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State of the Program for June 16th, 2022
 
In the News

Secret Lair:  The June Superdrop came out on Monday, featured in this one are artists Volkan Baga, Chris Rahn, Livia Prima, and Kelogsloops.  There are also drops based on Tokyo and royalty.  You can check out the information for these drops, and the Pride drop, here.

Baldurs Gate: 
Treasure Chests updated on Wednesday, and with the update we got a Baldur's Gate cards. While it is not the entire set, it looks like 120 or so cards were added.  You can see the whole list here.

Magic 30: 
October 28-30th in Las Vegas, Wizards of the Coast is going to kick off the 30th Anniversary of Magic: The Gathering.  This event will have virtual tickets, exclusives and the World Championship.  You can check out that info here.

All of these items are from last week

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 29th, 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 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

Whatever I want to talk about here

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard: I like how a Super Friends list exists in a color space that it typically hasn't existed in.  This is typically a Bant or Esper deck, but they have printed some really good walkers in Black and Red.  I have still never seen Zariel, Archduke of Avernus though, and that's pretty cool! 


Legacy:  It's storm but this time with Aeve, Progenitor Ooze


Modern:   I have played a lot of Modern this week because I really enjoy the Enchantress and Cabal Coffers decks, but I think Modern really needs some help.  On their own, cards like Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Omnath, Locus of Creation aren't bad.  Heck even Teferi, Time Raveler serves a purpose against the cascade decks.  The problem is these decks are formulaic and result in games feeling the same.


Pauper:  It's been a long time since I've seen a Zombie deck in Pauper!


Pioneer:  The recent bans seem to have made the Green Ramp decks the top deck of the format again. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Tixis - 6Cast
Saturday Modern - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Pauper - LuffyDoChapeuDePahla - Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - mahzinha_linda - Gruul Ramp
Saturday Standard - Mogged - Esper Midrange
Saturday Vintage - duke12

Sunday Legacy - Nerdkneereape - Mono Red Prison
Sunday Modern - Do0mSwitch - Izzet Murktide
Sunday Pauper - bernardocssa - Rakdos Madness
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Standard - Oliver_Hart - Hinata Control
Sunday Vintage - discoverN

Other Event Winners

Modern Showcase Challenge -
StormGuyisme - Living End
Pioneer Showcase Challenge -
Diatomic - Mono Green Devotion


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
Demilich $22.49 $22.49 $0.00 0.00%
Acererak the Archlich $5.48 $5.48 $0.00 0.00%
Den of the Bugbear $25.16 $27.15 -$1.99 -7.33%
Lolth, Spider Queen $6.38 $6.70 -$0.32 -4.78%
Hall of the Storm Giants $15.52 $17.84 -$2.32 -13.00%
Treasure Vault $12.24 $10.82 $1.42 13.12%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $14.14 $15.59 -$1.45 -9.30%
Lair of the Hydra $17.55 $18.30 -$0.75 -4.10%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $6.99 $7.50 -$0.51 -6.80%
Blightstep Pathway $8.44 $7.76 $0.68 8.76%
Goldspan Dragon $10.86 $10.54 $0.32 3.04%
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 $33.99 $0.00 0.00%
Intrepid Adversary $5.42 $5.84 -$0.42 -7.19%
Memory Deluge $8.77 $6.84 $1.93 28.22%
Brutal Cathar $5.31 $6.06 -$0.75 -12.38%
Haunted Ridge $8.27 $7.10 $1.17 16.48%
Graveyard Trespasser $30.52 $27.37 $3.15 11.51%
Boseiju, Who Endures $43.40 $43.87 -$0.47 -1.07%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $6.63 $7.18 -$0.55 -7.66%
Kaito Shizuki $6.69 $7.20 -$0.51 -7.08%
March of Otherworldly Light $7.79 $8.30 -$0.51 -6.14%
Otawara, Soaring City $12.97 $14.57 -$1.60 -10.98%
The Wandering Emperor $66.26 $64.25 $2.01 3.13%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $13.24 $15.12 -$1.88 -12.43%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $15.94 $18.51 -$2.57 -13.88%
Ledger Shredder $45.14 $56.00 -$10.86 -19.39%
Unlicensed Hearse $29.90 $22.03 $7.87 35.72%
Titan of Industry $5.08 $5.34 -$0.26 -4.87%
Vivien on the Hunt $5.64 $6.09 -$0.45 -7.39%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $25.24 $26.25 -$1.01 -3.85%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $12.98 $12.98 $0.00 0.00%
Cultivator Colossus $28.20 $33.51 -$5.31 -15.85%
Sorin the Mirthless $19.72 $19.89 -$0.17 -0.85%
Hallowed Haunting $5.50 $5.25 $0.25 4.76%
Stormcarved Coast $9.43 $10.01 -$0.58 -5.79%
Skyclave Apparition $8.42 $9.51 -$1.09 -11.46%
Shatterskull Smashing $10.13 $9.03 $1.10 12.18%
Roiling Vortex $6.32 $5.62 $0.70 12.46%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.57 $7.44 $0.13 1.75%
Turntimber Symbiosis $12.66 $12.56 $0.10 0.80%
Branchloft Pathway $6.13 $7.08 -$0.95 -13.42%
Riverglide Pathway $9.33 $10.68 -$1.35 -12.64%
Modern Staples:  You may notice that Prismatic Ending is off the list this week despite being on it last week.  That's because I listed the Retro Frame version instead of the correct version. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $10.84 $10.58 $0.26 2%
Steelshaper's Gift $6.04 $6.10 -$0.06 -1%
Cavern of Souls $14.46 $15.07 -$0.61 -4%
Mishra's Bauble $21.83 $25.47 -$3.64 -14%
Aether Vial $6.61 $6.45 $0.16 2%
Magus of the Moon $8.54 $9.08 -$0.54 -6%
Liliana of the Veil $8.34 $8.97 -$0.63 -7%
Polluted Delta $6.41 $6.82 -$0.41 -6%
Wooded Foothills $5.87 $5.09 $0.78 15%
Flooded Strand $6.25 $7.19 -$0.94 -13%
Bloodstained Mire $4.58 $4.02 $0.56 14%
Windswept Heath $4.95 $4.14 $0.81 20%
Thoughtseize $9.71 $11.46 -$1.75 -15%
Force of Negation $32.64 $34.25 -$1.61 -5%
Wrenn and Six $42.82 $21.10 $21.72 103%
Prismatic Vista $7.04 $7.10 -$0.06 -1%
Sunbaked Canyon $15.34 $18.44 -$3.10 -17%
Seasoned Pyromancer $17.62 $19.32 -$1.70 -9%
Fiery Islet $5.45 $5.79 -$0.34 -6%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $6.77 $6.73 $0.04 1%
Force of Vigor $30.18 $31.99 -$1.81 -6%
Flusterstorm $16.44 $16.77 -$0.33 -2%
Archmage's Charm $10.32 $12.42 -$2.10 -17%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $16.29 $16.86 -$0.57 -3%
Archon of Cruelty $6.33 $7.72 -$1.39 -18%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $38.15 $44.75 -$6.60 -15%
Urza's Saga $42.11 $50.03 -$7.92 -16%
Solitude $29.46 $30.11 -$0.65 -2%
Endurance $68.09 $73.13 -$5.04 -7%
Grief $7.41 $8.40 -$0.99 -12%
Murktide Regent $23.13 $29.24 -$6.11 -21%
Fury $21.04 $24.62 -$3.58 -15%
Esper Sentinel $5.13 $6.33 -$1.20 -19%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $5.71 $7.97 -$2.26 -28%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $7.68 $7.63 $0.05 1%
Subtlety $5.25 $6.41

Chalice of the Void $16.30 $16.72 -$0.42 -3%
Surgical Extraction $6.52 $7.20 -$0.68 -9%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $5.47 $6.10 -$0.63 -10%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.07 $9.26 -$0.19 -2%
Teferi, Time Raveler $29.13 $33.33 -$4.20 -13%
Gemstone Mine $8.97 $8.03 $0.94 12%
Scalding Tarn $5.05 $5.03 $0.02 0%
Verdant Catacombs $1.87 $3.15 -$1.28 -41%
Misty Rainforest $3.96 $5.24 -$1.28 -24%
Arid Mesa $1.87 $2.25 -$0.38 -17%
Marsh Flats $0.89 $1.48 -$0.59 -40%
Eternal StaplesAcademy Rector fell off the list this week.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Hullbreacher $41.08 $41.57 ($0.49) -1%
Opposition Agent $28.42 $28.70 ($0.28) -1%
Jeweled Lotus $28.70 $28.70 $0.00 0%
City of Traitors $14.13 $14.77 ($0.64) -4%
Allosaurus Shepherd $27.81 $26.51 $1.30 5%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $20.76 $22.10 ($1.34) -6%
Force of Will $65.88 $69.46 ($3.58) -5%
Karakas $8.27 $8.57 ($0.30) -4%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $21.38 $21.84 ($0.46) -2%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $7.41 $7.34 $0.07 1%
Enlightened Tutor $7.97 $7.66 $0.31 4%
Lion's Eye Diamond $5.73 $6.28

Unmask $8.01 $8.25 ($0.24) -3%
Misdirection $14.73 $14.73 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $13.18 $13.32 ($0.14) -1%
Snuff Out $18.83 $19.50 ($0.67) -3%
Submerge $11.76 $13.13 ($1.37) -10%
Daze $7.79 $6.39 $1.40 22%
Kappa Cannoneer $11.35 $13.23 ($1.88) -14%
Entomb $9.65 $10.95 ($1.30) -12%
Retrofitter Foundry $9.19 $10.12 ($0.93) -9%
Recruiter of the Guard $16.57 $15.36 $1.21 8%
Mox Diamond $37.09 $36.65 $0.44 1%
Wasteland $24.60 $24.13 $0.47 2%
Ancient Tomb $21.60 $21.89 ($0.29) -1%
Lotus Petal $29.57 $32.33 ($2.76) -9%
Grindstone $6.41 $5.78 $0.63 11%
Grim Monolith $12.18 $12.72 ($0.54) -4%
Goblin Welder $5.52 $5.40 $0.12 2%
Meltdown $50.49 $51.46 ($0.97) -2%
Exploration $23.81 $24.64 ($0.83) -3%
Gaea's Cradle $24.32 $24.90 ($0.58) -2%
Carpet of Flowers $19.00 $19.82 ($0.82) -4%
Gilded Drake $14.27 $14.69 ($0.42) -3%
Show and Tell $9.06 $10.72 ($1.66) -15%
Black Lotus $11.85 $11.25 $0.60 5%
Volcanic Island $7.22 $7.82 ($0.60) -8%
Underground Sea $7.96 $7.77 $0.19 2%
Null Rod $9.55 $9.23 $0.32 3%
Doomsday $27.20 $26.48 $0.72 3%
Paradigm Shift $11.16 $10.98 $0.18 2%
Pioneer StaplesCastle Locthwain came off the list. Faceless Haven fell off as well. Finally, Rest in Peace came off the list. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $6.35 $5.82 $0.53 9%
Collected Company $4.40 $5.75 ($1.35) -23%
Brazen Borrower $30.36 $32.08 ($1.72) -5%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $6.80 $7.29 ($0.49) -7%
Bonecrusher Giant $12.33 $8.58 $3.75 44%
Emrakul, the Promised End $7.34 $6.97 $0.37 5%
Arclight Phoenix $6.56 $6.94 ($0.38) -5%
Shark Typhoon $6.09 $5.44 $0.65 12%
Raugrin Triome $4.82 $6.55 ($1.73) -26%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $10.25 $13.06 ($2.81) -22%
Mana Confluence $5.79 $6.98 ($1.19) -17%
Spirebluff Canal $8.30 $10.41 ($2.11) -20%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $8.77 $6.73 $2.04 30%
Lotus Field $11.14 $13.27 ($2.13) -16%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $4.00 $5.21 ($1.21) -23%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $18.50 $19.97 ($1.47) -7%
Cavalier of Thorns $16.62 $10.92 $5.70 52%
Elder Gargaroth $5.74


Terror of the Peaks $5.49 $5.22 $0.27 5%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $7.96 $6.85 $1.11 16%
Karn, the Great Creator $39.64 $38.22 $1.42 4%
Finale of Devastation $12.37 $13.37 ($1.00) -7%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $34.09 $33.40 $0.69 2%
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 $172.21 $179.60 ($7.39) -4%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $144.42 $153.17 ($8.75) -6%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $179.99 $173.58 $6.41 4%
Kaldheim $78.38 $77.75 $0.63 1%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $171.79 $177.03 ($5.24) -3%
Streets of New Capenna $141.69 $146.55 ($4.86) -3%
Streets of New Capenna Booster $3.23 $3.40 ($0.17) -5%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $45.09 $43.98 $1.11 3%
Treasure Chest $2.44 $2.43 $0.01 0%
Zendikar Rising $129.04 $131.03 ($1.99) -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 251.01
Mox Jet 1E Rare 131.61
Karakas UBT Mythic 125.3
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 121.76
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 116.28
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 112.32
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 104.2
Time Walk 1E Rare 89.25
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 85.88
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 76.09
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 68.87
Endurance MH2 Mythic 68.09
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 67.76
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 66.26
Force of Will MED Rare 65.88
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 64.75
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 63.67
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 61.71
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 53.93
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 52.41
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 52.32
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 50.49
Ledger Shredder SNC Rare 45.14
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 44.34
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 43.4
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 42.82
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 42.32
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 42.25
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 42.11
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 41.33
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 41.08
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 40.97
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 40.21
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 39.64
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 38.72
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 38.15
Mox Diamond ST Rare 37.09
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 34.27
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 34.09
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 33.99
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 33.93
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 33.43
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 33.11
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.03
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 32.64
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 32.63
Timetwister 1E Rare 32.36
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 31.72
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 31.56
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 31.3
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 31.03
Force of Will VMA Rare 30.57
Graveyard Trespasser MID Rare 30.52
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 30.47
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 30.36
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 30.18
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 29.91
Unlicensed Hearse SNC Rare 29.9
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 29.9
Force of Will EMA Mythic 29.69
Lotus Petal TE Common 29.57
Solitude MH2 Mythic 29.46
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 29.22
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 29.13
Seeds of Innocence MI Rare 28.94
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 28.91
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 28.81
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 28.7
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 28.42
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 28.2
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 27.81
Aether Gale C14 Rare 27.38
Doomsday WL Rare 27.2
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 27.19
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 27.05
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.94
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.46
Thoughtseize TSR Bonus 26.25
Wasteland EXP Mythic 25.84
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 25.49
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 25.34
Chandra, Dressed to Kill VOW Mythic 25.24
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 25.16
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.

The big number this week is $27,787.

 
In Closing

In the waning stages of a heat wave that have left the heat index at over 100 degrees in Kentucky. It doesn't get quite that hot in my house, but I've had to resort to cold water compresses and such as the day drags on.  Thankfully there is a small break this weekend, right before we go in to it again. 

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