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State of the Program for November 6th, 2020
 
In the News

Magic Online Satisfaction Survey:  You can take this survey, and let the MTGO team know how you feel about the state of the client here

Showcase Challenge Weekend:  Showcase challenges are going on this weekend.  Saturday is Standard, Modern and Vintage, Sunday is Pioneer, Pauper and Legacy.  Use your QPs this weekend, and learn more here.

Commander Legends Previews:   The set is completely spoiled now, you can see the card image gallery here, and the variant gallery here

CommandFest 3:  It's coming at the end of the month!  November 28th and 29th will give you all the webcam commander, panels and coverage that you can shake a stick at!  I finally have some paper Commander decks built so I am excited to actually get to do this, because for some reason, MTGO isn't included in this. You can check out the info 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 18, 2020
Constructed Leagues End
January 27, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
January 28, 2021
Next B&R Announcement
Unknown


Core Set 2021 Redemption
Ends November 11, 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:

This changed this week, make sure to keep that in mind when looking at the schedule.  I put the changes in bold. 

November 4 - November 18:  Vintage Cube  You can view the change list here
November 18 - November 25:  No Event (Commander Legends release)
Novemver 25 - December 2:  Core Set Cube
December 2 - December 9:  Chaos Draft Masters
December 9 - December 16:  Supreme Draft:  Chaos
December 16 - December 23:  New Spotlight Cube
December 23 - December 30: Supreme Draft Vintage Cube
December 30 - ???:  Commander Legends Vintage Cube
 
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:

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:I think Yidaro is a fun card that has been underplayed, and I wanted to show off this deck with a full set of them! 



Pioneer:  If you have this stuff on Arena, when Pioneer finally comes to the format, you basically have a deck already! 


Legacy:

Modern:

Pauper:  Commander Legends looks to impact Pauper greatly.  A lot of new powerful commons and downshifts! 


Historic:

Vintage:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - LeoFa - Temur Snow
Saturday Modern - 6argamel - Modern Death and Taxes
Saturday Pauper - Arkam - Orzhov Monarch
Saturday Pioneer - canepis16 - Boros Burn
Saturday Standard - MCScards - Gruul Adventures
Saturday Vintage - federusher

Sunday Legacy - xJCoud - Death and Taxes
Sunday Modern - patheus_84 - Ad Nauseam
Sunday Pauper - kasa - Tron
Sunday Pioneer - ColdPier - Rakdos Arcanist
Sunday Standard - akjets6 - Gruul Adventures
Sunday Vintage - ElfKid

Other Event Winners

Modern Champ Qualifier
Pioneer Champ Qualifier

Around the Web

MTGOTraders YouTube:  Did you know that MTGOTraders.com has a YouTube page?  Well if not, now you do, and you can find it here

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: Rankle, Master of Pranks is off the list.  Emeria's Call barely enters the list.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $16.66 $16.81 ($0.15) -1%
Questing Beast $7.54 $7.26 $0.28 4%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.32 $5.93 $0.39 7%
The Great Henge $6.54 $6.99 ($0.45) -6%
General Kudro of Drannith $11.87 $12.26 ($0.39) -3%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $5.12 $5.92 ($0.80) -14%
Shark Typhoon $15.60 $14.98 $0.62 4%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $8.32 $7.90 $0.42 5%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $11.12 $11.07 $0.05 0%
Teferi, Master of Time $11.27 $11.86 ($0.59) -5%
Terror of the Peaks $16.53 $15.40 $1.13 7%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $16.57 $15.36 $1.21 8%
Elder Gargaroth $45.18 $48.82 ($3.64) -7%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 17.4 17.44 ($0.04) 0%
Klothys, God of Destiny 10.16 9.24 $0.92 10%
Heliod, Sun-Crowned 5.53 5.07 $0.46 9%
Ox of Agonas 6.2 7.3 ($1.10) -15%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $27.67 $19.19 $8.48 44%
Turntimber Symbiosis $21.72 $21.88 ($0.16) -1%
Agadeem's Awakening $17.15 $17.15 $0.00 0%
Skyclave Apparition $20.49 $17.04 $3.45 20%
Shatterskull Smashing $11.41 $8.86 $2.55 29%
Sea Gate Restoration $6.39 $6.01 $0.38 6%
Emeria's Call 5.02


Modern Staples:  Nothing happened this week in terms of cards coming off or going on the list. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $34.12 $26.31 $7.81 30%
Cavern of Souls $24.64 $18.02 $6.62 37%
Mishra's Bauble $8.02 $8.19 ($0.17) -2%
Aether Vial $26.24 $24.31 $1.93 8%
Horizon Canopy $17.44 $14.94 $2.50 17%
Tarmogoyf $5.49 $5.54 ($0.05) -1%
Liliana of the Veil $13.40 $11.04 $2.36 21%
Polluted Delta $12.64 $10.33 $2.31 22%
Wooded Foothills $7.07 $5.42 $1.65 30%
Flooded Strand $7.84 $7.71 $0.13 2%
Bloodstained Mire $6.96 $7.31 ($0.35) -5%
Windswept Heath $6.60 $5.78 $0.82 14%
Thoughtseize $7.41 $7.77 ($0.36) -5%
Field of the Dead $22.61 $19.05 $3.56 19%
Elvish Reclaimer $24.93 $11.03 $13.90 126%
Force of Negation $84.09 $78.99 $5.10 6%
Wrenn and Six $99.12 $84.17 $14.95 18%
Prismatic Vista $15.07 $11.81 $3.26 28%
Sunbaked Canyon $13.86 $12.57 $1.29 10%
Seasoned Pyromancer $41.01 $44.96 ($3.95) -9%
Fiery Islet $10.61 $9.08 $1.53 17%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $6.88 $7.33 ($0.45) -6%
Plague Engineer $14.07 $16.29 ($2.22) -14%
Force of Vigor $15.36 $16.42 ($1.06) -6%
Collector Ouphe $5.11 $5.45 ($0.34) -6%
Nurturing Peatland $7.02 $5.99 $1.03 17%
Ice-Fang Coatl $7.25 $6.06 $1.19 20%
Giver of Runes $10.09 $11.63 ($1.54) -13%
Hexdrinker $8.41 $8.08 $0.33 4%
Flusterstorm $6.00 $6.43 ($0.43) -7%
Archmage's Charm $5.48 $6.14 ($0.66) -11%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $6.41 $5.70 $0.71 12%
Silent Clearing $6.03 $5.08 $0.95 19%
Chalice of the Void $11.02 $9.57 $1.45 15%
Surgical Extraction $14.30 $12.61 $1.69 13%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.99 $7.04 $0.95 13%
Gemstone Mine $9.91 $10.18 ($0.27) -3%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $7.84 $7.66 $0.18 2%
Scalding Tarn $19.20 $18.24 $0.96 5%
Verdant Catacombs $16.08 $13.37 $2.71 20%
Misty Rainforest $15.84 $16.00 ($0.16) -1%
Arid Mesa $6.66 $5.70 $0.96 17%
Marsh Flats $4.85 $4.91 ($0.06) -1%
Eternal StaplesSphere of Resistance hopped back on to the list this week. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Oko, Thief of Crowns $21.54 $16.82 $4.72 28%
City of Traitors $18.72 $18.64 $0.08 0%
Sphere of Resistance $5.19


Monastery Mentor $5.12 $4.65 $0.47 10%
Allosaurus Shepherd $52.56 $42.90 $9.66 23%
Force of Will $38.45 $36.95 $1.50 4%
Karakas $8.53 $7.86 $0.67 9%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $30.70 $27.67 $3.03 11%
Demonic Tutor $7.94 $7.39 $0.55 7%
Unmask $9.96 $8.10 $1.86 23%
Misdirection $13.31 $13.31 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $11.42 $10.51 $0.91 9%
Entomb $6.92 $6.64 $0.28 4%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $23.85 $21.78 $2.07 10%
Mox Diamond $18.42 $17.48 $0.94 5%
Wasteland $33.83 $26.99 $6.84 25%
Ancient Tomb $16.12 $14.77 $1.35 9%
Lotus Petal $18.21 $17.79 $0.42 2%
Earthcraft $6.09 $5.66 $0.43 8%
Academy Rector $4.70 $5.23 ($0.53) -10%
Grim Monolith $12.86 $12.06 $0.80 7%
Exploration $12.92 $12.19 $0.73 6%
Gaea's Cradle $27.06 $26.46 $0.60 2%
Carpet of Flowers $33.09 $29.93 $3.16 11%
Gilded Drake $7.62 $5.98 $1.64 27%
Show and Tell $5.85 $5.85 $0.00 0%
Black Lotus $10.94 $10.89 $0.05 0%
Tropical Island $11.00 $8.43 $2.57 30%
Volcanic Island $9.55 $9.40 $0.15 2%
Underground Sea $12.92 $11.57 $1.35 12%
Sol Ring $9.58 $9.01 $0.57 6%
Null Rod $5.32 $5.32 $0.00 0%
Doomsday $18.24 $16.64 $1.60 10%
Mindbreak Trap $24.74 $19.55 $5.19 27%
Pioneer StaplesThought-Knot Seer is gone. 
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $8.38 $6.98 $1.40 20%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.82 $6.56 $1.26 19%
Collected Company $7.96 $9.00 ($1.04) -12%
Collective Brutality $5.99 $5.03 $0.96 19%
Assassin's Trophy $8.78 $7.12 $1.66 23%
Mana Confluence $5.80 $5.20 $0.60 12%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.17 $6.92 $2.25 33%
Leyline of the Void $6.20 $5.91 $0.29 5%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $9.18 $9.92 ($0.74) -7%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $87.10 $72.23 $14.87 21%
Teferi, Time Raveler $47.84 $44.38 $3.46 8%
Finale of Devastation $7.64 $7.62 $0.02 0%
Karn, the Great Creator $30.25 $28.85 $1.40 5%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $14.66 $10.28 $4.38 43%
Blast Zone $11.88 $10.88 $1.00 9%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $20.29 $22.18 ($1.89) -9%
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 2021 $152.26 $152.54 ($0.28) 0%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $86.74 $87.39 ($0.65) -1%
Theros Beyond Death $171.59 $154.75 $16.84 11%
Throne of Eldraine $142.55 $134.29 $8.26 6%
Treasure Chest $2.37 $2.35 $0.02 1%
Zendikar Rising $159.98 $155.24 $4.74 3%
Zendikar Rising Booster Pack $3.25 $3.37 ($0.12) -4%


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 171.62
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 100.34
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 99.12
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 87.1
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 84.09
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 79.63
Mox Jet 1E Rare 76.19
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 75.15
Karakas UBT Mythic 67.24
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 66.08
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 64.4
Time Walk 1E Rare 60.87
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 54.49
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 54.38
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 52.56
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 51.67
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 47.84
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 46.21
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 45.79
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic 45.18
Timetwister 1E Rare 44.28
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 43.75
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 41.95
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 41.01
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 41
Force of Will MED Rare 38.45
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 36.85
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.48
Auriok Champion 5DN Rare 34.12
Wasteland TE Uncommon 33.83
Submerge NE Uncommon 33.24
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 33.09
Auriok Champion IMA Rare 32.53
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.32
Force of Will VMA Rare 31.96
Force of Will EMA Mythic 31.39
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.25
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 31.21
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale ME3 Rare 30.7
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 30.7
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 30.63
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 30.25
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 30.03
Aether Vial MS2 Bonus 29.2
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 28.96
Wasteland EMA Rare 28.46
Aether Vial MMA Rare 27.82
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 27.67
Aether Vial TD0 Uncommon 27.25
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 27.06
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 26.67
Aether Vial IMA Rare 26.46
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Aether Vial DST Uncommon 26.24
Wasteland TPR Rare 25.76
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 25.72
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 25.65
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.44
Misty Rainforest ZNE Mythic 25.42
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic 25.38
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 $24,875.  Last week the number was $23,420.  This is a gain of $1,455.  Pretty nice week! 
 
In Closing

Some vote thing happened on Tuesday, but because I live in a red state, my vote doesn't matter.  I voted anyways though, and it was super simple and easy to do thanks to Kentucky allowing mail in voting.  Instead of doomscrolling the election I spent most of the night playing Worms W.M.D. with friends and then playing Commander or Modern on MTGO. 

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