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State of the Program for July 24th, 2020
 
In the News

Double Masters:  This reprint set is coming to MTGO, and it's coming next week!  Starting July 31st, and going along with GenCon at home, we will see Treasure Chests contents updated, Codes for GenCon participants going out, updated visuals and more! You can read about all the cool stuff coming to MTGO here, and if you're up for spoilers, you can check out some of that stuff here and here.

GenCon at home:  I mentioned it briefly above, but with Covid-19 still doing its things, GenCon has moved online. Pastimes is running events for the Con from the comfort of your own home, and you can check that out here.

PT Finals
:  They should be going on, or at least close to going on when this is live.  Coverage will be on twitch

FNM at Home:  This week is Historic All Access. 
 

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:

July 25th - Sealed Split Qualifier
July 26th - Modern Split Qualifier
Until July 29th - Vintage Cube
 
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
 
The Hot Take Corner

Whatever I want to talk about here

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:  This is what happens when people stop playing Cry of the Carnarium.  This deck went something unreal against Temur Reclamation during the last Red Bull event.


Historic:  Was Muxus, Goblin Grandee a mistake?  It's a bit early to tell now, but a card similar to this goblin was just removed from the Historic card pool, so I imagine it will be joining Winota, Joiner of Forces on the sidelines there soon enough.


Legacy:


Modern:   It's been a while since I lost covered one of my favorite Modern decks and Double Masters is adding some key reprints to this to help keep costs down! 


Pauper:  Friend of the site, Alex Ullman, had some words about this deck here, and I could only copy him with what to say, so I'll link to his words instead. 


Pioneer:

Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - fistfullofmetal - Eldrazi
Saturday Modern - Toastxp - Death's Shadow
Saturday Pauper - Rolister - Izzet Snow
Saturday Pioneer - MatheusPonciano - Mono Black Aggro
Saturday Standard - Daniel Garcia - Azorius Control
Saturday Vintage - discoverN

Sunday Legacy - BladeofIce - Elves
Sunday Modern - Champ Qual
Sunday Pauper - rEPTILIUM_ - Bogles
Sunday Pioneer - no event
Sunday Standard - RandomOctopus - Bant Ramp
Sunday Vintage - albertoSD

Other Event Winners

Modern Champ Qual
Sealed Champ Qual

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: Lots of movement here as well.  One could assume that this is because of the early release of Double Masters.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $20.31 $24.62 ($4.31) -18%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $8.00 $8.25 ($0.25) -3%
Questing Beast $8.24 $9.74 ($1.50) -15%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.34 $6.73 ($0.39) -6%
Chulane, Teller of Tales $4.74 $5.21 ($0.47) -9%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.19 $5.43 $0.76 14%
The Great Henge $4.18 $5.71 ($1.53) -27%
Assassin's Trophy $5.66 $6.92 ($1.26) -18%
Fiend Artisan $15.18 $15.07 $0.11 1%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $6.37 $6.37 $0.00 0%
Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy $3.97 $5.37 ($1.40) -26%
General Kudro of Drannith $15.16 $14.82 $0.34 2%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $7.21 $7.06 $0.15 2%
Luminous Broodmoth $6.63 $6.17 $0.46 7%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $6.50 $7.06 ($0.56) -8%
Shark Typhoon $9.80 $4.89 $4.91 100%
Rielle, the Everwise $5.39


Chandra, Awakened Inferno $4.76 $7.22 ($2.46) -34%
Leyline of the Void $7.04 $6.83 $0.21 3%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $4.39 $6.65 ($2.26) -34%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $8.95 $10.22 ($1.27) -12%
Teferi, Master of Time $24.96 $28.93 ($3.97) -14%
Terror of the Peaks $6.83 $7.62 ($0.79) -10%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $6.34 $7.03 ($0.69) -10%
Stormwing Entity $6.35


Elder Gargaroth $16.51 $10.57 $5.94 56%
Chromatic Orrery $3.52 $6.08 ($2.56) -42%
Basri Ket $4.39 $5.68 ($1.29) -23%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper 10.89 12.78 ($1.89) -15%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath 52.27 55.91 ($3.64) -7%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 6.78 7.32 ($0.54) -7%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 9.61 10.68 ($1.07) -10%
Klothys, God of Destiny 9 10.86 ($1.86) -17%
Teferi, Time Raveler 31.92 28.45 $3.47 12%
Finale of Devastation 5.37 6.01 ($0.64) -11%
Karn, the Great Creator 29.25 25.18 $4.07 16%
Dreadhorde Arcanist 11.06 10.26 $0.80 8%
Blast Zone 10.74 8.91 $1.83 21%
Modern Staples:  Double Masters previews have really done a number on this table. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $5.72 $8.22 ($2.50) -30%
Auriok Champion $6.12 $5.81 $0.31 5%
Cavern of Souls $29.22 $25.59 $3.63 14%
Noble Hierarch $5.06 $7.49 ($2.43) -32%
Mishra's Bauble $25.10 $31.64 ($6.54) -21%
Aether Vial $16.78 $16.00 $0.78 5%
Trinisphere $4.56 $8.40 ($3.84) -46%
Horizon Canopy $9.07 $10.97 ($1.90) -17%
Tarmogoyf $7.51 $6.90 $0.61 9%
Magus of the Moon $8.32 $7.31 $1.01 14%
Liliana of the Veil $13.03 $13.56 ($0.53) -4%
Polluted Delta $8.51 $8.66 ($0.15) -2%
Wooded Foothills $9.39 $8.09 $1.30 16%
Flooded Strand $4.67 $5.05 ($0.38) -8%
Bloodstained Mire $8.90 $9.68 ($0.78) -8%
Windswept Heath $5.96 $4.85 $1.11 23%
Thoughtseize $13.23 $13.40 ($0.17) -1%
Cryptic Command $5.52 $5.35 $0.17 3%
Field of the Dead $5.57 $8.44 ($2.87) -34%
City of Brass $5.46 $5.40 $0.06 1%
Force of Negation $80.63 $69.80 $10.83 16%
Wrenn and Six $87.92 $72.79 $15.13 21%
Prismatic Vista $9.77 $12.43 ($2.66) -21%
Sunbaked Canyon $14.64 $12.01 $2.63 22%
Seasoned Pyromancer $50.49 $41.78 $8.71 21%
Fiery Islet $14.58 $14.72 ($0.14) -1%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $10.44 $10.78 ($0.34) -3%
Hexdrinker $5.36 $7.54 ($2.18) -29%
Plague Engineer $12.09 $13.23 ($1.14) -9%
Force of Vigor $10.24 $9.76 $0.48 5%
Collector Ouphe $9.18 $8.89 $0.29 3%
Nurturing Peatland $6.48 $4.71 $1.77 38%
Ice-Fang Coatl $11.36 $11.46 ($0.10) -1%
Giver of Runes $7.12 $5.94 $1.18 20%
Archmage's Charm $6.24 $3.91 $2.33 60%
Flusterstorm $5.70 $6.46 ($0.76) -12%
Chalice of the Void $12.78 $12.90 ($0.12) -1%
Karn Liberated $4.74 $6.57 ($1.83) -28%
Surgical Extraction $14.24 $13.75 $0.49 4%
Dismember $7.52 $7.16 $0.36 5%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $3.92 $4.92 ($1.00) -20%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $4.83 $4.82 $0.01 0%
Wurmcoil Engine $5.03 $5.65 ($0.62) -11%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.53 $11.08 ($2.55) -23%
Gemstone Mine $11.91 $11.90 $0.01 0%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $12.89 $15.82 ($2.93) -19%
Scalding Tarn $16.21 $15.61 $0.60 4%
Verdant Catacombs $15.05 $13.65 $1.40 10%
Misty Rainforest $12.74 $14.30 ($1.56) -11%
Arid Mesa $6.39 $5.15 $1.24 24%
Marsh Flats $3.57 $3.95 ($0.38) -10%
Eternal Staples:  Much like Modern cards that are reprinted in Double Masters saw some downward moverment. I also wonder how much the "subscription" model might be hanging over things. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $5.48 $8.47 ($2.99) -35%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $19.86 $20.48 ($0.62) -3%
City of Traitors $27.71 $29.77 ($2.06) -7%
Monastery Mentor $7.79 $7.89 ($0.10) -1%
Force of Will $32.87 $44.22 ($11.35) -26%
Elvish Spirit Guide $8.13 $8.59 ($0.46) -5%
Karakas $9.26 $10.56 ($1.30) -12%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $26.39 $25.83 $0.56 2%
Land Tax $21.83 $25.59 ($3.76) -15%
Demonic Tutor $9.23 $10.10 ($0.87) -9%
Mishra's Workshop $6.64 $6.47 $0.17 3%
Unmask $10.68 $10.63 $0.05 0%
Misdirection $24.46 $25.32 ($0.86) -3%
Rishadan Port $9.22 $9.39 ($0.17) -2%
Entomb $9.31 $10.58 ($1.27) -12%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $33.21 $34.66 ($1.45) -4%
Mox Opal $5.97 $8.37 ($2.40) -29%
Mox Diamond $19.37 $23.61 ($4.24) -18%
Grindstone $16.64 $17.78 ($1.14) -6%
Wasteland $26.25 $27.53 ($1.28) -5%
Ancient Tomb $16.88 $16.47 $0.41 2%
Lotus Petal $16.31 $20.56 ($4.25) -21%
Earthcraft $10.37 $12.09 ($1.72) -14%
Academy Rector $14.55 $15.97 ($1.42) -9%
Grim Monolith $26.75 $27.45 ($0.70) -3%
Exploration $20.29 $20.23 $0.06 0%
Gaea's Cradle $27.11 $28.35 ($1.24) -4%
Carpet of Flowers $16.48 $19.94 ($3.46) -17%
Gilded Drake $24.05 $28.96 ($4.91) -17%
Show and Tell $6.98 $7.38 ($0.40) -5%
Black Lotus $11.68 $9.08 $2.60 29%
Tropical Island $12.06 $14.29 ($2.23) -16%
Volcanic Island $8.07 $9.54 ($1.47) -15%
Underground Sea $9.70 $10.07 ($0.37) -4%
Sol Ring $7.56 $8.54 ($0.98) -11%
Null Rod $18.02 $18.51 ($0.49) -3%
Doomsday $8.86 $8.91 ($0.05) -1%
Mindbreak Trap $7.60 $4.56 $3.04 67%
Pioneer Staples:  I can't really say more about Double Masters and such here. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $6.93 $7.70 ($0.77) -10%
Soul-Scar Mage $7.15 $6.00 $1.15 19%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.76 $9.60 ($1.84) -19%
Collected Company $7.27 $8.47 ($1.20) -14%
Liliana, the Last Hope $7.56 $7.84 ($0.28) -4%
Collective Brutality $10.41 $10.55 ($0.14) -1%
Emrakul, the Promised End $3.74 $5.03 ($1.29) -26%
Breeding Pool $2.73 $2.65 $0.08 3%
Stomping Ground $2.07 $2.74 ($0.67) -24%
Godless Shrine $0.89 $0.81 $0.08 10%
Sacred Foundry $0.58 $0.70 ($0.12) -17%
Watery Grave $0.96 $1.03 ($0.07) -7%
Mana Confluence $8.51 $7.29 $1.22 17%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.17 $13.88 ($4.71) -34%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $6.26 $6.78 ($0.52) -8%
Mutavault $3.59 $4.39 ($0.80) -18%
Goblin Rabblemaster $4.14 $5.28 ($1.14) -22%
Thought-Knot Seer $9.52 $8.88 $0.64 7%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $4.90 $6.34 ($1.44) -23%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $11.31 $10.88 $0.43 4%
Rest in Peace $6.36 $4.91 $1.45 30%
Supreme Verdict $3.11 $3.70 ($0.59) -16%
Hallowed Fountain $2.11 $1.65 $0.46 28%
Steam Vents $2.54 $2.56 ($0.02) -1%
Blood Crypt $1.96 $2.55 ($0.59) -23%
Overgrown Tomb $0.41 $0.76 ($0.35) -46%
Abrupt Decay $3.92 $4.76 ($0.84) -18%
Temple Garden $0.60 $0.84 ($0.24) -29%
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 $152.01 $178.08 ($26.07) -15%
Core Set 2021 $135.45 $134.76 $0.69 1%
Core Set 2021 Booster $3.28 $3.26 $0.02 1%
Guilds of Ravnica $38.56 $42.86 ($4.30) -10%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $108.62 $106.19 $2.43 2%
Modern Horizons $385.94 $348.76 $37.18 11%
Ravnica Allegiances $49.48 $56.67 ($7.19) -13%
Theros Beyond Death $116.66 $128.02 ($11.36) -9%
Throne of Eldraine $129.13 $146.18 ($17.05) -12%
Treasure Chest $2.48 $2.55 ($0.07) -3%
War of the Spark $123.68 $116.78 $6.90 6%


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 $211.97
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic $118.80
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic $87.92
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare $84.64
Force of Negation MH1 Rare $80.63
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic $80.61
Mox Jet 1E Rare $76.42
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic $75.82
Mox Emerald 1E Rare $69.53
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare $68.37
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic $61.99
Mox Ruby 1E Rare $58.73
Karakas UBT Mythic $57.49
Time Walk 1E Rare $56.11
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic $56.01
Dark Depths UBT Mythic $53.46
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic $52.27
Mox Pearl 1E Rare $51.17
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic $50.49
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic $43.49
Zaxara, the Exemplary C20 Mythic $41.56
Timetwister 1E Rare $40.52
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic $40.22
Unmask V16 Mythic $36.38
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic $35.91
Dark Depths V16 Mythic $34.35
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare $33.21
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic $33.15
Gavi, Nest Warden C20 Mythic $33.01
Force of Will MED Rare $32.87
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic $32.61
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic $32.59
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic $32.44
Kalamax, the Stormsire C20 Mythic $32.25
Xyris, the Writhing Storm C20 Mythic $32.00
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare $31.92
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic $31.17
Force of Will MS3 Mythic $31.06
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic $30.96
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare $29.25
Cavern of Souls AVR Rare $29.22
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic $29.19
Muxus, Goblin Grandee JMP Rare $29.07
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon $28.81
Fierce Guardianship C20 Rare $28.72
City of Traitors EX Rare $27.71
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic $27.56
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic $27.55
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare $27.11
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic $26.97
Grim Monolith UL Rare $26.75
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic $26.41
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare $26.39
Wasteland TE Uncommon $26.25
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic $26.24
Force of Will EMA Mythic $26.13
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic $25.93
Game of Chaos PZ2 Rare $25.34
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon $25.10
Force of Will VMA Rare $25.08
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 took from Sunday to Thursday off from social media and Magic.  I was in a poor headspace, and if you want to read about it, it as on LegitMTG.com.  I have been much more happier without social media, and less happier without Magic, so I played an Izzet Control deck in a tournament on mtgmelee.com and did pretty well with it. 

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