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State of the Program for May 21st, 2021
 
In the News

Historic Ban: Wednesday afternoon, Wizards of the Coast released an article going over the newest addition to the Banned list in Historic, Thassa's Oracle.  When combined with Tainted Pact from the Mystic Archive, Oracle created a consistant two card combo in the format.  Instead of banning the new card, they went ahead and banned the problem card in the format.  You can read their reasoning here

Strixhaven Redemption: This began on May 12th, with a guarantee until August 4, 2021.  After that date, it's until supplies last.  Get your set requests in now! 

Modern Horizons 2 Previews: Weekly MTG kicked off the preview season for Modern Horizons 2 Thursday with twelve new cards being looked at from the set.  We are getting Cabal Coffers in Modern thanks to the new set, and we're getting old border versions of Giver of Runes and Force of Negation as well.  You can see those cards here

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Previews:  The Dungeons and Dragons team on Thursday also previewed some Magic cards.  Lolth, Drizzt Do'Urden and Bruenor Battlehammer were previewed today. You can see them 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 2nd, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
Ends July 7th, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
Ends July 8th, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
Kaldheim Redemption
Ends June 23, 2021
Strixhaven Redemption
Ends September 8, 2021
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 26th - New Cube

May 22nd - Modern Showcase Challenge
May 23rd - Pioneer Showcase Challenge
May 29th - Vintage Showcase Challenge
May 30th - Legacy Showcase Challenge
 
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 was something I picked up for fun, it's not bad, it has a pretty nice sideboard for most of the decks in the Standard format. 


Historic:  Ever since I started to grab Standard and Historic decks from the Arena deck dumps, I have noticed just how off the wall some of these deck ideas can be that end up going off for 6 wins in a row in the best of three ladder.  This deck doesn't even have a sideboard, but based off of what I know about Tergrid, God of Fright from Commander, this deck might have some game in it. 


Legacy:  With Modern Horizons 2 previews starting, I decided to show off what Modern Horizons could do to the a format.  Remember when Hogaak, Arisn Necropolis was legal in Modern? 


Modern: Of course it would have made sense to show off a deck with Modern Horizons cards in the actual Modern format, and this one with (Seasoned Pyromancer:M:H1) does just that.  I bet the Pyromancer is one of the reprints from Modern Horizons that shows up in the new set with the retro border. 


Pauper:  Pauper remains a drag to get lists for.  This deck was played in an event on MTGMelee.com.  It went 4-2 so I imagine that it has some game to it.


Pioneer:  I can't wait for a few more years when we start to get Pioneer Horizons! 





 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Azerate218 - Ad Nauseam Tendrils
Saturday Modern - cntrlfreak - Jund Death's Shadow
Saturday Pauper - Kirblinxy - Mardu Monarch
Saturday Pioneer - Lack of Players
Saturday Standard -  mahzinha_linda - Cycling
Saturday Vintage -  Burt_Reynoldz

Sunday Legacy - trunks132 - Bant Snow
Sunday Modern - Mogged - Gruul Lukka 
Sunday Pauper - Milkk - Izzet Tempo
Sunday Pioneer - Lack of Players
Sunday Standard - Omegauo - Sultai Ultimatum
Sunday Vintage - Darkmattergun

Other Event Winners

Strixhaven Block Sealed - Busyhands
Modern Champ Qualifier - Phill_Hellmuth - Izzet Prowess
Modern Super Qualifier - Juaspas and apriolo


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: Galazeth Prismari is off the list.  Vanishing Verse has joined it.  Rowan, Scholar of Sparks is off. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $23.40 $23.30 $0.10 0%
Bonecrusher Giant $9.66 $10.30 ($0.64) -6%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $16.43 $17.50 ($1.07) -6%
Shark Typhoon $6.90 $8.55 ($1.65) -19%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $13.70 $13.60 $0.10 1%
Valki, God of Lies $70.74 $65.40 $5.34 8%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $12.32 $12.20 $0.12 1%
Goldspan Dragon $15.72 $16.20 ($0.48) -3%
Alrund's Epiphany $7.11 $6.79 $0.32 5%
Esika, God of the Tree $5.82 $5.84 ($0.02) 0%
Koma, Cosmos Serpent $6.88 $6.77 $0.11 2%
Halvar, God of Battle $5.08 $5.14 ($0.06) -1%
Elder Gargaroth $14.49 $14.40 $0.09 1%
Stormwing Entity $14.26 $7.59 $6.67 88%
Prismari Command $11.32 $7.99 $3.33 42%
Magma Opus $7.14 $8.24 ($1.10) -13%
Elite Spellbinder $5.32 $8.37 ($3.05) -36%
Professor Onyx $8.82 $8.46 $0.36 4%
Sedgemoor Witch $8.74 $8.16 $0.58 7%
Velomachus Lorehold $5.54 $5.35 $0.19 4%
Kasmina, Enigma Sage $4.78 $6.31 ($1.53) -24%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.41 $5.80 $0.61 11%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.86 $5.94 $1.92 32%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 9.93 $11.00 ($1.07) -10%
Klothys, God of Destiny 13.69 $14.40 ($0.71) -5%
Ox of Agonas 4.43 $5.16 ($0.73) -14%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $34.93 $36.50 ($1.57) -4%
Turntimber Symbiosis $9.81 $11.00 ($1.19) -11%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.04 $6.44 ($0.40) -6%
Skyclave Apparition $26.71 $26.20 $0.51 2%
Shatterskull Smashing $4.28 $5.05 ($0.77) -15%
Modern StaplesNoble Hierarch is off of the list right now.  Ranger-Captain of Eos is also off the list. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $16.30 $18.20 ($1.90) -10%
Steelshaper's Gift $8.45 $8.28 $0.17 2%
Engineered Explosives $6.59 $7.42 ($0.83) -11%
Night's Whisper $6.04 $5.54 $0.50 9%
Cavern of Souls $18.42 $17.10 $1.32 8%
Mishra's Bauble $16.58 $17.00 ($0.42) -2%
Aether Vial $14.65 $13.80 $0.85 6%
Horizon Canopy $8.94 $9.35 ($0.41) -4%
Tarmogoyf $7.28 $6.36 $0.92 14%
Liliana of the Veil $13.23 $18.30 ($5.07) -28%
Snapcaster Mage $6.58 $6.26 $0.32 5%
Polluted Delta $12.19 $9.54 $2.65 28%
Wooded Foothills $14.35 $8.68 $5.67 65%
Flooded Strand $8.27 $6.55 $1.72 26%
Bloodstained Mire $11.80 $8.26 $3.54 43%
Windswept Heath $8.52 $6.93 $1.59 23%
Thoughtseize $9.29 $9.76 ($0.47) -5%
Cryptic Command $5.25 $5.20 $0.05 1%
Elvish Reclaimer $14.89 $10.80 $4.09 38%
Force of Negation $72.00 $73.70 ($1.70) -2%
Wrenn and Six $60.72 $63.00 ($2.28) -4%
Prismatic Vista $12.86 $10.90 $1.96 18%
Sunbaked Canyon $14.09 $15.80 ($1.71) -11%
Seasoned Pyromancer $32.20 $35.30 ($3.10) -9%
Fiery Islet $18.60 $13.30 $5.30 40%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $5.99 $6.63 ($0.64) -10%
Plague Engineer $11.80 $7.67 $4.13 54%
Force of Vigor $15.09 $17.90 ($2.81) -16%
Giver of Runes $7.32 $5.97 $1.35 23%
Flusterstorm $12.08 $11.80 $0.28 2%
Archmage's Charm $26.88 $31.10 ($4.22) -14%
Hexdrinker $29.50 $20.30 $9.20 45%
Ice-Fang Coatl $7.68 $7.14 $0.54 8%
Silent Clearing $5.55 $4.04 $1.51 37%
Kaya's Guile $14.04 $15.60 ($1.56) -10%
Chalice of the Void $6.66 $9.33 ($2.67) -29%
Surgical Extraction $15.65 $16.70 ($1.05) -6%
Karn Liberated $5.65 $6.30 ($0.65) -10%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $12.66 $10.30 $2.36 23%
Wurmcoil Engine $4.98 $5.79 ($0.81) -14%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.09 $9.47 ($0.38) -4%
Teferi, Time Raveler $32.43 $35.00 ($2.57) -7%
Gemstone Mine $10.48 $8.95 $1.53 17%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.26 $8.60 ($0.34) -4%
Scalding Tarn $16.26 $13.60 $2.66 20%
Verdant Catacombs $14.51 $17.50 ($2.99) -17%
Misty Rainforest $14.83 $13.90 $0.93 7%
Arid Mesa $7.80 $6.95 $0.85 12%
Marsh Flats $4.67 $4.07 $0.60 15%
Eternal StaplesEarthcraft is finally off the list. Mox Jet fell off the list as well. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $65.39 $60.20 $5.19 9%
Opposition Agent $28.76 $24.90 $3.86 16%
Jeweled Lotus $17.75 $16.90 $0.85 5%
Dark Depths $5.37 $6.80 ($1.43) -21%
City of Traitors $40.88 $42.30 ($1.42) -3%
Sphere of Resistance $6.83 $7.32 ($0.49) -7%
Monastery Mentor $6.12 $5.72 $0.40 7%
Allosaurus Shepherd $29.18 $37.60 ($8.42) -22%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $7.44 $7.22 $0.22 3%
Force of Will $68.89 $83.40 ($14.51) -17%
Karakas $13.71 $13.50 $0.21 2%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $45.86 $49.30 ($3.44) -7%
Demonic Tutor $17.70 $17.70 $0.00 0%
Food Chain $9.72 $10.71 ($0.99) -9%
Unmask $11.09 $10.13 $0.96 9%
Misdirection $12.70 $12.10 $0.60 5%
Rishadan Port $15.48 $17.71 ($2.23) -13%
Snuff Out $13.60 $13.17 $0.43 3%
Submerge $34.22 $32.70 $1.52 5%
Daze $15.03 $15.70 ($0.67) -4%
Entomb $7.99 $8.45 ($0.46) -5%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $45.96 $64.10 ($18.14) -28%
Mox Diamond $41.92 $42.20 ($0.28) -1%
Wasteland $50.29 $57.80 ($7.51) -13%
Ancient Tomb $22.20 $20.60 $1.60 8%
Lotus Petal $24.42 $30.10 ($5.68) -19%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $6.68 $6.01 $0.67 11%
Grim Monolith $19.99 $20.30 ($0.31) -2%
Exploration $14.30 $13.90 $0.40 3%
Gaea's Cradle $26.56 $25.10 $1.46 6%
Carpet of Flowers $43.10 $40.20 $2.90 7%
Gilded Drake $11.61 $12.30 ($0.69) -6%
Black Lotus $13.33 $14.40 ($1.07) -7%
Tropical Island $11.48 $10.60 $0.88 8%
Volcanic Island $12.56 $17.00 ($4.44) -26%
Underground Sea $17.41 $19.90 ($2.49) -13%
Null Rod $11.18 $11.40 ($0.22) -2%
Doomsday $23.90 $26.40 ($2.50) -9%
Paradigm Shift $11.44 $11.60 ($0.16) -1%
Mindbreak Trap $11.75 $11.00 $0.75 7%
Pioneer Staples: So many cards came off the list this week. Let's say bye to Liliana, the Last Hope, Collective Brutality, Arclight Phoenix, and Thought-Knot Seer

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $7.26 $8.46 ($1.20) -14%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $6.23 $7.80 ($1.57) -20%
Collected Company $6.22 $6.37 ($0.15) -2%
Kolaghan's Command $6.49 $4.53 $1.96 43%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $6.72 $7.89 ($1.17) -15%
Mana Confluence $2.94 $5.01 ($2.07) -41%
Spirebluff Canal $7.18 $8.33 ($1.15) -14%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $4.62 $5.40 ($0.78) -14%
Lotus Field $5.35 $5.98 ($0.63) -11%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $7.27 $7.28 ($0.01) 0%
Kozilek's Return $15.29 $7.49 $7.80 104%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $7.65 $7.15 $0.50 7%
Karn, the Great Creator $42.67 $47.70 ($5.03) -11%
Blast Zone $7.88 $12.00 ($4.12) -34%
Finale of Devastation $6.07 $5.92 $0.15 3%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $5.22 $4.58 $0.64 14%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $16.36 $17.70 ($1.34) -8%
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
Core Set 2021 $65.44 $57.73 $7.71 13%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $45.70 $48.87 ($3.17) -6%
Kaldheim $195.38 $191.60 $3.78 2%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $131.83 $129.01 $2.82 2%
Strixhaven: School of Mages Booster $3.21 $3.26 ($0.05) -2%
Theros Beyond Death $93.44 $95.11 ($1.67) -2%
Throne of Eldraine $133.95 $139.95 ($6.00) -4%
Treasure Chest $2.41 $2.43 ($0.02) -1%
Zendikar Rising $128.68 $134.21 ($5.53) -4%


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 173.39
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic
104.21
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic
94.04
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic
91.59
Karakas UBT Mythic
90.53
Mox Jet 1E Rare 78.95
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 73.21
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 72
Ethereal Forager C20 Rare 71.77
Valki, God of Lies KHM Mythic
70.74
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 69.68
Time Walk 1E Rare 69.43
Force of Will MED Rare 68.89
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 65.68
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 65.39
Wasteland ZNE Mythic
62.76
Wasteland TPR Rare 60.84
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic
60.72
Wasteland EXP Mythic
59.61
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic
55.14
Dark Depths UBT Mythic
54.09
Force of Will 2XM Mythic
53.36
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 50.51
Wasteland TE Uncommon 50.29
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic
48.19
Wasteland EMA Rare 47.31
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 45.96
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 45.86
Underground Sea ME4 Rare 44.25
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 44.21
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic
43.9
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic
43.8
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 43.1
Verdant Catacombs ZNE Mythic
42.88
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 42.67
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 42.6
Mox Diamond ST Rare 41.92
Force of Will VMA Rare 41.78
City of Traitors EX Rare 40.88
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic
40.66
Force of Will EMA Mythic
40.43
Force of Will MS3 Mythic
40.25
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic
40.25
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic
38.3
Timetwister 1E Rare 35.7
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic
34.93
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic
34.77
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic
34.39
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 34.32
Submerge NE Uncommon 34.22
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic
34
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 33.76
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic
33.55
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic
32.93
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 32.43
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic
32.36
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic
32.2
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 31.21
City of Traitors TPR Rare 30.72
Misty Rainforest ZNE Mythic
30
Hexdrinker MH1 Mythic
29.5
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic
29.46
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic
29.18
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 28.76
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic
28.56
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic
28.17
Wooded Foothills ZNE Mythic
27.4
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic
27.2
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 27.02
Polluted Delta ZNE Mythic
27.02
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 26.91
Archmage's Charm MH1 Rare 26.88
Skyclave Apparition ZNR Rare 26.71
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 26.56
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic
26.41
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic
26.34
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 25.86
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic
25.65
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic
25.57
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic
25.52
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic
25.17
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic
25.05
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 $27,688.  The last time we reported the big number it was on May 7th and it was $28,310.  We have had a small loss since then. 
 
In Closing

A whole bunch of Commander was what I have been playing, and I am getting ready for the last team challenge qualifier for the local pokemon store.  My son is wrapping up his last days in middle school and will be moving on to high school soon enough.  Fourteen years have just flown by. 

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