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State of the Program for June 10th, 2022
 
In the News

Pioneer Bans:  On June 7, 2022, Pioneer added two cards to it's ban list, in Winota, Joiner of Forces and Expressive Iteration.  You can check out the reasoning for that here.

2022 Season 1 MOCS Showcase: 
This airs on the Magic: The Gathering Twitch channel on June 18th, showcasing Modern and Vintage Cube. 

20 Years of MTGO: 
If your account was created prior to June 7th, Daybreak Games has granted it 100 Play Points.  Accounts will also be granted a special avatar after the celebration is over base on the age of the account after the event.  Bear Cub (Which isn't even on the client in a playable form), Young Pyromancer, Eager Cadet, Veteran Adventurer and Transcendent Master all get the avatar treatment. 

20th Anniversary Series: 
Players that go 5-0 or 4-1 in special constructed and limited play-in events get an invite to the series Finals.  To enter the finals you must have a Constructed Finals and a Limited Finals token.  The format for the finals is Modern Horizons 2 sealed, with a top 8 draft. If you win this event, you get a four regular Magic Online sets of Vintage-legal expansions.  2-4 get 1 set of each vintage-legal expansion.  5-8 get 100 treasure chests.  It's a heck of a prize.  Play-in Events rotate between Legacy, Vintage, Modern and Pioneer.  Limited Play-ins feature Masters 25, Vintage Masters, Modern Horizons and Modern Horizons 2. 

Mythic Token: 
To go along with the Anniversary Series, the Mythic Token is also back in the store.  From June 8-25, the Mythic Event token will be available to use for the Showcase Challenges, Champions Showcase and just about any other Constructed format you could want on the client. 

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
June 29. 2022
Constructed Leagues End
Ends August 31, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends September 1, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
Neon Dynasty Redemption
Ends Jul 27, 2022
New Capenna Redemption

Ends October 12, 2022
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:

Ongoing - Vintage Cube
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

June 11 - Modern Showcase Challenge
June 12 - Pioneer Showcase Challenge
June 18 - Pauper Showcase Challenge
June 26 - Legacy Showcase Challenge

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
 
The Hot Take Corner

I wonder what Modern would look like without the fetchlands and with Horizons sets. 

That's it, that's the section this week.

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:

Legacy: The deck this week might be foreshadowing, it might not be, but with the amount of Izzet in the format, let's go ahead and say that it is not foreshadowing

Modern:   People want to ban all the companions, but I've yet to see Gyruda, Doom of Depth do anything really broken in any format it was in.  Get rid of the ones that make things hard (I am looking at you Yorion, Sky Nomad), and leave the rest alone.  Obosh, the Preypiercer doesn't deserve this kind of disrespect. 


Pauper:  Mono black shows up every so often but not like it used to.  Pauper sure has come a long way. 


Pioneer:  This is the start of the post ban Phoenix deck.  Without Expressive Iteration the delve package gets a little tighter and Pieces of the Puzzle comes back to shine. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Ozymandias17 - Jeskai Mentor
Saturday Modern - Elvaan1234 - Temur Rhinos
Saturday Pauper - Kibblixy - Turbo Fog
Saturday Pioneer - sgcyrus - Gruul Ramp
Saturday Standard -  msskinbolic - Hinata Control
Saturday Vintage - Miharu_Fuyumiya

Sunday Legacy - alopcas - GW Lands
Sunday Modern - kanister - Grixis Death's Shadow
Sunday Pauper - billster47 - Boros Inside Out
Sunday Pioneer - McWinSauce - Rakdos Mid
Sunday Standard - SoulStrong - Hinata Control
Sunday Vintage - fistfullofmetal

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: Vivien on the Hunt is back on the list.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $22.49 $22.49 $0.00 0.00%
Acererak the Archlich $5.48 $5.48 $0.00 0.00%
Den of the Bugbear $27.15 $32.73 -$5.58 -17.05%
Lolth, Spider Queen $6.70 $7.16 -$0.46 -6.42%
Hall of the Storm Giants $17.84 $17.70 $0.14 0.79%
Treasure Vault $10.82 $9.80 $1.02 10.41%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $15.59 $17.15 -$1.56 -9.10%
Lair of the Hydra $18.30 $21.87 -$3.57 -16.32%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $7.50 $7.57 -$0.07 -0.92%
Blightstep Pathway $7.76 $6.63 $1.13 17.04%
Goldspan Dragon $10.54 $9.30 $1.24 13.33%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $6.63 $6.63 $0.00 0.00%
Wrenn and Seven $18.13 $18.13 $0.00 0.00%
The Meathook Massacre $33.99 $38.76 -$4.77 -12.31%
Intrepid Adversary $5.84 $5.84 $0.00 0.00%
Memory Deluge $6.84 $8.55 -$1.71 -20.00%
Brutal Cathar $6.06 $7.77 -$1.71 -22.01%
Haunted Ridge $7.10 $7.43 -$0.33 -4.44%
Graveyard Trespasser $27.37 $9.85 $17.52 177.87%
Deserted Beach $4.25 $5.36 -$1.11 -20.71%
Boseiju, Who Endures $43.87 $41.52 $2.35 5.66%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $7.18 $8.05 -$0.87 -10.81%
Kaito Shizuki $7.20 $7.89 -$0.69 -8.75%
March of Otherworldly Light $8.30 $8.14 $0.16 1.97%
Otawara, Soaring City $14.57 $14.19 $0.38 2.68%
The Wandering Emperor $64.25 $61.79 $2.46 3.98%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $15.12 $15.92 -$0.80 -5.03%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $18.51 $23.19 -$4.68 -20.18%
Ledger Shredder $56.00 $53.53 $2.47 4.61%
Unlicensed Hearse $22.03 $16.35 $5.68 34.74%
Titan of Industry $5.34 $5.87 -$0.53 -9.03%
Vivien on the Hunt $6.09


Chandra, Dressed to Kill $26.25 $27.77 -$1.52 -5.47%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $12.98 $12.98 $0.00 0.00%
Cultivator Colossus $33.51 $34.34 -$0.83 -2.42%
Sorin the Mirthless $19.89 $20.50 -$0.61 -2.98%
Hallowed Haunting $5.25 $4.97 $0.28 5.63%
Stormcarved Coast $10.01 $10.21 -$0.20 -1.96%
Skyclave Apparition $9.51 $10.28 -$0.77 -7.49%
Shatterskull Smashing $9.03 $8.93 $0.10 1.12%
Roiling Vortex $5.62 $5.41 $0.21 3.88%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.44 $7.29 $0.15 2.06%
Turntimber Symbiosis $12.56 $11.81 $0.75 6.35%
Branchloft Pathway $7.08 $8.07 -$0.99 -12.27%
Riverglide Pathway $10.68 $12.72 -$2.04 -16.04%
Modern StaplesSubtlety has jumped back on to the list this week. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $10.58 $11.11 -$0.53 -5%
Steelshaper's Gift $6.10 $5.64 $0.46 8%
Cavern of Souls $15.07 $12.26 $2.81 23%
Mishra's Bauble $25.47 $24.90 $0.57 2%
Aether Vial $6.45 $6.93 -$0.48 -7%
Magus of the Moon $9.08 $8.37 $0.71 8%
Liliana of the Veil $8.97 $9.38 -$0.41 -4%
Polluted Delta $6.82 $8.50 -$1.68 -20%
Wooded Foothills $5.09 $5.48 -$0.39 -7%
Flooded Strand $7.19 $8.21 -$1.02 -12%
Bloodstained Mire $4.02 $4.63 -$0.61 -13%
Windswept Heath $4.14 $5.56 -$1.42 -26%
Thoughtseize $11.46 $9.17 $2.29 25%
Force of Negation $34.25 $36.46 -$2.21 -6%
Wrenn and Six $21.10 $50.55 -$29.45 -58%
Prismatic Vista $7.10 $6.25 $0.85 14%
Sunbaked Canyon $18.44 $14.90 $3.54 24%
Seasoned Pyromancer $19.32 $22.03 -$2.71 -12%
Fiery Islet $5.79 $6.48 -$0.69 -11%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $6.73 $6.65 $0.08 1%
Force of Vigor $31.99 $28.95 $3.04 11%
Flusterstorm $16.77 $16.74 $0.03 0%
Archmage's Charm $12.42 $16.61 -$4.19 -25%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $16.86 $15.12 $1.74 12%
Archon of Cruelty $7.72 $7.90 -$0.18 -2%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $44.75 $45.48 -$0.73 -2%
Urza's Saga $50.03 $47.66 $2.37 5%
Solitude $30.11 $38.92 -$8.81 -23%
Endurance $73.13 $65.93 $7.20 11%
Grief $8.40 $8.61 -$0.21 -2%
Murktide Regent $29.24 $27.98 $1.26 5%
Fury $24.62 $21.78 $2.84 13%
Esper Sentinel $6.33 $5.77 $0.56 10%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $7.97 $8.07 -$0.10 -1%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $7.63 $7.61 $0.02 0%
Prismatic Ending $7.42 $5.88

Subtlety $6.41


Chalice of the Void $16.72 $17.53 -$0.81 -5%
Surgical Extraction $7.20 $6.34 $0.86 14%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $6.10 $6.18 -$0.08 -1%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.26 $8.41 $0.85 10%
Teferi, Time Raveler $33.33 $33.69 -$0.36 -1%
Gemstone Mine $8.03 $8.07 -$0.04 0%
Scalding Tarn $5.03 $5.70 -$0.67 -12%
Verdant Catacombs $3.15 $2.85 $0.30 11%
Misty Rainforest $5.24 $4.03 $1.21 30%
Arid Mesa $2.25 $2.02 $0.23 11%
Marsh Flats $1.48 $1.36 $0.12 9%

Eternal StaplesLion's Eye Diamond and Displacer Kitten and Karn, the Great Creator all work together to create infinite mana.  This will eventually cause Karn to activate to get a big ole Walking Ballista

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Hullbreacher $41.57 $43.60 ($2.03) -5%
Opposition Agent $28.70 $23.86 $4.84 20%
Jeweled Lotus $28.70 $30.11 ($1.41) -5%
City of Traitors $14.77 $15.69 ($0.92) -6%
Allosaurus Shepherd $26.51 $26.21 $0.30 1%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $22.10 $22.57 ($0.47) -2%
Force of Will $69.46 $66.38 $3.08 5%
Karakas $8.57 $9.32 ($0.75) -8%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $21.84 $23.46 ($1.62) -7%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $7.34 $7.34 $0.00 0%
Enlightened Tutor $7.66 $7.81 ($0.15) -2%
Lion's Eye Diamond $6.28


Unmask $8.25 $9.42 ($1.17) -12%
Misdirection $14.73 $14.73 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $13.32 $13.58 ($0.26) -2%
Snuff Out $19.50 $19.37 $0.13 1%
Submerge $13.13 $12.89 $0.24 2%
Daze $6.39 $7.14 ($0.75) -11%
Kappa Cannoneer $13.23 $16.01 ($2.78) -17%
Entomb $10.95 $10.95 $0.00 0%
Retrofitter Foundry $10.12 $8.47 $1.65 19%
Recruiter of the Guard $15.36 $17.45 ($2.09) -12%
Mox Diamond $36.65 $34.61 $2.04 6%
Wasteland $24.13 $25.59 ($1.46) -6%
Ancient Tomb $21.89 $23.34 ($1.45) -6%
Lotus Petal $32.33 $33.42 ($1.09) -3%
Grindstone $5.78 $6.11 ($0.33) -5%
Academy Rector $4.96 $5.22 ($0.26) -5%
Grim Monolith $12.72 $12.83 ($0.11) -1%
Goblin Welder $5.40 $5.29 $0.11 2%
Meltdown $51.46 $44.54 $6.92 16%
Exploration $24.64 $23.69 $0.95 4%
Gaea's Cradle $24.90 $25.14 ($0.24) -1%
Carpet of Flowers $19.82 $18.99 $0.83 4%
Gilded Drake $14.69 $13.67 $1.02 7%
Show and Tell $10.72 $11.05 ($0.33) -3%
Black Lotus $11.25 $10.95 $0.30 3%
Volcanic Island $7.82 $8.34 ($0.52) -6%
Underground Sea $7.77 $10.42 ($2.65) -25%
Null Rod $9.23 $9.70 ($0.47) -5%
Doomsday $26.48 $26.73 ($0.25) -1%
Paradigm Shift $10.98 $11.26 ($0.28) -2%
Pioneer Staples:  Wow a lot of new cards came on to the list this week. Who knows what was being pushed out of the format because Winota and Expressive Iteration were just that much better than everything else in the format?

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.82


Collected Company $5.75


Brazen Borrower $32.08 $34.26 ($2.18) -6%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $7.29 $7.48 ($0.19) -3%
Bonecrusher Giant $8.58 $7.60 $0.98 13%
Castle Locthwain $4.04 $5.16 ($1.12) -22%
Emrakul, the Promised End $6.97


Arclight Phoenix $6.94 $8.26 ($1.32) -16%
Shark Typhoon $5.44 $4.69 $0.75 16%
Raugrin Triome $6.55 $8.25 ($1.70) -21%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $13.06 $9.79 $3.27 33%
Mana Confluence $6.98 $9.49 ($2.51) -26%
Faceless Haven $4.93 $6.01 ($1.08) -18%
Spirebluff Canal $10.41 $15.17 ($4.76) -31%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.73 $7.87 ($1.14) -14%
Lotus Field $13.27 $13.97 ($0.70) -5%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $5.21 $6.00 ($0.79) -13%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $19.97 $21.05 ($1.08) -5%
Cavalier of Thorns $10.92 $5.53 $5.39 97%
Terror of the Peaks $5.22


Rest in Peace $4.47 $5.36 ($0.89) -17%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $6.85 $7.06 ($0.21) -3%
Karn, the Great Creator $38.22 $33.65 $4.57 14%
Finale of Devastation $13.37 $13.55 ($0.18) -1%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $33.40 $32.47 $0.93 3%
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 Time Change % Change
Forgotten Realms $179.60 $189.57 ($9.97) -5%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $153.17 $155.92 ($2.75) -2%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $173.58 $165.85 $7.73 5%
Kaldheim $77.75 $83.41 ($5.66) -7%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $177.03 $174.88 $2.15 1%
Streets of New Capenna $146.55 $140.51 $6.04 4%
Streets of New Capenna Booster $3.40 $3.22 $0.18 6%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $43.98 $43.37 $0.61 1%
Treasure Chest $2.43 $2.42 $0.01 0%
Zendikar Rising $131.03 $135.07 ($4.04) -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 243.59
Mox Jet 1E Rare 129.71
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 124
Karakas UBT Mythic 122.9
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 117.02
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 111.15
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 105.22
Time Walk 1E Rare 87.83
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 83.45
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 75.82
Endurance MH2 Mythic 73.13
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 70
Force of Will MED Rare 69.46
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 68.3
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 64.75
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 64.25
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 62.81
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 60.33
Ledger Shredder SNC Rare 56
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 53.93
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 52.94
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 52.41
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 51.46
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 51.1
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 50.03
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 44.75
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 44.34
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 43.87
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 42.32
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 42.25
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 41.57
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 41.33
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 40.97
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 39.63
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 39.07
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 38.22
Mox Diamond ST Rare 36.65
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 34.94
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 34.27
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 34.25
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 34.06
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 33.99
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 33.51
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 33.41
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 33.4
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.34
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 33.33
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 33.22
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 32.61
Timetwister 1E Rare 32.36
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 32.34
Lotus Petal TE Common 32.33
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 32.08
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 31.99
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.97
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 31.3
Force of Will VMA Rare 31.18
Force of Will EMA Mythic 31.01
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 30.73
Solitude MH2 Mythic 30.11
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 29.91
Seeds of Innocence MI Rare 29.72
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 29.26
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 29.24
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 29.22
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 28.91
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 28.82
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 28.7
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 28.7
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 28.06
Graveyard Trespasser MID Rare 27.37
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 27.15
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 27.05
Aether Gale C14 Rare 26.89
Thoughtseize TSR Bonus 26.72
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.67
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 26.51
Doomsday WL Rare 26.48
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.31
Chandra, Dressed to Kill VOW Mythic 26.25
Wasteland EXP Mythic 26.2
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 25.6
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 25.54
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 25.47
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 25.34
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

Another week or so of doing Baldurs Gate repricing and tracking numbers and things at the second job will calm down.  I did however manage to find time this week to qualify for a Modern Series tournament which was really surprising, considering I did it with Gyruda, Doom of DepthsCabal Coffers is a gift to the Modern format.  Though to be clear I didn't do it with the decklist I shared this week.  That list is a lot better than the one I did it with. 

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