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State of the Program for July 26th, 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!  Phyrexia:  All Will Be One foil 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.   

MOCS Season 2:  Meet the players in the event this season, playing Vintage Cube and Legacy!  Backoff, Phill_Hellmuth, Beenew, Qua4tre, Deemagth, sebastianpozzo, N01, and slaxx are the eight players that will battle it out on August 26th. 

Magic 30 Cube: 
Carmen Handy has given the updates to the Magic 30 Cube, and all of the Planeswalkers have been removed from the cube!  17 cards have been added!  You can see them here!

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 - Magic 30 Cube

July 30th - Modern Super Qualifier

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  

Thoughts and Stuff

 

 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:

Legacy:

Modern:

Pauper:

Pioneer:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - toothymtg - Rakdos Scam

Saturday Legacy - Sol-e22hh8 - Abzan Depths
Saturday Modern - Beenew - Rakdos Scam
Saturday Modern - BLJ - 4 Color Elementals
Saturday Pauper - Foresterf - Izzet Monarch
Saturday Pioneer - remf - Azorius Spirits
Saturday Standard - beraldi - Mono Black Aggro
Saturday Vintage - duke12

Sunday Legacy - HJ_Kaiser - Grixis Murktide
Sunday Modern - Tezzey - Food Factory
Sunday Pauper - twister66 - Azorius CawGate
Sunday Pioneer - Kazuga - Rakdos Sac
Sunday Standard - O_danielakos - Domain Ramp
Sunday Vintage - musasabi

Other Event Winners

MOCS Showcase Open

MOCS Showcase Open

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: Titania, Voice of Gaea and Stormcarved Coast came off the list this week. 
 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Cityscape Leveler $14.22 $18.70 -$4.48 -24%
The Stone Brain $7.80 $8.94 -$1.14 -13%
Brotherhood's End $6.08 $7.10 -$1.02 -14%
Leyline Binding $12.96 $11.20 $1.76 16%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $17.59 $16.06 $1.53 10%
Nissa, Resurgent Animist $27.72 $30.79 -$3.07 -10%
Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival $12.74 $9.05 $3.69 41%
Memory Deluge $19.26 $19.03 $0.23 1%
Sheoldred $5.39 $5.75 -$0.36 -6%
Invasion of Tarkir $6.87 $6.53 $0.34 5%
Urabrask $11.08 $12.03 -$0.95 -8%
Invasion of Gobakhan $10.66 $9.28 $1.38 15%
Elesh Norn $8.41 $8.24 $0.17 2%
Jin-Gitaxias $5.55 $6.61 -$1.06 -16%
Vorinclex $11.33 $10.82 $0.51 5%
Boseiju, Who Endures $15.80 $17.36 -$1.56 -9%
Otawara, Soaring City $6.66 $8.82 -$2.16 -24%
The Wandering Emperor $8.19 $7.93 $0.26 3%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $7.39 $10.51 -$3.12 -30%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $7.26 $9.30 -$2.04 -22%
Jace, the Perfected Mind $5.54 $6.69 -$1.15 -17%
Ledger Shredder $6.36 $8.71 -$2.35 -27%
Unlicensed Hearse $4.68 $5.07 -$0.39 -8%
Wedding Announcement $14.95 $16.11 -$1.16 -7%


Modern Staples:
 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $6.83 $6.44 $0.39 6%
Orvar, the All-Form $12.60 $15.75 -$3.15 -20%
Polluted Delta $10.46 $14.48 -$4.02 -28%
Wooded Foothills $6.35 $6.07 $0.28 5%
Flooded Strand $6.76 $10.99 -$4.23 -38%
Bloodstained Mire $5.12 $6.88 -$1.76 -26%
Windswept Heath $4.51 $4.77 -$0.26 -5%
Thoughtseize $5.44 $6.49 -$1.05 -16%
The One Ring $112.84 $111.08 $1.76 2%
Orcish Bowmasters $43.50 $44.47 -$0.97 -2%
Force of Negation $21.20 $15.80 $5.40 34%
Wrenn and Six $9.60 $9.19 $0.41 4%
Sunbaked Canyon $10.45 $11.64 -$1.19 -10%
Seasoned Pyromancer $10.58 $9.81 $0.77 8%
Force of Vigor $18.42 $13.02 $5.40 41%
Flusterstorm $5.23 $5.60 -$0.37 -7%
Archon of Cruelty $5.94 $7.17 -$1.23 -17%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $11.15 $10.31 $0.84 8%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $21.83 $19.39 $2.44 13%
Urza's Saga $28.07 $19.88 $8.19 41%
Solitude $14.71 $13.05 $1.66 13%
Endurance $26.44 $20.13 $6.31 31%
Grief $28.36 $23.66 $4.70 20%
Murktide Regent $17.95 $11.87 $6.08 51%
Fury $26.20 $29.39 -$3.19 -11%
Esper Sentinel $5.01 $5.94 -$0.93 -16%
Subtlety $28.67 $32.35 -$3.68 -11%
Chalice of the Void $13.78 $13.46 $0.32 2%
Teferi, Time Raveler $10.18 $6.96 $3.22 46%
Scalding Tarn $5.36 $5.98 -$0.62 -10%
Verdant Catacombs $2.78 $2.79 -$0.01 0%
Misty Rainforest $4.79 $4.92 -$0.13 -3%
Arid Mesa $2.21 $2.25 -$0.04 -2%
Marsh Flats $1.16 $1.36 -$0.20 -15%
Eternal StaplesYuriko, the Tiger's Shadow with a reprint coming, is off of the list.  Mox Opal has fallen off again.
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Avenging Hunter $8.84 $8.00 $0.84 11%
Kenku Artificer $11.09 $13.04 ($1.95) -15%
Goliath Paladin $7.71 $5.89 $1.82 31%
Displacer Kitten $6.66 $6.04 $0.62 10%
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $8.89 $7.81 $1.08 14%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $6.09 $5.53 $0.56 10%
Caves of Chaos Adventurer $7.28 $10.00 ($2.72) -27%
Hullbreacher $5.73 $4.32 $1.41 33%
Opposition Agent $9.01 $11.15 ($2.14) -19%
Jeweled Lotus $5.12 $6.08 ($0.96) -16%
City of Traitors $13.93 $16.22 ($2.29) -14%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $15.00 $12.59 $2.41 19%
Helm of Obedience $11.49 $14.45 ($2.96) -20%
Force of Will $32.04 $33.59 ($1.55) -5%
Urza's Bauble $9.84 $13.44 ($3.60) -27%
Hydroblast $5.80 $5.65 $0.15 3%
Pyroblast $5.20 $5.31 ($0.11) -2%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $10.86 $9.06 $1.80 20%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $8.63 $8.24 $0.39 5%
Unmask $13.96 $15.09 ($1.13) -7%
Misdirection $10.39 $10.86 ($0.47) -4%
Snuff Out $18.00 $16.03 $1.97 12%
Entomb $4.70 $5.05 ($0.35) -7%
Retrofitter Foundry $5.97 $4.72 $1.25 26%
Stifle $4.45 $5.55 ($1.10) -20%
Mox Diamond $39.43 $40.36 ($0.93) -2%
Wasteland $11.24 $9.18 $2.06 22%
Ancient Tomb $11.06 $10.53 $0.53 5%
Lotus Petal $10.06 $11.67 ($1.61) -14%
Grindstone $15.15 $15.68 ($0.53) -3%
Powder Keg $13.87 $16.62 ($2.75) -17%
Grim Monolith $18.42 $18.61 ($0.19) -1%
Gaea's Cradle $32.95 $27.28 $5.67 21%
Gilded Drake $10.97 $11.79 ($0.82) -7%
Show and Tell $18.79 $20.93 ($2.14) -10%
Natural Order $4.59 $5.11 ($0.52) -10%
Black Lotus $11.46 $13.00 ($1.54) -12%
Volcanic Island $13.76 $12.72 $1.04 8%
Underground Sea $12.22 $11.85 $0.37 3%
Null Rod $19.50 $17.20 $2.30 13%
Doomsday $11.80 $14.06 ($2.26) -16%
Paradigm Shift $12.10 $12.94 ($0.84) -6%
Pioneer StaplesHall of Storm Giants has come off the list.  Hengegate Pathway is as well. Cavalier of Thorns still provides great devotion, but cheaper now.  Agadeem's Awakening is asleep again.  At least I think it is. 
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $7.55 $7.81 -$0.26 -3.33%
Brazen Borrower $8.72 $10.45 -$1.73 -16.56%
Shark Typhoon $10.56 $8.32 $2.24 26.92%
Mana Confluence $7.47 $6.90 $0.57 8.26%
Blightstep Pathway $9.31 $7.61 $1.70 22.34%
Spirebluff Canal $5.98 $4.17 $1.81 43.41%
Inspiring Vantage $5.05 $3.77 $1.28 33.95%
Lotus Field $14.60 $13.50 $1.10 8.15%
The Meathook Massacre $14.94 $14.86 $0.08 0.54%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $18.12 $21.77 -$3.65 -16.77%
Magma Opus $6.77 $6.77 $0.00 0.00%
Karn, the Great Creator $14.20 $10.60 $3.60 33.96%
Emeria's Call $15.17 $14.11 $1.06 7.51%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $5.39 $5.14 $0.25 4.86%
Skyclave Apparition $6.96 $5.93 $1.03 17.37%
Sea Gate Restoration $12.65 $12.36 $0.29 2.35%
Roiling Vortex $13.88 $13.40 $0.48 3.58%
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 $76.31 $85.67 ($9.36) -11%
Dominaria United $61.18 $56.70 $4.48 8%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $51.45 $53.67 ($2.22) -4%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $74.86 $78.00 ($3.14) -4%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $74.01 $77.18 ($3.17) -4%
March of the Machine $160.12 $160.00 $0.12 0%
March of the Machine Booster $2.15 $2.20 ($0.05) -2%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $146.74 $159.62 ($12.88) -8%
Streets of New Capenna $35.51 $37.55 ($2.04) -5%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.32 $2.39 ($0.07) -3%
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 260.1
Mox Jet 1E Rare 118.63
The One Ring LTR Mythic 110
The One Ring LTR Mythic 108.88
The One Ring LTR Mythic 104.86
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 101.38
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
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 49.1
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 46.08
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 43.68
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 43.39
Karakas UBT Mythic 42.29
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 40.3
Timetwister 1E Rare 39.56
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 39.49
Mox Diamond ST Rare 39.43
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 38.99
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 37.83
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 32.95
Force of Will MED Rare 32.04
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 31.43
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 29.84
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 29.59
Subtlety MH2 Mythic 28.51
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 27.9
Nissa, Resurgent Animist MAT Mythic 27.72
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 26.33
Reanimate UBT Mythic 26.03
Grief MH2 Mythic 25.74
 
In Closing

Prices were done Wednesday morning. 

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