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State of the Program for October 25th, 2019
 
In the News

Mythic Championship V: Congrats to Javier Dominguez, champion of Mythic Championship V with Gruul Aggro.  For highlights and coverage, go here.

Banned list additions: 
Monday saw Field of the Dead banned in Standard.  It also saw Arcum's Astrolabe banned in Pauper.  For thoughts on the ban from Wizards, go here.

Pioneer announced: 
Cards leaving formats were not the only thing happening on Monday, as a new format was announced by Wizards.  Starting from Return to Ravnica, the Pioneer format is a new non-rotating format that will see high level play.  It's got it's own league on MTGO, and the banned list is just five cards so far, the fetchlands.  For all the news, check out this article. 

My Little Pony cards: 
For Extra Life, Wizards made a set of cards featuring My Little Pony.  You can order them now here

Arena Formats: 
WotC published an article going over Arena formats.  Artisan is a commons and uncommon only format with a four card banned list, Cauldron Familiar, Gates Ablaze Cavalcade of Calamity and Persistent Petitioners are not allowed.  Standard Cascade has a larger banned list, with Teferi, Time Raveler, Deafening Silence and Rule of Law leading the way.  Oko's Madness is a take on Momir's Madness, but apparently everything is an elk?  For all the information for these Arena formats, go here

The Great Eldraine Bake-Off: 
Winners were published on Twitter last week.  As a lover of food, it's nice to highlight some tasty looking things related to Magic.  Maybe a cookbook in e-book form for Magic could be a thing not to far off, after all other games have that.  Why not us?  Just don't eat the cards. 

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
January 15, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
January 16, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
November 18, 2019
Throne of Eldraine Redemption
Begins October 23, 2020

Ends March 11, 2021
Theros: Beyond Death
January 24, 2020
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
April 24, 2020
Core Set 2021
Zendikar Rising
Third Quarter 2020
Fourth Quarter 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:

Pauper PTQ Finals - October 26
Modern MOCS Prelim - October 27
 
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:
 
Event Type
Start Time
Saturday, 8:00 am PT 
Saturday, 10:00 am PT
Sunday 6:00 am PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT
 
The Hot Take Corner

On Bans

Last week I said my ideal Standard Ban list would have nothing added to it.  I don't make decisions though, so it was completely out of my hands.  I had hoped that something like Field of Ruin would be added back to the format, even if it would be an unprecedented decision to do so.  Never in the history of the game has that happened.  Field of the Dead was the only card banned, and sadly, I think the next announcement, next month, is just going to add more cards that should have already been banned to the list.  Field of the Dead was holding the green decks in check, and with Gilded Goose ramping into either Teferi, Time Raveler or Oko, Thief of Crowns on turn two, green decks have incredibly strong plays in the early game while they wait until Hydroid Krasis and Nissa, Who Shakes the World to come online.  Banning Field, and Field alone is going to turn out to be a mistake that will have to be corrected at a later date.  Sadly, it's the players that will pay for that mistake with a Standard that is less than exciting. I firmly believe before the set is out of Standard, Oko will find his way on the Standard ban list, as well as Modern and Legacy. 

Arcum's Astrolabe was the only other card banned, and it needed to go.  I was a bit disheartened to see that other problem cards like Ghostly Flicker and Ephemerate were left in the format.  To me it feels like WotC takes half measures with cards, and I guess that is good, because banning a card is a serious thing. However, leaving cards that should be banned legal is a more serious thing. 

As for the other formats, fine don't do anything, that's okay, and something I am also largely okay with.  Mox Opal is eventually gonna leave Modern, but it's for now, in a pretty okay place. Oko, Thief of Crowns will eventually skew the metagames in multiple formats (check out some of the Simic Eldrazi decks in Modern now, as well as the Oko Oath deck below), and Narset, Parter of Veils will eventually get restricted in Vintage.  Of course Mishra's Workshop should also get restricted as well, but I'll probably be in the ground before that actually happens. 

On Pioneer

This new format is great.  I've been saying for a while now (and others have said, but dangit this is my column, so I am tooting my horn), that a format needed to exist that bridged the gap between Modern and Standard, as that gap was closer to the one that existed when Modern was created to bridge between Legacy and Standard. 

I wrote some about this on twitter, and I am just gonna reuse my thoughts here.  I'm glad Pioneer exists.  Selfishly, I'm glad I don't have to read about people that are miserable playing Modern bashing it.  They get to play a new format, and I hope they enjoy it.  Pioneer existing is incredibly easier for a newer player to get in to.  The ban list is small, the set list goes back 7 years, and before it was leaked, people should be able to buy in to the format easily thanks to a huge marketplace. If you didn't sell out of Standard cards, chances are you still have these cards, which is great!  The format allows cards that aren't quite good enough to see play in Modern to maybe see play again.  Siege Rhino may see fringe play in Modern, but it may end up being a format defining card in Pioneer.  

Of course a lot of bans are gonna have to happen first, but it could happen.  I told a friend who said that this format should have been intensely tested before announced that we're getting to Alpha test the format.  WotC is letting us have incredible access to how the format grows, basing ban decisions, which Aaron Forsthye said would come fast and off cycle, on the data that we provide them.  Beta testing the format would be playing it after bans, getting the tweaks out, setting it up just right, and the release would be when it comes to high level tabletop play.  I may be casting Talent of the Telepath in the format, but this is incredible for brewers and games alike.  In fact, Sam Black said, and this isn't a direct quote, I am just far to lazy to open up Twitter, that the victory condition of the format was to get cards banned.  When Modern first started, I am pretty sure Sam Black is the reason why Blazing Shoal Ponder and Preordain are banned.  Though I guess to be fair, all the combo decks from the early days of Modern are the reason why Ponder and Preordain are banned.

Okay, I did not copy and paste it directly, but it was close enough. 

What do you all think of in regards to the bans and the new format?  Let us know in the comments! 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard: In a post Field of the Dead format, control looks to be a thing, but how does this flash deck do against Teferi, Time Raveler, which makes you play a tapout style of game?  How is this against Bant Food I wonder.  Can Ionize do enough work against the top end threats?  I feel like Lightning Strike really would make this deck shine. 


BrawlKykar, Wind's Fury has seen no love in Standard, so it seems to make sense that it would do well in Brawl.  A Jeskai Superfriends shell really lets this mythic shine. 


Legacy:  I love reanimation strategies, and this one keeps popping up in Legacy.  Griselbrand is such a great card to get back on turn one! 


Modern:  Wanna play Birthing Pod?  Well you can't because the card isn't legal anymore, but it's reasonably priced, non-union equivalent, Prime Speaker Vannifar is legal, and this one has all the combos that Birthing Pod used to have.  Well not all of them, but Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Restoration Angel show up for infinite creature fun!


Pauper:  This is where I would start off in Pauper after the Arcum's Astrolabe ban.  It's just good old beatdown with some card draw and disruption.  Nothing special, nothing fancy. 


Pioneer:  After the initial Pioneer news and my excitement about Maze's End being a thing, and then Harmless Offering and Demonic Pact being a thing died down, I went to work on Mill.  I'm currently 1-2 in my first Pioneer league, but I feel like there is some real promise there for the deck! 


Vintage: Oko, Thief of Crowns is starting to make an impact on Vintage, and this deck won the playoff this weekend.






 
Winner's Circle

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

Pauper Playoff - lindoso01 won with Jeskai Snow
Modern PTQ - Ajani89 took the invite with Amulet Titan.
Legacy Challenge - qbturtle15 won with Temur Delver.
Sealed PTQ - Lavaridge got an invite.
Vintage Playoff - Miharu_Fuyumiya won with Oko Oath.
Modern Challenge - bershekprc10 won with Bant Eldrazi

Around the Web

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

Abraham Stein wrote about finding the pillars of Pioneer
Frank Karsten gave us 12 Pioneer decks to build around.

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: Oko made a huge move this week partly thanks to the ban and Bant Food being a great deck, but also partly due to Pioneer, and everyone jamming four copies into their decks.  Okay it's not everyone, but it sure seems that way.  Teferi, Time Raveler and Karn, the Great Creator also got some bumps this week. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Oko, Thief of Crowns $94.49 $51.81 $42.68 82%
Brazen Borrower $13.18 $11.32 $1.86 16%
The Royal Scions $4.87 $8.12 ($3.25) -40%
Questing Beast $12.75 $14.15 ($1.40) -10%
Rankle, Master of Pranks $3.37 $5.18 ($1.81) -35%
Kenrith, the Returned King $9.72 $11.06 ($1.34) -12%
The Great Henge $2.02 $3.22 ($1.20) -37%
Robber of the Rich $2.43 $3.84 ($1.41) -37%
Once Upon a Time $23.71 $11.78 $11.93 101%
Emry, Lurker of the Loch $3.09 $1.38 $1.71 124%
Fabled Passage $12.60 $2.11 $10.49 497%
Arclight Phoenix $9.51 $4.55 $4.96 109%
Assassin's Trophy $12.68 $6.15 $6.53 106%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $33.70 $35.94 ($2.24) -6%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.42 $6.56 ($0.14) -2%
Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer $4.26 $4.65 ($0.39) -8%
Leyline of the Void $5.71 $3.50 $2.21 63%
Omnath, Locus of the Roil $5.07 $5.91 ($0.84) -14%
Cavalier of Night $8.24 $8.07 $0.17 2%
Cavalier of Gales $4.55 $6.06 ($1.51) -25%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $10.41 $6.09 $4.32 71%
Yarok, the Desecrated $8.08 $8.23 ($0.15) -2%
Cavalier of Thorns $3.68 $4.18 ($0.50) -12%
Cavalier of Flame $5.14 $6.28 ($1.14) -18%
Ajani, Strength of the Pride $6.70 $6.65 $0.05 1%
Veil of Summer $5.72 $2.72 $3.00 110%
Kethis, the Hidden Hand $5.31 $4.24 $1.07 25%
Hydroid Krasis $12.51 $11.49 $1.02 9%
Spawn of Mayhem $2.98 $4.43 ($1.45) -33%
Deputy of Detention $4.12 $3.96 $0.16 4%
Teferi, Time Raveler $51.94 $35.06 $16.88 48%
Finale of Devastation $11.46 $11.98 ($0.52) -4%
Karn, the Great Creator $31.75 $31.14 $0.61 2%
Finale of Promise $10.85 $12.00 ($1.15) -10%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $9.90 $9.19 $0.71 8%
Blast Zone $5.33 $4.73 $0.60 13%
Niv-Mizzet, Reborn $5.97 $6.44 ($0.47) -7%
Modern Staples:  Modern cards looked to be down this week.  Some of that I am sure is because of the excitement behind Pioneer, and people selling out of staples that aren't legal there to play the new format.  Time Warp was added to the list, and for a second I got excited about it being Pioneer legal, and then checked Gatherer.  You could see my heart breaking!   I kept Thoughtseize in this list because when I built the Pioneer list, I wanted to start off with Return to Ravnica, and of course I am using the Lorwyn printing here. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $4.88 $5.51 ($0.63) -11%
Engineered Explosives $19.63 $20.31 ($0.68) -3%
Cavern of Souls $11.97 $13.27 ($1.30) -10%
Noble Hierarch $5.31 $6.82 ($1.51) -22%
Mishra's Bauble $21.13 $26.01 ($4.88) -19%
Spell Snare $4.90 $5.49 ($0.59) -11%
Aether Vial $7.27 $7.47 ($0.20) -3%
Sword of Fire and Ice $5.47 $6.55 ($1.08) -16%
Mycosynth Lattice $2.49 $3.26 ($0.77) -24%
Trinisphere $9.98 $11.61 ($1.63) -14%
Horizon Canopy $7.15 $9.08 ($1.93) -21%
Tarmogoyf $7.42 $7.69 ($0.27) -4%
Summoner's Pact $4.55 $5.57 ($1.02) -18%
Liliana of the Veil $15.78 $19.85 ($4.07) -21%
Past in Flames $5.91 $7.53 ($1.62) -22%
Snapcaster Mage $6.22 $8.32 ($2.10) -25%
Polluted Delta $6.58 $12.06 ($5.48) -45%
Wooded Foothills $7.50 $8.71 ($1.21) -14%
Flooded Strand $4.08 $6.18 ($2.10) -34%
Bloodstained Mire $4.41 $7.68 ($3.27) -43%
Windswept Heath $3.35 $5.03 ($1.68) -33%
Cryptic Command $6.50 $7.42 ($0.92) -12%
Thoughtseize $15.51 $4.78 $10.73 224%
Primeval Titan $7.61 $7.28 $0.33 5%
Sword of Feast and Famine $5.17 $5.75 ($0.58) -10%
Inkmoth Nexus $2.62 $3.15 ($0.53) -17%
Force of Negation $58.30 $77.58 ($19.28) -25%
Wrenn and Six $110.08 $120.63 ($10.55) -9%
Prismatic Vista $16.27 $19.35 ($3.08) -16%
Sunbaked Canyon $13.01 $13.63 ($0.62) -5%
Seasoned Pyromancer $13.73 $15.98 ($2.25) -14%
Fiery Islet $8.03 $9.96 ($1.93) -19%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $22.26 $26.03 ($3.77) -14%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $13.09 $14.58 ($1.49) -10%
Hexdrinker $11.89 $10.96 $0.93 8%
Plague Engineer $25.33 $26.69 ($1.36) -5%
Force of Vigor $15.80 $14.76 $1.04 7%
Collector Ouphe $21.75 $21.32 $0.43 2%
Giver of Runes $9.44 $9.97 ($0.53) -5%
Silent Clearing $4.23 $4.38 ($0.15) -3%
Nuturing Peatland $6.13 $7.08 ($0.95) -13%
Waterlogged Grove $2.69 $4.12 ($1.43) -35%
Ice-Fang Coatl $4.37 $4.33 $0.04 1%
Vendilion Clique $4.70 $5.68 ($0.98) -17%
Bitterblossom $3.87 $3.77 $0.10 3%
Chalice of the Void $14.07 $14.45 ($0.38) -3%
Oblivion Stone $3.37 $4.56 ($1.19) -26%
Karn Liberated $14.89 $16.63 ($1.74) -10%
Batterskull $3.66 $4.56 ($0.90) -20%
Surgical Extraction $15.63 $16.59 ($0.96) -6%
Phyrexian Obliterator $5.55 $5.97 ($0.42) -7%
Dismember $5.99 $5.61 $0.38 7%
Meddling Mage $3.24 $3.76 ($0.52) -14%
Life from the Loam $5.06 $5.17 ($0.11) -2%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $5.84 $6.27 ($0.43) -7%
Fulminator Mage $5.53 $7.60 ($2.07) -27%
Mox Opal $30.80 $35.52 ($4.72) -13%
Wurmcoil Engine $3.80 $6.76 ($2.96) -44%
Ensnaring Bridge $13.97 $14.69 ($0.72) -5%
Time Warp $6.18 $3.54 $2.64 75%
Gemstone Mine $21.00 $23.10 ($2.10) -9%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $28.96 $30.81 ($1.85) -6%
Amulet of Vigor $7.73 $9.22 ($1.49) -16%
Stoneforge Mystic $2.30 $3.75 ($1.45) -39%
Scalding Tarn $15.03 $18.11 ($3.08) -17%
Verdant Catacombs $12.47 $12.99 ($0.52) -4%
Misty Rainforest $9.79 $14.37 ($4.58) -32%
Bloodghast $3.94 $5.91 ($1.97) -33%
Arid Mesa $4.01 $5.03 ($1.02) -20%
Marsh Flats $3.48 $4.46 ($0.98) -22%
Eternal Staples:  I kept Monastery Mentor over here on this list instead of adding it to Pioneer because I truly think it will have a bigger impact on Eternal formats, and I would eventually have had to move it back.  I also decided to start tracking Mana Crypt and Mana Vault as well. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $9.84 $11.82 ($1.98) -17%
City of Traitors $33.12 $33.68 ($0.56) -2%
Monastery Mentor $19.99 $13.71 $6.28 46%
Sylvan Safekeeper $8.76 $9.77 ($1.01) -10%
Force of Will $28.87 $26.09 $2.78 11%
Land Tax $10.97 $11.00 ($0.03) 0%
Lion's Eye Diamond $4.56 $5.92 ($1.36) -23%
Unmask $12.46 $13.15 ($0.69) -5%
Misdirection $10.33 $10.33 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $4.36 $4.88 ($0.52) -11%
Daze $4.06 $4.08 ($0.02) 0%
Entomb $8.96 $8.90 $0.06 1%
True-Name Nemesis $10.29 $10.55 ($0.26) -2%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $17.34 $16.91 $0.43 3%
Mox Diamond $21.00 $23.65 ($2.65) -11%
Altar of Dementia $8.69 $9.15 ($0.46) -5%
Grindstone $9.09 $8.94 $0.15 2%
Wasteland $18.35 $20.91 ($2.56) -12%
Ancient Tomb $12.74 $11.99 $0.75 6%
Academy Rector $4.58 $4.62 ($0.04) -1%
Grim Monolith $18.34 $19.10 ($0.76) -4%
Back to Basics $4.62 $5.97 ($1.35) -23%
Exploration $16.05 $16.03 $0.02 0%
Show and Tell $12.50 $12.50 $0.00 0%
Gaea's Cradle $11.95 $11.76 $0.19 2%
Sneak Attack $9.37 $9.45 ($0.08) -1%
Time Spiral $6.35 $6.42 ($0.07) -1%
Carpet of Flowers $4.72 $4.84 ($0.12) -2%
Ancestral Recall $1.26 $1.31 ($0.05) -4%
Black Lotus $6.57 $6.68 ($0.11) -2%
Mox Emerald $1.83 $2.04 ($0.21) -10%
Mox Ruby $1.66 $1.70 ($0.04) -2%
Mox Pearl $1.49 $1.10 $0.39 35%
Mox Sapphire $2.23 $2.88 ($0.65) -23%
Mox Jet $1.74 $1.72 $0.02 1%
Timetwister $1.48 $1.21 $0.27 22%
Time Walk $1.23 $1.41 ($0.18) -13%
Volcanic Island $9.18 $11.34 ($2.16) -19%
Badlands $1.24 $1.60 ($0.36) -23%
Tropical Island $5.07 $5.74 ($0.67) -12%
Bayou $2.74 $3.05 ($0.31) -10%
Tundra $1.01 $1.80 ($0.79) -44%
Savannah $1.05 $1.18 ($0.13) -11%
Scrubland $0.47 $0.64 ($0.17) -27%
Plateau $0.61 $0.70 ($0.09) -13%
Taiga $0.59 $0.75 ($0.16) -21%
Underground Sea $6.53 $7.39 ($0.86) -12%
Sol Ring $6.71 $6.85 ($0.14) -2%
Mana Crypt $3.45 $3.62 ($0.17) -5%
Mana Vault $2.57 $2.41 $0.16 7%
Pauper Staples:  Added a couple of cards this week, prices seem pretty stable for Pauper.

Pauper Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Serum Visions $1.89 $2.01 -$0.12 -5.97%
Wild Growth $1.49 $1.47 $0.02 1.36%
Merchant Scroll $5.26 $5.27 -$0.01 -0.19%
Standard Bearer $2.71 $3.21 -$0.50 -15.58%
Ninja of the Deep Hours $2.22 $1.69 $0.53 31.36%
Lava Spike $1.06 $1.39 -$0.33 -23.74%
Martyr of Ashes $1.34 $0.93 $0.41 44.09%
Skred $2.67 $4.65 -$1.98 -42.58%
Utopia Sprawl $0.88 $1.65 -$0.77 -46.67%
Nettle Sentinel $1.25 $1.06 $0.19 17.92%
Flaring Pain $0.77 $0.86 -$0.09 -10.47%
Prismatic Strands $1.23 $1.71 -$0.48 -28.07%
Swirling Sandstorm $0.65 $0.26 $0.39 150.00%
Pyroblast $1.31 $1.72 -$0.41 -23.84%
Hydroblast $1.29 $1.29 $0.00 0.00%
Mystic Remora $4.30 $5.90 -$1.60 -27.12%
Serene Heart $1.40 $2.18 -$0.78 -35.78%
Spidersilk Armor $3.10 $3.48 -$0.38 -10.92%
Ancestral Mask $5.12 $6.50 -$1.38 -21.23%
Cho-Manno's Blessing $2.56 $3.01 -$0.45 -14.95%
Land Grant $2.81 $2.22 $0.59 26.58%
Peat Bog $0.72 $0.88 -$0.16 -18.18%
Snuff Out $2.59 $2.56 $0.03 1.17%
Reverent Silence $7.05 $6.55 $0.50 7.63%
Flame Rift $0.54 $0.54 $0.00 0.00%
Moment's Peace $1.81 $2.77 -$0.96 -34.66%
Rhystic Study $3.15 $3.52 -$0.37 -10.51%
Sunscape Familiar $1.05 $1.01 $0.04 3.96%
Drafna's Restoration $5.39 $5.04 $0.35 6.94%
Entourage of Trest $3.45 $3.76 -$0.31 -8.24%
Thorn of the Black Rose $8.49 $7.88 $0.61 7.74%
Palace Sentinels $3.39 $2.26 $1.13 50.00%
Custodi Squire $2.55 $2.41 $0.14 5.81%
Ash Barrens $2.14 $2.25 -$0.11 -4.89%
Manamorphose $2.74 $3.91 -$1.17 -29.92%
Ideas Unbound $0.20 $0.30 -$0.10 -33.33%
Tortured Existence $1.32 $1.87 -$0.55 -29.41%
Lotus Petal $14.95 $14.77 $0.18 1.22%
Evincar's Justice $0.71 $0.52 $0.19 36.54%
Mogg Conscripts $0.26 $0.43 -$0.17 -39.53%
Crop Rotation $1.46 $1.90 -$0.44 -23.16%
Exhume $0.93 $1.64 -$0.71 -43.29%
Pestilence $4.58 $3.94 $0.64 16.24%
Priest of Titania $0.76 $0.66 $0.10 15.15%
Impulse $0.75 $0.71 $0.04 5.63%
Fireblast $1.00 $0.82 $0.18 21.95%
Quirion Ranger $1.91 $1.79 $0.12 6.70%
Searing Blaze $0.57 $0.86 -$0.29 -33.72%
Pioneer Staples:  To make this list, I first took off every card that was Modern legal and Pioneer legal.  I wanted this list to reflect from Return to Ravnica up.  I think I did a pretty okay job with this, I wanted to track the shocklands for sure, and those are represented, but also cards that were five dollars and up.  I also thought I had last week's data when making this list, and I had a real poor reaction whenever I saw that I indeed did not.  However, Pete had saved his copy of it, so Friday morning, I checked the PureMTGO email account and got to work on completing the table.  Anyways, this will be fun to track, as the format picks up steam and starts to go through the growing pains.  Expect bans and lots of card movement on this table. 

I am thankful that this format exists, because I did want to add a new table, but was struggling to come up with the right theme.  EDH seemed good, but I deleted that sheet, so it was a few time thing.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Walking Ballista $12.94 $4.92 $8.02 163%
Soul-Scar Mage $9.15 $0.93 $8.22 884%
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar $13.18 $2.73 $10.45 383%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $9.34 $3.13 $6.21 198%
Mox Amber $6.93 $1.52 $5.41 356%
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria $5.75 $3.60 $2.15 60%
Kolaghan's Command $8.90 $6.22 $2.68 43%
Collected Company $10.37 $5.07 $5.30 105%
Liliana, the Last Hope $31.44 $4.33 $27.11 626%
Collective Brutality $20.35 $7.39 $12.96 175%
Emrakul, the Promised End $15.72 $2.63 $13.09 498%
Grim Flayer $9.78 $1.55 $8.23 531%
Breeding Pool $5.53 $1.43 $4.10 287%
Stomping Ground $4.57 $2.18 $2.39 110%
Godless Shrine $3.64 $1.03 $2.61 253%
Sacred Foundry $2.40 $0.44 $1.96 445%
Watery Grave $2.32 $1.09 $1.23 113%
Mana Confluence $17.92 $3.70 $14.22 384%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $20.96 $12.03 $8.93 74%
Spirebluff Canal $7.38 $2.06 $5.32 258%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $6.74 $2.99 $3.75 125%
Scavenging Ooze $7.03 $4.15 $2.88 69%
Mutavault $5.14 $2.01 $3.13 156%
Nexus of Fate $9.93 $3.51 $6.42 183%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $7.21 $2.07 $5.14 248%
Thought-Knot Seer $6.02 $3.16 $2.86 91%
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar $5.21 $0.56 $4.65 830%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $32.23 $4.03 $28.20 700%
Hangarback Walker $5.56 $0.78 $4.78 613%
Rest in Peace $7.61 $5.04 $2.57 51%
Hallowed Fountain $4.25 $1.33 $2.92 220%
Steam Vents $3.55 $1.53 $2.02 132%
Blood Crypt $2.30 $1.36 $0.94 69%
Overgrown Tomb $1.82 $0.65 $1.17 180%
Temple Garden $0.79 $0.58 $0.21 36%
Abrupt Decay $5.10 $2.30 $2.80 122%
Tireless Tracker $8.35 $1.48 $6.87 464%
Thassa, God of the Sea $6.12 $0.48 $5.64 1175%
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
Guilds of Ravnica $71.82 $45.44 $26.38 58%
Ravnica Allegiances $72.43 $54.08 $18.35 34%
Treasure Chest $2.50 $2.37 $0.13 5%
War of the Spark $174.44 $148.98 $25.46 17%
Throne of Eldraine Booster $3.41 $3.37 $0.04 1%
Core Set 2020 $182.75 $164.69 $18.06 11%
Modern Horizons $382.77 $429.32 ($46.55) -11%
Throne of Eldraine $237.29 $157.45 $79.84 51%

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 345.02
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 152.39
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 116.83
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 110.08
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 106.17
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 104.17
Oko, Thief of Crowns ELD Mythic 94.49
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 86.95
Mox Jet 1E Rare 85.19
Time Walk 1E Rare 76.22
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 73.13
Timetwister 1E Rare 59.14
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 58.3
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 55.56
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 51.94
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 43.58
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 43.43
Unmask V16 Mythic 37.58
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 36.89
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 35.79
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 35.32
Chandra, Awakened Inferno M20 Mythic 33.7
City of Traitors EX Rare 33.12
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 32.91
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy ORI Mythic 32.23
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 31.75
Liliana, the Last Hope EMN Mythic 31.44
Mox Opal SOM Mythic 30.8
Mox Opal MM2 Mythic 30.65
Jace, the Mind Sculptor A25 Mythic 30.37
Dark Depths UMA Mythic 29.6
Jace, the Mind Sculptor WWK Mythic 28.96
Force of Will MED Rare 28.87
Jace, the Mind Sculptor EMA Mythic 28.53
Jace, the Mind Sculptor VMA Mythic 27.83
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 27.28
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 26.85
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 26.19
Mox Opal MS2 Bonus 26.02
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 25.54
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 25.5
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 25.48
Plague Engineer MH1 Rare 25.33
Liliana of the Veil UMA Mythic 25.08
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy V17 Mythic 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 big number this week is $18,485, last week the number was $17,500.  Now I am terrible at math, but it seems to me like Pioneer is response for a nearly 1000 dollar increase in the big number.  This is also going to be fun to track! 
 
In Closing

The big number was provided to me by Pete on Tuesday, the 22nd.  Price tables were created by me on the 24th.  I played so much Pioneer this week.  Just an unhealthy amount of Maze's End, Mill, Day's Undoing, and Nexus of Fate.  Had a great time.  Really enjoyed myself.  Managed to keep up pretty well on my treatment plan, breaking bad habits and creating new better ones, like a better sleep routine and ending almost three decades of smoking slowly.  Went from a pack a day to less than that this week alone. 

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

 

3 Comments

Pioneer by Wrath of Pie at Fri, 10/25/2019 - 11:52
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My issue with it is less that it is more accessible and more that it fails to solve the actual problem, which is that non-rotating formats are inherently unsustainable. I don't doubt that Pioneer will succeed anyways, but in a few years there will be a successor format to that, and so on. What is really needed is something akin to old Extended, with a rotation.

It also means that Legacy is actually dead in high-level tabletop instead of effectively dead, with Modern replacing its role and Pioneer replacing Modern's current role in the future.

Legacy, I feel outside of the by JXClaytor at Fri, 10/25/2019 - 14:55
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Legacy, I feel outside of the few bones thrown to it a year was dying off anyways. I believe that this allows someone private to come in and take legacy off of wotc's hands so to speak. A tour for it.

I miss Extended, but I'm not sure rotating formats past standard are great. They were a lot of upkeep and intimidating for new players.

So a couple thoughts here. by Paul Leicht at Sat, 10/26/2019 - 04:40
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So a couple thoughts here.

WOTC is quite aware of the bind they are in. Either the sets rotate out of Standard into a proxy format or they rotate into Modern and people lose their shirts trying to sell off the hot potatoes.

In a proxy format at least there is some buffer between rotations where the cards lose value more gradually or gain value because of generated interest maybe but generally speaking all those rares that people hedge their bets on that aren't actually top tier worthy drop more slowly until the new proxy format gets solved. WOTC knows they can only really pull this off a few times before it becomes hopelessly mired in complexity. I expect there to be a big promotion of pioneer stuff with packs and special collector sets, etc before they move on to the next idea.

Also as an aside, the nature of Legacy has always been a back burner set. That's not changing because there's another format in "front" of it. That Legacy is perennial isn't really much of a big deal. It comes, it goes, it comes back again. I am positive no one is going to "take Legacy" off WOTC's hands. I could be wrong but I sincerely doubt it. Maybe if duals weren't so darned pricy. (I miss my 40.)