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State of the Program for July 30th, 2021
 
In the News

Modern Horizons 2: This news is from last week.  Draft and Sealed leagues are back and are scheduled to run until September 9th, when Innistrad: Midnight Hunt comes to MTGO.  Also the four limited premier events are switching from Forgotten Realms to Modern Horizons 2 based formats.  

Premier Play on MTGO:  The premier play and event calendar pages have updated.  The schedule goes through October 31st now. 

Treasure Chest Update:  They added 17 new cards, from Commander 2021 and Forgotten Realms Commander, to the treasure chests this week.  You can see the list here.

Showcase Challenges:  July 31st is Modern, August 1st is Pioneer.  August 7th is Vintage and August 8th is Legacy. 

 

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
September 8th, 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
D&D Redemption
Begins August 11, 2021
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:

Currently:  Vintage Cube Featuring Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
August 4th:  New Spotlight Cube
August 11th:  Returning Spotlight Cube
August 18th:  New Spotlight Cube
August 25th:  Legacy Cube Featuring Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
 
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: It's nice to see Mono Red every so often, and it's nicer to see it take advantage of some of the cards from Forgotten Realms.  Den of the Bugbear and new goblins (Goblin Javelineer and Battle Cry Goblin  are pretty neat additions.


Legacy:  It's weird for me to see an 80 card Legacy deck winning, but this Yorion, Sky Nomad powered Death and Taxes version has been thriving recently. 

Modern:  I didn't think I would be able to find a non burn or non taxes mono colored build in Modern and then I remembered that Titan existed. 


Pauper:   I know Pauper is a three deck format, and this is technically one of the three decks in that format right now, but it's been a while since I showed off just basic mono blue.  To be fair, there is nothing basic about it. 


Pioneer

Vintage: It's been a while since I posted a Vintage deck, but I needed one more to flesh out the mono colored theme that I stumbled upon this week. 




 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - No event
Saturday Modern - _Stream - Izzet Tempo
Saturday Pauper - RAV92 - Mono Blue Delver
Saturday Pioneer - finnthewizard33 - Mono Black Aggro
Saturday Standard -  TonyBarker9 - Mono Red
Saturday Vintage - Beenew

Sunday Legacy - xJCloud - Noodle Taxes
Sunday Modern - kanister - 4 color Omnath
Sunday Pauper - SanPop - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - Harry13 - Dimir Control
Sunday Standard - Bullwinkkle6705 - Sultai Ultimatum
Sunday Vintage - Dazai

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: Nothing came off the list or was put on it this week.  Forgotten Realms seems to be doing pretty well so far.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $21.62 $25.30 ($3.68) -15%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $9.40 $8.86 $0.54 6%
Acererak the Archlich $11.49 $8.72 $2.77 32%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $8.23 $12.64 ($4.41) -35%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $4.85 $5.27 ($0.42) -8%
Inferno of the Star Mounts $4.15 $5.18 ($1.03) -20%
Brazen Borrower $28.27 $27.07 $1.20 4%
Bonecrusher Giant $7.37 $8.17 ($0.80) -10%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $5.62 $5.62 $0.00 0%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $12.85 $12.01 $0.84 7%
Shark Typhoon $7.45 $6.69 $0.76 11%
Raugrin Triome $5.42 $5.18 $0.24 5%
Valki, God of Lies $47.63 $53.75 ($6.12) -11%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $6.82 $9.18 ($2.36) -26%
Goldspan Dragon $10.04 $10.94 ($0.90) -8%
Alrund's Epiphany $6.23 $6.94 ($0.71) -10%
Koma, Cosmos Serpent $5.46 $5.91 ($0.45) -8%
Halvar, God of Battle $6.33 $6.37 ($0.04) -1%
Stormwing Entity $4.29 $5.66 ($1.37) -24%
Prismari Command $14.44 $9.30 $5.14 55%
Magma Opus $7.09 $7.42 ($0.33) -4%
Professor Onyx $7.96 $8.18 ($0.22) -3%
Velomachus Lorehold $12.90 $12.24 $0.66 5%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.18 $6.35 ($0.17) -3%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.14 $7.20 ($0.06) -1%
Galazeth Prismari $5.64 $5.86 ($0.22) -4%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 6.33 6.63 ($0.30) -5%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $15.14 $16.19 ($1.05) -6%
Skyclave Apparition $20.46 $19.97 $0.49 2%
Modern StaplesInkmoth Nexus came off the list. Stoneforge Mystic fell off the list. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $5.93 $5.79 $0.14 2%
Steelshaper's Gift $12.12 $14.75 ($2.63) -18%
Engineered Explosives $27.50 $21.71 $5.79 27%
Cavern of Souls $14.91 $20.01 ($5.10) -25%
Mishra's Bauble $36.38 $26.02 $10.36 40%
Aether Vial $14.88 $14.03 $0.85 6%
Horizon Canopy $6.93 $7.68 ($0.75) -10%
Liliana of the Veil $14.16 $18.03 ($3.87) -21%
Polluted Delta $10.65 $13.48 ($2.83) -21%
Wooded Foothills $10.96 $10.20 $0.76 7%
Flooded Strand $8.66 $11.70 ($3.04) -26%
Bloodstained Mire $9.05 $9.33 ($0.28) -3%
Windswept Heath $8.54 $9.17 ($0.63) -7%
Thoughtseize $8.02 $8.53 ($0.51) -6%
Elvish Reclaimer $5.22 $9.51 ($4.29) -45%
Force of Negation $75.09 $90.75 ($15.66) -17%
Wrenn and Six $73.67 $58.24 $15.43 26%
Prismatic Vista $11.53 $11.28 $0.25 2%
Sunbaked Canyon $13.51 $15.97 ($2.46) -15%
Seasoned Pyromancer $22.23 $26.49 ($4.26) -16%
Fiery Islet $13.09 $15.65 ($2.56) -16%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $9.46 $8.70 $0.76 9%
Plague Engineer $5.85 $6.50 ($0.65) -10%
Force of Vigor $32.54 $44.03 ($11.49) -26%
Giver of Runes $4.56 $5.04 ($0.48) -10%
Flusterstorm $11.73 $10.00 $1.73 17%
Archmage's Charm $17.82 $19.10 ($1.28) -7%
Hexdrinker $5.13 $4.86 $0.27 6%
Ice-Fang Coatl $4.09 $5.21 ($1.12) -21%
Silent Clearing $6.99 $7.30 ($0.31) -4%
Kaya's Guile $5.34 $6.83 ($1.49) -22%
On Thin Ice $5.93 $6.79 ($0.86) -13%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $105.52 $124.27 ($18.75) -15%
Urza's Saga $39.88 $55.22 ($15.34) -28%
Solitude $22.54 $19.02 $3.52 19%
Endurance $49.54 $57.69 ($8.15) -14%
Grief $15.90 $18.41 ($2.51) -14%
Dauthi Voidwalker $5.77 $8.65 ($2.88) -33%
Murktide Regent $25.33 $26.13 ($0.80) -3%
Ignoble Hierarch $5.39 $9.05 ($3.66) -40%
Subtlety $6.68 $9.02 ($2.34) -26%
Sanctum Prelate $9.05 $9.05 $0.00 0%
Fury $16.13 $12.44 $3.69 30%
Chalice of the Void $31.98 $30.47 $1.51 5%
Surgical Extraction $13.78 $13.52 $0.26 2%
Dismember $4.55 $5.18 ($0.63) -12%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $14.44 $14.96 ($0.52) -3%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $10.12 $9.47 $0.65 7%
Ensnaring Bridge $28.86 $7.44 $21.42 288%
Teferi, Time Raveler $46.47 $47.59 ($1.12) -2%
Gemstone Mine $8.84 $8.77 $0.07 1%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.61 $9.49 ($0.88) -9%
Scalding Tarn $10.83 $11.63 ($0.80) -7%
Verdant Catacombs $6.73 $7.53 ($0.80) -11%
Misty Rainforest $6.68 $8.06 ($1.38) -17%
Arid Mesa $3.59 $5.71 ($2.12) -37%
Marsh Flats $2.72 $3.06 ($0.34) -11%
Eternal Staples:  Eternal formats are holding pretty steady as well. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $29.93 $27.26 $2.67 10%
Opposition Agent $19.46 $21.49 ($2.03) -9%
Jeweled Lotus $14.63 $13.82 $0.81 6%
City of Traitors $19.97 $23.60 ($3.63) -15%
Allosaurus Shepherd $22.59 $29.07 ($6.48) -22%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $6.82 $6.44 $0.38 6%
Force of Will $45.81 $45.51 $0.30 1%
Karakas $10.73 $11.58 ($0.85) -7%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.41 $20.18 $0.23 1%
Demonic Tutor $14.25 $15.04 ($0.79) -5%
Food Chain $10.45 $11.80 ($1.35) -11%
Unmask $8.62 $6.98 $1.64 23%
Misdirection $13.43 $13.43 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $14.58 $14.91 ($0.33) -2%
Snuff Out $15.94 $16.10 ($0.16) -1%
Submerge $13.94 $12.38 $1.56 13%
Daze $11.17 $9.64 $1.53 16%
Entomb $6.50 $6.01 $0.49 8%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $16.69 $14.43 $2.26 16%
Stifle $8.56 $5.98 $2.58 43%
Mox Diamond $28.86 $28.18 $0.68 2%
Wasteland $30.24 $29.70 $0.54 2%
Ancient Tomb $18.88 $19.65 ($0.77) -4%
Lotus Petal $25.71 $25.75 ($0.04) 0%
Grim Monolith $10.66 $11.99 ($1.33) -11%
Exploration $15.71 $15.66 $0.05 0%
Gaea's Cradle $46.69 $46.73 ($0.04) 0%
Carpet of Flowers $23.38 $23.59 ($0.21) -1%
Gilded Drake $9.44 $8.45 $0.99 12%
Black Lotus $10.50 $10.28 $0.22 2%
Tropical Island $7.67 $7.73 ($0.06) -1%
Volcanic Island $8.97 $11.05 ($2.08) -19%
Underground Sea $8.58 $10.30 ($1.72) -17%
Null Rod $14.52 $14.14 $0.38 3%
Doomsday $18.09 $18.22 ($0.13) -1%
Paradigm Shift $10.88 $11.89 ($1.01) -8%
Mindbreak Trap $8.19 $6.98 $1.21 17%
Pioneer StaplesArclight Phoenix traded places with Collective BrutalityRest in Peace fell off the list, continuing to shrink the Pioneer list. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Collected Company $5.47 $5.68 ($0.21) -4%
Kolaghan's Command $5.86 $4.79 $1.07 22%
Collective Brutality $5.21


Eidolon of the Great Revel $6.62 $6.86 ($0.24) -3%
Youthful Valkyrie $6.64 $6.64 $0.00 0%
Spirebluff Canal $8.24 $10.19 ($1.95) -19%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $11.83 $9.42 $2.41 26%
Karn, the Great Creator $28.07 $29.30 ($1.23) -4%
Blast Zone $7.10 $7.78 ($0.68) -9%
Finale of Devastation $6.47 $9.22 ($2.75) -30%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $23.69 $18.99 $4.70 25%
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
Forgotten Realms $146.40 $133.89 $12.51 9%
Forgotten Realms Booster Pack $3.35 $3.36 ($0.01) 0%
Core Set 2021 $43.79 $43.27 $0.52 1%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $45.81 $42.73 $3.08 7%
Kaldheim $165.07 $178.76 ($13.69) -8%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $122.56 $119.01 $3.55 3%
Theros Beyond Death $74.26 $74.21 $0.05 0%
Throne of Eldraine $117.49 $116.06 $1.43 1%
Treasure Chest $2.56 $2.53 $0.03 1%
Zendikar Rising $95.13 $89.51 $5.62 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 168.16
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 109.85
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 104.31
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 101.17
Karakas UBT Mythic 98.75
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 96.88
Mox Jet 1E Rare 91.11
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 83.8
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 75.09
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 73.67
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 72.87
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 66.32
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 65.72
Time Walk 1E Rare 63.96
Wasteland EXP Mythic 53.96
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 50.18
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 49.42
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 48.87
Endurance MH2 Mythic 47.91
Valki, God of Lies KHM Mythic 47.63
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 47.61
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 47.46
Ignoble Hierarch MH2 Rare 46.74
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 46.69
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 46.47
Force of Will MED Rare 45.81
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 44.75
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 42.76
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 42.35
Dauthi Voidwalker MH2 Rare 41.8
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 40.34
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 38.89
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 38.58
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 37.76
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 37.26
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 37.08
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 37.03
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 36.38
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 35.99
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 35.48
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 33.97
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 33.23
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 33.18
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 32.64
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 32.54
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.47
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare 31.98
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 31.71
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 31.64
Timetwister 1E Rare 31.04
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 30.87
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.84
Wasteland TE Uncommon 30.24
Anje's Ravager C19 Rare 29.93
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 29.93
Wasteland TPR Rare 29.41
Mox Diamond ST Rare 28.86
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 28.83
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.28
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 28.27
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 28.07
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.6
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 27.58
Engineered Explosives 5DN Rare 27.5
Force of Will VMA Rare 27.49
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 27.36
Engineered Explosives MMA Rare 27.3
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 27.28
Engineered Explosives MS2 Bonus 27.24
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 27.11
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.76
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 26.72
Engineered Explosives 2XM Rare 26.56
Force of Will EMA Mythic 26.48
Wasteland EMA Rare 26.46
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 26.44
Lotus Petal TE Common 26.4
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.34
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 26.28
Polluted Delta ONS Rare 26.15
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 26.12
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 25.71
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.68
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 25.57
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 25.15
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 $26,550.  Last week it was $26,860.  Looks like it dropped a couple of hundred, but not enough to make any real difference. 
 
In Closing

This week my brain told me it was time to start two projects that I don't have time for, a complete inventory of my personal collection and one of sell collection.  I took my Modern, Pioneer, Pauper and Commander decks, desleeved them and sorted them and put the rares and mythics in binders.  I added them all to a tracking site.  I still have green, multicolored, artifacts and lands to go in regards to commons and uncommons, and I have found so many things that need to be put into my sell collection.  Like 1 longbox of nothing but bulk that needs to be sorted and such.  I also have three set boxes of Forgotten Realms that have been opened but not sorted.  Cassius will be here this weekend but when he leaves on Sunday I will restart one of the projects.  With two jobs and these projects the only thing I had time to play was Fortnite and Pokemon Unite.  Both games are fun! 


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