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State of the Program for June 7th, 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

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.   

Two-Factor Authentication:  *From last week* 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.

Lord of the Rings:  *From last week* The previews for the next set, Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-Earth have started after the weekly Twitch show did a deep dive on the mechanics and previews of the cards. This set will be Modern legal, and on June 13th Daybreak will have an article telling us what will be on MTGO.  You can check out the mechanics article here, and the galleries for regular, variant and commander cards as well!  The price of a Lord of the Rings booster on MTGO will be 4.99. 

All-Access:  *From last week* Starts on the 31 and lasts until June 14th.  There will be two super qualifiers and four showcase challenges during the token's life!  In addition, top 16 players and players that complete the swiss portion of the event with an x-2 record will get a set of Aftermath, and those in the top 4 will get a premium set!

Patch Notes: You can check out the notes for this update 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
June 14, 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 - Tempest Remastered Phantom

June 9 - Pioneer Super Qualifier
June 10 - Pauper Showcase Challenge
June 11 - Legacy Showcase Challenge

June 14 - Battle of the Planes Phantom

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  

 

Thoughts and Stuff

I wrote a little bit about the Dimir Tempo decks in Pioneer that are splashing Arclight Phoenix to go along with all the cantrips.  

I think the first thing to learn about this deck is that it’s not a traditional Phoenix deck. This is a Dimir deck based around Ledger Shredder first and recurring Arclight Phoenix second. You get a lot of Convoke triggers with the Shredder, and Tainted Indulgence and Consider help to fill the yard with Phoenix. You have a lot of cheap cantrips to make recurring it easy and eventually overwhelm the opponent with card advantage.

Or they go off with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx on turn 4 and you’re so far behind that you question even playing Pioneer at all. That’s what happened in the second round of the Pioneer league that I played in. I get it, Nykthos is a really cool card, but my opponent put three copies of Cavalier of Thorns into play on the fourth turn, despite me having removal for two elves and it’s like, come on WotC do something. Aside from getting crushed in the second round, the deck played really well, but we had more instances of pilot failure with it. I got very impatient against Azorius Control and tried to force an Ashiok, Nightmare Muse. I ran it directly into a Make Disappear with one mana up, passing, with that one mana up, I was unable to counter their Teferi, Hero of Dominaria next turn.

I drew two Thoughtseizes off the top.

Yup.

Would more open mana and patient play in that crucial turn mattered?

Maybe!
 

Cutting Edge Tech

After the bans, it is of course, time to look at the new state of the Standard format.  All the decks this week are from weekend events, ladder play and leagues! 

Azorius Superfriends
:

Mono Red:

Azorius Flash:

Esper Legends:

Dimir Jace:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - ezebessone - Jund

Saturday Legacy - Testacular - Mono Red Prison
Saturday Modern - Lennny - Izzet Murktide
Saturday Modern - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Pauper - AliEnWaRe_ - Golgari Initiative
Saturday Pioneer - Raest - Hidden Strings
Saturday Standard - Arianne - Esper Legends
Saturday Vintage - desolutionist

Sunday Legacy - Trohck - 4 Color Snow
Sunday Modern - gurig - 4 Color Elementals
Sunday Pauper - _against_ - Caw Gate
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Standard - Oscar_Franco - Azorius Friends
Sunday Vintage - Gn42

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Showcase Challenge
Modern Showcase Challenge
Legacy Super Qualifier

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: Serra Paragon flew off the list, but a few more cards from Dominaria United came on.  Wrenn and Realmbreaker came off the list.  Despite being a big winner this past weekend, Raffine, Scheming Seer came off the list as well. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Cityscape Leveler $32.23 $32.81 -$0.58 -2%
Portal to Phyrexia $6.45 $6.88 -$0.43 -6%
Titania, Voice of Gaea $6.69 $6.80 -$0.11 -2%
One with the Multiverse $8.11 $8.33 -$0.22 -3%
The Stone Brain $8.14 $7.17 $0.97 14%
Brotherhood's End $6.95


Leyline Binding $15.28 $17.58 -$2.30 -13%
Liliana of the Veil $5.51 $5.51 $0.00 0%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $22.10 $25.75 -$3.65 -14%
Timeless Lotus $11.34


Nissa, Resurgent Animist $60.34 $66.36 -$6.02 -9%
Ob Nixilis, Captive Kingpin $10.09 $10.94 -$0.85 -8%
Memory Deluge $19.66 $20.44 -$0.78 -4%
Brutal Cathar $9.61 $10.55 -$0.94 -9%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $7.64 $7.01 $0.63 9%
Invasion of Gobakhan $8.42 $11.62 -$3.20 -28%
Knight-Errant of Eos $6.57 $8.86 -$2.29 -26%
Faerie Mastermind $7.19 $8.28 -$1.09 -13%
Sheoldred $6.99 $6.81 $0.18 3%
Invasion of Tarkir $11.44 $10.76 $0.68 6%
Urabrask $5.75 $6.20 -$0.45 -7%
Chandra, Hope's Beacon $12.05


Elesh Norn $6.52 $6.52 $0.00 0%
Boseiju, Who Endures $28.57 $27.86 $0.71 3%
Otawara, Soaring City $12.02 $12.18 -$0.16 -1%
The Wandering Emperor $10.42 $10.28 $0.14 1%
March of Otherworldly Light $5.06 $5.38 -$0.32 -6%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $38.59 $43.01 -$4.42 -10%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $7.85 $7.79 $0.06 1%
Jace, the Perfected Mind $6.82 $7.27 -$0.45 -6%
Ledger Shredder $8.10 $7.83 $0.27 3%
Unlicensed Hearse $10.25 $10.59 -$0.34 -3%
Stormcarved Coast $12.64 $13.10 -$0.46 -4%
Wedding Announcement $30.16 $31.36 -$1.20 -4%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $12.72 $14.24 -$1.52 -11%
Lord of Atlantis $5.43 $5.22 $0.21 4%
Cavern of Souls $6.08 $6.56 -$0.48 -7%
Orvar, the All-Form $21.49 $20.50 $0.99 5%
Polluted Delta $6.32 $6.71 -$0.39 -6%
Wooded Foothills $7.67 $5.43 $2.24 41%
Flooded Strand $8.02 $7.87 $0.15 2%
Bloodstained Mire $7.16 $4.54 $2.62 58%
Windswept Heath $3.75 $4.29 -$0.54 -13%
Thoughtseize $10.81 $9.52 $1.29 14%
Force of Negation $16.04 $16.06 -$0.02 0%
Wrenn and Six $14.95 $13.85 $1.10 8%
Sunbaked Canyon $7.09 $6.54 $0.55 8%
Seasoned Pyromancer $9.94 $9.44 $0.50 5%
Force of Vigor $20.75 $19.81 $0.94 5%
Flusterstorm $8.78 $9.10 -$0.32 -4%
Archon of Cruelty $6.45 $4.89 $1.56 32%
Dress Down $7.95


Grist, the Hunger Tide $5.62


Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $12.79 $11.34 $1.45 13%
Urza's Saga $28.45 $31.29 -$2.84 -9%
Solitude $18.65 $16.51 $2.14 13%
Endurance $22.72 $20.26 $2.46 12%
Grief $15.97 $10.26 $5.71 56%
Murktide Regent $14.72 $17.36 -$2.64 -15%
Fury $22.95 $19.37 $3.58 18%
Esper Sentinel $10.03 $10.74 -$0.71 -7%
Subtlety $10.59 $8.87 $1.72 19%
Chalice of the Void $9.94 $9.64 $0.30 3%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $6.94 $6.72 $0.22 3%
Teferi, Time Raveler $13.30 $13.17 $0.13 1%
Scalding Tarn $6.48 $6.96 -$0.48 -7%
Verdant Catacombs $2.98 $3.20 -$0.22 -7%
Misty Rainforest $5.18 $4.75 $0.43 9%
Arid Mesa $2.59 $2.76 -$0.17 -6%
Marsh Flats $1.06 $1.27 -$0.21 -17%
Eternal StaplesJeska's Will came off the list.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Avenging Hunter $14.65 $13.26 $1.39 10%
Kenku Artificer $7.14 $8.44 ($1.30) -15%
Goliath Paladin $10.70 $8.35 $2.35 28%
Guildsworn Prowler $7.95 $5.95 $2.00 34%
Displacer Kitten $6.68 $5.64 $1.04 18%
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $9.95 $6.37 $3.58 56%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $9.66 $7.96 $1.70 21%
Caves of Chaos Adventurer $10.50 $7.22 $3.28 45%
Hullbreacher $12.29 $12.10 $0.19 2%
Opposition Agent $22.11 $23.09 ($0.98) -4%
Jeweled Lotus $8.22 $8.05 $0.17 2%
City of Traitors $13.03 $11.82 $1.21 10%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $11.93 $11.89 $0.04 0%
Helm of Obedience $14.97 $15.05 ($0.08) -1%
Force of Will $41.07 $39.36 $1.71 4%
Urza's Bauble $19.23 $16.00 $3.23 20%
Hydroblast $7.37 $7.47 ($0.10) -1%
Pyroblast $5.12 $5.11 $0.01 0%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $9.09 $8.71 $0.38 4%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $10.71 $9.84 $0.87 9%
Unmask $24.46 $22.02 $2.44 11%
Misdirection $11.24 $11.24 $0.00 0%
Snuff Out $15.89 $14.37 $1.52 11%
Submerge $11.41 $10.81 $0.60 6%
Daze $5.99 $6.57 ($0.58) -9%
Entomb $5.66 $6.00 ($0.34) -6%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $7.82 $7.45 $0.37 5%
Stifle $10.98 $10.76 $0.22 2%
Mox Opal $7.94 $7.08 $0.86 12%
Mox Diamond $27.30 $24.73 $2.57 10%
Wasteland $14.69 $16.17 ($1.48) -9%
Ancient Tomb $21.79 $20.72 $1.07 5%
Lotus Petal $11.37 $11.32 $0.05 0%
Grindstone $14.43 $16.54 ($2.11) -13%
Powder Keg $12.24 $10.88 $1.36 13%
Grim Monolith $16.15 $15.36 $0.79 5%
Goblin Welder $5.81 $5.88 ($0.07) -1%
Gaea's Cradle $31.84 $31.35 $0.49 2%
Gilded Drake $13.00 $12.90 $0.10 1%
Show and Tell $20.80 $24.17 ($3.37) -14%
Natural Order $8.35 $8.48 ($0.13) -2%
Black Lotus $14.85 $14.95 ($0.10) -1%
Volcanic Island $15.22 $19.23 ($4.01) -21%
Underground Sea $5.35 $5.41 ($0.06) -1%
Null Rod $12.15 $11.44 $0.71 6%
Doomsday $15.27 $14.96 $0.31 2%
Paradigm Shift $12.45 $12.39 $0.06 0%
Pioneer StaplesRending Volley was on here for a very short time.  Ketria Triome cycled off.  Inspiring Vantage came off the list as well.  Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord is back in his coffin, or whatever it is he sleeps in.  Reckless Bushwacker has surged off the list.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Indomitable Creativity $7.18 $8.21 -$1.03 -12.55%
Den of the Bugbear $12.01 $12.07 -$0.06 -0.50%
Lair of the Hydra $4.07 $6.18 -$2.11 -34.14%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $11.53 $14.25 -$2.72 -19.09%
Hall of Storm Giants $6.30


Brazen Borrower $19.50 $21.15 -$1.65 -7.80%
Castle Locthwain $5.59 $9.11 -$3.52 -38.64%
Shark Typhoon $17.69 $20.95 -$3.26 -15.56%
Fiend Artisan $5.00 $5.77 -$0.77 -13.34%
Mana Confluence $17.58 $17.19 $0.39 2.27%
Esika's Chariot $9.42 $11.86 -$2.44 -20.57%
Blightstep Pathway $16.17 $26.11 -$9.94 -38.07%
Hengegate Pathway $6.71 $5.29 $1.42 26.84%
Darkbore Pathway $3.08 $5.85 -$2.77 -47.35%
Spirebluff Canal $6.00 $7.12 -$1.12 -15.73%
Mutavault $4.25 $5.48 -$1.23 -22.45%
Cavalier of Thorns $11.40 $9.94 $1.46 14.69%
Leyline of the Void $6.02 $6.05 -$0.03 -0.50%
Lotus Field $34.94 $15.09 $19.85 131.54%
The Meathook Massacre $11.80 $10.58 $1.22 11.53%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $33.09 $31.08 $2.01 6.47%
Magma Opus $15.65 $15.59 $0.06 0.38%
Prismari Command $8.85 $8.98 -$0.13 -1.45%
Witherbloom Command $4.56 $7.13 -$2.57 -36.04%
Karn, the Great Creator $17.92 $19.63 -$1.71 -8.71%
Emeria's Call $15.51 $18.73 -$3.22 -17.19%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $7.79 $7.70 $0.09 1.17%
Skyclave Apparition $3.84 $6.11 -$2.27 -37.15%
Sea Gate Restoration $11.60 $11.39 $0.21 1.84%
Roiling Vortex $8.58 $9.44 -$0.86 -9.11%
Agadeem's Awakening $5.00 $4.85 $0.15 3.09%
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!
Dominaria United $92.10 $99.15 ($7.05) -7%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $88.93 $88.93 $0.00 0%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $103.71 $102.63 $1.08 1%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $114.18 $111.10 $3.08 3%
March of the Machine $184.31 $194.36 ($10.05) -5%
March of the Machine Booster $2.86 $3.29 ($0.43) -13%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $228.93 $239.80 ($10.87) -5%
Streets of New Capenna $48.73 $50.60 ($1.87) -4%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.27 $2.28 ($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 238.32
Mox Jet 1E Rare 107.18
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 93.05
Time Walk 1E Rare 69.23
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 65.74
Nissa, Resurgent Animist MAT Mythic 60.34
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 59.78
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 55.91
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 54.17
Nissa, Resurgent Animist MAT Promo 49.68
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 49.67
Karakas UBT Mythic 44.65
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 44.34
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 43.68
Force of Will MED Rare 41.07
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 38.79
Atraxa, Grand Unifier ONE Mythic 38.59
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 37.22
Timetwister 1E Rare 36.46
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 36.05
Lotus Field M20 Rare 34.94
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 34.53
Staff of the Storyteller ONC Rare 33.9
Aether Gale C14 Rare 33.82
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 33.09
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 32.7
Cityscape Leveler BRO Mythic 32.23
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 31.84
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 31.43
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 30.98
Wedding Announcement VOW Rare 30.16
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 29.49
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 28.57
Mox Diamond ST Rare 27.3
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 26.55
Staff of the Storyteller ONC Promo 26.07
Volcanic Island ME3 Rare 25.78
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 25.7
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 25.68
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 25.14
 
In Closing

I was going to take the week off from the article and site, but in the end decided not to.  I do plan on taking off sometime soon.  I do need a real vacation. 

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