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State of the Program for March 1st, 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 are Dominaria United (Getting Quite Low)  and The Brothers' War (About Half-Gone).  Phyrexia: All Will Be One will be up for redemption in March 8. 

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. 

Patch NotesJeweled Lotus will correctly spend mana on Commanders and Commander Tax.  Jinxed Choker and Plague Boiler will stop asking about counters. 

CommandFest:  These popular events are coming back in April and will kick off with the prerelease of March of the Machine.  You can find one in Richmond, VA, Indianapolis, IN, Orlando, FL, or Seattle, WA.  More CommandFests will be scheduled throughout the year! 

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 5, 2023
Constructed Leagues End
April 18, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
April 18, 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 - Time Spiral Remastered

March 4 - Limited Super Qualifier
March 5 - Limited Super Qualifier
March 5 - Modern Super Qualifier

March 8 - Modern Horizons
March 22 - Modern Horizons 2
April 5 - Dominaria Remastered
April 12 - March of the Machine Release

May 3 - Magic 30 Cube
May 10 - Vintage 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) 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  

 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard: Love to see someone that champions a format so much do well in it.  Make sure you're following yoman5 on Twitter, just a fantastic follow for Standard Magic! 

Legacy: To me it's weird to not see Atraxa in this deck, but maybe there just isn't a place for it.  You would think Sneak and Show would love it there!


Modern:  Wanted to show off a deck that used Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines to great effect! 


Pauper:

A Second Modern Deck:  This one did well in the 32 player Modern event and I thought it was neat that Graaz, Unstoppable Juggernaut has a large role in the deck.



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - oinkmage22 - Izzet Murktide

Saturday Legacy - ecobaronen - Izzet Delver
Saturday Modern 32 - Bullwinkkle6705 - Temur Rhinos
Saturday Modern - Brasatore - Rakdos Scam
Saturday Pauper - _against_ - Dimir Control
Saturday Pioneer - claudioh - Azorius Control
Saturday Standard - yoman5 - Mono Red Aggro
Saturday Vintage - Showcase Challenge

Sunday Legacy - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Modern - susurrus_mtg - Atraxa Vengence
Sunday Pauper - Lord_Beerus - Dimir Control
Sunday Pioneer - pepeteam - Abzan Greasefang
Sunday Standard - Funnyman31399 - Rakdos Atraxa
Sunday Vintage - medvedev

Other Event Winners

Vintage Showcase Challenge -
StormGuyisme
Legacy Showcase Challenge - JPA93

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.

Because I took a mental health week last week, I didn't remove anything from the lists this week. 

I added a ton of new stuff, but didn't take anything off!
 
Standard Staples:

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Phyrexian Fleshgorger $8.05 $7.80 $0.25 3%
Brotherhood's End $8.62 $5.50 $3.12 57%
Cityscape Leveler $20.08 $21.30 -$1.22 -6%
Portal to Phyrexia $5.97 $5.52 $0.45 8%
Titania, Voice of Gaea $5.47 $5.72 -$0.25 -4%
Urza, Lord Protector $5.08 $4.81 $0.27 6%
One with the Multiverse $6.49 $5.88 $0.61 10%
Leyline Binding $17.92 $14.04 $3.88 28%
Liliana of the Veil $9.22 $8.08 $1.14 14%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $43.59 $41.13 $2.46 6%
Karn's Sylex $7.94 $7.63 $0.31 4%
Serra Paragon $6.71


Memory Deluge $9.40 $9.06 $0.34 4%
Brutal Cathar $13.46 $11.39 $2.07 18%
Deserted Beach $4.86 $4.74 $0.12 3%
Graveyard Trespasser $6.18 $6.84 -$0.66 -10%
Boseiju, Who Endures $70.41 $65.87 $4.54 7%
Otawara, Soaring City $7.58 $8.49 -$0.91 -11%
The Wandering Emperor $8.16 $9.87 -$1.71 -17%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $47.68 $24.01 $23.67 99%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $4.43 $6.20 -$1.77 -29%
March of Otherworldly Light $2.78 $5.67 -$2.89 -51%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $71.41 $40.52 $30.89 76%
Capricious Hellraiser $3.18 $7.10 -$3.92 -55%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $18.80 $15.51 $3.29 21%
Jace, the Perfected Mind $8.47 $10.79 -$2.32 -22%
Mercurial Spelldancer $1.47 $7.64 -$6.17 -81%
The Mycosynth Gardens $1.75 $8.79 -$7.04 -80%
Venerated Rotpriest $2.16 $5.17 -$3.01 -58%
Ledger Shredder $15.51 $18.71 -$3.20 -17%
Unlicensed Hearse $10.03 $7.23 $2.80 39%
Xander's Lounge $6.38


Stormcarved Coast $11.42 $5.99 $5.43 91%
Wedding Announcement $10.73 $6.72 $4.01 60%
Cultivator Colossus $5.83


Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $23.00 $21.61 $1.39 6%
Grinding Station $7.99 $10.54 -$2.55 -24%
Lord of Atlantis $4.41 $4.29 $0.12 3%
Cavern of Souls $7.80 $9.28 -$1.48 -16%
Aether Vial $5.18


Sigarda's Aid $3.89 $4.85 -$0.96 -20%
Magus of the Moon $6.19


Orvar, the All-Form $18.63 $22.62 -$3.99 -18%
Polluted Delta $7.95 $8.08 -$0.13 -2%
Wooded Foothills $9.25 $7.35 $1.90 26%
Flooded Strand $11.63 $10.05 $1.58 16%
Bloodstained Mire $5.91 $5.99 -$0.08 -1%
Windswept Heath $5.91 $4.68 $1.23 26%
Thoughtseize $7.62 $7.03 $0.59 8%
Force of Negation $13.88 $12.12 $1.76 15%
Wrenn and Six $14.17 $19.02 -$4.85 -25%
Sunbaked Canyon $9.45 $6.05 $3.40 56%
Seasoned Pyromancer $10.16 $6.91 $3.25 47%
Force of Vigor $24.70 $16.53 $8.17 49%
Flusterstorm $15.06 $20.45 -$5.39 -26%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $4.77 $5.04 -$0.27 -5%
Archon of Cruelty $6.77 $10.50 -$3.73 -36%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $35.82 $34.40 $1.42 4%
Urza's Saga $47.61 $43.43 $4.18 10%
Solitude $39.18 $19.98 $19.20 96%
Endurance $27.58 $28.60 -$1.02 -4%
Grief $13.63 $8.78 $4.85 55%
Murktide Regent $16.09 $15.03 $1.06 7%
Fury $43.24 $35.16 $8.08 23%
Esper Sentinel $10.78 $8.59 $2.19 25%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $5.09 $6.98 -$1.89 -27%
Subtlety $10.51 $7.76 $2.75 35%
Dress Down $5.43 $4.43 $1.00 23%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $3.69 $5.56 -$1.87 -34%
Chalice of the Void $10.30 $10.16 $0.14 1%
Puresteel Paladin $5.10 $4.93 $0.17 3%
Surgical Extraction $5.40


Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $5.23


Ensnaring Bridge $6.08


Teferi, Time Raveler $10.31 $12.14 -$1.83 -15%
Scalding Tarn $6.58 $6.06 $0.52 9%
Verdant Catacombs $2.68 $2.40 $0.28 12%
Misty Rainforest $5.90 $4.73 $1.17 25%
Arid Mesa $4.06 $3.49 $0.57 16%
Marsh Flats $1.50 $1.03 $0.47 46%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
White Plume Adventurer $8.98 $6.63 $2.35 35%
Displacer Kitten $5.50


Hullbreacher $5.63 $7.08 ($1.45) -20%
Opposition Agent $17.11 $15.77 $1.34 8%
Jeweled Lotus $7.23 $8.99 ($1.76) -20%
Jeska's Will $14.67 $13.02 $1.65 13%
City of Traitors $8.46 $14.76 ($6.30) -43%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $9.39 $8.11 $1.28 16%
Helm of Obedience $16.67 $15.41 $1.26 8%
Force of Will $34.76 $41.15 ($6.39) -16%
Urza's Bauble $10.59


Hydroblast $7.00


Pyroblast $5.29


The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $8.57 $8.86 ($0.29) -3%
Enlightened Tutor $5.24 $5.44 ($0.20) -4%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $7.23 $6.75 $0.48 7%
Unmask $14.91 $17.56 ($2.65) -15%
Misdirection $10.20 $10.19 $0.01 0%
Snuff Out $23.80 $24.35 ($0.55) -2%
Submerge $5.79 $8.17 ($2.38) -29%
Daze $11.28 $11.51 ($0.23) -2%
Entomb $4.94 $4.91 $0.03 1%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $9.71


Stifle $6.73 $7.26 ($0.53) -7%
Mox Opal $6.04 $5.35 $0.69 13%
Mox Diamond $23.68 $26.20 ($2.52) -10%
Wasteland $17.22 $18.42 ($1.20) -7%
Ancient Tomb $18.63 $20.93 ($2.30) -11%
Lotus Petal $16.43 $19.87 ($3.44) -17%
Grindstone $18.50 $15.77 $2.73 17%
Grim Monolith $16.73 $16.47 $0.26 2%
Goblin Welder $8.98 $9.83 ($0.85) -9%
Exploration $7.69 $8.47 ($0.78) -9%
Gaea's Cradle $35.82 $35.70 $0.12 0%
Carpet of Flowers $5.26 $6.08 ($0.82) -13%
Gilded Drake $11.87 $12.24 ($0.37) -3%
Show and Tell $15.16 $10.84 $4.32 40%
Black Lotus $16.47 $15.73 $0.74 5%
Volcanic Island $15.27 $17.25 ($1.98) -11%
Underground Sea $5.61 $6.52 ($0.91) -14%
Null Rod $8.78 $8.44 $0.34 4%
Doomsday $14.25 $16.13 ($1.88) -12%
Paradigm Shift $13.27 $13.16 $0.11 1%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Indomitable Creativity $6.19


Den of the Bugbear $16.41 $14.60 $1.81 12.40%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $28.20 $15.00 $13.20 88.00%
Hall of Storm Giants $5.65 $3.74 $1.91 51.07%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $4.92 $5.24 -$0.32 -6.11%
Werewolf Pack Leader $4.02 $5.90 -$1.88 -31.86%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.22


Collected Company $5.75


Brazen Borrower $15.18 $21.40 -$6.22 -29.07%
Bonecrusher Giant $3.78 $4.78 -$1.00 -20.92%
Castle Locthwain $4.70 $6.41 -$1.71 -26.68%
Arclight Phoenix $3.96 $5.34 -$1.38 -25.84%
Shark Typhoon $17.54 $7.75 $9.79 126.32%
Fiend Artisan $6.04


Jegantha, the Wellspring $5.64 $4.09 $1.55 37.90%
Mana Confluence $10.30


Eidolon of the Great Revel $4.61 $5.36 -$0.75 -13.99%
Esika's Chariot $10.98 $8.42 $2.56 30.40%
Darkbore Pathway $6.37


Spirebluff Canal $9.39 $6.76 $2.63 38.91%
Leyline of the Void $5.69 $7.56 -$1.87 -24.74%
Lotus Field $8.68 $8.13 $0.55 6.77%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $5.62


Elder Gargaroth $4.08 $5.39 -$1.31 -24.30%
Terror of the Peaks $4.97 $5.70 -$0.73 -12.81%
The Meathook Massacre $9.86 $9.49 $0.37 3.90%
Rest in Peace $5.41 $3.91 $1.50 38.36%
Witherbloom Commander $5.67


Karn, the Great Creator $14.14 $15.02 -$0.88 -5.86%
Finale of Devastation $4.05 $5.49 -$1.44 -26.23%
Emeria's Call $31.08 $17.22 $13.86 80.49%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $9.80 $7.68 $2.12 27.60%
Skyclave Apparition $7.63 $8.35 -$0.72 -8.62%
Roiling Vortex $8.95 $10.24 -$1.29 -12.60%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.35 $7.39 -$0.04 -0.54%
Sea Gate Restoration $5.07 $5.71 -$0.64 -11.21%
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
The Brothers' War $123.01 $108.53 $14.48 13%
Dominaria United $123.76 $110.35 $13.41 12%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $75.78 $58.03 $17.75 31%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $110.94 $94.43 $16.51 17%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $158.92 $140.21 $18.71 13%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $406.12 $415.23 ($9.11) -2%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One Booster $3.26 $3.33 ($0.07) -2%
Streets of New Capenna $64.48 $55.46 $9.02 16%
Treasure Chest $2.49 $2.34 $0.15 6%


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 236.97
Mox Jet 1E Rare 114.92
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 101.14
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 78.14
Time Walk 1E Rare 76.42
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 73.96
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 71.18
Atraxa, Grand Unifier ONE Mythic 70.94
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 70.41
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 67.99
Karakas UBT Mythic 67.7
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 65.33
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 59.5
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 56.68
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 54.96
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 53.78
Atraxa, Grand Unifier ONE Promo 51.69
Aether Gale C14 Rare 51.12
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 49.22
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 49.1
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 47.94
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 47.68
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 47.61
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 46.05
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 44.7
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse ONE Promo 44.57
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 43.59
Fury MH2 Mythic 43.24
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 43.11
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 42.7
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 41.95
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.08
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 39.54
Solitude MH2 Mythic 39.18
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 37.05
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 36.01
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 35.82
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 35.82
Force of Will MED Rare 34.76
Reanimate UBT Mythic 34.59
Timetwister 1E Rare 34.19
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 32.4
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 32.3
Emeria's Call ZNR Mythic 31.08
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 30.96
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 29.67
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 28.64
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 28.59
Tasha's Hideous Laughter AFR Rare 28.2
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 27.94
Endurance MH2 Mythic 27.58
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.23
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.17
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.
 
In Closing

Prices were done on Tuesday.  Last week was really bad, but I had a great weekend with my son and nephew and got to recharge a bit!

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