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May 18 2018 12:00pm
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State of the Program for May 18th 2018
 
In the News
Baral Can’t Brawl: Wizards asked for feedback on the Brawl format, and they got it. According to this article, Brawl is very popular, but also had some issues *(cough * Baral * cough.)   Wizards has separated the Banned lists for Brawl and Standard, and reduced the starting life total in 1v1 (but not multiplayer) Brawl to 20 life. More importantly, Wizards has banned Baral, Chief of Compliance and Sorcerous Spyglass. About time.  Brawl events will be suspended while Wizards implements these changes.
 
Announcement Day Today: Wizards Announcement Day will be today – Friday.   Those announcements  will be going up a few hours after this article will be posted. So you can learn of them now, and I’ll discuss them next week.
 
Uncommons CUBE Coming: Alli Medwin discussed Wizards plan to “spotlight” unusual cubes for a week each, between major releases.   Next up: an all uncommons cube. The article is here
 
Triple Lorwyn Drafts Coming: We can draft triple Lorwyn until next downtime.
 
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 PTQs each weekend, with qualifiers running the three days prior to the PTQ.
 

Upcoming Events
Dates
Scheduled Downtimes
May 30th and June 27th (both extended)
Constructed Leagues End
July 3, 2018
Sealed Leagues End
July 6, 2018
Core Set Magic  2019
July 13, 2018
Next B&R Announcement
July 2, 2018
Ixalan Redemption Ends
May 23, 2018
Rivals of Ixalan Redemption Ends
Out of stock – will return eventually
Dominaria Redemption Ends
October 10, 2018

 
WotC Covered Events
Wizards will be streaming a number of events next year, including all four Pro Tours, the Magic Championship and World Magic Cup, along with 35 Grand Prix. Since Wizards does not schedule premier events on prerelease weekends and certain holidays, that means they will be streaming an event nearly every weekend. Here’s the schedule we have so far.
 
·       May 26–27: Grand Prix Washington, DC
·       June 1–3: Pro Tour Dominaria in Richmond, Virginia
·       June 9–10: Grand Prix Copenhagen
·       June 15–17: Grand Prix Las Vegas (double-GP weekend)
·       June 23–24: Grand Prix Pittsburgh
·       July 7–8: Grand Prix São Paulo
·       July 21–22: Grand Prix Sacramento
·       July 28–29: Grand Prix Minneapolis
·       Aug. 3–5: Pro Tour 25th Anniversary in Minneapolis, Minnesota
·       Aug. 11–12: Grand Prix Brussels
·       Aug. 18–19: Grand Prix Los Angeles
·       Aug. 25–26: Grand Prix Prague
·       Aug. 31–Sept. 2: Grand Prix Richmond (double-GP weekend)
·       Sept. 8–9: Grand Prix Detroit
·       Sept. 15–16: Grand Prix Stockholm
·       Weekend of Sept. 23–24: 2018 Magic World Championship and Team Series Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada (exact event dates TBD)
·       Oct. 6–7: Grand Prix Montreal
·       Oct. 13–14: Grand Prix Denver
·       Oct. 27–28: Grand Prix Lille
·       Nov. 3–4: Grand Prix Atlanta
·       Nov. 9–11: Pro Tour "Spaghetti" in Atlanta
·       Nov. 17–18: Grand Prix Milwaukee
·       Dec. 8–9: Grand Prix Liverpool
·       Dec. 14–16: World Magic Cup in Barcelona, Spain
 
2018 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:
 
·       May 16-23: Triple Lorwyn
·       May 23-30: TBA (maybe uncommons cube?)
·       May 30-June 6: CHK / CHK / BOK
·       June 6-13: Battle of the Planes
·       June 13-July 6: Vintage Cube
 
Magic Online Format Challenges
These are high stakes events that happen every weekend.   They cost 25 Tix / 250 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:
 

Event Type
Start Time
Saturday, 8:00 am PT
Saturday, 10:00 am PT
Saturday, 12:00 pm PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT
Sunday, noon PT

 
Cutting Edge Tech
Standard: Last weekend saw the first big Standard tournament since Dominaria became legal in the format. GP Birmingham (coverage here) saw the breakout of a new archetype. RB Vehicles put six copies in the Top 8.  
 
Brawl: With the banning or Baral, the 1v1 Brawl format may become more interesting. We will see. However, even though Baral is leaving, blue based control is not. LSV streamed a similar build recently (video here.)  Brawl leagues will be back on MTGO on May 30th, after downtime. 
 
Pauper: The format is still extremely blue, but at least one other archetype did well in last weekend’s Challenge.
 
 
Modern: Not many big Modern events this week, so I’ll look for interesting decks in the Modern Competitive Leagues that feature Dominaria cards. It’s not too hard to find Karns, but this one has Teferi instead. 
 
 
Legacy: Birmingham had a double GP, and one of the GPs was Legacy.   Coverage of the Legacy GP is here. Congrats to Gary Campbell, godfather of Scottish Magic, for winning one for the home team.
 
 
Vintage: Pretty much every Vintage deck (other than Shops and Dredge) starts off with two Dack Fayden and a Jace TMS. This one is no exception, but it does run a lot more creatures than usual.

 

 

 
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 over a decade now, and have never been overcharged or disappointed.
 
Standard Staples: Standard prices are mixed again this week. I downloaded these prices fairly early this week – probably before the market fully reacted to RB dominance at the GP. Expect more changes.
 

Standard Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$4.64
$9.04
($4.40)
-49%
$10.47
$10.98
($0.51)
-5%
$25.13
$17.03
$8.10
48%
$5.57
$4.68
$0.89
19%
$12.12
$11.62
$0.50
4%
$8.33
$10.18
($1.85)
-18%
$23.62
$22.08
$1.54
7%
$11.94
$11.80
$0.14
1%
$33.42
$33.12
$0.30
1%
$9.72
$14.54
($4.82)
-33%
$24.20
$21.59
$2.61
12%
$9.53
$8.63
$0.90
10%
$21.64
$14.65
$6.99
48%
$7.68
$7.74
($0.06)
-1%
$13.57
$18.00
($4.43)
-25%
$13.79
$14.13
($0.34)
-2%
$32.64
$39.87
($7.23)
-18%

Modern staples:  Modern prices fell again this week, but we did see some additional rebounds. 
 

Modern Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$16.80
$16.63
$0.17
1%
$29.84
$30.11
($0.27)
-1%
$23.27
$18.17
$5.10
28%
$20.38
$19.77
$0.61
3%
$22.29
$22.09
$0.20
1%
$35.14
$39.43
($4.29)
-11%
$26.07
$25.11
$0.96
4%
$16.77
$15.75
$1.02
6%
$46.07
$47.58
($1.51)
-3%
$32.65
$38.18
($5.53)
-14%
$26.32
$26.77
($0.45)
-2%
$19.33
$16.67
$2.66
16%
$44.42
$51.63
($7.21)
-14%
$34.41
$35.42
($1.01)
-3%
$56.78
$60.36
($3.58)
-6%
$23.75
$21.32
$2.43
11%
$20.18
$20.36
($0.18)
-1%
$21.51
$23.95
($2.44)
-10%
$22.09
$21.47
$0.62
3%

Legacy and Vintage: Legacy and Vintage continue to drop. Wasteland is almost out of the over 25 table. Amazing.
 

Legacy / Vintage Cards
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
$26.39
$26.69
($0.30)
-1%
$26.60
$25.11
$1.49
6%
$14.07
$14.69
($0.62)
-4%
$20.75
$20.13
$0.62
3%
$11.66
$14.32
($2.66)
-19%
$31.04
$32.46
($1.42)
-4%
$33.78
$37.02
($3.24)
-9%
$17.06
$11.03
$6.03
55%
$34.90
$34.90
$0.00
0%
$27.87
$28.33
($0.46)
-2%
$72.16
$79.60
($7.44)
-9%
$24.70
$23.67
$1.03
4%
$13.67
$14.00
($0.33)
-2%
$25.18
$29.23
($4.05)
-14%

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).   
 

Complete Set
Price
Last Week
Change
% Change
Aether Revolt
$121.48
$135.47
($13.99)
-10%
Amonkhet
$82.24
$85.24
($3.00)
-4%
Dominaria
$11.41
$106.56
($95.15)
-89%
Ixalan
$92.59
$89.58
$3.01
3%
Hour of Devastation
$43.78
$50.13
($6.35)
-13%
Kaladesh
$90.94
$90.26
$0.68
1%
Rivals of Ixalan
$89.33
$85.18
$4.15
5%
Treasure Chest
$2.29
$2.25
$0.04
2%
Dominaria Booster
$3.39
$3.28
$0.11
3%

 
 
The Good Stuff
The following is a list of all the non-promo, non-foil cards on MTGO that retail for more than $25 per card. These are the big ticket items in the world of MTGO.  The list has bumped up a few cards this week. True-Name Nemesis is running neck and neck with the good Lotus. Or is it neck and neck if it comes in first and third?
 

Name
Set
Rarity
 Price
True-Name Nemesis
 PZ1
Mythic Rare
 $   79.75
Black Lotus
 1E
Rare
 $   73.50
True-Name Nemesis
 C13
Rare
 $   72.16
Mox Opal
 MS2
Bonus
 $   59.61
Mox Opal
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   58.83
Mox Opal
 SOM
Mythic Rare
 $   56.78
Liliana of the Veil
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $   49.68
Force of Will
 MED
Rare
 $   49.57
Horizon Canopy
 FUT
Rare
 $   49.03
Horizon Canopy
 IMA
Rare
 $   48.61
Horizon Canopy
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   46.07
Liliana of the Veil
 ISD
Mythic Rare
 $   44.42
Mox Diamond
 TPR
Mythic Rare
 $   42.07
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
 WWK
Mythic Rare
 $   38.98
Mox Sapphire
 1E
Rare
 $   38.85
Wasteland
 TPR
Rare
 $   37.88
Force of Will
 EMA
Mythic Rare
 $   37.35
Dark Depths
 V16
Mythic Rare
 $   37.33
Engineered Explosives
 MS2
Bonus
 $   37.10
Force of Will
 MS3
Special
 $   36.64
Engineered Explosives
 MMA
Rare
 $   36.30
Unmask
 V16
Mythic Rare
 $   36.20
Wasteland
 TE
Uncommon
 $   35.21
Engineered Explosives
 5DN
Rare
 $   35.14
Misdirection
 MM
Rare
 $   34.90
Liliana, the Last Hope
 EMN
Mythic Rare
 $   34.41
Ancestral Recall
 1E
Rare
 $   34.40
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
 EMA
Mythic Rare
 $   34.30
Force of Will
 VMA
Rare
 $   33.78
Karn, Scion of Urza
 DAR
Mythic Rare
 $   33.42
Mox Emerald
 1E
Rare
 $   33.19
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
 A25
Mythic Rare
 $   32.84
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
 VMA
Mythic Rare
 $   32.65
Walking Ballista
 AER
Rare
 $   32.64
Mox Ruby
 1E
Rare
 $   32.23
Exploration
 UZ
Rare
 $   31.04
Underground Sea
 ME4
Rare
 $   30.58
Mox Jet
 1E
Rare
 $   30.27
City of Traitors
 EX
Rare
 $   30.23
Cavern of Souls
 MM3
Mythic Rare
 $   30.22
Cavern of Souls
 AVR
Rare
 $   29.84
Underground Sea
 ME2
Rare
 $   29.40
Ensnaring Bridge
 7E
Rare
 $   27.97
Show and Tell
 UZ
Rare
 $   27.87
Karn Liberated
 NPH
Mythic Rare
 $   27.39
Ensnaring Bridge
 ST
Rare
 $   26.97
City of Traitors
 TPR
Rare
 $   26.60
Black Lotus
 VMA
Bonus
 $   26.39
Karn Liberated
 MM2
Mythic Rare
 $   26.32
Ensnaring Bridge
 MS2
Bonus
 $   26.22
Ensnaring Bridge
 8ED
Rare
 $   26.20
Ensnaring Bridge
 A25
Mythic Rare
 $   26.07
Mox Diamond
 ST
Rare
 $   25.81
Gorilla Shaman
 ALL
Common
 $   25.62
Wasteland
 EXP
Mythic Rare
 $   25.21
Wasteland
 EMA
Rare
 $   25.18
Chandra, Torch of Defiance
 KLD
Mythic Rare
 $   25.13

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 $ 18,715. That’s down another $355 from last week. 
 
In Closing
Guilty pleasure this week is the Windmill Slam video from GP Birmingham. It’s a Magic Trivia quiz-show played between teams, with questions involving the number of characters in the Oracle text of Chains of Mephistopheles or trying to figure out what card it is when the card text has been run through Google translate a dozen times. Really fun. The video is here.
 
 
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This series is an ongoing tribute to Erik “Hamtastic” Friborg.