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State of the Program for March 18th, 2022
 
In the News

Bans:  This item is of course from last week.  We saw some bans in multiple formats, so let's get up to speed there!   Lurrus of the Dream-Den was so nice, it was banned twice, once in Modern and again in Pioneer.  Joining them on the Pauper sidelines is Galvanic Relay and Disciple of the Vault.  Coming off the bench in Pauper is Expedition Map. These changes were all added last week, so nothing new here!  If you want to see the reasons why you can go here and the Pauper discussion is here.

All-Access: It's back for a couple of weeks, this time from March 23 to April 6.  In addition to this we have a week full of Super Qualifiers!  Starting on March 28 and ending on April 1, Modern, Pioneer, Limited and Legacy will get a chance to shine!  Read about it 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
April 27th, 2022
Constructed Leagues End
Ends April 27th, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends April 28th, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
Crimson Vow Redemption 
Ends April 6th, 2022
Neon Dynasty Redemption

Begins March 9th, 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 - Invasion Block Flashback Draft
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

March 18 - Pioner Qualifier
March 19 - Pauper Super Qualifier
March 20 - Limited Super Qualifier

March 28 - Modern Super Qualifier
March 29 - Pioneer Super Qualifier
March 30 - Neon Dynasty Sealed Super Qualifier
March 31 - Legacy Super Qualifier
April 1 - Modern Super Qualifier

March 30 -
Super Jump
April 13 -
Masters 25 Flashback Draft
April 20 -
Kamigawa Remix

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 played one match with this in a League won the first game, took a picture of the deck, put it on Twitter, saying it was the best deck on Standard and then got stomped in the next two games to lose the round. 

It is a really fun deck though! 


Legacy:  This deck looks like a lot of fun to me.  I'm sure it's not, but I used to love Standstill when it was in Standard, and excuse me, I have to take an aspirin for my back pain now. 


Modern:   I really just liked the idea of Discover the Impossible in Storm.  It seems like a really natural fit. 


PauperExpedition Map is making an impact already, fresh off the ban list. 


Pioneer:  I have fear for the cool Aura decks in Pioneer.  I think the Lurrus ban may have killed them and that, I feel, may be very disappointing.  At least we have another cool enchantment deck to take their places maybe?  I do think that ban was a mistake. 





 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - McWinSauce - Bant Pile
Saturday Modern - rastaf - Temur Rhinos
Saturday Pauper - Mikhathara1994 - Dimir Fae
Saturday Pioneer - cladioh - Bring to Niv
Saturday Standard -  Demian77 - Esper Friends
Saturday Vintage - MaxMagicer

Sunday Legacy - 2jjm - 8 Cast
Sunday Modern - Super Qualifier
Sunday Pauper - Hamuda - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - O_danielakos - Izzet Phoenix
Sunday Standard - ovmlcabrera - Esper Friends
Sunday Vintage - ecobaronen

Other Event Winners

Modern Super Qualifier -
azax and katoriarch123
Sealed Super Qualifier -
Ignotus97 and Soondubu


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: Brutal Cathar is new to the list this week. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $24.65 $25.21 ($0.56) -2%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $5.45 $6.47 ($1.02) -16%
Acererak the Archlich $6.26 $6.55 ($0.29) -4%
Old Gnawbone $8.35 $9.08 ($0.73) -8%
Den of the Bugbear $8.35 $16.57 ($8.22) -50%
Lolth, Spider Queen $13.93 $19.12 ($5.19) -27%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $8.71 $13.40 ($4.69) -35%
Hall of the Storm Giants $15.87 $22.56 ($6.69) -30%
Treasure Vault $5.79 $7.24 ($1.45) -20%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $8.66 $7.85 $0.81 10%
Hengegate Pathway $9.14 $10.69 ($1.55) -14%
Valki, God of Lies $5.20 $5.60 ($0.40) -7%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $9.62 $9.93 ($0.31) -3%
Wrenn and Seven $24.38 $27.04 ($2.66) -10%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $9.49 $9.78 ($0.29) -3%
The Meathook Massacre $51.18 $46.30 $4.88 11%
Intrepid Adversary $11.72 $12.22 ($0.50) -4%
Memory Deluge $8.62 $11.47 ($2.85) -25%
Brutal Cathar $6.11


Boseiju, Who Endures $34.13 $41.13 ($7.00) -17%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $40.60 $21.40 $19.20 90%
Kairo Shizuki $8.77 $10.13 ($1.36) -13%
March of Otherworldly Light $10.07 $20.88 ($10.81) -52%
Otawara, Soaring City $6.18 $5.95 $0.23 4%
The Wandering Emperor $39.57 $29.34 $10.23 35%
Prismari Command $7.12 $9.25 ($2.13) -23%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $14.13 $13.71 $0.42 3%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $21.50 $23.58 ($2.08) -9%
Cultivator Colossus $32.48 $29.25 $3.23 11%
Sorin the Mirthless $31.69 $31.20 $0.49 2%
Toxrill, the Corrosive $4.40 $5.35 ($0.95) -18%
Avabruck Caretaker $5.06 $5.11 ($0.05) -1%
Skyclave Apparition $11.08 $12.67 ($1.59) -13%
Shatterskull Smashing $7.63 $8.96 ($1.33) -15%
Roiling Vortex $7.62 $6.71 $0.91 14%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.15 $5.97 $0.18 3%
Sea Gate Restoration $6.20 $6.81 ($0.61) -9%
Emeria's Call $5.45 $5.81 ($0.36) -6%
Turntimber Symbiosis $9.72 $7.93 $1.79 23%
Modern Staples:  A couple of new old additions to the list as the format adjusts to life after Lurrus. 
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $18.32 $19.66 ($1.34) -7%
Cavern of Souls $17.15 $12.96 $4.19 32%
Mishra's Bauble $30.61 $46.64 ($16.03) -34%
Aether Vial $7.42 $7.75 ($0.33) -4%
Liliana of the Veil $15.13 $6.49 $8.64 133%
Polluted Delta $10.04 $10.97 ($0.93) -8%
Wooded Foothills $5.74 $7.17 ($1.43) -20%
Flooded Strand $12.14 $9.47 $2.67 28%
Bloodstained Mire $7.01 $6.10 $0.91 15%
Windswept Heath $5.48 $6.87 ($1.39) -20%
Thoughtseize $8.99 $11.22 ($2.23) -20%
Elvish Reclaimer $8.25 $7.68 $0.57 7%
Inkmoth Nexus $5.37


Force of Negation $51.46 $55.64 ($4.18) -8%
Wrenn and Six $70.44 $66.07 $4.37 7%
Prismatic Vista $7.44 $8.58 ($1.14) -13%
Sunbaked Canyon $18.89 $24.12 ($5.23) -22%
Seasoned Pyromancer $21.83 $15.65 $6.18 39%
Fiery Islet $6.25 $6.84 ($0.59) -9%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $9.27 $12.05 ($2.78) -23%
Force of Vigor $51.46 $55.64 ($4.18) -8%
Flusterstorm $14.71 $14.81 ($0.10) -1%
Archmage's Charm $27.63 $12.29 $15.34 125%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $6.41 $7.81 ($1.40) -18%
Archon of Cruelty $8.76 $8.73 $0.03 0%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $87.08 $82.89 $4.19 5%
Urza's Saga $67.91 $74.32 ($6.41) -9%
Solitude $54.52 $41.18 $13.34 32%
Endurance $71.35 $44.65 $26.70 60%
Grief $9.37 $9.68 ($0.31) -3%
Murktide Regent $46.00 $24.78 $21.22 86%
Sanctum Prelate $5.23 $5.51 ($0.28) -5%
Fury $30.68 $24.87 $5.81 23%
Esper Sentinel $12.17 $12.43 ($0.26) -2%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $10.06 $5.80 $4.26 73%
Chalice of the Void $16.99 $13.73 $3.26 24%
Surgical Extraction $7.23 $9.20 ($1.97) -21%
Karn Liberated $5.72 $5.09 $0.63 12%
Puresteel Paladin $4.78 $6.53 ($1.75) -27%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $7.71 $7.70 $0.01 0%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $7.08 $7.39 ($0.31) -4%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.57 $8.23 $0.34 4%
Teferi, Time Raveler $35.06 $30.85 $4.21 14%
Gemstone Mine $8.26 $7.18 $1.08 15%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $6.06


Scalding Tarn $6.81 $6.84 ($0.03) 0%
Verdant Catacombs $3.61 $3.59 $0.02 1%
Misty Rainforest $5.56 $5.26 $0.30 6%
Arid Mesa $3.12 $3.45 ($0.33) -10%
Marsh Flats $1.64 $1.56 $0.08 5%
Eternal Staples:  I do not know enough about Vintage to make a decision on Lurrus being on here, but I don't recall it seeing as much play since the rule change. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Hullbreacher $70.23 $62.16 $8.07 13%
Opposition Agent $25.06 $23.30 $1.76 8%
Jeweled Lotus $29.64 $29.14 $0.50 2%
City of Traitors $16.14 $16.07 $0.07 0%
Sphere of Resistance $4.94 $5.42 ($0.48) -9%
Allosaurus Shepherd $31.89 $38.31 ($6.42) -17%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $15.21 $14.75 $0.46 3%
Force of Will $73.91 $69.95 $3.96 6%
Karakas $12.48 $12.02 $0.46 4%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $18.75 $18.57 $0.18 1%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.25 $6.25 $0.00 0%
Unmask $16.73 $10.12 $6.61 65%
Misdirection $14.23 $14.16 $0.07 0%
Rishadan Port $9.50 $9.86 ($0.36) -4%
Snuff Out $16.47 $17.66 ($1.19) -7%
Submerge $10.60 $12.50 ($1.90) -15%
Daze $11.11 $13.00 ($1.89) -15%
Kappa Cannoneer $97.25 $99.68 ($2.43) -2%
Entomb $15.91 $15.24 $0.67 4%
Retrofitter Foundry $20.96 $24.62 ($3.66) -15%
Recruiter of the Guard $9.84 $19.02 ($9.18) -48%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $12.73 $17.99 ($5.26) -29%
Mox Diamond $40.11 $43.01 ($2.90) -7%
Wasteland $28.14 $33.14 ($5.00) -15%
Ancient Tomb $18.81 $18.20 $0.61 3%
Lotus Petal $36.92 $37.70 ($0.78) -2%
Grim Monolith $8.27 $8.68 ($0.41) -5%
Meltdown $32.53 $43.74 ($11.21) -26%
Exploration $18.86 $19.47 ($0.61) -3%
Gaea's Cradle $22.07 $22.01 $0.06 0%
Carpet of Flowers $24.25 $23.93 $0.32 1%
Gilded Drake $9.36 $10.00 ($0.64) -6%
Show and Tell $6.64 $7.05 ($0.41) -6%
Black Lotus $12.07 $12.44 ($0.37) -3%
Volcanic Island $8.49 $7.93 $0.56 7%
Underground Sea $9.47 $8.03 $1.44 18%
Null Rod $8.22 $9.37 ($1.15) -12%
Doomsday $25.89 $25.82 $0.07 0%
Paradigm Shift $11.73 $7.40 $4.33 59%
Pioneer Staples:  Some more new ones here.  I actually think that the Lurrus ban wasn't needed here.  What do I know though? 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.29 $5.16 $2.13 41%
Collected Company $6.62 $4.80 $1.82 38%
Kolaghan's Command $5.02 $5.21 ($0.19) -4%
Brazen Borrower $28.80 $25.42 $3.38 13%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $8.19 $9.48 ($1.29) -14%
Bonecrusher Giant $7.26


Arclight Phoenix $8.26 $5.89 $2.37 40%
Shark Typhoon $7.27 $8.88 ($1.61) -18%
Raugrin Triome $7.79 $7.30 $0.49 7%
Ketria Triome $6.48 $6.30 $0.18 3%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $13.06 $10.24 $2.82 28%
Mana Confluence $8.20 $6.00 $2.20 37%
Inspiring Vantage $5.06 $6.03 ($0.97) -16%
Spirebluff Canal $8.52 $6.25 $2.27 36%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.36 $6.49 ($0.13) -2%
Lotus Field $9.61 $5.93 $3.68 62%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $5.18 $5.43 ($0.25) -5%
Rest in Peace $5.74 $7.97 ($2.23) -28%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $4.54 $5.42 ($0.88) -16%
Karn, the Great Creator $39.86 $29.93 $9.93 33%
Finale of Devastation $5.16 $6.35 ($1.19) -19%
Blast Zone $5.69


Omnath, Locus of Creation $31.26 $34.58 ($3.32) -10%
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 $178.77 $199.33 ($20.56) -10%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $181.03 $177.45 $3.58 2%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $183.13 $179.68 $3.45 2%
Kaldheim $71.06 $74.61 ($3.55) -5%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $162.04 $164.51 ($2.47) -2%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Booster $3.27 $3.27 $0.00 0%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $56.64 $59.17 ($2.53) -4%
Treasure Chest $2.50 $2.48 $0.02 1%
Zendikar Rising $114.69 $119.40 ($4.71) -4%


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 232.25
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 127.74
Karakas UBT Mythic 123.61
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 121.75
Mox Jet 1E Rare 121.02
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 111.77
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 105.51
Kappa Cannoneer NEC Rare 97.25
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 87.08
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 85.03
Time Walk 1E Rare 83
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 78.84
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 76.67
Force of Will MED Rare 73.91
Endurance MH2 Mythic 71.35
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 70.44
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 70.23
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 69.35
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 67.91
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 61.79
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 57.06
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 55.8
Solitude MH2 Mythic 54.52
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 52.51
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 51.46
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 51.18
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 50.03
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 49.95
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 49.92
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 46
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.37
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 41.89
Hidetsugu Consumes All NEO Mythic 40.6
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 40.51
Mox Diamond ST Rare 40.11
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 40.09
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 39.86
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 39.57
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 39.55
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 39.01
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 37.29
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 37.23
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 37.14
Lotus Petal TE Common 36.92
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 35.91
Force of Will VMA Rare 35.27
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 35.06
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 35
Force of Will EMA Mythic 34.82
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 34.13
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 34.11
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 33.84
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.79
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 33.47
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 32.53
Anje's Ravager C19 Rare 32.51
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 32.48
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 32.04
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 31.89
Sorin the Mirthless VOW Mythic 31.63
Wasteland TPR Rare 31.4
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 31.35
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 31.26
Timetwister 1E Rare 31.13
Fury MH2 Mythic 30.68
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 30.61
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 30.35
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.09
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 29.64
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 29.23
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 29.18
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 28.8
Aether Gale C14 Rare 28.42
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 28.25
Wasteland TE Uncommon 28.14
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.95
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 27.83
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 27.78
Archmage's Charm MH1 Rare 27.63
Court of Cunning CMR Rare 27
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 26.59
Wasteland EXP Mythic 26.14
Doomsday WL Rare 25.89
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.86
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 25.73
Unmask V16 Mythic 25.67
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 25.31
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 25.21
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 25.06
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 $29,925.  On the 4th it was $29,786.  Looks like a $139 dollar gain. 
 
In Closing

I struggled a few weeks ago with depression and since then every week has been better but it's trended downwards.  I'm just happy to have strung togehter so many good days.  

The of course Kentucky lost in the NCAA tournament last night, so my favorite event of the year is now relegated to background noise.  Today I am hosting a get together for my friend group, the third is getting married Saturday, since the pandemic started I have watched all of my friends get married.  We are gonna play Magic and board games and such!

Maybe I'm not doing as well as I like to think I am, because I seem to be down. 


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