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State of the Program for October 4th, 2023 

In the News

MTGO Socials: Daybreak has set up forums for MTGO, which you can find here. In addition to the Forums, Daybreak has set up a Discord for MTGO.  You can get the invite here. MTGO has a Twitter account, and can now add an account for Facebook and Instagram

Two-Factor Authentication:  This is in Account Settings.  To turn it on you will be asked for your account password and a 6-digit code sent to the email associated with your account.  You can use either an email or authenticator based system.  This will help keep your accounts secure, you can read about the system here.

Redemption:  Redemption is up and running!  Remember that redemption runs now until supply is gone. Currently being redeemed is The Brothers' War,  Phyrexia: All Will Be One, March of the Machine and Wilds of Eldraine As of May 23, 2023, Redemption Tokens are non-refundable! You can check the new redemption page here.

Lost Caverns of Ixalan:  The Debut for the set dropped on Tuesday.  You can check the video here.  The booster fun article is here. If you're looking for previews and who has them, go here! The card image gallery is here. Finally the mechanics article is here

Universes Beyond:  Fallout was introduced this week, and soon after news dropped that Marvel would be doing a collaboration with Magic in 2025.

Patch Notes: You can check out the notes for this update 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 8, 2023
Constructed Leagues End
November 11, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
November 11, 2023
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 - Frank Lepore's Innistrad Horror Cube and Innistrad Horror 64 Player Elimination Drafts.

October 27 - Wilds of Eldraine Limited Qualifier
October 28 - Pauper Qualifir

November 1 - Wilds of Eldraine Supreme Draft
November 8 - Not known. 

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) FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m.     Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m   Limited 32 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
4:00 p.m. Limited 32 Challenge    
6:00 p.m. Modern 32 Challenge Modern 32 Challenge  

 

 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:

Legacy:

Modern:

Pauper:

Pioneer:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - DemonicTutors - Yawgmoth Counters

Saturday Legacy - clan - Doomsday
Saturday Modern - brunoprince - Mono Black Coffers
Saturday Modern - JuanmaAT - Rakdos Evoke
Saturday Pauper - Beicodegeia - Dimir Faeries
Saturday Pioneer - levunga21 - Rakdos Sac
Saturday Standard - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Vintage - XShockWaveX

Sunday Legacy - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Modern - Corrado - Bean Cascade
Sunday Pauper - Beicodegeia - Dimir Faeries
Sunday Pioneer - totemsilence - Orzhov Control
Sunday Standard - Jaberwocki - Domain
Sunday Vintage - NathanLipetz

Other Event Winners

Standard Showcase Challege
Legacy 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
Cityscape Leveler $5.47 $9.56 -$4.09 -43%
Brotherhood's End $7.10 $5.14 $1.96 38%
Leyline Binding $31.55 $27.92 $3.63 13%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $17.00 $30.87 -$13.87 -45%
Nissa, Resurgent Animist $14.06 $17.40 -$3.34 -19%
Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival $6.34 $8.07 -$1.73 -21%
Memory Deluge $2.71 $7.95 -$5.24 -66%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $8.78 $7.60 $1.18 16%
Shipwreck Marsh $3.14 $5.31 -$2.17 -41%
Sheoldred $3.66 $8.73 -$5.07 -58%
Vorinclex $3.19 $5.21 -$2.02 -39%
Boseiju, Who Endures $24.25 $24.03 $0.22 1%
Otawara, Soaring City $4.89 $6.13 -$1.24 -20%
The Wandering Emperor $8.11 $8.23 -$0.12 -1%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $7.64 $7.11 $0.53 7%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $8.19 $9.14 -$0.95 -10%
Ledger Shredder $8.49 $5.85 $2.64 45%
Unlicensed Hearse $6.90 $5.30 $1.60 30%
Wedding Announcement $7.20 $12.44 -$5.24 -42%
Hallowed Haunting $5.15 $5.18 -$0.03 -1%
Agatha's Soul Cauldron $54.84 $76.06 -$21.22 -28%
Questing Druid $7.02


Beseech the Mirror $10.71 $24.89 -$14.18 -57%
Virtue of Persistence $2.16 $7.03 -$4.87 -69%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $11.12 $9.06 $2.06 23%
Mishra's Bauble $5.94 $5.92 $0.02 0%
Polluted Delta $8.83 $10.52 -$1.69 -16%
Wooded Foothills $5.51 $6.45 -$0.94 -15%
Flooded Strand $9.13 $7.50 $1.63 22%
Bloodstained Mire $4.44 $5.61 -$1.17 -21%
Windswept Heath $8.03 $5.37 $2.66 50%
The One Ring $82.93 $98.27 -$15.34 -16%
Orcish Bowmasters $45.84 $38.37 $7.47 19%
Force of Negation $18.29 $22.42 -$4.13 -18%
Wrenn and Six $10.43 $13.97 -$3.54 -25%
Sunbaked Canyon $5.25 $5.98 -$0.73 -12%
Force of Vigor $15.25 $16.76 -$1.51 -9%
Flusterstorm $8.16 $10.60 -$2.44 -23%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $6.23


Grist, the Hunger Tide $9.75 $12.60 -$2.85 -23%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $17.07 $17.90 -$0.83 -5%
Urza's Saga $28.63 $35.07 -$6.44 -18%
Solitude $24.56 $18.79 $5.77 31%
Endurance $17.80 $23.80 -$6.00 -25%
Grief $23.89 $27.51 -$3.62 -13%
Murktide Regent $14.99 $19.83 -$4.84 -24%
Fury $50.24 $36.78 $13.46 37%
Esper Sentinel $3.46 $5.30 -$1.84 -35%
Subtlety $18.92 $30.79 -$11.87 -39%
Chalice of the Void $14.81 $24.98 -$10.17 -41%
Dismember $8.88 $5.20 $3.68 71%
Teferi, Time Raveler $10.86 $8.52 $2.34 27%
Scalding Tarn $5.94 $6.45 -$0.51 -8%
Verdant Catacombs $2.15 $2.74 -$0.59 -22%
Misty Rainforest $7.19 $5.81 $1.38 24%
Arid Mesa $1.55 $1.67 -$0.12 -7%
Marsh Flats $0.78 $0.81 -$0.03 -4%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Creative Technique $24.00 $24.00 $0.00 0%
Avenging Hunter $4.16 $7.13 ($2.97) -42%
Kenku Artificer $9.95 $5.55 $4.40 79%
Goliath Paladin $9.52 $7.35 $2.17 30%
Displacer Kitten $9.40 $11.09 ($1.69) -15%
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $10.88 $10.73 $0.15 1%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $14.86 $10.09 $4.77 47%
Caves of Chaos Adventurer $12.21 $12.72 ($0.51) -4%
Hullbreacher $11.40 $8.51 $2.89 34%
Opposition Agent $20.16 $17.68 $2.48 14%
City of Traitors $17.56 $16.42 $1.14 7%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $35.90 $21.49 $14.41 67%
Helm of Obedience $12.24 $11.57 $0.67 6%
Force of Will $30.70 $20.38 $10.32 51%
Urza's Bauble $9.68 $10.48 ($0.80) -8%
Hydroblast $7.76 $7.44 $0.32 4%
Pyroblast $6.31 $8.68 ($2.37) -27%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $10.44 $9.84 $0.60 6%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $8.71 $10.16 ($1.45) -14%
Unmask $16.52 $13.83 $2.69 19%
Misdirection $12.79 $12.00 $0.79 7%
Snuff Out $8.78 $13.78 ($5.00) -36%
Rishadan Port $8.51


Submerge $6.77 $7.45 ($0.68) -9%
Recruiter of the Guard $8.75 $9.71 ($0.96) -10%
Stifle $8.06 $6.42 $1.64 26%
Mox Opal $7.28 $6.51 $0.77 12%
Mox Diamond $25.89 $27.44 ($1.55) -6%
Wasteland $10.43 $12.76 ($2.33) -18%
Ancient Tomb $15.51 $20.56 ($5.05) -25%
Lotus Petal $13.34 $14.73 ($1.39) -9%
Grindstone $13.00 $14.13 ($1.13) -8%
Powder Keg $9.42 $6.35 $3.07 48%
Grim Monolith $15.12 $11.25 $3.87 34%
Gaea's Cradle $22.69 $17.44 $5.25 30%
Gilded Drake $7.69 $8.89 ($1.20) -13%
Show and Tell $20.33 $16.63 $3.70 22%
Time Spiral $12.11 $11.14 $0.97 9%
Black Lotus $16.34 $18.59 ($2.25) -12%
Volcanic Island $19.20 $15.84 $3.36 21%
Underground Sea $18.04 $15.40 $2.64 17%
Tundra $8.00 $6.93 $1.07 15%
Null Rod $17.17 $21.15 ($3.98) -19%
Doomsday $11.10 $11.98 ($0.88) -7%
Paradigm Shift $6.75 $10.89 ($4.14) -38%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Hall of Storm Giants $5.56 $6.77 -$1.21 -17.87%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $3.17 $6.48 -$3.31 -51.08%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $5.64


Brazen Borrower $8.98 $10.88 -$1.90 -17.46%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.33 $5.00 $1.33 26.60%
Arclight Phoenix $7.34 $6.80 $0.54 7.94%
Mana Confluence $3.91 $6.05 -$2.14 -35.37%
Blightstep Pathway $5.86 $5.23 $0.63 12.05%
Spirebluff Canal $10.09 $6.39 $3.70 57.90%
Inspiring Vantage $6.26


Lotus Field $7.59 $9.30 -$1.71 -18.40%
The Meathook Massacre $4.00 $15.91 -$11.91 -74.86%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $14.35 $21.52 -$7.17 -33.32%
Karn, the Great Creator $6.90 $8.53 -$1.63 -19.11%
Emeria's Call $3.73 $10.31 -$6.58 -63.82%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $9.52


Shatterskull Smashing $5.60


Sea Gate Restoration $5.07 $7.81 -$2.74 -35.08%
Roiling Vortex $21.76 $13.96 $7.80 55.87%
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
The Brothers' War $42.90 $48.15 ($5.25) -11%
Dominaria United $85.78 $96.16 ($10.38) -11%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $45.41 $53.01 ($7.60) -14%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $59.96 $76.10 ($16.14) -21%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $77.47 $87.26 ($9.79) -11%
March of the Machine $84.74 $94.16 ($9.42) -10%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $161.11 $168.74 ($7.63) -5%
Streets of New Capenna $43.25 $42.61 $0.64 2%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.21 $2.24 ($0.03) -1%
Wilds of Eldraine $176.86 $238.63 ($61.77) -26%
Wilds of Eldraine Booster $2.40 $2.40 $0.00 0%


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 271.17
Mox Jet 1E Rare 107
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 98.91
The One Ring LTR Mythic 82.93
The One Ring LTR Mythic 77.77
The One Ring LTR Mythic 73.55
Time Walk 1E Rare 72.4
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 64.77
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 57.55
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 56.42
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 55.91
Agatha's Soul Cauldron WOE Mythic 54.84
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 52.18
Agatha's Soul Cauldron WOE Mythic 52.05
Fury MH2 Mythic 50.24
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 47.23
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 46.63
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 45.84
Karakas UBT Mythic 43.91
Timetwister 1E Rare 42.39
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 42.11
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 39.49
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 36.91
Muxus, Goblin Grandee JMP Rare 35.9
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 33.95
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 33.58
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.48
Leyline Binding DMU Rare 31.55
Force of Will MED Rare 30.7
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 30.69
Armored Whirl Turtle PZ2 Common 29.59
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 29.16
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 28.63
Underground Sea ME4 Rare 28.17
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 27.89
Unmask V16 Mythic 26.11
Mox Diamond ST Rare 25.89
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 25.4
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 25.1
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

Even taking nearly a month off, due to site issues, didn't help my burnout. 

Oh well, I guess, cope and seethe. 

Prices were done on Tuesday night. 

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