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Nov 11 2011 2:46am
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Hammie’s The State of the Program for November 11th     

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

News and Discussion Items:

Changes to Pro Tour Qualifiers and Worlds Still Causing Rants:  If you read the interwebs, you know.  I was going to write more about this, but I’ll let everyone else do that this week.

Short Article this Week: 

I’m writing this with my laptop balanced on my knees at the airport, on my way to GP San Diego.   Getting everything wrapped up at work, plus all the joys of air travel, meant I had very little free time. The article is short than I would like, but I’ll try to make that up next week. I have half a dozen parts half done, but no time to get them all the way done. (I’m past deadline already – sorry JXC.)

 
I would also note that not a lot happened in the weekly update on the Wizards blog. That also keeps it short.
 
Mercadian Masques Countdown: Masques block arrives, in its entirety, on December 5th. Details on the Masques roll-out here. Countdown to Masques Block: 25 days.
 
Here’s your classic Masques card for the day:
 
(picture of Parallax Tide here.)
 
Parallax Tide was another in a series of blue land destruction spells. In this case, the destruction was temporary, but removing most of your opponent’s lands for even a turn or so usually lets you win. Parallax Tide and Parallax Wave (which removes creatures) were key components of the Replenish decks from a decade ago. That deck dumped a bunch of enchantments into the graveyard, then reanimated them with Replenish, and animated them with Opalescence. The deck was insane – I piloted it, back in the day, and remember frequent turn four kills. 
 

Tournaments:

Thursday Night Magic for the upcoming week (November 17th): M12 draft. TNMO is a cheap way to draft, just supply the packs. The TNMO card for November is an alternative art Go for the Throat.
 
Let’s look at the Constructed Tournaments breakdown for the week of November 3rd    through November 9th.  94 constructed events fired, which is not a lot, but then we had Release events sucking players out of some of those events. Let’s look at how they broke down. 
 
Format
Fired
Format
Fired
Standard
33
Standard Singleton
0
Pauper
21
Kaleidoscope
0
Momir Basic
17
100–card Singleton
0
Classic
3
Modern
0
Legacy
0
Extended
0
Innistrad Block Const.
18
-
-
 
It will be interesting to see if Legacy and Modern can recover once we get past the Innistrad intro period and things calm down.   FYI: I got the number fired from the list of results, here.  
 
Cutting Edge Tech:
Standard:  Last weekend SCG ran an Open in Las Vegas, and I got to watch some of the coverage while playing in a couple events online. Here’s the Top 8s.
 
Finish
 
SCG Open Las Vegas
First
 
UB Control
Second
 
UR Aggro
Third
 
Bant Birthing Pod
Fourth
 
Wolf Run Robots
Fifth
 
Bant Birthing Pod
Sixth
 
UW Blade
Seventh
 
UW Humans
Eighth
 
UW Humans
 
Here’s the most interesting decklist:
 

Wolf Run Robots

Corbett Gray - Fourth Place, SCG Open Las Vegas
10  Forest
Kessig Wolf Run
Inkmoth Nexus
Glimmerpost
Rootbound Crag
Buried Ruin
Mountain
Ghost Quarter

Primeval Titan
Solemn Simulacrum
2 ( Myr Battlesphere
Palladium Myr
Wurmcoil Engine
Birds of Paradise
Copper Myr
Viridian Emissary

Rampant Growth
2 ( Beast Within
Sphere of the Suns
Green Sun's Zenith

Sideboard)
2 ( Ghost Quarter
Blasphemous Act
Tree of Redemption
Thrun, the Last Troll
Myr Battlesphere
Tumble Magnet
Ancient Grudge
Modern: Still nothing on the Modern scene. No events have fired, and no Modern GPs or Opens. Modern will be a Worlds format. That might help.
 
Legacy: Legacy had one big paper events last week – the SCG Legacy event in Las Vegas. The Top 2 decks were both RUG Tempo decks, like the one I featured last week.  The best new card in Legacy is an Innistrad common- Delver of Secrets. Heck, I went 3-1 in a Classic deck with a deck running four Delvers. The card is nuts.
 
Finish
 
SCG Open Las Vegas
First
 
RUG Tempo
Second
 
RUG Tempo
Third
 
Reanimator
Fourth
 
Elves
Fifth
 
Aggro Loam
Sixth
 
Bant Stoneblade
Seventh
 
Bant Stoneblade
Eighth
 
Burn
 
Here’s the winning decklist:
 

RUG Tempo

Jonathan Job, Winner, SCG Legacy Open in Las Vegas
Wasteland
Volcanic Island
Tropical Island
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Scalding Tarn

Lightning Bolt
Ponder
Brainstorm
3  Daze
1  Life from the Loam
Stifle
Force of Will
3  Spell Snare
2  Dismember
1  Temporal Spring

Tarmogoyf
Snapcaster Mage
Delver of Secrets

Sideboard)
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Pyroblast
1 Sylvan Library
2 Submerge
3 Krosan Grip
1 Red Elemental Blast
3 (Spell Pierce
 
Classic fired THREE! Dailies this week. I went 3-1 and 2-2 in the ones I could enter. Classic is growing. Shops is still the most popular deck, but Snapcaster Mage builds are becoming common. Of course, Dredge is always with us. Next week, time permitting, I want to break down some Classic decklists. No time this week.
 

Card Prices:  

Notes: All my prices come from MTGOTraders.com for cards that are available in multiple sets, I am quoting the most recent set’s price, which is almost always the lowest. Thus, the price I’m quoting for Primeval Titan is from M12. If a card is out of stock, take that price with a grain of salt. MTGOTraders may not adjusted prices for a card until they have some to sell.
 
Innistrad prices are wobbling, but we are probably at about the low point, so buy now. The new Standard metagame is forming up, and that is affecting prices all over the place. Primeval Titan and Inkmoth Nexus were tech two weeks ago, now UW Humans is the hot new deck.  If you wanted a Hero of Bladehold or a Sword, should have bought those last week.
 
Last week, I dropped a bunch of TIX buying one or two of all the not so hot Innistrad cards, especially Mythics, I didn’t own.  The trick is to buy early, and not wait until a card gets hot, and expensive. For example, Sun Titan was 3 TIX or so after the release events (it was the prerelease cards.) Six months or so later, it was five times that. Likewise, I bought a Consecrated Sphinx when it first came out. I should have bought a playset – I would have paid less for the playset then than what I would have t pay for a single copy now. My plan used to be to draft into playsets. Now it is to buy 1-2 of everything when the price is low, and draft the rest. That seems to work better. 
 
Standard & Block Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 23.03
N
$ 21.16
+ $ 1.87
$ 13.96
N
$ 12.00
+ $ 1.96
$ 6.91
Y
$ 8.56
- $ 1.65
$ 22.05
Y
$ 18.56
+ $ 3.49
$ 1.20
Y
$ 1.55
- $ 0.35
$ 0.48
N
$ 0.76
- $ 0.28
$ 4.44
Y
$ 4.44
+ $ 0.83
$ 3.53
N
$ 2.68
+ $ 0.87
$ 0.41
N
$ 0.46
- $ 0.05
$ 2.52
N
$ 2.55
- $ 0.03
$ 1.52
Y
$ 1.28
+ $ 0.24
$ 1.52
N
$ 1.70
- $ 0.18
$ 10.50
Y
$ 11.33
- $ 0.83
$ 16.43
Y
$ 18.29
- $ 1.74
(Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas)
$ 11.94
Y
$ 14.59
- $ 2.65
$ 20.00
Y
$ 24.87
- $ 4.87
$ 12.84
Y
$ 16.58
- $ 3.64
 $ 12.33
Y
 $ 12.22
+ $ 0.33
$ 5.54
Y
$ 3.58
+ $ 1.96
$ 13.71
Y
$ 13.11
+ $ 0.60
$ 31.03
Y
$ 34.73
- $ 3.70
$ 18.92
Y
$ 19.55
- $ 0.63
$ 14.40
Y
$ 17.55
- $ 3.15
$ 21.25
Y
$ 23.61
- $ 2.36
$ 14.45
Y
$ 15.32
- $ 0.87
$ 27.99
Y
$ 27.30
+ $ 0.66
$ 9.05
Y
$ 9.94
- $ 0.89
$ 9.94
N
$ 10.66
- $ 0.72
$ 20.74
Y
$ 24.57
- $ 3.83
 
Modern prices are still heading down, but the lands are stabilizing. We may see some resurgence, if people are testing for Worlds online. Otherwise, we will have to wait for Worlds, which should give us some new archetypes.  
 
Modern Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 21.28
Y
$ 19.33
+ $ 1.85
$ 8.31
Y
$ 7.14
+ $ 1.17
$ 12.95
Y
$ 12.09
+ $ 0.86
$ 12.11
N
$ 10.10
+ $ 2.01
$ 6.39
Y
$ 6.62
- $ 0.23
$ 23.37
Y
$ 24.50
- $ 1.13
$ 5.80
Y
$ 5.83
- $ 0.03
$ 7.22
N
$ 6.68
- $ 0.54
$ 53.50
Y
$ 56.76
- $ 3.26
$ 12.13
Y
$ 12.00
+ $ 0.13
$ 3.92
Y
$ 4.26
- $ 0.30
$ 9.95
Y
$ 11.64
- $ 1.69
$ 12.63
Y
$ 14.92
- $ 2.29
$ 10.90
Y
$ 10.74
+ $ 0.16
$ 12.90
Y
$ 14.31
- $ 1.41
           
 
Legacy prices have stabilized.  Force of Will has dropped below $100 for the first time in a long time. Natural Order is dropping – although NO Bant is still a fine deck. Legacy needs to get some love. The format was doing pretty well, than it got hit by Mental Misstep and a hoarder buying up all the duals. Since that double whammy, the format has fired almost no events. 
 
Legacy Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 106.69
Y
$ 99.00
+ $ 7.69
$ 42.47
Y
$ 43.00
- $ 0.53
$ 71.54
Y
$ 71.54
---
$ 28.00
Y
$ 27.68
+ $ 0.32
$ 36.47
N
$ 36.47
---
$ 53.91
Y
$ 57.00
- $ 3.09
$11.30
Y
$11.75
- $ 0.45
$ 17.64
Y
$ 19.00
- $ 1.36
$ 16.78
Y
$ 17.00
- $ 0.22
$ 14.39
Y
$ 14.39
---
$ 41.80
Y
$ 41.80
---
$ 3.50
Y
$ 3.57
- $ 0.07
$ 7.33
Y
$ 7.33
---
$ 3.95
Y
$ 4.50
- $ 0.65
$ 12.32
Y
$ 12.32
---
           
 
Note: cards which are staples in both Legacy and Classic may appear in either list. If you don’t see a card in one list, check the other.
 
Classic prices are not moving. The format is on hold, like the rest of the Magic world, while we wait for Masques block. 
 
Classic Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 102.00
Y
$ 102.00
---
$ 23.35
Y
$ 22.00
+ $ 1.35
$ 12.50
Y
$ 12.50
- $ 1.50
$ 12.42
Y
$ 12.42
---
$ 14.50
Y
$ 14.50
---
$ 9.41
Y
$ 9.41
---
$ 29.28
N
$ 29.28
---
$ 40.22
Y
$ 40.22
---
$ 39.00
Y
$ 39.00
---
$ 10.09
Y
$ 10.50
- $ 0.41
$ 23.00
Y
$ 23.00
---
           

The Top Ten:

Here’s this week’s list of the top ten most expensive non-foil, non-promo cards on MTGO. Force of Will is back!   
 
Most Expensive Cards
Price
Set
Last Week
$ 106.69
MED I
# 2
$ 102.00
Mirage
# 1
$ 71.54
Apocalypse
# 3
$ 53.91
Visions
# 5
$ 53.50
Future Sight
# 4
$ 43.00
Tempest
# 7
$ 41.80
Apocalypse
# 6
$ 40.22
Weatherlight
# 8
$ 39.00
Odyssey
# 9
$ 36.47
Arabian Knights
# 10
 

Deck Prices:

Deck prices will return next week, if I get any spare time.  I will be at Worlds next week.
 

Weekly Highlights:

I had a perfect Sunday night.   It was a cold day, but we had spent a lot of it outdoors. We came in, built a fire in the fireplace and curled up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a beer. I entered the Sunday Classic Daily, while watching the Packers play.   I moneyed with a half-finished Snapcaster build, and the Packers won as well.  
 
It was a good day.
 
PRJ
 
“one million words” on MTGO.

 

 

4 Comments

what is going on with modern and legacy by seydaneen at Fri, 11/11/2011 - 11:23
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i'd understood if one went blank but both of them? before modern was introduced legacy fired consistently. modern was firing all the time as well. so what happened that both of them died at the same time. i just dont understand.

heck yea we fired 3 events! by Clan Magic Eternal at Fri, 11/11/2011 - 13:13
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heck yea we fired 3 events! rawr for classic. at this rate were the best firing "specialty" format their is, i guess after pauper.

georgie porgie

Card Prices? by WahooJunkie at Fri, 11/11/2011 - 13:19
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Isn't the card prices section of this article a duplicate from last week's?

Modern is alive and well! by BlippyTheSlug at Fri, 11/11/2011 - 14:50
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While none of the sanctioned events have fired, both Overdrive! & Eurodrive! (1v1 Modern single elimination PREs) are alive and well, and going great guns... :)