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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
Jul 05 2019 11:00am

State of the Program for July 5th, 2019
In the News

MTGO Issues with Pauper Legality:  With the most recent update, Pauper got access to a ton of cards.  Some of those cards did not work when the update came back up.  Red Elemental Blast, Blue Elemental Blast and Forked Bolt were some of the cards affected.  Most of these issues were corrected after downtime came back up, Forked Bolt however, will have to wait to make its debut until later in the year

Arena Issues:  Arena also had some issues coming back from its downtime, so the only reasonable explanation is that Core Set 2020 is a Scooby Doo villain and has cursed digital play online.  Things are stable, but for a while there were some wild workarounds, stuff like using a VPN to connect to a west coast server. 

Mythic Championship V: 
This October, the Mythic Championship contenders will finally get to see all the drama in the LBC as the Mythic Championships makes it way to Thunder Studios in Long Beach, California.  I just wanted to work in a reference to Snoop Dogg. 

Pauper Premier League: 
Celebrating the newest additions to the format, CoolstuffInc is running a Premier league starting July 11th and continuing on Thursdays.  You can watch the hype video here, but honestly, Alex Ullman is where it's at, at the risk of sounding biased! Seriously though, every player in this league is great, and fans of commons should love it! 

The Magic Celebrity Cup: 
Red Bull is sponsoring a competition between England, France and Germany that sees a celebrity paired with a Magic expert.  Info can be found 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
Scheduled Downtimes
August 14th, 2019
Constructed Leagues End
September 25, 2019
Sealed Leagues End
September 30, 2019
Next B&R Announcement
July 8th, 2019
Ravnica Allegiance Redemption
 Ends July 10th, 2019
Modern Horizons Ends
August 14th, 2019
September 2019
January, 2020
Spring, 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:
MOCS Playoff - July 13th, Standard
Limited MOCS Prelim - July 7th, Phantom Modern Horizons

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:
Event Type
Start Time
Saturday, 8:00 am PT 
Saturday, 10:00 am PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT
The Hot Take Corner

Magic Twitter was wilding out this week.  Started off with the week (well mind you, the writing week for State of the Program is Thursday to Thursday, so this was last week) with a controversy from Play it Forward, an organization to find the next female/nonbinary Pro Tour player.  They pass out donated prizes to the best finishing players at MagicFests, and turns out, the operator of the program isn't a huge fan of intentional draws.  They tweeted out that they have a beef with draws and would no longer be calculating those points earned in the final round in the totals for the winners.

This of course could harm players that this program is looking to recognize, as well, sometimes drawing, a perfectly legal action in tournament Magic, can lead to higher money finishes that would not be gotten with a loss.  After the tweet went out, a large amount of female and nonbinary players kindly replied to express their displeasure. This resulted in a doubling down from the organizer, who sent out a challenge to create a new program in place of it. 

Jess Estephan seems to be taking that message to heart and is in the early planning stages of doing so. 

Yesterday, a former Navy SEAL that owns a store in Washington decided that the London Mulligan wasn't a thing his store was going to be doing.  He posted on Facebook that as a Constitionalist, sovereign citizen and believer in the 1st Amendment, that the tournaments he ran were not going to run the London Mulligan.  He claims to have talked to someone at Wizards of the Coast who gave him permission to continue to run sanctioned events with the Vancouver mulligan.  This of course is impossible, as the rules for mulligans are handled in the comp rules of the game.  No one gets to opt out of what the mulligan rule is.  After some doubling down, the store owner decided that he would contact Wizards again on Friday, and see if he was giving bad information.

The main take away from both of these is that people made decisions, opened up debate, getting dunked on and in the heat of a moment, doubled down. Instead of taking that action it may have been better to approach both of these, and while getting dunked on (it's not a great feeling, to be sure), read the replies, saw the passion, and realized that things were not going in the correct way.  There were learning experiences to be had, and a lot of hurt feelings and inflamed responses that could have been avoided had people just listened.   

Cutting Edge Tech

No decklists this week as I wanted to see what Core Set 2020 will add to the formats.  We had three Standard decks to look at from the most recent posting, and I think that Feather is a super sweet deck, but I want to see something a bit more interesting.  This section will be back next week. 

Winner's Circle

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

Pauper Playoff: Team 5c with Affinity.
Vintage Playoff:  shir kahn with BUG
Modern MCQ:  Lennny with UW Control
Legacy Challenge:  Bryant_Cook with ANT
Modern Challenge:  Matti with DredgeVine
Sealed War Block MCQ.  pacoelflaco won with Bant

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

Monday:  The peeps at Common Knowledge talked about Arcum's Astrolabe.

Tuesday:  We had a look at Core Set 2020 for Modern this week. 

Wednesday: Oliver also looked at some of the sweet Modern brews to come out recently. 

Thursday:  Vincent had a set review for Core Set 2020 in Limited play

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: A ton of Core Set 2020 was added to the list, and next week it appears a ton of soon to be rotating cards are going to fall off.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Arclight Phoenix $29.99 $35.19 ($5.20) -15%
Teferi, Time Raveler $16.29 $13.67 $2.62 19%
Hydroid Krasis $15.71 $16.12 ($0.41) -3%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $17.78 $18.75 ($0.97) -5%
Prime Speaker Vannifer $8.22 $8.24 ($0.02) 0%
Seraph of the Scales $8.24 $8.56 ($0.32) -4%
Firesong and Sunspeaker $5.67 $5.13 $0.54 11%
Vraska, Golgari Queen $4.30 $5.67 ($1.37) -24%
Finale of Devastation $20.77 $25.90 ($5.13) -20%
God-Eternal Kefnet $4.78 $4.87 ($0.09) -2%
Karn, the Great Creator $10.15 $8.38 $1.77 21%
Finale of Promise $28.27 $29.32 ($1.05) -4%
Ilharg, the Raze-Boar $4.61 $5.13 ($0.52) -10%
Aggressive Mammoth $5.23 $5.11 $0.12 2%
God-Eternal Oketra $3.41 $3.41 $0.00 0%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $7.81 $8.35 ($0.54) -6%
Skarrgan Hellkite $7.37 $7.12 $0.25 4%
Assassin's Trophy $6.62 $6.25    
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $16.71      
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $11.82      
Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer $9.51

Leyline of the Void $9.13

Yarok, the Desecrated $7.57

Omnath, Locus of the Roil $7.46

Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $6.90

Chandra, Acolyte of Flame $6.26

Kykar, Wind's Fury $5.76

Rienne, Angel of Rebirth $5.26

Cavalier of Thorns $5.20

Biogenic Ooze $5.03

Eternal staples:  A couple of cards fell off, I am starting to get concerned about Modern Horizons prices, as I am not sure enough is going to opened.  Some things appear to be getting out of control there. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Back to Basics $7.40 $8.32 ($0.92) -11%
Cavern of Souls $17.38 $16.71 $0.67 4%
Chalice of the Void $21.24 $18.37 $2.87 16%
City of Traitors $25.59 $26.82 ($1.23) -5%
Daze $4.15 $4.97 ($0.82) -16%
Engineered Explosives $10.84 $12.39 ($1.55) -13%
Ensnaring Bridge $20.57 $21.78 ($1.21) -6%
Force of Will $18.69 $21.27 ($2.58) -12%
Gemstone Mine $13.55 $11.07 $2.48 22%
Horizon Canopy $14.32 $15.57 ($1.25) -8%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $27.37 $27.13 $0.24 1%
Karn Liberated $14.12 $14.45 ($0.33) -2%
Liliana of the Veil $20.88 $24.39 ($3.51) -14%
Liliana, the Last Hope $12.98 $12.02 $0.96 8%
Auriok Champion $10.95 $14.77 ($3.82) -26%
Mox Opal $32.67 $41.62 ($8.95) -22%
Scalding Tarn $16.36 $17.01 ($0.65) -4%
Surgical Extraction $49.12 $50.29 ($1.17) -2%
True-Name Nemesis $35.50 $43.98 ($8.48) -19%
Underground Sea $8.52 $7.23 $1.29 18%
Wasteland $20.43 $19.99 $0.44 2%
Mishra's Bauble $15.02 $13.53 $1.49 11%
Snapcaster Mage $10.67 $7.98 $2.69 34%
Trinisphere $7.47 $7.83 ($0.36) -5%
Mox Diamond $17.63 $17.86 ($0.23) -1%
Force of Negation $44.18 $31.81 $12.37 39%
Wrenn and Six $59.88 $44.61 $15.27 34%
Prismatic Vista $11.21 $8.23 $2.98 36%
Giver of Runes $8.05 $5.05 $3.00 59%
Sunbaked Canyon $9.28 $5.54 $3.74 68%
Seasoned Pyromancer $27.44 $21.76 $5.68 26%
Fiery Islet $7.01 $6.04 $0.97 16%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $18.26 $10.70 $7.56 71%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $11.48 $8.96 $2.52 28%
Hexdrinker $9.28 $4.49 $4.79 107%
Plague Engineer $11.53 $5.88 $5.65 96%
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!  I will be kicking off the War of the Spark Booster next week, just wanted to see it's price after a new set came out. 

Complete Set Price Last Week Change % Change
Core Set 2019 $99.29 $93.46 $5.83 6%
Dominaria $24.97 $24.55 $0.42 2%
Guilds of Ravnica $73.77 $82.35 ($8.58) -10%
Ixalan $17.39 $17.68 ($0.29) -2%
Ravnica Allegiances $118.36 $120.15 ($1.79) -1%
Rivals of Ixalan $16.31 $16.90 ($0.59) -3%
Treasure Chest $2.55 $2.54 $0.01 0%
War of the Spark Booster $1.95 $3.01 ($1.06) -35%
War of the Spark $139.65 $139.04 $0.61 0%
Core Set 2020 Booster $3.47

Core Set 2020 $193.22

The Good Stuff
The following is a list of all the non-promo, non-foil 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. I have decided to add promo cards to this list as well, as we are starting to see more and more in stock, and with that the prices are changing as well.  It seemed fun too!

Black Lotus 1E Rare 303.36
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 157.12
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 116.24
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 115.75
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 101.18
Mox Jet 1E Rare 92.53
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 81.04
Time Walk 1E Rare 71.6
Liliana of the Veil PRM Mythic 67.98
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 63.45
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 63.23
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 59.88
Surgical Extraction PRM Rare 53.75
Surgical Extraction NPH Rare 49.12
Timetwister 1E Rare 49.08
Surgical Extraction MM2 Rare 48.98
Liliana of the Veil UMA Mythic 44.72
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 44.18
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 42.49
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 41.17
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 40.67
Unmask V16 Mythic 36.11
True-Name Nemesis PZ1 Mythic 35.5
Mox Opal MM2 Mythic 34.79
Black Lotus PRM Rare 34
Narset, Parter of Veils PRM Uncommon 33.09
Mox Opal SOM Mythic 32.67
Mox Opal MS2 Bonus 31.11
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 30.93
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 30.88
Mox Sapphire PRM Rare 30
Arclight Phoenix GRN Mythic 29.99
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 29.95
Karn Liberated UMA Mythic 29.78
True-Name Nemesis C13 Rare 29.74
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 29.62
Finale of Promise WAR Mythic 28.27
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 27.44
Jace, the Mind Sculptor WWK Mythic 27.37
Liliana of the Veil MM3 Mythic 27.33
Force of Will MED Rare 26.96
Jace, the Mind Sculptor EMA Mythic 26.85
Jace, the Mind Sculptor VMA Mythic 26.83
Jace, the Mind Sculptor A25 Mythic 26.73
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper MS4 Mythic 26.6
Ensnaring Bridge A25 Mythic 26.16
City of Traitors EX Rare 25.59
Snapcaster Mage UMA Mythic 25.54
Ancestral Recall PRM Rare 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 15204.  Pete emailed me this number on Tueday, July 2nd.  He really is the dang best.  Last week the big number was 15615.  So what's the 411?  No, wait, that's how much MTGO lost this week. 
In Closing

Prices were done on July 4th, as was most of the article.  Core Set 2020 has been a lot of fun strategy wise, and hopefully soon we'll see how the decks of each format are added.  I'm also really interested to see how cards like Goblin Grenade impact Pauper. 

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