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State of the Program for November 26th, 2021
 
In the News

Live the Dream Cube:  The current document for the cube that is up on MTGO now, the Live the Dream cube, can be found here

Eternal Weekend:  Vintage events are happening this weekend.  Mox Emerald is on Friday, Timetwister is on Saturday, and Mox Ruby is on Sunday! 

Qualifiers this weekend:  Pauper has a qualifier on Saturday, Legacy on Sunday. 
 

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
December 15th, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
Ends February 9th, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends February 10th, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
D&D Redemption
Ends December 1st, 2021
Midnight Hunt Redemption
Crimson Vow Redemption

Ends February 9th, 2021
Begins December 15th, 2021

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 - Three weeks of Vintage Cube
Ongoing - Modern Horizons 2 Draft
Ongoing - Live the Dream Cube
 
Upcoming Events on MTGO

December 1 - The Modern Banned Gauntlet
December 8 - Super Jump
December 22 - Another Three weeks of Vintage Cube
January 12 - Supreme Vintage Cube
January 19 - Usman Jamil's Ravnica Cube
January 26 - Innistrad Double Feature
 
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 want to feature Pioneer decks this week.  The format is really good right now, featuring some fun decks and offering some great exciting game play.  If you're looking for some bang from your rental budget, and Modern and Standard are two expensive for you, check out some of these Pioneer lists!

Niv to Light
:  Love the idea of casting Niv-Mizzet Reborn but don't like the idea of renting or purchasing Teferi, Time Raveler?  The planeswalker is banned in Pioneer so no worries here! 


Bant Spirits:  The flying tribe has fallen out of favor in Modern thanks to the giant cardpool and humans just ruining everything.  Tribal strategies in Pioneer are all over the place thanks to the tribal nature of the last few sets.  We've got Humans, Vampires, Zombies, and Spirits running amok, waiting to sate your need of combat! 


Hidden Strings Combo:  Want to play storm without having to worry about keeping track of a storm count?  This is the deck for you! 


Rakdos Arcanist:   Are Death's Shadow decks the kind of things you enjoy?  Grindy, hand disruption right up your alley?  This is the Pioneer deck for you!  Powered by Dreadhorde Arcanist you are just getting so much value as the game goes long and you swarm them with tokens from Young Pyromancer


Orzhov Auras:  It's like Bogles without the hexproof!  While they lose that in the deck you still have many potent threats and auras looking to make quick work of your opponent! 


Jeskai Transmogrify:  This is a fun deck, it doesn't look like much but it is an absolute blast! 


 


 
Winner's Circle

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

sixmp had themselves quite the weekend! 

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Eternal Weekend Events
Saturday Modern - MrCafouillette - Azorius Control
Saturday Pauper - Mikhathara1994 - Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - McWinSauce - Enigmatic Fires
Saturday Standard - rastaf - Snow White
Saturday Vintage - sixmp

Sunday Legacy - Eternal Weekend Events
Sunday Modern - Laplasjan - HammerTime
Sunday Pauper - Mathonical - Mono White Heroic
Sunday Pioneer - Tyrube1618 - Hidden Strings
Sunday Standard - medvedev - Snow White
Sunday Vintage - sixmp

Other Event Winners

Modern Premier -
SoulStrong - Grixis Shadow
Pioneer Premier -
bolov0 - Rally Humans
Legacy Eternal Weekend -
badluckbandit - Izzet Delver
Legacy Eternal Weekend -
JoergHeinrich - Elves
Legacy Eternal Weekend - MentalMisstep - Izzet Delver


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:   I have been managing PureMTGO for a very long time, it will be 15 years.  Other than a couple of guests writers, Erik, Pete and I have taken care of State of the Program.  I don't ever recall a card taking off like Cultivator Colossus did.  I am sure it happened and that this is recency bias, but a 37 dollar jump is usually for Modern Horizons cards. 


Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $39.84 $39.44 $0.40 1%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $11.32 $11.24 $0.08 1%
Acererak the Archlich $23.91 $23.92 ($0.01) 0%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $9.42 $9.51 ($0.09) -1%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $5.72 $5.97 ($0.25) -4%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $8.56 $8.58 ($0.02) 0%
Old Gnawbone $15.93 $15.93 $0.00 0%
Den of the Bugbear $30.05 $23.93 $6.12 26%
Lolth, Spider Queen $19.54 $16.84 $2.70 16%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $16.34 $15.10 $1.24 8%
Inferno of the Star Mounts $8.26 $8.31 ($0.05) -1%
Ranger Class $11.04 $12.30 ($1.26) -10%
Hall of the Storm Giants $14.03 $13.73 $0.30 2%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $7.06 $6.88 $0.18 3%
Treasure Vault $11.61 $11.12 $0.49 4%
Valki, God of Lies $9.46 $11.60 ($2.14) -18%
Goldspan Dragon $11.60 $15.55 ($3.95) -25%
Alrund's Epiphany $16.02 $16.65 ($0.63) -4%
Wrenn and Seven $35.89 $31.71 $4.18 13%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $10.57 $10.49 $0.08 1%
The Meathook Massacre $23.30 $21.01 $2.29 11%
Intrepid Adversary $23.12 $20.21 $2.91 14%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $5.66 $6.16 ($0.50) -8%
Memory Deluge $12.98 $12.36 $0.62 5%
Prismari Command $10.79 $11.33 ($0.54) -5%
Professor Onyx $8.19 $8.19 $0.00 0%
Velomachus Lorehold $7.03 $7.03 $0.00 0%
Beledros Witherbloom $5.00 $5.88 ($0.88) -15%
Mascot Exhibition $8.37 $8.52 ($0.15) -2%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $18.33 $26.48 ($8.15) -31%
Cemetery Gatekeeper $13.34 $26.34 ($13.00) -49%
Faithbound Judge $13.21 $12.47 $0.74 6%
Sorin the Mirthless $13.89 $9.94 $3.95 40%
Cemetery Illuminator $5.09 $6.74 ($1.65) -24%
Toxrill, the Corrosive $5.73 $6.25 ($0.52) -8%
Henrika Domnathi $7.00 $6.16 $0.84 14%
Cultivator Colossus $43.47 $6.15 $37.32 607%
Cemetery Prowler $5.87 $6.06 ($0.19) -3%
Manaform Hellkite $5.85 $5.24 $0.61 12%
Skyclave Apparition $16.68 $14.22 $2.46 17%
Shatterskull Smashing $15.03 $15.15 ($0.12) -1%
Roiling Vortex $5.33 $4.89 $0.44 9%
Modern Staples:  Have two new additions to the list this week!

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $22.88 $20.22 $2.66 13%
Steelshaper's Gift $9.99


Cavern of Souls $17.03 $14.02 $3.01 21%
Mishra's Bauble $29.73 $24.37 $5.36 22%
Aether Vial $7.51 $8.24 ($0.73) -9%
Liliana of the Veil $7.95 $7.85 $0.10 1%
Polluted Delta $8.97 $7.41 $1.56 21%
Wooded Foothills $5.33 $6.77 ($1.44) -21%
Flooded Strand $8.68 $7.73 $0.95 12%
Bloodstained Mire $6.12 $6.11 $0.01 0%
Windswept Heath $6.51 $6.24 $0.27 4%
Thoughtseize $7.99 $7.07 $0.92 13%
Force of Negation $44.62 $49.45 ($4.83) -10%
Wrenn and Six $61.11 $73.93 ($12.82) -17%
Prismatic Vista $5.63 $7.71 ($2.08) -27%
Sunbaked Canyon $17.87 $21.34 ($3.47) -16%
Seasoned Pyromancer $12.15 $15.22 ($3.07) -20%
Fiery Islet $6.89 $7.21 ($0.32) -4%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $6.68 $5.74 $0.94 16%
Force of Vigor $38.11 $36.15 $1.96 5%
Flusterstorm $24.03 $30.18 ($6.15) -20%
Archmage's Charm $20.40 $16.46 $3.94 24%
Silent Clearing $9.15 $13.07 ($3.92) -30%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $8.38


Archon of Cruelty $5.71 $5.52 $0.19 3%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $71.47 $82.38 ($10.91) -13%
Urza's Saga $51.53 $45.09 $6.44 14%
Solitude $58.42 $55.11 $3.31 6%
Endurance $55.13 $54.03 $1.10 2%
Grief $11.57 $11.37 $0.20 2%
Murktide Regent $18.61 $16.48 $2.13 13%
Sanctum Prelate $11.61 $12.27 ($0.66) -5%
Fury $14.07 $14.12 ($0.05) 0%
Chalice of the Void $24.31 $22.45 $1.86 8%
Surgical Extraction $8.73 $8.31 $0.42 5%
Karn Liberated $6.83 $7.10 ($0.27) -4%
Puresteel Paladin $5.79 $8.53 ($2.74) -32%
Torpor Orb $8.17 $6.55 $1.62 25%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $7.73 $8.00 ($0.27) -3%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $6.00 $6.01 ($0.01) 0%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.17 $7.44 ($0.27) -4%
Teferi, Time Raveler $59.36 $54.92 $4.44 8%
Gemstone Mine $5.86 $6.24 ($0.38) -6%
Scalding Tarn $5.78 $5.24 $0.54 10%
Verdant Catacombs $4.30 $3.88 $0.42 11%
Misty Rainforest $4.22 $4.95 ($0.73) -15%
Arid Mesa $2.73 $3.29 ($0.56) -17%
Marsh Flats $1.88 $1.50 $0.38 25%
Eternal Staples:  It looks like Daze is feeling a bit unsafe. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $25.20 $30.52 ($5.32) -17%
Opposition Agent $21.79 $21.99 ($0.20) -1%
Jeweled Lotus $25.25 $24.11 $1.14 5%
City of Traitors $14.02 $17.45 ($3.43) -20%
Allosaurus Shepherd $35.08 $35.14 ($0.06) 0%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $8.15 $8.69 ($0.54) -6%
Force of Will $41.12 $43.45 ($2.33) -5%
Karakas $5.69 $4.91 $0.78 16%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $13.23 $15.57 ($2.34) -15%
Unmask $10.26 $7.70 $2.56 33%
Misdirection $13.91 $13.70 $0.21 2%
Rishadan Port $9.50 $10.65 ($1.15) -11%
Snuff Out $14.87 $14.80 $0.07 0%
Submerge $9.67 $10.21 ($0.54) -5%
Daze $4.80 $6.24 ($1.44) -23%
Entomb $9.41 $9.34 $0.07 1%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $4.29 $7.04 ($2.75) -39%
Mox Diamond $31.11 $33.61 ($2.50) -7%
Wasteland $16.00 $19.25 ($3.25) -17%
Ancient Tomb $11.37 $11.26 $0.11 1%
Lotus Petal $26.19 $21.53 $4.66 22%
Grim Monolith $11.65 $13.23 ($1.58) -12%
Exploration $16.49 $16.28 $0.21 1%
Gaea's Cradle $22.28 $22.87 ($0.59) -3%
Carpet of Flowers $9.13 $14.27 ($5.14) -36%
Gilded Drake $8.57 $10.48 ($1.91) -18%
Black Lotus $11.07 $9.13 $1.94 21%
Volcanic Island $8.25 $7.67 $0.58 8%
Underground Sea $6.69 $8.95 ($2.26) -25%
Null Rod $14.15 $14.55 ($0.40) -3%
Doomsday $18.13 $19.16 ($1.03) -5%
Paradigm Shift $7.25 $8.13 ($0.88) -11%
Pioneer Staples:  This format has been so much fun.  Behind Commander it is what I am having the most fun with.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $15.91 $21.53 ($5.62) -26%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $6.16 $7.58 ($1.42) -19%
Bonecrusher Giant $2.59 $6.33 ($3.74) -59%
Arclight Phoenix $6.91 $8.06 ($1.15) -14%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $11.24 $10.78 $0.46 4%
Shark Typhoon $9.76 $13.75 ($3.99) -29%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $10.63 $12.82 ($2.19) -17%
Spirebluff Canal $3.69 $5.38 ($1.69) -31%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $14.01 $9.10 $4.91 54%
Chndra, Awakened Inferno $7.37 $7.12 $0.25 4%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $3.47 $6.18 ($2.71) -44%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $7.12 $6.08 $1.04 17%
Karn, the Great Creator $23.40 $22.51 $0.89 4%
Finale of Devastation $4.86 $5.17 ($0.31) -6%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $21.79 $20.84 $0.95 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
Forgotten Realms $296.14 $279.85 $16.29 6%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $194.49 $190.74 $3.75 2%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow Booster Pack $3.34 $3.30 $0.04 1%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $205.32 $175.08 $30.24 17%
Kaldheim $101.91 $110.52 ($8.61) -8%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $100.43 $109.98 ($9.55) -9%
Treasure Chest $2.28 $2.37 ($0.09) -4%
Zendikar Rising $102.67 $96.56 $6.11 6%


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 215.18
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 138.77
Mox Jet 1E Rare 111.04
Karakas UBT Mythic 110
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 102.02
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 98.66
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 92.8
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 92.75
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 81.94
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 78.89
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 78.29
Time Walk 1E Rare 76.72
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 61.11
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 59.36
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 59.34
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 59.01
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 58.93
Solitude MH2 Mythic 58.42
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 57.7
Endurance MH2 Mythic 56.71
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 53.27
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 51.53
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 49.99
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 47.53
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 46.52
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 44.62
Cultivator Colossus VOW Mythic 43.47
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 42.25
Force of Will MED Rare 41.12
Demilich AFR Mythic 39.84
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 38.83
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 38.23
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 38.11
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 37.35
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 37.15
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 36.56
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 36.07
Wrenn and Seven MID Mythic 35.89
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 35.81
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 35.08
Wasteland EXP Mythic 33.29
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 32.67
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 32.27
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.2
Timetwister 1E Rare 31.77
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.69
Mox Diamond ST Rare 31.11
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.55
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 30.48
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 30.05
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 30
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 29.73
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 29.71
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 29.51
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 29.5
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 29.5
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 28.69
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.62
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 28.6
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 28.11
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 27.87
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.32
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 27
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 26.98
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 26.84
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 26.48
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 26.19
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 25.9
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 25.55
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 25.26
Jeweled Lotus CMR Mythic 25.25
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 25.2
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.


 
In Closing

I spent my Thanksgiving doing price charts, watching college basketball and streaming Commander while doing both of those things.  Thursday was basically my most perfect day! 

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