JXClaytor's picture
By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
May 28 2021 1:00pm
0
314 views


State of the Program for May 28th, 2021
 
In the News

Modern Horizons Previews:  Modern Horizons 2 Previews are still ongoing and are slated to end next week before downtime on MTGO.  The set releases on June 3rd on MTGO.  You can see the gallery for the set here.

New Cube: Gaby Spartz and Luis Scott-Vargas are the minds behind the Alternate Vintage cube, available on MTGO now.  You can read about the cube here, and see the full cube list at the same place. 

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


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 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

I went with a theme week this week. 

Standard
:

Historic:

Legacy:

Modern:

Pauper:

Pioneer:




 
Winner's Circle

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

Wizards of the Coast had an issue with updating the weekend's events, and instead of updating this from this past weekend, added lists from the first weeks of the year.  Sadly there will not be a Winner's Circle this week. 


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: Shark Typhoon has fallen out of favor on here recently, does that mean we're getting rid of stuff that is rotating out sooner, or are sharks paying the price for the new Modern set drafting experience? 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $23.61 $23.40 $0.21 1%
Bonecrusher Giant $10.71 $9.66 $1.05 11%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $16.01 $16.43 ($0.42) -3%
Shark Typhoon $6.97 $6.90 $0.07 1%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $13.19 $13.70 ($0.51) -4%
Valki, God of Lies $70.47 $70.74 ($0.27) 0%
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider $12.48 $12.32 $0.16 1%
Goldspan Dragon $15.39 $15.72 ($0.33) -2%
Alrund's Epiphany $7.29 $7.11 $0.18 3%
Esika, God of the Tree $5.79 $5.82 ($0.03) -1%
Koma, Cosmos Serpent $6.98 $6.88 $0.10 1%
Halvar, God of Battle $5.13 $5.08 $0.05 1%
Elder Gargaroth $12.97 $14.49 ($1.52) -10%
Stormwing Entity $18.73 $14.26 $4.47 31%
Prismari Command $5.78 $11.32 ($5.54) -49%
Magma Opus $7.10 $7.14 ($0.04) -1%
Elite Spellbinder $5.26 $5.32 ($0.06) -1%
Professor Onyx $8.67 $8.82 ($0.15) -2%
Sedgemoor Witch $4.77 $8.74 ($3.97) -45%
Velomachus Lorehold $5.96 $5.54 $0.42 8%
Beledros Witherbloom $7.19 $6.41 $0.78 12%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $15.35 $7.86 $7.49 95%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 9.66 9.93 ($0.27) -3%
Klothys, God of Destiny 12.43 13.69 ($1.26) -9%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $33.40 $34.93 ($1.53) -4%
Turntimber Symbiosis $8.56 $9.81 ($1.25) -13%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.67 $6.04 $0.63 10%
Skyclave Apparition $25.85 $26.71 ($0.86) -3%
Modern Staples:  I added a couple, few, handful of cards to the Modern table this week that I was resisting to add.  Plus Modern Horizons stuff told me to add it back to the list as well.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $16.97 $16.30 $0.67 4%
Steelshaper's Gift $7.82 $8.45 ($0.63) -7%
Engineered Explosives $6.87 $6.59 $0.28 4%
Night's Whisper $5.97 $6.04 ($0.07) -1%
Cavern of Souls $22.75 $18.42 $4.33 24%
Mishra's Bauble $17.56 $16.58 $0.98 6%
Aether Vial $15.76 $14.65 $1.11 8%
Horizon Canopy $8.99 $8.94 $0.05 1%
Tarmogoyf $6.36 $7.28 ($0.92) -13%
Liliana of the Veil $15.06 $13.23 $1.83 14%
Snapcaster Mage $7.43 $6.58 $0.85 13%
Polluted Delta $15.12 $12.19 $2.93 24%
Wooded Foothills $11.14 $14.35 ($3.21) -22%
Flooded Strand $7.23 $8.27 ($1.04) -13%
Bloodstained Mire $11.51 $11.80 ($0.29) -2%
Windswept Heath $9.55 $8.52 $1.03 12%
Thoughtseize $8.96 $9.29 ($0.33) -4%
Cryptic Command $5.59 $5.25 $0.34 6%
Elvish Reclaimer $16.99 $14.89 $2.10 14%
Force of Negation $74.91 $72.00 $2.91 4%
Wrenn and Six $55.61 $60.72 ($5.11) -8%
Prismatic Vista $10.98 $12.86 ($1.88) -15%
Sunbaked Canyon $13.20 $14.09 ($0.89) -6%
Seasoned Pyromancer $28.29 $32.20 ($3.91) -12%
Fiery Islet $19.35 $18.60 $0.75 4%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $8.53 $5.99 $2.54 42%
Plague Engineer $10.47 $11.80 ($1.33) -11%
Force of Vigor $15.38 $15.09 $0.29 2%
Giver of Runes $5.13 $7.32 ($2.19) -30%
Flusterstorm $12.39 $12.08 $0.31 3%
Archmage's Charm $21.35 $26.88 ($5.53) -21%
Hexdrinker $22.20 $29.50 ($7.30) -25%
Ice-Fang Coatl $5.58 $7.68 ($2.10) -27%
Silent Clearing $4.24 $5.55 ($1.31) -24%
Kaya's Guile $10.39 $14.04 ($3.65) -26%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $6.05


Collector Ouphe $5.74


Nurturing Peatland $5.65


Chalice of the Void $8.65 $6.66 $1.99 30%
Surgical Extraction $12.09 $15.65 ($3.56) -23%
Karn Liberated $5.14 $5.65 ($0.51) -9%
Dismember $5.37


Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $14.17 $12.66 $1.51 12%
All is Dust $6.80


Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $6.57


Ensnaring Bridge $9.34 $9.09 $0.25 3%
Teferi, Time Raveler $33.13 $32.43 $0.70 2%
Gemstone Mine $12.09 $10.48 $1.61 15%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.29 $8.26 $0.03 0%
Scalding Tarn $15.12 $16.26 ($1.14) -7%
Verdant Catacombs $18.43 $14.51 $3.92 27%
Misty Rainforest $13.88 $14.83 ($0.95) -6%
Arid Mesa $8.48 $7.80 $0.68 9%
Marsh Flats $4.13 $4.67 ($0.54) -12%
Eternal Staples:  I went ahead and added Stifle to the list.  I imagine it's seeing a fair amount of Eternal play now.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $67.42 $65.39 $2.03 3%
Opposition Agent $34.44 $28.76 $5.68 20%
Jeweled Lotus $18.91 $17.75 $1.16 7%
Dark Depths $5.00 $5.37 ($0.37) -7%
City of Traitors $36.97 $40.88 ($3.91) -10%
Sphere of Resistance $6.83 $6.83 $0.00 0%
Monastery Mentor $5.69 $6.12 ($0.43) -7%
Allosaurus Shepherd $28.14 $29.18 ($1.04) -4%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $6.98 $7.44 ($0.46) -6%
Force of Will $61.77 $68.89 ($7.12) -10%
Karakas $13.73 $13.71 $0.02 0%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $41.68 $45.86 ($4.18) -9%
Demonic Tutor $18.16 $17.70 $0.46 3%
Food Chain $8.06 $9.72 ($1.66) -17%
Unmask $7.63 $11.09 ($3.46) -31%
Misdirection $13.63 $12.70 $0.93 7%
Rishadan Port $15.17 $15.48 ($0.31) -2%
Snuff Out $15.05 $13.60 $1.45 11%
Submerge $35.13 $34.22 $0.91 3%
Daze $16.73 $15.03 $1.70 11%
Entomb $7.30 $7.99 ($0.69) -9%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $39.55 $45.96 ($6.41) -14%
Stifle $13.61


Mox Diamond $37.98 $41.92 ($3.94) -9%
Wasteland $50.30 $50.29 $0.01 0%
Ancient Tomb $22.20 $22.20 $0.00 0%
Lotus Petal $29.38 $24.42 $4.96 20%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $7.34 $6.68 $0.66 10%
Grim Monolith $18.39 $19.99 ($1.60) -8%
Exploration $14.61 $14.30 $0.31 2%
Gaea's Cradle $29.55 $26.56 $2.99 11%
Carpet of Flowers $50.19 $43.10 $7.09 16%
Gilded Drake $12.32 $11.61 $0.71 6%
Black Lotus $12.88 $13.33 ($0.45) -3%
Tropical Island $12.88 $11.48 $1.40 12%
Volcanic Island $15.43 $12.56 $2.87 23%
Underground Sea $17.94 $17.41 $0.53 3%
Null Rod $11.19 $11.18 $0.01 0%
Doomsday $24.80 $23.90 $0.90 4%
Paradigm Shift $12.07 $11.44 $0.63 6%
Mindbreak Trap $9.39 $11.75 ($2.36) -20%
Pioneer Staples:  No real action to the Pioneer table this week.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $7.90 $7.26 $0.64 9%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.08 $6.23 $0.85 14%
Collected Company $7.83 $6.22 $1.61 26%
Kolaghan's Command $5.19 $6.49 ($1.30) -20%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.95 $6.72 $1.23 18%
Spirebluff Canal $5.58 $7.18 ($1.60) -22%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $5.77 $4.62 $1.15 25%
Lotus Field $5.36 $5.35 $0.01 0%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $6.97 $7.27 ($0.30) -4%
Kozilek's Return $12.58 $15.29 ($2.71) -18%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $7.65 $7.65 $0.00 0%
Karn, the Great Creator $45.30 $42.67 $2.63 6%
Blast Zone $11.36 $7.88 $3.48 44%
Finale of Devastation $7.99 $6.07 $1.92 32%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $4.22 $5.22 ($1.00) -19%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $15.54 $16.36 ($0.82) -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 Week Change % Change
Core Set 2021 $68.95 $65.44 $3.51 5%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $45.03 $45.70 ($0.67) -1%
Kaldheim $197.02 $195.38 $1.64 1%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $125.97 $131.83 ($5.86) -4%
Strixhaven: School of Mages Booster $3.09 $3.21 ($0.12) -4%
Theros Beyond Death $94.52 $93.44 $1.08 1%
Throne of Eldraine $139.71 $133.95 $5.76 4%
Treasure Chest $2.40 $2.41 ($0.01) 0%
Zendikar Rising $123.39 $128.68 ($5.29) -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 183.24
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 104.21
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 93.04
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 91.59
Karakas UBT Mythic 90.53
Mox Jet 1E Rare 89.73
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 77.98
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 74.91
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 72.62
Valki, God of Lies KHM Mythic 70.47
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 68.91
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 67.42
Time Walk 1E Rare 66.45
Ethereal Forager C20 Rare 64.68
Force of Will MED Rare 61.77
Wasteland TPR Rare 60.45
Wasteland EXP Mythic 59.61
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 57.73
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 55.61
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 55.14
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 54.16
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 54.09
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 52.69
Wasteland TE Uncommon 50.3
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 50.19
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 49.93
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 48.29
Wasteland EMA Rare 46.18
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 45.3
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 43.99
Force of Will EMA Mythic 43.96
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 43.8
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 42.94
Underground Sea ME4 Rare 42.65
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 42.6
Force of Will VMA Rare 41.99
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 41.68
Verdant Catacombs ZNE Mythic 40.9
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 40.25
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 39.55
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 38.72
Mox Diamond ST Rare 37.98
City of Traitors EX Rare 36.97
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 35.16
Submerge NE Uncommon 35.13
Timetwister 1E Rare 35
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 34.59
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 34.44
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 34.39
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 34.32
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 34
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 33.4
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 33.13
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 32.95
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.93
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 32.29
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 32.19
Misty Rainforest ZNE Mythic 30.69
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 29.55
Lotus Petal TE Common 29.38
Wooded Foothills ZNE Mythic 29.32
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 29.25
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 29.23
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 28.56
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 28.29
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 28.14
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 27.9
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 27.2
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 27.02
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 26.46
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.41
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 26.34
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 26.28
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 25.89
Skyclave Apparition ZNR Rare 25.85
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.57
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 25.55
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 $27,630.  Last time it was $27,688.  Looks like we took a small loss of $58.  With Modern Horizons 2 coming out we are sure the number will go up soon! 
 
In Closing

All of my local friends have went back to work, so the pandemic is over for them.  It's time to readjust here as well, as them going back to work means staying up until 3am playing Commander isn't the best use of my time anymore.  Considering getting back in to Eternal since I have the time again, and am not treating card games like an extension of my personality anymore.  It is a fun game.  I did get in to my first playthrough of Persona 4 Golden though, so maybe I'll be doing that for a while instead.  All I know is this weekend I get 4 days with my son, and I have struggled to write this knowing that I get to hang out. 

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