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State of the Program for July 9th, 2021
 
In the News

Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms:  It released on MTGO with several bug fixes on Thursday.  No news as to when the Commander cards are going to be added to the client from the set.   Treasure chests updated as well. You can see how dungeons are going to be on MTGO as well here

World Championship News
: Two more players qualified for the event this year as Gabriel Nassif and Seth Manfield join Ondrej Strasky and Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa.  The players that qualify for Worlds will also get a $50,000 dollar appearance fee.  This added $800,000 brings the total back up to what Wizards of the Coast originally showed for the event. 
 

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
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:

July 14th:  Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Draft Gauntlet
July 21st:  Vintage Cube Featuring Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
August 4th:  New Spotlinght 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

Since Adventures in the Forgotten Realm just released Thursday, I am going to take a break on this section of the article.  Next week Cutting Edge Tech will focus on the formats that are helped the most with the new set, Historic, Pioneer and Standard! 


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Kuranari-Jackpa - Show and Tell
Saturday Pauper - Hamuda - Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - Xuxa - Mono Black Aggro
Saturday Standard -  _Batutinha - Sultai Ultimatum
Saturday Vintage - Nammersquats

Sunday Legacy - Jacobisboss - Izzet Delver
Sunday Modern - CrusherBotBG - Hammer Time
Sunday Pauper - Andrw1232 - ChatterStorm
Sunday Standard - Glacier7 - Cycling
Sunday Vintage - Butakov

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Showcase -
BeReborn - Rakdos Arcanist
Modern Showcase - MZBlazer - Izzet Delver


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:   With the new set coming out Thursday, doing prices, as always is a bit of a terrible idea.  I'll be skipping them this week and adding them to the table next week! 

Shark Typhoon has left the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $22.91 $18.23 $4.68 26%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.25 $5.08 $0.17 3%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $8.17 $10.34 ($2.17) -21%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $10.01 $10.77 ($0.76) -7%
Valki, God of Lies $59.78 $65.23 ($5.45) -8%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $10.51 $11.09 ($0.58) -5%
Goldspan Dragon $12.89 $13.17 ($0.28) -2%
Alrund's Epiphany $9.03 $9.00 $0.03 0%
Esika, God of the Tree $5.02 $5.11 ($0.09) -2%
Koma, Cosmos Serpent $6.73 $6.74 ($0.01) 0%
Halvar, God of Battle $6.37 $6.34 $0.03 0%
Elder Gargaroth $5.26 $8.08 ($2.82) -35%
Stormwing Entity $8.37 $8.31 $0.06 1%
Prismari Command $7.46 $8.35 ($0.89) -11%
Magma Opus $6.95 $6.94 $0.01 0%
Professor Onyx $7.79 $7.97 ($0.18) -2%
Velomachus Lorehold $9.48 $9.42 $0.06 1%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.02 $6.58 ($0.56) -9%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $6.91 $8.34 ($1.43) -17%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 8.79 5.91 $2.88 49%
Klothys, God of Destiny 3.62 8.07 ($4.45) -55%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $19.81 $25.25 ($5.44) -22%
Skyclave Apparition $21.02 $23.51 ($2.49) -11%
Modern Staples: I got rid of a couple of doubles from Modern Horizons 2 from the list that I missed last time. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $6.36 $12.05 ($5.69) -47%
Steelshaper's Gift $9.57 $3.25 $6.32 194%
Engineered Explosives $19.81 $11.45 $8.36 73%
Night's Whisper $4.75 $5.31 ($0.56) -11%
Cavern of Souls $21.84 $21.20 $0.64 3%
Noble Hierarch $3.67 $5.65 ($1.98) -35%
Mishra's Bauble $35.09 $42.95 ($7.86) -18%
Utopia Sprawl $3.18 $5.61 ($2.43) -43%
Aether Vial $14.76 $19.57 ($4.81) -25%
Horizon Canopy $10.17 $12.01 ($1.84) -15%
Tarmogoyf $4.23 $5.38 ($1.15) -21%
Liliana of the Veil $17.18 $22.87 ($5.69) -25%
Snapcaster Mage $3.31 $5.01 ($1.70) -34%
Polluted Delta $10.89 $13.26 ($2.37) -18%
Wooded Foothills $9.11 $16.28 ($7.17) -44%
Flooded Strand $8.86 $10.88 ($2.02) -19%
Bloodstained Mire $9.04 $9.64 ($0.60) -6%
Windswept Heath $8.40 $13.27 ($4.87) -37%
Thoughtseize $9.24 $8.69 $0.55 6%
Cryptic Command $3.31 $5.83 ($2.52) -43%
Elvish Reclaimer $5.45 $8.41 ($2.96) -35%
Inkmoth Nexus $5.71 $2.40 $3.31 138%
Force of Negation $77.89 $95.07 ($17.18) -18%
Wrenn and Six $54.94 $58.18 ($3.24) -6%
Prismatic Vista $10.24 $14.35 ($4.11) -29%
Sunbaked Canyon $15.34 $18.49 ($3.15) -17%
Seasoned Pyromancer $24.16 $27.96 ($3.80) -14%
Fiery Islet $19.22 $19.15 $0.07 0%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $8.85 $11.18 ($2.33) -21%
Plague Engineer $8.91 $8.72 $0.19 2%
Force of Vigor $30.53 $26.30 $4.23 16%
Giver of Runes $5.83 $4.29 $1.54 36%
Flusterstorm $6.82 $10.38 ($3.56) -34%
Archmage's Charm $16.29 $22.91 ($6.62) -29%
Hexdrinker $6.18 $6.68 ($0.50) -7%
Ice-Fang Coatl $4.83 $6.78 ($1.95) -29%
Silent Clearing $9.70 $5.96 $3.74 63%
Kaya's Guile $10.13 $14.75 ($4.62) -31%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $2.74 $5.90 ($3.16) -54%
Collector Ouphe $5.94 $5.77 $0.17 3%
Nurturing Peatland $5.28 $7.21 ($1.93) -27%
On Thin Ice $4.79 $5.44 ($0.65) -12%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $130.38 $97.79 $32.59 33%
Urza's Saga $51.56 $54.81 ($3.25) -6%
Solitude $14.33 $32.71 ($18.38) -56%
Endurance $59.57 $44.06 $15.51 35%
Grief $21.25 $24.18 ($2.93) -12%
Dauthi Voidwalker $28.82 $23.58 $5.24 22%
Murktide Regent $32.68 $11.82 $20.86 176%
Ignoble Hierarch $7.61 $20.50 ($12.89) -63%
Svyelun of Sea and Sky $2.29 $16.66 ($14.37) -86%
Subtlety $9.90 $7.17 $2.73 38%
Scion of Draco $2.09 $10.90 ($8.81) -81%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $2.98 $10.30 ($7.32) -71%
Sanctum Prelate $20.72 $8.75 $11.97 137%
Kaldra Compleat $3.58 $7.11 ($3.53) -50%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $5.53 $7.20 ($1.67) -23%
Chalice of the Void $16.56 $9.58 $6.98 73%
Surgical Extraction $13.03 $16.44 ($3.41) -21%
Dismember $4.52 $6.40 ($1.88) -29%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $13.55 $1.50 $12.05 803%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $7.46 $5.71 $1.75 31%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.37 $7.60 ($0.23) -3%
Teferi, Time Raveler $28.63 $38.88 ($10.25) -26%
Gemstone Mine $10.21 $8.05 $2.16 27%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.41 $9.59 ($1.18) -12%
Stoneforge Mystic $2.80 $5.40 ($2.60) -48%
Scalding Tarn $8.74 $10.49 ($1.75) -17%
Verdant Catacombs $7.46 $8.81 ($1.35) -15%
Misty Rainforest $6.81 $8.74 ($1.93) -22%
Arid Mesa $3.65 $3.98 ($0.33) -8%
Marsh Flats $3.39 $3.89 ($0.50) -13%
Eternal StaplesSphere of Resistance is off the list this week. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $30.57 $35.02 ($4.45) -13%
Opposition Agent $22.55 $18.02 $4.53 25%
Jeweled Lotus $14.69 $16.50 ($1.81) -11%
City of Traitors $19.69 $17.76 $1.93 11%
Allosaurus Shepherd $39.79 $36.07 $3.72 10%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $6.87 $6.99 ($0.12) -2%
Force of Will $40.41 $42.95 ($2.54) -6%
Karakas $10.23 $12.68 ($2.45) -19%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.12 $33.97 ($13.85) -41%
Demonic Tutor $15.04 $16.65 ($1.61) -10%
Food Chain $11.30 $9.35 $1.95 21%
Unmask $4.90 $5.23 ($0.33) -6%
Misdirection $13.06 $13.17 ($0.11) -1%
Rishadan Port $16.31 $17.00 ($0.69) -4%
Snuff Out $15.10 $13.47 $1.63 12%
Submerge $11.91 $16.72 ($4.81) -29%
Daze $8.73 $10.96 ($2.23) -20%
Entomb $6.05 $5.78 $0.27 5%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $18.08 $20.18 ($2.10) -10%
Stifle $6.36 $9.24 ($2.88) -31%
Mox Diamond $24.06 $28.80 ($4.74) -16%
Wasteland $30.93 $33.13 ($2.20) -7%
Ancient Tomb $18.31 $20.62 ($2.31) -11%
Lotus Petal $22.76 $24.27 ($1.51) -6%
Grim Monolith $12.62 $12.99 ($0.37) -3%
Exploration $16.52 $16.88 ($0.36) -2%
Gaea's Cradle $38.28 $37.33 $0.95 3%
Carpet of Flowers $30.03 $39.94 ($9.91) -25%
Gilded Drake $9.13 $12.16 ($3.03) -25%
Black Lotus $9.29 $9.30 ($0.01) 0%
Tropical Island $6.23 $5.21 $1.02 20%
Volcanic Island $10.04 $8.27 $1.77 21%
Underground Sea $10.58 $8.78 $1.80 21%
Null Rod $11.63 $10.68 $0.95 9%
Doomsday $18.81 $22.96 ($4.15) -18%
Paradigm Shift $12.64 $12.43 $0.21 2%
Mindbreak Trap $6.06 $6.36 ($0.30) -5%
Pioneer StaplesCollective Brutality  shrinks the Pioneer list a little bit more. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $4.43 $6.10 ($1.67) -27%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $4.23 $5.67 ($1.44) -25%
Collected Company $6.38 $6.08 $0.30 5%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $5.51 $5.10 $0.41 8%
Spirebluff Canal $8.18 $10.52 ($2.34) -22%
Kozilek's Return $3.55 $6.82 ($3.27) -48%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $7.54 $8.10 ($0.56) -7%
Karn, the Great Creator $22.53 $25.35 ($2.82) -11%
Blast Zone $5.61 $5.37 $0.24 4%
Finale of Devastation $16.57 $19.49 ($2.92) -15%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $21.53 $11.08 $10.45 94%
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!

Next week Strixhaven boosters will come off, and the Forgotten Realms stuff, much like Standard, will be added to this table. 

Complete Set Price Last Week Change % Change
Core Set 2021 $39.54 $42.75 ($3.21) -8%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $33.57 $33.07 $0.50 2%
Kaldheim $191.95 $204.38 ($12.43) -6%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $110.36 $122.56 ($12.20) -10%
Strixhaven: School of Mages Booster $2.87 $3.14 ($0.27) -9%
Theros Beyond Death $84.14 $82.86 $1.28 2%
Throne of Eldraine $115.16 $116.11 ($0.95) -1%
Treasure Chest $2.74 $2.83 ($0.09) -3%
Zendikar Rising $91.86 $93.96 ($2.10) -2%


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 166.06
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 123.86
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 101.17
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 99.96
Karakas UBT Mythic 91.6
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 91.59
Mox Jet 1E Rare 84.42
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 77.89
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 77.41
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 72.35
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 66.81
Time Walk 1E Rare 66.47
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 65.52
Valki, God of Lies KHM Mythic 59.78
Endurance MH2 Mythic 59.69
Wasteland EXP Mythic 56.06
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 54.94
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 51.56
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 50.18
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 49.42
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 48.87
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 46.55
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 45.81
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 44.01
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 43.39
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 42.88
Force of Will MED Rare 40.41
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 40.34
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 39.79
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 38.28
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 37.58
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 37.58
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 37.32
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 36.75
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 35.44
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 35.09
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 35.08
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 34.1
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 33.39
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.93
Timetwister 1E Rare 32.71
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 32.68
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 32.36
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 31.71
Wasteland TPR Rare 31.53
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 31.05
Aether Vial MS2 Bonus 30.99
Wasteland TE Uncommon 30.93
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.84
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 30.57
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 30.53
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 30.03
Dauthi Voidwalker MH2 Rare 28.82
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 28.63
Wasteland EMA Rare 28.45
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 27.94
Ignoble Hierarch MH2 Rare 27.78
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.54
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 27.43
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 27.2
Underground Sea ME4 Rare 26.82
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.76
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 26.72
Force of Will EMA Mythic 26.43
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.34
Force of Will VMA Rare 26.25
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.68
Reanimate UBT Mythic 25.16
Ethereal Forager C20 Rare 25.06
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 25.04
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 $26,440.
 
In Closing

I finished a couple of Glimpse of Tomorrow decks in Modern this week and played them.  They are wildly inconsistent, but when when they pop off, they really pop off.  I also decided that Mishra's Bauble could leave the format and I wouldn't miss it at all.  I have that I love Modern so much but anything list that includes Force of Negation, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, Urza's Saga, the evoke elementals from Modern Horizons two and Wrenn and Six have priced me out of a lot of decks.  Living End is one of my favorite things to do, but going at it without a few copies of Force of Negation seems wrong.  Heck even Seasoned Pyromancer is keeping me from stuff. 

I get that Magic is expensive and a luxury hobby and I know that the current prices on MTGO are based on rental services buying up copies for their customer's demands, but I feel like MTGO is going to be at a breaking point soon.  Something has to give, the economy isn't as strong as it used to be, drafters are drafting more on a newer, shiner, more ladder filled version of Duals of the Planeswalker, and Commander cards from Strixhaven and Forgotten Realms have no announced timetable for when they are being added to the client. 

I'm nervous, but I am also having a good time playing Magic. 

At least my son is here, and has been here since Wednesday to keep my occupied otherwise! 

Price tables were done on Thursday night. 

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