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State of the Program for June 18th, 2021
 
In the News

All Natural, Totally Refreshing Superdrop:  New month long super drop is coming out soon.  Featuring themes such as Saturday Morning D&D, Phyrexian language Praetors, or Mother's Day, we also get some super drops featuring guest artists Jen Bartel and Fiona Staples, both known for their work in the comics field.  On top of that we have drops for long time favorite Magic artists, Mark Poole and Dan Frazier. 

There are eight drops in total, you can see the information for pricing for them here.  MTGO is not getting any codes for these. 
 

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


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:

Over the Horizons 

Friday, June 18, at 2 p.m. Pacific
Saturday, June 19, at 1 a.m. Pacific (08:00 UTC)
Sunday, June 20, at 7 a.m. Pacific (14:00 UTC)

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

Standard: Cannot wait for the Adventures in the Forgotten Realms set to come out.  I  can't remember the last time I actually sat down to play Standard, but it doesn't feel like it's gonna be anytime soon. 


Historic:  This is basically the evolution of the deck that had been dominating the format but without Time WarpMagma Opus is a heck of a card! 


LegacyEndurance has seen more play than I thought it would when it was spoiled during spoiler season.


Modern:   If you don't feel like playing with any of the Modern Horizons 2 cards, good ole Mill has your back!


Pauper:  Alex Ullman said recently that Pauper is a format with an emerging  three deck metagame.  This is not one of those decks! 


Pioneer:  I'm sad for Pioneer becuase it misses all the fun from Modern Horizons 2, but that is for sure for the best. 





 
Winner's Circle

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

Big weekend for the Pioneer format, both challenges fired after the minimum was reduced.  Also big weekend for karatedom! 

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Ozymandias17 - Snow Control
Saturday Modern - Thunderstriker7 - Jeskai Swords
Saturday Pauper - Hamuda - Izzet Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - duke12 - Bring to Light Sultai
Saturday Standard - AliEnWaRe_ - Prismari Dragons
Saturday Vintage - CrazyDiamond513

Sunday Legacy - into_play - Lands
Sunday Modern - cftsoc3 - Bant Flicker
Sunday Pauper - hodortimebaby - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - karatedom - Bant Spirits
Sunday Standard - Jaberwocki - Naya Adventures
Sunday Vintage - karatedom

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: Elite Spellbinder came off the list.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $23.76 $32.07 ($8.31) -26%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.48 $9.02 ($2.54) -28%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $11.21 $12.90 ($1.69) -13%
Shark Typhoon $5.03 $4.21 $0.82 19%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $8.36 $7.66 $0.70 9%
Valki, God of Lies $68.58 $71.60 ($3.02) -4%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $10.84 $11.70 ($0.86) -7%
Goldspan Dragon $12.63 $14.58 ($1.95) -13%
Alrund's Epiphany $8.15 $7.82 $0.33 4%
Esika, God of the Tree $4.83 $5.39 ($0.56) -10%
Koma, Cosmos Serpent $6.45 $6.79 ($0.34) -5%
Halvar, God of Battle $5.46 $5.18 $0.28 5%
Elder Gargaroth $10.17 $10.84 ($0.67) -6%
Stormwing Entity $8.31 $7.54 $0.77 10%
Prismari Command $7.91 $6.05 $1.86 31%
Magma Opus $6.94 $6.72 $0.22 3%
Professor Onyx $8.01 $8.14 ($0.13) -2%
Velomachus Lorehold $6.32 $5.98 $0.34 6%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.63 $6.74 ($0.11) -2%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $8.73 $8.66 $0.07 1%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 5.62 6.47 ($0.85) -13%
Klothys, God of Destiny 8.11 6.91 $1.20 17%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $16.94 $16.30 $0.64 4%
Turntimber Symbiosis $4.78 $6.17 ($1.39) -23%
Agadeem's Awakening $5.06 $5.86 ($0.80) -14%
Skyclave Apparition $19.72 $21.38 ($1.66) -8%

Modern Staples: Karn Liberated came off the list, and I have to redo the Modern Horizons two cards because for some reason MH2 special border cards are showing up in the set instead of promos.  This is a fun fix.  All is Dust came off the list. Stoneforge Mystic was added to the list.  

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $12.05 $10.73 $1.32 12%
Steelshaper's Gift $3.25 $5.78 ($2.53) -44%
Engineered Explosives $11.45 $6.00 $5.45 91%
Night's Whisper $5.31 $6.10 ($0.79) -13%
Cavern of Souls $21.20 $26.37 ($5.17) -20%
Noble Hierarch $5.65 $5.11 $0.54 11%
Mishra's Bauble $42.95 $28.87 $14.08 49%
Utopia Sprawl $5.61 $5.59 $0.02 0%
Aether Vial $19.57 $23.13 ($3.56) -15%
Horizon Canopy $12.01 $11.08 $0.93 8%
Tarmogoyf $5.38 $5.85 ($0.47) -8%
Liliana of the Veil $22.87 $20.71 $2.16 10%
Snapcaster Mage $5.01 $6.06 ($1.05) -17%
Polluted Delta $13.26 $18.60 ($5.34) -29%
Wooded Foothills $16.28 $14.15 $2.13 15%
Flooded Strand $10.88 $11.58 ($0.70) -6%
Bloodstained Mire $9.64 $12.61 ($2.97) -24%
Windswept Heath $13.27 $7.84 $5.43 69%
Thoughtseize $8.69 $10.33 ($1.64) -16%
Cryptic Command $5.83 $6.23 ($0.40) -6%
Elvish Reclaimer $8.41 $6.55 $1.86 28%
Inkmoth Nexus $2.40 $5.57 ($3.17) -57%
Force of Negation $95.07 $83.94 $11.13 13%
Wrenn and Six $58.18 $58.36 ($0.18) 0%
Prismatic Vista $14.35 $10.80 $3.55 33%
Sunbaked Canyon $18.49 $17.98 $0.51 3%
Seasoned Pyromancer $27.96 $35.34 ($7.38) -21%
Fiery Islet $19.15 $14.51 $4.64 32%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $11.18 $9.25 $1.93 21%
Plague Engineer $8.72 $10.60 ($1.88) -18%
Force of Vigor $26.30 $19.86 $6.44 32%
Giver of Runes $4.29 $6.83 ($2.54) -37%
Flusterstorm $10.38 $11.10 ($0.72) -6%
Archmage's Charm $22.91 $19.99 $2.92 15%
Hexdrinker $6.68 $8.66 ($1.98) -23%
Ice-Fang Coatl $6.78 $3.96 $2.82 71%
Silent Clearing $5.96 $7.61 ($1.65) -22%
Kaya's Guile $14.75 $14.86 ($0.11) -1%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $5.90 $5.05 $0.85 17%
Collector Ouphe $5.77 $5.82 ($0.05) -1%
Nurturing Peatland $7.21 $7.75 ($0.54) -7%
On Thin Ice $5.44


Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $97.79 $63.45 $34.34 54%
Urza's Saga $54.81 $38.39 $16.42 43%
Solitude $32.71 $31.55 $1.16 4%
Endurance $44.06 $29.35 $14.71 50%
Grief $24.18 $26.47 ($2.29) -9%
Dauthi Voidwalker $23.58 $22.51 $1.07 5%
Murktide Regent $11.82 $21.71 ($9.89) -46%
Ignoble Hierarch $20.50 $20.50 $0.00 0%
Svyelun of Sea and Sky $16.66 $15.81 $0.85 5%
Subtlety $7.17 $13.71 ($6.54) -48%
Dauthi Voidwalker $10.71 $13.68 ($2.97) -22%
Scion of Draco $10.90 $10.90 $0.00 0%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $10.30 $10.30 $0.00 0%
Ignoble Hierarch $9.70 $9.61 $0.09 1%
Sanctum Prelate $8.75 $8.75 $0.00 0%
Svyelun of Sea and Sky $3.59 $8.24 ($4.65) -56%
Esper Sentinel $2.11 $7.37 ($5.26) -71%
Scion of Draco $3.84 $6.45 ($2.61) -40%
Kaldra Compleat $7.11 $6.12 $0.99 16%
Damn $2.84 $5.87 ($3.03) -52%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $7.20 $5.72 $1.48 26%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $2.27 $5.33 ($3.06) -57%
Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar $3.49 $5.26 ($1.77) -34%
Chalice of the Void $9.58 $9.27 $0.31 3%
Surgical Extraction $16.44 $13.76 $2.68 19%
Dismember $6.40 $6.50 ($0.10) -2%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $1.50 $11.96 ($10.46) -87%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $5.71 $5.99 ($0.28) -5%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.60 $9.40 ($1.80) -19%
Teferi, Time Raveler $38.88 $36.28 $2.60 7%
Gemstone Mine $8.05 $9.39 ($1.34) -14%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $9.59 $8.54 $1.05 12%
Stoneforge Mystic $5.40


Scalding Tarn $10.49 $10.31 $0.18 2%
Verdant Catacombs $8.81 $9.90 ($1.09) -11%
Misty Rainforest $8.74 $8.09 $0.65 8%
Arid Mesa $3.98 $3.75 $0.23 6%
Marsh Flats $3.89 $3.29 $0.60 18%
Eternal StaplesDark Depths has come off the list this week. Monastery Mentor dropped off as well. 
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $46.25 $52.52 ($6.27) -12%
Opposition Agent $23.92 $26.06 ($2.14) -8%
Jeweled Lotus $20.43 $19.81 $0.62 3%
City of Traitors $20.74 $28.01 ($7.27) -26%
Sphere of Resistance $5.85 $6.70 ($0.85) -13%
Allosaurus Shepherd $37.65 $34.86 $2.79 8%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $7.18 $6.43 $0.75 12%
Force of Will $49.08 $55.25 ($6.17) -11%
Karakas $12.80 $13.52 ($0.72) -5%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $33.97 $34.10 ($0.13) 0%
Demonic Tutor $16.96 $17.26 ($0.30) -2%
Food Chain $7.45 $8.72 ($1.27) -15%
Unmask $5.67 $8.57 ($2.90) -34%
Misdirection $14.26 $13.75 $0.51 4%
Rishadan Port $16.27 $17.00 ($0.73) -4%
Snuff Out $13.92 $17.17 ($3.25) -19%
Submerge $20.20 $25.85 ($5.65) -22%
Daze $11.79 $15.15 ($3.36) -22%
Entomb $6.26 $6.93 ($0.67) -10%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $24.70 $25.61 ($0.91) -4%
Stifle $9.66 $10.59 ($0.93) -9%
Mox Diamond $31.87 $39.91 ($8.04) -20%
Wasteland $36.11 $42.68 ($6.57) -15%
Ancient Tomb $20.04 $22.09 ($2.05) -9%
Lotus Petal $23.59 $29.77 ($6.18) -21%
Grim Monolith $13.12 $16.65 ($3.53) -21%
Exploration $15.32 $15.99 ($0.67) -4%
Gaea's Cradle $34.33 $34.53 ($0.20) -1%
Carpet of Flowers $32.65 $41.00 ($8.35) -20%
Gilded Drake $12.29 $12.17 $0.12 1%
Black Lotus $9.35 $10.33 ($0.98) -9%
Tropical Island $6.31 $6.23 $0.08 1%
Volcanic Island $10.11 $10.29 ($0.18) -2%
Underground Sea $9.96 $11.08 ($1.12) -10%
Null Rod $10.38 $10.30 $0.08 1%
Doomsday $23.60 $25.52 ($1.92) -8%
Paradigm Shift $12.67 $12.05 $0.62 5%
Mindbreak Trap $5.84 $7.03 ($1.19) -17%

Pioneer StaplesKolaghan's Command has fallen off the list.  Along with it, Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and Lotus Field came off as well. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $5.87 $6.86 ($0.99) -14%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.67 $4.57 $1.10 24%
Collected Company $9.05 $7.57 $1.48 20%
Collective Brutality $6.01 $8.67 ($2.66) -31%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $8.24 $6.41 $1.83 29%
Spirebluff Canal $6.72 $6.32 $0.40 6%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $4.68 $5.30 ($0.62) -12%
Kozilek's Return $4.65 $5.26 ($0.61) -12%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $9.97 $7.51 $2.46 33%
Karn, the Great Creator $33.02 $36.40 ($3.38) -9%
Blast Zone $6.86 $6.80 $0.06 1%
Finale of Devastation $27.24 $9.92 $17.32 175%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $10.55 $10.44 $0.11 1%

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 Week Change % Change
Core Set 2021 $45.54 $48.14 ($2.60) -5%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $33.52 $31.42 $2.10 7%
Kaldheim $191.79 $195.57 ($3.78) -2%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $121.29 $114.63 $6.66 6%
Strixhaven: School of Mages Booster $2.75 $2.58 $0.17 7%
Theros Beyond Death $84.79 $81.77 $3.02 4%
Throne of Eldraine $119.14 $136.55 ($17.41) -13%
Treasure Chest $2.75 $2.67 $0.08 3%
Zendikar Rising $83.04 $87.87 ($4.83) -5%


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 166.07
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 101.81
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 97.79
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 96.54
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 95.07
Karakas UBT Mythic 92.6
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 91.59
Mox Jet 1E Rare 82.32
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 71.41
Valki, God of Lies KHM Mythic 68.58
Time Walk 1E Rare 68.22
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 66.05
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 65.91
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 64.08
Wasteland EXP Mythic 58.29
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 58.18
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 54.81
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 53.25
Wasteland TPR Rare 52.8
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 49.42
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 49.28
Force of Will MED Rare 49.08
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 48.31
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 46.78
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 46.65
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 46.25
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 46.24
Endurance MH2 Mythic 44.06
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 42.95
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 42.22
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 41.32
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 40.25
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 38.88
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 38.69
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 37.65
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 37.32
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 37.18
Wasteland TE Uncommon 36.11
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.31
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 35.14
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 34.98
Timetwister 1E Rare 34.58
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 34.33
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 33.97
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 33.54
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 33.02
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.93
Underground Sea ME4 Rare 32.72
Solitude MH2 Mythic 32.71
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 32.65
Ethereal Forager C20 Rare 32.53
Mox Diamond ST Rare 31.87
Force of Will EMA Mythic 31.54
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 30.95
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 30.85
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 30.02
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 29.87
Wasteland EMA Rare 29.68
Force of Will VMA Rare 29.52
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 29.3
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 29.29
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 28.66
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 28.37
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 27.96
Finale of Devastation WAR Mythic 27.24
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 27.2
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.76
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 26.6
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.34
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 26.3
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 25.76
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.68
Verdant Catacombs ZNE Mythic 25.05
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 .  Last week the number was $27,307.
 
In Closing

Played another ten hours of Persona 4 Golden, and a few games of commander.  I was busy with the other job doing shipping and customer service for them.  I have streamed list and feel burned out about nearly everything. 

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