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State of the Program for May 29th, 2020
 
In the News

Secret Lairs: Starting on June 1st, there will be fine Secret Lair Drops.  These are being treated as preorders and will print after the preorder session is over.  This will effect shipping times.  These five drops are expected to ship from American centers on August 15, 2020, and European on August 30, 2020.  The SuperDrop is on sale until June 15th.  As always you'll get some sweet alt art cards, a code for sleeves on Arena, and making a return appearance copies of these cards will be on MTGO!  You can check out the drops and all other information here
 
Ban announcement:  Standard and Historic are the formats this go around, and the companion mechanic is getting addressed as well.  This will happen on June 1st.  Check the tweet here.

Commander 2020 on MTGO:  With the Wednesday update treasure chests updated to include Commander 2020 product.  Go forth and get your get your copy of Gavi, Nest Warden now! 

Super Qualifiers:  Currently scheduled through June 4th. 

FNM at Home:  This week's format is Cascade. 

The Arena Open:  Day one is Saturday, 20000 Gold or 4000 Gems to enter. 

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
Unknown
Constructed Leagues End
June 24, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
June 25, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
June 1, 2020
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:

War of the Spark Encore Draft:  May 27th - June 3rd.

 
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

For some reason it's better to just make announcements to announce things than it is to actually just do the dang thing.  The Arena Open this weekend is a lame duck format, with bans and companion changes coming on Monday, and playing Magic, despite this event happening has been a bit of a bummer knowing full well that things are changing.  Hopefully the changes to companion does not make the mechanic an unplayable mess, but we just have to wait until next week for that, until then here are the top decks of each format as it is on May 28th, 2020. 

Standard
:

Legacy:

Pioneer:

Pauper:

Modern:

Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - CoolUser - SnoKo
Saturday Modern - Patxi - Rakdos Lurrus Prowess
Saturday Pauper - Hellsau - Tron
Saturday Pioneer - Smdster - Azorius Ensoul
Saturday Standard - azatoyellow - Jund Sac
Saturday Vintage - ReneRandrup

Sunday Legacy -
Sunday Modern -
Sunday Pioneer -
Sunday Standard -
Sunday Vintage -

Other Event Winners

Modern Super Qualifier - Darkiundsa and kaikalbuquerque - Yorion Snow and Bogles
Sealed Super Qualifier - Phil_Ivey and CitrusD
Pioneer Super Qualifier - Celldweller and pmc22337 - Gyruda Clones and Inverter

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

Dragon Shield Sharing:  When you shop with Dragon Shield they will be donating 25% to an LGS of your choice.  Check the tweet here

Ikoria Survey:  You can take the Ikoria survey 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: The Great Henge fell off the list this week.  Lurrus of the Dream Den has also fallen off.  Luminous Broodmoth has been added to it.  A couple of new cards this week.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $23.04 $21.07 $1.97 9%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $6.17 $5.63 $0.54 10%
Questing Beast $5.80 $5.49 $0.31 6%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.70 $6.36 $0.34 5%
Chulane, Teller of Tales $5.24 $5.28 ($0.04) -1%
Fabled Passage $12.55 $12.84 ($0.29) -2%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.22 $6.14 $0.08 1%
Assassin's Trophy $5.97 $7.38 ($1.41) -19%
Fiend Artisan $17.04 $20.00 ($2.96) -15%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $6.42 $7.30 ($0.88) -12%
Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy $5.47 $6.31 ($0.84) -13%
General Kudro of Drannith $5.48 $5.88 ($0.40) -7%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $16.57 $16.56 $0.01 0%
Luminous Broodmoth $5.24


Chandra, Awakened Inferno $13.92 $13.49 $0.43 3%
Leyline of the Void $6.88 $6.89 ($0.01) 0%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $5.18 $7.04 ($1.86) -26%
Yarok, the Desecrated $6.31 $5.98 $0.33 6%
Cavalier of Flame $5.30 $5.25 $0.05 1%
Lotus Field $5.40 $6.49 ($1.09) -17%
Golos, Tireless Pilgrim $5.70


Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $7.58 $6.91 $0.67 10%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $63.45 $62.51 $0.94 2%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned $6.63 $7.44 ($0.81) -11%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $15.64 $16.78 ($1.14) -7%
Klothys, God of Destiny $8.04 $7.02 $1.02 15%
Teferi, Time Raveler $42.11 $46.51 ($4.40) -9%
Finale of Devastation $17.91 $17.10 $0.81 5%
Karn, the Great Creator $30.70 $30.14 $0.56 2%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $13.70 $14.53 ($0.83) -6%
Blast Zone $12.33 $13.50 ($1.17) -9%
Niv-Mizzet Reborn $4.68 $5.10 ($0.42) -8%
Modern StaplesSnapcaster Mage is back off the list.  Watterlogged Grove is also gone.  Dismember is off. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $10.46 $11.91 ($1.45) -12%
Auriok Champion $7.12 $7.49 ($0.37) -5%
Steelshaper's Gift $8.69 $6.39 $2.30 36%
Cavern of Souls $19.70 $22.12 ($2.42) -11%
Noble Hierarch $7.56 $7.31 $0.25 3%
Exotic Orchard $5.84 $5.21 $0.63 12%
Mishra's Bauble $39.46 $45.15 ($5.69) -13%
Grafdigger's Cage $7.43 $8.29 ($0.86) -10%
Aether Vial $13.66 $14.15 ($0.49) -3%
Trinisphere $10.84 $12.55 ($1.71) -14%
Horizon Canopy $13.46 $12.79 $0.67 5%
Tarmogoyf $7.62 $8.14 ($0.52) -6%
Magus of the Moon $5.38 $5.94 ($0.56) -9%
Pact of Negation $7.18 $6.70 $0.48 7%
Liliana of the Veil $12.56 $13.11 ($0.55) -4%
Polluted Delta $5.91 $7.93 ($2.02) -25%
Wooded Foothills $6.31 $5.93 $0.38 6%
Flooded Strand $4.10 $5.26 ($1.16) -22%
Bloodstained Mire $5.42 $6.29 ($0.87) -14%
Clever Impersonator $9.20 $6.69 $2.51 38%
Windswept Heath $4.69 $5.61 ($0.92) -16%
Thoughtseize $13.58 $13.95 ($0.37) -3%
Cryptic Command $5.46 $5.31 $0.15 3%
Field of the Dead $21.30 $21.33 ($0.03) 0%
City of Brass $6.34 $5.67 $0.67 12%
Force of Negation $64.81 $62.95 $1.86 3%
Wrenn and Six $74.40 $76.44 ($2.04) -3%
Prismatic Vista $14.00 $14.59 ($0.59) -4%
Sunbaked Canyon $17.29 $15.29 $2.00 13%
Seasoned Pyromancer $23.90 $25.20 ($1.30) -5%
Fiery Islet $7.83 $7.85 ($0.02) 0%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $13.84 $14.71 ($0.87) -6%
Hexdrinker $9.34 $9.61 ($0.27) -3%
Plague Engineer $8.28 $9.64 ($1.36) -14%
Force of Vigor $9.36 $9.68 ($0.32) -3%
Collector Ouphe $8.12 $8.27 ($0.15) -2%
Nurturing Peatland $5.05 $5.76 ($0.71) -12%
Ice-Fang Coatl $20.66 $20.48 $0.18 1%
Giver of Runes $6.10 $6.77 ($0.67) -10%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $5.81 $6.77 ($0.96) -14%
Chalice of the Void $12.53 $11.48 $1.05 9%
Oblivion Stone $4.70 $5.32 ($0.62) -12%
Karn Liberated $8.58 $8.58 $0.00 0%
Surgical Extraction $10.61 $10.02 $0.59 6%
Phyrexian Obliterator $6.48 $6.08 $0.40 7%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $7.33 $6.23 $1.10 18%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $6.14 $6.04 $0.10 2%
Wurmcoil Engine $6.52 $7.19 ($0.67) -9%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.19 $9.07 $0.12 1%
Gemstone Mine $12.91 $12.01 $0.90 7%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $16.71 $16.60 $0.11 1%
Scalding Tarn $15.26 $14.54 $0.72 5%
Verdant Catacombs $13.53 $16.80 ($3.27) -19%
Misty Rainforest $18.52 $17.96 $0.56 3%
Arid Mesa $4.84 $4.41 $0.43 10%
Marsh Flats $3.45 $3.88 ($0.43) -11%
Eternal Staples: Rishadan Port enters the mix this week.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $10.65 $8.98 $1.67 19%
Counterbalance $6.60 $7.76 ($1.16) -15%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $22.34 $20.90 $1.44 7%
City of Traitors $33.03 $34.12 ($1.09) -3%
Sphere of Resistance $6.75 $6.55 $0.20 3%
Monastery Mentor $5.76 $8.55 ($2.79) -33%
Force of Will $44.28 $42.46 $1.82 4%
Elvish Spirit Guide $7.22 $8.04 ($0.82) -10%
Helm of Obedience $6.31 $6.38 ($0.07) -1%
Karakas $9.51 $9.31 $0.20 2%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $24.77 $22.76 $2.01 9%
Land Tax $22.36 $21.37 $0.99 5%
Demonic Tutor $9.26 $9.42 ($0.16) -2%
Mishra's Workshop $6.36 $6.21 $0.15 2%
Unmask $12.55 $10.08 $2.47 25%
Misdirection $20.73 $20.52 $0.21 1%
Rishadan Port $5.14


Chrome Mox $5.26 $5.03 $0.23 5%
Entomb $10.63 $10.01 $0.62 6%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $35.55 $19.55 $16.00 82%
Mox Opal $6.84 $7.83 ($0.99) -13%
Mox Diamond $26.76 $24.07 $2.69 11%
Grindstone $17.17 $16.77 $0.40 2%
Wasteland $22.46 $19.66 $2.80 14%
Ancient Tomb $23.63 $19.41 $4.22 22%
Lotus Petal $22.81 $18.48 $4.33 23%
Earthcraft $10.77 $10.58 $0.19 2%
Academy Rector $12.65 $12.17 $0.48 4%
Grim Monolith $32.74 $33.04 ($0.30) -1%
Exploration $18.35 $18.84 ($0.49) -3%
Gaea's Cradle $24.25 $22.99 $1.26 5%
Carpet of Flowers $21.18 $16.00 $5.18 32%
Gilded Drake $15.46 $14.28 $1.18 8%
Show and Tell $7.83 $7.95 ($0.12) -2%
Black Lotus $8.00 $4.48 $3.52 79%
Tropical Island $14.22 $9.24 $4.98 54%
Volcanic Island $12.42 $11.40 $1.02 9%
Underground Sea $10.52 $11.23 ($0.71) -6%
Sol Ring $13.28 $13.49 ($0.21) -2%
Null Rod $24.04 $24.36 ($0.32) -1%
Doomsday $8.70 $8.70 $0.00 0%
Mindbreak Trap $10.69 $10.75 ($0.06) -1%
Pioneer StaplesChandra, Torch of Defiance fell off the list. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $14.01 $15.64 ($1.63) -10%
Metallic Mimic $4.10 $5.25 ($1.15) -22%
Soul-Scar Mage $10.59 $12.72 ($2.13) -17%
Liliana's Influence $8.80 $8.93 ($0.13) -1%
Gideon of the Trials $4.97 $5.26 ($0.29) -6%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $9.08 $10.88 ($1.80) -17%
Brimaz, King of Oreskos $4.88 $5.52 ($0.64) -12%
Collected Company $8.08 $8.75 ($0.67) -8%
Kolaghan's Command $5.71 $6.17 ($0.46) -7%
Dragonlord Kolaghan $5.01


Liliana, the Last Hope $7.88 $7.81 $0.07 1%
Collective Brutality $14.74 $18.87 ($4.13) -22%
Emrakul, the Promised End $7.18 $5.31 $1.87 35%
Breeding Pool $3.02 $3.69 ($0.67) -18%
Stomping Ground $3.93 $4.01 ($0.08) -2%
Godless Shrine $2.75 $2.57 $0.18 7%
Sacred Foundry $2.36 $2.03 $0.33 16%
Watery Grave $1.39 $0.86 $0.53 62%
Mana Confluence $9.55 $7.25 $2.30 32%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $10.79 $9.15 $1.64 18%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $4.69 $4.61 $0.08 2%
Scavenging Ooze $7.13 $9.85 ($2.72) -28%
Mutavault $6.25 $5.83 $0.42 7%
Goblin Rabblemaster $2.88 $5.36 ($2.48) -46%
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth $5.19 $5.18 $0.01 0%
Thought-Knot Seer $12.86 $12.23 $0.63 5%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $5.95 $5.80 $0.15 3%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $10.38 $11.16 ($0.78) -7%
Demonic Pact $4.81 $5.68 ($0.87) -15%
Rest in Peace $6.78 $7.44 ($0.66) -9%
Supreme Verdict $4.60 $5.68 ($1.08) -19%
Hallowed Fountain $2.57 $2.45 $0.12 5%
Steam Vents $2.49 $2.42 $0.07 3%
Blood Crypt $2.51 $1.94 $0.57 29%
Overgrown Tomb $0.67 $1.23 ($0.56) -46%
Abrupt Decay $5.55 $5.76 ($0.21) -4%
Temple Garden $0.56 $1.28 ($0.72) -56%
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 $211.09 $211.10 ($0.01) 0%
Guilds of Ravnica $45.32 $47.26 ($1.94) -4%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $95.28 $102.27 ($6.99) -7%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Booster $3.23 $3.21 $0.02 1%
Modern Horizons $337.50 $343.15 ($5.65) -2%
Ravnica Allegiances $56.55 $57.53 ($0.98) -2%
Theros Beyond Death $134.85 $135.31 ($0.46) 0%
Throne of Eldraine $138.09 $136.17 $1.92 1%
Treasure Chest $2.28 $2.32 ($0.04) -2%
War of the Spark $173.68 $177.46 ($3.78) -2%

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 228.64
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 117.65
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 89.75
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 80.22
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 74.4
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 72.99
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 70.48
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 68.86
Mox Jet 1E Rare 68.66
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 65.94
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 64.81
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 63.45
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 57.06
Karakas UBT Mythic 53.45
Time Walk 1E Rare 52.41
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 50.58
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 49.29
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 48.55
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 45.11
Force of Will MED Rare 44.28
Unmask V16 Mythic 44.01
Curse of Opulence PZ2 Uncommon 43.65
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 43.54
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 43.16
Timetwister 1E Rare 39.74
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 39.46
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 36.7
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.91
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 35.64
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 35.55
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 35.17
City of Traitors EX Rare 33.03
Grim Monolith UL Rare 32.74
Force of Will VMA Rare 32
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic 31.43
Force of Will EMA Mythic 31.21
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 30.7
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.65
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 29.98
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 29.53
Ancient Tomb EXP Mythic 29.5
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 29.32
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 28.92
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 28.19
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 28.04
Deepglow Skate PZ2 Rare 26.89
Wasteland TPR Rare 26.86
Wasteland EXP Mythic 26.85
Mox Diamond ST Rare 26.76
City of Traitors TPR Rare 26.67
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 26.59
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.23
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic 26.01
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 $27,285.  Last week it was $25,525.  Got another increase this week, this time of 1750.  Has to be the early impact of Commander 2020 stuff right? 
 
In Closing

I have Cassius for two weeks, and do far we've played a ton of games and watched a lot of cartoons.  It's not been a bad time, in fact it's been great!  Prices were done on Wednesday, May 27th.  I will be talking next Friday off from State of the Program to hang out with Cassius a bit more. 

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