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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, and March of the Machine. 

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.   

MOCS Season 1 Showcase:  Marco Vassallo won the Season 1 Showcase.  Marco won the Vintage Cube pod beating Sean Goddard in the finals of it.  In the Modern pod, Sean beat Marco to keep the sweep off the table.  Replaying the finals of the Modern pod, Marco came out on top! 

All-Access:  This popular token is coming back on the 31st and runs until June 14th. 

Two-Factor Authentication:  The long requested feature is coming to MTGO on the 31st of May.  Next Tuesday an article will roll out that shows how to activate the feature on the client!

Vintage Cube Updates:  7 cards came in to the cube and 7 left it.  You can read about the changes here!

Patch Notes: You can check out the notes for this update 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
May 31, 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 27 - Pioneer Qualifier
May 28 - Limited Super Qualifier

May 31 - Invasion Block Phantom
June 7 - Tempest Remastered Phantom
June 14 - Battle of the Planes Phantom

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

Standard:


Modern:


Pauper:


Pioneer:



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - twinlesstwin - Izzet Murktide

Saturday Legacy - perez - Mono White Initiative
Saturday Modern - MisterT1980 - Domain Zoo
Saturday Modern - Not reported
Saturday Pauper - Skpchino - Gruul Initiative
Saturday Pioneer - Succulent - Azorius Spirits
Saturday Standard - Venom1 - Mono White Midrange
Saturday Vintage - lampalot

Sunday Legacy - shindy - Reanimator
Sunday Modern - J0SE - Rakdos Scam
Sunday Pauper - LuffyDoChapeuDePalha - Somber Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - Sodeq - Boros Convoke
Sunday Standard - canepis16 - Rakdos Midrange
Sunday Vintage - yoshiwata

Other Event Winners

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:

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Cityscape Leveler $33.34 $33.43 -$0.09 0%
Portal to Phyrexia $6.92 $7.38 -$0.46 -6%
Titania, Voice of Gaea $6.77 $7.31 -$0.54 -7%
One with the Multiverse $8.32 $8.60 -$0.28 -3%
The Stone Brain $7.62 $8.60 -$0.98 -11%
Leyline Binding $18.46 $19.41 -$0.95 -5%
Liliana of the Veil $5.67 $5.50 $0.17 3%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $27.75 $28.37 -$0.62 -2%
Serra Paragon $4.99 $4.92 $0.07 1%
Nissa, Resurgent Animist $56.49 $22.36 $34.13 153%
Ob Nixilis, Captive Kingpin $15.07 $24.14 -$9.07 -38%
Memory Deluge $13.72 $11.71 $2.01 17%
Brutal Cathar $12.24 $10.61 $1.63 15%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $4.58 $5.30 -$0.72 -14%
Invasion of Gobakhan $19.61


Knight-Errant of Eos $15.95


Faerie Mastermind $8.76 $10.78 -$2.02 -19%
Wrenn and Realmbreaker $7.60 $11.50 -$3.90 -34%
Sheoldred $11.63 $13.22 -$1.59 -12%
Invasion of Tarkir $8.68 $7.58 $1.10 15%
Urabrask $6.04 $6.49 -$0.45 -7%
Elesh Norn $6.82 $6.49 $0.33 5%
Boseiju, Who Endures $28.84 $30.10 -$1.26 -4%
Otawara, Soaring City $12.11 $11.48 $0.63 5%
The Wandering Emperor $9.40 $10.02 -$0.62 -6%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $32.76 $54.91 -$22.15 -40%
March of Otherworldly Light $5.42


Atraxa, Grand Unifier $50.45 $74.10 -$23.65 -32%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $6.85 $6.54 $0.31 5%
Jace, the Perfected Mind $6.20 $7.04 -$0.84 -12%
Ledger Shredder $8.17 $11.51 -$3.34 -29%
Unlicensed Hearse $11.56 $12.55 -$0.99 -8%
Raffine, Scheming Seer $2.56 $6.12 -$3.56 -58%
Stormcarved Coast $12.04 $13.82 -$1.78 -13%
Wedding Announcement $24.94 $10.71 $14.23 133%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $13.76 $17.16 -$3.40 -20%
Cavern of Souls $6.68 $6.65 $0.03 0%
Orvar, the All-Form $17.83 $15.91 $1.92 12%
Polluted Delta $6.92 $7.30 -$0.38 -5%
Wooded Foothills $5.77 $6.73 -$0.96 -14%
Flooded Strand $8.81 $6.55 $2.26 35%
Bloodstained Mire $5.40 $5.43 -$0.03 -1%
Windswept Heath $4.45 $4.31 $0.14 3%
Thoughtseize $10.74 $9.05 $1.69 19%
Force of Negation $18.11 $21.62 -$3.51 -16%
Wrenn and Six $10.68 $14.91 -$4.23 -28%
Sunbaked Canyon $7.51 $9.04 -$1.53 -17%
Seasoned Pyromancer $10.19 $11.01 -$0.82 -7%
Force of Vigor $18.98 $19.32 -$0.34 -2%
Flusterstorm $8.49 $9.04 -$0.55 -6%
Archon of Cruelty $6.58 $6.37 $0.21 3%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $9.26 $12.10 -$2.84 -23%
Urza's Saga $28.31 $35.00 -$6.69 -19%
Solitude $14.67 $14.06 $0.61 4%
Endurance $16.17 $21.37 -$5.20 -24%
Grief $11.35 $11.99 -$0.64 -5%
Murktide Regent $17.50 $19.80 -$2.30 -12%
Fury $19.02 $20.61 -$1.59 -8%
Esper Sentinel $10.62 $6.78 $3.84 57%
Subtlety $7.50 $7.70 -$0.20 -3%
Chalice of the Void $9.80 $10.26 -$0.46 -4%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $6.35 $6.24 $0.11 2%
Teferi, Time Raveler $12.66 $14.10 -$1.44 -10%
Scalding Tarn $6.30 $6.81 -$0.51 -7%
Verdant Catacombs $3.26 $2.09 $1.17 56%
Misty Rainforest $5.43 $5.02 $0.41 8%
Arid Mesa $2.21 $2.43 -$0.22 -9%
Marsh Flats $1.25 $1.03 $0.22 21%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Guildsworn Prowler $6.08 $14.96 ($8.88) -59%
Displacer Kitten $5.72 $7.75 ($2.03) -26%
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $7.98 $4.60 $3.38 73%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $7.03 $7.96 ($0.93) -12%
Caves of Chaos Adventurer $7.97 $6.36 $1.61 25%
Hullbreacher $13.67 $11.86 $1.81 15%
Opposition Agent $23.57 $23.30 $0.27 1%
Jeweled Lotus $8.28 $8.47 ($0.19) -2%
Jeska's Will $6.35 $7.68 ($1.33) -17%
City of Traitors $11.35 $11.29 $0.06 1%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $12.19 $12.54 ($0.35) -3%
Helm of Obedience $15.22 $15.05 $0.17 1%
Force of Will $43.38 $48.14 ($4.76) -10%
Urza's Bauble $16.49 $23.32 ($6.83) -29%
Hydroblast $8.55 $7.92 $0.63 8%
Pyroblast $6.56 $4.85 $1.71 35%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $8.40 $8.36 $0.04 0%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $9.55 $9.95 ($0.40) -4%
Unmask $24.50 $20.82 $3.68 18%
Misdirection $10.64 $10.47 $0.17 2%
Snuff Out $13.19 $10.69 $2.50 23%
Submerge $10.15 $10.00 $0.15 2%
Daze $8.02 $10.06 ($2.04) -20%
Entomb $6.00 $5.48 $0.52 9%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $7.86 $8.51 ($0.65) -8%
Stifle $9.58 $8.60 $0.98 11%
Mox Opal $7.33 $7.64 ($0.31) -4%
Mox Diamond $23.95 $24.27 ($0.32) -1%
Wasteland $14.77 $12.77 $2.00 16%
Ancient Tomb $18.74 $17.55 $1.19 7%
Lotus Petal $13.18 $12.69 $0.49 4%
Grindstone $14.99 $16.20 ($1.21) -7%
Powder Keg $10.48 $10.38 $0.10 1%
Grim Monolith $14.83 $14.66 $0.17 1%
Goblin Welder $6.35 $6.09 $0.26 4%
Gaea's Cradle $29.79 $29.05 $0.74 3%
Gilded Drake $12.21 $11.66 $0.55 5%
Show and Tell $18.64 $18.49 $0.15 1%
Natural Order $8.21 $8.28 ($0.07) -1%
Black Lotus $15.13 $15.09 $0.04 0%
Volcanic Island $19.21 $16.03 $3.18 20%
Underground Sea $6.02 $5.49 $0.53 10%
Null Rod $10.83 $10.83 $0.00 0%
Doomsday $14.96 $15.02 ($0.06) 0%
Paradigm Shift $12.39 $12.62 ($0.23) -2%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Indomitable Creativity $9.97 $9.45 $0.52 5.50%
Den of the Bugbear $8.25 $19.01 -$10.76 -56.60%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $4.75 $5.81 -$1.06 -18.24%
Lair of the Hydra $9.07 $5.59 $3.48 62.25%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $17.47 $26.13 -$8.66 -33.14%
Rending Volley $6.44


Brazen Borrower $24.16 $31.86 -$7.70 -24.17%
Castle Locthwain $14.59 $10.70 $3.89 36.36%
Bonecrusher Giant $3.58 $5.35 -$1.77 -33.08%
Shark Typhoon $23.17 $22.83 $0.34 1.49%
Fiend Artisan $6.02 $7.34 -$1.32 -17.98%
Ketria Triome $5.01 $5.00 $0.01 0.20%
Mana Confluence $29.05 $13.56 $15.49 114.23%
Esika's Chariot $11.81 $15.49 -$3.68 -23.76%
Blightstep Pathway $25.93 $10.22 $15.71 153.72%
Hengegate Pathway $5.45


Inspiring Vantage $8.33


Spirebluff Canal $6.54 $6.45 $0.09 1.40%
Mutavault $6.03 $6.37 -$0.34 -5.34%
Cavalier of Thorns $14.31 $20.43 -$6.12 -29.96%
Leyline of the Void $5.12 $5.23 -$0.11 -2.10%
Lotus Field $11.44 $7.63 $3.81 49.93%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $4.75 $5.14 -$0.39 -7.59%
The Meathook Massacre $7.22 $6.96 $0.26 3.74%
Reckless Bushwhacker $7.20


Magma Opus $13.56 $14.92 -$1.36 -9.12%
Prismari Command $8.83 $8.67 $0.16 1.85%
Karn, the Great Creator $16.20 $18.26 -$2.06 -11.28%
Emeria's Call $22.05 $21.22 $0.83 3.91%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $7.66 $6.96 $0.70 10.06%
Skyclave Apparition $8.27 $5.94 $2.33 39.23%
Sea Gate Restoration $10.23 $7.54 $2.69 35.68%
Roiling Vortex $9.83 $8.31 $1.52 18.29%
Agadeem's Awakening $4.81 $5.43 -$0.62 -11.42%
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 $127.57 $136.37 ($8.80) -6%
Dominaria United $101.64 $106.51 ($4.87) -5%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $80.25 $66.05 $14.20 21%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $99.95 $95.21 $4.74 5%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $112.81 $138.35 ($25.54) -18%
March of the Machine $214.36 $203.38 $10.98 5%
March of the Machine Booster $3.16 $3.16 $0.00 0%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $238.35 $296.77 ($58.42) -20%
Streets of New Capenna $47.94 $57.24 ($9.30) -16%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.41 $2.31 $0.10 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 238.32
Mox Jet 1E Rare 107.18
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 93.05
Time Walk 1E Rare 69.23
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 66.9
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 59.78
Nissa, Resurgent Animist MAT Mythic 56.49
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 54.17
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 53.49
Nissa, Resurgent Animist MAT Promo 50.53
Atraxa, Grand Unifier ONE Mythic 50.45
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 49.67
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 44.34
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 43.68
Karakas UBT Mythic 43.62
Force of Will MED Rare 43.38
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 38.79
Aether Gale C14 Rare 36.2
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 36.05
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 34.84
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 34.72
Timetwister 1E Rare 34.59
Cityscape Leveler BRO Mythic 33.34
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 32.76
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 32.7
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 32.18
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 31.43
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 29.79
Mana Confluence JOU Rare 29.05
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 28.84
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 28.31
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 27.75
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse ONE Promo 27.44
Staff of the Storyteller ONC Rare 27.04
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 26.55
Blightstep Pathway KHM Rare 25.93
Volcanic Island ME3 Rare 25.93
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 25.65
Atraxa, Grand Unifier ONE Promo 25.28
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 25.14
Unmask V16 Mythic 25.02

 
In Closing

I need a break, I love what I do, but I resent doing it.  I'm not sure that makes sense, but I really want to get back to creating the stuff that I like.  Maybe one day I will, but I feel a vacation is coming up. 

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