
 
Naya Aggro
Tomoharu Saito, Winner, various events
Creatures
4 Loxodon Smiter
4 Flinthoof Boar
4 Thragtusk
12 cards

Other Spells
4 Domri Rade
4 Burning-Tree Emissary
4 Gyre Sage
4 Boros Reckoner
4 Mizzium Mortars
4 Restoration Angel
8 cards
 
Lands
2 Clifftop Retreat
4 Rootbound Crag
4 Sunpetal Grove
4 Stomping Ground
4 Temple Garden
2 Mountain
4 Sacred Foundry
24 cards

Mizzium Mortars
 
Return to Ravnica Block Constructed: Gatecrash is here, RtR Block has twice as many cards. The first events I the new format are happening. Here’s an example of the new format – a similar build also went undefeated in the same event.
 
Prime Speaker Bant
Pan_Bobr, 4-0, RTR Block Constructed Daily #4991816 on 02/10/2013
Creatures
2 Angel of Serenity
2 Armada Wurm
2 Centaur Healer
3 Loxodon Smiter
4 Lyev Skyknight
2 Trostani, Selesnya's Voice
15 cards

Other Spells
3 Simic Guildgate
4 Gyre Sage
2 Prime Speaker Zegana
3 Jace, Architect of Thought
2 Selesnya Charm
4 Sphinx's Revelation
3 Supreme Verdict
2 Urban Evolution
12 cards
 
Lands
3 Azorius Guildgate
4 Breeding Pool
1 Forest
4 Hallowed Fountain
2 Island
1 Plains
3 Selesnya Guildgate
4 Temple Garden
22 cards

Jace, Architect of Thought
 
Pauper: With the bannings, and Gatecrash, the format will change, but those changes are starting slowly. The 4-0 decks in the most recent Daily were familiar – Elves, Temporal Fissure Storm, Mono-blue, etc. Here’s the Elves deck:
 
Elves
DoGBiscuit, 4-0, Pauper Daily #4991817 on 02/10/2013
Creatures
3 Arbor Elf
4 Birchlore Rangers
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Lys Alana Huntmaster
4 Nettle Sentinel
4 Priest of Titania
3 Quirion Ranger
2 Sylvan Ranger
3 Timberwatch Elf
2 Urborg Elf
37 cards

Other Spells
4 Distant Melody
1 Mob Justice
3 Vivisection
8 cards
 
Lands
14 Forest
1 Island
15 cards

Distant Melody
 
Modern: Bloodbraid Elves is no longer a part of Online Modern. Jund, OTOH, still is. Here’s a version that won the most recent Modern Premier event. Yes, that is Bloodhall Ooze, a commander card.
 
Neo Jund
kbr3, Winner, Modern Premier #4991821 on 02/11/2013
Creatures
3 Bloodhall Ooze
4 Dark Confidant
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Putrid Leech
4 Tarmogoyf
19 cards

Other Spells
2 Ghor-Clan Rampager
2 Blightning
3 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Liliana of the Veil
2 Terminate
1 Thoughtseize
16 cards
 
Lands
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Blood Crypt
1 Forest
4 Marsh Flats
1 Overgrown Tomb
3 Raging Ravine
1 Stomping Ground
2 Swamp
1 Treetop Village
4 Verdant Catacombs
23 cards

Bloodhall Ooze
 
Legacy: SCG ran another open last weekend. The top 32 decks are here.   The first and third place decks were both Sneak and Show, which I have featured recently. Second place was Shardless BUG, which I also featured, so I guess I’ll use Sneak and Show. If you ever wonder why Show and Tell is a $50 card, this is why.
 
Sneak and Show
Zach Mullin, Winner, SCG Legacy Open Edison,
Creatures
4 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
4 cards

Other Spells
4 Griselbrand
2 Flusterstorm
3 Spell Pierce
4 Ponder
2 Misdirection
4 Brainstorm
4 Sneak Attack
4 Show and Tell
2 City of Traitors
1 Intuition
4 Lotus Petal
4 Force of Will
36 cards
 
Lands
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Mountain
3 Island
3 Ancient Tomb
3 Volcanic Island
20 cards

Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
 
Classic: No Classic events fired this week. On the plus side, Round Three of the Classic Quarter Invitational will start soon. Details here.
 

Card Prices:  

Notes: All my prices come from MTGOTraders.com. For cards that are available in multiple sets, I am quoting the most recent set’s price. Thus, the price I’m quoting for Garruk Relentless is from M13. These cards are also available from the MTGOTraders Bots,  so check out mtgotradersbot, mtgotradersbot2,mtgotradersbot3, mtgotradersbot4, mtgotradersbot5, CardCaddy and CardWareHouse. These Bots often have the cards in stock even when the online store shows as out. Now, on to prices.
 
Standard prices are adjusting , but expect a lot more based on the results of the Pro Tour. I used current prices for Gatecrash cards, but the “last week” prices I pulled from the Freed from the Real podcast page.
                          
Standard & Block Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$31.41
$32.30
($0.89)
-3%
$32.32
$37.99
($5.67)
-15%
$8.66
$10.40
($1.74)
-17%
$28.56
$31.10
($2.54)
-8%
$17.90
$17.52
$0.38
2%
$12.93
$12.93
$0.00
0%
$10.15
$10.15
$0.00
0%
$18.16
$16.74
$1.42
8%
$14.64
$15.98
($1.34)
-8%
$13.92
$13.69
$0.23
2%
$28.23
$30.29
($2.06)
-7%
$27.29
$29.88
($2.59)
-9%
$15.78
$14.20
$1.58
11%
$20.94
$21.18
($0.24)
-1%
$12.81
$12.59
$0.22
2%
$6.71
$7.04
($0.33)
-5%
$9.41
$8.00
$1.41
18%
$9.56
$9.52
$0.04
0%
$14.34
$16.63
($2.29)
-14%
$11.54
$11.16
$0.38
3%
$10.10
$10.24
($0.14)
-1%
$15.58
$15.98
($0.40)
-3%
$8.30
$9.30
($1.00)
-11%
$3.11
n/a
n/a
n/a
$10.84
$14.39
($3.55)
-25%
$5.21
$8.39
($3.18)
-38%
$7.24
$14.39
($7.15)
-50%
$12.94
$14.06
($1.12)
-8%
(Blind Obediance)
$3.37
$4.78
($1.41)
-29%
Modern prices are twitching. Not a lot of change, but overall slightly down. We are getting to the end of the PTQ season – everyone knows what they want to play.
 
Modern Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$73.38
$67.91
$5.47
8%
$47.95
$47.95
$0.00
0%
$18.43
$18.43
$0.00
0%
$17.88
$18.30
($0.42)
-2%
$8.22
$10.65
($2.43)
-23%
$28.10
$28.81
($0.71)
-2%
$24.12
$24.12
$0.00
0%
$21.09
$20.53
$0.56
3%
$15.37
$15.81
($0.44)
-3%
$19.45
$21.33
($1.88)
-9%
$20.32
$22.82
($2.50)
-11%
$17.05
$20.76
($3.71)
-18%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
$14.28
$14.28
$0.00
0%
$11.59
$10.00
$1.59
16%
$6.54
$6.18
$0.36
6%
$5.86
$6.53
($0.67)
-10%
$6.06
$6.63
($0.57)
-9%
$14.50
$16.93
($2.43)
-14%
$18.22
$20.80
($2.58)
-12%
$19.32
$20.55
($1.23)
-6%
$10.66
$10.66
$0.00
0%
$12.44
$12.44
$0.00
0%
$22.14
$24.00
($1.86)
-8%
$10.84
$10.20
$0.64
6%
$8.79
$9.47
($0.68)
-7%
$11.09
$10.91
$0.18
2%
$4.96
$7.40
($2.44)
-33%
Cascade Bluffs
$20.27
$20.27
$0.00
0%
Prices are still adjusting after the legacy-format MOCS. Prices are still in flux, but heading back down to their normal levels.
 
Legacy / Classic Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$77.53
$79.59
($2.06)
-3%
$102.80
$102.80
$0.00
0%
Vampiric Tutor
$28.55
$28.55
$0.00
0%
$30.13
$30.93
($0.80)
-3%
$53.53
$61.73
($8.20)
-13%
$51.18
$51.18
$0.00
0%
$25.16
$25.16
$0.00
0%
$27.71
$27.71
$0.00
0%
$22.61
$23.35
($0.74)
-3%
$23.27
$23.27
$0.00
0%
$52.20
$53.57
($1.37)
-3%
$9.55
$9.55
$0.00
0%
$14.20
$12.82
$1.38
11%
$19.48
$19.48
$0.00
0%
$14.95
$16.36
($1.41)
-9%
$41.04
$39.15
$1.89
5%
$17.65
$17.65
$0.00
0%
$24.22
$25.21
($0.99)
-4%
$13.10
$13.10
$0.00
0%
$35.35
$35.35
$0.00
0%
$30.07
$30.07
$0.00
0%
$8.44
$8.44
$0.00
0%
$65.10
$65.10
$0.00
0%
$39.15
$39.15
$0.00
0%
$9.00
$10.56
($1.56)
-15%
$9.37
$9.37
$0.00
0%
$16.32
$16.32
$0.00
0%
$8.11
$9.32
($1.21)
-13%
$1.48
$1.30
$0.18
14%
The Banning of Invigorate and the storm decks have shot down a ton of cards, and the format as a whole is falling. I cut the storm cards – they fell from dollars to pennies in price, so it is no longer worthwhile tracking them. Thanks to everyone who recommended cards to add.  I’m too lazy to add everything, but I tried to include anything with a significant price.  
 
Pauper Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$2.72
$2.72
$0.00
0%
$2.67
$3.19
($0.52)
-16%
$0.60
$1.08
($0.48)
-44%
$3.08
$2.81
$0.27
10%
$4.37
$4.46
($0.09)
-2%
$6.00
$5.87
$0.13
2%
$1.42
$2.30
($0.88)
-38%
$3.74
$3.72
$0.02
1%
$8.72
$8.39
$0.33
4%
(Nettle Sentiel)
$3.30
$3.44
($0.14)
-4%
$1.89
$1.89
$0.00
0%
$8.55
$9.25
($0.70)
-8%
$2.05
$3.86
($1.81)
-47%
$3.73
$4.19
($0.46)
-11%
$2.50
$2.80
($0.30)
-11%
$2.00
$2.13
($0.13)
-6%
$2.24
$2.60
($0.36)
-14%
$3.12
$2.85
$0.27
9%
$2.93
$4.13
($1.20)
-29%
$1.10
$1.10
$0.00
0%
$1.08
$1.86
($0.78)
-42%
$0.38
$1.32
($0.94)
-71%
Rancor [M13]
$0.86
$0.82
$0.04
5%
$6.00
$6.00
$0.00
0%
$0.92
$0.95
($0.03)
-3%
$3.68
$3.68
$0.00
0%
$1.38
$1.90
($0.52)
-27%
$2.27
$2.87
($0.60)
-21%
$1.61
$1.61
$0.00
0%
$1.40
$1.40
$0.00
0%
 

The Good Stuff:

Here’s this week’s list of the non-foil, non-premium cards on MTGO that cost more than $25 each. Note the Force of Will has fallen again, but Goyf fell faster. The list itself has shrunk – a half dozen cards dropped below $25.  Here’s this week’s list of MTGO gold:
 
Card
Rarity
Set
 Price
Lion's Eye Diamond
R
MI
 $ 102.80
Force of Will
R
MED
 $    77.53
Tarmogoyf
R
FUT
 $    73.38
Rishadan Port
R
MM
 $    65.10
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
M
WWK
 $    53.53
Show and Tell
R
UZ
 $    52.20
Wasteland
U
TE
 $    51.18
Vendilion Clique
R
MOR
 $    47.95
Gaea's Cradle
R
UZ
 $    41.04
Misdirection
R
MM
 $    39.15
Tangle Wire
R
NE
 $    35.35
Geist of Saint Traft
M
ISD
 $    32.32
Liliana of the Veil
M
ISD
 $    31.41
Underground Sea
R
ME2
 $    30.38
Underground Sea
R
ME4
 $    30.13
Flusterstorm
R
CMD
 $    30.07
Bonfire of the Damned
M
AVR
 $    28.56
Vampiric Tutor
R
VI
 $    28.55
Huntmaster of the Fells
M
DKA
 $    28.23
Linvala, Keeper of Silence
M
ROE
 $    28.10
Vindicate
R
AP
 $    27.71
Thundermaw Hellkite
M
M13
 $    27.29
Null Rod
R
WL
 $    25.16
The big number is the retail price of a playset (4 copies) of every non-foil card available on MTGO.  Assuming you bought the least expensive version available, the cost of owning a playset of every card on MTGO you can own is $22,761.  That is up about $600 – or about four times the market price for a set of Gatecrash. 
 

Weekly Highlights:

Not a lot, but I did manage to play in two prerelease events, and a couple Gatecrash drafts, winning a nice handful of packs. 
 
PRJ
 
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