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State of the Program for June 14th, 2023
 
In the News

MTGO Socials: Daybreak has set up forums for MTGO, which you can find here. In addition to the Forums, Daybreak has set up a Discord for MTGO.  You can get the invite here. MTGO has a Twitter account, and can now add an account for Facebook and Instagram

Two-Factor Authentication:  This is in Account Settings.  To turn it on you will be asked for your account password and a 6-digit code sent to the email associated with your account.  You can use either an email or authenticator based system.  This will help keep your accounts secure, you can read about the system here.

Redemption: 
Redemption is up and running!  Remember that redemption runs now until supply is gone. Currently being redeemed is The Brothers' War (About Half-Gone) Phyrexia: All Will Be One, and March of the Machine.  As of May 23, 2023, Redemption Tokens are non-refundable! 

Challenge Schedule Changing:  Two Prelims on Friday nights are now becoming small Challenge events.This helps players in the Asia-Pacific region.  Saturday is also getting another Modern Challenge. Both of these are 32 player events. The Saturday 6 a.m. Standard Event is going back to a small event prize structure.   

Patch Notes: You can check out the notes for this update here.

Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth:  We have a host of new products from the set when it goes live on MTGO on June 20th!  There will be five art bundles, highlighting the borderless lands of Middle-Earth ($23.99 for 6), Humans, ($17.99) Elves, ($17.99), Dwarves, ($12.99) (The Humans, Elves and Dwarves have their respective Sol Rings and a few other styles with them) and Haflings ($17.99).  These cards, in the store, will not be in Treasure chests, and the bundles will be the only way to pick them up.  The Starter Kit will be on MTGO, it features two decks, one for Mordor and one for Gondor and goes for $12.99.  Jumpstart comes to MTGO in it's original form as well.  There will be Phantom Jumpstart leagues.  If you win 5 matches in a Jumpstart league between June 20th and July 4th you will get a special Samwise Gamgee avatar.  It is the same one that is granted by the welcome package from The Lord of the Rings Online (also published by Daybreak, now that's some corporate synergy!)  All four Commander decks will also be on sale on the 20th, for 34.99.  Booster packs of the non-redeemable set are $4.99. 

You can check out how the Ring Tempts You, the new Avatars for the set, the Lord of the Rings Online cross promotion, Booster Fun and odds and ends here

You can check out how the event payment and prize structures will work here

Treasure Chest update:  This will go live on the 20th, make sure you pay attention to the Magic Online Twitter or Discord for exact timing.  Big news is that the Stranger Things cards, in their Magic forms, are coming to MTGO.  You can check out all of the Treasure chest stuff 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
Dates
Scheduled Downtimes
August 2, 2023
Constructed Leagues End
June 20, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
June 20, 2023
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 - Battle of the Planes Phantom

June 20th - Lord of the Rings:  Tales of Middle-Earth events
July 5th - Supreme Draft - Gold Edition (Phantom)
July 12 - Commander Legends - Four Player Pods (Keeper and Phantom)
July 20 - Unknown
July 26 - Magic 30 Cube, Carmen Handy has some surprises for this one!

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) FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m.     Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m    Limited 32 Challenge 32 Player Limited 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
12:00 p.m.   Limited Challenge Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m.   Pioneer Challenge Standard Challenge
4:00 p.m. Limited 32 Challenge    
6:00 p.m. Modern 32 Challenge Modern 32 Challenge  

 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard: Rakdos Reanimator is back in the format, and doing well despite the loss of a key discard outlet in Fable of the Mirror-Breaker. Using Etali, Primal Conqueror as a finisher is a dope card to have as well, just so much value!


Legacy:  Love to see Vesuvan Drifter getting some run in Legacy!


Modern:  I think Modern could use some help, but I am not sure what could be done with it. 


Pauper:  Infect appears to be finding the footing that it can in the Pauper format. I'm excited to see if this deck can continue to evolve and carve out a control role.


PioneerStorm Herald had a great day one performance at the Regional Championship in Greece. The pilot did fall short of top eight, they did qualify for the Pro Tour with the list.



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - christiano7 - Rakdos Scam

Saturday Legacy - Bryzem1 - Temur Delver
Saturday Modern - Bmadman - Rakdos Scam
Saturday Modern - Golden91 - HammerTime
Saturday Pauper - AliEnWaRe_ - Golgari Initiative
Saturday Pioneer - reisenza - Enigmatic Toolbox
Saturday Standard - Coly2 - Mono Red Aggro
Saturday Vintage - discoverN

Sunday Legacy - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Modern - WaToO - Azorius Control
Sunday Pauper - O_danielakos - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - Jaberwocki - Rakdos Sac
Sunday Standard - Gul_Dukat - Esper Legends
Sunday Vintage - noprops

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Super Qualifier
Pauper Showcase Challenge
Legacy Showcase Challenge

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: I ran afoul of deadlines today, so we get the Standard list, the set list and the big money items this week!  The regular prices will be back next time! 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Cityscape Leveler $30.27 $32.23 -$1.96 -6%
Portal to Phyrexia $5.82 $6.45 -$0.63 -10%
Titania, Voice of Gaea $6.76 $6.69 $0.07 1%
One with the Multiverse $6.52 $8.11 -$1.59 -20%
The Stone Brain $9.13 $8.14 $0.99 12%
Brotherhood's End $7.57 $6.95 $0.62 9%
Leyline Binding $14.60 $15.28 -$0.68 -4%
Liliana of the Veil $5.05 $5.51 -$0.46 -8%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $18.10 $22.10 -$4.00 -18%
Timeless Lotus $9.41 $11.34 -$1.93 -17%
Nissa, Resurgent Animist $56.58 $60.34 -$3.76 -6%
Ob Nixilis, Captive Kingpin $10.09 $10.09 $0.00 0%
Memory Deluge $24.26 $19.66 $4.60 23%
Brutal Cathar $9.62 $9.61 $0.01 0%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $6.43 $7.64 -$1.21 -16%
Invasion of Gobakhan $4.87 $8.42 -$3.55 -42%
Knight-Errant of Eos $4.33 $6.57 -$2.24 -34%
Faerie Mastermind $5.19 $7.19 -$2.00 -28%
Sheoldred $7.27 $6.99 $0.28 4%
Invasion of Tarkir $9.59 $11.44 -$1.85 -16%
Urabrask $6.70 $5.75 $0.95 17%
Chandra, Hope's Beacon $10.26 $12.05 -$1.79 -15%
Elesh Norn $6.69 $6.52 $0.17 3%
Boseiju, Who Endures $28.20 $28.57 -$0.37 -1%
Otawara, Soaring City $11.59 $12.02 -$0.43 -4%
The Wandering Emperor $11.46 $10.42 $1.04 10%
March of Otherworldly Light $4.95 $5.06 -$0.11 -2%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $35.96 $38.59 -$2.63 -7%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $8.16 $7.85 $0.31 4%
Jace, the Perfected Mind $6.88 $6.82 $0.06 1%
Ledger Shredder $16.30 $8.10 $8.20 101%
Unlicensed Hearse $10.03 $10.25 -$0.22 -2%
Stormcarved Coast $10.22 $12.64 -$2.42 -19%
Wedding Announcement $27.47 $30.16 -$2.69 -9%
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
The Brothers' War $118.20 $120.90 ($2.70) -2%
Dominaria United $80.14 $92.10 ($11.96) -13%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $80.87 $88.93 ($8.06) -9%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $104.30 $103.71 $0.59 1%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $114.78 $114.18 $0.60 1%
March of the Machine $176.17 $184.31 ($8.14) -4%
March of the Machine Booster $3.04 $2.86 $0.18 6%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $221.72 $228.93 ($7.21) -3%
Streets of New Capenna $55.91 $48.73 $7.18 15%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.28 $2.27 $0.01 0%


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 235.03
Mox Jet 1E Rare 105.41
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 91.28
Time Walk 1E Rare 67.89
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 64.56
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 57.97
Nissa, Resurgent Animist MAT Mythic 56.58
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 55.91
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 53.24
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 48.74
Karakas UBT Mythic 44.65
Nissa, Resurgent Animist MAT Promo 44.57
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 44.34
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 43.68
Force of Will MED Rare 41.64
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 38.79
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 36.06
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 36.05
Atraxa, Grand Unifier ONE Mythic 35.96
Timetwister 1E Rare 35.07
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 33.2
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 32.03
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 31.43
Aether Gale C14 Rare 31.1
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 30.75
Cityscape Leveler BRO Mythic 30.27
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 30.08
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 29.09
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 28.85
Mox Diamond ST Rare 28.84
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 28.84
Endurance MH2 Mythic 28.43
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 28.2
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 28.12
Wedding Announcement VOW Rare 27.47
Urza's Bauble MED Uncommon 27.44
Orvar, the All-Form KHM Mythic 27.39
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 26.55
Staff of the Storyteller ONC Rare 26.47
Lotus Field M20 Rare 26.17
Volcanic Island ME3 Rare 25.73
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 25.14

 
In Closing

It was a weird week, and my dates got messed up, which messed up the rest of my week, but I am going shopping for myself a bit more, in the outside world, and that is super cool! 

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