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State of the Program for July 10th, 2020
 
In the News

Bans on Monday:  Historic, Pioneer, Modern and Pauper can expect changes on Monday, which is neat, but also not neat because it makes this weekend's showcase challenges a bit of a bummer to play in.  You can see the tweet here

Ultra Pro drops Noah Bradley:  One of the companies that makes offical Magic the Gathering merchandise tweeted that they have dropped the sex pest artist from future product lines.  They did note that because of production schedules anything with his work that is slated to be made will still be a part of the product line.  Read the tweets here.

Showcase Challenges this weekend:  Saturday sees Standard, Modern and Vintage challenges:  Sunday shows off Pioneer, Legacy and Core Set 2021 sealed. With the challenges this weekend, some format challenges will not happen.  You can see the schedule here.

The Arena Open:  It's coming back, in August, for Historic fun times!  This open still gives players a chance to win 2000 dollars, but all that was revealed was a graphic, on Twitter.

Pauper legality issues:  Following the Arena Open breaking on Twitter, issues with two cards in the format will not be fixed until Zendikar Rising on MTGO.  Newly legal to the format, Cauldron Familiar and Crown-Hunter Hireling will have to wait to impact games.  See the news here.

FNM at Home
:  Artisan is the format this week. 

 

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
July 29, 2020
Constructed Leagues End
September 16, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
September 17, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
Unknown
Ikoria Redemption Guarantee
July 29, 2020 Ends September 2nd 2020
Core Set 2021 Redemption
Starts July 22, 2020
Zendikar Rising
Fourth Quarter 2020
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:

Vintage Cube - July 1 through 29th. 
 
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

Slim pickings this week with Cutting Edge Tech.  I felt it was not needed to highlight decks from the formats that are lame ducksNext week with the changes that are coming I will go back to the full version of the section.  In fact, I am really copping out of this, as I am just going to share winning decks from the past weekend's challenges.   

Standard
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Legacy:

Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - hutomomo - Temur Delver
Saturday Modern - ZYURYO - Jund
Saturday Pauper - HunterBR - Slivers
Saturday Pioneer - Not enough players
Saturday Standard -  _Tia93_ - Temur Rec
Saturday Vintage - leeties

Sunday Legacy - Chefen - Painter
Sunday Modern - Bullz0Eye - EldraziTron
Sunday Pauper - SacredDevil - Stompy
Sunday Pioneer - Still not enough players
Sunday Standard - Edel - Mono Green Aggro
Sunday Vintage - unicornparadise - Hollow One

Other Event Winners

No special events.

Around the Web

MTGOTraders YouTube:  Did you know that MTGOTraders.com has a YouTube page with videos added Monday, Wednesday and Friday?  Well if not, now you do, and you can find it here

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:   Shark Typhoon was added to the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $23.85 $24.43 ($0.58) -2%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $8.00 $8.31 ($0.31) -4%
Questing Beast $8.19 $7.95 $0.24 3%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.73 $6.59 $0.14 2%
Chulane, Teller of Tales $5.23 $5.11 $0.12 2%
Bonecrusher Giant $4.80 $5.13 ($0.33) -6%
Assassin's Trophy $6.74 $6.59 $0.15 2%
Fiend Artisan $14.56 $13.66 $0.90 7%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $6.27 $6.05 $0.22 4%
Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy $6.30 $6.73 ($0.43) -6%
General Kudro of Drannith $14.23 $14.75 ($0.52) -4%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $7.03 $6.72 $0.31 5%
Luminous Broodmoth $6.00 $5.48 $0.52 9%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $7.39 $7.84 ($0.45) -6%
Shark Typhoon $6.61


Chandra, Awakened Inferno $7.76 $9.17 ($1.41) -15%
Leyline of the Void $6.91 $7.48 ($0.57) -8%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $6.14 $5.85 $0.29 5%
Yarok, the Desecrated $4.96 $5.29 ($0.33) -6%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $4.87 $5.41 ($0.54) -10%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $9.82 $10.97 ($1.15) -10%
Teferi, Master of Time $28.73 $30.46 ($1.73) -6%
Conspicuous Snoop $3.39 $7.54 ($4.15) -55%
Terror of the Peaks $8.03 $7.50 $0.53 7%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $6.35 $5.16 $1.19 23%
Elder Gargaroth $7.02 $4.90 $2.12 43%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper 13.1 13.09 $0.01 0%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath 55.26 68.37 ($13.11) -19%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 7.86 7.19 $0.67 9%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 9.89 8.73 $1.16 13%
Klothys, God of Destiny 13.29 13.4 ($0.11) -1%
Teferi, Time Raveler 27.67 33.2 ($5.53) -17%
Finale of Devastation 6.17 7.13 ($0.96) -13%
Karn, the Great Creator 21.62 15.87 $5.75 36%
Dreadhorde Arcanist 8.43 5.83 $2.60 45%
Blast Zone 8.02 7.85 $0.17 2%
Modern Staples:  It feels like a lot of stuff dropped due to the ban that is coming up.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $8.00 $7.49 $0.51 7%
Auriok Champion $5.59 $7.59 ($2.00) -26%
Steelshaper's Gift $3.28 $5.75 ($2.47) -43%
Cavern of Souls $29.59 $28.05 $1.54 5%
Noble Hierarch $6.87 $6.33 $0.54 9%
Mishra's Bauble $29.79 $30.06 ($0.27) -1%
Grafdigger's Cage $4.12 $4.89 ($0.77) -16%
Aether Vial $17.26 $17.70 ($0.44) -2%
Trinisphere $8.50 $8.25 $0.25 3%
Horizon Canopy $10.60 $12.66 ($2.06) -16%
Tarmogoyf $6.50 $6.25 $0.25 4%
Magus of the Moon $6.47 $6.43 $0.04 1%
Liliana of the Veil $13.47 $12.81 $0.66 5%
Polluted Delta $6.91 $7.06 ($0.15) -2%
Wooded Foothills $7.38 $7.71 ($0.33) -4%
Flooded Strand $4.41 $4.09 $0.32 8%
Bloodstained Mire $7.32 $8.22 ($0.90) -11%
Windswept Heath $4.27 $6.48 ($2.21) -34%
Thoughtseize $14.10 $12.77 $1.33 10%
Cryptic Command $5.24 $5.22 $0.02 0%
Field of the Dead $9.94 $10.83 ($0.89) -8%
City of Brass
$5.31 ($5.31) -100%
Force of Negation $63.64 $68.10 ($4.46) -7%
Wrenn and Six $68.70 $67.92 $0.78 1%
Prismatic Vista $13.04 $12.59 $0.45 4%
Sunbaked Canyon $13.59 $15.08 ($1.49) -10%
Seasoned Pyromancer $40.18 $39.03 $1.15 3%
Fiery Islet $9.32 $9.34 ($0.02) 0%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $11.16 $13.85 ($2.69) -19%
Hexdrinker $7.33 $7.46 ($0.13) -2%
Plague Engineer $15.74 $14.44 $1.30 9%
Force of Vigor $10.17 $8.87 $1.30 15%
Collector Ouphe $8.36 $7.75 $0.61 8%
Nurturing Peatland $4.46 $4.45 $0.01 0%
Ice-Fang Coatl $10.91 $19.70 ($8.79) -45%
Giver of Runes $4.13 $4.59 ($0.46) -10%
Archmage's Charm $5.51 $6.17 ($0.66) -11%
Flusterstorm $6.46 $6.89 ($0.43) -6%
Chalice of the Void $12.33 $11.83 $0.50 4%
Karn Liberated $6.35 $6.52 ($0.17) -3%
Surgical Extraction $12.90 $10.87 $2.03 19%
Phyrexian Obliterator $4.73 $4.92 ($0.19) -4%
Dismember $6.55 $5.65 $0.90 16%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $6.04 $6.75 ($0.71) -11%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $4.71 $4.29 $0.42 10%
Wurmcoil Engine $5.13 $4.75 $0.38 8%
Ensnaring Bridge $10.10 $11.12 ($1.02) -9%
Gemstone Mine $10.01 $8.76 $1.25 14%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $15.09 $15.99 ($0.90) -6%
Scalding Tarn $10.69 $16.43 ($5.74) -35%
Verdant Catacombs $14.02 $12.13 $1.89 16%
Misty Rainforest $13.11 $14.56 ($1.45) -10%
Arid Mesa $5.74 $5.07 $0.67 13%
Marsh Flats $3.52 $3.62 ($0.10) -3%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $8.43 $8.30 $0.13 2%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $19.86 $20.27 ($0.41) -2%
City of Traitors $31.48 $31.19 $0.29 1%
Sphere of Resistance $5.29 $5.52 ($0.23) -4%
Monastery Mentor $6.26 $5.08 $1.18 23%
Force of Will $41.73 $42.53 ($0.80) -2%
Elvish Spirit Guide $7.69 $6.25 $1.44 23%
Karakas $10.65 $10.83 ($0.18) -2%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $24.69 $24.33 $0.36 1%
Land Tax $25.79 $25.85 ($0.06) 0%
Demonic Tutor $10.29 $10.21 $0.08 1%
Mishra's Workshop $6.47 $6.42 $0.05 1%
Unmask $10.15 $9.32 $0.83 9%
Misdirection $24.95 $24.50 $0.45 2%
Rishadan Port $9.15 $9.71 ($0.56) -6%
Entomb $11.03 $11.89 ($0.86) -7%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $31.49 $26.38 $5.11 19%
Mox Opal $8.51 $9.17 ($0.66) -7%
Mox Diamond $23.11 $23.06 $0.05 0%
Grindstone $17.78 $17.35 $0.43 2%
Wasteland $27.55 $28.12 ($0.57) -2%
Ancient Tomb $19.82 $22.64 ($2.82) -12%
Lotus Petal $18.61 $18.40 $0.21 1%
Earthcraft $12.16 $11.98 $0.18 2%
Academy Rector $16.02 $14.71 $1.31 9%
Grim Monolith $27.45 $27.45 $0.00 0%
Exploration $20.23 $20.37 ($0.14) -1%
Gaea's Cradle $28.10 $27.55 $0.55 2%
Carpet of Flowers $19.69 $20.74 ($1.05) -5%
Gilded Drake $26.26 $24.22 $2.04 8%
Show and Tell $7.46 $7.67 ($0.21) -3%
Black Lotus $8.31 $7.63 $0.68 9%
Tropical Island $13.46 $11.77 $1.69 14%
Volcanic Island $9.67 $9.57 $0.10 1%
Underground Sea $9.40 $9.23 $0.17 2%
Sol Ring $8.59 $9.16 ($0.57) -6%
Null Rod $18.51 $18.77 ($0.26) -1%
Doomsday $8.69 $8.69 $0.00 0%
Mindbreak Trap $3.89 $7.52 ($3.63) -48%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $7.12 $7.17 ($0.05) -1%
Soul-Scar Mage $6.06 $6.37 ($0.31) -5%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $8.74 $7.63 $1.11 15%
Collected Company $8.88 $8.66 $0.22 3%
Liliana, the Last Hope $8.88 $10.05 ($1.17) -12%
Collective Brutality $9.65 $11.95 ($2.30) -19%
Emrakul, the Promised End $5.03 $5.64 ($0.61) -11%
Breeding Pool $2.42 $3.38 ($0.96) -28%
Stomping Ground $2.39 $2.42 ($0.03) -1%
Godless Shrine $0.65 $1.01 ($0.36) -36%
Sacred Foundry $0.64 $0.67 ($0.03) -4%
Watery Grave $0.75 $1.14 ($0.39) -34%
Mana Confluence $6.79 $7.32 ($0.53) -7%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $11.82 $13.39 ($1.57) -12%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $3.32 $5.68 ($2.36) -42%
Mutavault $5.59 $5.64 ($0.05) -1%
Thought-Knot Seer $8.50 $9.62 ($1.12) -12%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $6.36 $5.92 $0.44 7%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $10.35 $8.96 $1.39 16%
Rest in Peace $5.46 $5.75 ($0.29) -5%
Supreme Verdict $2.96 $3.19 ($0.23) -7%
Hallowed Fountain $1.02 $1.69 ($0.67) -40%
Steam Vents $2.12 $2.05 $0.07 3%
Blood Crypt $2.03 $1.58 $0.45 28%
Overgrown Tomb $0.41 $0.51 ($0.10) -20%
Abrupt Decay $5.26 $4.34 $0.92 21%
Temple Garden $0.64 $0.78 ($0.14) -18%
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 2020 $178.96 $189.88 ($10.92) -6%
Core Set 2021 $128.20 $125.90 $2.30 2%
Core Set 2021 Booster $3.29 $3.35 ($0.06) -2%
Guilds of Ravnica $41.98 $43.42 ($1.44) -3%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $105.68 $98.63 $7.05 7%
Modern Horizons $333.03 $344.68 ($11.65) -3%
Ravnica Allegiances $56.38 $59.07 ($2.69) -5%
Theros Beyond Death $127.34 $138.53 ($11.19) -8%
Throne of Eldraine $139.78 $137.34 $2.44 2%
Treasure Chest $2.65 $2.61 $0.04 2%
War of the Spark $109.05 $106.85 $2.20 2%

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 235.78
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic Rare 120.68
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 94.61
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic Rare 88.94
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 80.27
Mox Jet 1E Rare 76.6
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 73.61
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic Rare 68.86
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 68.73
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic Rare 68.7
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 63.64
Karakas UBT Mythic Rare 57.49
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic Rare 57.06
Time Walk 1E Rare 56.06
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic Rare 55.26
Zaxara, the Exemplary C20 Mythic Rare 55.22
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 52.8
Dark Depths UBT Mythic Rare 51.52
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic Rare 48.63
Xyris, the Writhing Storm C20 Mythic Rare 45.82
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic Rare 45.78
Dark Depths V16 Mythic Rare 44.9
Unmask V16 Mythic Rare 43.66
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic Rare 43.16
Force of Will MED Rare 41.73
Timetwister 1E Rare 41.06
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic Rare 40.18
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic Rare 36.52
Gavi, Nest Warden C20 Mythic Rare 36.2
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic Rare 35.91
Kalamax, the Stormsire C20 Mythic Rare 35.39
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic Rare 35.1
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic Rare 35.02
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic Rare 33.84
Force of Will MS3 Mythic Rare 31.88
Fierce Guardianship C20 Rare 31.74
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 31.49
City of Traitors EX Rare 31.48
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic Rare 31.17
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 30.09
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 29.79
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic Rare 29.76
Cavern of Souls AVR Rare 29.59
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic Rare 29.53
Force of Will VMA Rare 29.36
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic Rare 28.94
Teferi, Master of Time M21 Mythic Rare 28.73
Curse of Opulence PZ2 Uncommon 28.22
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 28.1
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic Rare 28.03
City of Traitors TPR Rare 27.8
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 27.67
Wasteland TE Uncommon 27.55
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic Rare 27.46
Grim Monolith UL Rare 27.45
Wasteland EXP Mythic Rare 26.86
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic Rare 26.41
Wasteland TPR Rare 26.39
Force of Will EMA Mythic Rare 26.35
Gilded Drake UZ Rare 26.26
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic Rare 25.97
Land Tax ME3 Rare 25.79
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic Rare 25.74
Game of Chaos PZ2 Rare 25.59
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

Not as much Fortnite this week, not as much Magic either, but a bit more Persona 5 and panic attacks over thunderstorms. 

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