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State of the Program for March 13th, 2020
 
In the News

Bans and Suspension list: The following cards have been added to the Banned and Restricted list. 

Brawl:  Golos, Tireless Pilgrim has been banned. 
Historic:  Oko, Thief of Crowns, Once Upon a Time and Veil of Summer have been moved from suspended to banned.  Field of the Dead has been moved from suspended to legal. 
Legacy:  Underworld Breach has been banned.
Modern:  Once Upon a Time has been banned. 

You can read about the changes and Wizards thought process here

Coronavirus cancellations:  ChannelFireball cancelled all MagicFests until mid-April.  StarCityGanes cancelled their tour stops in Baltimore and Syracuse. 

Changes to competitive event schedule: I am listing this apart from the other one as these are Wizards cancellations.  Player's Tour Houston has been cancelled.  The Mythic Invitational in May has also been cancelled.  Travel reimbursements will be given to qualified players with non-refundable, non-transferrable flights to the impacted Players Tour, Players Tour Finals, and Mythic Invitational events.  In addition players for the next set's prerelease will be able to buy prerelease kits from local game stores and play with them at home.  You can read about these changes here and here

Extended Redemption cutoff for Throne of Eldraine:  WotC extended the cutoff for Throne of Eldraine redemption to March 25th, 2020.  You can see the tweet here.  

Fetchland reprint and Chandra Spellbook:  Look, because I spent most of yesterday being panicked about storms, I was late on a lot of stuff for this column.  That means I get to talk about late breaking things.  In this case, WotC said there would be a Chandra Signature Spellbook.  It's out June 26th, and features both Chandra, Torch of Defiance and a new art Past in Flames.  You can see those here.  Secret Lair Ultimate Edition is going to feature the enemy fetches with art from different planes.  It WILL be in stores.  It comes out May 29th, and local stores will get typically, no more than 10 copies.  It is also going to retail for more than 160 dollars.  If these are two expensive, they have promised a much needed fetch land reprint this year.  Check it out 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
March 25, 2020
Constructed Leagues End
April 15, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
April 16, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
Unknown
Throne of Eldraine Redemption
Ends March 25, 2020
Theros: Beyond Death Redem
Starts February 12, 2020
Theros: Beyond Death
January 24, 2020
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
April 24, 2020
Core Set 2021
Zendikar Rising
Third Quarter 2020
Fourth Quarter 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:

Pioneer PTQ - Saturday
Modern PTQ - Sunday
 
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 6:00 am PT
Saturday, 8:00 am PT 
Saturday, 10:00 am PT
Sunday 6:00 am PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT

Cutting Edge Tech
Standard: Showing off a sweet Standard deck this week.  Powered by leylines, this Enigmatic Incarnation deck has been an absolute blast to play.  Casting the enchantment on turn three and then sacrificing a leyline to go get Cavalier of Gales, to power further nutty stuff, or Ilharg, the Raze-Boar to set up a game ending attack with Terror of Mount Velus is great.  I've been playing it on Arena for most of the week, and it's got some good game against some of the Standard decks right now.  Teferi, Time Raveler does complicate things a bit sadly. 


Legacy:  Not going to highlight a Legacy deck this week, because there hasn't been any post banning events that have happened that I could find. 

Modern: Blood Moon, to me, doesn't feel well set up in the current Modern format, because of the amount of snow basics that see play, but I always enjoy seeing this deck do well. 


Pauper:  It's not for me, even with the large amount of voltron style decks I am playing in Modern and Pioneer, but a non bogles style voltron deck is neat to see in Pauper.


Pioneer:  To quote Gerry Thompson, "Well, Pioneer is busted."


Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Legacy - IslandsAreStillRad - Maverick
Modern - Dazai - Bant Snow
Pauper - SickWorld - Boros Metalcraft
Pioneer - Coly2 - Bant Spirits
Standard - pepeteam - Jeskai Fires
Vintage - Oklahomigan - Shops

Other Event Winners
Modern - McWinSauce - Bant Snow

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: Nothing new came on or off the list this week. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $43.71 $48.95 ($5.24) -11%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $9.48 $8.42 $1.06 13%
Questing Beast $8.04 $7.85 $0.19 2%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $8.19 $8.11 $0.08 1%
Chulane, Teller of Tales $6.87 $6.75 $0.12 2%
Fabled Passage $11.07 $9.93 $1.14 11%
Bonecrusher Giant $4.96 $5.14 ($0.18) -4%
Embercleave $6.15 $6.54 ($0.39) -6%
The Great Henge $5.54 $5.11 $0.43 8%
Arclight Phoenix $5.44 $5.30 $0.14 3%
Assassin's Trophy $5.04 $6.00 ($0.96) -16%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $17.77 $18.05 ($0.28) -2%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.07 $5.54 $0.53 10%
Leyline of the Void $10.19 $11.71 ($1.52) -13%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $46.27 $32.44 $13.83 43%
Ajani, Strength of the Pride $7.04 $7.01 $0.03 0%
Cavalier of Thorns $7.27 $7.20 $0.07 1%
Lotus Field $5.34 $5.24 $0.10 2%
Cavalier of Flame $5.29 $5.11 $0.18 4%
Deputy of Detention $5.98 $7.58 ($1.60) -21%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $4.19 $5.43 ($1.24) -23%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $53.35 $49.10 $4.25 9%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned $15.88 $18.18 ($2.30) -13%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $15.89 $15.68 $0.21 1%
Ox of Agonas $5.97 $5.05 $0.92 18%
Teferi, Time Raveler $59.85 $59.52 $0.33 1%
Finale of Devastation $10.16 $11.02 ($0.86) -8%
Karn, the Great Creator $29.11 $28.99 $0.12 0%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $15.08 $13.64 $1.44 11%
Blast Zone $14.96 $14.11 $0.85 6%
Gideon Blackblade $6.55 $6.45 $0.10 2%
Niv-Mizzet Reborn $14.24 $16.88 ($2.64) -16%
Jace, Wielder of Mysteries $14.29 $9.21 $5.08 55%
Nissa, Who Shakes the World $9.80 $9.35 $0.45 5%

Modern Staples:  This is the last time we'll see Once Upon a Time on this list.  Snapcaster Mage fell back off the list. Cryptic Command has taken its place.  Modern Horizons, look at those prices.  Having prices like that for one set on MTGO is a mistake and WotC needs to address that. 
 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Grinding Station $10.39 $8.65 $1.74 20%
Engineered Explosives $5.44 $11.37 ($5.93) -52%
Cavern of Souls $14.25 $13.89 $0.36 3%
Noble Hierarch $6.44 $5.73 $0.71 12%
Mishra's Bauble $35.97 $36.78 ($0.81) -2%
Aether Vial $8.61 $7.45 $1.16 16%
Trinisphere $6.29 $8.26 ($1.97) -24%
Once Upon a Time $1.94 $10.97 ($9.03) -82%
Horizon Canopy $6.97 $7.87 ($0.90) -11%
Tarmogoyf $7.70 $7.58 $0.12 2%
Magus of the Moon $5.34 $6.17 ($0.83) -13%
Liliana of the Veil $18.07 $17.27 $0.80 5%
Polluted Delta $5.52 $6.18 ($0.66) -11%
Wooded Foothills $4.61 $4.42 $0.19 4%
Flooded Strand $4.13 $4.00 $0.13 3%
Bloodstained Mire $3.65 $3.27 $0.38 12%
Windswept Heath $2.48 $2.94 ($0.46) -16%
Thoughtseize $13.36 $16.58 ($3.22) -19%
Cryptic Command $5.52


Field of the Dead $6.07 $7.47 ($1.40) -19%
Force of Negation $81.15 $65.20 $15.95 24%
Wrenn and Six $107.01 $101.13 $5.88 6%
Prismatic Vista $14.10 $18.43 ($4.33) -23%
Sunbaked Canyon $17.98 $17.58 $0.40 2%
Seasoned Pyromancer $23.68 $24.90 ($1.22) -5%
Fiery Islet $12.16 $12.71 ($0.55) -4%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $22.51 $19.70 $2.81 14%
Hexdrinker $7.68 $6.68 $1.00 15%
Plague Engineer $19.53 $20.64 ($1.11) -5%
Force of Vigor $15.49 $22.70 ($7.21) -32%
Collector Ouphe $10.84 $13.02 ($2.18) -17%
Nurturing Peatland $7.29 $9.39 ($2.10) -22%
Ice-Fang Coatl $40.52 $29.02 $11.50 40%
Giver of Runes $9.89 $7.97 $1.92 24%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $8.88 $10.57 ($1.69) -16%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $6.14 $8.86 ($2.72) -31%
Echo of Eons $4.48 $5.16 ($0.68) -13%
Waterlogged Grove $6.13 $5.79 $0.34 6%
Archmage's Charm $10.83 $5.48 $5.35 98%
Chalice of the Void $12.51 $13.65 ($1.14) -8%
Karn Liberated $7.85 $7.90 ($0.05) -1%
Surgical Extraction $12.96 $12.38 $0.58 5%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $5.18 $5.08 $0.10 2%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.74 $8.55 ($0.81) -9%
Gemstone Mine $9.50 $10.69 ($1.19) -11%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $17.70 $15.78 $1.92 12%
Scalding Tarn $12.05 $10.91 $1.14 10%
Verdant Catacombs $10.98 $11.11 ($0.13) -1%
Misty Rainforest $18.79 $11.32 $7.47 66%
Arid Mesa $3.64 $3.14 $0.50 16%
Marsh Flats $2.39 $2.55 ($0.16) -6%
Eternal Staples:  Welcome back Mox Opal!

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $7.82 $6.49 $1.33 20%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $16.88 $19.21 ($2.33) -12%
City of Traitors $23.50 $18.03 $5.47 30%
Monastery Mentor $9.91 $13.59 ($3.68) -27%
Force of Will $32.68 $34.93 ($2.25) -6%
Land Tax $7.23 $7.47 ($0.24) -3%
Unmask $8.80 $9.41 ($0.61) -6%
Misdirection $10.36 $8.81 $1.55 18%
Entomb $6.41 $6.49 ($0.08) -1%
Orim's Chant $6.29 $6.25 $0.04 1%
True-Name Nemesis $5.24 $5.21 $0.03 1%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $22.31 $19.73 $2.58 13%
Mox Opal $5.15


Mox Diamond $21.02 $17.44 $3.58 21%
Altar of Dementia $5.80 $6.13 ($0.33) -5%
Grindstone $11.95 $11.67 $0.28 2%
Wasteland $24.11 $20.61 $3.50 17%
Ancient Tomb $13.57 $12.69 $0.88 7%
Lotus Petal $14.64 $17.16 ($2.52) -15%
Earthcraft $7.50 $7.47 $0.03 0%
Academy Rector $6.18 $6.05 $0.13 2%
Grim Monolith $14.78 $14.26 $0.52 4%
Exploration $15.83 $17.57 ($1.74) -10%
Gaea's Cradle $11.04 $10.97 $0.07 1%
Carpet of Flowers $5.20 $6.03 ($0.83) -14%
Gilded Drake $5.42 $6.56 ($1.14) -17%
Time Spiral $6.18 $6.24 ($0.06) -1%
Black Lotus $6.73 $5.75 $0.98 17%
Volcanic Island $6.88 $8.27 ($1.39) -17%
Underground Sea $8.88 $8.82 $0.06 1%
Sol Ring $10.78 $10.52 $0.26 2%
Null Rod $9.95 $8.48 $1.47 17%
Pioneer StaplesKolaghan's Command came off the list this week.  Inverter of Truth is back on.  Tireless Tracker is also back.
 
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $11.76 $10.83 $0.93 9%
Soul-Scar Mage $9.11 $8.46 $0.65 8%
Liliana's Influence $9.10 $9.10 $0.00 0%
Gideon of the Trials $10.30 $6.02 $4.28 71%
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar $10.07 $8.12 $1.95 24%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $6.59 $6.89 ($0.30) -4%
Collected Company $12.04 $15.23 ($3.19) -21%
Liliana, the Last Hope $11.59 $12.07 ($0.48) -4%
Collective Brutality $6.44 $8.56 ($2.12) -25%
Emrakul, the Promised End $7.14 $9.54 ($2.40) -25%
Spell Queller $5.78 $3.78 $2.00 53%
Breeding Pool $4.96 $6.21 ($1.25) -20%
Stomping Ground $3.28 $2.76 $0.52 19%
Godless Shrine $1.78 $2.46 ($0.68) -28%
Sacred Foundry $0.51 $0.51 $0.00 0%
Watery Grave $0.86 $1.02 ($0.16) -16%
Mana Confluence $7.94 $9.22 ($1.28) -14%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.82 $9.39 ($1.57) -17%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $6.54 $6.95 ($0.41) -6%
Botanical Sanctum $6.62 $5.87 $0.75 13%
Scavenging Ooze $6.57 $7.55 ($0.98) -13%
Mutavault $12.57 $14.08 ($1.51) -11%
Goblin Rabblemaster $7.72 $5.79 $1.93 33%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $9.27 $11.00 ($1.73) -16%
Thought-Knot Seer $6.96 $6.48 $0.48 7%
Inverter of Truth $5.13


Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $13.76 $14.54 ($0.78) -5%
Rest in Peace $11.51 $10.54 $0.97 9%
Supreme Verdict $6.63 $4.47 $2.16 48%
Hallowed Fountain $1.79 $1.44 $0.35 24%
Steam Vents $1.70 $1.73 ($0.03) -2%
Blood Crypt $0.88 $1.13 ($0.25) -22%
Overgrown Tomb $0.73 $1.07 ($0.34) -32%
Temple Garden $1.14 $1.61 ($0.47) -29%
Tireless Tracker $5.33      
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 2020 $226.96 $216.10 $10.86 5%
Guilds of Ravnica $47.51 $49.44 ($1.93) -4%
Modern Horizons $462.72 $440.64 $22.08 5%
Ravnica Allegiances $54.04 $61.34 ($7.30) -12%
Theros Beyond Death $135.47 $136.83 ($1.36) -1%
Theros Beyond Death Booster $3.24 $3.32 ($0.08) -2%
Throne of Eldraine $169.28 $184.32 ($15.04) -8%
Treasure Chest $2.04 $2.09 ($0.05) -2%
War of the Spark $215.41 $211.26 $4.15 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 185.54
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 105.97
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 80.81
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 79.31
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 71.29
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 69.75
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 61.93
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 60.74
Mox Jet 1E Rare 59.73
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 57.7
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 57.5
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 53.22
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 52.51
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger M20 Mythic 50.54
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 48.41
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 48.28
Unmask V16 Mythic 46.24
Time Walk 1E Rare 45.51
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 45.19
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 43.65
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 42.71
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 42.08
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 41.58
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 39.44
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 37.06
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 36.92
Ice-Fang Coatl MH1 Rare 36.71
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 34.92
Force of Will MED Rare 32.14
Karakas UBT Mythic 31.86
Mana Confluence EXP Mythic 31.7
Tuvasa the Sunlit PZ2 Mythic 31.5
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.2
Timetwister 1E Rare 29.97
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 29.21
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic 27.97
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 27.26
Saheeli, the Gifted PZ2 Mythic 26.68
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 26.44
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.23
Force of Will EMA Mythic 26.06
Force of Will VMA Rare 25.92
Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer PZ2 Mythic 25.13
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 $21,490.  Last week, the number was $21,600.  We have a loss of 110 this week.  I wonder how this number is going to go with all the cancelled events.  Will people jump on to MTGO to get a competitive fix? 
 
In Closing

I've been under the weather again this week, and today (Thursday) I get to add storm based anxiety to the list of things wrong with me.  Yeah we're under a tornado watch in my part of Kentucky, and I know it's extremely unlikely that I take a direct hit, but I am super glad that on the list of things wrong with the house to get fixed, the steps into my root cellar were on that list, and also fixed, so I will have a safe place to go in case things hit the fan.  Hopefully the won't.  Also all the sports related cancellations have been a bummer for me, the NCAA tournament and the lead up to it is one of my favorite things, and it looks like things are changing there.  Anyways, wash your hands, be safe, listen to local authorites and stay healthy! 

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