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State of the Program for January 18th, 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! 

The Brothers' War Redemption:  Redemption is up and running!  Remember that redemption runs now until supply is gone. 

MOCS Season 3 Showcase:  This event is on Saturday, January, 21.  8 players, the formats are Vintage Cube and Modern. You can watch it on the Magic twitch channel with Cedric Phillips, Carmen Handy, Haiyue Yue, and Mani Davoudi! 

Dominaria Remastered:  Releases on January 26th on MTGO.  Boosters will cost 3.99.  Traditional Draft and Single Elimination queues will be offered.  Treasure Chests will be updated with the set release.  Borderless and Retro Frame cards from the common and uncommon slots in the remastered set will not be in booster packs, but will be in Magic Online Player Rewards packs.  Rarity downshifts will apply after downtime and will be good for the Pauper Qualifier the Saturday after the set releases. 

Challenge Schedule Changing:  Two Prelims on Friday nights are now becoming small Challenge events.  This helps players in the Asia-Pacific region.  Saturday is also getting another Modern Challenge.  Both of these are 32 player events. 

Phyrexia:  All Will Be One:  Previews for the set have been long ongoing, especially since people in the Dominaria Remastered Prerelease were opening the new set in packs of Dominaria Remastered.  You can see where to find previews here. You can check out the Card Image Gallery, Variant Card Image Gallery, and Commander Card Image Gallery as well. 

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 21 - Modern Super Qualifier
January 22 - Limited Super Qualifier

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) FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m.     Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m    Limited 32 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
4:00 p.m. Limited 32 Challenge    
6:00 p.m. Modern 32 Challenge Modern 32 Challenge  

 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:  I wanted to highlight decks to play in Standard and Pioneer this week.  This Mono Green list looks like a fun way to spend some time in league play! 


Standard:  While the Mono Green list looked fun, this deck looks like a killer.  Very similar to the Izzet build of the deck, Topiary Stomper ramps you to a lot of really cool stuff! 


Standard: This deck went 5-0 in Standard, and it can either be a win trading deck on MTGO, or a neat deck full of littler synergies!  I'm hoping for the later, but it might be the former. 


Pioneer:  Mono Blue Devotion has always been at the side of the format.  While Mono Green Devotion dominates, I have always held out hoope that if something from that deck were banned, it would be Storm the Festival and Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner, because those two give the Mono Green a strong combo finish.  This deck, as well as the Mono White and Mono Black (and I guess Mono Red, I've seen it, it exists, it's better if we pretend it didn't though) probe that you don't need the Walkers and Sorcery to have a good Pioneer deck. 


Pioneer:  Niv to Light has been a staple in the format since it was first created and it is still a good time now.  



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - slasher21 - Mono Blue Artifacts
Saturday Modern - LuisMJ - Breach Aggro
Saturday Pauper - LuffyDoChapeuDePalha - Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - ls149950 - Green Devotion
Saturday Standard - Arianne - Esper Mid
Saturday Vintage - Showcase Challenge

Sunday Legacy - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Modern - AlexanderRosdahl - Four Color Creativity
Sunday Pauper - Hamuda - First Day Combo
Sunday Pioneer - rafp - Mono White Aggro
Sunday Standard - MJ_23 - Mono Red Aggro
Sunday Vintage - canepis16

Other Event Winners

Legacy Showcase Challenge -
JUJUBEAN_2004 - Izzet Delver
Vintage Showcase Challenge - Enrichetta

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: Skitterbeam Battalion has skittered off the list.  Adeline, Resplendent Cathar is gone.  Xander's Lounge is no longer hosting guests.  Hallowed Haunting is haunting somewhere else and the RSVP for Wedding Announcement has gone with no reply.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Phyrexian Fleshgorger $11.22 $12.65 -$1.43 -11%
Brotherhood's End $11.80 $11.36 $0.44 4%
Cityscape Leveler $17.32 $16.22 $1.10 7%
Portal to Phyrexia $7.11 $8.01 -$0.90 -11%
Titania, Voice of Gaea $5.98 $6.41 -$0.43 -7%
Urza, Lord Protector $7.03 $7.63 -$0.60 -8%
Leyline Binding $13.72 $13.16 $0.56 4%
Liliana of the Veil $5.59 $5.46 $0.13 2%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $67.53 $67.88 -$0.35 -1%
Karn's Sylex $5.21 $5.10 $0.11 2%
Memory Deluge $8.31 $7.74 $0.57 7%
Haunted Ridge $5.63 $6.59 -$0.96 -15%
Brutal Cathar $10.35 $9.22 $1.13 12%
Boseiju, Who Endures $39.67 $38.21 $1.46 4%
Otawara, Soaring City $7.95 $8.11 -$0.16 -2%
The Wandering Emperor $9.57 $9.84 -$0.27 -3%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $23.92 $26.27 -$2.35 -9%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $8.23 $8.08 $0.15 2%
March of Otherworldly Light $5.92 $5.85 $0.07 1%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $5.93 $6.48 -$0.55 -8%
Ledger Shredder $21.21 $17.07 $4.14 24%
Unlicensed Hearse $12.34 $14.09 -$1.75 -12%
Stormcarved Coast $6.99 $6.76 $0.23 3%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $16.48 $14.36 $2.12 15%
Lord of Atlantis $5.90 $5.02 $0.88 18%
Cavern of Souls $12.91 $11.33 $1.58 14%
Magus of the Moon $5.71 $5.90 -$0.19 -3%
Orvar, the All-Form $42.62 $52.78 -$10.16 -19%
Polluted Delta $6.31 $6.44 -$0.13 -2%
Wooded Foothills $6.94 $6.00 $0.94 16%
Flooded Strand $7.45 $8.27 -$0.82 -10%
Bloodstained Mire $6.94 $6.45 $0.49 8%
Windswept Heath $4.55 $4.83 -$0.28 -6%
Thoughtseize $6.31 $6.17 $0.14 2%
Force of Negation $11.78 $11.97 -$0.19 -2%
Wrenn and Six $17.21 $17.01 $0.20 1%
Sunbaked Canyon $6.70 $7.45 -$0.75 -10%
Seasoned Pyromancer $9.49 $8.07 $1.42 18%
Force of Vigor $15.14 $15.27 -$0.13 -1%
Flusterstorm $22.47 $24.94 -$2.47 -10%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $5.88 $7.63 -$1.75 -23%
Archon of Cruelty $17.19 $18.09 -$0.90 -5%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $40.69 $40.79 -$0.10 0%
Urza's Saga $41.92 $46.46 -$4.54 -10%
Solitude $18.63 $22.71 -$4.08 -18%
Endurance $40.23 $39.07 $1.16 3%
Grief $10.53 $10.34 $0.19 2%
Murktide Regent $17.31 $18.41 -$1.10 -6%
Fury $36.59 $40.43 -$3.84 -9%
Esper Sentinel $9.34 $9.22 $0.12 1%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $8.09 $5.72 $2.37 41%
Subtlety $7.74 $8.59 -$0.85 -10%
Dress Down $5.54 $7.47 -$1.93 -26%
Chalice of the Void $10.26 $9.78 $0.48 5%
Ensnaring Bridge $5.45 $6.01 -$0.56 -9%
Underworld Breach $5.23 $4.70 $0.53 11%
Teferi, Time Raveler $12.42 $12.61 -$0.19 -2%
Scalding Tarn $7.00 $7.33 -$0.33 -5%
Verdant Catacombs $1.81 $3.13 -$1.32 -42%
Misty Rainforest $3.90 $4.70 -$0.80 -17%
Arid Mesa $3.30 $3.58 -$0.28 -8%
Marsh Flats $1.22 $1.50 -$0.28 -19%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
White Plume Adventurer $11.88 $25.35 ($13.47) -53%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $5.30 $9.18 ($3.88) -42%
Hullbreacher $9.84 $10.49 ($0.65) -6%
Opposition Agent $15.34 $21.26 ($5.92) -28%
Jeweled Lotus $10.66 $11.24 ($0.58) -5%
Jeska's Will $21.46 $22.89 ($1.43) -6%
City of Traitors $20.42 $18.20 $2.22 12%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $11.72 $12.42 ($0.70) -6%
Helm of Obedience $14.17 $14.72 ($0.55) -4%
Force of Will $51.66 $50.59 $1.07 2%
Karakas $5.79 $6.39 ($0.60) -9%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $10.60 $11.00 ($0.40) -4%
Enlightened Tutor $5.37 $5.44 ($0.07) -1%
Unmask $22.65 $19.18 $3.47 18%
Misdirection $10.70 $10.70 $0.00 0%
Snuff Out $28.08 $22.44 $5.64 25%
Submerge $10.65 $8.38 $2.27 27%
Daze $7.58 $7.52 $0.06 1%
Entomb $8.93 $8.67 $0.26 3%
Mox Opal $5.57 $5.08 $0.49 10%
Mox Diamond $28.89 $23.97 $4.92 21%
Wasteland $16.42 $18.12 ($1.70) -9%
Ancient Tomb $23.23 $22.52 $0.71 3%
Lotus Petal $20.00 $25.11 ($5.11) -20%
Grindstone $10.77 $8.61 $2.16 25%
Grim Monolith $16.38 $16.86 ($0.48) -3%
Goblin Welder $8.88 $7.23 $1.65 23%
Meltdown $10.36 $16.14 ($5.78) -36%
Exploration $6.43 $7.03 ($0.60) -9%
Gaea's Cradle $41.33 $37.42 $3.91 10%
Carpet of Flowers $5.37 $5.90 ($0.53) -9%
Gilded Drake $9.51 $9.53 ($0.02) 0%
Show and Tell $10.95 $11.20 ($0.25) -2%
Black Lotus $13.77 $14.18 ($0.41) -3%
Volcanic Island $12.76 $11.89 $0.87 7%
Underground Sea $5.59 $5.77 ($0.18) -3%
Null Rod $7.31 $7.79 ($0.48) -6%
Doomsday $17.22 $18.05 ($0.83) -5%
Paradigm Shift $12.90 $12.90 $0.00 0%
Pioneer StaplesDay's Undoing came off the list. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $12.22 $11.98 $0.24 2.00%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $5.13 $5.82 -$0.69 -11.86%
Lair of the Hydra $3.79 $5.79 -$2.00 -34.54%
Brazen Borrower $20.21 $16.73 $3.48 20.80%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.03 $5.28 -$0.25 -4.73%
Castle Locthwain $7.41 $6.44 $0.97 15.06%
Arclight Phoenix $4.65 $5.15 -$0.50 -9.71%
Mana Confluence $5.57 $5.02 $0.55 10.96%
Spirebluff Canal $9.31 $11.83 -$2.52 -21.30%
Resplendent Angel $5.46 $5.75 -$0.29 -5.04%
Cavalier of Thorns $8.71 $11.31 -$2.60 -22.99%
Leyline of the Void $6.44 $5.82 $0.62 10.65%
Elder Gargaroth $5.08 $5.24 -$0.16 -3.05%
Terror of the Peaks $5.23 $5.36 -$0.13 -2.43%
The Meathook Massacre $10.73 $11.35 -$0.62 -5.46%
Karn, the Great Creator $19.53 $17.13 $2.40 14.01%
Finale of Devastation $6.36 $6.99 -$0.63 -9.01%
Emeria's Call $25.58 $17.12 $8.46 49.42%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $7.36 $8.41 -$1.05 -12.49%
Skyclave Apparition $8.43 $7.87 $0.56 7.12%
Roiling Vortex $8.58 $7.93 $0.65 8.20%
Agadeem's Awakening $9.31 $9.10 $0.21 2.31%
Sea Gate Restoration $9.43 $9.79 -$0.36 -3.68%
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 $113.16 $115.46 ($2.30) -2%
The Brothers's War Booster $2.90 $2.56 $0.34 13%
Dominaria United $127.16 $124.45 $2.71 2%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $26.31 $55.93 ($29.62) -53%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $105.51 $105.06 $0.45 0%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $115.06 $116.16 ($1.10) -1%
Streets of New Capenna $69.74 $69.92 ($0.18) 0%
Treasure Chest $2.39 $2.33 $0.06 3%

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. 

The list is down about 30 cards from its highest last year. 

Black Lotus 1E Rare 256.2
Mox Jet 1E Rare 128.49
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 110.28
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
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 82.31
Time Walk 1E Rare 82.01
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 71.01
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 67.53
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 66.75
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 61.97
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 61.83
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 60.9
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 53.43
Force of Will MED Rare 51.66
Aether Gale C14 Rare 50.82
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 49.87
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 48.9
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 47.94
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 46.01
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 43.51
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 43.13
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 42.78
Orvar, the All-Form KHM Mythic 42.62
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.25
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 41.92
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.5
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 41.33
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 40.69
Endurance MH2 Mythic 40.23
Reanimate UBT Mythic 39.88
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 39.67
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 37.33
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 37.04
Fury MH2 Mythic 36.59
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
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 30.01
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 29.76
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 29.62
Mox Diamond ST Rare 28.89
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 28.55
Snuff Out MM Common 28.08
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 27.94
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.96
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 26.66
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.23
Emeria's Call ZNR Mythic 25.58
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 25.47
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 25.17
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

The Last of Us was great, the new Battlegrounds patch is neat.  I'm working on adding Dominaria Remasted stuff to my Commander decks, and have regrets, but am also downsizing that again! 

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