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State of the Program for May 10th, 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 is The Brothers' War (About Half-Gone). Phyrexia: All Will Be One's redemption period has started, and March of the Machine will start on May 17.

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. The Saturday 6 a.m. Standard Event is going back to a small event prize structure. 

Pro Tour March of the Machine
:  Nathan Steuer added a Pro Tour Championship to their already impressive Magic: The Gathering resume.  Defeating Cain Rainhard in the final match of the tournament, Nathan and their Rakdos Midrange deck took down Azorius Soldiers and Five Color Ramp before defeating Rakdos Reanimator in the final.  Team Handshake had four members in the top eight of the Pro Tour. You can see the coverage of the event here.

March of the Machine: Aftermath:   The 50 card microset is slated to release on May 12th in paper and May 10th on MTGO!  You can see the card gallery to the set here.  Boosters will sell for $2.49 on the client, it is not designed for limited play.  Extended art and retro versions of the cards will be in Treasure Chests, these will update on the 17th.  Aftermath is not redeemable. The alternate-art uncommons in the set will be in Magic Online Player Rewards pack on June 1. 

Standard Rotation:  With an eye towards making Standard a viable format for local game stores again, Wizards of the Coast said on Sunday that the format will go on a three year rotation instead of a two year one.  With Wilds of Eldraine, the rotation that normally would happen will not happen. You can read the reasoning for this change here, but they did say cards will have more longevity, mechanics and archetypes could be built better and better environment building.  You can read the reasonings here.  Alchemy will stay on a two year rotation. 

Vintage Cube:  Ryan Spain, the Creative Director for MTGO has an update for the Vintage Cube, which is the most popular format on MTGO.  He takes over from Carmen Handy.  It has been blown up though.  Ryan shows the changes, explains why they were made and shows the new philosophies behind the card pool.  You can check out the article here.  80 changes were made! 

Patch Notes: You can check out the notes for this update here.  Also note, the Sunday Standard Challenge has had issues firing, and will go back to a small (32-player) event structure this weekend.

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
May 3, 2023
Constructed Leagues End
June 20, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
June 20, 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 - Vintage Cube Phantom

May 13 - Pauper Showcase Challenge
May 14 - Legacy Showcase Challenge

May 24 - Invasion Block Phantom
May 31 - Tempest Remastered Phantom
June 7 - Battle of the Planes Phantom
June 14 - Lord of the Rings Release

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

We are taking at look at the top eight of Pro Tour March of the Machine this week.  Every deck in the top eight is represented here with Team Handshake's Rakdos Midrange taking four slots. 

Rakdos Midrange
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Rakdos Reanimator:

5 Color Ramp:

Orzhov Midrange:

Azorius Soldiers:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - Yumas2 - Green Tron

Saturday Legacy - perez - Mono White Initiative
Saturday Modern - ls149950 - Hardened Scales Aggro
Saturday Modern - BlaQout - Amulit
Saturday Pauper - immvp - Orzhov Initiative
Saturday Pioneer - NJAMTG - Enigmatic Fires
Saturday Standard - Arianne - Rakdos Breach
Saturday Vintage - TaJoordan

Sunday Legacy - Sahakvic - Izzet Delver
Sunday Modern - christiano - Rakdos Scam
Sunday Pauper - Leobertucci - Golgari Initiative
Sunday Pioneer - NHA37 - Temur Creativity
Sunday Standard - Kritik - Domain Ramp
Sunday Vintage - Cherryxman

Other Event Winners

Standard Qualifier

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: Teferi,Temporal Pilgrim came off the list this week.   We added a handful of new cards from March of the Machine to the list this week. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Phyrexian Fleshgorger $4.31 $5.43 -$1.12 -21%
Brotherhood's End $4.68 $5.20 -$0.52 -10%
Cityscape Leveler $36.67 $35.68 $0.99 3%
Portal to Phyrexia $7.36 $7.18 $0.18 3%
Titania, Voice of Gaea $6.98 $6.15 $0.83 13%
Urza, Lord Protector $5.44 $5.40 $0.04 1%
One with the Multiverse $8.48 $8.16 $0.32 4%
The Stone Brain $8.39 $8.24 $0.15 2%
Leyline Binding $19.46 $21.00 -$1.54 -7%
Liliana of the Veil $5.51 $5.86 -$0.35 -6%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $30.43 $27.26 $3.17 12%
Karn's Sylex $5.16 $5.51 -$0.35 -6%
Serra Paragon $5.26 $5.09 $0.17 3%
Memory Deluge $12.31 $11.85 $0.46 4%
Brutal Cathar $8.59 $8.25 $0.34 4%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $6.46 $6.67 -$0.21 -3%
Faerie Mastermind $6.48 $14.40 -$7.92 -55%
Wrenn and Realmbreaker $15.26 $12.32 $2.94 24%
Sheoldred $12.79


Invasion of Karsus $7.79


Invasion of Tarkir $8.43


Urabrask $6.30


Elesh Norn $5.49


Boseiju, Who Endures $32.24 $32.70 -$0.46 -1%
Otawara, Soaring City $11.27 $11.19 $0.08 1%
The Wandering Emperor $10.03 $9.69 $0.34 4%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $52.90 $42.99 $9.91 23%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $74.62 $72.06 $2.56 4%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $6.34 $6.41 -$0.07 -1%
Jace, the Perfected Mind $6.83 $7.40 -$0.57 -8%
Ledger Shredder $12.38 $12.58 -$0.20 -2%
Unlicensed Hearse $12.00 $10.97 $1.03 9%
Raffine, Scheming Seer $7.11 $8.35 -$1.24 -15%
Stormcarved Coast $12.72 $10.88 $1.84 17%
Wedding Announcement $7.76 $8.78 -$1.02 -12%
Modern StaplesMagus of the Moon set. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $17.77 $17.80 -$0.03 0%
Cavern of Souls $7.16 $7.51 -$0.35 -5%
Orvar, the All-Form $15.65 $15.38 $0.27 2%
Polluted Delta $7.51 $7.12 $0.39 5%
Wooded Foothills $7.83 $8.50 -$0.67 -8%
Flooded Strand $7.40 $8.87 -$1.47 -17%
Bloodstained Mire $6.29 $7.51 -$1.22 -16%
Windswept Heath $4.73 $4.34 $0.39 9%
Thoughtseize $10.83 $11.15 -$0.32 -3%
Force of Negation $19.45 $18.82 $0.63 3%
Wrenn and Six $16.10 $14.94 $1.16 8%
Sunbaked Canyon $11.80 $8.88 $2.92 33%
Seasoned Pyromancer $11.71 $12.92 -$1.21 -9%
Force of Vigor $17.66 $16.22 $1.44 9%
Flusterstorm $9.23 $9.38 -$0.15 -2%
Archon of Cruelty $6.48 $7.38 -$0.90 -12%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $13.54 $14.25 -$0.71 -5%
Urza's Saga $29.06 $37.18 -$8.12 -22%
Solitude $16.24 $18.36 -$2.12 -12%
Endurance $21.30 $27.43 -$6.13 -22%
Grief $13.16 $12.71 $0.45 4%
Murktide Regent $16.73 $16.41 $0.32 2%
Fury $23.25 $23.69 -$0.44 -2%
Esper Sentinel $6.97 $8.19 -$1.22 -15%
Subtlety $7.69 $7.89 -$0.20 -3%
Chalice of the Void $10.06 $10.39 -$0.33 -3%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $6.04 $6.36 -$0.32 -5%
Ensnaring Bridge $4.60 $5.19 -$0.59 -11%
Teferi, Time Raveler $17.08 $17.67 -$0.59 -3%
Scalding Tarn $6.48 $7.12 -$0.64 -9%
Verdant Catacombs $2.03 $2.63 -$0.60 -23%
Misty Rainforest $4.53 $4.17 $0.36 9%
Arid Mesa $3.11 $3.53 -$0.42 -12%
Marsh Flats $0.89 $1.05 -$0.16 -15%
Eternal StaplesAvenging Hunter, Kenku Artificer and Goliath Paladin all came off the list this week.  Seasoned Dungeoneer and Caves of Chaos Adventurer took their place.  Exploration is also off the list. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Guildsworn Prowler $15.17 $11.00 $4.17 38%
Displacer Kitten $7.81 $6.88 $0.93 14%
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $5.23 $4.97 $0.26 5%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $6.52


Caves of Chaos Adventurer $8.49


Hullbreacher $11.66 $10.18 $1.48 15%
Opposition Agent $24.36 $28.42 ($4.06) -14%
Jeweled Lotus $8.77 $8.47 $0.30 4%
Jeska's Will $8.16 $8.66 ($0.50) -6%
City of Traitors $11.66 $10.23 $1.43 14%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $12.50 $13.90 ($1.40) -10%
Helm of Obedience $15.05 $17.16 ($2.11) -12%
Force of Will $49.18 $48.44 $0.74 2%
Urza's Bauble $18.50 $13.97 $4.53 32%
Hydroblast $8.25 $8.72 ($0.47) -5%
Pyroblast $5.47 $5.46 $0.01 0%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $8.41 $8.78 ($0.37) -4%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $10.65 $10.29 $0.36 3%
Unmask $20.92 $21.19 ($0.27) -1%
Misdirection $11.57 $11.97 ($0.40) -3%
Snuff Out $12.92 $14.73 ($1.81) -12%
Submerge $10.63 $11.43 ($0.80) -7%
Daze $9.67 $9.79 ($0.12) -1%
Entomb $5.25 $5.55 ($0.30) -5%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $9.38 $9.07 $0.31 3%
Stifle $8.66 $8.42 $0.24 3%
Mox Opal $7.47 $7.33 $0.14 2%
Mox Diamond $23.96 $28.05 ($4.09) -15%
Wasteland $13.55 $12.52 $1.03 8%
Ancient Tomb $17.15 $17.55 ($0.40) -2%
Lotus Petal $14.51 $13.76 $0.75 5%
Grindstone $16.87 $16.59 $0.28 2%
Powder Keg $10.88 $10.25 $0.63 6%
Grim Monolith $14.89 $14.42 $0.47 3%
Goblin Welder $6.89 $6.89 $0.00 0%
Gaea's Cradle $29.62 $30.95 ($1.33) -4%
Gilded Drake $11.58 $11.59 ($0.01) 0%
Show and Tell $17.63 $17.40 $0.23 1%
Natural Order $8.44 $8.39 $0.05 1%
Black Lotus $14.39 $14.52 ($0.13) -1%
Volcanic Island $13.66 $13.31 $0.35 3%
Underground Sea $5.27 $5.97 ($0.70) -12%
Null Rod $13.28 $13.79 ($0.51) -4%
Doomsday $14.33 $13.40 $0.93 7%
Paradigm Shift $12.62 $12.28 $0.34 3%
Pioneer StaplesArclight Phoenix came off the list.  Blightstep Pathway is back on the list! 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Indomitable Creativity $8.55 $12.50 -$3.95 -31.60%
Den of the Bugbear $18.98 $21.40 -$2.42 -11.31%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $6.24 $7.85 -$1.61 -20.51%
Treasure Vault $4.94 $6.72 -$1.78 -26.49%
Lair of the Hydra $6.70 $7.36 -$0.66 -8.97%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $24.13 $20.16 $3.97 19.69%
Mox Amber $2.97 $5.43 -$2.46 -45.30%
Brazen Borrower $34.48 $34.23 $0.25 0.73%
Castle Locthwain $10.18 $11.79 -$1.61 -13.66%
Shark Typhoon $23.80 $22.47 $1.33 5.92%
Fiend Artisan $8.11 $8.45 -$0.34 -4.02%
Mana Confluence $18.76 $23.01 -$4.25 -18.47%
Esika's Chariot $15.35 $15.03 $0.32 2.13%
Darkbore Pathway $3.45 $5.42 -$1.97 -36.35%
Blightstep Pathway $6.23


Spirebluff Canal $6.73 $6.72 $0.01 0.15%
Cavalier of Thorns $25.33 $25.81 -$0.48 -1.86%
Leyline of the Void $5.86 $6.84 -$0.98 -14.33%
Lotus Field $7.25 $10.28 -$3.03 -29.47%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $5.68


Necromentia $5.03 $4.66 $0.37 7.94%
The Meathook Massacre $6.91 $6.90 $0.01 0.14%
Day's Undoing $3.39 $5.42 -$2.03 -37.45%
Magma Opus $13.81 $8.25 $5.56 67.39%
Prismari Command $8.49 $8.21 $0.28 3.41%
Karn, the Great Creator $27.50 $28.79 -$1.29 -4.48%
Emeria's Call $20.14 $22.84 -$2.70 -11.82%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $6.79 $7.40 -$0.61 -8.24%
Skyclave Apparition $5.89 $4.80 $1.09 22.71%
Sea Gate Restoration $6.44


Clearwater Pathway $5.46


Roiling Vortex $8.18 $7.38 $0.80 10.84%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.38 $5.67 $0.71 12.52%
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 $141.58 $138.86 $2.72 2%
Dominaria United $110.88 $108.93 $1.95 2%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $61.83 $62.38 ($0.55) -1%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $92.62 $88.73 $3.89 4%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $136.88 $124.27 $12.61 10%
March of the Machine $210.46 $201.09 $9.37 5%
March of the Machine Booster $2.97 $3.24 ($0.27) -8%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $289.23 $276.44 $12.79 5%
Streets of New Capenna $57.91 $55.07 $2.84 5%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.34 $2.32 $0.02 1%


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 241.49
Mox Jet 1E Rare 108
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 93.05
Atraxa, Grand Unifier ONE Mythic 74.62
Time Walk 1E Rare 71.85
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 66.9
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 57.16
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 54.17
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 53.49
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 52.9
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 49.24
Force of Will MED Rare 49.18
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 44.03
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 43.68
Karakas UBT Mythic 43.11
Atraxa, Grand Unifier ONE Promo 42.63
Aether Gale C14 Rare 39.97
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 38.79
Cityscape Leveler BRO Mythic 36.67
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 36.05
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 34.84
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 34.48
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 33.83
Timetwister 1E Rare 33.56
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 32.7
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 32.24
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 31.5
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 31.43
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse ONE Promo 30.59
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 30.43
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 29.62
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 29.06
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 28.08
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 27.5
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 26.55
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 26.33
Staff of the Storyteller ONC Rare 25.99
Cavalier of Thorns M20 Mythic 25.33
Staff of the Storyteller ONC Promo 25.1
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

I might be taking next week off, I might not be!  Make sure to check the site!

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