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State of the Program for July 31st, 2020
 
In the News

Double Masters:  It's out today!  Leagues start at 10am PT.  You can see the card gallery here, and oh gosh, it looks like there are some spicy pauper downgrades coming to the format.  You can check those out here

Season 2:  It's ending soon. Looks like you have until August 12th to use those qualifier points.

Treasure Chest updates:  You can see the new stuff about those here

Player's Tour Championship:  The top 8 players are known, but the bracket is not set, as it will be a random draw for seeding.  There are 4 Wilderness Reclamation decks in the top eight and the rest is Mardu Winota, Mono Black Aggro, Azorius Control and Jund Sacrifice.  You can see the bracket draw today on the Magic twitch channel at 12pm PT.  The actual gameplay will be on the same channel, but on August 1st at 9am PT. 

Angela Chandler passes:  Angela, a longtime judge and regional coordinator for the southwestern USA Magic community passed away after a more than 15 month battle with cancer.  You can give to her gofundme, set up for expenses and her children here.  You can also play in a fundraising tournament here.  The staff of PureMTGO give our condolences for the family and friends of Angela. 
 
FNM at Home:  It's Jumpstart.

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:

2XM Qualifier - August 2nd
 
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
 


Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:   Standard seems to be boring right now, but don't let this Reclamation deck keep you from playing something cool, like a cool Abzan Yorion deck. 

Historic:  Not soon after Goblins was the best deck, thanks to Muxus, Goblin Grandee did another Reclamation deck pop up.  Neat.


Legacy:  I bring this up every so often, it just looks like a lot of fun to play! 


Modern:   Dredge got a new toy from Core Set 2021 in Silversmote Ghoul.  Getting it back is super easy, thanks to Creeping Chill.


Pioneer:  The format of combos has a new one thanks to the Oath of Nissa unban. 


Pauper:  Pauper is getting some really nice new cards thanks to Double Masters.  You can see the list up top, and it caused a bit of an issue on MTGO as the new cards had legality with the update, but no one really knew what they were.  Abrade is a big one. Everflowing Chalice is another one.  all told, 25 new to the format cards are coming from the set. 


Vintage:   Emma Handy had this to say about the deck. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - TheHamburglar - Ninjas
Saturday Modern - Mateusf34 - Eldrazi Tron
Saturday Pauper - Lavaridge - Snow Delver
Saturday Pioneer - genmatsu - Kethis Combo
Saturday Standard - Thommimp - Temur Rec
Saturday Vintage - IamActuallyLvL1

Sunday Legacy - jtl005 - Esper Vial
Sunday Modern - Not enough players
Sunday Pauper - Corran62 - Bogles
Sunday Pioneer - LuisMJ - Mono Green Ramp
Sunday Standard - ElYallo - Mardu Winota
Sunday Vintage - Dazai

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:

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $17.49 $20.31 ($2.82) -14%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $7.80 $8.00 ($0.20) -3%
Questing Beast $6.59 $8.24 ($1.65) -20%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.33 $6.34 ($0.01) 0%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.67 $6.19 ($0.52) -8%
Assassin's Trophy $5.34 $5.66 ($0.32) -6%
Fiend Artisan $15.13 $15.18 ($0.05) 0%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $6.52 $6.37 $0.15 2%
Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy $4.33 $3.97 $0.36 9%
General Kudro of Drannith $16.24 $15.16 $1.08 7%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $7.54 $7.21 $0.33 5%
Luminous Broodmoth $6.97 $6.63 $0.34 5%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $7.03 $6.50 $0.53 8%
Shark Typhoon $8.44 $9.80 ($1.36) -14%
Rielle, the Everwise $5.61 $5.39 $0.22 4%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $6.26 $4.76 $1.50 32%
Leyline of the Void $6.88 $7.04 ($0.16) -2%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $4.47 $4.39 $0.08 2%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.68 $8.95 ($2.27) -25%
Teferi, Master of Time $20.17 $24.96 ($4.79) -19%
Terror of the Peaks $6.69 $6.83 ($0.14) -2%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $6.38 $6.34 $0.04 1%
Stormwing Entity $3.61 $6.35 ($2.74) -43%
Elder Gargaroth $13.40 $16.51 ($3.11) -19%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper 7.82 10.89 ($3.07) -28%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath 55.64 52.27 $3.37 6%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 7.02 6.78 $0.24 4%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 9.06 9.61 ($0.55) -6%
Klothys, God of Destiny 9.81 9 $0.81 9%
Teferi, Time Raveler 29.18 31.92 ($2.74) -9%
Finale of Devastation 6.9 5.37 $1.53 28%
Karn, the Great Creator 34.37 29.25 $5.12 18%
Dreadhorde Arcanist 9.61 11.06 ($1.45) -13%
Blast Zone 13.5 10.74 $2.76 26%
Modern StaplesAuntie's Hovel has jumped on to this list. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $4.35 $5.72 ($1.37) -24%
Auriok Champion $7.89 $6.12 $1.77 29%
Cavern of Souls $27.49 $29.22 ($1.73) -6%
Noble Hierarch $5.65 $5.06 $0.59 12%
Mishra's Bauble $22.47 $25.10 ($2.63) -10%
Aether Vial $15.42 $16.78 ($1.36) -8%
Trinisphere $6.02 $4.56 $1.46 32%
Horizon Canopy $10.59 $9.07 $1.52 17%
Tarmogoyf $7.74 $7.51 $0.23 3%
Magus of the Moon $5.07 $8.32 ($3.25) -39%
Liliana of the Veil $13.51 $13.03 $0.48 4%
Polluted Delta $8.87 $8.51 $0.36 4%
Wooded Foothills $8.23 $9.39 ($1.16) -12%
Flooded Strand $4.85 $4.67 $0.18 4%
Bloodstained Mire $10.82 $8.90 $1.92 22%
Windswept Heath $6.01 $5.96 $0.05 1%
Thoughtseize $8.58 $13.23 ($4.65) -35%
Cryptic Command $5.46 $5.52 ($0.06) -1%
Auntie's Hovel $5.70


Field of the Dead $8.05 $5.57 $2.48 45%
City of Brass $5.57 $5.46 $0.11 2%
Force of Negation $89.19 $80.63 $8.56 11%
Wrenn and Six $84.21 $87.92 ($3.71) -4%
Prismatic Vista $11.55 $9.77 $1.78 18%
Sunbaked Canyon $13.97 $14.64 ($0.67) -5%
Seasoned Pyromancer $41.38 $50.49 ($9.11) -18%
Fiery Islet $14.42 $14.58 ($0.16) -1%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $12.56 $10.44 $2.12 20%
Hexdrinker $6.37 $5.36 $1.01 19%
Plague Engineer $11.29 $12.09 ($0.80) -7%
Force of Vigor $10.62 $10.24 $0.38 4%
Collector Ouphe $5.67 $9.18 ($3.51) -38%
Nurturing Peatland $5.85 $6.48 ($0.63) -10%
Ice-Fang Coatl $10.00 $11.36 ($1.36) -12%
Giver of Runes $6.61 $7.12 ($0.51) -7%
Archmage's Charm $4.98 $6.24 ($1.26) -20%
Flusterstorm $6.15 $5.70 $0.45 8%
Chalice of the Void $12.98 $12.78 $0.20 2%
Karn Liberated $4.88 $4.74 $0.14 3%
Surgical Extraction $12.73 $14.24 ($1.51) -11%
Dismember $7.08 $7.52 ($0.44) -6%
Wurmcoil Engine $4.92 $5.03 ($0.11) -2%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.07 $8.53 $0.54 6%
Gemstone Mine $9.93 $11.91 ($1.98) -17%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $12.71 $12.89 ($0.18) -1%
Scalding Tarn $17.83 $16.21 $1.62 10%
Verdant Catacombs $17.17 $15.05 $2.12 14%
Misty Rainforest $14.09 $12.74 $1.35 11%
Arid Mesa $6.14 $6.39 ($0.25) -4%
Marsh Flats $4.00 $3.57 $0.43 12%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $5.54 $5.48 $0.06 1%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $20.56 $19.86 $0.70 4%
City of Traitors $24.86 $27.71 ($2.85) -10%
Monastery Mentor $5.89 $7.79 ($1.90) -24%
Force of Will $27.50 $32.87 ($5.37) -16%
Elvish Spirit Guide $8.42 $8.13 $0.29 4%
Karakas $7.38 $9.26 ($1.88) -20%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $29.52 $26.39 $3.13 12%
Land Tax $18.82 $21.83 ($3.01) -14%
Demonic Tutor $9.19 $9.23 ($0.04) 0%
Mishra's Workshop $6.64 $6.64 $0.00 0%
Unmask $9.54 $10.68 ($1.14) -11%
Misdirection $25.32 $24.46 $0.86 4%
Rishadan Port $8.55 $9.22 ($0.67) -7%
Entomb $8.41 $9.31 ($0.90) -10%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $54.31 $33.21 $21.10 64%
Mox Opal $5.44 $5.97 ($0.53) -9%
Mox Diamond $17.25 $19.37 ($2.12) -11%
Grindstone $15.94 $16.64 ($0.70) -4%
Wasteland $24.80 $26.25 ($1.45) -6%
Ancient Tomb $21.88 $16.88 $5.00 30%
Lotus Petal $14.57 $16.31 ($1.74) -11%
Earthcraft $9.50 $10.37 ($0.87) -8%
Academy Rector $14.42 $14.55 ($0.13) -1%
Grim Monolith $18.95 $26.75 ($7.80) -29%
Exploration $20.32 $20.29 $0.03 0%
Gaea's Cradle $27.08 $27.11 ($0.03) 0%
Carpet of Flowers $19.95 $16.48 $3.47 21%
Gilded Drake $21.34 $24.05 ($2.71) -11%
Show and Tell $6.00 $6.98 ($0.98) -14%
Black Lotus $11.43 $11.68 ($0.25) -2%
Tropical Island $12.05 $12.06 ($0.01) 0%
Volcanic Island $7.39 $8.07 ($0.68) -8%
Underground Sea $10.23 $9.70 $0.53 5%
Sol Ring $8.22 $7.56 $0.66 9%
Null Rod $12.79 $18.02 ($5.23) -29%
Doomsday $9.07 $8.86 $0.21 2%
Mindbreak Trap $7.06 $7.60 ($0.54) -7%
Pioneer Staples:  It feels like a lot of Pioneer staples have fallen off the list since the format has normalized.  It's also weird to me that there isn't much from Inverter or Breach decks on this list.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $6.16 $6.93 ($0.77) -11%
Soul-Scar Mage $7.73 $7.15 $0.58 8%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $6.03 $7.76 ($1.73) -22%
Collected Company $6.77 $7.27 ($0.50) -7%
Liliana, the Last Hope $6.77 $7.56 ($0.79) -10%
Collective Brutality $8.79 $10.41 ($1.62) -16%
Emrakul, the Promised End $3.50 $3.74 ($0.24) -6%
Breeding Pool $2.33 $2.73 ($0.40) -15%
Stomping Ground $2.69 $2.07 $0.62 30%
Godless Shrine $1.11 $0.89 $0.22 25%
Sacred Foundry $0.71 $0.58 $0.13 22%
Watery Grave $0.93 $0.96 ($0.03) -3%
Mana Confluence $7.41 $8.51 ($1.10) -13%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $8.25 $9.17 ($0.92) -10%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $5.41 $6.26 ($0.85) -14%
Mutavault $3.77 $3.59 $0.18 5%
Thought-Knot Seer $7.70 $9.52 ($1.82) -19%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $8.90 $11.31 ($2.41) -21%
Rest in Peace $5.58 $6.36 ($0.78) -12%
Supreme Verdict $3.22 $3.11 $0.11 4%
Hallowed Fountain $1.71 $2.11 ($0.40) -19%
Steam Vents $2.31 $2.54 ($0.23) -9%
Blood Crypt $2.29 $1.96 $0.33 17%
Overgrown Tomb $0.59 $0.41 $0.18 44%
Temple Garden $0.96 $0.60 $0.36 60%
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 $164.31 $152.01 $12.30 8%
Core Set 2021 $124.07 $135.45 ($11.38) -8%
Core Set 2021 Booster $3.12 $3.28 ($0.16) -5%
Guilds of Ravnica $39.44 $38.56 $0.88 2%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $113.41 $108.62 $4.79 4%
Modern Horizons $382.23 $385.94 ($3.71) -1%
Ravnica Allegiances $55.06 $49.48 $5.58 11%
Theros Beyond Death $123.58 $116.66 $6.92 6%
Throne of Eldraine $130.38 $129.13 $1.25 1%
Treasure Chest $2.84 $2.48 $0.36 15%
War of the Spark $136.70 $123.68 $13.02 11%


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 108.8
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 89.19
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 84.21
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 83.64
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 72.82
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 70.61
Mox Jet 1E Rare 68.42
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 68.37
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 63.53
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 58.99
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 57.9
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 55.64
Karakas UBT Mythic 54.42
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 54.31
Time Walk 1E Rare 52.94
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 52.09
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 51.45
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 48.17
Timetwister 1E Rare 43.19
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 41.83
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 41.38
Muxus, Goblin Grandee JMP Rare 39.68
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 38.69
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.91
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 35.03
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 34.37
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 31.52
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic 31.15
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.17
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 29.59
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 29.52
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic 29.19
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 29.18
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 28.05
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 27.59
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 27.58
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 27.56
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 27.55
Force of Will MED Rare 27.5
Cavern of Souls AVR Rare 27.49
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 27.08
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 27.04
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 27
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.12
Tuvasa the Sunlit PZ2 Mythic 25.94
Game of Chaos PZ2 Rare 25.34
Misdirection MM Rare 25.32
Unmask V16 Mythic 25
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 $26,575.  Last time, way back on May 29th it was $27,285.  Got another increase this week, this time of 1750.  There is a 710 dollar drop there.  One would assume that Double Masters has had a hand in this.  

 
In Closing

I have slept so poorly, but also for so long this week that days are blending in to one another.  My bloodwork is really good though, so that's great, I just can't seem to sleep for a set period of time.  Getting old is weird.  Prices were done on Friday morning, around 3:30 am, in between games of Fortnite and MTGO Pioneer leagues. 

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