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The State of the Program for March 28th 2014

In the News this Week:

April Phools Phantom Events: Wizards is offering eight different special phantom sealed events.  Each will follow a theme – e.g. “Heavy Metal” will provide eight artifact heavy booster packs, while “Core Set” will be a sealed with one booster from each core set from 8th Edition through M14.   Details here
 
Flashback Drafts for April: Wizards will be offering Flashback drafts for all of next month. The schedule looks like this: Details here.
 

Flashback Draft format
Week
 
Odyssey Block
April 2-9
 
Time Spiral Block
April 9-16
 
Shards of Alara Block
April 16-23
 
Lorwyn / Morningtide
April 23-30
 
Shadowmoor / Eventide
April 30-May 7
 

 
Magic Online Championship this Weekend:  The Championship will take place this weekend. You can watch on Twitch.tv/Magic. Details here.
 
Hasbro Win Ethics Award: Hasbro, the parent of Wizards of the Coast, was named as a “2014 World's Most Ethical Company” by the Ethisphere Institute for third straight year. Only eight companies in the consumer products division were so named. Details here.
 
Next R&D Challenge will be April 18th: Members of Wizards R&D will be playing in a Theros Block Constructed event on April 18th starting at noon, PDT. It’s block constructed format, costs 10 TIX and will run for five rounds. Details here
 
New GP PlayersPete Hoefling, head of SCG, announced this “Fun fact:” 43% (1868 out of 4304) of Grand Prix Richmond participants had never played in a Grand Prix before.  Interesting.
 
Don’t be Fooled by Fake Bots: Heath Newton, owner/operator of MTGOTraders.com, tweeted: “There are a lot of fake MTGOTraders Bots out there. Make sure to bookmark our list of official bots http://www.mtgotraders.com/store/bots.html .”  To save you the trouble, here’s the list. Personally, I strongly recommend MTGOTraders. I was buying cards through the site and bots long before I started writing for them – in fact, Heath offered me a writing gig when he delivered an order, years ago.   
 

MTGOTraders Bots
MTGOTraders Bots
MTGOTraders Buy Bots
Mtgotradersbot
Mtgotradersbot6
mtgotradersbuybot
mtgotradersbot0
Mtgotradersbot7
mtgotradersbuybot1
Mtgotradersbot1
Mtgotradersbot8
mtgotradersbuybot2
Mtgotradersbot2
Mtgotradersbot9
 
Mtgotradersbot3
Mtgotradersbot10
 
Mtgotradersbot4
CardCaddy
 
Mtgotradersbot5
CardWareHouse
 

Prize Structure Updates: Wizards has announced the following prize structures updates:
  •  4-booster Theros Block Sealed:  1st Place: 3 Theros packs, 3 Born of the Gods packs, and 1 QP
  • Theros Block Sealed Daily: 4 Match Wins: 8 Theros packs, 4 Born of the Gods packs, and 3 QPs
  • All Constructed 5-3-2-2s (Standard, Modern, Momir Basic, Pauper, Theros Block, Legacy) : 1st Place: 3 Theros packs, 2 Born of the Gods packs, and 2 QPs
I don’t know what the prior payout was. 
 
HammyBot Prices Discounted:   Hammybot has, for the last two years, been a great way to get cards and support the family of the late Erik Friborg. So far, Hammybot has raised well almost $6,700. Hammybot still has over 25,000 cards to sell, so Hammybot is beginning a closeout sale. Hammybot prices are now discounted by 5% below retail. Check it out.   
 
 

Land Week:

For Land Week, I could not decide what to write – I had a lot to say. I looked for an overarching theme but could not find one, so I’ll just throw out some vignettes and lists and call it good.  Well, over 1,600 words worth of vignettes and lists; this could be an article on its own.
 
Lands from tournament decks I remember fondly. These are not necessarily the best lands ever – just the ones featured in decks I really liked.
1.    (Mishra’s Workshop): I played Stacker II at both GenCon and in a Vintage side event at GP New Orleans. I could only afford three copies of the land, but those three were awesome.
2.    Treetop Village: I played GB Survival in the first PTQ in which I made the finals, a long, long time ago. That deck won a couple games on the back of Treetop Village. 
3.    (Serra’s Sanctum): I played Auratog Enchantress at the first PTQ I travelled to – and at the first GP Las Vegas.   I wrote about the deck in an early article for The Dojo. I played it in multiplayer, too, and remember killing two opponents, simultaneously and through blockers, on turn three. Fun times.
4.    Coastal Tower these fixed the mana back when Unnatural Selection was good. Unnatural Selection could turn creatures into Legends to kill pairs, or into Walls to prevent them from attacking. It could also turn my Sunwebs into Banana Slugs - which could attack. The rules work differently now.  
5.    City of Brass Back in the day, this fixed mana in a ton of decks. Sure, I occasionally died to someone tapping it (usually with Opposition), but it won me infinitely more games than it cost me.
 
Land Cycles Were Not Always Balanced: Everyone knows that in Alpha Wizards printed the most unbalanced cycle ever: the three boons. Each color got an instant that granted three of something for one colored mana. The cards: Ancestral Recall, Lightning Bolt, Dark Ritual, Giant Growth and Healing Salve were not quite equal in power. What people may not know is that Wizards has printed land cycles that were almost as unbalanced. For example, Urza’s Saga had a cycle in which the blue land (Tolarian Academy) is restricted in Vintage, the white and green lands were banned in block, the black land was at best a combo enabler and the red land Shivan Gorge was and is pretty much unplayable outside of limited.  A few other cycles were almost as unbalanced.
 
The Best / Most Powerful Lands or Land Cycles: There are so many, but here’s my take on the best of the best based on tournament play and effect on the metagames over the years. I have included whole cycles of lands as a single choice.  Listing them individually would means that the “Top 10” would just be Wasteland plus nine of the ten original dual lands.  (probably Plateau, if I had to choose.)
1.    Wasteland. This card has probably had more impact on sanctioned Magic than any other single nonbasic land. Honorable mention to Strip Mine, which is sick, but it has been banned or restricted pretty much forever. Wasteland was an old Extended staple and is still ubiquitous in Legacy, Classic and Vintage.
2.    Tundra, et. al. The original dual lands defined early Magic and old Extended rocked when they were in the format. Old Extended started dying when the duals left the format. The dual lands are great – even Scrubland and Plateau.
3.    Polluted Delta and the fetchlands. The fetchlands had a huge impact on Magic, especially in larger formats. Fetchlands fixed mana in a way that lands like City of Brass and Undiscovered Paradise never could. The fetchlands, combined with the dual lands and later Ravnica shocklands, meant that it was quite possible to play a deck that relied on having any combination of colors on turn three.  Honorable mention to the Mirage versions, like Bad River, but they were always a turn too slow.
4.     Ancient Tomb and City of Traitors: These were some of the first lands that tapped for more than one usable mana. Mishra’s Workshop had come first, and Lake of the Dead, but they were too conditional. Tolarian Academy and Gaea’s Cradle would follow, and be even more broken.  However, Tomb and City are still the greatest mana accelerants printed, and they taught Wizards that two mana from one land was too good, at least in the very early turns. 
5.    Treetop Village and friends. The Urza’s Saga man lands were very powerful in their time. Creatures have evolved since then and a 3/3 trample is now something you get free with your breakfast cereal, but back when Village was printed it was awesome.  Treetop Village was in a ton of green decks; from Stompy to The Rock and his Millions to classic Oath of Druids builds. We have seen a ton of man lands over the years – Mishra’s Factory, Raging Ravine, Mutavault, Celestial Colonnade, etc. – but Treetop Village is my sentimental favorite.
6.    Bazaar of Baghdad: Bazaar was just a flavorful part of the Arabian Nights set of no real use until the graveyard became a thing when Odyssey block was printed.   Bazaar didn’t become awesome until Dredge appeared. Now, though, Bazaar is the chief enabler of a broken archetype. I have often seen a Vintage or Classic player mulligan to one to find a Bazaar, and have that Bazaar just win the game.   
7.    City of Brass: The original painland. Wizards has printed a ton of variants on this design over the years from the good: Gemstone Mine, Reflecting Pool, Undiscovered Paradise to the marginal: Tendo Ice Bridge, Grand ColiseumTarnished Citadel to the bad: Rhystic Cave, Thran Quarry. Of all these, City of Brass is the one I have played, and played against, most often over the years.
 
Honorable mentions:  The first cards I considered but rejected is Library of Alexandria. I have owned a paper Library since late last century and I have played Library in every format in which it has been legal. It is good, but getting seven cards in hand is not all that easy, especially in formats where you often have to mulligan and pitch cards to Force of Will. When Library works it is awesome, but it is not consistent enough to have the impact other cards on the list have had. Looking over Morphling.de’s recent Top 8 lists, I see Library in only a handful of decks, but I see more of the cards on the above list. Library is played, but only in certain archetypes.  Other honorable mentions: Maze of Ith, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Rishadan Port, Glacial Chasm, Slippery Karst and the other cycling lands, the Vivid lands, Mosswort Bridge and friends, Riptide Laboratory, Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, the Mirrodin artifact lands and many others. They were all great, but none had the impact on the game over the years of the ones on the list above. 
 
The Worst Lands Ever Printed:  Let’s go to the other extreme. A lot of old sets had some pretty atrocious lands. The Seafare’s Quay cycle from Legends – five lands that did not tap for man but each gave one color legends banding with other legends of the same color – were pretty bad. Early multicolored lands were often equally bad – see, for example, Caldera Lake or Pine Barrens.  Sorrow’s Path, though, has to be at the top of any list of worst lands. The Path was an interesting attempt to do something new, but Wizards was way too cautious. Actually, the entire rare cycle of lands from The Dark was pretty useless. In theory, you could use City of Shadows to get infinite mana, but the combo is so convoluted as to be unplayable. (Note: Maze of Ith is not an exception to the "rares from The Dark are bad" rule.  Maze of Ith was from The Dark, but it was an uncommon.) 
 
The Five Best Basic Lands: After playing, judging and writing about Magic for over 15 years, I know the rankings by now. And while most top 5 lists start at the bottom and go up, this list has such an obvious number one that I will go backwards.
 
1.    Island: It lets you cast all the best spells in the game, and mono-blue decks have been top of the heap basically forever. Draw-Go was solid at the end of the last century. BBS was a Vintage powerhouse until Fact or Fiction was restricted. Academy and High Tide dominated Pro Tour Rome, and Mono-Blue Devotion was the top of the heap late last year. Islands rule.
2.    Plains: It is good because it is frequently played with Islands. The first great deck – Brian Weismann’s “The Deck” – was UW. Caw Blade was UW, and featured Plains. More recently, all the Sphinx’s Revelation decks are UW, or UWx.
3.    Swamp: another land that is often played with Islands. UB decks have often been insane – especially when Psychatog was the best creature around. After that, Mystical Teachings decks were top of the heap. At present, UWB decks are quite strong. 
4.    Mountain: You can play Mountains with Islands. UR decks are not quite as common as other color mixes, but there have been some solid UR archetypes. Most notable among them are Magnivore decks, Pyromancer Ascension builds, and various storm decks. UR even won the Pauper Premier event two weeks ago.
5.    Forest: Blue decks occasionally splash Forests for Oath of Druids and / or Tarmogoyf. A few other UG decks have been very good, including Zvi’s Turboland and Flores’ Gnarled Mass decks, but Forest is the friend that Island only sees once in a while, so it appears at the bottom of the list.  
 
Momir Vig without the Vig: Years ago, Dan Bock, proprietor of PowerNine.com and noted card dealer, played in a PTQ solely because he loved playing Full English Breakfast. He won and qualified for Pro Tour Tokyo. He went, mainly to trade and hang out, but he wanted the pro points. He got a tech deck from Jeff Donais (who later worked for Wizards.) Jeff’s deck was innovative and amazing – so much so that Dan got a round one feature match.  It’s a great read. Amazingly, Dan’s deck is still Standard legal!   Spoiler: you can find his decklist here
 
Yes, this really happened.
 

The Timeline:

This tracks things we know are coming, things that are promised, and things we want back. I hope: the table keeps blowing up when I try to paste it into the editor.
 

Item
Expected
Source / Notes / Details
Online PTQs
??
Status update in April. Wizards’ statementFAQ.
MOCS
??
Status update in April. Wizards’ statementFAQ.
Vintage Masters
6/16/2014
Details here.
Leagues
2014
Last online 2008. Most recent comment.
Legacy Tribal Wars
“in due time”
Removed 2/14/2014. No updates since Feb.
V3 Client Shutdown
??
When Wide Beta is ready, plus “months” of warning
Journey into Nyx
5/12/2014
Source = Calendar
Magic 2015
7/28/2014
Source = Calendar
Jace vs. Vraska
5/12/2014
Details here.

Fiscal Analysis of Flashback Formats:

(From last week) Flashback New Phyrexia / Mirrodin Beseiged / Scars of Mirrodin drafts are online now. The format has a number of money cards, including Mox Opal and Spellskite, and it is new enough that the set plays well in limited; better than most flashback formats. The average retail price of the cards in a NPH / MBS / SOM draft set is low – just $ 6.25, but drafting it is actually enjoyable. Here’s the list of all the cards worth more than the price of a booster.
 

Card
Rarity
Set
Price
Mox Opal
M
SOM
 $    62.03
Karn Liberated
M
NPH
 $    32.18
Batterskull
M
NPH
 $    31.06
Spellskite
R
NPH
 $    18.95
Phyrexian Obliterator
M
NPH
 $    17.78
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
M
NPH
 $    14.49
Sword of Feast and Famine
M
MBS
 $    14.27
Birthing Pod
R
NPH
 $    13.36
Sword of War and Peace
M
NPH
 $    12.42
Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
M
MBS
 $    12.18
Thrun, the Last Troll
M
MBS
 $    11.63
Wurmcoil Engine
M
SOM
 $       7.69
Torpor Orb
R
NPH
 $       7.28
Koth of the Hammer
M
SOM
 $       6.66
Venser, the Sojourner
M
SOM
 $       5.68
Inkmoth Nexus
R
MBS
 $       4.48
Blightsteel Colossus
M
MBS
 $       4.21
Consecrated Sphinx
M
MBS
 $       4.17
Hero of Bladehold
M
MBS
 $       4.05

Cutting Edge Tech:

Standard: We had a Standard GP last weekend. Coverage is here. In this event, the finals was a mirror match featuring Brad Nelson and Kyle Boggemes both playing Esper Control. The lists were very close: Brad had a second Last Breath while Kyle had a second Syncopate, and the lands were slightly different, but it was a mirror, and a third version also made Top 8.   The rest of the Top 8 was more varied: a mono-black aggro deck, a BW midrange, a mono-blue splash white devotion, a traditional mono-black build and a Naya hexproof deck.    
 
Esper Control
 
 
 
Pauper: Last weekend’s Pauper Premier event had the typical mix of blue decks, plus an interesting token creator deck. It’s different. I will admit that I had to look up Presence of Gond – that’s not a card I ever recall playing. But
 
Token Maker
SwingLow, Second Place, Pauper Premier #6894839 on 03/23/2014
Creatures
4 Essence Warden
4 Midnight Guard
4 Pallid Mycoderm
4 Selesnya Evangel
4 Soul Warden
4 Soul's Attendant
24 cards

Other Spells
3 Journey to Nowhere
4 Presence of Gond
1 Scatter the Seeds
2 Spidersilk Armor
4 Sprout Swarm
14 cards
 
Lands
2 Forest
4 Khalni Garden
8 Plains
4 Selesnya Guildgate
4 Selesnya Sanctuary
22 cards

Presence of Gond
 
Theros Block Constructed: The next tournament with R&D playing along (on April 18th) will be Theros Block Constructed.   Here are a couple decklists to give you a leg up on the format.
 
WB Heroic
Uraharai, 4-0, THS Block Constructed Daily #6894881 on 03/25/2014
Creatures
4 Agent of the Fates
4 Eidolon of Countless Battles
3 Herald of Torment
4 Hero of Iroas
3 Hopeful Eidolon
3 Pain Seer
4 Spiteful Returned
25 cards

Other Spells
2 Bile Blight
4 Gods Willing
2 Springleaf Drum
4 Thoughtseize
12 cards
 
Lands
10 Plains
9 Swamp
4 Temple of Silence
23 cards

Hero of Iroas
 
 
Esper Control
Tdarling, 4-0, THS Block Constructed Daily #6894881 on 03/25/2014
Creatures
4 Prognostic Sphinx
4 cards

Other Spells
4 Bile Blight
4 Dissolve
4 Divination
4 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
4 Gild
4 Hero's Downfall
2 Pharika's Cure
2 Read the Bones
1 Revoke Existence
1 Thoughtseize
30 cards
 
Lands
6 Island
2 Plains
6 Swamp
4 Temple of Deceit
4 Temple of Enlightenment
4 Temple of Silence
26 cards

Elspeth, Sun's Champion
  
RG Monsters
Atams, 4-0, THS Block Constructed Daily #6894881 on 03/25/2014
Creatures
4 Courser of Kruphix
4 Polis Crusher
4 Polukranos, World Eater
4 Stormbreath Dragon
4 Sylvan Caryatid
4 Voyaging Satyr
24 cards

Other Spells
2 Destructive Revelry
1 Hammer of Purphoros
2 Hunter's Prowess
4 Lightning Strike
3 Xenagos, the Reveler
12 cards
 
Lands
10 Forest
6 Mountain
4 Temple of Abandon
4 Temple of Malice
24 cards

Xenagos, the Reveler
 
Legacy: SCG ran a Legacy Open last weekend, and all the oddball and old school decks came out. The Top 8 had eight different archetypes, including throwbacks like Food Chain, Mono-Green 12 Post and Manaless Dredge. The Top 16 had even more archetypes. It was great. Sure a Sneak and Show deck made Top 8, but the 12 post deck was hard casting its Eldrazi, and it had a better finish. The Food Chain deck is most interesting. The interactions are great – for example, Mistmoon Griffin + Food Chain + Tidespout Tyrant = infinite mana and bouncing all your opponents permanents. Fun to play, but I recommend a lot of practice. 
 
 
Vintage: Classic failed to fire this week, so here’s a Vintage deck from a recent Merlbourne event, courtesy of Morphling.de.   Yes, that really is Illusionary Mask.
 
Vengevine Survival
Timothy Tai, Sixth Place, Melbourne Vintage Tourney March 2, 2014.
Creatures
4 Phyrexian Dreadnought
4 Dark Confidant
3 Vampire Hexmage
1 Basking Rootwalla
2 Deathrite Shaman
1 Trygon Predator
2 Varolz, the Scar-Striped
2 Vengevine
19 cards

Other Spells
1 Black Lotus
2 Illusionary Mask
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Demonic Tutor
4 Thoughtseize
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Ancestral Recall
3 Mental Misstep
1 Time Walk
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Survival of the Fittest
17 cards
 
Lands
2 Bayou
2 Dark Depths
1 Forest
3 Gemstone Mine
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Taiga
1 Tropical Island
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
3 Verdant Catacombs
17 cards

Illusionary Mask

 

Card Prices: 

Notes: All my prices come from MTGOTraders.com. For cards that are available in multiple sets, I am quoting the lower price. Thus, the price I’m quoting for Thoughtseize is generally the Theros price. In certain other cases (e.g Brainstorm) I will note which version I track. All these cards are generally available from the MTGOTraders Bots, so check out mtgotradersbot, mtgotradersbot2 - mtgotradersbot10, mtgotradersbuybot, Card Caddy and CardWareHouse, or you can order them directly from the website. Now, on to prices.
 
The cost of entire sets is relevant if you redeem, but it is also a decent indicator of overall trends. Prices were pretty much unchanged this week, other than a slight slide.
 

Complete Set
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
Born of the Gods
$98.57
$97.93
$0.64
1%
Dragon's Maze
$74.40
$75.33
($0.93)
-1%
Gatecrash
$105.85
$112.27
($6.42)
-6%
M14
$145.64
$145.97
($0.33)
0%
Return to Ravnica
$158.20
$152.88
$5.32
3%
Theros
$111.95
$113.19
($1.24)
-1%

 
Standard prices are moving around a bit. Overall, prices are down a bit. I’m not sure if this is because Standard is a bit boring, or because of the problems with the client.   
 

Standard & Block Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$7.71
$8.34
($0.63)
-8%
$17.42
$18.85
($1.43)
-8%
$16.62
$17.41
($0.79)
-5%
$16.68
$18.40
($1.72)
-9%
$16.35
$15.48
$0.87
6%
$9.32
$9.00
$0.32
4%
$28.17
$27.17
$1.00
4%
$15.97
$15.69
$0.28
2%
$7.13
$7.86
($0.73)
-9%
$10.31
$10.46
($0.15)
-1%
$27.72
$24.05
$3.67
15%
$14.60
$12.97
$1.63
13%
$7.03
$8.48
($1.45)
-17%
$28.06
$27.79
$0.27
1%
$10.46
$12.09
($1.63)
-13%
$9.73
$9.44
$0.29
3%
$9.79
$8.99
$0.80
9%
$33.06
$33.06
$0.00
0%
$15.14
$15.79
($0.65)
-4%
$6.94
$6.78
$0.16
2%
$32.60
$31.85
$0.75
2%
(Xenagos, God of the Revels)
$5.33
$5.34
($0.01)
0%
$5.70
$6.40
($0.70)
-11%

Modern prices are bouncing around a bit, but are up overall. 
 

Modern Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$27.19
$27.19
$0.00
0%
$30.43
$31.06
($0.63)
-2%
$15.26
$13.36
$1.90
14%
$32.94
$33.37
($0.43)
-1%
$15.61
$15.49
$0.12
1%
$15.96
$15.96
$0.00
0%
$34.00
$33.12
$0.88
3%
$13.59
$14.39
($0.80)
-6%
$23.40
$22.86
$0.54
2%
$21.53
$20.15
$1.38
7%
$32.31
$34.59
($2.28)
-7%
$30.43
$28.97
$1.46
5%
$38.19
$38.19
$0.00
0%
$30.53
$32.18
($1.65)
-5%
$77.87
$76.06
$1.81
2%
$19.16
$18.24
$0.92
5%
$65.88
$62.03
$3.85
6%
$33.55
$33.34
$0.21
1%
$17.93
$19.83
($1.90)
-10%
$21.71
$21.20
$0.51
2%
$26.93
$30.43
($3.50)
-12%
$16.48
$15.89
$0.59
4%
$17.70
$18.95
($1.25)
-7%
$13.58
$14.27
($0.69)
-5%
$99.56
$95.12
$4.44
5%
$50.30
$48.71
$1.59
3%

Pauper prices are generally up this week. The Mirage block flashback drafts have had the expected short-term impact on some prices, but that will not last. We recently had Masques drafts, and that didn’t do much to the long-term price of Daze.   
 

Pauper Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$1.96
$2.07
($0.11)
-5%
$3.77
$3.36
$0.41
12%
$1.43
$1.70
($0.27)
-16%
$3.01
$2.65
$0.36
14%
$2.77
$2.99
($0.22)
-7%
$3.07
$4.34
($1.27)
-29%
$14.84
$10.17
$4.67
46%
$1.80
$1.80
$0.00
0%
$3.66
$3.33
$0.33
10%
$0.73
$1.42
($0.69)
-49%
$3.32
$3.32
$0.00
0%
$6.80
$6.80
$0.00
0%
$3.06
$2.96
$0.10
3%
$3.66
$3.66
$0.00
0%
$1.30
$0.93
$0.37
40%
$2.86
$3.91
($1.05)
-27%
$1.01
$1.81
($0.80)
-44%
$5.06
$5.17
($0.11)
-2%
$3.10
$2.94
$0.16
5%
$1.61
$1.37
$0.24
18%
$0.87
$0.68
$0.19
28%
$1.38
$1.38
$0.00
0%

Legacy and Classic prices moved around some. Mirage block drafts had an impact on cards like Vampiric Tutor.  Both LED and Force of Will were down a bit further, which makes sense given that both are now MOCS promos. For the long term, that won’t have much effect. 
 

Legacy / Classic Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$13.90
$13.90
$0.00
0%
$35.94
$37.20
($1.26)
-3%
$20.57
$20.57
$0.00
0%
$19.37
$19.82
($0.45)
-2%
$25.88
$24.75
$1.13
5%
$25.09
$25.09
$0.00
0%
$108.26
$121.46
($13.20)
-11%
$65.70
$62.55
$3.15
5%
Hurkyl's Recall
$21.71
$21.71
$0.00
0%
$18.42
$18.42
$0.00
0%
$35.93
$33.62
$2.31
7%
$110.89
$118.79
($7.90)
-7%
$26.11
$26.11
$0.00
0%
$67.22
$67.22
$0.00
0%
$32.44
$32.44
$0.00
0%
$30.13
$31.41
($1.28)
-4%
$16.37
$19.30
($2.93)
-15%
$16.15
$16.51
($0.36)
-2%
$32.60
$32.64
($0.04)
0%
$105.46
$98.79
$6.67
7%
$64.11
$64.11
$0.00
0%
$30.28
$30.28
$0.00
0%
$24.78
$24.78
$0.00
0%
$26.66
$26.66
$0.00
0%
$39.78
$37.27
$2.51
7%
Vampiric Tutor
$36.65
$44.05
($7.40)
-17%
$23.29
$23.29
$0.00
0%
$75.74
$75.74
$0.00
0%

The Good Stuff:

The Good Stuff starts with a list of the non-foil, non-premium cards on MTGO that cost more than $25 each – that’s $100 per playset.  LED is back ahead of Force of Will again, but that’s because Force has dropped a bit since being declared as a MOCS Promo.   Could Rishadan Port or Goyf pass them both? It’s close.
 

Card
Rarity
Set
 Price
Lion's Eye Diamond
R
MI
 $ 110.89
Force of Will
R
MED
 $ 108.26
Rishadan Port
R
MM
 $ 105.46
Tarmogoyf
M
MMA
 $ 104.83
Tarmogoyf
R
FUT
 $    99.56
Liliana of the Veil
M
ISD
 $    77.87
Wasteland
U
TE
 $    75.74
Misdirection
R
MM
 $    67.22
Mox Opal
M
SOM
 $    65.88
Gaea's Cradle
R
UZ
 $    65.70
Tundra
R
PRM
 $    65.00
Show and Tell
R
UZ
 $    64.11
Tundra
R
ME4
 $    51.44
Tundra
R
ME2
 $    51.35
Vendilion Clique
R
MOR
 $    50.30
Vendilion Clique
M
MMA
 $    46.20
Bayou
R
ME3
 $    41.80
Bayou
R
ME4
 $    41.51
Volcanic Island
R
ME4
 $    41.41
Underground Sea
R
ME4
 $    39.78
Underground Sea
R
ME2
 $    39.42
Volcanic Island
R
ME3
 $    38.52
Griselbrand
M
AVR
 $    38.19
Cryptic Command
R
LRW
 $    37.11
Vampiric Tutor
R
VI
 $    36.65
City of Traitors
R
EX
 $    35.94
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
M
WWK
 $    35.93
Cryptic Command
R
MMA
 $    34.00
Noble Hierarch
R
CON
 $    33.55
Sphinx's Revelation
M
RTR
 $    33.06
Bitterblossom
R
MOR
 $    32.94
Damnation
R
PRM
 $    32.72
Voice of Resurgence
M
DGM
 $    32.60
Polluted Delta
R
ONS
 $    32.60
Mishra's Workshop
R
ME4
 $    32.44
Fulminator Mage
R
SHM
 $    32.31
Mutavault
R
MOR
 $    31.19
Karn Liberated
M
NPH
 $    30.53
Geist of Saint Traft
M
ISD
 $    30.43
Batterskull
M
NPH
 $    30.43
Sneak Attack
R
UZ
 $    30.28
Natural Order
R
VI
 $    30.13
Tropical Island
R
ME3
 $    29.94
Tropical Island
R
ME4
 $    28.22
Misty Rainforest
R
ZEN
 $    28.18
Domri Rade
M
GTC
 $    28.17
Mutavault
R
M14
 $    28.06
Threads of Disloyalty
R
BOK
 $    28.03
Mana Crypt
R
ME2
 $    27.98
Jace, Architect of Thought
M
RTR
 $    27.72
Chord of Calling
R
RAV
 $    27.50
Ajani Vengeant
M
ALA
 $    27.19
Scalding Tarn
R
ZEN
 $    26.93
True-Name Nemesis
R
C13
 $    26.66
Mana Drain
R
ME3
 $    26.11
Entomb
R
OD
 $    25.88
Flusterstorm
R
CMD
 $    25.09

The big number is the retail price of a playset (4 copies) of every card available on MTGO. Assuming you bought the least expensive version available, the cost of owning a playset of every card on MTGO you can own is $27,410. That’s down about two hundred dollars from where we were last week. 
 

Weekly Highlights:

Busy week this week and next. I did, however, manage to get in my first draft in quite a while. I opened Mogis, so I violated the rule about staying open in BTT drafts. Mogis is insane if you play him on turn four, which I did often enough to win the draft. That brought my QP total, with just hours before the end of the 15-QPs-gets-you-an-LED season, to one. So close!
 
PRJ
 
“one million words” on MTGO.
 
This series is an ongoing tribute to Erik “Hamtastic” Friborg.
 

 

13 Comments

The previous payouts gave out by xger at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:58
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The previous payouts gave out more Theros than necessary. It was part of the reason Born of the Gods is probably the first second set to be more expensive than the first set during only 2 sets.

Yeah, I found this strange. by IYankemDDS at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:02
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Yeah, I found this strange. Even for Swiss drafts, a 1-2 record would pay a Theros pack, where in the past I believe it was always a pack from the small (more recent) set.

Promo LEDs can be had for 60 by Sensei at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:12
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Promo LEDs can be had for 60 tickets. I can't imagine any site is selling the MI ones for 110.

I'd love to see where you saw by Alphi at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:53
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I'd love to see where you saw that. I'm not disbelieving you, mind you, it's just that I can not find that price with my usual bots.

You can't get that price from by longtimegone at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:15
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You can't get that price from a bot, but it's easy enough to find it doing a search of the classifieds for a human selling their promo.

On this note, this is common by longtimegone at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:21
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On this note, this is common with all the high price promos. When it first comes out, often bots aren't buying it at all yet, and those that are usually are offering a low ball price. If you search the classifieds right after the promos drop, you can usually buy them direct from the person who won them for much cheaper than a bot will sell them.

Thanks for the info. by Alphi at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:48
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Thanks for the info.

No problem. From what I've by longtimegone at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:59
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No problem.

From what I've seen on recent promos, you can often buy them for about half of whatever the retail price on the non promo was if you are there ready to go right after MTGO comes back online the day they are handed out.

I by JXClaytor at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 16:51
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got my led promos day of release for 50 per, it was a long process of checking the classified.

I wouldn't be too surprised, by longtimegone at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:16
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I wouldn't be too surprised, pretty much the same thing happened with the Batterskull promo, the price on the original stuck for a while after the promo dropped.

Prices willl fall by one million words at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 21:52
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The prices are from Wednesday, before the promos were distributed. I basically pull the data and start this Wednesday am, finish, with luck, Thursday, and Joshua get to post it Friday. Prices always lag a bit.

Thanks! by Alphi at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:50
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Thanks for a great article, as always. Including the trip down memory lane!

Presence of Gond combos with by Rerepete at Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:15
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Presence of Gond combos with Midnight Guard