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State of the Program for January 28th, 2022
 
In the News

More Bans:  Standard saw new bans.  Alrund's Epiphany, Divide by Zero and Faceless Haven were all removed from Standard.  Legacy sees Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer leaving the format.  Historic saw Memory Lapse leave and Teferi, Time Raveler get re-balanced and added back to the format. No other formats were changed, but Aaron Forsythe said the data did not point to making any changes in Modern.  You can read about the changes here

Alchemy Changes:  18 cards got changes this week, Teferi leads the way, a lot of cards that feature Venture were buffed a bit.  Divide by Zero also got a nerf here as well.  You can read about those changes here.

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Previews:  Previews for the newest set started on Thursday.  You can see the rest of the preview schedule here.  In addition you can see the card gallery here and the variant card gallery here
 

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
February 9th, 2022
Constructed Leagues End
Ends February 9th, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends February 10th, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
Midnight Hunt Redemption 
Ends February 9th, 2022
Crimson Vow Redemption

Ends April 6th, 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 - Innistrad Double Feature
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

January 28 -
Pauper Super Qualifier
January 29 - Vintage Showcase Challenge
January 30 -
Legacy Showcase Challenge

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
 
 



Cutting Edge Tech

Decided to show off just Pauper this week since there were other bans in other formats and with Neon Dynasty Previews starting Standard is a lame duck format.  Let's take a look at what Pauper looks like after the first weekend of the new format! 

There is some exciting stuff here to be sure, Affinity and Tron both came back retooled and did well in the weekend events, and old favorites that had been pushed out are coming back.  I'm not sure Mono Black control is fun to play against, but apparently Pauper is a better format when it or Orzhov Pestilence are decks! 

Songs of the Damned Combo:  Storm master Bryant Cook took this Songs of the Damned cycling combo deck to the top in the Sunday event.  It's a complicated deck with rituals, cycling spells and empyting your library to cast monster copies of Songs of the Damned and then Reaping the Graves to get cards back and eventually kill with a Drannith Stinger

I think. 


Grixis Affinity:  Affinity stayed in Grixis and replaces Atog with Krark-Clan Grunt.  This leans more on Disciple of the Vault then previous versions did.


Gruul Cascade:  Cascade decks cascade in to value, though most of the time it felt like the value was Land Destruction.  Now it's card drawing creatures! 


Temur Land Destruction:  What what was that I said about cascading in to land destruction?  This one from JeskaiDad finished 14th, if that name is familiar, it's because he's part of the Common Knowledge podcast here on PureMTGO.  Congrats on the finish! 


First Day of Class Combo: Playing in a format after new bans can be thought of like going to the First Day of Class!  Okay yeah that was a reach, but goblin combo is back, and between this and the Songs of the Damned combo earlier, it's clear that there isn't enough playable graveyard hate! 


Curve Control:   Izzet Delver and Izzet Blitz are both better decks more likely but I love these non creature 40 spell decks that win with a token generator after crushing your opponent in card advantage.  Used to play this with the Minotaur token maker and Accumulated Knowledge and Pauper was a wild place back then!


Gruul Madness:  I do not feel like there are enough Arrogant Wurm or Reckless Wurm in the deck but I also spent way to many hours on trying to make Madness work myself, so I am happy to see this going on!


Tron:  Tron lost a ton in the bans and seems to have gone back to a big creature spell deck that relies on Eldrazi to finish things off.  The Flicker elements still exist, but Tron being playable is still nice.


Relay Combo:  Here is a combo deck that doesn't rely on the graveyard, outside of Ardent Elementalist


Rakdos MetalcraftBleak Coven Vampires is a great Siege Rhino in the format. I am really glad that a Cleasning Wildfire deck exists in the format still. 

 

Orzhov Pestilence:  This seems like one of the best anti aggro decks in the format, and one that might be able to answer the grave based combo decks easily if they keep things up. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - No event
Saturday Modern - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Pauper - Tozla - Krark-Clan Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - Beenew - Rakdos Aggro
Saturday Standard - beraldi - Mono Green Snow
Saturday Vintage - Vertyx_

Sunday Legacy - Diem4x - Delver
Sunday Modern - kanister - 4 Color Monkey Pile
Sunday Pauper - Bryant_Cook - Songs of the Damned Combo
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Standard - _against_ - Naya Aggro
Sunday Vintage - oosunq

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Showcase Challenge -
komattaman - Boros Prowess
Modern Showcase Challenge -
MarcusMPV - AmuLIT


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: Going to clean up the Standard list before Neon Dynasty comes to MTGO. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $29.59 $29.98 ($0.39) -1%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $9.81 $9.93 ($0.12) -1%
Acererak the Archlich $7.94 $8.90 ($0.96) -11%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $6.99 $7.58 ($0.59) -8%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $2.66 $3.35 ($0.69) -21%
Old Gnawbone $17.18 $17.18 $0.00 0%
Den of the Bugbear $43.35 $40.56 $2.79 7%
Lolth, Spider Queen $24.58 $24.62 ($0.04) 0%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $22.01 $19.92 $2.09 10%
Inferno of the Star Mounts $5.27 $5.79 ($0.52) -9%
Ranger Class $7.90 $7.73 $0.17 2%
Hall of the Storm Giants $46.58 $40.45 $6.13 15%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $6.98 $8.06 ($1.08) -13%
Treasure Vault $5.86 $7.84 ($1.98) -25%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $8.35


Lair of the Hydra $5.47


Valki, God of Lies $6.26 $6.58 ($0.32) -5%
Goldspan Dragon $7.11 $7.11 $0.00 0%
Valkyyrie Harbinger $5.26


Arlinn, the Pack's Hope $4.50 $5.07 ($0.57) -11%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $9.60 $9.21 $0.39 4%
Moonveil Regent $3.52 $3.80 ($0.28) -7%
Tainted Adversary $4.69 $4.84 ($0.15) -3%
Spectral Adversary $4.34 $4.24 $0.10 2%
Wrenn and Seven $32.98 $34.87 ($1.89) -5%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $15.48 $15.97 ($0.49) -3%
The Meathook Massacre $34.59 $32.42 $2.17 7%
Intrepid Adversary $17.59 $18.54 ($0.95) -5%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $3.74 $3.73 $0.01 0%
Memory Deluge $14.40 $12.78 $1.62 13%
Prismari Command $9.27 $7.11 $2.16 30%
Professor Onyx $2.62 $3.25 ($0.63) -19%
Mascot Exhibition $5.27 $6.24 ($0.97) -16%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $24.66 $27.94 ($3.28) -12%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $20.11 $17.55 $2.56 15%
Faithbound Judge $3.82 $4.18 ($0.36) -9%
Cemetery Illuminator $6.58 $7.30 ($0.72) -10%
Cultivator Colossus $21.81 $23.35 ($1.54) -7%
Cemetery Prowler $4.86 $4.91 ($0.05) -1%
Sorin the Mirthless $30.65 $31.72 ($1.07) -3%
Manaform Hellkite $2.67 $2.87 ($0.20) -7%
Skyclave Apparition $16.03 $16.17 ($0.14) -1%
Shatterskull Smashing $9.49 $9.87 ($0.38) -4%
Roiling Vortex $8.98 $7.82 $1.16 15%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.09 $6.38 $0.71 11%
Branchloft Pathway $5.75 $5.29 $0.46 9%
Sea Gate Restoration $6.37 $5.04 $1.33 26%
Emeria's Call $5.44


Modern Staples:  If you were looking to pick up a cheap copy of Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer after the ban in Legacy, I have some bad news for you. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $24.47 $26.77 ($2.30) -9%
Steelshaper's Gift $4.50 $5.22 ($0.72) -14%
Cavern of Souls $13.78 $14.57 ($0.79) -5%
Mishra's Bauble $45.74 $50.40 ($4.66) -9%
Aether Vial $6.87 $5.83 $1.04 18%
Liliana of the Veil $8.61 $10.01 ($1.40) -14%
Polluted Delta $14.70 $14.67 $0.03 0%
Wooded Foothills $8.37 $7.27 $1.10 15%
Flooded Strand $12.27 $11.21 $1.06 9%
Bloodstained Mire $8.28 $7.98 $0.30 4%
Windswept Heath $9.20 $8.04 $1.16 14%
Thoughtseize $12.16 $15.29 ($3.13) -20%
Elvish Reclaimer $8.77 $11.45 ($2.68) -23%
Inkmoth Nexus $7.04 $6.87 $0.17 2%
Force of Negation $63.42 $50.26 $13.16 26%
Wrenn and Six $86.04 $77.64 $8.40 11%
Prismatic Vista $10.42 $7.71 $2.71 35%
Sunbaked Canyon $22.98 $28.58 ($5.60) -20%
Seasoned Pyromancer $23.77 $17.33 $6.44 37%
Fiery Islet $5.96 $7.23 ($1.27) -18%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $6.29 $5.34 $0.95 18%
Force of Vigor $54.87 $52.03 $2.84 5%
Flusterstorm $14.40 $14.32 $0.08 1%
Archmage's Charm $15.07 $13.20 $1.87 14%
Silent Clearing $5.88 $7.29 ($1.41) -19%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $12.19 $12.63 ($0.44) -3%
Archon of Cruelty $9.95 $9.94 $0.01 0%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $94.29 $107.16 ($12.87) -12%
Urza's Saga $58.60 $55.45 $3.15 6%
Solitude $50.90 $51.06 ($0.16) 0%
Endurance $57.40 $61.80 ($4.40) -7%
Grief $10.26 $13.57 ($3.31) -24%
Murktide Regent $25.96 $14.87 $11.09 75%
Sanctum Prelate $6.14 $6.12 $0.02 0%
Fury $27.80 $28.79 ($0.99) -3%
Esper Sentinel $14.00 $11.56 $2.44 21%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $7.46 $6.34 $1.12 18%
Prismatic Ending $4.87 $5.34 ($0.47) -9%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $6.55 $5.42 $1.13 21%
Chalice of the Void $17.49 $17.50 ($0.01) 0%
Surgical Extraction $9.01 $9.18 ($0.17) -2%
Karn Liberated $7.07 $6.93 $0.14 2%
Puresteel Paladin $7.46 $9.54 ($2.08) -22%
Torpor Orb $7.42 $7.78 ($0.36) -5%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $8.48 $7.75 $0.73 9%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $8.07 $7.80 $0.27 3%
Wurmcoil Engine $5.33 $4.73 $0.60 13%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.81 $6.70 $1.11 17%
Teferi, Time Raveler $42.48 $46.10 ($3.62) -8%
Gemstone Mine $6.75 $6.04 $0.71 12%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $5.30 $4.67 $0.63 13%
Scalding Tarn $7.62 $7.34 $0.28 4%
Verdant Catacombs $4.64 $5.20 ($0.56) -11%
Misty Rainforest $6.98 $6.45 $0.53 8%
Arid Mesa $3.65 $3.34 $0.31 9%
Marsh Flats $1.64 $2.29 ($0.65) -28%
Eternal Staples:  Some lower stuff is back on the list this week.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $53.33 $42.06 $11.27 27%
Opposition Agent $22.10 $24.92 ($2.82) -11%
Jeweled Lotus $30.92 $30.73 $0.19 1%
City of Traitors $14.15 $15.02 ($0.87) -6%
Sphere of Resistance $5.45


Allosaurus Shepherd $43.15 $38.79 $4.36 11%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $9.17 $9.06 $0.11 1%
Force of Will $47.15 $53.44 ($6.29) -12%
Karakas $9.77 $9.76 $0.01 0%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $18.40 $15.04 $3.36 22%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.18


Unmask $28.75 $31.56 ($2.81) -9%
Misdirection $13.59 $13.27 $0.32 2%
Rishadan Port $8.19 $9.03 ($0.84) -9%
Snuff Out $16.01 $18.42 ($2.41) -13%
Submerge $17.81 $10.73 $7.08 66%
Daze $8.45 $5.35 $3.10 58%
Entomb $12.37 $11.74 $0.63 5%
Retrofitter Foundry $34.10 $25.40 $8.70 34%
Recruiter of the Guard $9.51 $11.72 ($2.21) -19%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $20.21 $17.85 $2.36 13%
Mox Diamond $38.45 $36.76 $1.69 5%
Wasteland $28.44 $27.98 $0.46 2%
Ancient Tomb $12.77 $16.32 ($3.55) -22%
Lotus Petal $32.52 $36.99 ($4.47) -12%
Grim Monolith $10.91 $11.50 ($0.59) -5%
Meltdown $31.04


Exploration $19.74 $21.64 ($1.90) -9%
Gaea's Cradle $20.10 $18.42 $1.68 9%
Carpet of Flowers $24.66 $20.66 $4.00 19%
Gilded Drake $7.70 $6.55 $1.15 18%
Show and Tell $8.61


Black Lotus $15.74 $13.94 $1.80 13%
Volcanic Island $7.37 $8.03 ($0.66) -8%
Underground Sea $8.17 $8.82 ($0.65) -7%
Null Rod $9.04 $9.86 ($0.82) -8%
Doomsday $22.06 $22.00 $0.06 0%
Paradigm Shift $7.44 $7.22 $0.22 3%
Mindbreak Trap $3.27 $5.39 ($2.12) -39%
Pioneer Staples:  Couple of new cards on the list this week, but the biggest addition is probably Alrund's Epiphany

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.82 $6.29 ($0.47) -7%
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria $7.87 $9.33 ($1.46) -16%
Collected Company $5.73 $6.00 ($0.27) -4%
Kolaghan's Command $5.06 $5.41 ($0.35) -6%
Brazen Borrower $20.42 $17.97 $2.45 14%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $12.93 $12.00 $0.93 8%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.09


Arclight Phoenix $8.39 $8.10 $0.29 4%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $18.39 $21.26 ($2.87) -13%
Shark Typhoon $10.43 $7.59 $2.84 37%
Raugrin Triome $14.78 $28.06 ($13.28) -47%
Ketria Triome $10.77 $14.86 ($4.09) -28%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $16.17 $18.55 ($2.38) -13%
Mana Confluence $5.00


Alrund's Epiphany $5.23 $7.67 ($2.44) -32%
Inspiring Vantage $5.26 $6.24 ($0.98) -16%
Spirebluff Canal $7.33 $5.64 $1.69 30%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $15.68 $17.57 ($1.89) -11%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $8.33 $8.12 $0.21 3%
Lotus Field $9.98 $10.04 ($0.06) -1%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $5.15 $5.26 ($0.11) -2%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $4.64 $4.50 $0.14 3%
Rest in Peace $4.75 $7.20 ($2.45) -34%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $9.02 $8.45 $0.57 7%
Ox of Agonas $5.29 $5.68 ($0.39) -7%
Karn, the Great Creator $23.43 $26.14 ($2.71) -10%
Finale of Devastation $5.93 $6.40 ($0.47) -7%
Blast Zone $4.60 $4.18 $0.42 10%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $42.41 $34.45 $7.96 23%
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 $296.98 $275.70 $21.28 8%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $174.43 $185.51 ($11.08) -6%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow Booster Pack $3.17 $3.20 ($0.03) -1%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $204.29 $214.06 ($9.77) -5%
Kaldheim $76.85 $80.82 ($3.97) -5%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $65.79 $70.05 ($4.26) -6%
Treasure Chest $2.30 $2.30 $0.00 0%
Zendikar Rising $131.24 $106.73 $24.51 23%


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 210.93
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 134.98
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 121.75
Karakas UBT Mythic 113.46
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 109.02
Mox Jet 1E Rare 108.82
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 96.4
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 94.29
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 86.04
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 79.83
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 79.14
Time Walk 1E Rare 77.67
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 72.19
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 66.82
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 63.42
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 58.93
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 58.37
Endurance MH2 Mythic 57.4
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 54.87
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 53.33
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 52.51
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 52.37
Solitude MH2 Mythic 50.86
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 50.63
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 49.61
Anje's Ravager C19 Rare 48.48
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 47.53
Force of Will MED Rare 47.15
Hall of Storm Giants AFR Rare 46.58
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 46.49
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 46.43
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 45.74
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.37
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 43.47
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 43.38
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 43.35
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 43.15
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 42.48
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 42.41
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 39.55
Mox Diamond ST Rare 38.45
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 37.15
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 36.76
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 36.66
Force of Will EMA Mythic 35.04
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 34.5
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 34.3
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 34.1
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.79
Force of Will VMA Rare 33.6
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 33.59
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 33.13
Wrenn and Seven MID Mythic 32.98
Lotus Petal TE Common 32.52
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 32.39
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 32.26
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 32.23
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 31.73
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 31.04
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 30.92
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 30.65
Sorin the Mirthless VOW Mythic 30.65
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 30.46
Timetwister 1E Rare 30.02
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 29.89
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 29.79
Demilich AFR Mythic 29.59
Wasteland EXP Mythic 29.14
Unmask V16 Mythic 28.84
Unmask MM Rare 28.75
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 28.75
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.62
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 28.49
Wasteland TE Uncommon 28.44
Fury MH2 Mythic 27.85
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 27.79
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.19
Engineered Explosives MS2 Bonus 27.08
Engineered Explosives 2XM Rare 26.95
Polluted Delta ONS Rare 26.83
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 26.54
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 26.06
ther Gale C14 Rare 25.66
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.35
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 25.29
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 $30,101.  Two weeks ago it was $28,701.  This is a $1,400 dollar jump and because it hasn't been added in to mtgotraders.com, it does not include Double Feature. 
 
In Closing

It was just a regular week for me, I got back on to Hearthstone after taking time off since their sex pest lawsuits to do battleground stuff. Reached Legend on Storybook Brawl and built Exodia on Master Duel.  I played no Magic this week, but did trade out my Midnight Hunt and Crimson Vow stuff for Double Feature stuff on the client. 


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