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State of the Program for January 7th, 2022
 
In the News

Vintage Cube:  This is coming to an end, if you have a Vintage Point, this is the last week to use it.  Unused Vintage Points will be taken off accounts on January 12, 2022.  

Modern Horizons 2:  This limited format will also be leaving MTGO on January 12, 2022. 
 

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, 2021
Crimson Vow Redemption

Begins December 15th, 2021

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 - Until January 12, 2022 Modern Horizons 2 Sealed prelims
Ongoing - Until January 12, 2022 Vintage Cube. 

January 8th, 2022 - Modern Horizons 2 Showcase Open
January 9th, 2022 - Modern Horizons 2 Showcase Open

January 7th, 2022 - Crimson Vow Sealed Qualifier
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

January 12 - Supreme Vintage Cube
January 19 - Usman Jamil's Ravnica Cube
January 26 - Innistrad Double Feature
 
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

I decided to go with decks that won challenges this weekend, and as it just so happens, a lot of formats had the same archetype win those events.  You can check the doubles of those in the next section. 

Standard
:   At least a snow deck is winning in the winter?


Historic:  This deck has been more fun than I thought it would be.  I played more than one game where I got to activate Golos, Tireless Pilgrim more than once in the same turn.  Just raining Planeswalkers!


Vintage:  The price of Force of cards are really higher than they should be. I expect Daybreak Studios, when they take over, to make sure MTGO is on a subscription plan with a battle pass.


Modern:  One of the best Modern decks of last year is continuing on to being one of the best decks of this year! 


Pauper:  Same goes with Affinity, but I do expect WotC to do something, card legality wise in Pauper.


Pioneer:  I've showcased this before, but Pioneer having a second combo deck after losing the Inverter of Truth deck has to be great for the players that love this stuff.


Alchemy:  Digital Magic is fine and all, but if you're gonna wait four weeks to rebalance things, because in three weeks you have events, then maybe digital Magic isn't all that it's cracked up to be. 


Legacy
:  I got Legacy and Vintage confused this week. 



 
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 - sokos13 - Grixis Death's Shadow
Saturday Pauper - Liv_One - Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - clockzombie - Omnath Ascendancy
Saturday Standard - WhiTe TasR - Snow Green Aggro
Saturday Vintage - Dark_Rit_DD

Sunday Legacy - AnziD - 4 Color Uro Pile
Sunday Modern - SoulStrong - Grixis Death's Shadow
Sunday Pauper - LuffyDoChapeuDePalha - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - Oscar_Franco - Azorius Control
Sunday Standard - Drugo - Snow Green Aggro
Sunday Vintage - TeamLeaderNA

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Premier -
Capriccioso - Jeskai Ascendancy
Sealed Modern Horizons Block Champions - nathansteuer


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: Sorin the Mirthless has been added to the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $30.49 $30.89 ($0.40) -1%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $10.91 $11.02 ($0.11) -1%
Acererak the Archlich $10.43 $14.18 ($3.75) -26%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $8.25 $8.59 ($0.34) -4%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $4.72 $5.42 ($0.70) -13%
Old Gnawbone $17.03 $16.87 $0.16 1%
Den of the Bugbear $30.82 $35.69 ($4.87) -14%
Lolth, Spider Queen $24.56 $24.07 $0.49 2%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $15.95 $15.06 $0.89 6%
Inferno of the Star Mounts $6.32 $6.77 ($0.45) -7%
Ranger Class $6.39 $6.82 ($0.43) -6%
Hall of the Storm Giants $26.44 $19.62 $6.82 35%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $7.91 $7.92 ($0.01) 0%
Treasure Vault $7.49 $11.06 ($3.57) -32%
Valki, God of Lies $7.26 $7.87 ($0.61) -8%
Goldspan Dragon $7.39 $8.34 ($0.95) -11%
Alrund's Epiphany $8.17 $10.25 ($2.08) -20%
Arlinn, the Pack's Hope $5.47 $5.31 $0.16 3%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $8.53 $7.95 $0.58 7%
Moonveil Regent $4.50 $4.86 ($0.36) -7%
Tainted Adversary $5.43 $5.25 $0.18 3%
Spectral Adversary $5.54 $5.35 $0.19 4%
Wrenn and Seven $36.90 $36.39 $0.51 1%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $15.63 $14.30 $1.33 9%
The Meathook Massacre $31.92 $27.07 $4.85 18%
Intrepid Adversary $21.68 $21.50 $0.18 1%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $4.32 $5.28 ($0.96) -18%
Memory Deluge $14.01 $11.84 $2.17 18%
Prismari Command $6.39 $7.26 ($0.87) -12%
Professor Onyx $4.22 $5.12 ($0.90) -18%
Mascot Exhibition $6.71 $7.16 ($0.45) -6%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $34.96 $35.91 ($0.95) -3%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $13.99 $8.38 $5.61 67%
Faithbound Judge $5.12 $5.28 ($0.16) -3%
Cemetery Illuminator $7.00 $6.71 $0.29 4%
Cultivator Colossus $24.56 $29.51 ($4.95) -17%
Cemetery Prowler $5.99 $5.24 $0.75 14%
Sorin the Mirthless $29.77


Manaform Hellkite $3.23 $3.84 ($0.61) -16%
Skyclave Apparition $13.79 $14.27 ($0.48) -3%
Shatterskull Smashing $11.28 $12.71 ($1.43) -11%
Roiling Vortex $7.91 $7.80 $0.11 1%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.27 $5.96 $0.31 5%
Modern Staples:  It looks like Modern Horizons cards are steadily going back up on MTGO. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $28.04 $30.13 ($2.09) -7%
Steelshaper's Gift $3.98 $4.83 ($0.85) -18%
Cavern of Souls $16.10 $16.09 $0.01 0%
Mishra's Bauble $45.28 $38.93 $6.35 16%
Aether Vial $6.42 $6.41 $0.01 0%
Liliana of the Veil $9.28 $8.58 $0.70 8%
Polluted Delta $10.79 $9.17 $1.62 18%
Wooded Foothills $6.77 $5.72 $1.05 18%
Flooded Strand $9.49 $7.99 $1.50 19%
Bloodstained Mire $8.80 $6.08 $2.72 45%
Windswept Heath $9.11 $8.14 $0.97 12%
Thoughtseize $12.91 $10.59 $2.32 22%
Force of Negation $54.71 $54.15 $0.56 1%
Wrenn and Six $62.32 $61.38 $0.94 2%
Prismatic Vista $8.17 $8.27 ($0.10) -1%
Sunbaked Canyon $26.68 $22.26 $4.42 20%
Seasoned Pyromancer $15.17 $12.09 $3.08 25%
Fiery Islet $7.07 $7.69 ($0.62) -8%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $7.21 $6.07 $1.14 19%
Force of Vigor $54.71 $50.71 $4.00 8%
Flusterstorm $15.63 $18.12 ($2.49) -14%
Archmage's Charm $11.96 $14.03 ($2.07) -15%
Silent Clearing $9.56 $7.63 $1.93 25%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $11.91 $10.71 $1.20 11%
Archon of Cruelty $10.74 $8.48 $2.26 27%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $94.87 $101.24 ($6.37) -6%
Urza's Saga $51.44 $45.49 $5.95 13%
Solitude $58.76 $66.29 ($7.53) -11%
Endurance $54.54 $53.89 $0.65 1%
Grief $11.15 $11.51 ($0.36) -3%
Murktide Regent $13.17 $15.02 ($1.85) -12%
Sanctum Prelate $7.59 $8.25 ($0.66) -8%
Fury $23.42 $24.32 ($0.90) -4%
Esper Sentinel $8.03


Chalice of the Void $16.38 $16.88 ($0.50) -3%
Surgical Extraction $7.72 $7.87 ($0.15) -2%
Karn Liberated $5.62 $6.43 ($0.81) -13%
Puresteel Paladin $8.05 $7.21 $0.84 12%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $7.70 $6.92 $0.78 11%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $7.15 $6.79 $0.36 5%
Wurmcoil Engine $4.31 $5.61 ($1.30) -23%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.43 $6.29 $1.14 18%
Teferi, Time Raveler $41.33 $39.88 $1.45 4%
Gemstone Mine $8.36 $9.92 ($1.56) -16%
Scalding Tarn $6.19 $5.75 $0.44 8%
Verdant Catacombs $3.80 $4.29 ($0.49) -11%
Misty Rainforest $4.99 $6.19 ($1.20) -19%
Arid Mesa $2.31 $2.94 ($0.63) -21%
Marsh Flats $1.53 $1.85 ($0.32) -17%
Eternal Staples:  I added a couple of Legacy staples that slipped under the radar for way to long.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $29.18 $27.73 $1.45 5%
Opposition Agent $24.19 $24.35 ($0.16) -1%
Jeweled Lotus $29.74 $28.08 $1.66 6%
City of Traitors $13.91 $13.67 $0.24 2%
Allosaurus Shepherd $33.93 $37.76 ($3.83) -10%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $9.30 $10.23 ($0.93) -9%
Force of Will $50.58 $54.07 ($3.49) -6%
Karakas $8.34 $6.95 $1.39 20%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $14.22 $13.43 $0.79 6%
Unmask $22.24 $13.86 $8.38 60%
Misdirection $13.06 $13.11 ($0.05) 0%
Rishadan Port $10.27 $9.43 $0.84 9%
Snuff Out $17.63 $11.50 $6.13 53%
Submerge $11.53 $10.54 $0.99 9%
Daze $5.99 $6.19 ($0.20) -3%
Entomb $9.95 $8.57 $1.38 16%
Retrofitter Foundry $30.24


Recruiter of the Guard $12.19


Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $11.45 $9.11 $2.34 26%
Mox Diamond $36.47 $34.62 $1.85 5%
Wasteland $26.37 $23.55 $2.82 12%
Ancient Tomb $16.07 $16.16 ($0.09) -1%
Lotus Petal $33.40 $31.66 $1.74 5%
Grim Monolith $11.88 $11.48 $0.40 3%
Exploration $18.64 $18.65 ($0.01) 0%
Gaea's Cradle $18.42 $18.41 $0.01 0%
Carpet of Flowers $14.48 $14.15 $0.33 2%
Gilded Drake $5.28 $6.09 ($0.81) -13%
Black Lotus $10.95 $12.63 ($1.68) -13%
Volcanic Island $6.51 $7.77 ($1.26) -16%
Underground Sea $7.18 $8.27 ($1.09) -13%
Null Rod $10.54 $12.55 ($2.01) -16%
Doomsday $21.50 $20.25 $1.25 6%
Paradigm Shift $8.23 $8.23 $0.00 0%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $4.84 $4.77 $0.07 1%
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria $7.73 $5.63 $2.10 37%
Collected Company $3.89 $6.48 ($2.59) -40%
Kolaghan's Command $7.76 $3.99 $3.77 94%
Brazen Borrower $18.00 $17.85 $0.15 1%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $8.90


Arclight Phoenix $13.47 $6.86 $6.61 96%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $18.89 $14.89 $4.00 27%
Shark Typhoon $7.51 $9.42 ($1.91) -20%
Raugrin Triome $7.80


Eidolon of the Great Revel $15.44 $11.13 $4.31 39%
Inspiring Vantage $7.21


Spirebluff Canal $4.41 $4.67 ($0.26) -6%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $19.17 $21.36 ($2.19) -10%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $7.78 $8.37 ($0.59) -7%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $5.18


Rest in Peace $4.91 $6.69 ($1.78) -27%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $9.15 $8.72 $0.43 5%
Ox of Agonas $5.33 $5.70 ($0.37) -6%
Karn, the Great Creator $26.00 $25.02 $0.98 4%
Blast Zone $5.43 $4.58 $0.85 19%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $30.43 $24.53 $5.90 24%
Pauper Staples:  I figured once a month is enough to cover Pauper cards. 

Pauper Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Wild Growth $1.47 $1.66 -$0.19 -11.45%
Merchant Scroll $1.80 $1.53 $0.27 17.65%
Standard Bearer $0.36 $0.84 -$0.48 -57.14%
Ninja of the Deep Hours $4.76 $2.50 $2.26 90.40%
Martyr of Ashes $0.97 $0.99 -$0.02 -2.02%
Skred $1.86 $1.46 $0.40 27.40%
Utopia Sprawl $1.95 $1.37 $0.58 42.34%
Obsidian Acolyte $1.65 $1.87 -$0.22 -11.76%
Flaring Pain $2.68 $1.76 $0.92 52.27%
Prismatic Strands $4.33 $4.32 $0.01 0.23%
Pyroblast $6.80 $5.95 $0.85 14.29%
Hydroblast $5.37 $3.99 $1.38 34.59%
Mystic Remora $8.51 $8.45 $0.06 0.71%
Spidersilk Armor $2.95 $3.77 -$0.82 -21.75%
Ancestral Mask $5.97 $5.97 $0.00 0.00%
Land Grant $2.67 $2.19 $0.48 21.92%
Snuff Out $17.63 $14.14 $3.49 24.68%
Reverent Silence $1.17 $0.81 $0.36 44.44%
Moment's Peace $2.02 $1.27 $0.75 59.06%
Rhystic Study $6.00 $4.41 $1.59 36.05%
Entourage of Trest $0.23 $0.28 -$0.05 -17.86%
Thorn of the Black Rose $4.25 $2.95 $1.30 44.07%
Palace Sentinels $0.81 $0.41 $0.40 97.56%
Custodi Squire $4.64 $4.91 -$0.27 -5.50%
Ash Barrens $1.66 $1.00 $0.66 66.00%
Reaping the Graves $1.57 $3.69 -$2.12 -57.45%
Manamorphose $2.63 $1.86 $0.77 41.40%
Crop Rotation $1.95 $1.00 $0.95 95.00%
Exhume $2.14 $0.55 $1.59 289.09%
Pestilence $4.46 $5.44 -$0.98 -18.01%
Impulse $5.26 $5.27 -$0.01 -0.19%
Quirion Ranger $0.39 $1.00 -$0.61 -61.00%
Angelic Renewal $0.54 $1.19 -$0.65 -54.62%
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 $270.25 $277.14 ($6.89) -2%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $190.43 $178.62 $11.81 7%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow Booster Pack $3.22 $3.28 ($0.06) -2%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $216.53 $210.21 $6.32 3%
Kaldheim $82.56 $85.00 ($2.44) -3%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $70.10 $75.12 ($5.02) -7%
Treasure Chest $2.34 $2.33 $0.01 0%
Zendikar Rising $106.17 $101.11 $5.06 5%


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 225.37
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 143.11
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 125.44
Mox Jet 1E Rare 117.73
Karakas UBT Mythic 111.68
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 107.77
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 97.44
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 95.44
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 83.65
Time Walk 1E Rare 81.64
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 81
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 79.45
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 66.2
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 62.32
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 58.93
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 55.9
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 54.74
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 54.71
Endurance MH2 Mythic 54.41
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 53.78
Force of Will MED Rare 50.58
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 50.21
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 50.13
Solitude MH2 Mythic 48.74
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 47.53
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 47.1
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.33
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 45.28
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 42.16
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 41.93
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 41.92
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 41.33
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 39.55
Anje's Ravager C19 Rare 38.01
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 37.15
Wrenn and Seven MID Mythic 36.9
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 36.87
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 36.76
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 36.71
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 36.53
Mox Diamond ST Rare 36.47
Chandra, Dressed to Kill VOW Mythic 35.1
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 34.01
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 33.93
Lotus Petal TE Common 33.4
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 33.02
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 32.99
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 32.54
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.37
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.98
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 31.92
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 31.67
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 31.25
Wasteland EXP Mythic 31.2
Force of Will EMA Mythic 31.02
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 30.82
Engineered Explosives MS2 Bonus 30.82
Demilich AFR Mythic 30.49
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 30.43
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 30.38
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 30.24
Timetwister 1E Rare 30
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 29.87
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 29.82
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 29.74
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 29.59
Sorin the Mirthless VOW Mythic 29.54
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 29.38
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 29.18
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 29.04
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.62
Polluted Delta ONS Rare 28.62
Engineered Explosives 2XM Rare 28.53
Engineered Explosives MMA Rare 28.53
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 28.11
Engineered Explosives 5DN Rare 28.04
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 27.57
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 27.23
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 27
Sunbaked Canyon MH1 Rare 26.68
Hall of Storm Giants AFR Rare 26.44
Wasteland TE Uncommon 26.37
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 26.24
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 26
Force of Will VMA Rare 25.34
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.31
Aether Gale C14 Rare 25.3
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 25.06
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 $28,246.  On Christmas Eve it was $27,295.  We have gained about $1,000.  Well $951. 
 
In Closing

I had a great week with my son!  It was fun and relaxing, filled with games, cartoons, good food and good times.  This week I decided that I would give Genshin Impact a try and turns out for shorts bursts it's not really bad, but I also just started. 

Prices were done on Thursday while I peacefully watched at least seven inches of snow fall in my part of Kentucky. 

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