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State of the Program for June 24th, 2022
 
In the News

2020 MOCS Season 1:   Will Kreuger won the showcase with TitanShift and swept the Vintage Cube pod with Mono-Green.  Losing in the finals of the Modern pod to Tom White and their Grixis Death's Shadow list, the rematch saw Will take home the $20,000 prize! 

Super Qualifiers: 
These popular events are back starting on July 2nd! They have been scheduled through July 10th and you can see the schedule below. 

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 25 - 20th Anniversary finals. 
June 26 - Legacy Showcase Challenge
July 2 - Pioneer Super Qualifier
July 3 - Modern Super Qualifier
July 4 - Limited Qualifier
July 8
- Limited Qualifier
July 9
- Limited Qualifier
July 10
- Limited Super Qualifier

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:

Legacy:  Normally when you see Phoenix in Legacy the Buried Alive engine is in a Jund Shell, this Grixis version is a bit new to me and packs Ledger Shredder because it's a multi-format all-star. 


Modern: Mono Blue Tron used to be my budget Modern pick for a deck, it still can fill the budget role thanks to the lack of Urza's Saga in the deck.  Chalice of the Void, Flusterstorm and Hall of Storm Giants do add up to a bit, but it's not really bad here. 


Pauper:  Thanks to downshifts in the format, Pauper is going to get some sweet new toys next week.  Monastery Swiftspear is something that I am sure is going to make Burn even more potent! 


Pioneer:  It's always fun to see new decks 5-0.  This list with Quirion Dryad and (Seige Rhino) looks like an absolute blast to play! 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - tomoro3333 - Izzet Delver
Saturday Modern - No results
Saturday Pauper - Brivenix - Izzet Ninjas
Saturday Pioneer - pumpkinwavy - Snow Spirits
Saturday Standard -  Lennny - Hinata
Saturday Vintage - kanister

Sunday Legacy - Danny_Bambino - 6cast
Sunday Modern - O_danielakos - Izzet Murktide
Sunday Pauper - Wizard_2002 - Hexproof
Sunday Pioneer - Finespoo - Dimir Control
Sunday Standard - Mogged - Esper Midrange
Sunday Vintage - Iziter

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:   It looks like some things are gonna be falling off the list next week.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $2.25 $22.49 -$20.24 -90.00%
Acererak the Archlich $0.94 $5.48 -$4.54 -82.85%
Den of the Bugbear $20.85 $25.16 -$4.31 -17.13%
Lolth, Spider Queen $5.97 $6.38 -$0.41 -6.43%
Hall of the Storm Giants $15.43 $15.52 -$0.09 -0.58%
Treasure Vault $12.80 $12.24 $0.56 4.58%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $6.77 $14.14 -$7.37 -52.12%
Lair of the Hydra $14.52 $17.55 -$3.03 -17.26%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $5.72 $6.99 -$1.27 -18.17%
Blightstep Pathway $7.63 $8.44 -$0.81 -9.60%
Goldspan Dragon $10.30 $10.86 -$0.56 -5.16%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $3.12 $6.63 -$3.51 -52.94%
Wrenn and Seven $3.62 $18.13 -$14.51 -80.03%
The Meathook Massacre $18.15 $33.99 -$15.84 -46.60%
Intrepid Adversary $3.60 $5.42 -$1.82 -33.58%
Memory Deluge $8.74 $8.77 -$0.03 -0.34%
Brutal Cathar $4.08 $5.31 -$1.23 -23.16%
Haunted Ridge $8.50 $8.27 $0.23 2.78%
Graveyard Trespasser $22.08 $30.52 -$8.44 -27.65%
Boseiju, Who Endures $44.11 $43.40 $0.71 1.64%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $4.97 $6.63 -$1.66 -25.04%
Kaito Shizuki $4.79 $6.69 -$1.90 -28.40%
March of Otherworldly Light $7.27 $7.79 -$0.52 -6.68%
Otawara, Soaring City $11.12 $12.97 -$1.85 -14.26%
The Wandering Emperor $67.02 $66.26 $0.76 1.15%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $11.18 $13.24 -$2.06 -15.56%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $15.79 $15.94 -$0.15 -0.94%
Ledger Shredder $45.07 $45.14 -$0.07 -0.16%
Unlicensed Hearse $40.66 $29.90 $10.76 35.99%
Titan of Industry $4.84 $5.08 -$0.24 -4.72%
Vivien on the Hunt $4.60 $5.64 -$1.04 -18.44%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $21.40 $25.24 -$3.84 -15.21%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $0.75 $12.98 -$12.23 -94.22%
Cultivator Colossus $21.84 $28.20 -$6.36 -22.55%
Sorin the Mirthless $7.05 $19.72 -$12.67 -64.25%
Hallowed Haunting $5.65 $5.50 $0.15 2.73%
Stormcarved Coast $8.48 $9.43 -$0.96 -10.13%
Skyclave Apparition $7.79 $8.42 -$0.63 -7.48%
Shatterskull Smashing $10.26 $10.13 $0.13 1.28%
Roiling Vortex $7.66 $6.32 $1.34 21.20%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.35 $7.57 -$0.22 -2.91%
Turntimber Symbiosis $12.73 $12.66 $0.07 0.55%
Branchloft Pathway $4.57 $6.13 -$1.56 -25.45%
Riverglide Pathway $7.90 $9.33 -$1.43 -15.33%
Modern Staples:  These are the lowest values for Modern Horizons 1 staples that I have seen in long while.  If you're looking in to getting in to Modern, pick up these cards while they are cheap.  It's to early to see if Modern Horizons 2 will have the same effect thanks to those events, but I am sure the events and reprints in Double Masters 2022 are helping. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $10.44 $10.84 -$0.40 -4%
Steelshaper's Gift $6.14 $6.04 $0.10 2%
Cavern of Souls $8.99 $14.46 -$5.47 -38%
Mishra's Bauble $19.09 $21.83 -$2.74 -13%
Aether Vial $6.03 $6.61 -$0.58 -9%
Magus of the Moon $7.70 $8.54 -$0.84 -10%
Liliana of the Veil $7.77 $8.34 -$0.57 -7%
Polluted Delta $6.08 $6.41 -$0.33 -5%
Wooded Foothills $4.98 $5.87 -$0.89 -15%
Flooded Strand $6.29 $6.25 $0.04 1%
Bloodstained Mire $4.76 $4.58 $0.18 4%
Windswept Heath $4.97 $4.95 $0.02 0%
Thoughtseize $8.54 $9.71 -$1.17 -12%
Force of Negation $18.52 $32.64 -$14.12 -43%
Wrenn and Six $41.14 $42.82 -$1.68 -4%
Prismatic Vista $5.18 $7.04 -$1.86 -26%
Sunbaked Canyon $12.52 $15.34 -$2.82 -18%
Seasoned Pyromancer $12.72 $17.62 -$4.90 -28%
Fiery Islet $4.44 $5.45 -$1.01 -19%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $4.82 $6.77 -$1.95 -29%
Force of Vigor $23.50 $30.18 -$6.68 -22%
Flusterstorm $16.39 $16.44 -$0.05 0%
Archmage's Charm $7.72 $10.32 -$2.60 -25%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $11.81 $16.29 -$4.48 -28%
Archon of Cruelty $5.21 $6.33 -$1.12 -18%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $31.87 $38.15 -$6.28 -16%
Urza's Saga $40.06 $42.11 -$2.05 -5%
Solitude $27.39 $29.46 -$2.07 -7%
Endurance $56.73 $68.09 -$11.36 -17%
Grief $6.52 $7.41 -$0.89 -12%
Murktide Regent $16.72 $23.13 -$6.41 -28%
Fury $20.74 $21.04 -$0.30 -1%
Esper Sentinel $4.03 $5.13 -$1.10 -21%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $5.57 $5.71 -$0.14 -2%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $7.73 $7.68 $0.05 1%
Subtlety $5.92 $5.25 $0.67 13%
Chalice of the Void $17.27 $16.30 $0.97 6%
Surgical Extraction $6.17 $6.52 -$0.35 -5%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $4.58 $5.47 -$0.89 -16%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.71 $9.07 $0.64 7%
Teferi, Time Raveler $27.69 $29.13 -$1.44 -5%
Gemstone Mine $5.79 $8.97 -$3.18 -35%
Scalding Tarn $4.90 $5.05 -$0.15 -3%
Verdant Catacombs $2.45 $1.87 $0.58 31%
Misty Rainforest $3.53 $3.96 -$0.43 -11%
Arid Mesa $2.53 $1.87 $0.66 35%
Marsh Flats $1.12 $0.89 $0.23 26%
Eternal StaplesSphere of Resistance rolled back on to the list. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Displacer Kitten $59.14


Hullbreacher $40.56 $41.08 ($0.52) -1%
Opposition Agent $29.15 $28.42 $0.73 3%
Jeweled Lotus $28.25 $28.70 ($0.45) -2%
City of Traitors $14.91 $14.13 $0.78 6%
Sphere of Resistance $5.22


Allosaurus Shepherd $20.20 $27.81 ($7.61) -27%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $21.69 $20.76 $0.93 4%
Force of Will $64.61 $65.88 ($1.27) -2%
Karakas $7.21 $8.27 ($1.06) -13%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.89 $21.38 ($0.49) -2%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $7.41 $7.41 $0.00 0%
Enlightened Tutor $8.53 $7.97 $0.56 7%
Lion's Eye Diamond $6.01 $5.73 $0.28 5%
Unmask $8.03 $8.01 $0.02 0%
Misdirection $14.76 $14.73 $0.03 0%
Rishadan Port $12.95 $13.18 ($0.23) -2%
Snuff Out $18.19 $18.83 ($0.64) -3%
Submerge $11.30 $11.76 ($0.46) -4%
Daze $7.81 $7.79 $0.02 0%
Kappa Cannoneer $3.09 $11.35 ($8.26) -73%
Entomb $8.48 $9.65 ($1.17) -12%
Retrofitter Foundry $6.20 $9.19 ($2.99) -33%
Recruiter of the Guard $11.88 $16.57 ($4.69) -28%
Mox Diamond $37.20 $37.09 $0.11 0%
Wasteland $25.49 $24.60 $0.89 4%
Ancient Tomb $21.41 $21.60 ($0.19) -1%
Lotus Petal $28.21 $29.57 ($1.36) -5%
Grindstone $7.99 $6.41 $1.58 25%
Grim Monolith $12.88 $12.18 $0.70 6%
Goblin Welder $5.74 $5.52 $0.22 4%
Meltdown $46.84 $50.49 ($3.65) -7%
Exploration $23.62 $23.81 ($0.19) -1%
Gaea's Cradle $23.17 $24.32 ($1.15) -5%
Carpet of Flowers $17.52 $19.00 ($1.48) -8%
Gilded Drake $13.82 $14.27 ($0.45) -3%
Show and Tell $8.66 $9.06 ($0.40) -4%
Black Lotus $12.32 $11.85 $0.47 4%
Volcanic Island $7.11 $7.22 ($0.11) -2%
Underground Sea $6.99 $7.96 ($0.97) -12%
Null Rod $9.58 $9.55 $0.03 0%
Doomsday $26.65 $27.20 ($0.55) -2%
Paradigm Shift $11.28 $11.16 $0.12 1%
Pioneer StaplesCollected Company came off the list, but hey, Faceless Haven came back on! Raugrin Triome and Golos, Tireless Pilgrim also fell off. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.92 $6.35 ($0.43) -7%
Brazen Borrower $29.49 $30.36 ($0.87) -3%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $5.97 $6.80 ($0.83) -12%
Bonecrusher Giant $9.90 $12.33 ($2.43) -20%
Emrakul, the Promised End $7.28 $7.34 ($0.06) -1%
Arclight Phoenix $6.79 $6.56 $0.23 4%
Shark Typhoon $7.35 $6.09 $1.26 21%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.29 $10.25 ($0.96) -9%
Mana Confluence $4.76 $5.79 ($1.03) -18%
Faceless Haven $6.23


Spirebluff Canal $6.15 $8.30 ($2.15) -26%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.92 $8.77 ($1.85) -21%
Lotus Field $8.95 $11.14 ($2.19) -20%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $16.90 $18.50 ($1.60) -9%
Cavalier of Thorns $24.42 $16.62 $7.80 47%
Elder Gargaroth $5.65 $5.74 ($0.09) -2%
Terror of the Peaks $5.29 $5.49 ($0.20) -4%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $7.25 $7.96 ($0.71) -9%
Karn, the Great Creator $46.40 $39.64 $6.76 17%
Finale of Devastation $11.34 $12.37 ($1.03) -8%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $35.92 $34.09 $1.83 5%
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 $124.59 $172.21 ($47.62) -28%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $108.26 $144.42 ($36.16) -25%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $132.85 $179.99 ($47.14) -26%
Kaldheim $77.93 $78.38 ($0.45) -1%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $164.11 $171.79 ($7.68) -4%
Streets of New Capenna $155.06 $141.69 $13.37 9%
Streets of New Capenna Booster $2.94 $3.23 ($0.29) -9%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $47.02 $45.09 $1.93 4%
Treasure Chest $2.39 $2.44 ($0.05) -2%
Zendikar Rising $128.01 $129.04 ($1.03) -1%


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. 

This list has shrunk a bit since the tokens have been released.  I wouldn't be surprised to see it expand again soon after the tokens expire.

Black Lotus 1E Rare 251.01
Mox Jet 1E Rare 131.61
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 121.76
Karakas UBT Mythic 118.15
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
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 67.83
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 67.76
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 67.02
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 66.37
Force of Will MED Rare 64.61
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 63
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 61.71
Displacer Kitten CLB Rare 59.14
Endurance MH2 Mythic 56.73
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 55
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 52.6
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 52.32
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 46.84
Archivist of Oghma CLB Rare 46.56
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 46.4
Ledger Shredder SNC Rare 45.07
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 44.46
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 44.11
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 43.71
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 43.03
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 42.25
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 41.33
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 41.14
Unlicensed Hearse SNC Rare 40.66
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 40.56
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 40.06
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 39.82
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 39.78
Mox Diamond ST Rare 37.2
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 35.92
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 34.53
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 34.27
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 33.11
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.03
Timetwister 1E Rare 32.36
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 32.04
Ancient Copper Dragon CLB Mythic 32
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 31.9
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 31.87
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 31.03
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 30.29
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 30
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 29.91
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 29.49
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 29.15
Seeds of Innocence MI Rare 29.09
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 28.98
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 28.91
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 28.91
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 28.81
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 28.76
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 28.42
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 28.4
Force of Will EMA Mythic 28.35
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 28.25
Lotus Petal TE Common 28.21
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 27.94
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 27.69
Solitude MH2 Mythic 27.39
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.19
Aether Gale C14 Rare 27.07
Force of Will VMA Rare 26.8
Doomsday WL Rare 26.65
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.46
Wasteland TE Uncommon 25.49
Wasteland EXP Mythic 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.

Nevermind, ignore all of that, Pete got it done for me, because he is just the dang best. The big number this week is $27,377.  Last week it was $27,787.
This is a small loss for $410. 
 
In Closing

I had a really bad reaction to my mental health drugs on Monday and am currently without them after talking to my prescriber.  It's not the worst, but I'll revisit this in a month or so. 

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