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State of the Program for October 14th, 2022
 
In the News

BannedThe Meathook Massacre has left Standard.  Yorion, Sky Nomad is no longer legal in Modern.  You can read about the full bannings and reasonings for actions (or no actions) in each format here.

MOCS Champion:  Nauter Steuer won their second MOCS and going undefeated in the Pioneer Pod with Izzet Phoenix and winning the mirror match in the finals over Kiran Dhokia, who won the Modern pod with Modern Cube pod with a Rakdos Aggro build. 

Server Migration:  On the 18th, the Magic: The Gathering Online Servers will be transferred from Wizards of the Coast to Daybreak Games.  You will have to uninstall the old MTGO client, and download a new one from the new MTGO.com site.  Thre will be new help sites and forums.  Twitter stays the same.  Redemption prices are going up.  Make sure you read this article to get ready.

State of Magic Online:  Former PureMTGO writer, Ryan Spain is the Creative Director and Sarah Parsons, from Big Blue Bubble, is the Executive Producer.  Goals are laid out, I'm excited for Play Rewards and the Commander Update.  Also super excited about the Transformer cards being sold in a bundle.  You can read about the new team from Daybreak 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
October 18, 2022
Constructed Leagues End
Ends November 16, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends November 17, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
New Capenna Redemption
Ends October 12, 2022
Dominaria United Redemption

September 28th
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 - Chrome-Atic Chaos Draft

October 19 - Chaos Draft
October 26 - Carmen Handy's Magic 30 Cube
November 2 - Innistrad Flashback
November 9 - Throne of Eldraine Draft.

October 15 - Modern Showcase Challenge
October 16 - 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
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

Standard: Izzet Control seems like a great place to start in the format after the banning of The Meathook Massacre


Legacy:  You can tell a lot about the health of a format by the amount of hate cards in the maindeck! 


Modern: Scapeshift might be back on the menu in the format.  From the 5-0 deck dump and the preliminary there was a couple decks featuring the sorcery. 


Pauper: Maybe I was wrong about Caw Gate going to Boros, because the Azorius version has shown back up in force. 


PioneerColossal Skyturtle seems like it could be a really fun card in the Pioneer format.  Fable of the Mirror-Breaker fits in just about everything in Standard and Pioneer! 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - GHash77 - Echo Combo
Saturday Modern - _Ditlev_ - Golgari Persist
Saturday Pauper - _against_ - Mono Black Monarch
Saturday Pioneer - E_Kaminuma - Rakdos Sac
Saturday Standard - musasabi -  Jund Midrange
Saturday Vintage - Nammersquats

Sunday Legacy - burrarun - 4 Color Control
Sunday Modern - Xerk - Living End
Sunday Pauper - Rudberg - Mono Red Aggro
Sunday Pioneer - jakobpablo - Rakdos Sac
Sunday Standard - koko_lopez - Jund Midrange
Sunday Vintage - Code Provider

Other Event Winners

Sealed Super Qualifier
Sealed Super 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: Three cards, Raffine, Scheming Seer, Hopeful Initiate and Hallowed Haunting are back on the list this week after the banning. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Leyline Binding $23.47 $21.91 $1.56 7%
Liliana of the Veil $13.56 $13.05 $0.51 4%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $56.73 $59.96 -$3.23 -5%
Serra Paragon $10.03 $10.10 -$0.07 -1%
Soul of Windgrace $6.67 $5.79 $0.88 15%
Memory Deluge $8.63 $9.64 -$1.01 -10%
Haunted Ridge $26.03 $26.05 -$0.02 0%
Graveyard Trespasser $16.06 $18.59 -$2.53 -14%
Brutal Cathar $12.43 $11.66 $0.77 7%
Deserted Beach $10.21 $12.79 -$2.58 -20%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $9.78 $9.97 -$0.19 -2%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $9.03 $7.22 $1.81 25%
Shipwreck Marsh $4.72 $6.35 -$1.63 -26%
Boseiju, Who Endures $58.91 $52.75 $6.16 12%
Otawara, Soaring City $14.42 $14.05 $0.37 3%
The Wandering Emperor $27.72 $28.48 -$0.76 -3%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $49.58 $57.58 -$8.00 -14%
March of Otherworldly Light $6.56 $6.12 $0.44 7%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $7.90 $8.56 -$0.66 -8%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $13.20 $13.90 -$0.70 -5%
Ledger Shredder $21.50 $21.06 $0.44 2%
Unlicensed Hearse $39.70 $40.48 -$0.78 -2%
Titan of Industry $6.84 $6.52 $0.32 5%
Raffine, Scheming Seer $6.62


Wedding Announcement $15.04 $11.66 $3.38 29%
Stormcarved Coast $7.81 $7.56 $0.25 3%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $7.70 $7.49 $0.21 3%
Sorin the Mirthless $8.74 $9.28 -$0.54 -6%
Hopeful Initiate $6.90


Hallowed Haunting $5.53


Modern Staples:  A couple of cards fell off this week, Aether Vial is off again. Archmage's Charm also fell off. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $12.05 $11.69 $0.36 3%
Steelshaper's Gift $5.70 $5.79 -$0.09 -2%
Cavern of Souls $8.71 $10.49 -$1.78 -17%
Mishra's Bauble $16.69 $18.16 -$1.47 -8%
Magus of the Moon $7.46 $8.47 -$1.01 -12%
Polluted Delta $7.59 $8.40 -$0.81 -10%
Wooded Foothills $5.95 $7.18 -$1.23 -17%
Flooded Strand $10.18 $10.68 -$0.50 -5%
Bloodstained Mire $6.28 $5.43 $0.85 16%
Windswept Heath $4.73 $5.27 -$0.54 -10%
Thoughtseize $7.82 $8.23 -$0.41 -5%
Force of Negation $17.05 $17.27 -$0.22 -1%
Wrenn and Six $49.43 $36.01 $13.42 37%
Sunbaked Canyon $12.86 $12.40 $0.46 4%
Seasoned Pyromancer $8.04 $8.08 -$0.04 0%
Force of Vigor $29.66 $25.03 $4.63 18%
Flusterstorm $25.80 $27.60 -$1.80 -7%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $13.11 $10.84 $2.27 21%
Archon of Cruelty $29.10 $21.43 $7.67 36%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $35.14 $34.34 $0.80 2%
Urza's Saga $49.46 $47.77 $1.69 4%
Solitude $26.10 $29.28 -$3.18 -11%
Endurance $43.60 $45.90 -$2.30 -5%
Grief $11.55 $12.19 -$0.64 -5%
Murktide Regent $22.90 $15.64 $7.26 46%
Fury $40.72 $38.57 $2.15 6%
Esper Sentinel $9.11 $7.02 $2.09 30%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $8.60 $7.06 $1.54 22%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $9.79 $9.38 $0.41 4%
Subtlety $14.36 $12.81 $1.55 12%
Chalice of the Void $23.59 $22.16 $1.43 6%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.50 $6.50 $0.00 0%
Teferi, Time Raveler $29.44 $32.66 -$3.22 -10%
Gemstone Mine $5.63 $6.46 -$0.83 -13%
Scalding Tarn $6.34 $5.49 $0.85 15%
Verdant Catacombs $2.58 $2.08 $0.50 24%
Misty Rainforest $4.98 $4.51 $0.47 10%
Arid Mesa $3.56 $3.96 -$0.40 -10%
Marsh Flats $1.22 $1.17 $0.05 4%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $33.34 $34.67 ($1.33) -4%
Hullbreacher $15.41 $15.17 $0.24 2%
Opposition Agent $36.98 $33.70 $3.28 10%
Jeweled Lotus $20.14 $20.66 ($0.52) -3%
City of Traitors $12.56 $12.83 ($0.27) -2%
Allosaurus Shepherd $5.48 $5.55 ($0.07) -1%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $24.64 $26.80 ($2.16) -8%
Helm of Obedience $18.46 $18.41 $0.05 0%
Force of Will $47.04 $47.35 ($0.31) -1%
Karakas $9.28 $9.26 $0.02 0%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $11.04 $11.29 ($0.25) -2%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.68 $6.37 $0.31 5%
Enlightened Tutor $6.91 $6.95 ($0.04) -1%
Unmask $16.44 $17.64 ($1.20) -7%
Misdirection $13.10 $13.10 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $12.02 $12.02 $0.00 0%
Snuff Out $25.82 $27.95 ($2.13) -8%
Submerge $8.92 $9.61 ($0.69) -7%
Daze $6.58 $5.90 $0.68 12%
Entomb $8.20 $7.44 $0.76 10%
Recruiter of the Guard $10.25 $9.97 $0.28 3%
Mox Diamond $30.34 $32.74 ($2.40) -7%
Wasteland $22.99 $21.81 $1.18 5%
Ancient Tomb $19.18 $21.38 ($2.20) -10%
Lotus Petal $21.07 $18.41 $2.66 14%
Grindstone $8.15 $8.32 ($0.17) -2%
Grim Monolith $11.96 $9.91 $2.05 21%
Goblin Welder $6.50 $7.22 ($0.72) -10%
Meltdown $33.07 $35.33 ($2.26) -6%
Exploration $8.70 $8.00 $0.70 9%
Gaea's Cradle $27.84 $28.43 ($0.59) -2%
Carpet of Flowers $22.39 $18.71 $3.68 20%
Gilded Drake $7.45 $8.57 ($1.12) -13%
Show and Tell $11.08 $9.76 $1.32 14%
Black Lotus $11.91 $12.92 ($1.01) -8%
Volcanic Island $9.19 $7.71 $1.48 19%
Underground Sea $7.14 $7.81 ($0.67) -9%
Null Rod $8.55 $8.50 $0.05 1%
Doomsday $17.14 $17.61 ($0.47) -3%
Paradigm Shift $13.67 $12.76 $0.91 7%
Pioneer Staples:   The Meathook Massacre is over here now.  We have a few new ones on the list this week as well.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Indomitable Creativity $10.40 $4.01 $6.39 159.35%
Den of the Bugbear $20.62 $28.32 -$7.70 -27.19%
Hall of the Storm Giants $9.37 $7.93 $1.44 18.16%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $6.44 $7.22 -$0.78 -10.80%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $8.25 $7.47 $0.78 10.44%
Wish $5.74 $5.41 $0.33 6.10%
Mox Amber $6.49


Collected Company $7.36 $10.32 -$2.96 -28.68%
Brazen Borrower $19.21 $20.33 -$1.12 -5.51%
Bonecrusher Giant $12.77 $13.46 -$0.69 -5.13%
Arclight Phoenix $9.58 $6.98 $2.60 37.25%
Shark Typhoon $5.28 $6.11 -$0.83 -13.58%
Ketria Triome $7.34 $7.96 -$0.62 -7.79%
Indatha Triome $5.57


Fiend Artisan $5.38


Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.88 $9.12 -$1.24 -13.60%
Orvar, the All-Form $7.78


Esika's Chariot $6.50


Blightstep Pathway $4.02 $5.78 -$1.76 -30.45%
Hengegate Pathway $3.69 $6.06 -$2.37 -39.11%
Darkbore Pathway $4.84 $5.49 -$0.65 -11.84%
Realmwalker $3.84 $5.21 -$1.37 -26.30%
Spirebluff Canal $8.57 $6.09 $2.48 40.72%
Lotus Field $3.84 $5.75 -$1.91 -33.22%
Cavalier of Thorns $23.48 $28.22 -$4.74 -16.80%
Leyline of the Void $6.26 $7.08 -$0.82 -11.58%
Necromentia $5.67


The Meathook Massacre $22.20 $41.43 -$19.23 -46%
Day's Undoing $5.54 $4.70 $0.84 17.87%
Rest in Peace $6.71 $6.23 $0.48 7.70%
Prismari Command $9.65 $8.21 $1.44 17.54%
Witherbloom Command $7.75 $7.65 $0.10 1.31%
Karn, the Great Creator $30.43 $28.84 $1.59 5.51%
Finale of Devastation $6.65 $7.10 -$0.45 -6.34%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $22.05 $24.19 -$2.14 -8.85%
Skyclave Apparition $7.08 $7.24 -$0.16 -2.21%
Shatterskull Smashing $3.92 $5.08 -$1.16 -22.83%
Roiling Vortex $10.08 $8.91 $1.17 13.13%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.36 $6.07 $0.29 4.78%
Sea Gate Restoration $6.65 $7.02 -$0.37 -5.27%
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!

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 259.4
Mox Jet 1E Rare 128.11
Karakas UBT Mythic 120.7
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 116.81
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 116.44
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 111.26
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 101.04
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 84.5
Time Walk 1E Rare 83
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 74.45
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 73.28
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 66.89
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 61.9
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 61.56
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 61.54
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 60.52
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 59.01
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 58.91
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 56.73
Aether Gale C14 Rare 54.56
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 53.6
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 51.69
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 49.58
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 49.46
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 49.43
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 47.49
Force of Will MED Rare 47.04
Endurance MH2 Mythic 43.6
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 43.03
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 43.01
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 42.99
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 42.44
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.5
Wrenn and Six 2X2 Mythic 41.25
Fury MH2 Mythic 40.72
Unlicensed Hearse SNC Rare 39.7
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 37.09
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 36.98
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 36.61
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 36.22
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 35.14
Minsc , Boo, Timeless Heroes CLB Mythic 33.34
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 33.07
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 32.83
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.75
Timetwister 1E Rare 32.6
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 31.4
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 31.25
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 30.43
Mox Diamond ST Rare 30.34
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 30.3
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 29.67
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 29.66
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 29.47
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 29.44
Archon of Cruelty MH2 Mythic 29.1
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 28.61
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 28.59
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 28.45
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 28.41
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 27.98
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 27.88
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 27.84
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 27.79
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 27.72
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.67
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 27.54
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 27.5
Force of Will EMA Mythic 27.37
Force of Will VMA Rare 27.24
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.88
Liliana of the Veil UMA Mythic 26.35
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 26.18
Solitude MH2 Mythic 26.1
Haunted Ridge MID Rare 26.03
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 25.89
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 25.89
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 25.88
Snuff Out MM Common 25.82
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 25.8
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 25.79
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 25.34
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 have played more Magic Spellslingers this week than I have played Fortnite, Arena, MTGO, Runeterra, Dreamlight Valley, Hearthstone or Eternal.  The game is good, Wizards has something special, so here is hoping they don't punt it. 

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