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State of the Program for October 2nd, 2020
 
In the News

Standard Ban:  Wizards of the Coast banned one card on Monday, as Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath was removed from the Standard format.  Slowing down ramp was a reason listed for this ban.  You can read all about it here

The Walking Dead:  The Walking Dead crossover Secret Lair features new cards that will be legal in Eternal formats.  This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.  This drop will be available for one week starting on October 4th.  You can order it here, when it's live.

Showcase Challenges: Saturday is Standard, Modern and Vintage.  Sunday is Pioneer, Legacy and Zendikar Rising Sealed.  These events require 40 QP to enter. 

ChannelFireball Events:  ChannelFireball is entering the online events series on Arena with the ChannelFireball Clash. It's being hosted on Melee, is affordable, and qualifies you for something else.  If you're interested, go here

Magic The Gathering: Legends: A Visual History:  Written by Jay Annelli and published by Abrams Books, this art book features 256 pages of artwork.  You can preorder the book in hardcover or e-book for 19.99 and it releases on October 27. 

Organized Play update:  Zendikar Rising Championship is December 4-6.  Qualifier Weekend dates are also up.  You can check them out 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
October 28, 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:

September 16 - October 7: Modern Cube
October 7 - October 14: Mystery Booster: Magic Online Edition
October 14 - October 21:  New 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

Going to do Standard decks this week, considering we just had a ban and it might not be a bad idea to see what is thriving in a post ban world.

Standard 1:  The biggest winner of the Uro ban is probably Omnath, considering that it killed decks that used it, like Sultai, while for it, Uro was a Growth Spiral that also gained them three life.  Taking an Adventures shell, this Four Color list is where I would start if I needing an Omnath deck for an event. 

Standard 2:  Of course, banning Uro did nothing to really lessen the ramp menace, you're good to go most likely, if you play a lot of Arena and was on the Omnath deck with this Ramp deck. 


Standard 3
:  Maybe Dimir is more what you're looking to do in Standard right now?  A nice two color mana base, something that has some control elements and a fun way to win?  Check out this Mill deck, it might be for you!


Standard 4:  Dimir is more than mill, and this Rogue deck looks like it could be great.  While they do mill, the rogues in this deck also pack quite the punch. 



Standard 5:  Maybe you played in a lot of Ikoria limited events and then took a break.  Cycling is back on the menu!



 


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - TrueHero - Sultai Death's Shadow
Saturday Modern - musasabi - Orzhov Blade
Saturday Pauper - SanPop - Tron
Saturday Pioneer - karatedom - Selesnya Auras
Saturday Standard -  telsacow - 4 Color Omnath
Saturday Vintage - Jacobisboss

Sunday Legacy - ballestin93 - NicFit
Sunday Modern - TuggaNaxos - Rakdos Death's Shadow
Sunday Pauper - Lennny - Boros Monarch
Sunday Pioneer - naga0ka - Orzhov Auras
Sunday Standard - SunofNothing - Crab Ramp
Sunday Vintage - discoverN

Other Event Winners

Standard Champ Qual - lampalot - 4 Color Adventures
Sealed Qual - GPJedi

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

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.

The numbers are gonna look shocking this week because we've not had prices in two weeks, but remember that was more than likely a gradual decrease in price over weeks and not just an overnight thing. 
 
Standard Staples:   All the new Zendikar Risings cards are on the list! 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $20.59 $28.66 ($8.07) -28%
Questing Beast $7.23 $8.78 ($1.55) -18%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $5.68 $6.42 ($0.74) -12%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.07 $6.17 ($1.10) -18%
Rankle, Master of Pranks $4.72 $5.28 ($0.56) -11%
Fiend Artisan $6.71 $8.66 ($1.95) -23%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $3.69 $5.33 ($1.64) -31%
General Kudro of Drannith $11.24 $13.29 ($2.05) -15%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $6.30 $8.09 ($1.79) -22%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $8.46 $13.54 ($5.08) -38%
Shark Typhoon $9.53 $19.14 ($9.61) -50%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $10.23 $10.71 ($0.48) -4%
Teferi, Master of Time $11.99 $14.92 ($2.93) -20%
Terror of the Peaks $9.65 $7.82 $1.83 23%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $12.20 $10.84 $1.36 13%
Elder Gargaroth $48.03 $50.16 ($2.13) -4%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 16.62 13.67 $2.95 22%
Klothys, God of Destiny 9.54 13.27 ($3.73) -28%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $32.51


Scourge of the Skyclaves $32.09


Turntimber Symbiosis $17.22


Agadeem's Awakening $14.39


Skyclave Apparition $8.03


Shatterskull Smashing $7.51


Sea Gate Restoration $6.07


Omnath, Locus of Creation $32.51


Modern Staples:
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $17.64 $8.15 $9.49 116%
Cavern of Souls $20.20 $24.05 ($3.85) -16%
Mishra's Bauble $9.91 $9.35 $0.56 6%
Aether Vial $19.58 $17.73 $1.85 10%
Horizon Canopy $14.79 $9.82 $4.97 51%
Tarmogoyf $7.21 $9.42 ($2.21) -23%
Liliana of the Veil $13.40 $16.30 ($2.90) -18%
Polluted Delta $9.67 $10.68 ($1.01) -9%
Wooded Foothills $6.74 $8.89 ($2.15) -24%
Flooded Strand $5.45 $6.06 ($0.61) -10%
Bloodstained Mire $8.53 $10.40 ($1.87) -18%
Windswept Heath $4.88 $6.95 ($2.07) -30%
Thoughtseize $8.61 $10.37 ($1.76) -17%
Field of the Dead $20.29 $23.51 ($3.22) -14%
Force of Negation $74.53 $85.39 ($10.86) -13%
Wrenn and Six $67.47 $72.08 ($4.61) -6%
Prismatic Vista $13.02 $13.33 ($0.31) -2%
Sunbaked Canyon $11.60 $20.99 ($9.39) -45%
Seasoned Pyromancer $37.88 $63.54 ($25.66) -40%
Fiery Islet $8.37 $14.45 ($6.08) -42%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $9.51 $14.24 ($4.73) -33%
Plague Engineer $12.35 $16.85 ($4.50) -27%
Force of Vigor $13.18 $11.15 $2.03 18%
Collector Ouphe $7.16 $5.77 $1.39 24%
Nurturing Peatland $5.52 $8.58 ($3.06) -36%
Ice-Fang Coatl $7.02 $10.57 ($3.55) -34%
Giver of Runes $6.07 $6.79 ($0.72) -11%
Flusterstorm $5.76 $6.13 ($0.37) -6%
Hexdrinker $7.81 $7.95 ($0.14) -2%
Echo of Eons $4.74 $5.63 ($0.89) -16%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $5.01 $5.39 ($0.38) -7%
Chalice of the Void $11.15 $13.26 ($2.11) -16%
Karn Liberated $5.67 $6.26 ($0.59) -9%
Surgical Extraction $15.32 $18.42 ($3.10) -17%
Dismember $7.09 $5.83 $1.26 22%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.33 $9.73 ($0.40) -4%
Gemstone Mine $11.71 $12.45 ($0.74) -6%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.49 $8.82 ($0.33) -4%
Scalding Tarn $17.05 $14.00 $3.05 22%
Verdant Catacombs $15.33 $20.32 ($4.99) -25%
Misty Rainforest $16.65 $14.16 $2.49 18%
Arid Mesa $6.65 $6.54 $0.11 2%
Marsh Flats $3.97 $4.47 ($0.50) -11%
Eternal Staples
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $4.18 $6.14 ($1.96) -32%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $14.82 $20.76 ($5.94) -29%
City of Traitors $25.18 $26.28 ($1.10) -4%
Monastery Mentor $6.69 $5.29 $1.40 26%
Force of Will $40.14 $41.69 ($1.55) -4%
Karakas $6.91 $5.19 $1.72 33%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.50 $22.11 ($1.61) -7%
Land Tax $5.09 $8.09 ($3.00) -37%
Demonic Tutor $6.66 $6.95 ($0.29) -4%
Unmask $8.99 $8.43 $0.56 7%
Misdirection $15.37 $17.14 ($1.77) -10%
Rishadan Port $6.27 $5.36 $0.91 17%
Entomb $6.51 $5.06 $1.45 29%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $40.75 $58.53 ($17.78) -30%
Mox Opal $4.83 $5.66 ($0.83) -15%
Mox Diamond $17.22 $21.86 ($4.64) -21%
Grindstone $4.29 $8.23 ($3.94) -48%
Wasteland $23.54 $30.41 ($6.87) -23%
Ancient Tomb $19.80 $24.22 ($4.42) -18%
Lotus Petal $14.74 $19.40 ($4.66) -24%
Earthcraft $5.64 $6.44 ($0.80) -12%
Academy Rector $10.29 $12.26 ($1.97) -16%
Grim Monolith $13.44 $13.44 $0.00 0%
Exploration $11.40 $11.30 $0.10 1%
Gaea's Cradle $23.60 $21.87 $1.73 8%
Carpet of Flowers $32.06 $34.20 ($2.14) -6%
Gilded Drake $5.83 $9.95 ($4.12) -41%
Black Lotus $10.55 $9.70 $0.85 9%
Tropical Island $8.45 $9.55 ($1.10) -12%
Volcanic Island $8.75 $10.58 ($1.83) -17%
Underground Sea $9.39 $11.16 ($1.77) -16%
Sol Ring $9.06 $8.47 $0.59 7%
Null Rod $5.92 $5.92 $0.00 0%
Doomsday $9.73 $8.54 $1.19 14%
Mindbreak Trap $14.42 $11.77 $2.65 23%
Pioneer Staples:  Uro has moved over the Pioneer table.  Looks like a lot of stuff might be falling off next week. 
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $12.50 $10.56 $1.94 18%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $7.30 $9.84 ($2.54) -26%
Collected Company $8.20 $8.88 ($0.68) -8%
Kolaghan's Command $4.48 $5.90 ($1.42) -24%
Liliana, the Last Hope $5.64 $8.67 ($3.03) -35%
Collective Brutality $7.38 $10.54 ($3.16) -30%
Assassin's Trophy $5.70 $8.58 ($2.88) -34%
Breeding Pool $1.28 $2.62 ($1.34) -51%
Stomping Ground $1.80 $3.38 ($1.58) -47%
Godless Shrine $0.88 $1.19 ($0.31) -26%
Sacred Foundry $0.45 $0.78 ($0.33) -42%
Watery Grave $0.60 $0.84 ($0.24) -29%
Mana Confluence $4.93 $6.76 ($1.83) -27%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $8.23 $9.51 ($1.28) -13%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $4.05 $6.38 ($2.33) -37%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $5.60 $9.63 ($4.03) -42%
Leyline of the Void $4.93 $7.07 ($2.14) -30%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $2.14 $5.51 ($3.37) -61%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $5.27 $6.55 ($1.28) -20%
Elvish Reclaimer $8.56 $7.74 $0.82 11%
Thought-Knot Seer $6.49 $8.36 ($1.87) -22%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $5.08 $5.64 ($0.56) -10%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $3.89 $6.19 ($2.30) -37%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper 10.5 $8.60 $1.90 22%
Rest in Peace $3.73 $4.64 ($0.91) -20%
Hallowed Fountain $0.92 $1.90 ($0.98) -52%
Steam Vents $1.12 $2.42 ($1.30) -54%
Blood Crypt $2.43 $3.10 ($0.67) -22%
Overgrown Tomb $0.32 $0.37 ($0.05) -14%
Temple Garden $0.78 $0.69 $0.09 13%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath 53.21 70.77 ($17.56) -25%
Teferi, Time Raveler 32.51 42.88 ($10.37) -24%
Finale of Devastation 8.24 6.71 $1.53 23%
Karn, the Great Creator 27.39 34.82 ($7.43) -21%
Dreadhorde Arcanist 13.55 19.55 ($6.00) -31%
Blast Zone 6.69 10.41 ($3.72) -36%
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 $132.55 $130.39 $2.16 2%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $87.18 $117.08 ($29.90) -26%
Theros Beyond Death $127.94 $147.47 ($19.53) -13%
Throne of Eldraine $128.45 $155.84 ($27.39) -18%
Treasure Chest $2.52 $2.44 $0.08 3%
Zendikar Rising $162.97


Zendikar Rising Booster Pack $3.34




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 $157.01
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic $104.87
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic $84.09
Force of Negation MH1 Rare $74.53
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare $71.76
Mox Jet 1E Rare $70.31
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic $67.47
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare $59.42
Mox Emerald 1E Rare $59.14
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic $58.81
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic $58.37
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic $56.35
Karakas UBT Mythic $56.09
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic $53.21
Time Walk 1E Rare $52.40
Dark Depths UBT Mythic $50.47
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic $48.03
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic $47.71
Mox Ruby 1E Rare $45.55
Mox Pearl 1E Rare $43.59
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic $42.05
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare $40.75
Timetwister 1E Rare $40.41
Force of Will MED Rare $40.14
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic $38.30
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic $37.88
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic $37.03
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic $35.91
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic $32.51
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare $32.51
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic $32.09
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon $32.06
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic $30.41
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic $29.73
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common $28.97
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic $28.90
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic $28.32
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic $27.94
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic $27.76
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare $27.39
Submerge NE Uncommon $26.82
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic $26.64
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic $26.41
Wasteland ZNE Mythic $25.77
Force of Will MS3 Mythic $25.54
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic $25.41
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic $25.34
Atla Palani, Nest Tender C19 Mythic $25.34
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic $25.33
Verdant Catacombs ZNE Mythic $25.20
City of Traitors EX Rare $25.18
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 $24,090.  Last time it was $24,750.  This is a loss of $660. 
 
In Closing

I spent most of my free time this week giving my room a nice deep fall cleaning.  I also woke up this morning, colder than I had been in some time and decided I needed to dig out my space heater.  Hopefully I'll be able to turn that off soon enough. 

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