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State of the Program for November 18th, 2022
 
In the News

Brothers' War Event Release Patch Notes:  You can see the notes for the patch that went live this week here.  It appears that Opposition Agent will not be able to mimic tabletop play here.  You can read the full patch notes 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
January 25, 2023
Constructed Leagues End
Ends January 31, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
Ends January 31, 2023
Next B&R
Unknown
Dominaria United Redemption
November 29, 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 -  The Brothers' War

November 19 - Modern Showcase Challenge
November 20 - Pioneer Showcase Challenge

December 7 - Supreme Pioneer Chaos Draft
December 14 - Ixalan Block Flashback
December 21 - Vintage Cube
January 25 - A draft format

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
1:00 a.m 32 Player Limited Challenge 32 Player Limited 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
12:00 p.m. Limited Challenge Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m. Pioneer Challenge Standard Challenge

 

Cutting Edge Tech

Looking at week zero Standard and Pioneer decks this week.  Let's see how The Brothers' War has impacted these formats. Pioneer may have been impacted a bit by players wanting to keep tech secret before the Regional Championships this weekend. 

Standard
Mono Green


Standard Soldiers:


Pioneer White Devotion:  Green Devotion decks exist in Pioneer, as do Blue and Black ones.  White is probably the second most popular and the only other one that really takes advantage of Karn, the Great Creator. Kayla's Reconstruction is the huge payoff in the Mono White deck. It's like Storm the Festival in that it can fill the board and find value.  It's not as good.  Another reason to play this version is Lay Down Arms a wonderful removal spell.  


Pioneer Storm Herald:  Okay you got me, this doesn't really have anything from The Brothers' War, however it's Storm Herald combo, and that's always worth looking at! 




 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Enrichetta - Doomsday
Saturday Modern - HappySandwich - HammerTime
Saturday Pauper - Beicodegeia - Burn
Saturday Pioneer - NobleInkblot - Mono White Aggro
Saturday Standard - Mogged - Esper Mid
Saturday Vintage - sneakymisato

Sunday Legacy - beware_the_water
Sunday Modern - NotCicero - AmuLit
Sunday Pauper - Mahers - Burn
Sunday Pioneer - Redviking1993 - Rakdos Aggro
Sunday Standard - Hamuda - Esper Creatures
Sunday Vintage - medvedev

Other Event Winners

Pauper Qualifier
Vintage Qualifier


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: Prices from The Brothers' War are a bit to violatile to add to the list this week, but next they will be on. Hopeful Initiate has fallen off the list.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Leyline Binding $22.20 $27.34 -$5.14 -19%
Liliana of the Veil $6.67 $7.14 -$0.47 -7%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $44.62 $46.70 -$2.08 -4%
Memory Deluge $8.68 $8.92 -$0.24 -3%
Haunted Ridge $21.03 $21.93 -$0.90 -4%
Graveyard Trespasser $5.96 $8.23 -$2.27 -28%
Brutal Cathar $12.43 $11.49 $0.94 8%
Deserted Beach $7.75 $7.70 $0.05 1%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $9.05 $9.01 $0.04 0%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $8.90 $9.56 -$0.66 -7%
Shipwreck Marsh $4.48 $5.18 -$0.70 -14%
Boseiju, Who Endures $58.18 $57.22 $0.96 2%
Otawara, Soaring City $15.10 $15.27 -$0.17 -1%
The Wandering Emperor $19.51 $20.86 -$1.35 -6%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $50.70 $58.99 -$8.29 -14%
March of Otherworldly Light $4.98 $5.73 -$0.75 -13%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $12.89 $12.69 $0.20 2%
Diabolic Intent $13.10 $10.04 $3.06 30%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $10.04 $10.83 -$0.79 -7%
Ledger Shredder $26.62 $25.64 $0.98 4%
Unlicensed Hearse $32.66 $37.32 -$4.66 -12%
Titan of Industry $5.34 $5.78 -$0.44 -8%
Raffine, Scheming Seer $5.54 $7.12 -$1.58 -22%
Wedding Announcement $7.42 $7.25 $0.17 2%
Stormcarved Coast $7.97 $8.17 -$0.20 -2%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $5.82 $6.63 -$0.81 -12%
Sorin the Mirthless $6.75 $6.75 $0.00 0%
Hallowed Haunting $5.36 $5.17 $0.19 4%
Modern StaplesGrinding Station came off the list. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $12.95 $13.34 -$0.39 -3%
Cavern of Souls $7.55 $7.45 $0.10 1%
Mishra's Bauble $11.09 $17.38 -$6.29 -36%
Polluted Delta $6.46 $7.94 -$1.48 -19%
Wooded Foothills $4.58 $5.34 -$0.76 -14%
Flooded Strand $8.30 $9.33 -$1.03 -11%
Bloodstained Mire $4.69 $4.87 -$0.18 -4%
Windswept Heath $5.48 $5.03 $0.45 9%
Thoughtseize $6.78 $5.83 $0.95 16%
Force of Negation $12.71 $12.90 -$0.19 -1%
Wrenn and Six $31.26 $34.64 -$3.38 -10%
Sunbaked Canyon $9.01 $11.25 -$2.24 -20%
Seasoned Pyromancer $7.22 $7.39 -$0.17 -2%
Force of Vigor $21.05 $20.41 $0.64 3%
Flusterstorm $31.04 $29.31 $1.73 6%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $10.69 $12.33 -$1.64 -13%
Archon of Cruelty $14.74 $14.26 $0.48 3%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $32.67 $32.68 -$0.01 0%
Urza's Saga $43.70 $49.99 -$6.29 -13%
Solitude $20.74 $26.76 -$6.02 -22%
Endurance $34.17 $37.22 -$3.05 -8%
Grief $10.61 $9.42 $1.19 13%
Murktide Regent $14.54 $16.59 -$2.05 -12%
Fury $34.08 $40.38 -$6.30 -16%
Esper Sentinel $6.86 $7.55 -$0.69 -9%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $5.32 $6.97 -$1.65 -24%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $8.12 $8.15 -$0.03 0%
Subtlety $10.35 $12.69 -$2.34 -18%
Chalice of the Void $16.40 $20.01 -$3.61 -18%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.71 $7.11 -$0.40 -6%
Teferi, Time Raveler $18.57 $21.78 -$3.21 -15%
Scalding Tarn $4.78 $5.10 -$0.32 -6%
Verdant Catacombs $1.51 $2.09 -$0.58 -28%
Misty Rainforest $3.84 $4.28 -$0.44 -10%
Arid Mesa $2.23 $2.91 -$0.68 -23%
Marsh Flats $0.91 $1.06 -$0.15 -14%
Eternal Staples:  The new Baldur's Gate cards aren't showing up on the price reporting tool that I use, but hopefully they will soon! 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $4.64 $10.58 ($5.94) -56%
Hullbreacher $16.62 $17.11 ($0.49) -3%
Opposition Agent $55.00 $50.35 $4.65 9%
Jeweled Lotus $14.59 $15.31 ($0.72) -5%
Jeska's Will $35.00 $30.32 $4.68 15%
City of Traitors $11.54 $14.55 ($3.01) -21%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $18.96 $20.09 ($1.13) -6%
Helm of Obedience $15.57 $16.23 ($0.66) -4%
Force of Will $51.46 $52.86 ($1.40) -3%
Karakas $7.00 $7.40 ($0.40) -5%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $7.76 $7.85 ($0.09) -1%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $5.04 $6.53 ($1.49) -23%
Enlightened Tutor $6.13 $6.03 $0.10 2%
Unmask $19.03 $18.34 $0.69 4%
Misdirection $13.23 $13.23 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $9.30 $9.90 ($0.60) -6%
Snuff Out $18.59 $21.19 ($2.60) -12%
Submerge $9.58 $10.58 ($1.00) -9%
Daze $8.62 $9.64 ($1.02) -11%
Entomb $8.82 $8.31 $0.51 6%
Recruiter of the Guard $4.14 $5.11 ($0.97) -19%
Mox Diamond $26.99 $26.84 $0.15 1%
Wasteland $24.99 $24.17 $0.82 3%
Ancient Tomb $18.69 $19.17 ($0.48) -3%
Lotus Petal $17.24 $19.92 ($2.68) -13%
Grindstone $5.97 $6.42 ($0.45) -7%
Grim Monolith $11.34 $11.30 $0.04 0%
Goblin Welder $5.52 $5.67 ($0.15) -3%
Meltdown $34.09 $35.89 ($1.80) -5%
Exploration $8.49 $8.38 $0.11 1%
Gaea's Cradle $28.84 $28.38 $0.46 2%
Carpet of Flowers $13.11 $12.64 $0.47 4%
Gilded Drake $5.95 $5.96 ($0.01) 0%
Show and Tell $10.47 $10.09 $0.38 4%
Black Lotus $15.42 $13.32 $2.10 16%
Volcanic Island $12.15 $12.82 ($0.67) -5%
Underground Sea $6.84 $8.13 ($1.29) -16%
Null Rod $7.39 $7.52 ($0.13) -2%
Doomsday $18.62 $18.77 ($0.15) -1%
Paradigm Shift $12.30 $12.30 $0.00 0%
Pioneer StaplesOx of Agonas has escaped the list. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Den of the Bugbear $13.55 $17.96 -$4.41 -24.55%
Hall of the Storm Giants $8.08 $8.45 -$0.37 -4.38%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $4.61 $5.44 -$0.83 -15.26%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $10.19 $9.58 $0.61 6.37%
Treasure Vault $10.07 $9.87 $0.20 2.03%
Lair of the Hydra $16.71 $26.48 -$9.77 -36.90%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.20 $5.95 -$0.75 -12.61%
Collected Company $7.43 $6.99 $0.44 6.29%
Brazen Borrower $20.58 $20.14 $0.44 2.18%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.30 $6.47 -$0.17 -2.63%
Arclight Phoenix $10.30 $10.54 -$0.24 -2.28%
Shark Typhoon $5.75 $5.65 $0.10 1.77%
Raugrin Triome $9.86 $10.41 -$0.55 -5.28%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $4.98 $5.42 -$0.44 -8.12%
Orvar, the All-Form $25.60 $27.60 -$2.00 -7.25%
Esika's Chariot $5.98 $8.94 -$2.96 -33.11%
Spirebluff Canal $5.20 $8.71 -$3.51 -40.30%
Cavalier of Thorns $30.08 $30.30 -$0.22 -0.73%
Leyline of the Void $8.11 $10.12 -$2.01 -19.86%
Necromentia $4.30 $6.33 -$2.03 -32.07%
The Meathook Massacre $17.82 $18.61 -$0.79 -4.25%
Day's Undoing $4.46 $5.85 -$1.39 -23.76%
Prismari Command $5.05 $5.05 $0.00 0.00%
Witherbloom Command $5.90 $6.56 -$0.66 -10.06%
Karn, the Great Creator $27.54 $34.58 -$7.04 -20.36%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $26.54 $25.06 $1.48 5.91%
Skyclave Apparition $9.71 $9.80 -$0.09 -0.92%
Roiling Vortex $11.75 $13.01 -$1.26 -9.68%
Agadeem's Awakening $7.17 $6.57 $0.60 9.13%
Sea Gate Restoration $7.03 $6.78 $0.25 3.69%
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
The Brothers' War $166.69


The Brothers's War Booster $3.25


Dominaria United $99.46 $112.60 ($13.14) -12%
Dominaria United Booster $1.94 $2.37 ($0.43) -18%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $79.11 $81.45 ($2.34) -3%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $161.61 $168.02 ($6.41) -4%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $184.12 $195.51 ($11.39) -6%
Streets of New Capenna $111.50 $120.78 ($9.28) -8%
Treasure Chest $2.41 $2.38 $0.03 1%
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. 

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
 
In Closing

The Brothers' War release went pretty well, all things considered.  Spellslingers recent update has taken a lot of time, and we're waiting on new stuff from Runeterra and Hearthstone.  The new Pokemon TCG client went into global Beta.  Busy time to card game! 

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