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State of the Program for July 12th, 2023
 
In the News

MTGO Socials: Daybreak has set up forums for MTGO, which you can find here. In addition to the Forums, Daybreak has set up a Discord for MTGO.  You can get the invite here. MTGO has a Twitter account, and can now add an account for Facebook and Instagram

Two-Factor Authentication:  This is in Account Settings.  To turn it on you will be asked for your account password and a 6-digit code sent to the email associated with your account.  You can use either an email or authenticator based system.  This will help keep your accounts secure, you can read about the system here.

Redemption: 
Redemption is up and running!  Remember that redemption runs now until supply is gone. Currently being redeemed is The Brothers' War (About Half-Gone) Phyrexia: All Will Be One, and March of the Machine.  As of May 23, 2023, Redemption Tokens are non-refundable! 

Challenge Schedule Changing:  Two Prelims on Friday nights are now becoming small Challenge events.This helps players in the Asia-Pacific region.  Saturday is also getting another Modern Challenge. Both of these are 32 player events. The Saturday 6 a.m. Standard Event is going back to a small event prize structure.   

All-Access:  To better help MTGO users that are using the client to prepare for Pro Tour Barcelona (the Modern Pro Tour on July 28th), All-Access is back!  Copies of the best card in the set for Modern, The One Ring are above 100 tickets per, and having All-Access tokens in this time period helps users who want to prepare.  There will be no Super Qualifiers during this All-Access period.  It's still $25.00 though.  This lasts until July 24th!

Freeform with Commander:  Open Play room on the client that puts custom rules into place that also gives you color identity rules!  This allows for commander varients to have a place on MTGO. You'll be able to play PreDH, Oathbreaker, Duel Commander, almost nearly any rule set of Commander you want!  There are some recent rules changes in popular formats that are not on MTGO yet, apparently commander damage is not a thing in Duel Commander and Oathbreaker allows partners but each partner gets their own signature spell so these changes might come later, they might not, but it's a step in a direction that I did not think was going to be taken.  You can read the article about it here.

Commander Legends Draft:  Until July 19th, the format will have keeper and phantom events on MTGO.  These will be 4 player draft pods. Prizes will be based on votes.  You can see the prizes here

Patch Notes: You can check out the notes for this update 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
August 2, 2023
Constructed Leagues End
September 5, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
September 5, 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 -  Commander Legends - Four Player Pods (Keeper and Phantom)

July 15 - Pauper Showcase Qualifier
July 16 - Legacy Showcase Qualifier
July 22 - MOCS Showcase Open
July 23- MOCS Showcase Open

July 20 - Aether Revolt Kaladesh Flashback draft (Phantom)
July 26 - Magic 30 Cube, Carmen Handy has some surprises for this one!

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) FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m.     Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m   Limited 32 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
4:00 p.m. Limited 32 Challenge    
6:00 p.m. Modern 32 Challenge Modern 32 Challenge  

 

Cutting Edge Tech

It feels like it's been forever since I did a deck for each format, and this week I am bringing you two decks for Standard!  What a blessing! 

Standard
:  I knew for sure as soon as I saw the deck I wanted to feature it this week. Yeah it's basically the Mono Black Aggro deck that is already in the format, but giving the deck a splash of color opens it up to a lot of methods to protect your decks that the Mono Black doesn't offer, and gives you outs to things that 1 for 1 removal doesn't give you outs to.


A Second Standard:  To me, the most shocking thing isn't that Esper Control is doing well, it's that there is a lack of things one would consider staples in the deck in the format, and not having Wedding Announcement feels a bit weird to me for the deck.


Legacy: I am intrigued by these cheap value style Reanimator decks in the Legacy format right now. I did share a Grixis version from last week, and this week the Esper version seemed to come on strong.


Modern:  I love the new look of the Creativity deck. It's still the same basic deck but swapping the blue for White countermagic in Reprieve.


Pauper: White Aggro is always nice to see in Pauper.


Pioneer: The Boros Exile deck looks cool and takes advantage of the strong exile cards in the format.



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - yPrincipe - AmuLIT

Saturday Legacy - Ozymandias17 - Esper Control
Saturday Modern - pumpkinwavy - Rakdos Scam
Saturday Modern - adebevoise - Rakdos Scam
Saturday Pauper - Backoff - CawGate
Saturday Pioneer - ashame - Boros Aggro
Saturday Standard - FerMTG - Mono Black Aggro
Saturday Vintage - Miharu_Fuyumiya

Sunday Legacy - The3rdHorseman - Abzan Lands
Sunday Modern - ZYURYO - Elementals
Sunday Pauper - Walker735 - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - DenebLyrae - Abzan Greasefang
Sunday Standard - Snapcaster-Bolt - Dimir Aggro
Sunday Vintage - Sprouts

Other Event Winners

Modern Showcase Qualifier
Pioneer Showcase Qualifier

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: Portal to Phyrexia is off the list. One with the Multiverse is gone too. Ob Nixilis, Captive Kingpin was replaced on the list by Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Cityscape Leveler $21.54 $23.11 -$1.57 -7%
Titania, Voice of Gaea $5.05 $5.18 -$0.13 -3%
The Stone Brain $8.88 $7.09 $1.79 25%
Brotherhood's End $9.10 $9.98 -$0.88 -9%
Leyline Binding $14.06 $15.79 -$1.73 -11%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $13.01 $14.96 -$1.95 -13%
Timeless Lotus $3.64 $5.31 -$1.67 -31%
Nissa, Resurgent Animist $36.82 $41.75 -$4.93 -12%
Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival $7.03


Memory Deluge $21.12 $24.77 -$3.65 -15%
Brutal Cathar $4.47 $5.94 -$1.47 -25%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $4.47 $5.51 -$1.04 -19%
Sheoldred $5.66 $5.20 $0.46 9%
Invasion of Tarkir $6.94 $7.95 -$1.01 -13%
Urabrask $11.32 $8.18 $3.14 38%
Chandra, Hope's Beacon $4.79 $5.43 -$0.64 -12%
Invasion of Gobakhan $7.76 $7.41 $0.35 5%
Elesh Norn $8.10 $7.38 $0.72 10%
Jin-Gitaxias $6.00 $5.68 $0.32 6%
Vorinclex $11.00 $12.65 -$1.65 -13%
Boseiju, Who Endures $21.46 $23.04 -$1.58 -7%
Otawara, Soaring City $10.64 $12.04 -$1.40 -12%
The Wandering Emperor $9.64 $9.90 -$0.26 -3%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $13.80 $21.68 -$7.88 -36%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $11.00 $10.69 $0.31 3%
Jace, the Perfected Mind $7.24 $7.94 -$0.70 -9%
Ledger Shredder $10.57 $16.96 -$6.39 -38%
Unlicensed Hearse $5.30 $6.99 -$1.69 -24%
Stormcarved Coast $5.81 $7.54 -$1.73 -23%
Wedding Announcement $23.26 $26.56 -$3.30 -12%
Modern Staples:  Nothing happened this week in the Modern list! 
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $6.34 $9.38 -$3.04 -32%
Orvar, the All-Form $17.84 $27.17 -$9.33 -34%
Polluted Delta $10.66 $11.90 -$1.24 -10%
Wooded Foothills $5.30 $5.51 -$0.21 -4%
Flooded Strand $6.56 $11.69 -$5.13 -44%
Bloodstained Mire $6.69 $6.58 $0.11 2%
Windswept Heath $5.34 $6.00 -$0.66 -11%
Thoughtseize $6.82 $8.79 -$1.97 -22%
The One Ring $121.16 $111.13 $10.03 9%
Orcish Bowmasters $45.06 $35.34 $9.72 28%
Delighted Halfling $2.89 $5.00 -$2.11 -42%
Force of Negation $19.17 $29.11 -$9.94 -34%
Wrenn and Six $11.21 $15.30 -$4.09 -27%
Sunbaked Canyon $12.74 $12.33 $0.41 3%
Seasoned Pyromancer $9.11 $8.74 $0.37 4%
Force of Vigor $15.39 $21.39 -$6.00 -28%
Flusterstorm $9.00 $9.73 -$0.73 -8%
Archon of Cruelty $6.75 $7.89 -$1.14 -14%
Dress Down $4.48 $6.48 -$2.00 -31%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $7.03 $7.74 -$0.71 -9%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $21.51 $16.63 $4.88 29%
Urza's Saga $23.83 $24.34 -$0.51 -2%
Solitude $14.38 $17.79 -$3.41 -19%
Endurance $23.63 $23.07 $0.56 2%
Grief $29.68 $27.31 $2.37 9%
Murktide Regent $10.38 $15.84 -$5.46 -34%
Fury $26.15 $24.22 $1.93 8%
Esper Sentinel $6.71 $8.21 -$1.50 -18%
Subtlety $17.92 $14.89 $3.03 20%
Chalice of the Void $12.57 $11.90 $0.67 6%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $4.38 $5.57 -$1.19 -21%
Teferi, Time Raveler $10.78 $12.52 -$1.74 -14%
Scalding Tarn $6.27 $7.69 -$1.42 -18%
Verdant Catacombs $2.15 $2.80 -$0.65 -23%
Misty Rainforest $5.09 $6.69 -$1.60 -24%
Arid Mesa $2.12 $2.42 -$0.30 -12%
Marsh Flats $1.49 $1.07 $0.42 39%
Eternal StaplesRetrofitter Foundry is back on the list. 
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Avenging Hunter $6.24 $7.84 ($1.60) -20%
Kenku Artificer $12.42 $14.99 ($2.57) -17%
Goliath Paladin $9.53 $6.66 $2.87 43%
Displacer Kitten $6.34 $6.47 ($0.13) -2%
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $7.80 $10.09 ($2.29) -23%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $8.95 $12.09 ($3.14) -26%
Caves of Chaos Adventurer $8.16 $6.53 $1.63 25%
Hullbreacher $7.38 $7.77 ($0.39) -5%
Opposition Agent $15.90 $16.84 ($0.94) -6%
Jeweled Lotus $10.03 $8.34 $1.69 20%
City of Traitors $16.77 $16.17 $0.60 4%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $15.81 $15.19 $0.62 4%
Helm of Obedience $13.63 $16.90 ($3.27) -19%
Force of Will $31.63 $44.70 ($13.07) -29%
Urza's Bauble $15.18 $20.21 ($5.03) -25%
Hydroblast $6.57 $6.58 ($0.01) 0%
Pyroblast $4.41 $6.48 ($2.07) -32%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $9.66 $10.42 ($0.76) -7%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $8.24 $8.84 ($0.60) -7%
Unmask $13.98 $14.85 ($0.87) -6%
Misdirection $10.83 $10.52 $0.31 3%
Snuff Out $12.18 $19.89 ($7.71) -39%
Submerge $4.34 $5.56 ($1.22) -22%
Daze $4.21 $6.31 ($2.10) -33%
Entomb $4.90 $5.32 ($0.42) -8%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $9.14 $9.08 $0.06 1%
Retrofitter Foundry $5.55


Stifle $5.55 $6.48 ($0.93) -14%
Mox Opal $6.21 $8.43 ($2.22) -26%
Mox Diamond $31.68 $30.68 $1.00 3%
Wasteland $10.70 $13.95 ($3.25) -23%
Ancient Tomb $12.15 $16.18 ($4.03) -25%
Lotus Petal $11.62 $11.69 ($0.07) -1%
Grindstone $12.55 $15.37 ($2.82) -18%
Powder Keg $15.20 $14.00 $1.20 9%
Grim Monolith $16.58 $17.16 ($0.58) -3%
Gaea's Cradle $27.21 $27.33 ($0.12) 0%
Gilded Drake $12.13 $12.21 ($0.08) -1%
Show and Tell $20.76 $18.12 $2.64 15%
Natural Order $6.12 $7.52 ($1.40) -19%
Black Lotus $12.00 $14.91 ($2.91) -20%
Volcanic Island $16.50 $20.42 ($3.92) -19%
Underground Sea $10.99 $9.65 $1.34 14%
Null Rod $16.35 $17.17 ($0.82) -5%
Doomsday $14.06 $15.78 ($1.72) -11%
Paradigm Shift $12.32 $12.32 $0.00 0%
Pioneer StaplesIndomitable Creativity has fallen off the list. Leyline of the Void came off the list as well. Shacklegeist went back to the spirit realm.  Prismari Command has come off the list.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $4.94 $6.64 -$1.70 -25.60%
Hall of Storm Giants $5.38 $6.47 -$1.09 -16.85%
Brazen Borrower $11.32 $13.17 -$1.85 -14.05%
Shark Typhoon $8.04 $11.05 -$3.01 -27.24%
Mana Confluence $9.01 $10.86 -$1.85 -17.03%
Blightstep Pathway $9.06 $13.78 -$4.72 -34.25%
Hengegate Pathway $5.17 $7.55 -$2.38 -31.52%
Spirebluff Canal $5.03 $5.83 -$0.80 -13.72%
Inspiring Vantage $7.57 $6.36 $1.21 19.03%
Cavalier of Thorns $5.07 $3.83 $1.24 32.38%
Lotus Field $11.83 $14.49 -$2.66 -18.36%
The Meathook Massacre $15.06 $15.05 $0.01 0.07%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $25.22 $29.12 -$3.90 -13.39%
Magma Opus $7.30 $8.00 -$0.70 -8.75%
Karn, the Great Creator $11.14 $12.15 -$1.01 -8.31%
Emeria's Call $17.00 $16.89 $0.11 0.65%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $8.30 $10.71 -$2.41 -22.50%
Skyclave Apparition $5.87 $6.38 -$0.51 -7.99%
Sea Gate Restoration $15.20 $14.71 $0.49 3.33%
Roiling Vortex $14.92 $10.85 $4.07 37.51%
Agadeem's Awakening $5.43 $8.23 -$2.80 -34.02%
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 $94.86 $96.34 ($1.48) -2%
Dominaria United $57.85 $65.35 ($7.50) -11%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $65.97 $72.50 ($6.53) -9%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $84.72 $96.52 ($11.80) -12%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $88.01 $97.10 ($9.09) -9%
March of the Machine $159.80 $155.43 $4.37 3%
March of the Machine Booster $2.27 $2.30 ($0.03) -1%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $164.35 $178.09 ($13.74) -8%
Streets of New Capenna $43.16 $50.42 ($7.26) -14%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.34 $2.54 ($0.20) -8%


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 266.23
The One Ring LTR Mythic 121.45
Mox Jet 1E Rare 116.72
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 101.38
The One Ring LTR Mythic 96.61
The One Ring LTR Mythic 94.49
Time Walk 1E Rare 74.65
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 71.87
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 70.25
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 60.26
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 55.91
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 53.03
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 52.92
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 46.26
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 43.68
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 43.39
Karakas UBT Mythic 42.29
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 38.79
Nissa, Resurgent Animist MAT Mythic 36.82
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 36.05
Timetwister 1E Rare 35.51
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 32.36
Mox Diamond ST Rare 31.68
Force of Will MED Rare 31.63
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 31.43
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 31.42
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 30.69
Grief MH2 Mythic 29.68
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 29.09
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 27.97
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 27.9
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 27.21
Unmask V16 Mythic 26.57
Fury MH2 Mythic 26.15
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 25.23
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 25.22
Aether Gale C14 Rare 25.16

 
In Closing

The Explorer Anthology on Arena killed my excitement about new cards coming to the client.  At least the Pioneer Creativity deck will exist, and Thespian's Stage will be on Arena, to play well with the zero copies of Hidden Strings on there. 

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