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State of the Program for May 22nd, 2020
 
In the News

Bans:  On Monday WotC banned some cards.  For Brawl, the banned Winota, Joiner of Forces and Drannith Magistrate.  I really thought that Agent of Treachery would get the boot too, but I was wrong there.  In Legacy, Lurrus of the Dream-Den and Zirda, the Dawnwaker were removed.  I was half right there!  Vintage removed Lurrus of the Dream-Den which is weird to me, because this is a format that allows four copies of Mishra's Workshop.  I at least thought it would be banned as a companion and restricted, which would have been unique, but it was just easier to remove it.  They also touched on other formats in regards to what some might see as a problem.  You can see the full article here.

Love Your LGS Promotion:  Starting on the weekend of June 5th, any store that can sell product, including pick-up services will have special promos to pass out.  These are free for the stores, much like the the Mystery boosters were.  Buy any product and get a promo copy of Reliquary Tower.  Those are limited to one per customer.  The dope Hangarback Walker promos however are not limited but you gotta buy a box! There is an art print for those stores that can gather as well.  You can see the print here, and the promos as well, but I added them to the article. 


Super Qualifiers:  These are currently scheduled through May 28th. 

FNM at Home:  Scheduled through June 20th, this week's format is Historic Artisan. 

The Arena Open:  Day one, best of one, multiple rebuys, first to 7 wins or 3 losses.  Day Two, best of three, no rebuys, first to 7 wins or 2 losses.  7 wins gets 2000 dollars, 6 gets 1000, the rest get gems.  Unless you have no wins.  Then you get nothing.  Entry fee for day one is 20,000 gold or 4,000 gems. Here is the info.

Organized Play Changes:  Everything pro related is being moved to remote play over Arena.  Prizes were cut badly.  Players talked of quitting.  You can read everything here.  It is a ton of changes and I understand why so many are upset. 

Double Masters:  A day after cutting organized play they showed off the newest set, coming in August.  Double Masters has 332 cards, 24 packs per box, and 15 cards per pack.  Each box comes with two box toppers, and each pack comes with two rares and mythics, and two foils.  It will be on MTGO for 6.99 per pack, and no you can't give them 25 dollars and a 2.99 handling fee for sending you a copy of the set.  Read about it here.

Distant Memories Bugged:  Came out about 15 minutes to publication, but apparently people are exploiting this Distant Memories bug, which doesn't allow the opponent to make a choice and either forces them to concede, or runs their clock out.  People doing it are stealing, but trying to defend themselves by saying their opponents can file for compensation.  Don't be scummy.  *Update* as of 12:19pm EST, Distant Memories has been banned in Modern, Legacy, Vintage and Commander until a fix can be delivered.  No word on punishment for those that were exploiting the bug. 
 

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 27, 2020
Constructed Leagues End
June 24, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
June 25, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
Unknown
Theros: Beyond Death Redeem
Ends June 3, 2020
Ikoria Redemption
Starts May 13, 2020
Core Set 2021
Third Quarter 2020
Zendikar Rising
Fourth Quarter 2020



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:

Cultic Cube - May 20th to May 27th
 
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:

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

This week I want to show off decks that are not running companion, except in Legacy and Vintage.  With the bans this week, I am taking the week off from those formats.  In their place I will toss in an extra Standard and Pioneer deck. 

Standard
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Standard 2 Electric Boogaloo:


Modern: It was a bit harder to find a Modern deck without a companion. 

 


Pauper:

Pioneer:  This is a 4 ticket deck that went 5-2 in a challenge.  Just throwing that out there.


Pioneer 2:  The Legend of Curly's Gold:



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - This event was not reported
Saturday Modern - egadd2864 - Snow Yorion
Saturday Pauper - Alleyezonme - Izzet Control
Saturday Pioneer - Jaberwocki - Yorion Sultai
Saturday Standard -  alemilan19 - Temur Reclamation
Saturday Vintage - Michelino

Sunday Legacy - Ozymandias - Lurrus Delver
Sunday Modern - MrRaeb - Snow Yorion
Sunday Pauper - hjc - Izzet Delver
Sunday Pioneer - Harry13 - Inverter Yorion
Sunday Standard - Kazaner3000 - Lukka Yorion
Sunday Vintage - leeties

Other Event Winners

Legacy Super Qualifier - Ryan_39 and urzatheplaneswalker
Moder Super Qualifier - otakkun and karatedom
Sealed Super Qualifier - trader08111 and timr0d
 

Around the Web

MTGOTraders YouTube:  Did you know that MTGOTraders.com has a YouTube page with videos added Monday, Wednesday and Friday?  Well if not, now you do, and you can find it here

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: Brazen Borrower seems to be dropping while Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath seems to be exploding in price.  Is that redemption related? 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $21.07 $20.97 $0.10 0%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $5.63 $5.65 ($0.02) 0%
Questing Beast $5.49 $5.68 ($0.19) -3%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.36 $6.24 $0.12 2%
Chulane, Teller of Tales $5.28 $5.24 $0.04 1%
Fabled Passage $12.84 $13.52 ($0.68) -5%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.14 $7.02 ($0.88) -13%
The Great Henge $4.48 $5.37 ($0.89) -17%
Assassin's Trophy $7.38 $8.69 ($1.31) -15%
Fiend Artisan $20.00 $23.65 ($3.65) -15%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $7.30 $6.36 $0.94 15%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $4.38 $3.95 $0.43 11%
Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy $6.31 $5.60 $0.71 13%
General Kudro of Drannith $5.88 $6.78 ($0.90) -13%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $16.56 $18.03 ($1.47) -8%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $13.49 $12.63 $0.86 7%
Leyline of the Void $6.89 $7.40 ($0.51) -7%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $7.04 $8.28 ($1.24) -15%
Yarok, the Desecrated $5.98 $5.67 $0.31 5%
Cavalier of Flame $5.25 $5.83 ($0.58) -10%
Lotus Field $6.49 $7.23 ($0.74) -10%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $6.91 $5.69 $1.22 21%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $62.51 $55.24 $7.27 13%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned $7.44 $7.57 ($0.13) -2%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $16.78 $17.10 ($0.32) -2%
Klothys, God of Destiny $7.02 $6.25 $0.77 12%
Teferi, Time Raveler $46.51 $46.28 $0.23 0%
Finale of Devastation $17.10 $15.83 $1.27 8%
Karn, the Great Creator $30.14 $26.83 $3.31 12%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $14.53 $14.24 $0.29 2%
Blast Zone $13.50 $12.97 $0.53 4%
Niv-Mizzet Reborn $5.10 $5.04 $0.06 1%
Modern Staples:  I haven't played Modern in months, but twitter tells me one thing, so I am surprised the Modern list isn't just cards that are good with Lurrus and nothing else. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $11.91 $14.36 ($2.45) -17%
Auriok Champion $7.49 $7.23 $0.26 4%
Steelshaper's Gift $6.39


Cavern of Souls $22.12 $21.62 $0.50 2%
Noble Hierarch $7.31 $7.66 ($0.35) -5%
Exotic Orchard $5.21


Mishra's Bauble $45.15 $42.49 $2.66 6%
Grafdigger's Cage $8.29 $8.51 ($0.22) -3%
Aether Vial $14.15 $11.67 $2.48 21%
Trinisphere $12.55 $7.33 $5.22 71%
Horizon Canopy $12.79 $15.91 ($3.12) -20%
Tarmogoyf $8.14 $8.77 ($0.63) -7%
Magus of the Moon $5.94 $7.84 ($1.90) -24%
Pact of Negation $6.70 $5.99 $0.71 12%
Liliana of the Veil $13.11 $12.89 $0.22 2%
Snapcaster Mage $4.91 $4.68 $0.23 5%
Polluted Delta $7.93 $8.38 ($0.45) -5%
Wooded Foothills $5.93 $8.10 ($2.17) -27%
Flooded Strand $5.26 $4.80 $0.46 10%
Bloodstained Mire $6.29 $6.32 ($0.03) 0%
Clever Impersonator $6.69


Windswept Heath $5.61 $6.08 ($0.47) -8%
Thoughtseize $13.95 $15.13 ($1.18) -8%
Cryptic Command $5.31


Field of the Dead $21.33 $16.24 $5.09 31%
City of Brass $5.67


Force of Negation $62.95 $62.22 $0.73 1%
Wrenn and Six $76.44 $74.01 $2.43 3%
Prismatic Vista $14.59 $12.62 $1.97 16%
Sunbaked Canyon $15.29 $13.91 $1.38 10%
Seasoned Pyromancer $25.20 $28.30 ($3.10) -11%
Fiery Islet $7.85 $6.66 $1.19 18%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $14.71 $15.37 ($0.66) -4%
Hexdrinker $9.61 $8.84 $0.77 9%
Plague Engineer $9.64 $9.52 $0.12 1%
Force of Vigor $9.68 $9.40 $0.28 3%
Collector Ouphe $8.27 $8.23 $0.04 0%
Nurturing Peatland $5.76 $6.77 ($1.01) -15%
Ice-Fang Coatl $20.48 $17.66 $2.82 16%
Giver of Runes $6.77 $5.87 $0.90 15%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $6.77 $6.59 $0.18 3%
Waterlogged Grove $3.79 $5.18 ($1.39) -27%
Chalice of the Void $11.48 $10.93 $0.55 5%
Oblivion Stone $5.32


Karn Liberated $8.58 $7.30 $1.28 18%
Surgical Extraction $10.02 $8.79 $1.23 14%
Dismember $4.63 $4.76 ($0.13) -3%
Phyrexian Obliterator $6.08 $5.81 $0.27 5%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $6.23 $6.11 $0.12 2%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $6.04 $5.75 $0.29 5%
Wurmcoil Engine $7.19 $5.61 $1.58 28%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.07 $7.98 $1.09 14%
Gemstone Mine $12.01 $12.71 ($0.70) -6%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $16.60 $15.34 $1.26 8%
Scalding Tarn $14.54 $15.41 ($0.87) -6%
Verdant Catacombs $16.80 $17.06 ($0.26) -2%
Misty Rainforest $17.96 $18.33 ($0.37) -2%
Arid Mesa $4.41 $4.75 ($0.34) -7%
Marsh Flats $3.88 $3.05 $0.83 27%
Eternal StaplesHelm of Obedience jumped back on to the list. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $8.98 $7.03 $1.95 28%
Counterbalance $7.76 $7.03 $0.73 10%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $20.90 $16.12 $4.78 30%
City of Traitors $34.12 $35.79 ($1.67) -5%
Sphere of Resistance $6.55 $5.99 $0.56 9%
Monastery Mentor $8.55 $6.53 $2.02 31%
Force of Will $42.46 $41.72 $0.74 2%
Elvish Spirit Guide $8.04 $7.83 $0.21 3%
Helm of Obedience $6.38


Karakas $9.31 $10.27 ($0.96) -9%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $22.76 $22.85 ($0.09) 0%
Land Tax $21.37 $18.92 $2.45 13%
Demonic Tutor $9.42 $8.97 $0.45 5%
Mishra's Workshop $6.21 $5.93 $0.28 5%
Unmask $10.08 $9.84 $0.24 2%
Misdirection $20.52 $18.17 $2.35 13%
Chrome Mox $5.03 $5.12 ($0.09) -2%
Entomb $10.01 $11.78 ($1.77) -15%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $19.55 $19.09 $0.46 2%
Mox Opal $7.83 $7.70 $0.13 2%
Mox Diamond $24.07 $23.42 $0.65 3%
Grindstone $16.77 $17.13 ($0.36) -2%
Wasteland $19.66 $23.94 ($4.28) -18%
Ancient Tomb $19.41 $16.72 $2.69 16%
Lotus Petal $18.48 $18.34 $0.14 1%
Earthcraft $10.58 $10.08 $0.50 5%
Academy Rector $12.17 $12.06 $0.11 1%
Grim Monolith $33.04 $34.60 ($1.56) -5%
Exploration $18.84 $18.98 ($0.14) -1%
Gaea's Cradle $22.99 $22.87 $0.12 1%
Carpet of Flowers $16.00 $11.32 $4.68 41%
Gilded Drake $14.28 $14.04 $0.24 2%
Show and Tell $7.95 $7.91 $0.04 1%
Black Lotus $4.48 $5.82 ($1.34) -23%
Tropical Island $9.24 $8.78 $0.46 5%
Volcanic Island $11.40 $10.82 $0.58 5%
Underground Sea $11.23 $12.11 ($0.88) -7%
Sol Ring $13.49 $14.01 ($0.52) -4%
Null Rod $24.36 $22.47 $1.89 8%
Doomsday $8.70 $8.24 $0.46 6%
Mindbreak Trap $10.75 $10.07 $0.68 7%
Pioneer Staples:  Couple of new cards here on the Pioneer list. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $15.64 $15.63 $0.01 0%
Metallic Mimic $5.25 $5.72 ($0.47) -8%
Soul-Scar Mage $12.72 $10.53 $2.19 21%
Liliana's Influence $8.93 $8.93 $0.00 0%
Gideon of the Trials $5.26 $5.31 ($0.05) -1%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $10.88 $7.77 $3.11 40%
Brimaz, King of Oreskos $5.52 $5.56 ($0.04) -1%
Collected Company $8.75 $9.21 ($0.46) -5%
Kolaghan's Command $6.17 $5.66 $0.51 9%
Liliana, the Last Hope $7.81 $8.20 ($0.39) -5%
Collective Brutality $18.87 $12.45 $6.42 52%
Emrakul, the Promised End $5.31 $5.30 $0.01 0%
Breeding Pool $3.69 $4.44 ($0.75) -17%
Stomping Ground $4.01 $4.34 ($0.33) -8%
Godless Shrine $2.57 $2.77 ($0.20) -7%
Sacred Foundry $2.03 $2.50 ($0.47) -19%
Watery Grave $0.86 $1.20 ($0.34) -28%
Mana Confluence $7.25 $8.60 ($1.35) -16%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.15 $11.05 ($1.90) -17%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $4.61 $5.43 ($0.82) -15%
Scavenging Ooze $9.85 $9.51 $0.34 4%
Mutavault $5.83 $5.14 $0.69 13%
Goblin Rabblemaster $5.36


Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth $5.18


Thought-Knot Seer $12.23 $9.53 $2.70 28%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $5.80


Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $11.16 $12.92 ($1.76) -14%
Demonic Pact $5.68 $5.05 $0.63 12%
Rest in Peace $7.44 $8.76 ($1.32) -15%
Supreme Verdict $5.68 $5.79 ($0.11) -2%
Hallowed Fountain $2.45 $2.87 ($0.42) -15%
Steam Vents $2.42 $2.31 $0.11 5%
Blood Crypt $1.94 $2.20 ($0.26) -12%
Overgrown Tomb $1.23 $1.30 ($0.07) -5%
Abrupt Decay $5.76 $5.81 ($0.05) -1%
Temple Garden $1.28 $1.60 ($0.32) -20%
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 2020 $211.10 $206.50 $4.60 2%
Guilds of Ravnica $47.26 $51.65 ($4.39) -8%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $102.27 $110.16 ($7.89) -7%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Booster $3.21 $3.28 ($0.07) -2%
Modern Horizons $343.15 $334.91 $8.24 2%
Ravnica Allegiances $57.53 $59.30 ($1.77) -3%
Theros Beyond Death $135.31 $128.46 $6.85 5%
Throne of Eldraine $136.17 $136.79 ($0.62) 0%
Treasure Chest $2.32 $2.30 $0.02 1%
War of the Spark $177.46 $171.59 $5.87 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 $231.70
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic $117.65
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare $88.00
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic $80.22
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic $76.44
Mox Emerald 1E Rare $72.03
Mox Ruby 1E Rare $71.34
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic $68.86
Mox Jet 1E Rare $67.56
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare $64.47
Force of Negation MH1 Rare $62.95
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic $62.51
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic $57.06
Karakas UBT Mythic $53.45
Time Walk 1E Rare $50.75
Dark Depths UBT Mythic $50.58
Dark Depths V16 Mythic $48.55
Mox Pearl 1E Rare $47.74
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare $46.51
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon $45.15
Unmask V16 Mythic $44.44
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic $43.54
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon $43.31
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic $43.16
Force of Will MED Rare $42.46
Timetwister 1E Rare $38.38
Curse of Opulence PZ2 Uncommon $36.68
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic $35.91
Force of Will MS3 Mythic $34.71
City of Traitors EX Rare $34.12
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic $33.21
Grim Monolith UL Rare $33.04
Tuvasa the Sunlit PZ2 Mythic $32.82
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic $31.43
Wasteland TPR Rare $31.42
Force of Will EMA Mythic $31.05
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic $30.65
Force of Will VMA Rare $30.64
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare $30.14
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic $29.76
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic $29.69
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic $29.53
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic $28.38
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic $27.10
Wasteland EXP Mythic $26.85
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare $26.62
Ancient Tomb UMA Rare $26.49
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic $26.23
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic $26.00
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic $25.52
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic $25.20
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 $25,535.  Last week it was $25,450.  This is a small increase of 85 dollars. 
 
In Closing

I started off the week strong playing a lot of Persona 5 Royal.  I ended it with a 3-1 finish at a mtgmelee.com event for a store in California.  It's a shame that the only stores I get to support regularly while this is going on are in California and North Carolina instead of Kentucky, but it has been nice to play in a tournament setting that isn't laddering.  I missed the feel of an actual FNM, and these stores communities have been super nice to invite a stranger in! 

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