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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
May 31 2019 12:00pm

State of the Program for May 31st, 2019
In the News

Curse Network Forums Shutting Down:  Curse Network, a network of gaming sites, is closing or achieving some of their sites in the coming days.  Included in this is MTGSalvation.com.   MTGSalvation got a bit of a bad rap in the early days, but has some outstanding content creators and passionate fans.  The site will be going into a read only mode so that history will be preserved, and there are hopes that people migrate to a new site. You can read their goodbye message here

European Modern Series:  Wizards of the Coast is running a series of Modern events in Europe for the Modern format.  As a huge fan of Modern, I think this is a great idea!  There appears to be seven regionals, the winner of each gets an invite to a Mythic Championship, top eight in the regionals will get an SDCC Promo set, and the regionals are multi-format events with Modern Horizons draft added to the mix.  Read about the tournament series here

Chris Clay Steps Down from MTG Arena:  Breaking Wednesday night, Chris Clay made a forum post stating he leaving Wizards of the Coast.  Jay Parker will be taking over as Game Director for Arena.  We wish Chris Clay the best in his future, and thank him for helping make Magic more accessible to the digital crowd. 

Modern Horizons Spoiler Season Wrapping Up:  We spoiled Spell Snuff on Monday, the official card gallery is here, and you can find the tokens for the set 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
Scheduled Downtimes
June 5th
Constructed Leagues End
July 2nd, 2019
Sealed Leagues End
July 2nd, 2019

Modern Horizons
June 6th prerelease
Next B&R Announcement
May 20, 2019
Vintage Cube
ends June 6th
Ravnica Allegiances Redemption
Ends July 10, 2019
September 2019
January, 2020
Spring, 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:

Modern Horizons drafts - prerelease June 6th 
Limited MCQ Final - June 1st
Modern MCQ Final - June 2nd

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:
Event Type
Start Time
Saturday, 8:00 am PT 
Saturday, 10:00 am PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT
The Hot Take Corner

I am not writing anything this week, as most of this has been written on my iPad, I have not been well for a couple of days and instead of trying to find comfort and then write something that is meh, I am just skipping this section this week.  If I had I probably would have moaned about how the name of Modern Horizons gave me greater expectations for the set than what we have gotten, and is named about as accurately as Iconic Masters.  I see stars every time I try to move while on my bad ankle, which I think I managed to injury by *checks notes* being old and breathing wrong.  I have no idea what I did but this had led me to being very uncomfortable for days now, and also using my office chair as a makeshift scooter in case I need to get anywhere. 

If you really need hot takes that badly, follow me on Twitter! 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard: I tried really hard to go with a theme for this week's Cutting Edge Tech.  I wanted to have a little bit of fun with it this week.  Standard is in a place right now to where the mana is nearly perfect, so stuff like Field of Ruin and Assassin's Trophy have a real chance to act as cheap land destruction spells instead of fair kill effects.  Check out this Golgari list that wants to be matched up against as many SuperFriends decks as possible.  The best part?  It still has game against decks with basics!

:  Okay so to fit the theme of today's Cutting Edge Tech, I had to go back to a May 4th League. Rest assured that this deck did go 5-0 at least!

:  The Green LD deck has been a fringe thing for a couple of months now after it blew up on Reddit spikes.  I enjoy the list and hope it keeps doing well! 

:  I've tried to make LD work in Pauper for years, and this player...just tweeted it out.  I mean finished 4-2  in the first post ban Pauper Challenge. 

:  Finding a dedicated LD deck in Vintage is pretty rough, so I picked a deck with Ghost Quarter, Strip Mine, and a full set of Wasteland.  I've decided that this is on theme enough, especially with Karn, the Great Creator being able to fetch up Crucible of Worlds if the need arises.

Winner's Circle

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

Modern MCQ:  katoriarch123 took a Planeswalker heavy UW Control list to a qualification in the Modern MCQ.   
Sealed WAR MCQ:  Mosieur_Veroux won the sealed MCQ with a sweet looking Rakdos list.
Legacy ChallengeElves, piloted by AR0CK won this week's challenge.
Modern Challenge: qPHJ won the Modern Challenge with Dredge
Pauper Challenge:  c_is_for_cookie took 1st place in the first post ban Pauper Challenge with Elves
Vintage ChallengeKarn, Great Creator went workshopping in this week's Vintage Challenge, won by Logarythme. 

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

Since Last Thursday and over the weekend: Corbin Hosler wrote about the MTGDads of the MPL last week. 

Monday:  Mike Sigrist wrote about the biggest misses of Modern Horizons. 

Tuesday: NumotThe Nummy, MOCS Finalist and streamer (and content producer for MTGOTraders.com YouTube) was joined by 3 time All-Star and 2 time World Series Champion Hunter Pence of the Texas Rangers for Arena drafts!  Baseball and Magic are two great things!

Wednesday:  Ali Aintrazi updated his popular Rainbow Lich deck. 

Thursday: Martin Juza looks at Simic Ramp after he took it to the top spot on Arena. 

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: Liliana, Dreadhorde General and Rekindling Phoenix both fell off the list this week.  Divine Visitation, Ral, Izzet Viceroy and Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God are in danger of doing the same.  As Modern Horizons and rotation (which does not happen with Modern Horizons) I fully expect to see Ixalan cards continue to drop out.  

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Arclight Phoenix $35.94 $38.73 ($2.79) -7%
Assassin's Trophy $6.20 $5.95 $0.25 4%
Teferi, Time Raveler $15.87 $15.16 $0.71 5%
Hydroid Krasis $28.25 $29.49 ($1.24) -4%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $24.66 $25.11 ($0.45) -2%
Prime Speaker Vannifer $7.60 $7.65 ($0.05) -1%
Seraph of the Scales $7.99 $7.89 $0.10 1%
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria $6.87 $9.05 ($2.18) -24%
Firesong and Sunspeaker $5.13 $5.06 $0.07 1%
Vraska, Golgari Queen $10.44 $8.66 $1.78 21%
Ral, Izzet Viceroy $4.35 $5.05 ($0.70) -14%
Divine Visitation $4.99 $5.22 ($0.23) -4%
Nexus of Fate $5.87 $7.89 ($2.02) -26%
Finale of Devastation $5.91 $5.16 $0.75 15%
Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God $5.17 $5.35 ($0.18) -3%
God-Eternal Kefnet $8.90 $9.20 ($0.30) -3%
Karn, the Great Creator $12.98 $7.80 $5.18 66%
Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge $5.62 $6.83 ($1.21) -18%
Finale of Promise $11.52 $9.58 $1.94 20%
Gideon Blackblade $5.35 $5.13 $0.22 4%

Eternal staples:  I messed up last week, I am using the prices from the original printings of each card listed, or at the very least trying hard to do so. This should hopefully make more sense next week, as one can see the Mox Diamond changes are due to edition. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Back to Basics $13.09 $14.27 ($1.18) -8%
Cavern of Souls $22.10 $17.73 $4.37 25%
Chalice of the Void $24.73 $25.02 ($0.29) -1%
City of Traitors $26.63 $26.49 $0.14 1%
Daze $4.06 $9.31 ($5.25) -56%
Engineered Explosives $20.12 $21.72 ($1.60) -7%
Ensnaring Bridge $25.70 $24.48 $1.22 5%
Force of Will $20.45 $20.15 $0.30 1%
Gemstone Mine $12.33 $14.43 ($2.10) -15%
Horizon Canopy $21.10 $29.81 ($8.71) -29%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $45.99 $47.46 ($1.47) -3%
Karn Liberated $25.23 $25.33 ($0.10) 0%
Liliana of the Veil $27.79 $30.19 ($2.40) -8%
Liliana, the Last Hope $16.32 $19.00 ($2.68) -14%
Auriok Champion $15.13 $12.26 $2.87 23%
Mox Opal $30.16 $30.50 ($0.34) -1%
Scalding Tarn $17.99 $17.77 $0.22 1%
Surgical Extraction $36.68 $39.10 ($2.42) -6%
True-Name Nemesis $61.95 $62.88 ($0.93) -1%
Underground Sea $8.98 $8.54 $0.44 5%
Wasteland $13.98 $14.56 ($0.58) -4%
Mishra's Bauble $9.40 $11.13 ($1.73) -16%
Snapcaster Mage $7.88 $10.51 ($2.63) -25%
Trinisphere $14.94 $16.64 ($1.70) -10%
Mox Diamond $19.80 $11.56 $8.24 71%

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 2019 $97.41 $100.50 ($3.09) -3%
Dominaria $29.86 $32.55 ($2.69) -8%
Guilds of Ravnica $116.82 $123.24 ($6.42) -5%
Ixalan $20.36 $20.00 $0.36 2%
Ravnica Allegiances $121.25 $125.77 ($4.52) -4%
Rivals of Ixalan $20.55 $21.84 ($1.29) -6%
Treasure Chest $2.36 $2.34 $0.02 1%
War of the Spark Booster $3.00 $3.19 ($0.19) -6%
War of the Spark $140.11 $129.69 $10.42 8%

The Good Stuff
The following is a list of all the non-promo, non-foil 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.
Name Set Rarity Price
Black Lotus 1E Rare 250.45
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 142.16
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 100.73
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 98.26
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 87.21
Mox Jet 1E Rare 82.05
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 69.94
Time Walk 1E Rare 66.91
True-Name Nemesis PZ1 Mythic Rare 61.95
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic Rare 57.32
Jace, the Mind Sculptor A25 Mythic Rare 53.71
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic Rare 51.03
Jace, the Mind Sculptor WWK Mythic Rare 45.99
Jace, the Mind Sculptor VMA Mythic Rare 45.73
Mycosynth Lattice DST Rare 41.75
True-Name Nemesis C13 Rare 40.55
Force of Will MED Rare 40.16
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic Rare 40.05
Liliana of the Veil UMA Mythic Rare 39.97
Liliana of the Veil MM3 Mythic Rare 39.17
Jace, the Mind Sculptor EMA Mythic Rare 38.85
Timetwister 1E Rare 38.81
Dark Depths V16 Mythic Rare 37.28
Surgical Extraction NPH Rare 36.68
Arclight Phoenix GRN Mythic Rare 35.94
Aminatou, the Fateshifter PZ2 Mythic Rare 35.4
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic Rare 34.5
Unmask V16 Mythic Rare 34.15
Surgical Extraction MM2 Rare 34.05
Mox Opal MM2 Mythic Rare 31.74
Mox Opal MS2 Bonus 30.26
Mox Opal SOM Mythic Rare 30.16
Karn Liberated UMA Mythic Rare 29.57
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper MS4 Mythic Rare 28.7
Horizon Canopy EXP Mythic Rare 28.49
Hydroid Krasis RNA Mythic Rare 28.25
Horizon Canopy IMA Rare 28.01
Liliana of the Veil ISD Mythic Rare 27.79
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic Rare 27.35
Dark Depths UBT Mythic Rare 27.33
Ensnaring Bridge 7E Rare 26.91
Ensnaring Bridge MS2 Bonus 26.67
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 26.64
City of Traitors EX Rare 26.63
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic Rare 25.96
Ensnaring Bridge 8ED Rare 25.82
Ensnaring Bridge A25 Mythic Rare 25.74
Ensnaring Bridge ST Rare 25.7
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 25.62
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic Rare 25.28
Karn Liberated NPH Mythic Rare 25.23
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 14460, which is up 212 from last week. 

Another special thanks to Pete, who figured this out for me again this week, because I am but a newborn babe who struggles with spreedsheet functions.  Thanks Pete, you're the best! 
In Closing

Not a lot of Magic played this week, became frustrated with the grind of Arena and MTGO, so I decided to play Dauntless and Final Fantasy XIV instead. Dauntless is dope, it's like Monster Hunter and Dark Souls made a game, but to me, it's more like a paper doll sim where you fight monsters in between playing dress up.  It features cross platform play, so I can play it with my son in the same room, which is super nice!  Final Fantasy XIV is an MMORPG set in the universe of Final Fantasy, so I love it very much. 

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