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State of the Program for March 4th, 2022
 
In the News

Magic Online Champions Showcase:  In his third attempt Nathan Steuer won Season 3 of the 2021 Magic Online Champions Showcase.  Nathan swept both the Vintage Cube and the Modern pod to just win the event without needing to go to the finals.  They played Grixis Death's Shadow in the Modern portion of the event.  You can catch up to coverage of the event here

Streets of New Capenna:  The hype cycle for the new set started this week.  Included are a series of lands that are the shard triomes, which finishes up the cycle that was started in Ikoria.  We also have fancy full art lands and finve families to learn about.  Hitting the Streets around the same time will also be the main yearly commander offering, as there will be five commander decks with this set.  You can check it out and see the early previews here.  The spoilers start properly later this month.

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 - Vintage Cube
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

March 5 - Vintage Showcase Challenge
March 6 - Legacy Showcase Challenge

March 16 - Invasion Block Flashback Draft
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:
So I haven't actually had a chance to cast her yet, but gosh, The Wandering Emperor looks like an incredible Magic card. I guess not playing with the new stuff besides the Rune deck and playing Commander makes it harder to play with Chase Rare Neon Dynasty edition, but it looks like a blast!
Legacy: This is why Kappa Cannoneer is 100 dollars a copy on MTGO. Dear WotC, please adjust the drop rate of this card so I can reasonably play it in Commander, like it was intended to be!


Modern:  Looking for a cheap Modern deck? This one finished up a 5-0. I sure hope it wasn't a win trading scenario!


Pauper:  Pauper is in a good place when this deck, Izzet Cyclops or Tireless Tribe gets some run.


Pioneer:  This deck looks like a ton of fun.





 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Wurst - Jeskai Control
Saturday Modern - Jenara19 - Grixis Death's Shadow
Saturday Pauper - discoverN - Rakdos Relay Storm
Saturday Pioneer - Ramzamela7 - Mono Green Devotion
Saturday Standard -  LucasG1ggs - Mono White Aggro
Saturday Vintage - JUJUBEAN__2004

Sunday Legacy - Promidnightz - Lands
Sunday Modern - No event
Sunday Pauper - Beicodegeia - Grixis Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - Diem4x - Izzet Phoenix
Sunday Standard - Gul_Dukat - Naya Runes
Sunday Vintage - LeoFa

Other Event Winners

Modern Super Qualifier -
sokos13 and Aegisaziz


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:  Bumped a couple of cards out, added a couple of cards back in to the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $25.21 $26.68 ($1.47) -6%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $6.47 $6.41 $0.05 1%
Acererak the Archlich $6.55 $6.55 $0.00 0%
Old Gnawbone $9.08 $11.09 ($2.01) -18%
Den of the Bugbear $16.57 $22.59 ($6.02) -27%
Lolth, Spider Queen $19.12 $19.86 ($0.74) -4%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $13.40 $14.64 ($1.24) -8%
Hall of the Storm Giants $22.56 $27.21 ($4.65) -17%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $4.89 $5.50 ($0.61) -11%
Treasure Vault $7.24 $6.97 $0.27 4%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $7.85 $7.86 ($0.01) 0%
Lair of the Hydra $4.90 $6.38 ($1.48) -23%
Hengegate Pathway $10.69 $13.28 ($2.59) -20%
Valki, God of Lies $5.60 $5.61 ($0.01) 0%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $9.93 $10.01 ($0.08) -1%
Wrenn and Seven $27.04 $27.65 ($0.61) -2%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $9.78 $11.42 ($1.64) -14%
The Meathook Massacre $46.30 $46.13 $0.17 0%
Intrepid Adversary $12.22 $13.30 ($1.08) -8%
Memory Deluge $11.47 $12.11 ($0.64) -5%
Boseiju, Who Endures $41.13 $41.64 ($0.51) -1%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $21.40 $9.30 $12.10 130%
Kairo Shizuki $10.13 $17.23 ($7.10) -41%
March of Otherworldly Light $20.88 $8.99 $11.89 132%
Otawara, Soaring City $5.95 $5.35 $0.60 11%
Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh $4.30 $5.72 ($1.42) -25%
The Wandering Emperor $29.34 $25.75 $3.59 14%
Prismari Command $9.25 $10.08 ($0.83) -8%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $13.71 $13.82 ($0.11) -1%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $23.58 $24.31 ($0.73) -3%
Cultivator Colossus $29.25 $25.66 $3.59 14%
Sorin the Mirthless $31.20 $30.96 $0.24 1%
Toxrill, the Corrosive $5.35


Avabruck Caretaker $5.11


Skyclave Apparition $12.67 $13.93 ($1.26) -9%
Shatterskull Smashing $8.96 $9.55 ($0.59) -6%
Roiling Vortex $6.71 $7.30 ($0.59) -8%
Agadeem's Awakening $5.97 $6.59 ($0.62) -9%
Sea Gate Restoration $6.81 $6.93 ($0.12) -2%
Emeria's Call $5.81 $5.83 ($0.02) 0%
Turntimber Symbiosis $7.93 $7.35 $0.58 8%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $19.66 $20.65 ($0.99) -5%
Cavern of Souls $12.96 $15.86 ($2.90) -18%
Mishra's Bauble $46.64 $47.04 ($0.40) -1%
Aether Vial $7.75 $8.31 ($0.56) -7%
Liliana of the Veil $6.49 $7.59 ($1.10) -14%
Polluted Delta $10.97 $10.08 $0.89 9%
Wooded Foothills $7.17 $5.47 $1.70 31%
Flooded Strand $9.47 $9.55 ($0.08) -1%
Bloodstained Mire $6.10 $5.94 $0.16 3%
Windswept Heath $6.87 $6.09 $0.78 13%
Thoughtseize $11.22 $12.39 ($1.17) -9%
Elvish Reclaimer $7.68 $10.25 ($2.57) -25%
Force of Negation $55.64 $46.92 $8.72 19%
Wrenn and Six $66.07 $70.82 ($4.75) -7%
Prismatic Vista $8.58 $9.61 ($1.03) -11%
Sunbaked Canyon $24.12 $20.55 $3.57 17%
Seasoned Pyromancer $15.65 $15.61 $0.04 0%
Fiery Islet $6.84 $6.41 $0.43 7%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $12.05 $12.83 ($0.78) -6%
Force of Vigor $55.64 $49.62 $6.02 12%
Flusterstorm $14.81 $14.91 ($0.10) -1%
Archmage's Charm $12.29 $9.65 $2.64 27%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $7.81 $8.63 ($0.82) -10%
Archon of Cruelty $8.73 $8.14 $0.59 7%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $82.89 $79.71 $3.18 4%
Urza's Saga $74.32 $72.00 $2.32 3%
Solitude $41.18 $45.31 ($4.13) -9%
Endurance $44.65 $43.93 $0.72 2%
Grief $9.68 $9.78 ($0.10) -1%
Murktide Regent $24.78 $19.36 $5.42 28%
Sanctum Prelate $5.51 $5.79 ($0.28) -5%
Fury $24.87 $22.34 $2.53 11%
Esper Sentinel $12.43 $16.26 ($3.83) -24%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $5.80 $6.02 ($0.22) -4%
Chalice of the Void $13.73 $13.24 $0.49 4%
Surgical Extraction $9.20 $11.04 ($1.84) -17%
Karn Liberated $5.09 $5.98 ($0.89) -15%
Puresteel Paladin $6.53 $6.67 ($0.14) -2%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $7.70 $8.93 ($1.23) -14%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $7.39 $8.41 ($1.02) -12%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.23 $8.41 ($0.18) -2%
Teferi, Time Raveler $30.85 $30.87 ($0.02) 0%
Gemstone Mine $7.18 $9.62 ($2.44) -25%
Scalding Tarn $6.84 $7.58 ($0.74) -10%
Verdant Catacombs $3.59 $2.73 $0.86 32%
Misty Rainforest $5.26 $4.73 $0.53 11%
Arid Mesa $3.45 $3.18 $0.27 8%
Marsh Flats $1.56 $1.76 ($0.20) -11%
Eternal Staples:  Added a Commander card that is in short supply that is doing really well in the Legacy format right now. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $62.16 $71.81 ($9.65) -13%
Opposition Agent $23.30 $21.49 $1.81 8%
Jeweled Lotus $29.14 $28.96 $0.18 1%
City of Traitors $16.07 $15.91 $0.16 1%
Sphere of Resistance $5.42 $5.46 ($0.04) -1%
Allosaurus Shepherd $38.31 $43.83 ($5.52) -13%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $14.75 $16.14 ($1.39) -9%
Force of Will $69.95 $65.99 $3.96 6%
Karakas $12.02 $12.05 ($0.03) 0%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $18.57 $18.69 ($0.12) -1%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.25 $6.25 $0.00 0%
Unmask $10.12 $12.84 ($2.72) -21%
Misdirection $14.16 $13.98 $0.18 1%
Rishadan Port $9.86 $9.26 $0.60 6%
Snuff Out $17.66 $17.62 $0.04 0%
Submerge $12.50 $14.96 ($2.46) -16%
Daze $13.00 $12.38 $0.62 5%
Kappa Cannoneer $99.68


Entomb $15.24 $17.03 ($1.79) -11%
Retrofitter Foundry $24.62 $26.79 ($2.17) -8%
Recruiter of the Guard $19.02 $21.36 ($2.34) -11%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $17.99 $17.09 $0.90 5%
Mox Diamond $43.01 $44.45 ($1.44) -3%
Wasteland $33.14 $32.38 $0.76 2%
Ancient Tomb $18.20 $14.90 $3.30 22%
Lotus Petal $37.70 $46.74 ($9.04) -19%
Grim Monolith $8.68 $8.43 $0.25 3%
Meltdown $43.74 $31.61 $12.13 38%
Exploration $19.47 $18.92 $0.55 3%
Gaea's Cradle $22.01 $21.97 $0.04 0%
Carpet of Flowers $23.93 $23.38 $0.55 2%
Gilded Drake $10.00 $9.62 $0.38 4%
Show and Tell $7.05 $6.93 $0.12 2%
Black Lotus $12.44 $12.82 ($0.38) -3%
Volcanic Island $7.93 $7.29 $0.64 9%
Underground Sea $8.03 $8.55 ($0.52) -6%
Null Rod $9.37 $8.51 $0.86 10%
Doomsday $25.82 $26.53 ($0.71) -3%
Paradigm Shift $7.40 $7.28 $0.12 2%
Mindbreak Trap $4.12 $4.09 $0.03 1%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.16 $4.99 $0.17 3%
Collected Company $4.80 $5.61 ($0.81) -14%
Kolaghan's Command $5.21 $5.39 ($0.18) -3%
Brazen Borrower $25.42 $24.16 $1.26 5%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $9.48 $12.70 ($3.22) -25%
Arclight Phoenix $5.89 $5.43 $0.46 8%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $16.41 $14.22 $2.19 15%
Shark Typhoon $8.88 $9.14 ($0.26) -3%
Raugrin Triome $7.30 $4.73 $2.57 54%
Ketria Triome $6.30 $7.14 ($0.84) -12%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $10.24 $10.41 ($0.17) -2%
Mana Confluence $6.00 $5.87 $0.13 2%
Inspiring Vantage $6.03 $5.02 $1.01 20%
Spirebluff Canal $6.25 $6.09 $0.16 3%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.49 $8.15 ($1.66) -20%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $4.51 $5.71 ($1.20) -21%
Lotus Field $5.93 $6.47 ($0.54) -8%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $5.43 $6.01 ($0.58) -10%
Rest in Peace $7.97 $6.24 $1.73 28%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $5.42 $4.71 $0.71 15%
Karn, the Great Creator $29.93 $26.53 $3.40 13%
Finale of Devastation $6.35 $6.45 ($0.10) -2%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $34.58 $35.56 ($0.98) -3%
Pauper Staples:  It's a new month so it's time to check in on Pauper.  Added a lot of Commander Legends cards this month. 

Pauper Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Night's Whisper $3.94 $3.88

Wild Growth $2.20 $1.74 $0.46 26.44%
Merchant Scroll $1.23 $1.93 -$0.70 -36.27%
Relic of Progenitus $1.50 $2.40

Ninja of the Deep Hours $5.66 $6.26 -$0.60 -9.58%
Annoyed Altisaur $1.64


Benevolent Blessing $1.45


Boarding Party $3.45


Crimson Fleet Commodore $1.81


Skred $2.37 $4.54 -$2.17 -47.80%
Utopia Sprawl $2.67 $3.59 -$0.92 -25.63%
Nettle Sentinel $0.77 $1.27

Obsidian Acolyte $0.96 $1.57 -$0.61 -38.85%
Crimson Acolyte $1.51 $1.48

Flaring Pain $2.53 $5.99 -$3.46 -57.76%
Prismatic Strands $2.50 $7.07 -$4.57 -64.64%
Plated Sliver $1.13 $1.00

Pyroblast $8.38 $12.97 -$4.59 -35.39%
Hydroblast $4.16 $6.49 -$2.33 -35.90%
Mystic Remora $9.22 $9.52 -$0.30 -3.15%
Spidersilk Armor $3.80 $3.82 -$0.02 -0.52%
Ancestral Mask $8.31 $6.85 $1.46 21.31%
Land Grant $2.77 $4.93 -$2.16 -43.81%
Snuff Out $17.66 $19.08 -$1.42 -7.44%
Sandstone Needle $8.76


Reverent Silence $1.38 $1.47 -$0.09 -6.12%
Moment's Peace $0.89 $1.36 -$0.47 -34.56%
Rhystic Study $4.99 $6.18 -$1.19 -19.26%
Thorn of the Black Rose $4.45 $8.09 -$3.64 -44.99%
Palace Sentinels $0.40 $1.30 -$0.90 -69.23%
Custodi Squire $9.76 $8.45 $1.31 15.50%
Ash Barrens $1.51 $2.35 -$0.84 -35.74%
Reaping the Graves $1.06 $3.20 -$2.14 -66.88%
Manamorphose $1.81 $2.08 -$0.27 -12.98%
Crop Rotation $2.06 $2.12 -$0.06 -2.83%
Rancor $1.72 $1.87

Unearth $0.23 $1.03

Exhume $1.26 $3.91 -$2.65 -67.77%
Curfew $3.28 $3.43

Pestilence $5.46 $7.75 -$2.29 -29.55%
Impulse $1.86 $2.59 -$0.73 -28.19%
Angelic Renewal $0.59 $1.44 -$0.85 -59.03%


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
Forgotten Realms $199.33 $220.64 ($21.31) -10%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $177.45 $167.60 $9.85 6%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $179.68 $185.17 ($5.49) -3%
Kaldheim $74.61 $77.01 ($2.40) -3%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $164.51 $151.16 $13.35 9%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Booster $3.27 $3.37 ($0.10) -3%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $59.17 $60.18 ($1.01) -2%
Treasure Chest $2.48 $2.52 ($0.04) -2%
Zendikar Rising $119.40 $123.35 ($3.95) -3%


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 228.81
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 133.05
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 121.75
Mox Jet 1E Rare 116.46
Karakas UBT Mythic 113.46
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 108.08
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 101.4
Kappa Cannoneer NEC Rare 99.68
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 83.81
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 82.89
Time Walk 1E Rare 80.48
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 78.84
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 75.56
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 74.32
Force of Will MED Rare 69.95
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 68.06
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 66.07
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 62.16
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 61.79
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 56.21
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 55.64
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 55.13
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 52.51
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 49.92
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 49.22
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 48.14
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 47.08
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 47.03
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 46.64
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 46.3
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.37
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 45.08
Endurance MH2 Mythic 44.65
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 44.35
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 43.74
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 43.64
Mox Diamond ST Rare 43.01
Solitude MH2 Mythic 41.18
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 41.13
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 40.69
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 39.59
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 39.55
Force of Will VMA Rare 39.37
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 39.11
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 39.01
Force of Will EMA Mythic 38.31
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 38.31
Lotus Petal TE Common 37.7
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 37.23
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 37.05
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 36.56
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 35.91
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 34.58
Anje's Ravager C19 Rare 34.1
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.79
Wasteland TE Uncommon 33.14
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 32.04
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 31.84
Sorin the Mirthless VOW Mythic 31.2
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 31.17
Timetwister 1E Rare 31.01
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 30.85
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.09
Wasteland TPR Rare 30.08
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 29.93
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 29.77
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 29.34
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 29.25
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 29.18
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 29.14
Court of Cunning CMR Rare 28.71
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 28.33
Aether Gale C14 Rare 28.28
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.19
Wrenn and Seven MID Mythic 27.04
Wasteland EXP Mythic 26.68
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 26.59
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 26.56
Wasteland EMA Rare 26.36
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 26.22
Doomsday WL Rare 25.82
Unmask V16 Mythic 25.76
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 25.73
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.6
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 25.42
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 25.31
Demilich AFR Mythic 25.21
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 25.21
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 25.01
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 $29,786.  Last week it was $29,973.  We have a small loss this week of $187.
 
In Closing

Prices were done on Thursday this week. 

I will be taking the week off from State of the Program next week!  It was a real huge drag to sit down and write, and like I have said before, I do enjoy writing the column but having a week off from work every so often is actually a good thing! 

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