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State of the Program for November 5th, 2021
 
In the News

Modern Horizons 2:  Drafts are returning to the client.  They will run from November 2nd to January 5th.  

Banned in PauperFaerie Miscreant and Dwynen's Elite have both been banned in Pauper until the fix for these cards is released in Crimson Vow. 
 
Magic Online Champions Showcase:  Nico Bohny won season 2 of the champions showcase with HammerTime.  You can see the decklists for the 8 person event here

Crimson Vow Previews:  We're almost done with the previews for Crimson Vow.  You can see the regular cards here.  The variants, which feature Borderless, Extended art, Commander, Fang Bordered, Eternal Night and Dracula bordered cards can be seen here. You can see updated to The List 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
November 10th, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
Ends November 10th, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
Ends November 11th, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
D&D Redemption
Ends December 1st, 2021
Midnight Hunt Redemption
Begins October 20th, 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

November 6 - Pauper Showcase Challenge
November 7 - Legacy Showcase Challenge
November 13 - Modern Showcase Challenge
November 14 - Pioneer Showcase Challenge
 
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

Standard:   Corey won one of the largest events in the Paper world as we get back to holding events in the post vaccine world of the pandemic.   Nature is healing!


Standard Best of Fun:  This cleric deck looked like a lot of fun.  Built to use Pyre of Heroes as a Birthing Pod of sorts, this may actually be  bit better than the best of fun deck of the week. 


Historic:

Legacy:  I'm not entirely sure how this deck wins other than Karn and Saga tokens.  It just looks so weird to me, but yet, Legacy is nearly foreign to me and the deck did win this past week. 


Modern: Urza's Saga to me is just such a cool card, and a deck like this is where I feel like it really gets to shine the most in the Modern format. 


Pauper:  There are a lot of broken cards in Pauper right now, might I suggest a good clean aggro deck? 


Pioneer:  This deck has gotten a bit slower, but in exchange for that speed, it has added consistancy in the form of Galvanic Iteration which is really nice.  Playing two copies of Pore Over the Pages can be backbreaking. 


Vintage: I didn't think Thought Monitor would see play in Vintage because it doesn't seem exciting, but drawing 2 cards for a U mana seems like a really great rate! 



 
Winner's Circle

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

WotC finally stepped in to make Pauper events not as weird right now, because (Faerie Micreant) is bugged and drawing a card for just casting itself right now.  Maybe don't take advantage of known bugs on the client?

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - no event
Saturday Modern - Do0mSwitch - Izzet Tempo
Saturday Pauper - Hamuda - Grixis Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - quinniac - Boros Burn
Saturday Standard -  O_danielakos - Gruul Aggro
Saturday Vintage - thepowernine

Sunday Legacy - NooxTom - 4 Color Murktide
Sunday Modern - CrusherBotBG - HammerTime
Sunday Pauper - PauloCabral_Br - Mono Blue Delver
Sunday Pioneer - hcook725 - Rakdos Arcanist
Sunday Standard - bolov0 - Mono Green Snow
Sunday Vintage - sixmp

Other Event Winners

Sealed Super Qualifier -
alicoco and Lifeisrisk7


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:   A couple of cards fell off this week, but otherwise Standard prices look to be pretty okay. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $37.02 $34.46 $2.56 7%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $11.19 $10.98 $0.21 2%
Acererak the Archlich $23.50 $23.28 $0.22 1%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $9.46 $9.38 $0.08 1%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $6.86 $6.88 ($0.02) 0%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $8.25 $7.85 $0.40 5%
Old Gnawbone $15.19 $14.34 $0.85 6%
Den of the Bugbear $10.66 $8.92 $1.74 20%
Lolth, Spider Queen $14.81 $13.91 $0.90 6%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $14.70 $13.39 $1.31 10%
Inferno of the Star Mounts $7.91 $7.23 $0.68 9%
Ranger Class $13.49 $10.73 $2.76 26%
Hall of the Storm Giants $13.22 $12.24 $0.98 8%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $5.97 $5.30 $0.67 13%
Treasure Vault $10.38 $5.55 $4.83 87%
Valki, God of Lies $11.75 $13.88 ($2.13) -15%
Goldspan Dragon $15.95 $16.18 ($0.23) -1%
Alrund's Epiphany $15.41 $18.44 ($3.03) -16%
Faceless Haven $2.14 $5.67 ($3.53) -62%
Wrenn and Seven $30.32 $32.64 ($2.32) -7%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $10.11 $8.47 $1.64 19%
The Meathook Massacre $12.26 $12.64 ($0.38) -3%
Intrepid Adversary $14.95 $16.67 ($1.72) -10%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $7.23 $8.12 ($0.89) -11%
Memory Deluge $7.84 $6.02 $1.82 30%
Spectral Adversary $3.58 $5.06 ($1.48) -29%
Prismari Command $15.59 $15.70 ($0.11) -1%
Magma Opus $4.98 $6.81 ($1.83) -27%
Professor Onyx $8.23 $9.13 ($0.90) -10%
Velomachus Lorehold $8.40 $9.54 ($1.14) -12%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.25 $7.20 ($0.95) -13%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $5.29 $6.22 ($0.93) -15%
Mascot Exhibition $8.71 $8.02 $0.69 9%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $4.83 $6.02 ($1.19) -20%
Skyclave Apparition $14.14 $17.28 ($3.14) -18%
Shatterskull Smashing $14.26 $12.41 $1.85 15%
Roiling Vortex $6.71 $9.65 ($2.94) -30%
Riverglide Pathway $6.27 $7.25 ($0.98) -14%

Modern Staples: Had a couple of cards from New Phyrexia jump on to the list this week.  Modern Horizons 2 took a tumble, which has been much needed. 
 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $18.11 $20.27 ($2.16) -11%
Cavern of Souls $15.06 $19.70 ($4.64) -24%
Mishra's Bauble $26.17 $28.14 ($1.97) -7%
Aether Vial $8.80 $9.91 ($1.11) -11%
Liliana of the Veil $8.26 $8.35 ($0.09) -1%
Polluted Delta $7.24 $10.47 ($3.23) -31%
Wooded Foothills $6.11 $8.53 ($2.42) -28%
Flooded Strand $8.73 $8.01 $0.72 9%
Bloodstained Mire $6.13 $6.21 ($0.08) -1%
Windswept Heath $5.71 $5.22 $0.49 9%
Thoughtseize $6.74 $7.48 ($0.74) -10%
Force of Negation $47.65 $57.95 ($10.30) -18%
Wrenn and Six $61.36 $69.17 ($7.81) -11%
Prismatic Vista $6.77 $7.11 ($0.34) -5%
Sunbaked Canyon $26.24 $24.18 $2.06 9%
Seasoned Pyromancer $17.07 $19.72 ($2.65) -13%
Fiery Islet $7.31 $10.65 ($3.34) -31%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $5.62 $5.29 $0.33 6%
Force of Vigor $34.86 $39.24 ($4.38) -11%
Flusterstorm $32.19 $34.12 ($1.93) -6%
Archmage's Charm $17.64 $26.10 ($8.46) -32%
Silent Clearing $13.98 $6.45 $7.53 117%
Archon of Cruelty $7.35 $6.12 $1.23 20%
Prismatic Ending $2.31 $5.43 ($3.12) -57%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $80.43 $93.33 ($12.90) -14%
Urza's Saga $44.96 $54.63 ($9.67) -18%
Solitude $57.25 $72.87 ($15.62) -21%
Endurance $55.86 $75.52 ($19.66) -26%
Grief $9.18 $14.12 ($4.94) -35%
Murktide Regent $18.71 $22.32 ($3.61) -16%
Sanctum Prelate $12.57 $12.57 $0.00 0%
Fury $13.50 $35.74 ($22.24) -62%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $4.87 $7.10 ($2.23) -31%
Chalice of the Void $26.76 $36.78 ($10.02) -27%
Surgical Extraction $8.53 $8.12 $0.41 5%
Karn Liberated $6.71 $7.95 ($1.24) -16%
Puresteel Paladin $7.54


Torpor Orb $5.67


Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $8.18 $8.99 ($0.81) -9%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $6.03 $7.82 ($1.79) -23%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.05 $8.31 ($0.26) -3%
Teferi, Time Raveler $78.80 $61.07 $17.73 29%
Gemstone Mine $6.31 $7.66 ($1.35) -18%
Scalding Tarn $6.68 $7.39 ($0.71) -10%
Verdant Catacombs $4.60 $5.26 ($0.66) -13%
Misty Rainforest $4.77 $5.96 ($1.19) -20%
Arid Mesa $3.29 $3.48 ($0.19) -5%
Marsh Flats $2.03 $1.89 $0.14 7%

Eternal Staples
 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $28.67 $32.63 ($3.96) -12%
Opposition Agent $22.91 $20.47 $2.44 12%
Jeweled Lotus $22.53 $21.23 $1.30 6%
City of Traitors $17.28 $16.11 $1.17 7%
Allosaurus Shepherd $37.89 $26.40 $11.49 44%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $10.94 $10.49 $0.45 4%
Force of Will $43.05 $45.05 ($2.00) -4%
Karakas $6.82 $10.55 ($3.73) -35%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.19 $21.48 ($1.29) -6%
Unmask $9.62 $11.64 ($2.02) -17%
Misdirection $13.87 $13.91 ($0.04) 0%
Rishadan Port $10.92 $13.93 ($3.01) -22%
Snuff Out $14.84 $15.72 ($0.88) -6%
Submerge $10.16 $10.21 ($0.05) 0%
Daze $6.61 $5.90 $0.71 12%
Entomb $10.59 $9.87 $0.72 7%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $7.82 $14.09 ($6.27) -44%
Mox Diamond $33.00 $34.64 ($1.64) -5%
Wasteland $17.84 $23.85 ($6.01) -25%
Ancient Tomb $12.54 $14.67 ($2.13) -15%
Lotus Petal $16.89 $24.54 ($7.65) -31%
Grim Monolith $13.82 $12.89 $0.93 7%
Exploration $16.28 $16.73 ($0.45) -3%
Gaea's Cradle $22.35 $22.40 ($0.05) 0%
Carpet of Flowers $17.98 $18.63 ($0.65) -3%
Gilded Drake $10.61 $11.53 ($0.92) -8%
Black Lotus $9.62 $10.96 ($1.34) -12%
Volcanic Island $10.31 $8.04 $2.27 28%
Underground Sea $9.15 $8.92 $0.23 3%
Null Rod $14.55 $13.93 $0.62 4%
Doomsday $19.76 $18.96 $0.80 4%
Paradigm Shift $8.13 $8.05 $0.08 1%

Pioneer Staples:  

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $20.14 $21.00 ($0.86) -4%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $8.96 $10.37 ($1.41) -14%
Arclight Phoenix $5.35 $6.68 ($1.33) -20%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $12.05 $11.61 $0.44 4%
Shark Typhoon $14.04 $17.98 ($3.94) -22%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $8.74 $11.58 ($2.84) -25%
Spirebluff Canal $6.23 $8.88 ($2.65) -30%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $6.83 $10.52 ($3.69) -35%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $5.00 $6.53 ($1.53) -23%
Karn, the Great Creator $28.72 $28.78 ($0.06) 0%
Blast Zone $4.29 $6.63 ($2.34) -35%
Finale of Devastation $5.15 $7.07 ($1.92) -27%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $20.61 $20.88 ($0.27) -1%

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 $266.01 $247.00 $19.01 8%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $163.81 $161.50 $2.31 1%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Booster Pack $2.54 $3.19 ($0.65) -20%
Kaldheim $107.45 $120.19 ($12.74) -11%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $120.05 $135.91 ($15.86) -12%
Treasure Chest $2.35 $2.30 $0.05 2%
Zendikar Rising $100.70 $108.16 ($7.46) -7%


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 178.19
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 137.55
Karakas UBT Mythic 110
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 102.02
Mox Jet 1E Rare 93.6
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 92.75
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 89.48
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 87.77
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 80.43
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 78.8
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 70
Time Walk 1E Rare 66.93
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 66.05
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 61.36
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 59.74
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 57.7
Solitude MH2 Mythic 57.25
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 55.9
Endurance MH2 Mythic 55.86
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 54.41
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 52.29
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 49.64
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 48.27
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 47.65
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 46.27
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 43.79
Force of Will MED Rare 43.05
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 41.45
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 41.45
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 38.83
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 37.89
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 37.89
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 37.35
Demilich AFR Mythic 37.02
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 36.07
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 35.91
Wasteland EXP Mythic 35.71
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 34.86
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 34.8
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 34.29
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 33.86
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 33.25
Verdant Catacombs MH2 Rare 33.15
Mox Diamond ST Rare 33
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 32.88
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 32.76
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 32.28
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 32.27
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.2
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 32.19
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 32.1
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.69
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 31.58
Edgar Markov PZ2 Mythic 31.4
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.55
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 30.37
Wrenn and Seven MID Mythic 30.32
Timetwister 1E Rare 29.59
Force of Will EMA Mythic 29.45
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 29.16
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 28.96
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 28.96
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 28.77
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 28.72
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 28.67
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.62
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 28.3
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 28.11
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.53
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 27.22
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 27.09
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 27
Force of Will VMA Rare 26.96
Lotus Petal TE Common 26.89
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare 26.76
Lotus Petal TPR Uncommon 26.61
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 26.48
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 26.27
Sunbaked Canyon MH1 Rare 26.24
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 26.17
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 25.9
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 25.87
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 25.56

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 $27,054.  Last week on my week off it was $27,600.  Looks like we lost $546, most of which probably came from Modern Horizons 2 drafts coming back up. 
 
In Closing

Last week was a bad week, this week wasn't much better.  The auto updater on the site is broken, we're working on my ADHD doseage, and moved it down a lot.  My blood pressure was mainly good, but my heart rate was pushing 120 which is okay, but when it's closer to 70 it's noticeable and it bothered me a lot.  I've intentionally missed my last two doses of the pill just to see if that helps out, so far, my blood pressure has went up, but my heart rate went back down.  I hate this. 

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