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State of the Program for October 16th, 2020
 
In the News

Grand Finals: Austin Bursavich has had quite the year! A Player's Tour top 8 in Phoenix was followed by a suspension in May after Austin leaked confidental information from WotC that showed the negative changes to organized play.  After his retribution suspension was lifted in time for another Players Tour  (where he finished in the top 16) and other competitive events, he dodged not only a hurricane, but an incredible top eight packed with great players as well to win the event out of the lower bracket.  Check out all the coverage for the event here.

Bans: Standard saw the banning of Omnath, Locus of Creation, Lucky Clover and Escape to the Wilds.  Historic added Omnath, Locus of Creation to the suspended list and banned Teferi, Time Raveler and Wilderness ReclamationBurning-Tree Emissary came off the suspension list and is legal in Historic play again.  Finally Brawl booted Omnath, Locus of Creation, however it remains legal in Historic Brawl, where it will be subjected to the commander weighting system, ensuring that it is paired against other powerful commanders.  For reasonings behind the action taken, go here

Angela Chandler Memorial Event
: Celebrating the life of Angela Chandler, Judge Academy has scheduled a charity event for the family.  It has been rescheduled so it does not go up against the next Arena Open.   You can see all the info here

State of Arena:  The next Arena open is a Halloween treat, as it starts on October 31 and ends on November 1st.  It's standard, and offers both best of one and best of three play options.  Kaladesh Remastered hits November 5th.  An Extra Life charity sleeve will be up as well.  Check out the full information

Proliferate Cube:  This week's cube spotlight is shining on Emma Handy's Proliferate Cube!  The popular content creator and incredible player is fresh off a Grand Finals top eight, and has a look at what makes her cube so neat, check it out here, and draft it on MTGO! 

Limited Split Championship: Sunday October 18th, sees the next Limited Split Championship Qualifier on MTGO.

Eternal Weekend:  The first weekend of Eternal Weekend is happening now!  Check out the details

New Downtime:  Originally scheduled to go live with Commander Legends, this has been pushed back as well, since the global launch has been pushed back to late November.  The downtime is now November 18th. 


 

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
Starts July 22, 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:

October 14 - October 21:  Proliferate Cube
October 21 - October 28:  Innistrad Supreme Draft
October 28 - November 4:  Triple Innistrad Draft and Commander Legends release.
November 4 - November 18:  Vintage Masters Flashback
November 18 - November 25:  Supreme Chaos Draft
Novemver 25 - December 2:  Core Set Cube
December 2 - December 9:  Chaos Draft Masters
December 9 - December 16:  Another New Cube
December 16 - December 23:  Vintage Cube Supreme
December 23 - ???:  Kaldheim 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

This week I am splitting the decks up again, to just look at the new format in a post ban world. If you're at a loss for Standard or Historic, maybe try one of these out! 

Standard
:

Another Standard:

Even more Standard:

Somehow more Standard:

Yup, you guessed it, Standard!:

Wait, this is Historic:

And so is this one:


 
Winner's Circle

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

A reminder that all Standard results are before the bans. 

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Baby - Bant Snow
Saturday Modern - Metcalf23 - Death and Taxes
Saturday Pauper - Mathonical - Mardu Monarch
Saturday Pioneer - Traft - Azorius Spirits
Saturday Standard -  Venom1 - Rakdos Aggro
Saturday Vintage - Bryant_Cook

Sunday Legacy - monkeyscantcry - Doomsday
Sunday Modern - kanister - 4 Color Copycat
Sunday Pauper - Oscar_Franco - Tron
Sunday Pioneer - billsive - Esper Yorion
Sunday Standard - LucasG1ggs - Mono Green Aggro
Sunday Vintage - Mogged

Other Event Winners

Sealed Zendikar Rising Qualifier - _against_
Pioneer Champ Qualifier - SanPop - Oops! All Pioneer Spells

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: This week I decided to remove Alela, Artful Provocateur from the list.  I realize that I have been tracking it for a long time, but for reason it just dawned on me, that much like Arcane Signet, it is only this pricy because it's a Commander card.  If it starts to see Standard play, of course I will bring it back.  We did have a couple of additions to the list thanks to the recent banning.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $24.21 $29.03 ($4.82) -17%
Questing Beast $7.65 $6.74 $0.91 14%
Bonecrusher Giant $7.93 $5.91 $2.02 34%
Embercleave $6.09


Rankle, Master of Pranks $5.86


Fiend Artisan $5.24 $5.71 ($0.47) -8%
General Kudro of Drannith $11.95 $11.46 $0.49 4%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $5.27 $5.47 ($0.20) -4%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $6.59 $6.85 ($0.26) -4%
Shark Typhoon $8.10 $7.46 $0.64 9%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $10.14 $10.16 ($0.02) 0%
Teferi, Master of Time $12.03 $12.11 ($0.08) -1%
Terror of the Peaks $12.26 $10.71 $1.55 14%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $14.03 $12.04 $1.99 17%
Elder Gargaroth $49.14 $49.17 ($0.03) 0%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 25.56 19.74 $5.82 29%
Klothys, God of Destiny 8.98 8.66 $0.32 4%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $31.32 $40.17 ($8.85) -22%
Turntimber Symbiosis $20.04 $12.11 $7.93 65%
Agadeem's Awakening $20.76 $13.19 $7.57 57%
Skyclave Apparition $17.44 $14.62 $2.82 19%
Shatterskull Smashing $7.85 $6.70 $1.15 17%
Sea Gate Restoration $6.18 $4.05 $2.13 53%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $17.27 $23.23 ($5.96) -26%
Cavern of Souls $21.00 $20.42 $0.58 3%
Mishra's Bauble $8.31 $10.36 ($2.05) -20%
Aether Vial $25.64 $24.18 $1.46 6%
Horizon Canopy $15.46 $15.68 ($0.22) -1%
Tarmogoyf $5.25 $5.73 ($0.48) -8%
Liliana of the Veil $10.96 $14.33 ($3.37) -24%
Polluted Delta $11.05 $7.88 $3.17 40%
Wooded Foothills $6.32 $5.96 $0.36 6%
Flooded Strand $6.55 $6.55 $0.00 0%
Bloodstained Mire $6.77 $7.54 ($0.77) -10%
Windswept Heath $4.65 $4.10 $0.55 13%
Thoughtseize $8.36 $10.53 ($2.17) -21%
Field of the Dead $18.14 $19.35 ($1.21) -6%
Elvish Reclaimer $8.00 $8.64 ($0.64) -7%
Force of Negation $74.48 $79.32 ($4.84) -6%
Wrenn and Six $80.70 $64.93 $15.77 24%
Prismatic Vista $12.53 $10.15 $2.38 23%
Sunbaked Canyon $17.57 $15.34 $2.23 15%
Seasoned Pyromancer $38.99 $36.75 $2.24 6%
Fiery Islet $9.16 $9.55 ($0.39) -4%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $8.54 $9.21 ($0.67) -7%
Plague Engineer $11.95 $11.48 $0.47 4%
Force of Vigor $11.63 $12.88 ($1.25) -10%
Collector Ouphe $4.49 $6.29 ($1.80) -29%
Nurturing Peatland $5.41 $4.73 $0.68 14%
Ice-Fang Coatl $6.19 $7.55 ($1.36) -18%
Giver of Runes $13.13 $12.61 $0.52 4%
Flusterstorm $4.88 $5.43 ($0.55) -10%
Hexdrinker $6.28 $7.21 ($0.93) -13%
Chalice of the Void $11.48 $12.03 ($0.55) -5%
Karn Liberated $5.07 $5.51 ($0.44) -8%
Surgical Extraction $15.75 $17.18 ($1.43) -8%
Dismember $5.77 $7.06 ($1.29) -18%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.16 $9.23 ($0.07) -1%
Gemstone Mine $8.32 $10.31 ($1.99) -19%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $7.72 $7.84 ($0.12) -2%
Scalding Tarn $15.11 $15.85 ($0.74) -5%
Verdant Catacombs $11.83 $14.97 ($3.14) -21%
Misty Rainforest $16.50 $15.52 $0.98 6%
Arid Mesa $5.48 $6.90 ($1.42) -21%
Marsh Flats $3.88 $4.29 ($0.41) -10%
Eternal Staples:  Finally decided to add Allosaurus Shepherd to the list because it seems like this is Legacy driven as much as it is Commander driven.  Also treasure chest driven. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Oko, Thief of Crowns $15.77 $14.95 $0.82 5%
City of Traitors $20.75 $24.81 ($4.06) -16%
Monastery Mentor $6.01 $6.10 ($0.09) -1%
Allosaurus Shepherd $44.05


Force of Will $36.24 $33.15 $3.09 9%
Karakas $6.89 $6.28 $0.61 10%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $21.47 $20.52 $0.95 5%
Land Tax $5.03 $5.39 ($0.36) -7%
Demonic Tutor $6.97 $7.04 ($0.07) -1%
Unmask $8.96 $9.04 ($0.08) -1%
Misdirection $14.84 $14.84 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $6.91 $6.11 $0.80 13%
Entomb $6.16 $6.80 ($0.64) -9%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $28.59 $33.87 ($5.28) -16%
Mox Diamond $15.77 $17.01 ($1.24) -7%
Wasteland $24.17 $22.23 $1.94 9%
Ancient Tomb $14.77 $18.18 ($3.41) -19%
Lotus Petal $13.49 $15.05 ($1.56) -10%
Earthcraft $5.48 $5.50 ($0.02) 0%
Academy Rector $7.13 $9.49 ($2.36) -25%
Grim Monolith $12.91 $13.44 ($0.53) -4%
Exploration $11.79 $12.11 ($0.32) -3%
Gaea's Cradle $23.66 $23.25 $0.41 2%
Carpet of Flowers $31.42 $37.56 ($6.14) -16%
Gilded Drake $4.72 $5.65 ($0.93) -16%
Black Lotus $11.10 $10.46 $0.64 6%
Tropical Island $8.98 $8.05 $0.93 12%
Volcanic Island $10.19 $8.11 $2.08 26%
Underground Sea $8.97 $8.12 $0.85 10%
Sol Ring $8.95 $9.29 ($0.34) -4%
Null Rod $5.67 $5.92 ($0.25) -4%
Doomsday $11.50 $11.84 ($0.34) -3%
Mindbreak Trap $17.45 $14.95 $2.50 17%
Pioneer StaplesOmnath, Locus of Creation was always gonna end up on the Pioneer table, but it was earlier than I thought it would.  I also took off the shock lands, because they hadn't been close to 5 dollars in months, and it was time for those to come off. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $8.19 $11.85 ($3.66) -31%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $6.19 $5.52 $0.67 12%
Collected Company $8.14 $11.67 ($3.53) -30%
Liliana, the Last Hope $4.69 $5.37 ($0.68) -13%
Collective Brutality $5.87 $7.31 ($1.44) -20%
Assassin's Trophy $6.75 $6.71 $0.04 1%
Mana Confluence $6.88 $6.80 $0.08 1%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $6.88 $6.94 ($0.06) -1%
Leyline of the Void $5.29 $6.16 ($0.87) -14%
Leyline of Sanctity $4.50 $5.13 ($0.63) -12%
Thought-Knot Seer $5.90 $4.60 $1.30 28%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $10.79 $12.36 ($1.57) -13%
Rest in Peace $4.49 $5.53 ($1.04) -19%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $69.77 $64.19 $5.58 9%
Teferi, Time Raveler $43.26 $41.64 $1.62 4%
Finale of Devastation $8.21 $8.04 $0.17 2%
Karn, the Great Creator $29.32 $28.62 $0.70 2%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $12.05 $13.00 ($0.95) -7%
Blast Zone $7.28 $6.84 $0.44 6%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $25.36 $31.18 ($5.82) -19%
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 $144.06 $138.32 $5.74 4%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $76.98 $77.68 ($0.70) -1%
Theros Beyond Death $152.73 $139.33 $13.40 10%
Throne of Eldraine $141.66 $135.16 $6.50 5%
Treasure Chest $2.49 $2.51 ($0.02) -1%
Zendikar Rising $178.27 $156.39 $21.88 14%
Zendikar Rising Booster Pack $3.29 $3.39 ($0.10) -3%


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 157.63
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 100.76
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 80.7
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 77.95
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 74.48
Mox Jet 1E Rare 71.64
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 69.77
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 68.82
Karakas UBT Mythic 61.94
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 61.39
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 61.25
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 58.33
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 54.62
Time Walk 1E Rare 54.37
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic 49.14
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 48.94
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 45.12
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 44.05
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 43.69
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 43.26
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.84
Timetwister 1E Rare 39.16
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 39.05
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 38.99
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 36.98
Force of Will MED Rare 36.24
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 35.26
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 34.79
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 31.42
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 31.32
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.09
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 30.36
Aether Vial MS2 Bonus 30.19
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 29.32
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 28.97
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 28.71
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 28.59
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 27.53
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 26.78
Submerge NE Uncommon 26.58
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 26.39
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.38
Aether Vial MMA Rare 26.02
Aether Vial TD0 Uncommon 25.93
Aether Vial DST Uncommon 25.64
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger THB Mythic 25.56
Misty Rainforest ZNE Mythic 25.45
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 25.36
Aether Vial IMA Rare 25.06
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 $22,680.  Last week the big number was $24,075. This is a loss of $1,395.  It's been much cheaper for me to put commander decks on my account at least.  I can like that, but still be worried about the future of MTGO. 
 
In Closing

Prices were done on Thursday.  That's it for me this week.  Thanks for reading!

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