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State of the Program for March 12th, 2021
 
In the News

Modern Horizons 2:  Wizards Play Network shared a lot of details from Modern Horizons 2.  This set has a prerelease window that lasts from June 4th to June 10th 2021.  It releases on June 11th in the paper world.  Webcam events will be held over SpellTable Beta.  It will have Collector, Draft and Set booster packs.  You can read about it here

Magic Survey:  New survey is up.  It's really long.  I did it, but ended up getting bored and taking a break about 40 questions in.  You can take the survey here.

Historic Anthology IV: It came out on March 11, 2021.  It contains 4 copies of each card in the set, but really it's just Harmless Offering and 24 other cards for me!  You can see the list here. With this release there is a new pet, the Amon-cat, some general fixes and such, and updated play offerings.  You can see that news here



Limited Qualifier:  Saturday is a Kaldheim sealed event for the Strixhaven Split Championship. 

Modern Qualifier:  Sunday the format is Modern.
 

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
March 24, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
April 14, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
April 15, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
Zendikar Rising Redemption
Ends April 7th, 2021
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:

March 3 - March 24 - Vintage Cube
March 24 - March 31 - Time Spiral Remasted Supreme Draft
March 31 - April 7 - New Spotlight Cube
April 7 - April 14 - Another new Spotlight Cube
 
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: I like this deck, but can't play it correctly.  I want to play it like an Enchantress deck but am pretty sure that's not how to actually play this. The runes in the deck help you turn on In Search of Greatness so you can get free three drops.  I enjoyed playing this, but eventually got frustrated at how it was going.  


Historic: fireshoes on Twitter, everyone's favorite deck sharing account, shared the first draft of the Harmless Offering deck that they are working on after the release of Historic Anthology  IV today.  I am wonding if the Nine Lives Solemnity combo is where we want to be at here.  I like the idea of it, so I can't wait to give this a go later on! 


Legacy:  Here is another deck that you can use the fancy Secret Lair Primeval Titan in. 


Modern:  This is also another deck for fancy titans!  


Pauper:  If you have titans in your deck in Pauper, you're a sorceror and have taken advantage of things there.  If you happen to play against a player with Titans in their deck in the format, here is one that can handle them with ease! 


Pioneer:  This deck is a lot of fun, and playing Pioneer recently has made me see how reliant it is on (Omnath, Locus of Creation:ZNBR) and we have a lot of really clean answers to the four drop here. 


Historic 2: I am of course, excited for Cat Pact, but I am going to be starting on another deck.  It's a couple of years old, and needs to be brought up to date, but I think there is some potential in Paradoxical Outcome and Inspiring Statuary.  Historic is a Molten Rain away from providing everything I want in a format. 




 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Carroz - Death & Taxes
Saturday Pauper - dragon7k - Izzet Control
Saturday Pioneer - Dreams of Ashiok - Niv to Light

Sunday Modern - Stompy45 - Collected Counters
Sunday Pauper - Hawkbundudo - Wall Cascade
Sunday Standard - rastaf - Mono Red Aggro
Sunday Vintage - albertoSD

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Showcase - Ozymandias17 - Orzhov Auras
Legacy Showcase - ziofrancone - Izzet Delver
Vintage Showcase - Enrichetta
Standard Showcase - Tixis - Naya Showdown
Modern Showcase - CanadianNinja - Niv to Light


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: The Great Henge is back on the list.  Alrund's Epiphany is on the list.  Sea Gate Restoration came off the list.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $29.81 $26.59 $3.22 12%
Bonecrusher Giant $8.71 $8.90 ($0.19) -2%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $10.42 $7.84 $2.58 33%
The Great Henge $5.23


Shark Typhoon $14.76 $13.98 $0.78 6%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $15.47 $16.97 ($1.50) -9%
Ketria Triome $4.75 $5.19 ($0.44) -8%
Valki, God of Lies $46.18 $43.18 $3.00 7%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $11.48 $11.82 ($0.34) -3%
Goldspan Dragon $17.62 $17.39 $0.23 1%
Alrund's Epiphany $7.49


Terror of the Peaks $5.36 $5.43 ($0.07) -1%
Elder Gargaroth $27.93 $28.00 ($0.07) 0%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $7.26 $7.57 ($0.31) -4%
Stormwing Entity $4.88 $6.03 ($1.15) -19%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 21.26 22.61 ($1.35) -6%
Klothys, God of Destiny 11.28 10.96 $0.32 3%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 5.64 6.13 ($0.49) -8%
Ox of Agonas 13.27 11.24 $2.03 18%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $39.01 $34.84 $4.17 12%
Turntimber Symbiosis $10.91 $8.10 $2.81 35%
Agadeem's Awakening $9.54 $10.13 ($0.59) -6%
Skyclave Apparition $30.90 $31.56 ($0.66) -2%
Shatterskull Smashing $10.65 $10.69 ($0.04) 0%
Modern StaplesTrinisphere seems like it is starting to see more play, but I am not sure which format is helping it.  Leaving it in Modern for now.  Magus of the Moon fell off the list.  Silent Clearning came off the list. Dismember is back on the list this week. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $43.59 $45.84 ($2.25) -5%
Steelshaper's Gift $12.26 $15.45 ($3.19) -21%
Engineered Explosives $5.91 $5.85 $0.06 1%
Cavern of Souls $24.46 $25.38 ($0.92) -4%
Mishra's Bauble $14.17 $13.25 $0.92 7%
Noble Hierarch $6.26 $6.05 $0.21 3%
Aether Vial $16.42 $17.15 ($0.73) -4%
Trinisphere $5.79


Horizon Canopy $14.50 $13.04 $1.46 11%
Tarmogoyf $7.80 $6.71 $1.09 16%
Liliana of the Veil $13.66 $14.48 ($0.82) -6%
Snapcaster Mage $5.96


Polluted Delta $10.75 $8.77 $1.98 23%
Wooded Foothills $9.76 $7.72 $2.04 26%
Flooded Strand $6.98 $6.86 $0.12 2%
Bloodstained Mire $7.99 $7.09 $0.90 13%
Windswept Heath $9.99 $6.93 $3.06 44%
Thoughtseize $10.88 $12.69 ($1.81) -14%
Elvish Reclaimer $12.39 $6.40 $5.99 94%
Force of Negation $82.33 $83.75 ($1.42) -2%
Wrenn and Six $55.31 $61.59 ($6.28) -10%
Prismatic Vista $13.73 $11.48 $2.25 20%
Sunbaked Canyon $15.05 $14.16 $0.89 6%
Seasoned Pyromancer $35.26 $44.01 ($8.75) -20%
Fiery Islet $10.28 $11.88 ($1.60) -13%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $9.35 $8.64 $0.71 8%
Plague Engineer $12.27 $11.57 $0.70 6%
Force of Vigor $13.86 $17.28 ($3.42) -20%
Giver of Runes $7.84 $9.13 ($1.29) -14%
Flusterstorm $9.79 $10.06 ($0.27) -3%
Archmage's Charm $6.02 $4.29 $1.73 40%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $7.77 $7.67 $0.10 1%
Chalice of the Void $13.32 $13.21 $0.11 1%
Surgical Extraction $20.56 $18.81 $1.75 9%
Karn Liberated $7.14 $6.87 $0.27 4%
Dismember $7.15


Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $7.31 $7.18 $0.13 2%
Wurmcoil Engine $6.18 $6.25 ($0.07) -1%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.68 $8.67 $0.01 0%
Teferi, Time Raveler $37.84 $37.84 $0.00 0%
Gemstone Mine $10.06 $10.60 ($0.54) -5%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $11.09 $9.85 $1.24 13%
Scalding Tarn $19.37 $20.85 ($1.48) -7%
Verdant Catacombs $18.61 $19.05 ($0.44) -2%
Misty Rainforest $16.15 $16.51 ($0.36) -2%
Arid Mesa $8.79 $7.46 $1.33 18%
Marsh Flats $4.22 $5.25 ($1.03) -20%
Eternal Staples:  Nothing new going on here. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $113.07 $107.57 $5.50 5%
Opposition Agent $33.34 $27.75 $5.59 20%
Dark Depths $5.44 $5.41 $0.03 1%
City of Traitors $35.08 $34.45 $0.63 2%
Sphere of Resistance $7.25 $7.31 ($0.06) -1%
Monastery Mentor $9.51 $6.83 $2.68 39%
Allosaurus Shepherd $47.44 $43.49 $3.95 9%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $9.93 $9.49 $0.44 5%
Force of Will $59.87 $66.80 ($6.93) -10%
Karakas $7.07 $7.26 ($0.19) -3%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $41.38 $54.75 ($13.37) -24%
Demonic Tutor $14.95 $13.87 $1.08 8%
Unmask $10.38 $8.97 $1.41 16%
Misdirection $11.41 $11.99 ($0.58) -5%
Rishadan Port $10.35 $9.47 $0.88 9%
Submerge $4.71 $6.05 ($1.34) -22%
Daze $8.50 $9.35 ($0.85) -9%
Entomb $6.46 $7.02 ($0.56) -8%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $54.34 $53.80 $0.54 1%
Mox Diamond $19.83 $22.53 ($2.70) -12%
Wasteland $57.91 $61.31 ($3.40) -6%
Ancient Tomb $24.74 $26.95 ($2.21) -8%
Lotus Petal $18.75 $21.37 ($2.62) -12%
Earthcraft $9.79 $9.16 $0.63 7%
Grim Monolith $11.76 $12.90 ($1.14) -9%
Exploration $8.28 $8.64 ($0.36) -4%
Gaea's Cradle $18.34 $21.41 ($3.07) -14%
Carpet of Flowers $25.58 $34.89 ($9.31) -27%
Gilded Drake $9.29 $9.27 $0.02 0%
Black Lotus $18.22 $15.40 $2.82 18%
Tropical Island $10.20 $10.20 $0.00 0%
Volcanic Island $9.97 $14.54 ($4.57) -31%
Underground Sea $16.14 $16.92 ($0.78) -5%
Sol Ring $5.03 $5.25 ($0.22) -4%
Null Rod $8.93 $9.04 ($0.11) -1%
Doomsday $20.88 $24.00 ($3.12) -13%
Paradigm Shift $9.99 $9.99 $0.00 0%
Mindbreak Trap $14.73 $15.08 ($0.35) -2%
Pioneer StaplesAssassin's Trophy is back off the list.  Mana Confluence continues to be volatile.  Kozilek's Return fell off the list to be replaced by Kalitas, Traitor of GhetKaya, Orzhov Usurper has come back on to the list.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $7.14 $9.79 ($2.65) -27%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $10.77 $8.40 $2.37 28%
Collected Company $12.20 $9.66 $2.54 26%
Kolaghan's Command $5.19 $5.05 $0.14 3%
Liliana, the Last Hope $6.75 $5.03 $1.72 34%
Collective Brutality $5.52 $5.06 $0.46 9%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $10.36 $10.17 $0.19 2%
Mana Confluence $5.49 $3.54 $1.95 55%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $5.44 $6.20 ($0.76) -12%
Thought-Knot Seer $5.11 $5.13 ($0.02) 0%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $5.36


Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $5.43


Karn, the Great Creator $40.54 $42.14 ($1.60) -4%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $4.71 $5.20 ($0.49) -9%
Blast Zone $7.21 $7.39 ($0.18) -2%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $26.42 $24.26 $2.16 9%
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 $80.84 $84.03 ($3.19) -4%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $66.72 $69.58 ($2.86) -4%
Kaldheim $140.93 $137.67 $3.26 2%
Kaldheim Booster $3.21 $3.26 ($0.05) -2%
Theros Beyond Death $106.98 $108.91 ($1.93) -2%
Throne of Eldraine $137.80 $134.77 $3.03 2%
Treasure Chest $2.41 $2.37 $0.04 2%
Zendikar Rising $165.36 $161.67 $3.69 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 181.19
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 113.07
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 102.79
Karakas UBT Mythic 90.72
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 89.34
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 82.88
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 82.33
Mox Jet 1E Rare 74.89
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 71.91
Time Walk 1E Rare 69.06
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 66.4
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 64.46
Force of Will MED Rare 59.87
Wasteland TE Uncommon 57.91
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 55.31
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 54.34
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 54.09
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 47.62
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 47.44
Wasteland TPR Rare 47.22
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 47.12
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 46.95
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 46.23
Valki, God of Lies KHM Mythic 46.18
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 45.27
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 44.88
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 44.67
Force of Will EMA Mythic 44.23
Auriok Champion IMA Rare 44.08
Force of Will VMA Rare 43.89
Auriok Champion 5DN Rare 43.59
Wasteland EXP Mythic 42.9
Ethereal Forager C20 Rare 41.96
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 41.38
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 41.13
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 40.8
Wasteland EMA Rare 40.73
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 40.54
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 40.49
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 39.01
Timetwister 1E Rare 37.85
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 37.84
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 36.72
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 35.72
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.47
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 35.26
City of Traitors EX Rare 35.08
City of Traitors TPR Rare 33.81
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 33.34
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.37
Skyclave Apparition ZNR Rare 30.9
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 30.02
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 29.81
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 29.74
Underground Sea ME4 Rare 29.65
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 28.84
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 28.78
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 28.57
Verdant Catacombs ZNE Mythic 28.07
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic 27.93
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 27.86
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 27.7
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 27.42
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 26.45
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 26.42
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.88
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 25.8
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 25.58
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.57
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 25.01
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 25
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 $27,893.  Last week the big number was $28,120.  After gaining more than $1,000 last week we slipped a bit, dropping $227. 
 
In Closing

Prices were done on Wednesday.  Hope you all have a great weekend! 

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