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State of the Program for January 4th, 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

December Secret Lair Drop: Highlighted by some sweet Transformer cards you can catch the next drop here.   This drop is ending on the 6th.  

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. 

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 7 - Modern Showcase Qualifier
January 8 - Pioneer Showcase Qualifier
January 14 - Vintage Showcase Qualifier
January 15 - Legacy Showcase Qualifier

January 26 - Dominaria Remasted Draft League

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:  The evolution of the Izzet Artifact deck in Standard has been super neat to watch and it's really nice to see stuff like Brotherhood's End and The Mightstone and Weakstone become multiformat cards. 


Legacy:

Modern: Now I am old and out of touch with Modern, which is sad, but I'm trying to catch up, but this deck has a "infinite" mana combo between Devoted Druid and Luxior, Giada's Gift in it right?


Pauper:

Pioneer:


 
The Winner's Circle

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

Because of the Holiday break, decklists were not published and I do want to catch up and recognize the players won Challenges and such.  I will be grouping this weeks edition of The Winner's Circle by format, so check out the winners below!

Legacy

Challenge - DNSolver - Naya Dark Depths
Challenge - DNSolver - Naya Dark Depths
Challenge - cenora_jr - Mono White Initiative
Challenge - Delthar - Painter Stone
Super Qualifier - gnorilgrande - Mono White Initiative

Modern

Challenge - sokos - Izzet Murktide
Challenge - Oceansoul92 - Izzet Murktide
Challenge - cigarettesaftershrek - HammerTime
Challenge - mariogomes097 - HammerTime
Super Qualifier - Nilsfit - Breach Storm

Pauper

Challenge - _rash_ - Mono Red Prowess
Challenge - karatedom - Mono Red Prowess
Challenge - Heisen01 - Flicker Tron
Challenge - Brivenix - Izzet Ninjas

Pioneer

Challenge - sandydogmtg - Rakdos Mid
Challenge - Gcool_ko - Hidden Strings
Challenge - SuperCow12653 - Abzan Greasefang
Challenge - quinniac - Green Nykthos
Super Qualifier - MZBlazer - Collected Angels

Standard

Challenge - Jaberwocki - Grixis Midrange
Challenge - Mah_Quintanilha - Grixis Midrange
Challenge - Mogged - Esper Midrange
Challenge - Xwhale - Azorius Soldiers
Super Qualifier - boulderelf - Esper Midrange

Vintage

Challenge - sixmp
Challenge - sixmp
Challenge - echecetmat35
Challenge - _Gerwaz
Super Qualifier - kauffj

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 is new to the list. Deserted Beach and Shipwreck Marsh came off the list.  March of Otherworldly Light marched on to the list.  Xander's Lounge is hanging out on the list as well. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Phyrexian Fleshgorger $13.95 $16.62 -$2.67 -16%
Brotherhood's End $9.64 $8.98 $0.66 7%
Woodcaller Automaton $4.20 $6.34 -$2.14 -34%
Cityscape Leveler $15.78 $8.29 $7.49 90%
Portal to Phyrexia $9.46 $11.32 -$1.86 -16%
Arcane Proxy $4.47 $6.68 -$2.21 -33%
Titania, Voice of Gaea $6.36 $5.41 $0.95 18%
Urza, Lord Protector $7.59 $5.37 $2.22 41%
Skitterbeam Battalion $5.23


Leyline Binding $13.58 $16.13 -$2.55 -16%
Liliana of the Veil $5.46 $6.59 -$1.13 -17%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $69.31 $67.09 $2.22 3%
Karn's Sylex $5.71


Memory Deluge $8.27 $8.79 -$0.52 -6%
Haunted Ridge $8.37 $10.49 -$2.12 -20%
Brutal Cathar $11.00 $15.30 -$4.30 -28%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $4.28 $5.66 -$1.38 -24%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $6.48 $5.90 $0.58 10%
Boseiju, Who Endures $36.94 $45.44 -$8.50 -19%
Otawara, Soaring City $8.37 $9.27 -$0.90 -10%
The Wandering Emperor $11.10 $12.26 -$1.16 -9%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $25.99 $33.42 -$7.43 -22%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $9.43 $10.41 -$0.98 -9%
March of Otherworldly Light $5.37


Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $7.27 $7.27 $0.00 0%
Ledger Shredder $13.76 $19.60 -$5.84 -30%
Unlicensed Hearse $15.92 $21.13 -$5.21 -25%
Xander's Lounge $5.13


Wedding Announcement $5.26 $7.22 -$1.96 -27%
Stormcarved Coast $6.93 $6.75 $0.18 3%
Hallowed Haunting $4.99 $5.15 -$0.16 -3%
Modern StaplesGrist, the Hunger Tide skittered off the list. Underworld Breach has come to the list this week. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $12.28 $11.51 $0.77 7%
Cavern of Souls $10.08 $9.76 $0.32 3%
Magus of the Moon $5.87 $6.54 -$0.67 -10%
Polluted Delta $6.77 $5.48 $1.29 24%
Wooded Foothills $5.57 $5.38 $0.19 4%
Flooded Strand $7.07 $9.14 -$2.07 -23%
Bloodstained Mire $6.82 $5.06 $1.76 35%
Windswept Heath $5.18 $5.92 -$0.74 -13%
Thoughtseize $4.58 $5.18 -$0.60 -12%
Force of Negation $13.87 $13.22 $0.65 5%
Wrenn and Six $16.72 $20.13 -$3.41 -17%
Sunbaked Canyon $8.01 $8.88 -$0.87 -10%
Seasoned Pyromancer $7.45 $9.08 -$1.63 -18%
Force of Vigor $14.60 $19.59 -$4.99 -25%
Flusterstorm $25.14 $29.19 -$4.05 -14%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $5.82 $5.38 $0.44 8%
Archon of Cruelty $14.90 $26.65 -$11.75 -44%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $29.05 $33.61 -$4.56 -14%
Urza's Saga $42.06 $50.36 -$8.30 -16%
Solitude $20.71 $20.84 -$0.13 -1%
Endurance $34.02 $37.82 -$3.80 -10%
Grief $11.83 $14.26 -$2.43 -17%
Murktide Regent $15.12 $13.94 $1.18 8%
Fury $38.67 $41.11 -$2.44 -6%
Esper Sentinel $9.74 $7.33 $2.41 33%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $5.58 $5.98 -$0.40 -7%
Subtlety $9.02 $11.02 -$2.00 -18%
Dress Down $5.98 $5.53 $0.45 8%
Chalice of the Void $9.11 $10.63 -$1.52 -14%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.32 $5.91 $0.41 7%
Underworld Breach $5.46


Teferi, Time Raveler $12.76 $13.62 -$0.86 -6%
Scalding Tarn $5.72 $6.08 -$0.36 -6%
Verdant Catacombs $2.03 $2.28 -$0.25 -11%
Misty Rainforest $4.83 $4.82 $0.01 0%
Arid Mesa $3.42 $3.23 $0.19 6%
Marsh Flats $1.28 $1.29 -$0.01 -1%
Eternal StaplesMox Opal is back on the list.
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
White Plume Adventurer $28.44 $35.97 ($7.53) -21%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $7.44 $14.98 ($7.54) -50%
Hullbreacher $12.39 $16.49 ($4.10) -25%
Opposition Agent $26.23 $33.96 ($7.73) -23%
Jeweled Lotus $11.24 $11.86 ($0.62) -5%
Jeska's Will $19.65 $30.41 ($10.76) -35%
City of Traitors $17.39 $21.95 ($4.56) -21%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $12.42 $14.55 ($2.13) -15%
Helm of Obedience $12.58 $12.82 ($0.24) -2%
Force of Will $46.79 $45.06 $1.73 4%
Karakas $6.32 $6.72 ($0.40) -6%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $10.95 $10.21 $0.74 7%
Enlightened Tutor $5.40 $5.27 $0.13 2%
Unmask $15.74 $15.98 ($0.24) -2%
Misdirection $11.08 $12.46 ($1.38) -11%
Rishadan Port $4.59 $5.13 ($0.54) -11%
Snuff Out $24.70 $23.30 $1.40 6%
Submerge $8.14 $8.97 ($0.83) -9%
Daze $8.88 $8.35 $0.53 6%
Entomb $6.84 $9.06 ($2.22) -25%
Mox Opal $5.36


Mox Diamond $22.98 $26.84 ($3.86) -14%
Wasteland $17.47 $20.94 ($3.47) -17%
Ancient Tomb $19.13 $20.68 ($1.55) -7%
Lotus Petal $21.86 $21.09 $0.77 4%
Grindstone $7.28 $6.48 $0.80 12%
Grim Monolith $15.90 $15.21 $0.69 5%
Goblin Welder $6.48 $5.16 $1.32 26%
Meltdown $17.36 $21.42 ($4.06) -19%
Exploration $6.74 $6.69 $0.05 1%
Gaea's Cradle $37.29 $36.86 $0.43 1%
Carpet of Flowers $4.87 $5.61 ($0.74) -13%
Gilded Drake $8.68 $7.67 $1.01 13%
Show and Tell $11.70 $14.01 ($2.31) -16%
Black Lotus $15.02 $16.76 ($1.74) -10%
Volcanic Island $9.88 $11.84 ($1.96) -17%
Underground Sea $5.55 $6.25 ($0.70) -11%
Null Rod $7.53 $7.47 $0.06 1%
Doomsday $18.29 $18.64 ($0.35) -2%
Paradigm Shift $12.90 $12.45 $0.45 4%
Pioneer StaplesHall of the Storm Giants came off the list.  Arclight Phoenix has also come off. Day's Undoing has come back on.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $8.93 $10.98 -$2.05 -18.67%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $5.87 $5.81 $0.06 1.03%
Lair of the Hydra $7.04 $9.60 -$2.56 -26.67%
Brazen Borrower $15.02 $14.44 $0.58 4.02%
Bonecrusher Giant $3.79 $5.09 -$1.30 -25.54%
Shark Typhoon $3.20 $5.19 -$1.99 -38.34%
Orvar, the All-Form $58.47 $55.53 $2.94 5.29%
Spirebluff Canal $7.68 $6.30 $1.38 21.90%
Cavalier of Thorns $12.95 $16.46 -$3.51 -21.32%
Elder Gargaroth $5.17 $5.54 -$0.37 -6.68%
Terror of the Peaks $5.12 $5.18 -$0.06 -1.16%
The Meathook Massacre $12.00 $13.29 -$1.29 -9.71%
Day's Undoing $5.72


Karn, the Great Creator $15.56 $15.06 $0.50 3.32%
Finale of Devastation $7.33 $10.62 -$3.29 -30.98%
Emeria's Call $14.96 $11.57 $3.39 29.30%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $8.79 $10.03 -$1.24 -12.36%
Skyclave Apparition $7.08 $7.17 -$0.09 -1.26%
Roiling Vortex $7.81 $9.24 -$1.43 -15.48%
Agadeem's Awakening $8.76 $8.55 $0.21 2.46%
Sea Gate Restoration $9.96 $8.16 $1.80 22.06%
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 $119.81 $119.74 $0.07 0%
The Brothers's War Booster $2.55 $2.87 ($0.32) -11%
Dominaria United $125.50 $123.54 $1.96 2%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $59.40 $65.48 ($6.08) -9%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $111.04 $125.98 ($14.94) -12%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $117.88 $135.75 ($17.87) -13%
Streets of New Capenna $70.54 $82.06 ($11.52) -14%
Treasure Chest $2.32 $2.41 ($0.09) -4%

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 106.15
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 92.19
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 89.47
Karakas UBT Mythic 83.39
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 82.31
Time Walk 1E Rare 82.23
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 71.01
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 69.31
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 63.9
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 61.97
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 60.9
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 59.55
Orvar, the All-Form KHM Mythic 58.47
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 53.43
Aether Gale C14 Rare 52.5
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 49.87
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 48.9
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 48.88
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 47.94
Force of Will MED Rare 46.79
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 42.55
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.25
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.5
Fury MH2 Mythic 38.67
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 37.33
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 37.29
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 37.04
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 36.94
Endurance MH2 Mythic 34.02
Timetwister 1E Rare 33.58
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.53
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 32.91
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 32.75
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 31.92
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 31.53
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 30.01
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 29.62
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 29.05
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 28.55
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 28.5
White Plume Adventurer CLB Rare 28.44
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 27.96
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 27.94
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 27.6
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 27.09
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.96
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 26.7
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 26.23
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.23
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 25.99
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 25.73
Wasteland TPR Rare 25.62
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 25.21
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 25.14
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

Prices were done on Tuesday, I picked up some staples due to the All-Access token doing the neat thing where it made stuff cheaper.  I had a great week with my son, and was woken up from a Tornado Warning at 3am the day after he left.  Next week's State of the Program may be delayed, as I have a series of medical appointments. 

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