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State of the Program for October 21st, 2022
 
In the News

Server Transition:  This happened over the week, it went about smoothly as it possibly could have went with a few hiccups along the way.  A Forum and decklists are expected next week on the Daybreak sites.  MTGO is Daybreak's baby now, hopefully they will put some great work in to it! 

CubeCon Cartographia:  John Terrill of the Cultic Cube YouTube channel, and CubeCon, a convention for Cube Magic held in Madison, Wisconsin brought the con to MTGO this week with their cube.  You can read about it 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
Unknown
Constructed Leagues End
Ends November 16, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends November 17, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
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 -  CubeCon Cartographia

October 26 - Carmen Handy's Magic 30 Cube
November 2 - Innistrad Flashback
November 9 - Throne of Eldraine 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
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:   With The Meathook Massacre banned in Standard, some of the older strategies in the format are coming back, and without it, these decks get a chance to thrive! 


Legacy:  I have always liked the prison decks in Legacy! 


Modern:  It is always good to see cards from new sets impact older formats, and Leyline Binding is probably the best example of that! 


PauperEphemerate is all over the place in Pauper, and for good reason, there is just so many value creatures in the format!  While I prefer hitting Mulldrifter with it, Chittering Rats is an exciting option as well!


Pioneer:  This might be the best control option in the format! 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - sfz - Izzet Delver
Saturday Modern - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Pauper - Lennny - Dimir Control
Saturday Pioneer - O_danielakos - Izzet Phoenix
Saturday Standard -  MTGHolic - Jund Midrange
Saturday Vintage - Firetruck

Sunday Legacy - John1111 - Izzet Delver
Sunday Modern - Not listed
Sunday Pauper - Not listed
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Standard - guinthos201111 - Jund Midrange
Sunday Vintage - duke12

Other Event Winners

Modern Showcase Challenge
Pioneer Showcase Challenge


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:

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Leyline Binding $18.07 $23.47 -$5.40 -23%
Liliana of the Veil $10.03 $13.56 -$3.53 -26%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $55.98 $56.73 -$0.75 -1%
Serra Paragon $6.14 $10.03 -$3.89 -39%
Soul of Windgrace $5.57 $6.67 -$1.10 -16%
Memory Deluge $8.91 $8.63 $0.28 3%
Haunted Ridge $24.06 $26.03 -$1.97 -8%
Graveyard Trespasser $13.71 $16.06 -$2.35 -15%
Brutal Cathar $13.14 $12.43 $0.71 6%
Deserted Beach $8.53 $10.21 -$1.68 -16%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $9.61 $9.78 -$0.17 -2%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $9.62 $9.03 $0.59 7%
Boseiju, Who Endures $58.61 $58.91 -$0.30 -1%
Otawara, Soaring City $14.73 $14.42 $0.31 2%
The Wandering Emperor $24.95 $27.72 -$2.77 -10%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $52.68 $49.58 $3.10 6%
March of Otherworldly Light $7.51 $6.56 $0.95 14%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $10.71 $7.90 $2.81 36%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $12.57 $13.20 -$0.63 -5%
Ledger Shredder $21.89 $21.50 $0.39 2%
Unlicensed Hearse $38.20 $39.70 -$1.50 -4%
Titan of Industry $7.21 $6.84 $0.37 5%
Raffine, Scheming Seer $6.63 $6.62 $0.01 0%
Wedding Announcement $16.88 $15.04 $1.84 12%
Stormcarved Coast $8.52 $7.81 $0.71 9%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $7.54 $7.70 -$0.16 -2%
Sorin the Mirthless $8.38 $8.74 -$0.36 -4%
Hopeful Initiate $7.94 $6.90 $1.04 15%
Hallowed Haunting $6.62 $5.53 $1.09 20%
Modern Staples:
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $12.26 $12.05 $0.21 2%
Steelshaper's Gift $5.49 $5.70 -$0.21 -4%
Grinding Station $5.22


Cavern of Souls $9.48 $8.71 $0.77 9%
Mishra's Bauble $20.91 $16.69 $4.22 25%
Magus of the Moon $6.44 $7.46 -$1.02 -14%
Polluted Delta $8.52 $7.59 $0.93 12%
Wooded Foothills $6.38 $5.95 $0.43 7%
Flooded Strand $10.28 $10.18 $0.10 1%
Bloodstained Mire $6.31 $6.28 $0.03 0%
Windswept Heath $5.41 $4.73 $0.68 14%
Thoughtseize $7.97 $7.82 $0.15 2%
Force of Negation $18.40 $17.05 $1.35 8%
Wrenn and Six $44.93 $49.43 -$4.50 -9%
Sunbaked Canyon $12.30 $12.86 -$0.56 -4%
Seasoned Pyromancer $8.12 $8.04 $0.08 1%
Force of Vigor $31.64 $29.66 $1.98 7%
Flusterstorm $24.78 $25.80 -$1.02 -4%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $13.66 $13.11 $0.55 4%
Archon of Cruelty $28.08 $29.10 -$1.02 -4%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $41.61 $35.14 $6.47 18%
Urza's Saga $46.74 $49.46 -$2.72 -5%
Solitude $31.22 $26.10 $5.12 20%
Endurance $51.46 $43.60 $7.86 18%
Grief $16.44 $11.55 $4.89 42%
Murktide Regent $16.65 $22.90 -$6.25 -27%
Fury $36.11 $40.72 -$4.61 -11%
Esper Sentinel $8.23 $9.11 -$0.88 -10%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $7.82 $8.60 -$0.78 -9%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $9.57 $9.79 -$0.22 -2%
Subtlety $15.35 $14.36 $0.99 7%
Chalice of the Void $23.64 $23.59 $0.05 0%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.58 $6.50 $0.08 1%
Teferi, Time Raveler $26.94 $29.44 -$2.50 -8%
Gemstone Mine $5.19 $5.63 -$0.44 -8%
Scalding Tarn $6.07 $6.34 -$0.27 -4%
Verdant Catacombs $2.60 $2.58 $0.02 1%
Misty Rainforest $5.20 $4.98 $0.22 4%
Arid Mesa $3.14 $3.56 -$0.42 -12%
Marsh Flats $1.07 $1.22 -$0.15 -12%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $16.12 $33.34 ($17.22) -52%
Hullbreacher $15.36 $15.41 ($0.05) 0%
Opposition Agent $38.31 $36.98 $1.33 4%
Jeweled Lotus $19.22 $20.14 ($0.92) -5%
Jeska's Will $35.09


City of Traitors $11.84 $12.56 ($0.72) -6%
Allosaurus Shepherd $5.09 $5.48 ($0.39) -7%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $23.80 $24.64 ($0.84) -3%
Helm of Obedience $17.05 $18.46 ($1.41) -8%
Force of Will $48.04 $47.04 $1.00 2%
Karakas $9.03 $9.28 ($0.25) -3%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $9.44 $11.04 ($1.60) -14%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.59 $6.68 ($0.09) -1%
Enlightened Tutor $6.78 $6.91 ($0.13) -2%
Unmask $16.11 $16.44 ($0.33) -2%
Misdirection $13.41 $13.10 $0.31 2%
Rishadan Port $10.68 $12.02 ($1.34) -11%
Snuff Out $20.16 $25.82 ($5.66) -22%
Submerge $8.35 $8.92 ($0.57) -6%
Daze $6.34 $6.58 ($0.24) -4%
Entomb $7.64 $8.20 ($0.56) -7%
Recruiter of the Guard $8.10 $10.25 ($2.15) -21%
Mox Diamond $28.87 $30.34 ($1.47) -5%
Wasteland $21.64 $22.99 ($1.35) -6%
Ancient Tomb $18.80 $19.18 ($0.38) -2%
Lotus Petal $23.59 $21.07 $2.52 12%
Grindstone $7.21 $8.15 ($0.94) -12%
Grim Monolith $10.97 $11.96 ($0.99) -8%
Goblin Welder $5.76 $6.50 ($0.74) -11%
Meltdown $29.31 $33.07 ($3.76) -11%
Exploration $8.66 $8.70 ($0.04) 0%
Gaea's Cradle $27.30 $27.84 ($0.54) -2%
Carpet of Flowers $24.07 $22.39 $1.68 8%
Gilded Drake $7.41 $7.45 ($0.04) -1%
Show and Tell $10.08 $11.08 ($1.00) -9%
Black Lotus $12.18 $11.91 $0.27 2%
Volcanic Island $10.47 $9.19 $1.28 14%
Underground Sea $6.55 $7.14 ($0.59) -8%
Null Rod $8.30 $8.55 ($0.25) -3%
Doomsday $18.31 $17.14 $1.17 7%
Paradigm Shift $12.14 $13.67 ($1.53) -11%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Indomitable Creativity $4.48 $10.40 -$5.92 -56.92%
Den of the Bugbear $29.95 $20.62 $9.33 45.25%
Hall of the Storm Giants $9.78 $9.37 $0.41 4.38%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $6.66 $6.44 $0.22 3.42%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $9.50 $8.25 $1.25 15.15%
Wish $5.01 $5.74 -$0.73 -12.72%
Mox Amber $4.54 $6.49 -$1.95 -30.05%
Collected Company $6.22 $7.36 -$1.14 -15.49%
Brazen Borrower $18.53 $19.21 -$0.68 -3.54%
Bonecrusher Giant $13.06 $12.77 $0.29 2.27%
Arclight Phoenix $9.35 $9.58 -$0.23 -2.40%
Shark Typhoon $5.13 $5.28 -$0.15 -2.84%
Ketria Triome $6.86 $7.34 -$0.48 -6.54%
Indatha Triome $5.42 $5.57 -$0.15 -2.69%
Fiend Artisan $4.92 $5.38 -$0.46 -8.55%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $6.62 $7.88 -$1.26 -15.99%
Mana Confluence $5.75


Orvar, the All-Form $14.90 $7.78 $7.12 91.52%
Esika's Chariot $13.06 $6.50 $6.56 100.92%
Blightstep Pathway $5.02 $4.02 $1.00 24.88%
Spirebluff Canal $7.14 $8.57 -$1.43 -16.69%
Cavalier of Thorns $24.89 $23.48 $1.41 6.01%
Leyline of the Void $88.07 $6.26 $81.81 1306.87%
Necromentia $7.54 $5.67 $1.87 32.98%
The Meathook Massacre $20.67 $22.20 -$1.53 -6.89%
Day's Undoing $4.67 $5.54 -$0.87 -15.70%
Rest in Peace $6.94 $6.71 $0.23 3.43%
Prismari Command $8.33 $9.65 -$1.32 -13.68%
Witherbloom Command $8.28 $7.75 $0.53 6.84%
Karn, the Great Creator $23.52 $30.43 -$6.91 -22.71%
Finale of Devastation $5.55 $6.65 -$1.10 -16.54%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $19.55 $22.05 -$2.50 -11.34%
Skyclave Apparition $7.29 $7.08 $0.21 2.97%
Roiling Vortex $9.70 $10.08 -$0.38 -3.77%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.91 $6.36 $0.55 8.65%
Sea Gate Restoration $6.42 $6.65 -$0.23 -3.46%
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 Time Change % Change
Dominaria United $117.95 $140.11 ($22.16) -16%
Dominaria United Booster $2.95 $3.17 ($0.22) -7%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $100.07 $94.85 $5.22 6%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $182.06 $183.81 ($1.75) -1%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $193.20 $187.44 $5.76 3%
Streets of New Capenna $126.53 $127.77 ($1.24) -1%
Treasure Chest $2.35 $2.37 ($0.02) -1%


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 122.38
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 118.14
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 116.44
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 111.26
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 101.04
Time Walk 1E Rare 84.8
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 84.5
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 59.52
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 58.61
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 55.98
Aether Gale C14 Rare 53.66
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 53.6
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 52.68
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 52.15
Endurance MH2 Mythic 51.46
Force of Will MED Rare 48.04
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 47.49
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 46.74
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 44.93
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 43.03
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 43.03
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 43.01
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 42.99
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 41.61
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.5
Wrenn and Six 2X2 Mythic 40.63
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 38.31
Unlicensed Hearse SNC Rare 38.2
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 37.33
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 37.09
Fury MH2 Mythic 36.11
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 35.09
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.75
Timetwister 1E Rare 32.64
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 31.64
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 31.59
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 31.25
Solitude MH2 Mythic 31.22
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 30.3
Den of the Bugbear AFR Rare 29.95
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 29.91
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 29.67
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 29.31
Mox Diamond ST Rare 28.87
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 28.41
Archon of Cruelty MH2 Mythic 28.08
Force of Will EMA Mythic 28.07
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 27.95
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 27.79
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 27.79
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.67
Force of Will VMA Rare 27.42
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 27.41
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 27.3
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 26.94
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.88
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 26.79
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 26.44
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 26.32
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 26.29
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 26.2
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 26.18
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 26.12
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 25.92
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 25.88
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 25.76
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 25.34
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 25.27
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 25.02
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 first big number of the Daybreak era is $27,313. 
 
In Closing

Spellslingers, Marvel Snap, Legend of Runeterra, Hearthstone, Battlegrounds, Arena, MTGO, Dreamlight Valley.  All of these are games that I have played this week, all of these are games that had updates within the last two weeks, and they have all had me in a headlock recently. 

Unrelated, but I am taking the week off next week!

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