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State of the Program for July 22nd, 2022
 
In the News

Product Changes:  This effects tabletop Magic, starting with Dominaria United, Korean, Russian and Chinese will no longer see cards published in those languages. 

QPs Set to Expire:
The season two qualifier points will expire on August 3rd.  You can use them in Limited prelims, Showcase Challenge and Showcase Last Chance events.  If you don't use them you lose them! 

MOCS Season 2 Showcase: 
Date is set for this event, featuring Pioneer (Constructed) and Modern Cube (Limited) as the formats.  It's October 8th. 

Double Masters 2022 Survey: 
You can take the newest set survey here

Dominaria United: 
The September release was the subject of First Look edition of Weekly MTG.  Some cards were spoiled, some hype was made and Kicker is coming back as a mechanic.  If you want to see the first look, go here, and here is the Card Image Gallery. 

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 31, 2022
Constructed Leagues End
Ends August 31, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends September 1, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
Neon Dynasty Redemption
Ends Jul 27, 2022
New Capenna Redemption

Ends October 12, 2022
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 - Rise of the Eldrazi Flashback - Phantom
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

July 27th - War of the Spark Flashback - Keeper
August 3rd - Khans of Tarkir Flashback - Phantom
August 10th - Core Set 2020 Flashback - Keeper
August 17th - Time Spiral Remastered Flashback - Phantom
August 24th - Dominaria Flashback - Phantom

Showcase Challenges

July 23rd - Modern Showcase Challenge
July 24th - Pioneer Showcase Challenge
July 30th - Pauper Showcase Challenge
July 31st - Legacy Showcase Challenge

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

Since there is a large gap between Standard legal sets, we're taking a look at Pauper, the format that has been the freshest since Baldur's Gate and Double Masters 2022 came out. 

Izzet Charm
:

Monastery Swiftspear:

Basilisk Gate:

Vampire Sovereign:

Arms of Hadar:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - MM_17 - Grixis Death's Shadow
Saturday Modern - SpicyLeche - Grixis Death's Shadow
Saturday Pauper - _dr4gun0v_ - Red Blitz
Saturday Pioneer - Lumbalgic - Rakdos Midrange
Saturday Standard - Oscar_Franco - Orzhov Midrange
Saturday Vintage - Ale_Mtg

Sunday Legacy - Diem4x - Grixis Death's Shadow
Sunday Modern - CrusherBotBG - HammerTime
Sunday Pauper - MCScards - Izzet Ninjas
Sunday Pioneer - Harry13 - Azorius Control
Sunday Standard - fingers1991 - Hinata Control
Sunday Vintage - discoverN

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: Have a couple of new cards on the list this week, with some from Strixhaven jumping back on.  Neon Dynasty Staples are going nuts right now because of redemption, but with it ending next week, prices should start to go back to normal fairly soon.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $41.56 $54.19 -$12.63 -23.31%
Lolth, Spider Queen $4.64 $5.24 -$0.60 -11.45%
Hall of the Storm Giants $22.27 $20.02 $2.25 11.24%
Treasure Vault $7.47 $12.03 -$4.56 -37.91%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $9.48 $12.22 -$2.74 -22.42%
Lair of the Hydra $6.05 $10.47 -$4.42 -42.22%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $2.71 $4.64 -$1.93 -41.59%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $5.90 $5.61 $0.29 5.17%
Werewolf Pack Leader $11.70 $5.46 $6.24 114.29%
Blightstep Pathway $8.65 $7.47 $1.18 15.80%
Goldspan Dragon $5.51 $8.19 -$2.68 -32.72%
Hengegate Pathway $11.78 $7.19 $4.59 63.84%
Old-Growth Troll $6.39 $5.24 $1.15 21.95%
The Meathook Massacre $14.46 $14.88 -$0.42 -2.82%
Memory Deluge $10.82 $9.31 $1.51 16.22%
Haunted Ridge $12.49 $11.22 $1.27 11.32%
Graveyard Trespasser $16.88 $16.68 $0.20 1.20%
Brutal Cathar $7.48


Boseiju, Who Endures $64.82 $48.57 $16.25 33.46%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $5.28 $5.50 -$0.22 -4.00%
March of Otherworldly Light $7.74 $8.82 -$1.08 -12.24%
Otawara, Soaring City $17.35 $16.08 $1.27 7.90%
The Wandering Emperor $69.07 $67.31 $1.76 2.61%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $33.40 $19.09 $14.31 74.96%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $19.04 $18.56 $0.48 2.59%
Ledger Shredder $46.98 $54.83 -$7.85 -14.32%
Unlicensed Hearse $35.61 $40.19 -$4.58 -11.40%
Prismari Command $7.48


Witherbloom Command $5.92


Magma Opus $4.41 $4.85 -$0.44 -9.07%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $13.26 $18.26 -$5.00 -27.38%
Cultivator Colossus $16.32 $18.66 -$2.34 -12.54%
Hallowed Haunting $3.94 $5.41 -$1.47 -27.17%
Stormcarved Coast $8.54 $7.56 $0.98 12.96%
Skyclave Apparition $6.61 $5.75 $0.86 14.96%
Shatterskull Smashing $8.87 $9.39 -$0.52 -5.54%
Roiling Vortex $15.58 $11.48 $4.10 35.71%
Agadeem's Awakening $5.46 $6.45 -$0.99 -15.35%
Turntimber Symbiosis $9.08 $11.12 -$2.04 -18.35%
Riverglide Pathway $7.07 $6.06 $1.01 16.73%
Modern Staples:  Nothing new here this week.
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $12.59 $10.85 $1.74 16%
Steelshaper's Gift $6.01 $6.84 -$0.83 -12%
Cavern of Souls $10.83 $8.44 $2.39 28%
Mishra's Bauble $24.42 $19.97 $4.45 22%
Magus of the Moon $7.70 $6.37 $1.33 21%
Liliana of the Veil $10.32 $9.73 $0.59 6%
Polluted Delta $9.26 $7.27 $1.99 27%
Wooded Foothills $6.89 $7.08 -$0.19 -3%
Flooded Strand $8.56 $6.87 $1.69 25%
Bloodstained Mire $5.97 $4.22 $1.75 41%
Windswept Heath $5.63 $3.78 $1.85 49%
Thoughtseize $10.69 $9.94 $0.75 8%
Force of Negation $21.26 $26.93 -$5.67 -21%
Wrenn and Six $38.29 $49.85 -$11.56 -23%
Prismatic Vista $4.89 $4.31 $0.58 13%
Sunbaked Canyon $18.91 $19.30 -$0.39 -2%
Seasoned Pyromancer $13.67 $9.28 $4.39 47%
Force of Vigor $40.33 $34.40 $5.93 17%
Flusterstorm $27.05 $19.13 $7.92 41%
Archmage's Charm $9.27 $7.40 $1.87 25%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $10.75 $8.63 $2.12 25%
Archon of Cruelty $20.13 $8.72 $11.41 131%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $41.86 $37.85 $4.01 11%
Urza's Saga $46.72 $45.89 $0.83 2%
Solitude $35.55 $29.30 $6.25 21%
Endurance $71.24 $66.63 $4.61 7%
Grief $11.47 $10.06 $1.41 14%
Murktide Regent $18.01 $16.78 $1.23 7%
Fury $26.76 $22.68 $4.08 18%
Esper Sentinel $8.97 $6.65 $2.32 35%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $6.83 $5.85 $0.98 17%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $5.03 $3.97 $1.06 27%
Subtlety $13.36 $11.59 $1.77 15%
Chalice of the Void $22.54 $18.62 $3.92 21%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.71 $9.20 -$1.49 -16%
Teferi, Time Raveler $22.75 $22.04 $0.71 3%
Gemstone Mine $8.06 $6.06 $2.00 33%
Scalding Tarn $6.43 $5.32 $1.11 21%
Verdant Catacombs $2.57 $2.90 -$0.33 -11%
Misty Rainforest $5.78 $4.95 $0.83 17%
Arid Mesa $3.65 $3.08 $0.57 19%
Marsh Flats $1.39 $1.01 $0.38 38%
Eternal StaplesHelm of Obedience has probably needed to be on the list for a while now, so now it is! 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Displacer Kitten $75.43 $76.42 ($0.99) -1%
Hullbreacher $28.95 $34.31 ($5.36) -16%
Opposition Agent $32.50 $28.98 $3.52 12%
Jeweled Lotus $28.15 $27.83 $0.32 1%
City of Traitors $14.09 $15.03 ($0.94) -6%
Sphere of Resistance $4.99 $5.02 ($0.03) -1%
Allosaurus Shepherd $12.62 $10.33 $2.29 22%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $20.23 $19.11 $1.12 6%
Helm of Obedience $20.93


Force of Will $55.91 $65.73 ($9.82) -15%
Karakas $9.26 $7.47 $1.79 24%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $18.75 $20.27 ($1.52) -7%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.74 $7.19 ($0.45) -6%
Enlightened Tutor $7.70 $8.22 ($0.52) -6%
Unmask $13.01 $10.65 $2.36 22%
Misdirection $13.95 $14.27 ($0.32) -2%
Rishadan Port $14.56 $12.91 $1.65 13%
Snuff Out $15.17 $14.63 $0.54 4%
Submerge $7.21 $9.69 ($2.48) -26%
Daze $5.46 $6.57 ($1.11) -17%
Entomb $7.54 $8.71 ($1.17) -13%
Retrofitter Foundry $6.52 $5.75 $0.77 13%
Recruiter of the Guard $16.41 $13.89 $2.52 18%
Mox Diamond $34.95 $36.27 ($1.32) -4%
Wasteland $23.73 $24.62 ($0.89) -4%
Ancient Tomb $18.85 $22.58 ($3.73) -17%
Lotus Petal $38.86 $31.61 $7.25 23%
Grindstone $7.65 $7.73 ($0.08) -1%
Grim Monolith $13.49 $13.16 $0.33 3%
Goblin Welder $5.74 $5.64 $0.10 2%
Meltdown $39.84 $41.69 ($1.85) -4%
Exploration $20.34 $22.71 ($2.37) -10%
Gaea's Cradle $21.85 $22.39 ($0.54) -2%
Carpet of Flowers $24.23 $19.45 $4.78 25%
Gilded Drake $11.60 $11.93 ($0.33) -3%
Show and Tell $9.21 $9.01 $0.20 2%
Black Lotus $14.56 $14.02 $0.54 4%
Volcanic Island $8.50 $7.69 $0.81 11%
Underground Sea $8.96 $9.43 ($0.47) -5%
Null Rod $9.32 $9.65 ($0.33) -3%
Doomsday $25.85 $25.87 ($0.02) 0%
Paradigm Shift $11.24 $10.63 $0.61 6%
Pioneer Staples:  A couple new cards here as well.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Collected Company $5.36 $5.97 ($0.61) -10%
Brazen Borrower $6.04 $32.69 ($26.65) -82%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $4.47 $5.24 ($0.77) -15%
Bonecrusher Giant $9.07 $16.61 ($7.54) -45%
Emrakul, the Promised End $6.22 $5.60 $0.62 11%
Arclight Phoenix $13.35 $9.38 $3.97 42%
Shark Typhoon $5.11 $6.52 ($1.41) -22%
Raugrin Triome $5.46


Eidolon of the Great Revel $11.05 $10.35 $0.70 7%
Mana Confluence $8.23 $6.04 $2.19 36%
Spirebluff Canal $10.96 $9.76 $1.20 12%
Inspiring Vantage $8.86 $10.49 ($1.63) -16%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $4.98 $6.23 ($1.25) -20%
Lotus Field $7.95 $8.10 ($0.15) -2%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $12.84 $15.82 ($2.98) -19%
Cavalier of Thorns $22.12 $25.78 ($3.66) -14%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $4.73 $5.43 ($0.70) -13%
Elder Gargaroth $4.64 $5.26 ($0.62) -12%
Terror of the Peaks $4.86 $5.15 ($0.29) -6%
Rest in Peace $6.85


Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $6.71 $6.11 $0.60 10%
Karn, the Great Creator $34.74 $35.91 ($1.17) -3%
Finale of Devastation $9.05 $8.73 $0.32 4%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $31.94 $31.88 $0.06 0%
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
Forgotten Realms $136.78 $159.29 ($22.51) -14%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $85.86 $94.81 ($8.95) -9%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $130.44 $116.61 $13.83 12%
Kaldheim $82.10 $72.97 $9.13 13%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $214.89 $184.07 $30.82 17%
Streets of New Capenna $136.60 $145.43 ($8.83) -6%
Streets of New Capenna Booster $3.29 $3.32 ($0.03) -1%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $42.70 $37.29 $5.41 15%
Treasure Chest $2.35 $2.41 ($0.06) -2%
Zendikar Rising $129.74 $120.19 $9.55 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 250.04
Mox Jet 1E Rare 126.85
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 122.15
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 116.55
Karakas UBT Mythic 116.48
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 114.08
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 103.04
Time Walk 1E Rare 87.14
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 85.31
Displacer Kitten CLB Rare 75.43
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 73.75
Endurance MH2 Mythic 71.24
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 69.07
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 67.83
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 67.45
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 64.82
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 61.9
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 61.05
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 59.32
Force of Will MED Rare 55.91
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 55
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 54.92
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 53.47
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 51.23
Ledger Shredder SNC Rare 46.98
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 46.72
Aether Gale C14 Rare 46.71
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 45.16
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 43.29
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 43.26
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 43.03
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 41.86
Wrenn and Six 2X2 Mythic 41.63
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 41.56
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 41.13
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 40.33
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 39.84
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 39.41
Lotus Petal TE Common 38.86
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 38.29
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 37.62
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 37.44
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 36.04
Unlicensed Hearse SNC Rare 35.61
Solitude MH2 Mythic 35.55
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 35.28
Mox Diamond ST Rare 34.95
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 34.74
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 34.53
Ancient Copper Dragon CLB Mythic 33.98
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 33.56
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 33.4
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 33.27
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 33.11
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 33.01
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.58
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 32.5
Timetwister 1E Rare 32.13
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 31.96
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 31.94
Force of Will VMA Rare 31.75
Force of Will EMA Mythic 31.6
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 30.46
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 29.87
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 29.72
Thoughtseize TSR Bonus 29.45
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 28.95
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 28.81
Archivist of Oghma CLB Rare 28.74
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 28.73
Seeds of Innocence MI Rare 28.53
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 28.49
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 28.4
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 28.15
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 27.84
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 27.45
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 27.31
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.19
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 27.05
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 26.9
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 26.86
Fury MH2 Mythic 26.76
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.46
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 25.96
Doomsday WL Rare 25.85
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 25.34
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 $27,881.   The number two weeks ago was $27,228.  Even with Baldur's Gate cards tanking, the price is up $653. 
 
In Closing

I discovered Legends of Runeterra this week and that, much like Premodern, Penny Dreadful and Tribal Wars is what I am now hyperfocused on. 


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