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State of the Program for February 25th, 2022
 
In the News

Magic Online Championship Showcase Season 3:  This weekend eight players face off in the final Champions Showcase of the 2021 season.  It's a split format event featuring Modern and Vintage cube.  Win the 8 person pod, move on to the finals.  Win both of them?  Win the event!  This will be live streamed on February 26th on twitch.  The Viewers Guide is here.

Black is Magic Secret Lair:  Ponder started earlier this week! 
 

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
Currently unknown
Constructed Leagues End
Ends April 27th, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends April 28th, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
Crimson Vow Redemption 
Ends April 6th, 2022
Neon Dynasty Redemption

Begins March 9th, 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 - Until March 16 - Vintage Cube
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

February 25 - Limited Super Qualifier 11 p.m. PT Start Time
February 27 - Modern Super Qualifier

March 16 - Invasion Block Flashback Draft
March 30 -
Super Jump
April 13 -
Masters 25 Flashback Draft
April 20 -
Kamigawa Remix

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
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
 
The Hot Take Corner

Whatever I want to talk about here

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:   I went 5-0 in a league for the first time in ages with a Selesnya version of this.  The interaction between (Runeforge Champion:KHM) and (Jukai Naturalist:NEO) mean you're paying nothing for Runes and drawing a card off of each one for free.  It's very powerful! 


Legacy:  I have always wondered why Painter went with Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast over Hydroblast and Blue Elemental Blast.  It's got to be the amount of blue played in Legacy right? 


Modern:  This was the darling of the internet after coming in 9th place of that weekend.  It's a pretty sweet list all things considered! 


Pauper:  (Kessig Flamebreather:VOW) is the hot new way to storm people out in Pauper.  Maybe after banning (Chatterstorm:MH2) and nearly every other common storm card, Wizards of the Coast needs to stop printing the mechanic at common?


Pioneer:  Pioneer is really close to getting a new tribe, be it Ninjas or Rogues. 


 

 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Pietrone10 -  Buried Phoenix
Saturday Modern - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Pauper - _DissonanceE_ - Mono Green Stompy
Saturday Pioneer - willpulliam - Rakdos Blood
Saturday Standard -  Sapoa - Orzhov Aggro
Saturday Vintage - grumsh

Sunday Legacy - Dreadnaught33 - Lands
Sunday Modern - rafp - Jund Aggro
Sunday Pauper - Raptor56 - Rakdos Storm
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Standard - Lifeisrisk7 - Izzet Control
Sunday Vintage - WhiTe TsaR

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Showcase -
Fnoop - Hidden Strings
Neon Dynasty Sealed Super Qualifier -
teruteru8140 and komattaman
Modern Showcase - jessy_samek - Azorius Hammer Time


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:

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
(Demilich:AFR) $26.68 $26.68 $0.00 0%
(The Book of Exalted Deeds:AFR) $6.41 $7.15 ($0.74) -10%
(Acererak the Archlich:AFR) $6.55 $6.93 ($0.38) -5%
(Iymrith, Desert Doom:AFR) $4.92 $5.51 ($0.59) -11%
(Old Gnawbone:AFR) $11.09 $12.04 ($0.95) -8%
(Den of the Bugbear:AFR) $22.59 $27.82 ($5.23) -19%
(Lolth, Spider Queen:AFR) $19.86 $20.36 ($0.50) -2%
(Tasha's Hideous Laughter:AFR) $14.64 $17.06 ($2.42) -14%
(Ranger Class:AFR) $4.22 $5.52 ($1.30) -24%
(Hall of the Storm Giants:AFR) $27.21 $32.86 ($5.65) -17%
(Xanathar, Guild Kingpin:AFR) $5.50 $5.83 ($0.33) -6%
(Treasure Vault:AFR) $6.97 $7.12 ($0.15) -2%
(Hive of the Eye Tyrant:AFR) $7.86 $7.77 $0.09 1%
(Lair of the Hydra:AFR) $6.38 $7.29 ($0.91) -12%
(Werewolf Pack Leader:AFR) $4.39 $5.33 ($0.94) -18%
(Hengegate Pathway:KHM) $13.28 $8.57 $4.71 55%
(Valki, God of Lies:KHM) $5.61 $5.95 ($0.34) -6%
(Goldspan Dragon:KHM) $4.37 $4.14 $0.23 6%
(Valkyyrie Harbinger:KHM) $4.48 $4.53 ($0.05) -1%
(Bloodthirsty Adversary:MID) $10.01 $9.75 $0.26 3%
(Wrenn and Seven:MID) $27.65 $28.11 ($0.46) -2%
(Lier, Disciple of the Drowned:MID) $11.42 $11.42 $0.00 0%
(The Meathook Massacre:MID) $46.13 $43.58 $2.55 6%
(Intrepid Adversary:MID) $13.30 $13.98 ($0.68) -5%
(Memory Deluge:MID) $12.11 $12.61 ($0.50) -4%
(Boseiju, Who Endures:NEO) $41.64 $45.02 ($3.38) -8%
(Hidetsugu Consumes All:NEO) $9.30 $6.33 $2.97 47%
(Kairo Shizuki:NEO) $17.23 $10.16 $7.07 70%
(March of Otherworldly Light:NEO) $8.99 $6.39 $2.60 41%
(Otawara, Soaring City:NEO) $5.35 $6.84 ($1.49) -22%
(Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh:NEO) $5.72 $8.90 ($3.18) -36%
(The Wandering Emperor:NEO) $25.75 $19.70 $6.05 31%
(Prismari Command:STX) $10.08 $11.53 ($1.45) -13%
(Mascot Exhibition:STX) $4.89 $5.09 ($0.20) -4%
(Chandra, Dressed to Kill:VOW) $13.82 $14.68 ($0.86) -6%
(Cemetery Gatekeeper:VOW) $24.31 $24.95 ($0.64) -3%
(Cultivator Colossus:VOW) $25.66 $19.63 $6.03 31%
(Sorin the Mirthless:VOW) $30.96 $29.86 $1.10 4%
(Skyclave Apparition:ZNR) $13.93 $15.56 ($1.63) -10%
(Shatterskull Smashing:ZNR) $9.55 $9.56 ($0.01) 0%
(Roiling Vortex:ZNR) $7.30 $9.17 ($1.87) -20%
(Agadeem's Awakening:ZNR) $6.59 $6.55 $0.04 1%
(Sea Gate Restoration:ZNR) $6.93 $7.13 ($0.20) -3%
(Emeria's Call:ZNR) $5.83 $5.77 $0.06 1%
(Turntimber Symbiosis:ZNR) $7.35 $6.28 $1.07 17%
Modern Staples:
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $20.65 $22.89 ($2.24) -10%
Cavern of Souls $15.86 $14.96 $0.90 6%
Mishra's Bauble $47.04 $47.97 ($0.93) -2%
Aether Vial $8.31 $8.23 $0.08 1%
Liliana of the Veil $7.59 $6.65 $0.94 14%
Polluted Delta $10.08 $11.90 ($1.82) -15%
Wooded Foothills $5.47 $5.64 ($0.17) -3%
Flooded Strand $9.55 $9.54 $0.01 0%
Bloodstained Mire $5.94 $6.43 ($0.49) -8%
Windswept Heath $6.09 $5.79 $0.30 5%
Thoughtseize $12.39 $10.40 $1.99 19%
(Elvish Reclaimer:M20) $10.25 $11.05 ($0.80) -7%
(Force of Negation:MH1) $46.92 $48.38 ($1.46) -3%
(Wrenn and Six:MH1) $70.82 $65.19 $5.63 9%
(Prismatic Vista:MH1) $9.61 $8.18 $1.43 17%
(Sunbaked Canyon:MH1) $20.55 $18.84 $1.71 9%
(Seasoned Pyromancer:MH1) $15.61 $17.09 ($1.48) -9%
(Fiery Islet:MH1) $6.41 $5.56 $0.85 15%
(Urza, Lord High Artificer:MH1) $12.83 $10.21 $2.62 26%
(Force of Vigor:MH1) $49.62 $57.33 ($7.71) -13%
(Flusterstorm:MH1) $14.91 $14.87 $0.04 0%
(Archmage's Charm:MH1) $9.65 $8.55 $1.10 13%
(Silent Clearing:MH1) $4.66 $6.17 ($1.51) -24%
(Yawgmoth, Thran Physician:MH1) $8.63 $9.40 ($0.77) -8%
(Archon of Cruelty:MH2) $8.14 $7.93 $0.21 3%
(Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer:MH2) $79.71 $84.25 ($4.54) -5%
(Urza's Saga:MH2) $72.00 $60.49 $11.51 19%
(Solitude:MH2) $45.31 $38.55 $6.76 18%
(Endurance:MH2) $43.93 $48.52 ($4.59) -9%
(Grief:MH2) $9.78 $10.65 ($0.87) -8%
(Murktide Regent:MH2) $19.36 $31.99 ($12.63) -39%
(Sanctum Prelate:MH2) $5.79 $5.94 ($0.15) -3%
(Fury:MH2) $22.34 $22.29 $0.05 0%
(Esper Sentinel:MH2) $16.26 $15.81 $0.45 3%
(Grist, the Hunger Tide:MH2) $6.02 $5.50 $0.52 9%
(Tourach, Dread Cantor:MH2) $4.50 $5.07 ($0.57) -11%
Chalice of the Void $13.24 $13.67 ($0.43) -3%
Surgical Extraction $11.04 $12.63 ($1.59) -13%
Karn Liberated $5.98 $6.82 ($0.84) -12%
Puresteel Paladin $6.67 $6.34 $0.33 5%
(Emrakul,the Aeons Torn:ROE) $8.93 $7.00 $1.93 28%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $8.41 $8.32 $0.09 1%
Wurmcoil Engine $4.10 $5.79 ($1.69) -29%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.41 $8.25 $0.16 2%
(Teferi, Time Raveler:WAR) $30.87 $31.03 ($0.16) -1%
Gemstone Mine $9.62 $9.60 $0.02 0%
Scalding Tarn $7.58 $7.64 ($0.06) -1%
Verdant Catacombs $2.73 $3.32 ($0.59) -18%
Misty Rainforest $4.73 $5.11 ($0.38) -7%
Arid Mesa $3.18 $2.35 $0.83 35%
Marsh Flats $1.76 $1.45 $0.31 21%
Eternal Staples
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
(Hullbreacher:CMR) $71.81 $78.94 ($7.13) -9%
(Opposition Agent:CMR) $21.49 $22.13 ($0.64) -3%
(Jeweled Lotus:CMR) $28.96 $31.81 ($2.85) -9%
City of Traitors $15.91 $15.30 $0.61 4%
Sphere of Resistance $5.46 $5.22 $0.24 5%
(Allosaurus Shepherd:JMP) $43.83 $42.74 $1.09 3%
(Muxus, Goblin Grandee:JMP) $16.14 $11.25 $4.89 43%
Force of Will $65.99 $67.12 ($1.13) -2%
Karakas $12.05 $11.10 $0.95 9%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $18.69 $18.81 ($0.12) -1%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.25 $6.25 $0.00 0%
Unmask $12.84 $15.42 ($2.58) -17%
Misdirection $13.98 $13.74 $0.24 2%
Rishadan Port $9.26 $9.00 $0.26 3%
Snuff Out $17.62 $18.50 ($0.88) -5%
Submerge $14.96 $15.75 ($0.79) -5%
Daze $12.38 $12.25 $0.13 1%
Entomb $17.03 $13.45 $3.58 27%
(Retrofitter Foundry:PZ2) $26.79 $28.96 ($2.17) -7%
(Recruiter of the Guard:PZ2) $21.36 $16.58 $4.78 29%
(Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow:PZ2) $17.09 $13.75 $3.34 24%
Mox Diamond $44.45 $43.22 $1.23 3%
Wasteland $32.38 $29.82 $2.56 9%
Ancient Tomb $14.90 $15.09 ($0.19) -1%
Lotus Petal $46.74 $42.18 $4.56 11%
(Grim Monolith:UL) $8.43 $8.23 $0.20 2%
Meltdown $31.61 $34.73 ($3.12) -9%
Exploration $18.92 $18.66 $0.26 1%
Gaea's Cradle $21.97 $21.81 $0.16 1%
Carpet of Flowers $23.38 $20.87 $2.51 12%
Gilded Drake $9.62 $9.18 $0.44 5%
Show and Tell $6.93 $7.38 ($0.45) -6%
Black Lotus $12.82 $12.03 $0.79 7%
Volcanic Island $7.29 $7.56 ($0.27) -4%
Underground Sea $8.55 $7.93 $0.62 8%
Null Rod $8.51 $7.86 $0.65 8%
Doomsday $26.53 $25.57 $0.96 4%
Paradigm Shift $7.28 $7.14 $0.14 2%
Mindbreak Trap $4.09 $3.18 $0.91 29%
Pioneer Staples:  A couple of new cards on the list this week.  Of course a few fell off as well.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $4.99 $5.74 ($0.75) -13%
Collected Company $5.61


Kolaghan's Command $5.39 $4.18 $1.21 29%
(Brazen Borrower:ELD) $24.16 $21.07 $3.09 15%
(Korvold, Fae-Cursed King:ELD) $12.70 $14.42 ($1.72) -12%
(Arclight Phoenix:GRN) $5.43 $6.68 ($1.25) -19%
(Lurrus of the Dream Den:IKO) $14.22 $14.29 ($0.07) 0%
(Shark Typhoon:IKO) $9.14 $9.51 ($0.37) -4%
(Raugrin Triome:IKO) $4.73 $5.38 ($0.65) -12%
(Ketria Triome:IKO) $7.14 $7.86 ($0.72) -9%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $10.41 $8.91 $1.50 17%
Mana Confluence $5.87


(Inspiring Vantage:KLD) $5.02 $5.31 ($0.29) -5%
(Spirebluff Canal:KLD) $6.09 $5.42 $0.67 12%
(Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord:M20) $8.15 $10.17 ($2.02) -20%
(Chandra, Awakened Inferno:M20) $5.71 $7.26 ($1.55) -21%
(Lotus Field:M20) $6.47 $9.69 ($3.22) -33%
(Liliana, Waker of the Dead:M21) $6.01 $5.62 $0.39 7%
Rest in Peace $6.24 $5.21 $1.03 20%
(Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger:THB) $4.71 $6.87 ($2.16) -31%
(Karn, the Great Creator:WAR) $26.53 $20.16 $6.37 32%
(Finale of Devastation:WAR) $6.45 $6.15 $0.30 5%
(Omnath, Locus of Creation:ZNR) $35.56 $37.04 ($1.48) -4%
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
Forgotten Realms $220.64 $241.39 ($20.75) -9%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $167.60 $151.65 $15.95 11%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $185.17 $185.36 ($0.19) 0%
Kaldheim $77.01 $71.59 $5.42 8%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $151.16 $160.91 ($9.75) -6%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Booster $3.37 $3.19 $0.18 6%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $60.18 $63.15 ($2.97) -5%
Treasure Chest $2.52 $2.45 $0.07 3%
Zendikar Rising $123.35 $125.49 ($2.14) -2%


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 224.94
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 131.81
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 121.75
Mox Jet 1E Rare 116.46
Karakas UBT Mythic 113.46
Kappa Cannoneer NEC Rare 108.89
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 108.08
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 101.4
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 83.81
Time Walk 1E Rare 80.48
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 79.71
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 78.84
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 75.56
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 72
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 71.81
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 70.82
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 66.82
Force of Will MED Rare 65.99
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 58.93
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 56.21
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 55.13
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 52.51
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 49.62
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 49.06
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 47.61
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 47.53
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 47.06
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 47.04
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 46.92
Lotus Petal TE Common 46.74
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 46.27
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 46.13
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 45.71
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.37
Solitude MH2 Mythic 45.31
Mox Diamond ST Rare 44.45
Endurance MH2 Mythic 43.93
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 43.83
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 42.61
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 41.64
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 41.63
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 41.47
Force of Will VMA Rare 41.04
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 39.78
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 39.55
Force of Will EMA Mythic 38.58
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 38.58
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 37.23
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 37.15
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 37.05
Anje's Ravager C19 Rare 36.95
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 35.95
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 35.56
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.79
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 32.58
Wasteland TE Uncommon 32.38
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 32.04
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 31.98
Wasteland TPR Rare 31.76
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 31.61
Timetwister 1E Rare 31.01
Sorin the Mirthless VOW Mythic 30.96
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 30.87
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 30.86
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 30.46
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.09
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 29.11
Court of Cunning CMR Rare 29.05
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 28.96
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 27.79
Wrenn and Seven MID Mythic 27.65
Wasteland EXP Mythic 27.56
Aether Gale C14 Rare 27.44
Hall of Storm Giants AFR Rare 27.21
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.19
Unmask V16 Mythic 27.1
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 26.79
Demilich AFR Mythic 26.68
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 26.56
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 26.53
Doomsday WL Rare 26.53
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 26.22
Wasteland EMA Rare 25.82
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 25.75
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 25.66
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 25.41
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.35
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 25.1
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 $29,973.  Last week it was $29,690.  Small gain this week, but a gain! 
 
In Closing

Prices were done on Thursday.  Customer service work is starting to slow down to the point where I might be able to make time for myself again, and I am super excited about that! 

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