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State of the Program for January 11th, 2023
 
In the News

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

Starter Commander decks:  These are new to the shop and the exact product that you would buy in paper! 

Redemption:  Redemption is up and running!  Remember that redemption runs now until supply is gone. The Brothers' War and Dominaria United are the sets able to be redeemed and there is about a quarter of Dominaria United sets left! 

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
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 -  Vintage Cube

January 14 - Vintage Showcase Challenge
January 15 - Legacy Showcase Challenge

January 26 - Dominaria Remastered

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: It's getting a bit harder to talk about Standard and the other formats as we wait to get to Phyrexia. The formats feel a bit solved and Standard, at least from a sharing decklists standpoint could use a shakeup. However, the format is pretty solid, the gameplay feels tense.


Legacy:

Modern:

Pauper:

Pioneer:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - aManatease - 4 Color Money Pile
Saturday Modern - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Pauper - Backoff - CawGate
Saturday Pioneer - SoulStrong - Rakdos Mid
Saturday Standard - Hamuda - Azorius Soldiers
Saturday Vintage - KingHairy

Sunday Legacy - McWinSauce - Mono White Initiative
Sunday Modern - Myorin - Rakdos Scam
Sunday Pauper - LuffyDoChapeuDePalha - Grixis Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Standard - _TOP_G - Azorius Soldiers
Sunday Vintage - unluckymonkey

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Showcase Challenge - Rhianne - Rakdos Sac
Modern Showcase Challenge - Talisker - Temur Rhinos

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: Woodcaller Automaton and Arcane Proxy came off the list.  Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset came off the list.
Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Phyrexian Fleshgorger $12.65 $13.95 -$1.30 -9%
Brotherhood's End $11.36 $9.64 $1.72 18%
Cityscape Leveler $16.22 $15.78 $0.44 3%
Portal to Phyrexia $8.01 $9.46 -$1.45 -15%
Titania, Voice of Gaea $6.41 $6.36 $0.05 1%
Urza, Lord Protector $7.63 $7.59 $0.04 1%
Skitterbeam Battalion $4.43 $5.23 -$0.80 -15%
Leyline Binding $13.16 $13.58 -$0.42 -3%
Liliana of the Veil $5.46 $5.46 $0.00 0%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $67.88 $69.31 -$1.43 -2%
Karn's Sylex $5.10 $5.71 -$0.61 -11%
Memory Deluge $7.74 $8.27 -$0.53 -6%
Haunted Ridge $6.59 $8.37 -$1.78 -21%
Brutal Cathar $9.22 $11.00 -$1.78 -16%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $4.93 $6.48 -$1.55 -24%
Boseiju, Who Endures $38.21 $36.94 $1.27 3%
Otawara, Soaring City $8.11 $8.37 -$0.26 -3%
The Wandering Emperor $9.84 $11.10 -$1.26 -11%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $26.27 $25.99 $0.28 1%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $8.08 $9.43 -$1.35 -14%
March of Otherworldly Light $5.85 $5.37 $0.48 9%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $6.48 $7.27 -$0.79 -11%
Ledger Shredder $17.07 $13.76 $3.31 24%
Unlicensed Hearse $14.09 $15.92 -$1.83 -11%
Xander's Lounge $4.10 $5.13 -$1.03 -20%
Wedding Announcement $3.92 $5.26 -$1.34 -25%
Stormcarved Coast $6.76 $6.93 -$0.17 -2%
Hallowed Haunting $4.62 $4.99 -$0.37 -7%
Modern Staples: Lord of Atlantis swam to the list.  Orvar, the All-Form has moved over here, finally as it makes the most sense, since Modern is where it is being played at.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $14.36 $12.28 $2.08 17%
Lord of Atlantis $5.02


Cavern of Souls $11.33 $10.08 $1.25 12%
Magus of the Moon $5.90 $5.87 $0.03 1%
Orvar, the All-Form $52.78 $58.47 -$5.69 -10%
Polluted Delta $6.44 $6.77 -$0.33 -5%
Wooded Foothills $6.00 $5.57 $0.43 8%
Flooded Strand $8.27 $7.07 $1.20 17%
Bloodstained Mire $6.45 $6.82 -$0.37 -5%
Windswept Heath $4.83 $5.18 -$0.35 -7%
Thoughtseize $6.17 $4.58 $1.59 35%
Force of Negation $11.97 $13.87 -$1.90 -14%
Wrenn and Six $17.01 $16.72 $0.29 2%
Sunbaked Canyon $7.45 $8.01 -$0.56 -7%
Seasoned Pyromancer $8.07 $7.45 $0.62 8%
Force of Vigor $15.27 $14.60 $0.67 5%
Flusterstorm $24.94 $25.14 -$0.20 -1%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $7.63 $5.82 $1.81 31%
Archon of Cruelty $18.09 $14.90 $3.19 21%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $40.79 $29.05 $11.74 40%
Urza's Saga $46.46 $42.06 $4.40 10%
Solitude $22.71 $20.71 $2.00 10%
Endurance $39.07 $34.02 $5.05 15%
Grief $10.34 $11.83 -$1.49 -13%
Murktide Regent $18.41 $15.12 $3.29 22%
Fury $40.43 $38.67 $1.76 5%
Esper Sentinel $9.22 $9.74 -$0.52 -5%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $5.72 $5.58 $0.14 3%
Subtlety $8.59 $9.02 -$0.43 -5%
Dress Down $7.47 $5.98 $1.49 25%
Chalice of the Void $9.78 $9.11 $0.67 7%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.01 $6.32 -$0.31 -5%
Underworld Breach $4.70 $5.46 -$0.76 -14%
Teferi, Time Raveler $12.61 $12.76 -$0.15 -1%
Scalding Tarn $7.33 $5.72 $1.61 28%
Verdant Catacombs $3.13 $2.03 $1.10 54%
Misty Rainforest $4.70 $4.83 -$0.13 -3%
Arid Mesa $3.58 $3.42 $0.16 5%
Marsh Flats $1.50 $1.28 $0.22 17%
Eternal StaplesRishadan Port is off the list. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
White Plume Adventurer $25.35 $28.44 ($3.09) -11%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $9.18 $7.44 $1.74 23%
Hullbreacher $10.49 $12.39 ($1.90) -15%
Opposition Agent $21.26 $26.23 ($4.97) -19%
Jeweled Lotus $11.24 $11.24 $0.00 0%
Jeska's Will $22.89 $19.65 $3.24 16%
City of Traitors $18.20 $17.39 $0.81 5%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $12.42 $12.42 $0.00 0%
Helm of Obedience $14.72 $12.58 $2.14 17%
Force of Will $50.59 $46.79 $3.80 8%
Karakas $6.39 $6.32 $0.07 1%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $11.00 $10.95 $0.05 0%
Enlightened Tutor $5.44 $5.40 $0.04 1%
Unmask $19.18 $15.74 $3.44 22%
Misdirection $10.70 $11.08 ($0.38) -3%
Snuff Out $22.44 $24.70 ($2.26) -9%
Submerge $8.38 $8.14 $0.24 3%
Daze $7.52 $8.88 ($1.36) -15%
Entomb $8.67 $6.84 $1.83 27%
Mox Opal $5.08 $5.36 ($0.28) -5%
Mox Diamond $23.97 $22.98 $0.99 4%
Wasteland $18.12 $17.47 $0.65 4%
Ancient Tomb $22.52 $19.13 $3.39 18%
Lotus Petal $25.11 $21.86 $3.25 15%
Grindstone $8.61 $7.28 $1.33 18%
Grim Monolith $16.86 $15.90 $0.96 6%
Goblin Welder $7.23 $6.48 $0.75 12%
Meltdown $16.14 $17.36 ($1.22) -7%
Exploration $7.03 $6.74 $0.29 4%
Gaea's Cradle $37.42 $37.29 $0.13 0%
Carpet of Flowers $5.90 $4.87 $1.03 21%
Gilded Drake $9.53 $8.68 $0.85 10%
Show and Tell $11.20 $11.70 ($0.50) -4%
Black Lotus $14.18 $15.02 ($0.84) -6%
Volcanic Island $11.89 $9.88 $2.01 20%
Underground Sea $5.77 $5.55 $0.22 4%
Null Rod $7.79 $7.53 $0.26 3%
Doomsday $18.05 $18.29 ($0.24) -1%
Paradigm Shift $12.90 $12.90 $0.00 0%
Pioneer StaplesCastle Locthwain is back on the list.  Arclight Phoenix has flown back on. Shark Typhoon has come back off. Mana Confluence has returned to the list.  Leyline of the Void in the opening hand. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $11.98 $8.93 $3.05 34.15%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $5.82 $5.87 -$0.05 -0.85%
Lair of the Hydra $5.79 $7.04 -$1.25 -17.76%
Brazen Borrower $16.73 $15.02 $1.71 11.38%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.28 $3.79 $1.49 39.31%
Castle Locthwain $6.44


Arclight Phoenix $5.15


Mana Confluence $5.02


Spirebluff Canal $11.83 $7.68 $4.15 54.04%
Resplendent Angel $5.75


Cavalier of Thorns $11.31 $12.95 -$1.64 -12.66%
Leyline of the Void $5.82


Elder Gargaroth $5.24 $5.17 $0.07 1.35%
Terror of the Peaks $5.36 $5.12 $0.24 4.69%
The Meathook Massacre $11.35 $12.00 -$0.65 -5.42%
Day's Undoing $4.66 $5.72 -$1.06 -18.53%
Karn, the Great Creator $17.13 $15.56 $1.57 10.09%
Finale of Devastation $6.99 $7.33 -$0.34 -4.64%
Emeria's Call $17.12 $14.96 $2.16 14.44%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $8.41 $8.79 -$0.38 -4.32%
Skyclave Apparition $7.87 $7.08 $0.79 11.16%
Roiling Vortex $7.93 $7.81 $0.12 1.54%
Agadeem's Awakening $9.10 $8.76 $0.34 3.88%
Sea Gate Restoration $9.79 $9.96 -$0.17 -1.71%
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 $115.46 $119.81 ($4.35) -4%
The Brothers's War Booster $2.56 $2.55 $0.01 0%
Dominaria United $124.45 $125.50 ($1.05) -1%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $55.93 $59.40 ($3.47) -6%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $105.06 $111.04 ($5.98) -5%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $116.16 $117.88 ($1.72) -1%
Streets of New Capenna $69.92 $70.54 ($0.62) -1%
Treasure Chest $2.33 $2.32 $0.01 0%

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 256.2
Mox Jet 1E Rare 128.49
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 111.69
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 108.17
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 96.4
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 92.19
Karakas UBT Mythic 92.13
Time Walk 1E Rare 83.12
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 82.31
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 71.01
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 67.88
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 65.97
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 61.97
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 61.83
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 60.9
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 53.43
Orvar, the All-Form KHM Mythic 52.78
Aether Gale C14 Rare 51.01
Force of Will MED Rare 50.59
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 49.87
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 49.27
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 48.9
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 47.94
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 45.65
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 43.4
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 42.78
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 42.39
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.25
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.5
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 40.79
Fury MH2 Mythic 40.43
Reanimate UBT Mythic 39.88
Endurance MH2 Mythic 39.07
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 38.21
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 37.42
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 37.33
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 37.04
Timetwister 1E Rare 34.21
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 32.75
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 32.5
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 31.82
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 30.92
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 30.01
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 29.62
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 28.55
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 28.01
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 27.94
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.96
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 26.66
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 26.36
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 26.27
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.23
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 25.68
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 25.66
Wasteland TPR Rare 25.4
White Plume Adventurer CLB Rare 25.35
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 25.15
Lotus Petal TE Common 25.11
Force of Will MS3 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.
 
In Closing

I was supposed to have an appointment with an ENT today, but ended up having to reschedule.  Not having a ride will do to that to people.  In other news I started to replay the Mass Effect series last week, and spent 25 hours on Mass Effect before taking it down and immediately jumping in to Mass Effect 2.  I don't think I've played any of these games since 2012, and it was really nice to feel like I was being surprised by things that I didn't remember in the game.  Persona 3 and Persona 4 go to Game Pass next week and I am trying to get the Mass Effect games done before I start the 80 or so hour replays of those two games.  I've also read two books since the year started, Continue? The Boss Fight Books Anthology is what I most recently finished up, it wasn't really what I expected.  I expected an anthology on actual Boss Fights, but got one by a group call Boss Fights.  The second book I read was Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo by Reggie Fils-Aimé.  This one was a bit more than the average business book, and was kinda touching.  Really enjoyed that one.  

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