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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
Jun 28 2019 12:00pm

State of the Program for June 28th, 2019
In the News

Pauper wishes on a star, becomes a real format
:  Big news on Thursday, as Pauper gets new cards added to the card pool, three new cards added to the banned list (Sinkhole High Tide and Hymn to Tourach), and new sanctioning and recognition from Wizards of the Coast.  You can see the article here, and some of the new cards added to the format here. I am pretty excited about Desert.  This comes to MTGO with the update on July 2nd.

CardMarket springs a data leak:  I got an email yesterday from cardmarket, Europe's largest marketplace for tcgs explaining that they had been attacked and date compromised.  If you are a customer there make sure to change passwords and pay attention to things.  It is weird how there is nothing on their site or twitter really saying this, but here is a tweet I found. 

Arena gets an update:  You ever wanted a pet cat to play a digital card game with?  If so, your dreams are coming true with this update!  Arena is doing away with weekly rewards and taking a page out of Fortnite's playbook with a battle pass all of their own, which rewards you the cat automatically, or you can earn it via the mastery system that is replacing weekly rewards.  London Mulligan is coming, and so are plans for the client and rotation, which brought out a historic Historic format, which for now, starts with Ixalan. All this and more on July 2nd

Mythic Championship III:  Congrats to Matias Leveratto for winning Mythic Championship III with Simic Nexus.  You can check out highlights here, and a story about Matias here.

SDCC Promos:  The exclusive con promos were shown off on i09, featuring Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God and the other Gods from War of the Spark. 

Magic Online Changes:  This came to my attention about ten minutes to deadline, but I figured I could add something about it here.  With the newest Core Set, we get the London Mulligan, Pauper format updates, new prestige avatars, treasure chest avatars, and the retirement of a draft league.  Check out the details 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
Scheduled Downtimes
July 2nd, 2019
Constructed Leagues End
July 2nd, 2019
Sealed Leagues End
July 2nd, 2019
Next B&R Announcement
July 8th, 2019
Ravnica Allegiances Redemption
Ends July 10, 2019
September 2019
January, 2020
Spring, 2020
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:

Vintage Playoff - June 29
Pauper Playoff - June 30
Limited MCQ Finals - June 29
Modern MCQ Finals - June 30

Magic Online Format Challenges
These are high stakes events that happen every weekend. They cost 25 Tix / 250 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:
Event Type
Start Time
Saturday, 8:00 am PT 
Saturday, 10:00 am PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT
The Hot Take Corner

No hot takes this week, I am just really glad for fans of Pauper that their hard work and dedication to the format is finally getting recognized.  Happy for all the fans! 

Still feel really disconnected to Magic.  Playing less and less, it's weird. 

Cutting Edge Tech
Standard: Standard is about to change with the introduction of M20, so I figured we would look at the winning decklist from the Mythic Championship.

Legacy:  Keeping up with the winner's theme here is MentalMisstep's list from the Legacy Playoff. 

: Here is Do0mSwitch's list from the Modern Playoff, and I think the second place list from the MCQ Finals.  If not the exact list, it's clearly pretty close! 

:  Standard isn't the only format changing soon, as Pauper is getting a large set's worth of new cards added to the format on July 2nd. 


Winner's Circle

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

Modern Format Playoff:  Do0mSwitch won with UW control.  Also they had a pretty good weekend, finishing in the finals of the Modern MCQ as well!
Legacy Format Playoff: MentalMisstep took down the event with Maverick.  I think at least, it might be Nic Fit.  Selesnya Aggro. 
Modern MCQ:  bladede won with Jund, a fair deck, playing fair Magic, in a field full of unfair things!
Vintage Challenge:  Congrats to Condescend for winning the Vintage Challenge with BUG Control
Pauper Challenge:  greenprinny and a mono green beatdown deck won the Pauper Challenge! 

Around the Web

MTGOTraders YouTube:  Did you know that MTGOTraders.com has a YouTube page with videos added Monday, Wednesday and Friday?  Well if not, now you do, and you can find it here

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: Hey Assassin's Trophy came back to the list after dropping off last week, and things are going to be in flux with M20. 
Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Arclight Phoenix $35.19 $19.01 $16.18 85%
Teferi, Time Raveler $13.67 $19.28 ($5.61) -29%
Hydroid Krasis $16.12 $17.46 ($1.34) -8%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $18.75 $19.59 ($0.84) -4%
Prime Speaker Vannifer $8.24 $8.18 $0.06 1%
Seraph of the Scales $8.56 $8.43 $0.13 2%
Firesong and Sunspeaker $5.13 $5.13 $0.00 0%
Vraska, Golgari Queen $5.67 $6.35 ($0.68) -11%
Finale of Devastation $25.90 $21.25 $4.65 22%
God-Eternal Kefnet $4.87 $6.28 ($1.41) -22%
Karn, the Great Creator $8.38 $8.55 ($0.17) -2%
Finale of Promise $29.32 $21.45 $7.87 37%
Ilharg, the Raze-Boar $5.13 $7.33 ($2.20) -30%
Aggressive Mammoth $5.11 $5.11 $0.00 0%
God-Eternal Oketra $3.41 $4.93 ($1.52) -31%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $8.35 $7.34 $1.01 14%
Skarrgan Hellkite $7.12 $6.39 $0.73 11%
Assassin's Trophy $6.25      
Eternal staples:  Modern Horizons things have started to stabilize for the most part.
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Back to Basics $8.32 $8.85 ($0.53) -6%
Cavern of Souls $16.71 $19.24 ($2.53) -13%
Chalice of the Void $18.37 $18.39 ($0.02) 0%
City of Traitors $26.82 $27.95 ($1.13) -4%
Daze $4.97 $5.30 ($0.33) -6%
Engineered Explosives $12.39 $13.53 ($1.14) -8%
Ensnaring Bridge $21.78 $23.28 ($1.50) -6%
Force of Will $21.27 $21.12 $0.15 1%
Gemstone Mine $11.07 $11.56 ($0.49) -4%
Horizon Canopy $15.57 $21.75 ($6.18) -28%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $27.13 $28.77 ($1.64) -6%
Karn Liberated $14.45 $15.06 ($0.61) -4%
Liliana of the Veil $24.39 $21.79 $2.60 12%
Liliana, the Last Hope $12.02 $11.08 $0.94 8%
Auriok Champion $14.77 $19.94 ($5.17) -26%
Mox Opal $41.62 $40.37 $1.25 3%
Scalding Tarn $17.01 $21.65 ($4.64) -21%
Surgical Extraction $50.29 $42.62 $7.67 18%
True-Name Nemesis $43.98 $46.83 ($2.85) -6%
Underground Sea $7.23 $9.21 ($1.98) -21%
Wasteland $19.99 $17.74 $2.25 13%
Mishra's Bauble $13.53 $16.94 ($3.41) -20%
Snapcaster Mage $7.98 $11.94 ($3.96) -33%
Trinisphere $7.83 $9.51 ($1.68) -18%
Mox Diamond $17.86 $17.77 $0.09 1%
Force of Negation $31.81 $30.31 $1.50 5%
Wrenn and Six $44.61 $25.75 $18.86 73%
Prismatic Vista $8.23 $11.09 ($2.86) -26%
Giver of Runes $5.05 $6.25 ($1.20) -19%
Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis $3.21 $6.25 ($3.04) -49%
Sunbaked Canyon $5.54 $5.50 $0.04 1%
Seasoned Pyromancer $21.76 $9.33 $12.43 133%
Fiery Islet $6.04 $4.57 $1.47 32%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $10.70 $9.08 $1.62 18%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $8.96 $8.71 $0.25 3%
Hexdrinker $4.49 $5.88 ($1.39) -24%
Plague Engineer $5.88

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $5.22

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 2019 $93.46 $93.14 $0.32 0%
Dominaria $24.55 $24.10 $0.45 2%
Guilds of Ravnica $82.35 $68.79 $13.56 20%
Ixalan $17.68 $18.05 ($0.37) -2%
Ravnica Allegiances $120.15 $118.77 $1.38 1%
Rivals of Ixalan $16.90 $17.53 ($0.63) -4%
Treasure Chest $2.54 $2.57 ($0.03) -1%
War of the Spark Booster $3.01 $3.08 ($0.07) -2%
War of the Spark $139.04 $140.97 ($1.93) -1%

The Good Stuff
The following is a list of all the non-promo, non-foil 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 286.48
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 146.26
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 106.7
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 106.23
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 95.4
Mox Jet 1E Rare 84.57
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 73.95
Time Walk 1E Rare 68.63
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 62.54
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 62.49
Surgical Extraction NPH Rare 50.29
Surgical Extraction MM2 Rare 49.99
Timetwister 1E Rare 44.66
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 44.61
True-Name Nemesis PZ1 Mythic 43.98
Liliana of the Veil UMA Mythic 43.36
Mox Opal SOM Mythic 41.62
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 41.17
Mox Opal MS2 Bonus 40.25
Mox Opal MM2 Mythic 40.23
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 38.12
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 38.01
Arclight Phoenix GRN Mythic 35.19
Altar of Dementia TE Rare 34.49
Unmask V16 Mythic 34.29
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 31.81
Force of Will MED Rare 31.43
Jace, the Mind Sculptor A25 Mythic 31.23
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 30.29
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 30.09
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 29.87
Liliana of the Veil MM3 Mythic 29.71
True-Name Nemesis C13 Rare 29.46
Finale of Promise WAR Mythic 29.32
Karn Liberated UMA Mythic 29.22
Ensnaring Bridge A25 Mythic 28.69
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 27.5
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper MS4 Mythic 27.19
Jace, the Mind Sculptor WWK Mythic 27.13
City of Traitors EX Rare 26.82
Jace, the Mind Sculptor EMA Mythic 26.35
Finale of Devastation WAR Mythic 25.9
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 15615, last week it was 15080.  Prices went up 535! 
In Closing

Prices were done on Thursday, June 27, 2019.  The bulk of the article was written on the same date.  Been anxious and crestfallen to do to much of anything else, a lot of time spent in bed, I guess feeling nothing.  I consumed no Magic content this week other than what was prepared for the sites. 

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