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State of the Program for January 8th, 2021
 
In the News

All-Access Tokens Returning:  Coming back next week, with more information during that time frame as well, All-Access Tokens are returning and they will be around for two weeks, starting next Wednesday.  Make sure to keep an eye out on MTGO.com for all of that information. 

Kaldheim Previews Continue:  Kaldheim had their preview show on Thursday on Twitch. You can check out the replay here

Arena coming to Android:  With the Kaldheim update, Arena will be mobile as it makes its way to Android devices. You can see the recommended specs and required chipsets 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
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. 

December 23 - January 13: Vintage Cube
January 13 - January 20:  New Spotlight Cube
January 20 - January 28:  Vintage Masters Flashback

Limited Super Qualifier - January 9th
Limited Qualifier - January 10th
 
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: This is the Standard deck you want to play if you want to kill every creature. 


Historic:  I played the mirror match in this last night, and was miserable for 20 whole minutes. 


Legacy:  This deck really misses Top, and I think with things being digital, a chance to unban the card, just to see how it does, could have happened.  Would it still have messed with tournament speed?  Who knows, but with the digital world holding everything, we could have gotten some data! 


Modern: Until Modern Horizons 2 comes out, I am trying to highlight Modern decks that do not need fetch lands.  I'm not sure how long I'll go on with this, but am also sure I will forget about it in three weeks. 


Pauper:  Pauper is going to get some better mana bases now that snow-covered duals are coming out in Kaldheim.  Skred, an already great card, is going to get better.  Into the North is a thing that Alex Ullman suggested picking up! 


Pioneer:  This is what Feather decks have evolved in to since Pioneer started. 


Vintage:   It is always wild to me when Dredge does well in an event because I don't really think of Bazaar of Baghdad as one of those classic Vintage cards, even if it is a pillar of the format.  It has always felt so easy to disrupt, but I guess if you don't get a first turn, it doesn't really matter huh? 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - mw_94gA - Jeskai Counterbalance
Saturday Modern - oinkmage - Sultai Snow
Saturday Pauper - gottelicious - Flicker Tron
Saturday Pioneer - klien7 - Red Prowess
Saturday Standard -  papporockentucara - Mono Green Food
Saturday Vintage - McWinSauce

Sunday Legacy - Martin_Dominguez - Oops All Spells
Sunday Modern - pedrogush - HammerTime
Sunday Pauper - discoverN - Izzet Delver
Sunday Pioneer - marolanzi - Red Prowess
Sunday Standard - tzio - Mardu Doom
Sunday Vintage - bennybo

Other Event Winners

Zendikar Rising Sealed MOCS - Dashik
Zendikar Rising Sealed MOCS - JMM


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: Ugin, the Spirit Dragon is a new addition to the chart this year!  Sea Gate Restoration also came back to the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $13.71 $14.20 ($0.49) -3%
Questing Beast $4.67 $7.54 ($2.87) -38%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.15 $5.59 ($0.44) -8%
The Great Henge $9.17 $7.76 $1.41 18%
General Kudro of Drannith $5.89 $6.15 ($0.26) -4%
Shark Typhoon $11.13 $13.65 ($2.52) -18%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $7.47 $7.47 $0.00 0%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $11.97 $10.08 $1.89 19%
Teferi, Master of Time $5.53 $6.25 ($0.72) -12%
Terror of the Peaks $14.14 $16.73 ($2.59) -15%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $9.72 $13.00 ($3.28) -25%
Elder Gargaroth $23.30 $26.90 ($3.60) -13%
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon $5.22


Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 30.81 18.78 $12.03 64%
Klothys, God of Destiny 10.72 8.95 $1.77 20%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 10.66 10.34 $0.32 3%
Ox of Agonas 7.31 6.15 $1.16 19%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $31.50 $26.83 $4.67 17%
Turntimber Symbiosis $16.87 $19.07 ($2.20) -12%
Agadeem's Awakening $13.22 $13.04 $0.18 1%
Skyclave Apparition $13.24 $14.64 ($1.40) -10%
Shatterskull Smashing $10.57 $7.14 $3.43 48%
Sea Gate Restoration 6.18


Modern StaplesNoble Hierarch has come back off the list.  Golgari has seen a bit of an uptick in play, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is back on the list because of it. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $25.49 $17.55 $7.94 45%
Steelshaper's Gift $31.80 $19.48 $12.32 63%
Engineered Explosives $5.29 $5.25 $0.04 1%
Cavern of Souls $20.64 $20.17 $0.47 2%
Mishra's Bauble $12.54 $8.36 $4.18 50%
Aether Vial $18.13 $20.33 ($2.20) -11%
Horizon Canopy $10.50 $12.57 ($2.07) -16%
Liliana of the Veil $13.39 $12.11 $1.28 11%
Polluted Delta $11.68 $10.34 $1.34 13%
Wooded Foothills $6.41 $5.62 $0.79 14%
Flooded Strand $6.88 $6.43 $0.45 7%
Bloodstained Mire $7.04 $5.79 $1.25 22%
Windswept Heath $5.66 $6.50 ($0.84) -13%
Thoughtseize $7.85 $8.34 ($0.49) -6%
Cryptic Command $5.90 $6.25 ($0.35) -6%
Field of the Dead $23.73 $25.63 ($1.90) -7%
Elvish Reclaimer $16.60 $20.04 ($3.44) -17%
Force of Negation $94.46 $96.03 ($1.57) -2%
Wrenn and Six $72.37 $66.05 $6.32 10%
Prismatic Vista $16.30 $15.49 $0.81 5%
Sunbaked Canyon $20.14 $13.26 $6.88 52%
Seasoned Pyromancer $53.27 $58.74 ($5.47) -9%
Fiery Islet $13.76 $8.44 $5.32 63%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $12.83 $9.04 $3.79 42%
Plague Engineer $10.64 $11.79 ($1.15) -10%
Force of Vigor $17.53 $18.53 ($1.00) -5%
Collector Ouphe $5.58 $5.48 $0.10 2%
Nurturing Peatland $4.74 $5.52 ($0.78) -14%
Ice-Fang Coatl $8.24 $8.75 ($0.51) -6%
Giver of Runes $12.24 $12.20 $0.04 0%
Hexdrinker $7.35 $6.29 $1.06 17%
Flusterstorm $11.57 $9.08 $2.49 27%
Archmage's Charm $12.49 $9.84 $2.65 27%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $6.47 $7.36 ($0.89) -12%
Silent Clearing $7.66 $6.07 $1.59 26%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $5.50


Chalice of the Void $12.73 $11.59 $1.14 10%
Surgical Extraction $16.38 $21.05 ($4.67) -22%
Dismember $4.55 $5.35 ($0.80) -15%
Karn Liberated $5.84 $5.54 $0.30 5%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $5.73 $5.91 ($0.18) -3%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.65 $8.58 $0.07 1%
Boil $7.56 $8.56 ($1.00) -12%
Flagstones of Trokair $4.06 $6.24 ($2.18) -35%
Gemstone Mine $15.21 $11.80 $3.41 29%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.51 $7.74 $0.77 10%
Scalding Tarn $18.87 $14.55 $4.32 30%
Verdant Catacombs $12.27 $12.55 ($0.28) -2%
Misty Rainforest $15.15 $14.74 $0.41 3%
Arid Mesa $5.08 $4.00 $1.08 27%
Marsh Flats $5.22 $4.12 $1.10 27%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $72.85 $78.27 ($5.42) -7%
Opposition Agent $28.18 $34.31 ($6.13) -18%
Dark Depths $5.20 $5.63 ($0.43) -8%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $25.66 $22.90 $2.76 12%
City of Traitors $24.43 $23.15 $1.28 6%
Sphere of Resistance $6.96 $6.84 $0.12 2%
Monastery Mentor $8.45 $4.85 $3.60 74%
Allosaurus Shepherd $54.97 $52.42 $2.55 5%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $5.77 $5.61 $0.16 3%
Force of Will $58.86 $54.39 $4.47 8%
Karakas $11.62 $10.90 $0.72 7%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $54.16 $42.95 $11.21 26%
Demonic Tutor $9.78 $9.05 $0.73 8%
Echo of Eons $10.10 $10.43 ($0.33) -3%
Unmask $9.30 $8.73 $0.57 7%
Misdirection $11.62 $11.62 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $11.07 $10.94 $0.13 1%
Submerge $12.85 $20.05 ($7.20) -36%
Daze $8.23 $9.04 ($0.81) -9%
Entomb $8.72 $8.20 $0.52 6%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $41.82 $34.99 $6.83 20%
Mox Diamond $17.03 $17.78 ($0.75) -4%
Wasteland $46.28 $39.43 $6.85 17%
Ancient Tomb $19.59 $19.16 $0.43 2%
Lotus Petal $24.59 $22.92 $1.67 7%
Earthcraft $7.29 $6.96 $0.33 5%
Academy Rector $5.82 $5.30 $0.52 10%
Grim Monolith $17.23 $17.18 $0.05 0%
Exploration $14.20 $13.60 $0.60 4%
Gaea's Cradle $28.50 $28.33 $0.17 1%
Carpet of Flowers $38.58 $40.77 ($2.19) -5%
Gilded Drake $10.73 $9.07 $1.66 18%
Black Lotus $23.37 $11.90 $11.47 96%
Tropical Island $9.55 $8.99 $0.56 6%
Volcanic Island $15.38 $13.33 $2.05 15%
Underground Sea $13.95 $12.26 $1.69 14%
Sol Ring $9.62 $9.74 ($0.12) -1%
Null Rod $8.54 $8.20 $0.34 4%
Doomsday $22.89 $20.30 $2.59 13%
Paradigm Shift $10.80 $12.05 ($1.25) -10%
Mindbreak Trap $13.47 $15.84 ($2.37) -15%
Pioneer StaplesCollective Brutality is back on the list.  Bomat Courier continues to confound me.  I'm still tracking it though.  I've also added Lotus Field and Golos, Tireless Pilgrim to the Pioneer list.  I feel like the former is seeing a ton of Modern play, and the later is seeing it in Legacy, but for now, there is just enough play in Pioneer to keep them here. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $8.34 $7.08 $1.26 18%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $6.60 $7.85 ($1.25) -16%
Collected Company $5.14 $5.46 ($0.32) -6%
Collective Brutality $5.61


Assassin's Trophy $4.23 $5.58 ($1.35) -24%
Mana Confluence $5.07 $4.54 $0.53 12%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.87 $7.37 $0.50 7%
Bomat Courier $3.29 $1.60 $1.69 106%
Lotus Field $5.49


Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $5.43


Chandra, Awakened Inferno $5.05


Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $83.80 $79.19 $4.61 6%
Teferi, Time Raveler $35.06 $37.71 ($2.65) -7%
Finale of Devastation $5.28 $5.07 $0.21 4%
Karn, the Great Creator $49.26 $34.46 $14.80 43%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $15.44 $14.21 $1.23 9%
Blast Zone $8.70 $11.24 ($2.54) -23%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $13.94 $17.53 ($3.59) -20%
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 $109.13 $116.84 ($7.71) -7%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $77.35 $76.38 $0.97 1%
Theros Beyond Death $193.45 $173.39 $20.06 12%
Throne of Eldraine $142.27 $139.85 $2.42 2%
Treasure Chest $2.30 $2.30 $0.00 0%
Zendikar Rising $136.21 $131.00 $5.21 4%
Zendikar Rising Booster Pack $3.16 $3.28 ($0.12) -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 142.58
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 104.83
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 94.46
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 83.8
Mox Jet 1E Rare 81.88
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 80.14
Karakas UBT Mythic 76.6
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 76.51
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 72.85
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 72.37
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 71.15
Time Walk 1E Rare 70.86
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 66.61
Force of Will MED Rare 58.86
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 55.37
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 54.97
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 54.16
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 53.27
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 51.38
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 50.79
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 49.31
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 49.26
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 48.3
Wasteland TE Uncommon 46.28
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 45.4
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 44.46
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.81
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 41.82
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 41.41
Timetwister 1E Rare 39.16
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 38.58
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 38.01
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 38
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 37.1
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 36.78
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 36.71
Wasteland TPR Rare 36.69
Force of Will VMA Rare 36.27
Force of Will EMA Mythic 36.13
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.48
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 35.06
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 33.9
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 32.65
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.53
Steelshaper's Gift 5DN Uncommon 31.8
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 31.5
Wasteland EXP Mythic 31.38
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 30.97
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger THB Mythic 30.81
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 30.2
Wasteland EMA Rare 29.79
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 28.5
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 28.18
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 27.43
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Oko, Thief of Crowns ELD Mythic 25.66
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.62
Auriok Champion 5DN Rare 25.49
Auriok Champion IMA Rare 25.48
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 25.3
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 $28,045.  The last time it was reported, the week before Christmas Day, the number was $26,457.  That is an increase from three weeks ago of 1588.  How will the tokens effect this?  I'm assuming negatively, but we'll see how things go and what exactly the tokens are for soon enough! 
 
In Closing

I went to bed on Christmas Eve after watching a church service, I guess a Midnight Mass is what they called it, it's been a while since I actually did church stuff.  I'm not sure why part of the sermon talked about people mattering, but I took that to heart, and decided that I mattered.  I quit smoking on December 25th, and haven't have nicotine in my body since December 27th, when the last patch I wore was taken off.  It's been a rough two weeks, but my blood pressure is down a lot, and I can attribute that with no smoking anymore and changing my diet a bit. 

I have played a ton of Pioneer so far this year, but am not seeing great results.  I was surprised when an opponent cast Teferi, Time Raveler.  That seems like the kind of card that would be banned in the format. 

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