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State of the Program for May 20th, 2022
 
In the News

Baldur's Gate Previews:  Previews for the next Commander Legends set started on Tuesday.  Wizards of the Coast is hosting special Discord sessions for learning things and you can find the schedule here.  If you're looking for the preview schedule, that is here.  Here is the mechanics article, and the card image galleries are here and here.

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
June 1, 2022
Constructed Leagues End
Ends August 31, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends September 1, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
Neon Dynasty Redemption
Ends Jul 27, 2022
New Capenna Redemption

Begins May 25, 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 - Masters 25 Flashback Draft
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

May 25 - Proliferate Cube
June 1 - 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) 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:  This came across my Twitter feed over the weekend after challenges wrapped up and this build finished high.  It's so much fun. The mana is fantastic, the sagas offer some real compelling gameplay, and there is tension that you can feel in the games.  I know it is not needed but I would have loved some copies of Satsuki, Living Lore in the deck.  It's on theme, but it also makes the deck worse! 


Legacy:  Legacy results right now feel like you look at 4 Izzet decks in the top 4 and then the bottom half of the cut if just a magical land of what could be, if WotC paid attention and cultivated the format any at all.


Modern: The card that everyone thought was going to fit right in to the Calibrated Blast deck has done that with Shadow of Mortality coming in and not just being a giant mana cost of a card but also be cast if the need arises.  This deck is chaotic good. 


Pauper: Here is a new take on the Inside Out combo in Pauper, this time melding the combo deck with Boros Metalcraft.  Super unique!


Pioneer:  I saw this on my Twitter feed Thursday and sold my copies of Ledger Shredder for the three copies of Karn, the Great Creator that I needed to build this with and have felt no regrets. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - fuya - 6Cast
Saturday Modern - Drizzt253 - Izzet Murktide
Saturday Pauper - Beicodegeia - First Day Combo
Saturday Pioneer - SpockVidaLoka - Mardu Greasefang
Saturday Standard -  sokos13 - Esper Midrange
Saturday Vintage - Thiim

Sunday Legacy - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Modern - Konas - 4 Color Money Pile
Sunday Pauper - billster47 - Boros Inside Out
Sunday Pioneer - Xerk - Rakdos Midrange
Sunday Standard - sandoiche - Jund Midrange
Sunday Vintage - Vertyx_

Other Event Winners

Pauper Showcase Challenge -
pinkbom69 - Affinity
Legacy Showcase Challenge -
twinlesstwin 0 - Azorius Wheels


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:   Couple of new cards added to the list this week, Standard is gonna be in a weird place since the next two sets do not impact it at all.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $22.49 $22.49 $0.00 0%
Acererak the Archlich $5.83 $5.83 $0.00 0%
Den of the Bugbear $28.82 $48.77 ($19.95) -41%
Lolth, Spider Queen $7.88 $8.37 ($0.49) -6%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $4.47 $6.27 ($1.80) -29%
Hall of the Storm Giants $31.10 $44.23 ($13.13) -30%
Treasure Vault $7.70 $7.29 $0.41 6%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $20.89 $27.93 ($7.04) -25%
Werewolf Pack Leader $3.05 $6.11 ($3.06) -50%
Lair of the Hydra $27.68 $29.47 ($1.79) -6%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $10.16 $9.01 $1.15 13%
Blightstep Pathway $9.04 $13.81 ($4.77) -35%
Hengegate Pathway $6.74 $8.40 ($1.66) -20%
Esika's Chariot $4.14 $6.42 ($2.28) -36%
Goldspan Dragon $8.46 $7.26 $1.20 17%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $6.96 $6.96 $0.00 0%
Wrenn and Seven $18.82 $18.89 ($0.07) 0%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $4.98 $5.85 ($0.87) -15%
The Meathook Massacre $44.73 $52.07 ($7.34) -14%
Intrepid Adversary $6.69 $7.89 ($1.20) -15%
Memory Deluge $11.15 $14.50 ($3.35) -23%
Brutal Cathar $8.88 $12.92 ($4.04) -31%
Haunted Ridge $8.42 $8.69 ($0.27) -3%
Graveyard Trespasser $8.03 $12.42 ($4.39) -35%
Malevolent Hermit $3.58 $5.00 ($1.42) -28%
Deserted Beach $6.63 $6.37 $0.26 4%
Boseiju, Who Endures $36.45 $29.35 $7.10 24%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $9.55 $9.62 ($0.07) -1%
Kaito Shizuki $8.05 $8.03 $0.02 0%
March of Otherworldly Light $9.08 $10.18 ($1.10) -11%
Otawara, Soaring City $11.39 $11.00 $0.39 4%
The Wandering Emperor $58.89 $54.93 $3.96 7%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $7.08 $7.34 ($0.26) -4%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $25.59 $78.78 ($53.19) -68%
Ledger Shredder $49.69 $13.61 $36.08 265%
Raffinie, Scheming Seer $7.49 $9.75 ($2.26) -23%
Vivien on the Hunt $9.85 $9.12 $0.73 8%
Unlicensed Hearse $13.15


Luxior, Giada's Gift $7.00


Elspeth Resplendent $2.08 $6.65 ($4.57) -69%
Elite Spellbinder $4.74 $6.17 ($1.43) -23%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $28.74 $31.55 ($2.81) -9%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $12.95 $13.39 ($0.44) -3%
Cultivator Colossus $38.21 $38.64 ($0.43) -1%
Sorin the Mirthless $23.71 $25.37 ($1.66) -7%
Hallowed Haunting $5.19 $7.99 ($2.80) -35%
Stormcarved Coast $13.76 $18.04 ($4.28) -24%
Skyclave Apparition $12.20 $8.60 $3.60 42%
Shatterskull Smashing $8.61 $6.82 $1.79 26%
Roiling Vortex $6.05 $8.32 ($2.27) -27%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.18 $6.97 $0.21 3%
Turntimber Symbiosis $11.32 $10.50 $0.82 8%
Branchloft Pathway $10.33 $11.08 ($0.75) -7%
Riverglide Pathway $12.29 $16.87 ($4.58) -27%
Modern Staples:
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $10.08 $10.39 ($0.31) -3%
Steelshaper's Gift $5.68 $5.30

Cavern of Souls $13.20 $11.23 $1.97 18%
Mishra's Bauble $19.03 $21.35 ($2.32) -11%
Aether Vial $5.98 $6.35 ($0.37) -6%
Magus of the Moon $6.61 $5.28 $1.33 25%
Liliana of the Veil $11.25 $10.16 $1.09 11%
Polluted Delta $6.22 $10.88 ($4.66) -43%
Wooded Foothills $6.18 $5.71 $0.47 8%
Flooded Strand $7.40 $8.51 ($1.11) -13%
Bloodstained Mire $4.52 $5.91 ($1.39) -24%
Windswept Heath $5.27 $5.29 ($0.02) 0%
Thoughtseize $11.03 $11.44 ($0.41) -4%
Force of Negation $42.38 $36.15 $6.23 17%
Wrenn and Six $61.61 $46.95 $14.66 31%
Prismatic Vista $4.75 $7.85 ($3.10) -39%
Sunbaked Canyon $14.52 $14.90 ($0.38) -3%
Seasoned Pyromancer $20.84 $19.29 $1.55 8%
Fiery Islet $5.82 $5.82 $0.00 0%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $6.78 $7.11 ($0.33) -5%
Force of Vigor $32.20 $33.02 ($0.82) -2%
Flusterstorm $15.31 $15.81 ($0.50) -3%
Archmage's Charm $16.08 $10.78 $5.30 49%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $12.07 $14.11 ($2.04) -14%
Archon of Cruelty $5.11 $8.07 ($2.96) -37%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $46.17 $49.57 ($3.40) -7%
Urza's Saga $38.90 $52.76 ($13.86) -26%
Solitude $29.83 $35.98 ($6.15) -17%
Endurance $62.06 $71.50 ($9.44) -13%
Grief $9.10 $8.34 $0.76 9%
Murktide Regent $39.64 $29.30 $10.34 35%
Fury $19.64 $24.23 ($4.59) -19%
Esper Sentinel $5.95 $7.86 ($1.91) -24%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $6.98 $9.00 ($2.02) -22%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $7.48 $7.67 ($0.19) -2%
Dauthi Voidwalker $1.90 $5.10 ($3.20) -63%
Ignoble Hierarch $2.74 $5.21 ($2.47) -47%
Chalice of the Void $16.61 $16.90 ($0.29) -2%
Surgical Extraction $6.85 $8.10 ($1.25) -15%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $6.83 $7.73 ($0.90) -12%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $4.90 $5.54 ($0.64) -12%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.31 $6.36 ($0.05) -1%
Teferi, Time Raveler $30.55 $31.21 ($0.66) -2%
Gemstone Mine $9.28 $10.38 ($1.10) -11%
Scalding Tarn $5.54 $5.17 $0.37 7%
Verdant Catacombs $2.31 $3.27 ($0.96) -29%
Misty Rainforest $3.61 $4.99 ($1.38) -28%
Arid Mesa $2.34 $2.85 ($0.51) -18%
Marsh Flats $1.35 $1.57 ($0.22) -14%
Eternal Staples
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Hullbreacher $39.62 $48.22 ($8.60) -18%
Opposition Agent $19.56 $24.56 ($5.00) -20%
Jeweled Lotus $32.17 $32.75 ($0.58) -2%
City of Traitors $14.73 $12.21 $2.52 21%
Allosaurus Shepherd $24.24 $29.22 ($4.98) -17%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $19.90 $17.26 $2.64 15%
Force of Will $58.66 $46.92 $11.74 25%
Karakas $9.96 $11.01 ($1.05) -10%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $23.85 $26.01 ($2.16) -8%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $7.16 $8.25 ($1.09) -13%
Enlightened Tutor $7.99 $7.63 $0.36 5%
Unmask $11.25 $11.68 ($0.43) -4%
Misdirection $14.80 $14.64 $0.16 1%
Rishadan Port $13.25 $15.75 ($2.50) -16%
Snuff Out $18.83 $22.73 ($3.90) -17%
Submerge $12.99 $13.34 ($0.35) -3%
Daze $6.94 $8.10 ($1.16) -14%
Kappa Cannoneer $24.48 $36.97 ($12.49) -34%
Entomb $11.56 $12.80 ($1.24) -10%
Retrofitter Foundry $9.54 $14.57 ($5.03) -35%
Recruiter of the Guard $9.75 $15.46 ($5.71) -37%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $4.69 $7.21 ($2.52) -35%
Mox Opal $5.08 $5.44 ($0.36) -7%
Mox Diamond $39.51 $39.33 $0.18 0%
Wasteland $26.62 $33.65 ($7.03) -21%
Ancient Tomb $24.24 $18.34 $5.90 32%
Lotus Petal $26.90 $36.89 ($9.99) -27%
Grindstone $7.23 $6.02 $1.21 20%
Academy Rector $6.88 $7.17 ($0.29) -4%
Grim Monolith $11.37 $10.71 $0.66 6%
Goblin Welder $5.52 $5.93 ($0.41) -7%
Meltdown $41.61 $44.28 ($2.67) -6%
Exploration $24.15 $28.79 ($4.64) -16%
Gaea's Cradle $25.77 $28.64 ($2.87) -10%
Carpet of Flowers $24.37 $22.62 $1.75 8%
Gilded Drake $14.05 $12.35 $1.70 14%
Show and Tell $8.61 $10.28 ($1.67) -16%
Black Lotus $12.98 $14.30 ($1.32) -9%
Volcanic Island $7.03 $7.20 ($0.17) -2%
Underground Sea $7.19 $10.46 ($3.27) -31%
Null Rod $10.15 $8.30 $1.85 22%
Doomsday $27.20 $26.85 $0.35 1%
Paradigm Shift $10.62 $10.98 ($0.36) -3%
Pioneer Staples
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $41.80 $42.83 ($1.03) -2%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $7.85 $9.09 ($1.24) -14%
Bonecrusher Giant $8.26 $14.00 ($5.74) -41%
Castle Locthwain $5.09 $7.06 ($1.97) -28%
Arclight Phoenix $6.90 $5.74 $1.16 20%
Steam Vents $3.51 $6.47 ($2.96) -46%
Shark Typhoon $5.82 $6.55 ($0.73) -11%
Raugrin Triome $6.75 $7.69 ($0.94) -12%
Ketria Triome $4.73 $6.89 ($2.16) -31%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $8.65 $15.86 ($7.21) -45%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $13.94 $12.46 $1.48 12%
Mana Confluence $7.23 $6.84 $0.39 6%
Faceless Haven $6.31


Spirebluff Canal $11.32 $11.46 ($0.14) -1%
Inspiring Vantage $6.78


Chandra, Torch of Defiance $3.64 $5.58 ($1.94) -35%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $7.33 $9.72 ($2.39) -25%
Lotus Field $7.01 $20.10 ($13.09) -65%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $8.76 $17.26 ($8.50) -49%
Leyline of Sanctity $5.27 $5.53 ($0.26) -5%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $24.57 $27.37 ($2.80) -10%
Cavalier of Thorns $8.11 $13.54 ($5.43) -40%
Rest in Peace $5.02 $6.40 ($1.38) -22%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $6.62 $6.99 ($0.37) -5%
Karn, the Great Creator $34.22 $39.22 ($5.00) -13%
Finale of Devastation $12.31 $12.14 $0.17 1%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $29.89 $28.55 $1.34 5%
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
Forgotten Realms $211.33 $261.63 ($50.30) -19%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $172.18 $191.18 ($19.00) -10%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $183.45 $210.33 ($26.88) -13%
Kaldheim $85.73 $94.18 ($8.45) -9%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $157.36 $146.94 $10.42 7%
Streets of New Capenna $151.27 $169.09 ($17.82) -11%
Streets of New Capenna Booster $3.39 $3.10 $0.29 9%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $45.15 $51.83 ($6.68) -13%
Treasure Chest $2.52 $2.57 ($0.05) -2%
Zendikar Rising $138.29 $138.01 $0.28 0%


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 238.23
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 141.68
Mox Jet 1E Rare 124.96
Karakas UBT Mythic 120.86
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 113.76
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 110.49
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 107.52
Time Walk 1E Rare 86.5
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 84.21
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 75.4
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 70.77
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 68.3
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 64.75
Endurance MH2 Mythic 62.06
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 61.61
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 61.14
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 60.11
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 58.89
Force of Will MED Rare 58.66
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 55.13
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 52.41
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 51.75
Ledger Shredder SNC Rare 49.69
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 46.17
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 44.73
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 44.46
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 42.52
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 42.38
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 41.8
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 41.61
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 41.34
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 40.97
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 40.56
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 39.64
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 39.62
Mox Diamond ST Rare 39.51
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 39.41
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 38.9
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 38.21
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 36.82
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 36.45
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 36.34
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 35.43
Force of Will EMA Mythic 35.36
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 34.2
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 33.69
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.85
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 32.61
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 32.25
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 32.2
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 32.17
Timetwister 1E Rare 31.98
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 31.79
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.32
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 31.3
Hall of Storm Giants AFR Rare 31.1
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 30.74
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 30.55
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.51
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 30.49
Seeds of Innocence MI Rare 30.34
Force of Will VMA Rare 30.3
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 29.89
Solitude MH2 Mythic 29.83
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 28.82
Chandra, Dressed to Kill VOW Mythic 28.74
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 27.87
Lair of the Hydra AFR Rare 27.68
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 27.64
Doomsday WL Rare 27.2
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 27.05
Wasteland EXP Mythic 27.02
Lotus Petal TE Common 26.9
Thoughtseize TSR Bonus 26.87
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 26.67
Wasteland TE Uncommon 26.62
Wasteland TPR Rare 26.54
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.41
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.35
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 25.77
Aether Gale C14 Rare 25.73
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary SNC Mythic 25.59
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 25.51
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.48
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 25.34
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 $28,920.  Last week despite me taking the week off, Pete was great and did the number for me, it was $29,305. That is a small $385 loss. 
 
In Closing

I didn't mean to take last week off. I have every intention of sitting down and writing the article until Tuesday.  My ADHD brain told me that I wanted to build Commander decks, and instead of making them just fancier versions of the precons that my builds basically were, I wanted to up the power level a little bit and instead build decks based around the Universes Beyond stuff that Wizards of the Coast is doing.

That decision meant I had to research which characters I wanted to build for, and left me with Gyruda, Doom of Depths and Snapdax, Apex of the Hunt using their Godzilla Series versions.  I went with Edgar, Charmed Groom, Olivia, Crimson Bride and Torens, Fist of Angels for the Dracula Series.  I built a deck for each character from The Walking Dead, and went super hard on the Stranger Things characters, ending up with a 5 color deck and ones for Esper, Temur, and Naya as well.  On top of that I also decided to get a head start on the Street Fighter Secret Lair, because even if they haven't been released, I do own a printer and can make a copy while waiting on them.  I went with my favorite characters from my childhood, Blanka, Chun-Li, Guile and Zangief.

I had to take apart the 20 plus Commander decks I already had to make room and decided to go ahead and take apart my Pioneer (gotta wait till after the bans from the next big event now I guess) and Modern decks. 

I am actually still not done with this, but all the cards are put away and I am pulling things now.  It might have been a small mistake to go so hard, but I blame my brain! 

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