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State of the Program for October 1st, 2021
 
In the News

Alpha Core Set Cube:  This cube, by Harper O'Neill, is a core set cube that uses all the core sets in Magic's history.  It is mainly powerless, but does have room for Timetwister.  You can read the article about it here.

Convention Series:  Origins is the convention this weekend, while they are doing cool things in Ohio, you can do cool things with the All-Access pass.  You can check out 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 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 -  Alpha Core Set Cube
Ongoing - Commander 4 Player Queues

October 2nd - Pauper Super Qualifier
October 3rd - Limited Super Qualifier

October 6 - Standard: Through the Ages
October 13 - Artisan Cube
October 20 - Three weeks of Vintage Cube
October 27 - Triple Innistrad Draft
 
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

No best of fun deck this week as nothing really caught my eye, but I'm super excited to have a Vintage declist this week! 

Standard
Divide by Zero has lowkey been a real winner in the new Standard format, but more surprising to me is the amount of play that Battle of Frost and Fire has seen. 


Historic:  Remember when Ikoria came out and Gyruda, Doom of Depths was among the best companions?  I remember.  It was great for like ten days and then nothing!


LegacyYavimaya, Cradle of Growth isn't the most wild thing about this deck, I think it's that people forget that Endbringer is a really solid card! 


Modern: It's like the Orzhov builds of the deck, but with Brought Back allowing for a bit more broken players on turn two.  I imagine evoking a Solitude and a Fury and bringing them both back on turn two, while rare, is pretty exciting! 


Pauper:  Is this the Galvanic Relay storm deck that WotC wanted in the format after the Chatterstorm ban?  Maybe, I don't know, it just looks dope! 


Pioneer:  I messed up this decklist to where it doesn't have a marked sideboard but I'm pretty sure that Erase isn't in the main deck!  If you start from there and go down you have 13 cards! 


Vintage: Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer is all over the formats, but Dress Down is the fun bit of tech here. 


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - No Results Posted
Saturday Modern - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Pauper - tarmogoyf_ita - Elves
Saturday Pioneer - willpulliam - Rakdos Arcanist
Saturday Standard - solomonwolf - Snow Green Aggro
Saturday Vintage - gnorilgrande

Sunday Legacy - Funnyman31399 - Eldrazi Post
Sunday Modern - BMoney3Stacks - 4 Color Snow Elementals
Sunday Pauper - Diem4x - Dimir Control
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Standard - medvedev - Snow Green Aggro
Sunday Vintage - Condescend

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Showcase Challenge -
Gul_Dukat - Izzet Phoenix
Modern Showcase Challenge -
M4RK - Aggro Jund
Sealed Block Super Qualifier - The Coddler


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 lot of cards were added this week!

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $29.04 $25.12 $3.92 16%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $10.49 $10.53 ($0.04) 0%
Acererak the Archlich $22.53 $22.58 ($0.05) 0%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $7.35 $7.10 $0.25 4%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $8.07 $8.49 ($0.42) -5%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $7.38 $7.42 ($0.04) -1%
Old Gnawbone $13.03 $12.75 $0.28 2%
Tiamat $4.94 $5.31 ($0.37) -7%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $4.99 $5.55 ($0.56) -10%
Den of the Bugbear $7.13 $6.60 $0.53 8%
Lolth, Spider Queen $11.58 $7.50 $4.08 54%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $7.48


Inferno of the Star Mounts $6.42


Ranger Class $6.21


Hall of the Storm Giants $6.05


Valki, God of Lies $15.89 $15.84 $0.05 0%
Goldspan Dragon $15.85 $14.41 $1.44 10%
Alrund's Epiphany $7.68


Wrenn and Seven $40.32 $31.62 $8.70 28%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $8.97 $10.95 ($1.98) -18%
The Meathook Massacre $11.46 $9.50 $1.96 21%
Intrepid Adversary $5.38 $9.01 ($3.63) -40%
Moonveil Regent $6.12 $7.54 ($1.42) -19%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $7.33 $7.17 $0.16 2%
Arlinn, the Pack's Hope $5.49 $6.57 ($1.08) -16%
Fateful Absence $2.10 $6.56 ($4.46) -68%
Sigarda, Champion of Light $2.48 $6.22 ($3.74) -60%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $7.18 $6.16 $1.02 17%
Siphon Insight $0.89 $5.89 ($5.00) -85%
Tainted Adversary $3.08 $5.63 ($2.55) -45%
Poppet Stitcher $6.24 $5.28 $0.96 18%
Memory Deluge $6.34


Primal Adversary $5.83


Prismari Command $17.22 $17.44 ($0.22) -1%
Magma Opus $7.27 $7.08 $0.19 3%
Professor Onyx $11.20 $9.90 $1.30 13%
Velomachus Lorehold $13.24 $12.72 $0.52 4%
Beledros Witherbloom $7.27 $6.92 $0.35 5%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $8.54 $7.69 $0.85 11%
Galazeth Prismari $6.34 $6.08 $0.26 4%
Mascot Exhibition $7.81


Scourge of the Skyclaves $7.52 $8.25 ($0.73) -9%
Skyclave Apparition $15.07 $14.59 $0.48 3%
Shatterskull Smashing $10.01 $8.64 $1.37 16%
Modern Staples:  A couple of Modern Horizons 2 cards were added this week. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $22.06 $22.56 ($0.50) -2%
Cavern of Souls $16.23 $17.55 ($1.32) -8%
Mishra's Bauble $23.25 $25.76 ($2.51) -10%
Aether Vial $9.95 $10.16 ($0.21) -2%
Horizon Canopy $5.31 $4.80 $0.51 11%
Liliana of the Veil $11.45 $9.49 $1.96 21%
Polluted Delta $10.71 $10.31 $0.40 4%
Wooded Foothills $8.05 $6.11 $1.94 32%
Flooded Strand $12.26 $15.83 ($3.57) -23%
Bloodstained Mire $7.87 $7.30 $0.57 8%
Windswept Heath $6.09 $5.23 $0.86 16%
Thoughtseize $8.59 $6.79 $1.80 27%
Elvish Reclaimer $5.66 $5.10 $0.56 11%
Force of Negation $58.28 $58.01 $0.27 0%
Wrenn and Six $52.98 $54.41 ($1.43) -3%
Prismatic Vista $8.65 $8.30 $0.35 4%
Sunbaked Canyon $25.04 $17.93 $7.11 40%
Seasoned Pyromancer $21.79 $19.04 $2.75 14%
Fiery Islet $7.99 $8.89 ($0.90) -10%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $7.36 $5.17 $2.19 42%
Force of Vigor $40.47 $39.06 $1.41 4%
Flusterstorm $32.37 $30.74 $1.63 5%
Archmage's Charm $18.59 $23.13 ($4.54) -20%
Silent Clearing $6.81 $7.70 ($0.89) -12%
Archon of Cruelty $8.76 $9.65 ($0.89) -9%
Prismatic Ending $5.52 $7.07 ($1.55) -22%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $91.81 $95.24 ($3.43) -4%
Urza's Saga $47.18 $46.69 $0.49 1%
Solitude $42.91 $33.08 $9.83 30%
Endurance $61.94 $63.45 ($1.51) -2%
Grief $11.25 $11.11 $0.14 1%
Murktide Regent $21.55 $22.84 ($1.29) -6%
Sanctum Prelate $11.15 $10.41 $0.74 7%
Fury $15.74 $17.06 ($1.32) -8%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $5.56


Ignoble Hierarch $5.86


Chalice of the Void $39.27 $33.81 $5.46 16%
Surgical Extraction $14.00 $12.00 $2.00 17%
Karn Liberated $5.59 $5.67 ($0.08) -1%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $11.92 $13.42 ($1.50) -11%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $8.89 $10.49 ($1.60) -15%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.97 $8.25 ($0.28) -3%
Teferi, Time Raveler $47.98 $45.45 $2.53 6%
Gemstone Mine $7.08 $7.60 ($0.52) -7%
Scalding Tarn $7.77 $9.12 ($1.35) -15%
Verdant Catacombs $5.02 $5.29 ($0.27) -5%
Misty Rainforest $5.34 $5.85 ($0.51) -9%
Arid Mesa $3.28 $3.00 $0.28 9%
Marsh Flats $2.88 $2.59 $0.29 11%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $43.44 $42.46 $0.98 2%
Opposition Agent $18.66 $16.49 $2.17 13%
Jeweled Lotus $19.20 $18.44 $0.76 4%
City of Traitors $16.39 $16.60 ($0.21) -1%
Allosaurus Shepherd $34.44 $42.58 ($8.14) -19%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $10.93 $10.90 $0.03 0%
Force of Will $56.12 $56.08 $0.04 0%
Karakas $9.95 $9.71 $0.24 2%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $21.29 $20.57 $0.72 4%
Demonic Tutor $4.48 $5.47 ($0.99) -18%
Unmask $12.99 $12.69 $0.30 2%
Misdirection $13.72 $13.69 $0.03 0%
Rishadan Port $13.30 $12.71 $0.59 5%
Snuff Out $15.06 $17.05 ($1.99) -12%
Submerge $8.84 $9.29 ($0.45) -5%
Daze $8.45 $9.65 ($1.20) -12%
Entomb $8.99 $8.22 $0.77 9%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $8.89 $7.10 $1.79 25%
Mox Diamond $33.40 $35.82 ($2.42) -7%
Wasteland $24.06 $30.23 ($6.17) -20%
Ancient Tomb $17.53 $16.10 $1.43 9%
Lotus Petal $21.39 $21.78 ($0.39) -2%
Grim Monolith $12.41 $11.71 $0.70 6%
Exploration $15.05 $14.63 $0.42 3%
Gaea's Cradle $27.90 $29.98 ($2.08) -7%
Carpet of Flowers $17.41 $19.61 ($2.20) -11%
Gilded Drake $11.33 $11.16 $0.17 2%
Black Lotus $8.93 $10.38 ($1.45) -14%
Volcanic Island $7.78 $9.96 ($2.18) -22%
Underground Sea $7.97 $10.08 ($2.11) -21%
Null Rod $13.82 $14.59 ($0.77) -5%
Doomsday $20.85 $20.74 $0.11 1%
Paradigm Shift $8.30 $8.55 ($0.25) -3%
Mindbreak Trap $5.35 $5.43 ($0.08) -1%
Pioneer StaplesArclight Phoenix is back on the list and might stay awhile.  With Pioneer though, who knows, it might be gone in a couple of weeks. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Collected Company $5.11 $5.28 ($0.17) -3%
Brazen Borrower $18.58 $18.23 $0.35 2%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $14.23 $14.78 ($0.55) -4%
Arclight Phoenix $6.69


Lurrus of the Dream Den $16.22 $17.30 ($1.08) -6%
Shark Typhoon $10.76 $11.25 ($0.49) -4%
Raugrin Triome $4.47 $5.73 ($1.26) -22%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $10.63 $7.57 $3.06 40%
Spirebluff Canal $6.57 $8.16 ($1.59) -19%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $11.86 $12.44 ($0.58) -5%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $7.50 $7.47 $0.03 0%
Karn, the Great Creator $22.78 $27.22 ($4.44) -16%
Blast Zone $5.62 $5.87 ($0.25) -4%
Finale of Devastation $7.69 $7.69 $0.00 0%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $23.91 $24.49 ($0.58) -2%
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 $199.15 $184.64 $14.51 8%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $171.18 $190.76 ($19.58) -10%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Booster Pack $3.23 $3.37 ($0.14) -4%
Kaldheim $117.06 $106.04 $11.02 10%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $153.84 $141.36 $12.48 9%
Treasure Chest $2.39 $2.38 $0.01 0%
Zendikar Rising $101.22 $93.82 $7.40 8%


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 171.63
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 135.99
Karakas UBT Mythic 110.2
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 96.14
Mox Jet 1E Rare 93.46
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 92.6
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 90.07
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 84.96
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 84.22
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 68.99
Time Walk 1E Rare 66.54
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 64.27
Endurance MH2 Mythic 63.53
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 58.28
Force of Will MED Rare 56.12
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 55.9
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 55.13
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 54.41
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 52.98
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 49.77
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 49.11
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 47.98
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 47.43
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.33
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 43.79
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 43.48
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 43.44
Wasteland EXP Mythic 40.96
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 40.71
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 40.65
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 40.47
Wrenn and Seven MID Mythic 40.32
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 40.03
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 39.34
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare 39.27
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 39.04
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 38.34
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 37.49
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 37.26
Verdant Catacombs MH2 Rare 36.32
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 35.8
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 35.64
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 34.44
Solitude MH2 Mythic 34.37
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 34.29
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 33.91
Mox Diamond ST Rare 33.4
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 32.87
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 32.79
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 32.37
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 32.22
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 32.13
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.93
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 31.48
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 31.14
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 30.93
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.82
Reanimate UBT Mythic 30.6
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 30.31
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 29.84
Timetwister 1E Rare 29.77
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 29.72
Demilich AFR Mythic 29.04
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.28
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 28.11
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 27.9
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 27.87
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 27.7
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 27.69
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 27.49
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 27.26
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.17
Wasteland TPR Rare 27.16
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 27.03
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.92
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 26.45
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 26.31
Sunbaked Canyon MH1 Rare 25.04
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  $26,357.  Last week it was $26,481.  We had a small loss of $124,  Not bad as the new set settles and the new metagames of the formats fix themselves. 
 
In Closing

I didn't do anything special this week.  Prices and such were done on Thursday, and I changed out hard drives on my Playstation, thinking I was going to play some Genshin Impact but never really started on it.  Oh wait, I did make a lot of videos of me playing tuba on Tiktok, and had a breakdown while watching a marching band competition.  Maybe normal just isn't for me! 

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