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State of the Program for July 2nd, 2021
 
In the News

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Previews:  Previews continue for the newest set which comes to MTGO next week.  You can check out the card image gallery here, the variant gallery here, and the rest of the schedule for previews here

Magic Online Champions Showcase:  Yuuki Ichikawa won the MOCS this past weekend.  They played Temur Rhinos in Modern. They drafted Simic with a small splash of white in the Modern Horizons 2 draft.  Ichikawa went 1-2 in the draft, 3-0 in Modern and then defeated Francisco Sanchez in the finals.  You can watch the replay of the event 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 7th, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
Ends July 7th, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
Ends July 8th, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
Kaldheim Redemption
Ends June 23, 2021
Forgotten Realms
Events Start July 8th
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:

Modern Cube - Until July 7th
Modern Horizons 2 - Until July 7th
 
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

Standard: I do not know what is going on here but this 6-0 decks uses a lot of cards from Strixhaven that haven't really seen a lot of play in the Standard format.  Gosh, I can't wait for the new set to come out and hopefully inject Standard with some new strategies! 


Historic:

Legacy:

Modern:

Pauper:

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 - VictorHugo2001 - Izzet Standstill
Saturday Modern - sneakymisato - Hell's Kitchen
Saturday Pauper - billster47 - Chatterstorm
Saturday Pioneer - SoulStrong - Rakdos Arcanist
Saturday Standard - Bielzito - Sultai Ultimatum
Saturday Vintage - Falkoneye

Sunday Legacy - Gul_Dukat - Izzet Delver
Sunday Modern - Hamuda - Hammer Time
Sunday Pauper - MatheusPonciano - Tron
Sunday Pioneer - mmuck - Izzet Phoenix
Sunday Standard - azatoyellow - Cycling
Sunday Vintage - s063

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: Shark Typhoon fell off the list this week.  Ox of Agonas came back on to the list.  This may be more because of Modern and Pioneer play though.  Finally, Agadeem's Awakening came off the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $19.98 $18.23 $1.75 10%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.56 $5.08 $1.48 29%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $9.53 $10.34 ($0.81) -8%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $10.90 $10.77 $0.13 1%
Valki, God of Lies $61.54 $65.23 ($3.69) -6%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $11.04 $11.09 ($0.05) 0%
Goldspan Dragon $13.23 $13.17 $0.06 0%
Alrund's Epiphany $9.15 $9.00 $0.15 2%
Esika, God of the Tree $5.04 $5.11 ($0.07) -1%
Koma, Cosmos Serpent $6.79 $6.74 $0.05 1%
Halvar, God of Battle $6.46 $6.34 $0.12 2%
Elder Gargaroth $7.50 $8.08 ($0.58) -7%
Stormwing Entity $6.94 $8.31 ($1.37) -16%
Prismari Command $8.00 $8.35 ($0.35) -4%
Magma Opus $6.91 $6.94 ($0.03) 0%
Professor Onyx $7.74 $7.97 ($0.23) -3%
Velomachus Lorehold $8.77 $9.42 ($0.65) -7%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.14 $6.58 ($0.44) -7%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.48 $8.34 ($0.86) -10%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $10.13 $5.91 $4.22 71%
Klothys, God of Destiny $5.63 $8.07 ($2.44) -30%
Ox of Agonas $7.39


Scourge of the Skyclaves $23.05 $25.25 ($2.20) -9%
Skyclave Apparition $24.56 $23.51 $1.05 4%
Modern Staples: Inkmoth Nexus came off the list this week.  Giver of Runes is off as well.  The prices for Modern Horizons 2 also better reflect the non special printings. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $7.72 $12.05 ($4.33) -36%
Steelshaper's Gift $7.26 $3.25 $4.01 123%
Engineered Explosives $19.68 $11.45 $8.23 72%
Night's Whisper $4.41 $5.31 ($0.90) -17%
Cavern of Souls $19.08 $21.20 ($2.12) -10%
Noble Hierarch $4.08 $5.65 ($1.57) -28%
Mishra's Bauble $43.53 $42.95 $0.58 1%
Utopia Sprawl $3.51 $5.61 ($2.10) -37%
Aether Vial $16.36 $19.57 ($3.21) -16%
Horizon Canopy $7.41 $12.01 ($4.60) -38%
Tarmogoyf $3.88 $5.38 ($1.50) -28%
Liliana of the Veil $19.07 $22.87 ($3.80) -17%
Snapcaster Mage $4.10 $5.01 ($0.91) -18%
Polluted Delta $12.40 $13.26 ($0.86) -6%
Wooded Foothills $10.76 $16.28 ($5.52) -34%
Flooded Strand $10.17 $10.88 ($0.71) -7%
Bloodstained Mire $10.57 $9.64 $0.93 10%
Windswept Heath $9.03 $13.27 ($4.24) -32%
Thoughtseize $10.37 $8.69 $1.68 19%
Cryptic Command $4.82 $5.83 ($1.01) -17%
Elvish Reclaimer $6.67 $8.41 ($1.74) -21%
Force of Negation $86.56 $95.07 ($8.51) -9%
Wrenn and Six $51.62 $58.18 ($6.56) -11%
Prismatic Vista $10.75 $14.35 ($3.60) -25%
Sunbaked Canyon $16.41 $18.49 ($2.08) -11%
Seasoned Pyromancer $29.40 $27.96 $1.44 5%
Fiery Islet $17.69 $19.15 ($1.46) -8%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $12.30 $11.18 $1.12 10%
Plague Engineer $8.63 $8.72 ($0.09) -1%
Force of Vigor $29.56 $26.30 $3.26 12%
Flusterstorm $7.55 $10.38 ($2.83) -27%
Archmage's Charm $17.83 $22.91 ($5.08) -22%
Hexdrinker $5.84 $6.68 ($0.84) -13%
Ice-Fang Coatl $3.87 $6.78 ($2.91) -43%
Silent Clearing $7.50 $5.96 $1.54 26%
Kaya's Guile $9.70 $14.75 ($5.05) -34%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $4.07 $5.90 ($1.83) -31%
Collector Ouphe $3.70 $5.77 ($2.07) -36%
Nurturing Peatland $5.65 $7.21 ($1.56) -22%
On Thin Ice $5.46 $5.44 $0.02 0%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $95.07 $97.79 ($2.72) -3%
Urza's Saga $48.47 $54.81 ($6.34) -12%
Solitude $16.32 $32.71 ($16.39) -50%
Endurance $38.28 $44.06 ($5.78) -13%
Grief $15.17 $24.18 ($9.01) -37%
Murktide Regent $30.85 $11.82 $19.03 161%
Subtlety $7.33 $7.17 $0.16 2%
Dauthi Voidwalker $9.23 $10.71 ($1.48) -14%
Ignoble Hierarch $9.61 $9.70 ($0.09) -1%
Sanctum Prelate $8.75 $8.75 $0.00 0%
Kaldra Compleat $4.72 $7.11 ($2.39) -34%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $4.73 $7.20 ($2.47) -34%
Fury $16.55


Chalice of the Void $13.71 $9.58 $4.13 43%
Surgical Extraction $14.47 $16.44 ($1.97) -12%
Dismember $4.98 $6.40 ($1.42) -22%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $12.00 $11.50 $0.50 4%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $6.38 $5.71 $0.67 12%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.95 $7.60 $0.35 5%
Teferi, Time Raveler $26.17 $38.88 ($12.71) -33%
Gemstone Mine $12.47 $8.05 $4.42 55%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $9.81 $9.59 $0.22 2%
Stoneforge Mystic $4.92 $5.40 ($0.48) -9%
Scalding Tarn $10.57 $10.49 $0.08 1%
Verdant Catacombs $7.95 $8.81 ($0.86) -10%
Misty Rainforest $8.17 $8.74 ($0.57) -7%
Arid Mesa $3.66 $3.98 ($0.32) -8%
Marsh Flats $3.48 $3.89 ($0.41) -11%
Eternal StaplesSphere of Resistance is off the list this week. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $31.71 $35.02 ($3.31) -9%
Opposition Agent $17.30 $18.02 ($0.72) -4%
Jeweled Lotus $15.47 $16.50 ($1.03) -6%
City of Traitors $19.76 $17.76 $2.00 11%
Allosaurus Shepherd $33.79 $36.07 ($2.28) -6%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $8.66 $6.99 $1.67 24%
Force of Will $39.90 $42.95 ($3.05) -7%
Karakas $12.27 $12.68 ($0.41) -3%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $23.16 $33.97 ($10.81) -32%
Demonic Tutor $16.27 $16.65 ($0.38) -2%
Food Chain $9.62 $9.35 $0.27 3%
Unmask $5.18 $5.23 ($0.05) -1%
Misdirection $13.00 $13.17 ($0.17) -1%
Rishadan Port $16.74 $17.00 ($0.26) -2%
Snuff Out $13.19 $13.47 ($0.28) -2%
Submerge $13.98 $16.72 ($2.74) -16%
Daze $10.17 $10.96 ($0.79) -7%
Entomb $5.55 $5.78 ($0.23) -4%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $16.27 $20.18 ($3.91) -19%
Stifle $7.09 $9.24 ($2.15) -23%
Mox Diamond $24.10 $28.80 ($4.70) -16%
Wasteland $38.41 $33.13 $5.28 16%
Ancient Tomb $21.51 $20.62 $0.89 4%
Lotus Petal $23.47 $24.27 ($0.80) -3%
Grim Monolith $11.99 $12.99 ($1.00) -8%
Exploration $16.51 $16.88 ($0.37) -2%
Gaea's Cradle $35.88 $37.33 ($1.45) -4%
Carpet of Flowers $33.98 $39.94 ($5.96) -15%
Gilded Drake $10.50 $12.16 ($1.66) -14%
Black Lotus $11.65 $9.30 $2.35 25%
Tropical Island $6.78 $5.21 $1.57 30%
Volcanic Island $10.01 $8.27 $1.74 21%
Underground Sea $9.85 $8.78 $1.07 12%
Null Rod $11.54 $10.68 $0.86 8%
Doomsday $22.70 $22.96 ($0.26) -1%
Paradigm Shift $13.19 $12.43 $0.76 6%
Mindbreak Trap $8.33 $6.36 $1.97 31%
Pioneer Staples:  It feels like the Pioneer table is about to shrink some.  Something needs to be done to help the format though.  I'm not sure what that is. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $5.63 $6.10 ($0.47) -8%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $4.88 $5.67 ($0.79) -14%
Collected Company $7.13 $6.08 $1.05 17%
Collective Brutality $5.11 $4.48 $0.63 14%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.04 $5.10 $1.94 38%
Spirebluff Canal $9.31 $10.52 ($1.21) -12%
Kozilek's Return $3.73 $6.82 ($3.09) -45%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $7.00 $8.10 ($1.10) -14%
Karn, the Great Creator $27.89 $25.35 $2.54 10%
Blast Zone $4.75 $5.37 ($0.62) -12%
Finale of Devastation $21.67 $19.49 $2.18 11%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $14.88 $11.08 $3.80 34%
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 2021 $40.28 $42.75 ($2.47) -6%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $33.57 $33.07 $0.50 2%
Kaldheim $198.10 $204.38 ($6.28) -3%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $113.07 $122.56 ($9.49) -8%
Strixhaven: School of Mages Booster $3.01 $3.14 ($0.13) -4%
Theros Beyond Death $87.43 $82.86 $4.57 6%
Throne of Eldraine $118.77 $116.11 $2.66 2%
Treasure Chest $2.66 $2.83 ($0.17) -6%
Zendikar Rising $91.22 $93.96 ($2.74) -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 $168.25
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic $104.46
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic $101.81
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic $98.81
Karakas UBT Mythic $91.60
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic $91.59
Force of Negation MH1 Rare $86.56
Mox Jet 1E Rare $84.30
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic $73.57
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare $71.99
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare $68.44
Time Walk 1E Rare $67.40
Mox Emerald 1E Rare $67.13
Valki, God of Lies KHM Mythic $61.54
Wasteland EXP Mythic $56.06
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare $52.70
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic $51.62
Dark Depths UBT Mythic $49.42
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic $48.87
Mox Pearl 1E Rare $47.47
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic $46.25
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common $46.24
Mox Ruby 1E Rare $45.79
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon $44.94
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon $43.53
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic $43.39
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon $43.26
Wasteland ZNE Mythic $42.30
Force of Will MED Rare $39.90
Wasteland TPR Rare $39.12
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic $38.54
Endurance MH2 Mythic $38.52
Wasteland TE Uncommon $38.41
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic $37.32
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common $37.18
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare $35.88
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic $35.31
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic $34.18
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon $33.98
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic $33.79
Timetwister 1E Rare $33.55
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic $33.54
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic $33.41
Wasteland EMA Rare $33.03
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic $32.94
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic $32.93
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic $32.54
Aether Vial MS2 Bonus $32.07
Hullbreacher CMR Rare $31.71
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare $29.56
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic $29.40
Force of Will 2XM Mythic $29.32
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common $29.30
Underground Sea ME4 Rare $28.85
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic $28.37
Dauthi Voidwalker MH2 Rare $28.09
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare $27.89
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic $27.58
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic $27.48
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic $27.20
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus $27.17
Ethereal Forager C20 Rare $26.99
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare $26.97
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic $26.76
Jeska's Will CMR Rare $26.58
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic $26.34
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare $26.17
Force of Will EMA Mythic $26.15
Force of Will VMA Rare $26.09
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic $25.68
Force of Will MS3 Mythic $25.26
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

My son is on vacation with his stepfather's family, so he's not coming over this weekend.  That being in mind, I grinded some levels and quests on my son's Fortnite account for him, finished up my playthrough of Persona 4 Golden, discovered Storybook Brawl on Steam, played some Commander, and worked a ton.  I have no idea what game to play next, but it's going to be something long and involved.

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