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State of the Program for July 16th, 2021
 
In the News

BannedHullbreacher was banned by the Commander Rules Committee earlier this week, and The Book of Exalted Deeds was banned in Standard 2022 play on Arena.  No wild cards were passed out this time, because it was banned for a best of one only format, but people still spent those wild cards to play now, not later on when the next Innistrad set comes out.  Rule 0 gets around Hullbreacher for your local playgroups, but it being unable to played on MTGO may not be the worst thing.  It was not a ton of fun every time I played against it. 

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Class Challenge:  Started on the 14th, this guantlet lets you pick a Dungeons & Dragons class and play some matches with your prebuilt deck.  It's phantom and costs 6 tickets or 60 play points to enter.  You can see the decklists here.

Showcase Challenge Weekend:  This weekend we see the Vintage Showcase Challenge on July 17th.  The next day is the Legacy Showcase Challenge. 

Super Qualifiers:  For an upcoming championship on Arena, MTGO has added three super qualifiers, one on July 24th, which is Modern Horizons 2 Sealed. The next, July 25th, is Modern and the final one, July 30th is Pioneer. 
 

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
September 8th, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
Ends July 7th, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
Ends July 8th, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
Kaldheim Redemption
Ends June 23, 2021
D&D Redemption
Begins August 11, 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:

July 21st:  Vintage Cube Featuring Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
August 4th:  New Spotlinght Cube
August 11th:  Returning Spotlight Cube
August 18th:  New Spotlight Cube
August 25th:  Legacy Cube Featuring Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
 
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

Standard: The impact on Standard by Adventures in the Forgotten Realms so far is pretty low.  That is no fault of the set, as Throne of Eldraine, Ikoria, and Theros Beyond Death are all legal still.  Those sets are just much more powerful than what Forgotten Realms has to offer, and it probably won't see any real play until rotation. 


ModernDemilich is doing some real work here!  It's nice being able to turn spells into multiple free creatures, but this deck may still be doing to many things fairly in Modern. 

ModernTasha's Hideous Laughter felt like a natural inclusion for a format that is so low in mana value cards in other decks.  I can imagine this either being an incredible cast, or the worst card in the deck, depending on the matchup.  Like the Goblin Charbelcher deck seems awful, you play it and mill three cards from Zendikar Rising and then die. 


Modern: Speaking of Charbelcher You Find a Cursed Idol made its way into the deck.  Being up to destroy an artifact or enchantment Leyline of Sanctity out of the main is super nice to have, but I imagine it makes a treasure token more often than not. 


Pauper:  It's Soul Sisters Pauper cousin, Soul Step Sisters? We've got both Celestial Unicorn which is Ajani's Pridemate, but at three mana instead of 2 and Priest of Ancient Lore.


Pioneer:  The Blackstaff of Waterdeep is a cheep way to get another ensoul effect in to the deck. 


Pioneer:  It was really hard finding Historic decks this week because WotC never updated the deck dump.  That is why I brought in another Pioneer deck!



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - ecobaronen - Bant Snow
Saturday Modern - MikoGK - Temur Rhinos
Saturday Pauper - kthanakit26 - Izzet Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - McWinSauce - Enimatic Incarnation
Saturday Standard - Cabezadebolo - Rakdos Aggro
Saturday Vintage - ecobaronen

Sunday Legacy - Beenew - Izzet Delver
Sunday Modern - shadow_PT - HammerTime
Sunday Pauper - Leobertucci - Grixis Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - Xerk - Selesnya Angels
Sunday Standard - Punchilleno - Sultai Ultimatum
Sunday Vintage - _INF_

Other Event Winners


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: Five new cards have been added from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms.  Galazeth Prismari also came back to the list. 

Klothys, God of Destiny however, fell out of the sky and left the list.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $21.52


The Book of Exalted Deeds $9.93


Acererak the Archlich $8.52


Tasha's Hideous Laughter $8.42


Iymrith, Desert Doom $5.28


Brazen Borrower $25.44 $22.91 $2.53 11%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.67 $5.25 $1.42 27%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $8.08 $8.17 ($0.09) -1%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $11.09 $10.01 $1.08 11%
Valki, God of Lies $56.20 $59.78 ($3.58) -6%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $10.22 $10.51 ($0.29) -3%
Goldspan Dragon $11.10 $12.89 ($1.79) -14%
Alrund's Epiphany $8.27 $9.03 ($0.76) -8%
Esika, God of the Tree $4.96 $5.02 ($0.06) -1%
Koma, Cosmos Serpent $6.36 $6.73 ($0.37) -5%
Halvar, God of Battle $6.37 $6.37 $0.00 0%
Elder Gargaroth $3.80 $5.26 ($1.46) -28%
Stormwing Entity $6.01 $8.37 ($2.36) -28%
Prismari Command $8.31 $7.46 $0.85 11%
Magma Opus $6.90 $6.95 ($0.05) -1%
Professor Onyx $8.00 $7.79 $0.21 3%
Velomachus Lorehold $10.24 $9.48 $0.76 8%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.16 $6.02 $0.14 2%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.09 $6.91 $0.18 3%
Galazeth Prismari $5.76


Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 7.69 8.79 ($1.10) -13%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $16.83 $19.81 ($2.98) -15%
Skyclave Apparition $19.49 $21.02 ($1.53) -7%

Modern Staples:  Modern as a format seems to be settling, and a ton of cards are coming off the list as the format solidifies.  

Night's Whisper is off the list.  Noble Hierarch has also come off of it.  Utopia Sprawl fell off. Tarmogoyf is off as well.  Snapcaster Mage is back off the list.  Cryptic Command has been removed.  Ranger-Captain of Eos came off. Svyelun of Sea and Sky washed away. 

Esper Sentinel and Fury came back on to the list from Modern Horizons 2.  This set, much like Modern Horizons is currently pricing players, be they rental players or ownership players out of the format, and WotC could really help out here somehow. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $6.48 $6.36 $0.12 2%
Steelshaper's Gift $16.03 $9.57 $6.46 68%
Engineered Explosives $21.19 $19.81 $1.38 7%
Cavern of Souls $16.79 $21.84 ($5.05) -23%
Mishra's Bauble $31.08 $35.09 ($4.01) -11%
Aether Vial $12.92 $14.76 ($1.84) -12%
Horizon Canopy $6.79 $10.17 ($3.38) -33%
Liliana of the Veil $14.01 $17.18 ($3.17) -18%
Polluted Delta $13.45 $10.89 $2.56 24%
Wooded Foothills $9.99 $9.11 $0.88 10%
Flooded Strand $11.02 $8.86 $2.16 24%
Bloodstained Mire $10.36 $9.04 $1.32 15%
Windswept Heath $7.64 $8.40 ($0.76) -9%
Thoughtseize $7.77 $9.24 ($1.47) -16%
Elvish Reclaimer $8.49 $5.45 $3.04 56%
Inkmoth Nexus $8.74 $5.71 $3.03 53%
Force of Negation $74.60 $77.89 ($3.29) -4%
Wrenn and Six $52.74 $54.94 ($2.20) -4%
Prismatic Vista $12.32 $10.24 $2.08 20%
Sunbaked Canyon $14.32 $15.34 ($1.02) -7%
Seasoned Pyromancer $19.80 $24.16 ($4.36) -18%
Fiery Islet $15.58 $19.22 ($3.64) -19%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $10.51 $8.85 $1.66 19%
Plague Engineer $7.07 $8.91 ($1.84) -21%
Force of Vigor $28.72 $30.53 ($1.81) -6%
Giver of Runes $4.81 $5.83 ($1.02) -17%
Flusterstorm $8.05 $6.82 $1.23 18%
Archmage's Charm $17.04 $16.29 $0.75 5%
Hexdrinker $5.77 $6.18 ($0.41) -7%
Ice-Fang Coatl $5.34 $4.83 $0.51 11%
Silent Clearing $7.31 $9.70 ($2.39) -25%
Kaya's Guile $8.90 $10.13 ($1.23) -12%
Collector Ouphe $4.26 $5.94 ($1.68) -28%
Nurturing Peatland $4.61 $5.28 ($0.67) -13%
On Thin Ice $5.21 $4.79 $0.42 9%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $130.23 $130.38 ($0.15) 0%
Urza's Saga $64.28 $51.56 $12.72 25%
Solitude $21.82 $14.33 $7.49 52%
Endurance $72.80 $59.57 $13.23 22%
Grief $18.88 $21.25 ($2.37) -11%
Dauthi Voidwalker $12.53 $28.82 ($16.29) -57%
Murktide Regent $42.14 $32.68 $9.46 29%
Ignoble Hierarch $7.68 $7.61 $0.07 1%
Subtlety $12.10 $9.90 $2.20 22%
Sanctum Prelate $8.75 $20.72 ($11.97) -58%
Esper Sentinel $7.51


Fury $16.14


Chalice of the Void $28.42 $16.56 $11.86 72%
Surgical Extraction $14.37 $13.03 $1.34 10%
Dismember $5.25 $4.52 $0.73 16%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $14.26 $13.55 $0.71 5%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $8.31 $7.46 $0.85 11%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.78 $7.37 $0.41 6%
Teferi, Time Raveler $35.45 $28.63 $6.82 24%
Gemstone Mine $8.77 $10.21 ($1.44) -14%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.05 $8.41 ($0.36) -4%
Stoneforge Mystic $5.03 $2.80 $2.23 80%
Scalding Tarn $11.73 $8.74 $2.99 34%
Verdant Catacombs $7.84 $7.46 $0.38 5%
Misty Rainforest $8.28 $6.81 $1.47 22%
Arid Mesa $4.43 $3.65 $0.78 21%
Marsh Flats $3.89 $3.39 $0.50 15%

Eternal Staples:  No real changes here.  Hullbreacher is staying on the list right now because of it's marginal play in the Eternal formats.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $23.73 $30.57 ($6.84) -22%
Opposition Agent $24.85 $22.55 $2.30 10%
Jeweled Lotus $13.85 $14.69 ($0.84) -6%
City of Traitors $22.81 $19.69 $3.12 16%
Allosaurus Shepherd $37.79 $39.79 ($2.00) -5%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $5.26 $6.87 ($1.61) -23%
Force of Will $40.46 $40.41 $0.05 0%
Karakas $9.79 $10.23 ($0.44) -4%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $19.91 $20.12 ($0.21) -1%
Demonic Tutor $15.04 $15.04 $0.00 0%
Food Chain $10.94 $11.30 ($0.36) -3%
Unmask $7.61 $4.90 $2.71 55%
Misdirection $13.37 $13.06 $0.31 2%
Rishadan Port $14.59 $16.31 ($1.72) -11%
Snuff Out $15.74 $15.10 $0.64 4%
Submerge $10.88 $11.91 ($1.03) -9%
Daze $9.14 $8.73 $0.41 5%
Entomb $6.34 $6.05 $0.29 5%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $17.76 $18.08 ($0.32) -2%
Stifle $5.92 $6.36 ($0.44) -7%
Mox Diamond $27.56 $24.06 $3.50 15%
Wasteland $32.50 $30.93 $1.57 5%
Ancient Tomb $21.35 $18.31 $3.04 17%
Lotus Petal $23.43 $22.76 $0.67 3%
Grim Monolith $11.99 $12.62 ($0.63) -5%
Exploration $16.35 $16.52 ($0.17) -1%
Gaea's Cradle $49.19 $38.28 $10.91 29%
Carpet of Flowers $34.11 $30.03 $4.08 14%
Gilded Drake $8.16 $9.13 ($0.97) -11%
Black Lotus $9.08 $9.29 ($0.21) -2%
Tropical Island $7.73 $6.23 $1.50 24%
Volcanic Island $10.20 $10.04 $0.16 2%
Underground Sea $9.60 $10.58 ($0.98) -9%
Null Rod $14.35 $11.63 $2.72 23%
Doomsday $18.80 $18.81 ($0.01) 0%
Paradigm Shift $12.33 $12.64 ($0.31) -2%
Mindbreak Trap $6.10 $6.06 $0.04 1%

Pioneer StaplesSoul-Scar Mage has come off the list, but I am sure it is just temporary.  Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, and that is gonna come off long enough to make me look silly for taking it off. Kozilek's Return returned to the sidelines. 

Kolaghan's Command came back on to the list.  Arcbound Phoenix also came back.  Rest in Peace has had plenty of rest. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Collected Company $6.30 $6.38 ($0.08) -1%
Kolaghan's Command $5.17


Arcbound Phoenix $5.29


Eidolon of the Great Revel $6.23 $5.51 $0.72 13%
Spirebluff Canal $11.14 $8.18 $2.96 36%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $8.19 $7.54 $0.65 9%
Rest in Peace $5.31


Karn, the Great Creator $25.75 $22.53 $3.22 14%
Blast Zone $6.21 $5.61 $0.60 11%
Finale of Devastation $10.73 $16.57 ($5.84) -35%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $18.21 $21.53 ($3.32) -15%

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! 

I have added Forgotten Realms to the set chart this week. 

Complete Set Price Last Week Change % Change
Forgotten Realms $117.55


Forgotten Realms Booster Pack $3.40


Core Set 2021 $39.56 $39.54 $0.02 0%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $37.09 $33.57 $3.52 10%
Kaldheim $186.42 $191.95 ($5.53) -3%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $112.77 $110.36 $2.41 2%
Strixhaven: School of Mages Booster $2.84 $2.87 ($0.03) -1%
Theros Beyond Death $81.40 $84.14 ($2.74) -3%
Throne of Eldraine $118.26 $115.16 $3.10 3%
Treasure Chest $2.63 $2.74 ($0.11) -4%
Zendikar Rising $85.52 $91.86 ($6.34) -7%


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 172.35
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 130.23
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 101.17
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 99.96
Mox Jet 1E Rare 92.78
Karakas UBT Mythic 91.6
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 91.59
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 76.69
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 74.6
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 73.29
Endurance MH2 Mythic 69.85
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 69.74
Time Walk 1E Rare 66.29
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 66.25
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 64.28
Valki, God of Lies KHM Mythic 56.2
Wasteland EXP Mythic 54.38
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 52.74
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 50.18
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 49.42
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 49.19
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 48.87
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 47.31
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 46.28
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 43.79
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 42.14
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 41.89
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 40.87
Force of Will MED Rare 40.46
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 40.34
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 40.27
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 37.79
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 37.58
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 37.32
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 36.75
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 35.45
Dauthi Voidwalker MH2 Rare 35.24
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 34.11
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 33.3
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.93
Wasteland TE Uncommon 32.5
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 32.36
Timetwister 1E Rare 31.94
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 31.83
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 31.71
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 31.62
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 31.2
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 31.08
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.84
Wasteland TPR Rare 30.57
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 30.24
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 30.01
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 29.56
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 29.19
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 28.72
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare 28.42
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 28.19
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 28.09
Ignoble Hierarch MH2 Rare 27.77
Wasteland EMA Rare 27.73
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.71
Aether Vial MS2 Bonus 27.57
Mox Diamond ST Rare 27.56
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 27.2
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 27.01
Polluted Delta ONS Rare 26.89
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.76
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.34
Force of Will VMA Rare 26.06
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 25.75
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.68
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 25.44
Force of Will EMA Mythic 25.44
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 25.28
Reanimate UBT Mythic 25.16
Ethereal Forager C20 Rare 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  $26,590.  Last time is was $26,440, which is a small gain of 150. 
 
In Closing

I started Tales of Vesperia this week, but I'm not sure what I think about it.  The combat system is neat, if a bit basic, it reminds me a lot of Final Fantasy XV before you could switch characters.  I'm afraid that Final Fantasy and Persona have ruined me to other games though.  Sigh. 

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