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Jan 15 2021 12:00pm
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State of the Program for January 15th, 2021
 
In the News

Temur Cube:  The new Spotlight Cube is the Temur Cube from Ellie Rice.  You can see a list of the major archetypes and cards in the cube here.

A week of Super Qualifiers:  Monday, January 18th will kick off a week full of Super Qualifiers.  These events offer two invitations to the Kaldheim Championship on Arena.  They will cost their normal entry fees, 40 event tickets, 40 Qualifier Points or 400 Play Points. 

Mythic Event Tokens:  Going along with the week of Super Qualifiers, Wizards of the Coast is adding Mythic Event Tokens to the store.  These tokens give you temporary access to nearly every card on MTGO (Secret Lairs and MTGO promos are not included).  You are able to play casually with the cards, and take part in Leagues, Queues, Format and Showcase Challenges, and finally, Super Qualifiers.  You must pay the normal entry option as well.   These tokens cost 25 dollars and access to the cards lasts until January 27th. 

Pauper Ban
:  (Fall from Favor:CMR) was removed from the format on Thursday, they wanted to address the enchantment before the Super Qualifier on January 23rd. 
 

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 27, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
January 27, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
January 28, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
Zendikar Rising Redemption
Ends April 7th, 2021


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:

This changed this week, make sure to keep that in mind when looking at the schedule.  I put the changes in bold. 

January 13 - January 20:  Temur Cube
January 20 - January 28 - Vintage Masters Flashback

 
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:

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
 
 



Cutting Edge Tech

Standard: (Transmogrify:M21) even with incredible targets to get with it, is finally shining a little bit in Standard.  Might Kaldheim add something new to the deck? 

Historic:  I know I did this deck recently, but that was also last year, and I needed an updated version of it.  Having access to (Seasoned Hallowblade:M21) as another way to put things in the yard is a nice idea!


Legacy:  2021 is just as cold as 2020 was in regards to popular Legacy decks. 


Modern:  Still trying very hard to show off Modern decks without Fetches.  The costs may not be to bad on MTGO, but it is a bit of a bummer in paper, even with reprints coming soon in Modern Horizons 2. 


Pauper:  Blue decks probably won't fall from favor soon, but if you're looking to take advantage of the Monarch mechanic still, this is where you want to start with the new banning.


Pioneer:  (Agent of Treachery:M20) is a nicer target, than the Standard version, and (Teferi, Time Raveler:WAR) offers more protection as well. 


Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy -
Saturday Modern -
Saturday Pauper -
Saturday Pioneer -
Saturday Standard - 
Saturday Vintage -

Sunday Legacy - Andreas_Mueller - Temur Delver
Sunday Modern - HouseofManaMTG - AmuLIT
Sunday Pauper - Heisen01 - Flicker Tron
Sunday Pioneer - bobjackson - Mono Green Devotion
Sunday Standard - ht991122 - Mono Green Food
Sunday Vintage - Sprouts

Other Event Winners

Zendikar Rising Qualifier - stainerson 


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: (Questing Beast:ELD) came off the list this week. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
(Brazen Borrower:ELD) $17.20 $13.71 $3.49 25%
(Bonecrusher Giant:ELD) $5.28 $5.15 $0.13 3%
(The Great Henge:ELD) $9.30 $9.17 $0.13 1%
(General Kudro of Drannith:IKO) $5.33 $5.89 ($0.56) -10%
(Shark Typhoon:IKO) $9.68 $11.13 ($1.45) -13%
(Vivien, Monsters' Advocate:IKO) $6.89 $7.47 ($0.58) -8%
(Lurrus of the Dream Den:IKO) $11.99 $11.97 $0.02 0%
(Teferi, Master of Time:M21) $5.65 $5.53 $0.12 2%
(Terror of the Peaks:M21) $12.84 $14.14 ($1.30) -9%
(Liliana, Waker of the Dead:M21) $8.90 $9.72 ($0.82) -8%
(Elder Gargaroth:M21) $23.41 $23.30 $0.11 0%
(Ugin, the Spirit Dragon:M21) $4.63 $5.22 ($0.59) -11%
(Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger:THB) 29.67 30.81 ($1.14) -4%
(Klothys, God of Destiny:THB) 10.35 10.72 ($0.37) -3%
(Heliod, Sun-Crowned:THB) 9.82 10.66 ($0.84) -8%
(Ox of Agonas:THB) 7.15 7.31 ($0.16) -2%
(Scourge of the Skyclaves:ZNR) $31.32 $31.50 ($0.18) -1%
(Turntimber Symbiosis:ZNR) $16.09 $16.87 ($0.78) -5%
(Agadeem's Awakening:ZNR) $13.45 $13.22 $0.23 2%
(Skyclave Apparition:ZNR) $12.67 $13.24 ($0.57) -4%
(Shatterskull Smashing:ZNR) $12.08 $10.57 $1.51 14%
(Sea Gate Restoration:ZNR) 7.35 6.18 $1.17 19%
Modern StaplesDismember is off the list now.  Flagstones of Trokair came off the list as well. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $27.02 $25.49 $1.53 6%
Steelshaper's Gift $33.05 $31.80 $1.25 4%
Engineered Explosives $5.32 $5.29 $0.03 1%
Cavern of Souls $18.02 $20.64 ($2.62) -13%
Mishra's Bauble $12.88 $12.54 $0.34 3%
Aether Vial $17.64 $18.13 ($0.49) -3%
Horizon Canopy $12.30 $10.50 $1.80 17%
Liliana of the Veil $14.91 $13.39 $1.52 11%
Polluted Delta $11.09 $11.68 ($0.59) -5%
Wooded Foothills $5.68 $6.41 ($0.73) -11%
Flooded Strand $6.34 $6.88 ($0.54) -8%
Bloodstained Mire $6.03 $7.04 ($1.01) -14%
Windswept Heath $5.45 $5.66 ($0.21) -4%
Thoughtseize $8.12 $7.85 $0.27 3%
Cryptic Command $5.86 $5.90 ($0.04) -1%
(Field of the Dead:M20) $24.73 $23.73 $1.00 4%
(Elvish Reclaimer:M20) $21.11 $16.60 $4.51 27%
(Force of Negation:MH1) $85.54 $94.46 ($8.92) -9%
(Wrenn and Six:MH1) $73.58 $72.37 $1.21 2%
(Prismatic Vista:MH1) $17.07 $16.30 $0.77 5%
(Sunbaked Canyon:MH1) $19.54 $20.14 ($0.60) -3%
(Seasoned Pyromancer:MH1) $55.13 $53.27 $1.86 3%
(Fiery Islet:MH1) $12.39 $13.76 ($1.37) -10%
(Urza, Lord High Artificer:MH1) $11.11 $12.83 ($1.72) -13%
(Plague Engineer:MH1) $9.76 $10.64 ($0.88) -8%
(Force of Vigor:MH1) $30.57 $17.53 $13.04 74%
(Collector Ouphe:MH1) $5.45 $5.58 ($0.13) -2%
(Ice-Fang Coatl:MH1) $12.80 $8.24 $4.56 55%
(Giver of Runes:MH1) $10.02 $12.24 ($2.22) -18%
(Hexdrinker:MH1) $6.60 $7.35 ($0.75) -10%
(Flusterstorm:MH1) $11.40 $11.57 ($0.17) -1%
(Archmage's Charm:MH1) $12.63 $12.49 $0.14 1%
(Ranger-Captain of Eos:MH1) $7.47 $6.47 $1.00 15%
(Silent Clearing:MH1) $9.07 $7.66 $1.41 18%
(Yawgmoth, Thran Physician:MH1) $5.01 $5.50 ($0.49) -9%
Chalice of the Void $1.90 $12.73 ($10.83) -85%
Surgical Extraction $16.47 $16.38 $0.09 1%
Karn Liberated $5.92 $5.84 $0.08 1%
(Emrakul,the Aeons Torn:ROE) $6.23 $5.73 $0.50 9%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.86 $8.65 ($0.79) -9%
Boil $5.55 $7.56 ($2.01) -27%
Gemstone Mine $16.56 $15.21 $1.35 9%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.49 $8.51 ($0.02) 0%
Scalding Tarn $17.85 $18.87 ($1.02) -5%
Verdant Catacombs $10.79 $12.27 ($1.48) -12%
Misty Rainforest $15.52 $15.15 $0.37 2%
Arid Mesa $5.34 $5.08 $0.26 5%
Marsh Flats $5.32 $5.22 $0.10 2%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
(Hullbreacher:CMR) $70.45 $72.85 ($2.40) -3%
(Opposition Agent:CMR) $34.15 $28.18 $5.97 21%
Dark Depths $5.41 $5.20 $0.21 4%
(Oko, Thief of Crowns:ELD) $25.77 $25.66 $0.11 0%
City of Traitors $24.26 $24.43 ($0.17) -1%
Sphere of Resistance $9.02 $6.96 $2.06 30%
Monastery Mentor $6.88 $8.45 ($1.57) -19%
(Allosaurus Shepherd:JMP) $41.81 $54.97 ($13.16) -24%
(Muxus, Goblin Grandee:JMP) $4.88 $5.77 ($0.89) -15%
Force of Will $61.80 $58.86 $2.94 5%
Karakas $11.95 $11.62 $0.33 3%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $61.04 $54.16 $6.88 13%
Demonic Tutor $10.39 $9.78 $0.61 6%
(Echo of Eons:MH1) $8.35 $10.10 ($1.75) -17%
Unmask $10.02 $9.30 $0.72 8%
Misdirection $11.62 $11.62 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $10.82 $11.07 ($0.25) -2%
Submerge $9.93 $12.85 ($2.92) -23%
Daze $7.61 $8.23 ($0.62) -8%
Entomb $7.94 $8.72 ($0.78) -9%
(Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow:PZ2) $41.59 $41.82 ($0.23) -1%
Mox Diamond $17.06 $17.03 $0.03 0%
Wasteland $49.16 $46.28 $2.88 6%
Ancient Tomb $19.07 $19.59 ($0.52) -3%
Lotus Petal $16.65 $24.59 ($7.94) -32%
Earthcraft $7.52 $7.29 $0.23 3%
(Academy Rector:UD) $6.10 $5.82 $0.28 5%
(Grim Monolith:UL) $16.75 $17.23 ($0.48) -3%
Exploration $14.20 $14.20 $0.00 0%
Gaea's Cradle $28.50 $28.50 $0.00 0%
Carpet of Flowers $35.15 $38.58 ($3.43) -9%
Gilded Drake $10.78 $10.73 $0.05 0%
Black Lotus $24.45 $23.37 $1.08 5%
Tropical Island $8.61 $9.55 ($0.94) -10%
Volcanic Island $17.27 $15.38 $1.89 12%
Underground Sea $14.67 $13.95 $0.72 5%
Sol Ring $9.08 $9.62 ($0.54) -6%
Null Rod $8.69 $8.54 $0.15 2%
Doomsday $23.69 $22.89 $0.80 3%
Paradigm Shift $10.40 $10.80 ($0.40) -4%
Mindbreak Trap $23.40 $13.47 $9.93 74%
Pioneer Staples:  Okay, (Bomat Courier:KLD) has finally come off the list after a weird couple of weeks for it. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
(Soul-Scar Mage:AKH) $7.01 $8.34 ($1.33) -16%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.62 $6.60 $1.02 15%
Collected Company $5.75 $5.14 $0.61 12%
(Collective Brutality:EMN) $4.18 $5.61 ($1.43) -25%
(Assassin's Trophy:GRN) $4.99 $4.23 $0.76 18%
Mana Confluence $4.24 $5.07 ($0.83) -16%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.35 $7.87 ($0.52) -7%
(Lotus Field:M20) $6.89 $5.49 $1.40 26%
(Golos, Tireless Pilgrim:M20) $6.88 $5.43 $1.45 27%
(Chandra, Awakened Inferno:M20) $5.31 $5.05 $0.26 5%
(Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath:THB) $75.05 $83.80 ($8.75) -10%
(Teferi, Time Raveler:WAR) $39.87 $35.06 $4.81 14%
(Finale of Devastation:WAR) $5.14 $5.28 ($0.14) -3%
(Karn, the Great Creator:WAR) $45.82 $49.26 ($3.44) -7%
(Dreadhorde Arcanist:WAR) $15.99 $15.44 $0.55 4%
(Blast Zone:WAR) $8.81 $8.70 $0.11 1%
(Omnath, Locus of Creation:ZNR) $12.15 $13.94 ($1.79) -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
Core Set 2021 $108.51 $109.13 ($0.62) -1%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $74.40 $77.35 ($2.95) -4%
Theros Beyond Death $181.03 $193.45 ($12.42) -6%
Throne of Eldraine $145.87 $142.27 $3.60 3%
Treasure Chest $2.38 $2.30 $0.08 3%
Zendikar Rising $133.52 $136.21 ($2.69) -2%
Zendikar Rising Booster Pack $2.96 $3.16 ($0.20) -6%


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 144.86
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 105.39
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 85.54
Mox Jet 1E Rare 81.88
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 79.3
Karakas UBT Mythic 78.73
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 76.65
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 75.54
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 75.05
Time Walk 1E Rare 73.79
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 73.58
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 70.45
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 70.41
Force of Will MED Rare 61.8
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 61.04
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 56.74
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 55.13
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 51.38
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 50.79
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 49.31
Wasteland TE Uncommon 49.16
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 48.3
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 47.31
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 45.83
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 44.69
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 44.17
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 44.07
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 43.48
Force of Will VMA Rare 42.14
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 41.81
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 41.59
Force of Will EMA Mythic 40.55
Timetwister 1E Rare 39.16
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 39.05
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 38.73
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 38.28
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 38.01
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 38
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 36.67
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.48
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 35.41
Wasteland TPR Rare 35.25
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 35.15
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 34.4
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 34.15
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 33.9
Steelshaper's Gift 5DN Uncommon 33.05
Wasteland EXP Mythic 31.38
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 31.32
Wasteland EMA Rare 31.2
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 30.57
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger THB Mythic 29.67
Steelshaper's Gift TD2 Uncommon 28.96
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 28.5
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 28.29
Auriok Champion IMA Rare 27.95
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 27.43
Auriok Champion 5DN Rare 27.02
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Oko, Thief of Crowns ELD Mythic 25.77
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.62
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 25.35
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.19
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
 
In Closing

Prices were done on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. 

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