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State of the Program for May 27th, 2022
 
In the News

Baldur's Gate and MTGO:   We are not getting a full release of Battle for Baldur's Gate on MTGO.  Due to the transition from Wizards of the Coast to Daybreak Games, the were unable to meet the timeline to get everything on to the client to deliver the full set or a drafting experience.  Double Masters 2022, a reprint set, Dominaria United and The Brothers's War are slated to ship on time with all cards at launch.  Baldur's Gate cards will be in treasure chests starting on June 15th.  It will be a selection of cards.  There is currently no plan on getting the full set out, but they are developing one. 

Win Trading in Vintage: 
Win Trading is running rampant in Vintage Leagues right now.  If you see someone with this deck, they are more than likely trading wins.  There is no fix from either WotC or Daybreak in the works, nor is there any acknowledgement about there being an issue in the queues.

From Last Week:  Baldur's Gate Previews:  Previews for the next Commander Legends set are wrapping up.  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 - Proliferate Cube
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

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 deck looked interesting when I saw it while doing the decklists, but the lack of Den of the Bunbear on my account makes it pretty hard to play.  I'm not going to miss the super expensive creaturelands when they rotate out.


Legacy:  Lands has always fascinated me.  It's a denial deck, a combo deck and pretty elegant despite playing 23 non land cards in the main.  It has answers to nearly everything out of the board. 


Modern: Mox Opal is paying for the sins of other artifact decks and it's a shame that it's not around to be a part of this. 


Pauper:  I live that the The Modern Age is seeing some Pauper play.


Pioneer:  It's a red deck!  Formats are at their best, from what I have been told, when a Mono Red deck is a viable strategy. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Mono Red Prison
Saturday Modern - DemonicTutors - 4 Color Money Pile
Saturday Pauper - vihespanhol - Mono Blue Delver
Saturday Pioneer - wkmidori - Hidden Strings
Saturday Standard - KingHairy - Esper Midrange
Saturday Vintage - discoverN

Sunday Legacy - wonderPreaux - Doomsday
Sunday Modern - _Batutinha_ - 4 Color Money Pile
Sunday Pauper - Jpsn54 - Boros Rally
Sunday Pioneer - GustavoGarcia - Winota Aggro
Sunday Standard - Lennny - Esper Midrange
Sunday Vintage - SenpaiBlack

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:   A couple of cards fell off the list this week, but other than that, not much movement on the Standard list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $22.49 $22.49 $0.00 0.00%
Acererak the Archlich $5.83 $5.83 $0.00 0.00%
Den of the Bugbear $36.15 $28.82 $7.33 25.43%
Lolth, Spider Queen $7.88 $7.88 $0.00 0.00%
Hall of the Storm Giants $23.55 $31.10 -$7.55 -24.28%
Treasure Vault $9.79 $7.70 $2.09 27.14%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $18.56 $20.89 -$2.33 -11.15%
Lair of the Hydra $23.74 $27.68 -$3.94 -14.23%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $10.08 $10.16 -$0.08 -0.79%
Blightstep Pathway $10.32 $9.04 $1.28 14.16%
Hengegate Pathway $5.33 $6.74 -$1.41 -20.92%
Goldspan Dragon $8.42 $8.46 -$0.04 -0.47%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $6.96 $6.96 $0.00 0.00%
Wrenn and Seven $18.13 $18.82 -$0.69 -3.67%
The Meathook Massacre $44.47 $44.73 -$0.26 -0.58%
Intrepid Adversary $6.25 $6.69 -$0.44 -6.58%
Memory Deluge $10.04 $11.15 -$1.11 -9.96%
Brutal Cathar $7.50 $8.88 -$1.38 -15.54%
Haunted Ridge $7.61 $8.42 -$0.81 -9.62%
Graveyard Trespasser $7.63 $8.03 -$0.40 -4.98%
Deserted Beach $5.77 $6.63 -$0.86 -12.97%
Boseiju, Who Endures $38.60 $36.45 $2.15 5.90%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $8.84 $9.55 -$0.71 -7.43%
Kaito Shizuki $8.20 $8.05 $0.15 1.86%
March of Otherworldly Light $8.43 $9.08 -$0.65 -7.16%
Otawara, Soaring City $11.77 $11.39 $0.38 3.34%
The Wandering Emperor $60.55 $58.89 $1.66 2.82%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $9.73 $7.08 $2.65 37.43%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $25.68 $25.59 $0.09 0.35%
Ledger Shredder $61.36 $49.69 $11.67 23.49%
Raffinie, Scheming Seer $4.06 $7.49 -$3.43 -45.79%
Vivien on the Hunt $5.85 $9.85 -$4.00 -40.61%
Unlicensed Hearse $14.72 $13.15 $1.57 11.94%
Luxior, Giada's Gift $2.68 $7.00 -$4.32 -61.71%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $29.87 $28.74 $1.13 3.93%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $12.98 $12.95 $0.03 0.23%
Cultivator Colossus $37.42 $38.21 -$0.79 -2.07%
Sorin the Mirthless $22.22 $23.71 -$1.49 -6.28%
Hallowed Haunting $5.27 $5.19 $0.08 1.54%
Stormcarved Coast $11.77 $13.76 -$1.99 -14.46%
Skyclave Apparition $11.06 $12.20 -$1.14 -9.34%
Shatterskull Smashing $8.38 $8.61 -$0.23 -2.67%
Roiling Vortex $5.31 $6.05 -$0.74 -12.23%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.09 $7.18 -$0.09 -1.25%
Turntimber Symbiosis $11.07 $11.32 -$0.25 -2.21%
Branchloft Pathway $9.18 $10.33 -$1.15 -11.13%
Riverglide Pathway $12.19 $12.29 -$0.10 -0.81%
Modern Staples:  A couple dropped off of this one as well, but otherwise, pretty much the same list. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $10.69 $10.08 $0.61 6%
Steelshaper's Gift $5.03 $5.68 -$0.65 -11%
Cavern of Souls $13.57 $13.20 $0.37 3%
Mishra's Bauble $23.83 $19.03 $4.80 25%
Aether Vial $5.77 $5.98 -$0.21 -4%
Magus of the Moon $7.46 $6.61 $0.85 13%
Liliana of the Veil $10.32 $11.25 -$0.93 -8%
Polluted Delta $7.68 $6.22 $1.46 23%
Wooded Foothills $5.42 $6.18 -$0.76 -12%
Flooded Strand $8.16 $7.40 $0.76 10%
Bloodstained Mire $4.46 $4.52 -$0.06 -1%
Windswept Heath $5.30 $5.27 $0.03 1%
Thoughtseize $8.07 $11.03 -$2.96 -27%
Force of Negation $34.08 $42.38 -$8.30 -20%
Wrenn and Six $58.32 $61.61 -$3.29 -5%
Prismatic Vista $5.25 $4.75 $0.50 11%
Sunbaked Canyon $14.97 $14.52 $0.45 3%
Seasoned Pyromancer $21.55 $20.84 $0.71 3%
Fiery Islet $6.83 $5.82 $1.01 17%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $6.45 $6.78 -$0.33 -5%
Force of Vigor $27.10 $32.20 -$5.10 -16%
Flusterstorm $16.02 $15.31 $0.71 5%
Archmage's Charm $16.58 $16.08 $0.50 3%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $10.65 $12.07 -$1.42 -12%
Archon of Cruelty $6.29 $5.11 $1.18 23%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $48.43 $46.17 $2.26 5%
Urza's Saga $54.16 $38.90 $15.26 39%
Solitude $39.32 $29.83 $9.49 32%
Endurance $69.53 $62.06 $7.47 12%
Grief $9.85 $9.10 $0.75 8%
Murktide Regent $27.87 $39.64 -$11.77 -30%
Fury $19.48 $19.64 -$0.16 -1%
Esper Sentinel $5.63 $5.95 -$0.32 -5%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $7.03 $6.98 $0.05 1%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $7.67 $7.48 $0.19 3%
Chalice of the Void $16.03 $16.61 -$0.58 -3%
Surgical Extraction $6.50 $6.85 -$0.35 -5%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $6.28 $6.83 -$0.55 -8%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.32 $6.31 $0.01 0%
Teferi, Time Raveler $29.38 $30.55 -$1.17 -4%
Gemstone Mine $6.61 $9.28 -$2.67 -29%
Scalding Tarn $4.92 $5.54 -$0.62 -11%
Verdant Catacombs $3.10 $2.31 $0.79 34%
Misty Rainforest $4.13 $3.61 $0.52 14%
Arid Mesa $1.67 $2.34 -$0.67 -29%
Marsh Flats $1.50 $1.35 $0.15 11%
Eternal Staples:  With win trading as bad as it is in Vintage, I wonder if Dredge pieces will pick up in value from all the traders winning.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Hullbreacher $44.82 $39.62 $5.20 13%
Opposition Agent $19.65 $19.56 $0.09 0%
Jeweled Lotus $30.38 $32.17 ($1.79) -6%
City of Traitors $15.42 $14.73 $0.69 5%
Allosaurus Shepherd $23.69 $24.24 ($0.55) -2%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $21.27 $19.90 $1.37 7%
Force of Will $65.43 $58.66 $6.77 12%
Karakas $9.13 $9.96 ($0.83) -8%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $23.72 $23.85 ($0.13) -1%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $7.00 $7.16 ($0.16) -2%
Enlightened Tutor $7.93 $7.99 ($0.06) -1%
Unmask $8.65 $11.25 ($2.60) -23%
Misdirection $14.80 $14.80 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $13.05 $13.25 ($0.20) -2%
Snuff Out $22.08 $18.83 $3.25 17%
Submerge $12.94 $12.99 ($0.05) 0%
Daze $8.00 $6.94 $1.06 15%
Kappa Cannoneer $19.96 $24.48 ($4.52) -18%
Entomb $10.69 $11.56 ($0.87) -8%
Retrofitter Foundry $8.75 $9.54 ($0.79) -8%
Recruiter of the Guard $9.99 $9.75 $0.24 2%
Mox Diamond $35.01 $39.51 ($4.50) -11%
Wasteland $25.08 $26.62 ($1.54) -6%
Ancient Tomb $24.37 $24.24 $0.13 1%
Lotus Petal $28.70 $26.90 $1.80 7%
Grindstone $6.35 $7.23 ($0.88) -12%
Academy Rector $5.63 $6.88 ($1.25) -18%
Grim Monolith $13.02 $11.37 $1.65 15%
Goblin Welder $5.23 $5.52 ($0.29) -5%
Meltdown $42.33 $41.61 $0.72 2%
Exploration $25.29 $24.15 $1.14 5%
Gaea's Cradle $24.11 $25.77 ($1.66) -6%
Carpet of Flowers $22.70 $24.37 ($1.67) -7%
Gilded Drake $13.44 $14.05 ($0.61) -4%
Show and Tell $8.82 $8.61 $0.21 2%
Black Lotus $10.98 $12.98 ($2.00) -15%
Volcanic Island $7.12 $7.03 $0.09 1%
Underground Sea $8.22 $7.19 $1.03 14%
Null Rod $10.15 $10.15 $0.00 0%
Doomsday $26.43 $27.20 ($0.77) -3%
Paradigm Shift $11.08 $10.62 $0.46 4%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $36.43 $41.80 ($5.37) -13%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $7.67 $7.85 ($0.18) -2%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.45 $8.26 ($1.81) -22%
Castle Locthwain $5.09 $5.09 $0.00 0%
Arclight Phoenix $8.12 $6.90 $1.22 18%
Shark Typhoon $5.13 $5.82 ($0.69) -12%
Raugrin Triome $7.59 $6.75 $0.84 12%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $6.60 $8.65 ($2.05) -24%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $11.10 $13.94 ($2.84) -20%
Mana Confluence $9.04 $7.23 $1.81 25%
Faceless Haven $6.19 $6.31 ($0.12) -2%
Spirebluff Canal $15.70 $11.32 $4.38 39%
Insipiring Vantage $3.80 $6.78 ($2.98) -44%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $7.15 $7.33 ($0.18) -2%
Lotus Field $9.72 $7.01 $2.71 39%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $6.44 $8.76 ($2.32) -26%
Leyline of Sanctity $4.76 $5.27 ($0.51) -10%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $21.82 $24.57 ($2.75) -11%
Cavalier of Thorns $6.75 $8.11 ($1.36) -17%
Rest in Peace $4.36 $5.02 ($0.66) -13%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $7.17 $6.62 $0.55 8%
Karn, the Great Creator $33.55 $34.22 ($0.67) -2%
Finale of Devastation $12.90 $12.31 $0.59 5%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $30.75 $29.89 $0.86 3%
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 $206.26 $211.33 ($5.07) -2%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $166.35 $172.18 ($5.83) -3%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $172.95 $183.45 ($10.50) -6%
Kaldheim $83.66 $85.73 ($2.07) -2%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $163.38 $157.36 $6.02 4%
Streets of New Capenna $154.02 $151.27 $2.75 2%
Streets of New Capenna Booster $3.37 $3.39 ($0.02) -1%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $44.68 $45.15 ($0.47) -1%
Treasure Chest $2.50 $2.52 ($0.02) -1%
Zendikar Rising $132.67 $138.29 ($5.62) -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 240.06
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 127.14
Mox Jet 1E Rare 126.96
Karakas UBT Mythic 119.52
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 117.02
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 112.31
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 107.52
Time Walk 1E Rare 87.11
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 83.45
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 75.4
Endurance MH2 Mythic 69.53
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 69.25
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 68.3
Force of Will MED Rare 65.43
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 64.75
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 62.24
Ledger Shredder SNC Rare 61.36
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 60.55
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 60.32
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 58.32
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 54.16
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 53.49
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 52.83
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 52.41
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 48.43
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 44.82
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 44.47
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 44.46
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 42.88
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 42.52
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 41.33
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 40.97
Solitude MH2 Mythic 39.32
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 39.07
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 38.6
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 38.56
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 37.42
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 36.55
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 36.43
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 36.29
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 36.15
Mox Diamond ST Rare 35.01
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 34.27
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 34.08
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 33.55
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.85
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 32.7
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 32.61
Timetwister 1E Rare 32.36
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 32.25
Force of Will EMA Mythic 31.99
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 31.33
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 31.3
Force of Will VMA Rare 30.8
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 30.75
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 30.49
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 30.46
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 30.38
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 30.05
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 29.91
Chandra, Dressed to Kill VOW Mythic 29.87
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 29.77
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 29.38
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 29.26
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 28.96
Lotus Petal TE Common 28.7
Thoughtseize TSR Bonus 28.55
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 28.28
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 27.87
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 27.1
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 27.05
Wasteland EXP Mythic 27.02
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.79
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.67
Seeds of Innocence MI Rare 26.52
Aether Gale C14 Rare 26.44
Doomsday WL Rare 26.43
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary SNC Mythic 25.68
Wasteland TPR Rare 25.48
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 25.39
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 25.34
Exploration UZ Rare 25.29
Wasteland TE Uncommon 25.08
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 $28,550.  Last week it was $28,920.  This is a $370 dollar loss.  Not to bad.  Not great though! 
 
In Closing

Two sets unrelated to Magic released today, and I have been pricing Baldur's Gate stuff for my other job.  I have worked myself bored!

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