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State of the Program for July 19th, 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!  *New* July 19th, 2023:  Phyrexia: All Will be One foils sets are sold out. 

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!

Commander Masters:  Coming to MTGO on August 3rd.  Set article will be talked about on August 1. 

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 3, 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 - Aether Revolt Kaladesh Flashback draft (Phantom)

July 22 - MOCS Showcase Open
July 23- MOCS Showcase Open

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

I am skipping Legacy, Pauper and Standard this week.  Got some really cool, in my mind, Pioneer and Modern Decks. 

Dimir Control
:   This has been all over the Modern results this week. 


Reanimator:  It's good to see that out of the archetypes that WotC wanted to make better out of Modern Horizons 2, it's getting a chance to shine like Enchantress did in the early days of the set.


Vadrok Combo: I had to have someone explain this to me, it involves mutating multiple Vadroks and casting Omenpaths enough times to just cycle through and win.  I'm to old for this.


Jeskai Dragons:  Just a straight forward Jeskai Dragons deck! 


Walker Helix:  I belive this is the newest version of the Sultai Rona decks. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - claudioh - Yawgmoth Counters

Saturday Legacy - perez - Death and Taxes
Saturday Modern - tibalt_of_red_sub - Dimir Mill
Saturday Modern - GDS-in-modern - Temur Rhinos
Saturday Pauper - eduardojmp - Mono Red Aggro
Saturday Pioneer - xfile - Rakdos Sac
Saturday Standard - FerMTG - Mono Black
Saturday Vintage - ecobaronen

Sunday Legacy - 3minem - Value Death's Shadow
Sunday Modern - nahuel - Grixis Midrange
Sunday Pauper - FerMTG - Mono Red Exile
Sunday Pioneer - Kazuga - Azorius Control
Sunday Standard - Tunaktunak - Esper Control
Sunday Vintage - Serjero

Other Event Winners

Pauper Showcase Qualifier
Legacy 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: Timeless Lotus is off for a time, though to be fair, this was probably more of a Modern card in a Standard set.  Brutal Cathar and Adeline, Resplendent Cathar came off the list.  Chandra, Hope's Beacon is gone as well.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Cityscape Leveler $18.70 $21.54 -$2.84 -13%
Titania, Voice of Gaea $3.82 $5.05 -$1.23 -24%
The Stone Brain $8.94 $8.88 $0.06 1%
Brotherhood's End $7.10 $9.10 -$2.00 -22%
Leyline Binding $11.20 $14.06 -$2.86 -20%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $16.06 $13.01 $3.05 23%
Nissa, Resurgent Animist $30.79 $36.82 -$6.03 -16%
Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival $9.05 $7.03 $2.02 29%
Memory Deluge $19.03 $21.12 -$2.09 -10%
Sheoldred $5.75 $5.66 $0.09 2%
Invasion of Tarkir $6.53 $6.94 -$0.41 -6%
Urabrask $12.03 $11.32 $0.71 6%
Invasion of Gobakhan $9.28 $7.76 $1.52 20%
Elesh Norn $8.24 $8.10 $0.14 2%
Jin-Gitaxias $6.61 $6.00 $0.61 10%
Vorinclex $10.82 $11.00 -$0.18 -2%
Boseiju, Who Endures $17.36 $21.46 -$4.10 -19%
Otawara, Soaring City $8.82 $10.64 -$1.82 -17%
The Wandering Emperor $7.93 $9.64 -$1.71 -18%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $10.51 $13.80 -$3.29 -24%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $9.30 $11.00 -$1.70 -15%
Jace, the Perfected Mind $6.69 $7.24 -$0.55 -8%
Ledger Shredder $8.71 $10.57 -$1.86 -18%
Unlicensed Hearse $5.07 $5.30 -$0.23 -4%
Stormcarved Coast $3.49 $5.81 -$2.32 -40%
Wedding Announcement $16.11 $23.26 -$7.15 -31%
Modern Staples: Delighted Halfling is not as happy anymore. Dress Down is off the list.  Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is gone as well. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $6.44 $6.34 $0.10 2%
Orvar, the All-Form $15.75 $17.84 -$2.09 -12%
Polluted Delta $14.48 $10.66 $3.82 36%
Wooded Foothills $6.07 $5.30 $0.77 15%
Flooded Strand $10.99 $6.56 $4.43 68%
Bloodstained Mire $6.88 $6.69 $0.19 3%
Windswept Heath $4.77 $5.34 -$0.57 -11%
Thoughtseize $6.49 $6.82 -$0.33 -5%
The One Ring $111.08 $121.16 -$10.08 -8%
Orcish Bowmasters $44.47 $45.06 -$0.59 -1%
Force of Negation $15.80 $19.17 -$3.37 -18%
Wrenn and Six $9.19 $11.21 -$2.02 -18%
Sunbaked Canyon $11.64 $12.74 -$1.10 -9%
Seasoned Pyromancer $9.81 $9.11 $0.70 8%
Force of Vigor $13.02 $15.39 -$2.37 -15%
Flusterstorm $5.60 $9.00 -$3.40 -38%
Archon of Cruelty $7.17 $6.75 $0.42 6%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $10.31 $7.03 $3.28 47%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $19.39 $21.51 -$2.12 -10%
Urza's Saga $19.88 $23.83 -$3.95 -17%
Solitude $13.05 $14.38 -$1.33 -9%
Endurance $20.13 $23.63 -$3.50 -15%
Grief $23.66 $29.68 -$6.02 -20%
Murktide Regent $11.87 $10.38 $1.49 14%
Fury $29.39 $26.15 $3.24 12%
Esper Sentinel $5.94 $6.71 -$0.77 -11%
Subtlety $32.35 $17.92 $14.43 81%
Chalice of the Void $13.46 $12.57 $0.89 7%
Teferi, Time Raveler $6.96 $10.78 -$3.82 -35%
Scalding Tarn $5.98 $6.27 -$0.29 -5%
Verdant Catacombs $2.79 $2.15 $0.64 30%
Misty Rainforest $4.92 $5.09 -$0.17 -3%
Arid Mesa $2.25 $2.12 $0.13 6%
Marsh Flats $1.36 $1.49 -$0.13 -9%
Eternal StaplesSubmerge and Daze both came off the list.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Avenging Hunter $8.00 $6.24 $1.76 28%
Kenku Artificer $13.04 $12.42 $0.62 5%
Goliath Paladin $5.89 $9.53 ($3.64) -38%
Displacer Kitten $6.04 $6.34 ($0.30) -5%
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $7.81 $7.80 $0.01 0%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $5.53 $8.95 ($3.42) -38%
Caves of Chaos Adventurer $10.00 $8.16 $1.84 23%
Hullbreacher $4.32 $7.38 ($3.06) -41%
Opposition Agent $11.15 $15.90 ($4.75) -30%
Jeweled Lotus $6.08 $10.03 ($3.95) -39%
City of Traitors $16.22 $16.77 ($0.55) -3%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $12.59 $15.81 ($3.22) -20%
Helm of Obedience $14.45 $13.63 $0.82 6%
Force of Will $33.59 $31.63 $1.96 6%
Urza's Bauble $13.44 $15.18 ($1.74) -11%
Hydroblast $5.65 $6.57 ($0.92) -14%
Pyroblast $5.31 $4.41 $0.90 20%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $9.06 $9.66 ($0.60) -6%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $8.24 $8.24 $0.00 0%
Unmask $15.09 $13.98 $1.11 8%
Misdirection $10.86 $10.83 $0.03 0%
Snuff Out $16.03 $12.18 $3.85 32%
Entomb $5.05 $4.90 $0.15 3%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $4.13 $9.14 ($5.01) -55%
Retrofitter Foundry $4.72 $5.55 ($0.83) -15%
Stifle $5.55 $5.55 $0.00 0%
Mox Opal $4.87 $6.21 ($1.34) -22%
Mox Diamond $40.36 $31.68 $8.68 27%
Wasteland $9.18 $10.70 ($1.52) -14%
Ancient Tomb $10.53 $12.15 ($1.62) -13%
Lotus Petal $11.67 $11.62 $0.05 0%
Grindstone $15.68 $12.55 $3.13 25%
Powder Keg $16.62 $15.20 $1.42 9%
Grim Monolith $18.61 $16.58 $2.03 12%
Gaea's Cradle $27.28 $27.21 $0.07 0%
Gilded Drake $11.79 $12.13 ($0.34) -3%
Show and Tell $20.93 $20.76 $0.17 1%
Natural Order $5.11 $6.12 ($1.01) -17%
Black Lotus $13.00 $12.00 $1.00 8%
Volcanic Island $12.72 $16.50 ($3.78) -23%
Underground Sea $11.85 $10.99 $0.86 8%
Null Rod $17.20 $16.35 $0.85 5%
Doomsday $14.06 $14.06 $0.00 0%
Paradigm Shift $12.94 $12.32 $0.62 5%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $7.81 $4.94 $2.87 58.10%
Hall of Storm Giants $3.91 $5.38 -$1.47 -27.32%
Brazen Borrower $10.45 $11.32 -$0.87 -7.69%
Shark Typhoon $8.32 $8.04 $0.28 3.48%
Mana Confluence $6.90 $9.01 -$2.11 -23.42%
Blightstep Pathway $7.61 $9.06 -$1.45 -16.00%
Hengegate Pathway $4.50 $5.17 -$0.67 -12.96%
Spirebluff Canal $4.17 $5.03 -$0.86 -17.10%
Inspiring Vantage $3.77 $7.57 -$3.80 -50.20%
Cavalier of Thorns $4.86 $5.07 -$0.21 -4.14%
Lotus Field $13.50 $11.83 $1.67 14.12%
The Meathook Massacre $14.86 $15.06 -$0.20 -1.33%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $21.77 $25.22 -$3.45 -13.68%
Magma Opus $6.77 $7.30 -$0.53 -7.26%
Karn, the Great Creator $10.60 $11.14 -$0.54 -4.85%
Emeria's Call $14.11 $17.00 -$2.89 -17.00%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $5.14 $8.30 -$3.16 -38.07%
Skyclave Apparition $5.93 $5.87 $0.06 1.02%
Sea Gate Restoration $12.36 $15.20 -$2.84 -18.68%
Roiling Vortex $13.40 $14.92 -$1.52 -10.19%
Agadeem's Awakening $4.21 $5.43 -$1.22 -22.47%
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 $85.67 $94.86 ($9.19) -10%
Dominaria United $56.70 $57.85 ($1.15) -2%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $53.67 $65.97 ($12.30) -19%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $78.00 $84.72 ($6.72) -8%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $77.18 $88.01 ($10.83) -12%
March of the Machine $160.00 $159.80 $0.20 0%
March of the Machine Booster $2.20 $2.27 ($0.07) -3%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $159.62 $164.35 ($4.73) -3%
Streets of New Capenna $37.55 $43.16 ($5.61) -13%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.39 $2.34 $0.05 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 266.23
Mox Jet 1E Rare 118.63
The One Ring LTR Mythic 111.08
The One Ring LTR Mythic 105.49
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 101.38
The One Ring LTR Mythic 95.52
Time Walk 1E Rare 74.65
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 72.42
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 71.87
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 60.26
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 55.91
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 53.77
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 44.47
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 43.68
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 43.39
Karakas UBT Mythic 42.29
Mox Diamond ST Rare 40.36
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 40.3
Timetwister 1E Rare 39.56
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 39.49
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 35.9
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 33.87
Force of Will MED Rare 33.59
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 33.42
Subtlety MH2 Mythic 32.35
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 31.43
Nissa, Resurgent Animist MAT Mythic 30.79
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 29.59
Fury MH2 Mythic 29.39
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 29.09
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 27.9
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 27.28
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 26.33
Reanimate UBT Mythic 26.03
Unmask V16 Mythic 25.51
In Closing

Prices were done late Tuesday in to Wednesday.  I blame Battlegrounds distracting me! 

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