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State of the Program for July 17th, 2020
 
In the News

Bans:  The bans from this week hit Pauper, Historic and Modern.  Pioneer got an unban.  Modern lost Arcum's Astrolabe.  Pauper lost (Exploration Map) and Mystic Sanctuary and Historic was the biggest loser, losing Agent of Treachery, Winota, Joiner of Forces, Nexus of Fate and Fires of InventionBurning-Tree Emissary hits the suspended list.  Pioneer gained Oath of Nissa.  They also talked about Standard.  You can read it here.

Organized Play update: The Zendikar Rising split has been shown off.  MTGO is bringing back super qualifiers.  That's super cool.  There is a lot of information to go over here

Jumpstart details for Arena:  400 gems or 2000 gold gets you two of the packs and the chance to battle until you unlock 2 ICRs from the set in an event.  You can rebuy and battle more for more ICRs.  I played a few of these, had fun I guess, and went back to playing constructed Magic.  Go here for information.

Product delays:  Commander Collection: Green has been rescheduled for December 4th, due to issues with production
 
Double Masters Previews:  After a slight break from the never ending preview cycle, get ready for things to pick back up on Monday, as Double Masters previews start.  You can find where to find them here.

Magic: The Gathering Companion app launches:  It's a phone app that allows you to play and host events. It does stuff but I'll never know, because I don't own a cell phone! Read about the app 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
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 - Until July 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

Standard: Standard is super stale and boring right now, I'm still in a bit of disbelief that Wizards did nothing about the format that has been dominated by Growth Spiral, Teferi, Time Raveler, Wilderness Reclamation and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath.  I wish I could see the data that they talked about in the banning article, because the people I play with are just not seeing the same metagame that Wizards does.

Maybe if they shared more data it would be easier to believe them. 


Historic:  Jumpstart came out and Explore started to see a lot of play in the format. 


Legacy:

Modern: I am not sure if Modern is going to get better after the Arcum's Astrolabe ban, but if it allows stuff like this to see play in the format, I am all for it! 


Pauper:  I wanted to show off one of the decks that really benefited from the bans this week, Tron! 


PioneerOath of Nissa is back in the format, and I think it is super nice that Wizards of the Coast has given players that love to play Combo decks a format all of their own! 


Vintage:   You can apply to what I said about Pioneer here, but for some reason I decided to show off a Mishra's Workshop deck and that's not a combo I guess, unless you count three mana and an artifact as a combo. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Draco_Fyrwing - Painter
Saturday Modern Showcase - musasabi - Amulit
Saturday Pauper - GutoCmtt - Mono Red
Saturday Pioneer - No results
Saturday Standard Showcase -  Jaberwocki - Temur Rec
Saturday Vintage Showcase - Tw33ty

Sunday Legacy Showcase  - Manuel_Danninger - Temur Delver
Sunday Modern - Lavaridge - Snow Control
Sunday Pauper - yamakiller - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer Showcase - Not_Close - Dimir Inverter
Sunday Standard - tabunghasisi - Bant Ramp
Sunday Vintage - Murkyblack11

Other Event Winners

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: Have some new additions to the Standard chart this week.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $24.62 $23.85 $0.77 3%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $8.25 $8.00 $0.25 3%
Questing Beast $9.74 $8.19 $1.55 19%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.73 $6.73 $0.00 0%
Chulane, Teller of Tales $5.21 $5.23 ($0.02) 0%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.43 $4.80 $0.63 13%
The Great Henge $5.71


Assassin's Trophy $6.92 $6.74 $0.18 3%
Fiend Artisan $15.07 $14.56 $0.51 4%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $6.37 $6.27 $0.10 2%
Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy $5.37 $6.30 ($0.93) -15%
General Kudro of Drannith $14.82 $14.23 $0.59 4%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $7.06 $7.03 $0.03 0%
Luminous Broodmoth $6.17 $6.00 $0.17 3%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $7.06 $7.39 ($0.33) -4%
Shark Typhoon $4.89 $6.61 ($1.72)
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $7.22 $7.76 ($0.54) -7%
Leyline of the Void $6.83 $6.91 ($0.08) -1%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $6.65 $6.14 $0.51 8%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $10.22 $9.82 $0.40 4%
Teferi, Master of Time $28.93 $28.73 $0.20 1%
Terror of the Peaks $7.62 $8.03 ($0.41) -5%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $7.03 $6.35 $0.68 11%
Elder Gargaroth $10.57 $7.02 $3.55 51%
Chromatic Orrery $6.08


Basri Ket $5.68


Kaya, Orzhov Usurper 12.78 13.1 ($0.32) -2%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath 55.91 55.26 $0.65 1%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 7.32 7.86 ($0.54) -7%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 10.68 9.89 $0.79 8%
Klothys, God of Destiny 10.86 13.29 ($2.43) -18%
Teferi, Time Raveler 28.45 27.67 $0.78 3%
Finale of Devastation 6.01 6.17 ($0.16) -3%
Karn, the Great Creator 25.18 21.62 $3.56 16%
Dreadhorde Arcanist 10.26 8.43 $1.83 22%
Blast Zone 8.91 8.02 $0.89 11%
Modern Staples:
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $8.22 $8.00 $0.22 3%
Auriok Champion $5.81 $5.59 $0.22 4%
Cavern of Souls $25.59 $29.59 ($4.00) -14%
Noble Hierarch $7.49 $6.87 $0.62 9%
Mishra's Bauble $31.64 $29.79 $1.85 6%
Aether Vial $16.00 $17.26 ($1.26) -7%
Trinisphere $8.40 $8.50 ($0.10) -1%
Horizon Canopy $10.97 $10.60 $0.37 3%
Tarmogoyf $6.90 $6.50 $0.40 6%
Magus of the Moon $7.31 $6.47 $0.84 13%
Liliana of the Veil $13.56 $13.47 $0.09 1%
Polluted Delta $8.66 $6.91 $1.75 25%
Wooded Foothills $8.09 $7.38 $0.71 10%
Flooded Strand $5.05 $4.41 $0.64 15%
Bloodstained Mire $9.68 $7.32 $2.36 32%
Windswept Heath $4.85 $4.27 $0.58 14%
Thoughtseize $13.40 $14.10 ($0.70) -5%
Cryptic Command $5.35 $5.24 $0.11 2%
Field of the Dead $8.44 $9.94 ($1.50) -15%
City of Brass $5.40 $5.31 $0.09 2%
Force of Negation $69.80 $63.64 $6.16 10%
Wrenn and Six $72.79 $68.70 $4.09 6%
Prismatic Vista $12.43 $13.04 ($0.61) -5%
Sunbaked Canyon $12.01 $13.59 ($1.58) -12%
Seasoned Pyromancer $41.78 $40.18 $1.60 4%
Fiery Islet $14.72 $9.32 $5.40 58%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $10.78 $11.16 ($0.38) -3%
Hexdrinker $7.54 $7.33 $0.21 3%
Plague Engineer $13.23 $15.74 ($2.51) -16%
Force of Vigor $9.76 $10.17 ($0.41) -4%
Collector Ouphe $8.89 $8.36 $0.53 6%
Nurturing Peatland $4.71 $4.46 $0.25 6%
Ice-Fang Coatl $11.46 $10.91 $0.55 5%
Giver of Runes $5.94 $4.13 $1.81 44%
Archmage's Charm $3.91 $5.51 ($1.60) -29%
Flusterstorm $6.46 $6.46 $0.00 0%
Chalice of the Void $12.90 $12.33 $0.57 5%
Karn Liberated $6.57 $6.35 $0.22 3%
Surgical Extraction $13.75 $12.90 $0.85 7%
Phyrexian Obliterator $4.84 $4.73 $0.11 2%
Dismember $7.16 $6.55 $0.61 9%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $4.92 $6.04 ($1.12) -19%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $4.82 $4.71 $0.11 2%
Wurmcoil Engine $5.65 $5.13 $0.52 10%
Ensnaring Bridge $11.08 $10.10 $0.98 10%
Gemstone Mine $11.90 $10.01 $1.89 19%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $15.82 $15.09 $0.73 5%
Scalding Tarn $15.61 $10.69 $4.92 46%
Verdant Catacombs $13.65 $14.02 ($0.37) -3%
Misty Rainforest $14.30 $13.11 $1.19 9%
Arid Mesa $5.15 $5.74 ($0.59) -10%
Marsh Flats $3.95 $3.52 $0.43 12%
Eternal Staples
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $8.47 $8.43 $0.04 0%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $20.48 $19.86 $0.62 3%
City of Traitors $29.77 $31.48 ($1.71) -5%
Sphere of Resistance $4.96 $5.29 ($0.33) -6%
Monastery Mentor $7.89 $6.26 $1.63 26%
Force of Will $44.22 $41.73 $2.49 6%
Elvish Spirit Guide $8.59 $7.69 $0.90 12%
Karakas $10.56 $10.65 ($0.09) -1%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $25.83 $24.69 $1.14 5%
Land Tax $25.59 $25.79 ($0.20) -1%
Demonic Tutor $10.10 $10.29 ($0.19) -2%
Mishra's Workshop $6.47 $6.47 $0.00 0%
Unmask $10.63 $10.15 $0.48 5%
Misdirection $25.32 $24.95 $0.37 1%
Rishadan Port $9.39 $9.15 $0.24 3%
Entomb $10.58 $11.03 ($0.45) -4%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $34.66 $31.49 $3.17 10%
Mox Opal $8.37 $8.51 ($0.14) -2%
Mox Diamond $23.61 $23.11 $0.50 2%
Grindstone $17.78 $17.78 $0.00 0%
Wasteland $27.53 $27.55 ($0.02) 0%
Ancient Tomb $16.47 $19.82 ($3.35) -17%
Lotus Petal $20.56 $18.61 $1.95 10%
Earthcraft $12.09 $12.16 ($0.07) -1%
Academy Rector $15.97 $16.02 ($0.05) 0%
Grim Monolith $27.45 $27.45 $0.00 0%
Exploration $20.23 $20.23 $0.00 0%
Gaea's Cradle $28.35 $28.10 $0.25 1%
Carpet of Flowers $19.94 $19.69 $0.25 1%
Gilded Drake $28.96 $26.26 $2.70 10%
Show and Tell $7.38 $7.46 ($0.08) -1%
Black Lotus $9.08 $8.31 $0.77 9%
Tropical Island $14.29 $13.46 $0.83 6%
Volcanic Island $9.54 $9.67 ($0.13) -1%
Underground Sea $10.07 $9.40 $0.67 7%
Sol Ring $8.54 $8.59 ($0.05) -1%
Null Rod $18.51 $18.51 $0.00 0%
Doomsday $8.91 $8.69 $0.22 3%
Mindbreak Trap $4.56 $3.89 $0.67 17%
Pioneer Staples
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $7.70 $7.12 $0.58 8%
Soul-Scar Mage $6.00 $6.06 ($0.06) -1%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $9.60 $8.74 $0.86 10%
Collected Company $8.47 $8.88 ($0.41) -5%
Liliana, the Last Hope $7.84 $8.88 ($1.04) -12%
Collective Brutality $10.55 $9.65 $0.90 9%
Emrakul, the Promised End $5.03 $5.03 $0.00 0%
Breeding Pool $2.65 $2.42 $0.23 10%
Stomping Ground $2.74 $2.39 $0.35 15%
Godless Shrine $0.81 $0.65 $0.16 25%
Sacred Foundry $0.70 $0.64 $0.06 9%
Watery Grave $1.03 $0.75 $0.28 37%
Mana Confluence $7.29 $6.79 $0.50 7%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $13.88 $11.82 $2.06 17%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $6.78 $3.32 $3.46 104%
Mutavault $4.39 $5.59 ($1.20) -21%
Goblin Rabblemaster $5.28


Thought-Knot Seer $8.88 $8.50 $0.38 4%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $6.34 $6.36 ($0.02) 0%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $10.88 $10.35 $0.53 5%
Rest in Peace $4.91 $5.46 ($0.55) -10%
Supreme Verdict $3.70 $2.96 $0.74 25%
Hallowed Fountain $1.65 $1.02 $0.63 62%
Steam Vents $2.56 $2.12 $0.44 21%
Blood Crypt $2.55 $2.03 $0.52 26%
Overgrown Tomb $0.76 $0.41 $0.35 85%
Abrupt Decay $4.76 $5.26 ($0.50) -10%
Temple Garden $0.84 $0.64 $0.20 31%
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 $178.08 $178.96 ($0.88) 0%
Core Set 2021 $134.76 $128.20 $6.56 5%
Core Set 2021 Booster $3.26 $3.29 ($0.03) -1%
Guilds of Ravnica $42.86 $41.98 $0.88 2%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $106.19 $105.68 $0.51 0%
Modern Horizons $348.76 $333.03 $15.73 5%
Ravnica Allegiances $56.67 $56.38 $0.29 1%
Theros Beyond Death $128.02 $127.34 $0.68 1%
Throne of Eldraine $146.18 $139.78 $6.40 5%
Treasure Chest $2.55 $2.65 ($0.10) -4%
War of the Spark $116.78 $109.05 $7.73 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 233.69
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 120.68
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 92.34
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 86.56
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 81.2
Mox Jet 1E Rare 76.9
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 73.83
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 72.79
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 69.8
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 68.86
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 68.73
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 61.98
Karakas UBT Mythic 57.49
Time Walk 1E Rare 57.33
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 55.91
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 53.46
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 52.8
Zaxara, the Exemplary C20 Mythic 48.68
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 48.63
Xyris, the Writhing Storm C20 Mythic 46.43
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 44.88
Force of Will MED Rare 44.22
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 44.01
Unmask V16 Mythic 43.66
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 43.16
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 41.78
Timetwister 1E Rare 41.7
Gavi, Nest Warden C20 Mythic 37.57
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic 36.01
Kalamax, the Stormsire C20 Mythic 35.96
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.91
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 35.1
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 34.66
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 33.84
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 33.4
Fierce Guardianship C20 Rare 33.27
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 33.08
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 31.64
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 31.57
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.17
City of Traitors EX Rare 29.77
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic 29.76
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 29.53
Gilded Drake UZ Rare 28.96
Teferi, Master of Time M21 Mythic 28.93
Force of Will EMA Mythic 28.77
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic 28.62
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 28.45
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 28.35
Force of Will VMA Rare 28.34
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 28.03
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 27.55
Wasteland TE Uncommon 27.53
Grim Monolith UL Rare 27.45
Wasteland EXP Mythic 27.36
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 26.64
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 25.97
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 25.83
City of Traitors TPR Rare 25.73
Cavern of Souls AVR Rare 25.59
Land Tax ME3 Rare 25.59
Game of Chaos PZ2 Rare 25.59
Misdirection MM Rare 25.32
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 25.18
Tayam, Luminous Enigma C20 Mythic 25.15
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

I did some stuff this week, played some Magic, grinded a lot of Starcity points, and slept well.  It was a nice week.

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