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State of the Program for October 7th, 2022
 
In the News

Modern Cube: *From last week*  Carmen Handy and Aaron Sorrells have a look at the newest build of the Modern Cube here. You can see the changes and full card list here.

The Brothers' War: *From last week with new information* Previews for the set started Thursday, and you can see the card gallery here.  Urza and Mishra lead Commander Decks this set.  A subset, like Expeditions on the Mystical Archive exists for Artifacts.  Lodestone Golem and Wurmcoil Engine lead the way so far.  The basic lands in the set feature Mechs.  Meld also makes a return to the game.  Cards based on the Transformers franchise of animated shows and toys will be in the set as well.  You can see the Transformers cards here.

MOCS Season 2 Showcase:  8 Magic Online players battle for $70,000 and invites to the World Championship.  There will be coverage of this Modern Cube and Pioneer event on twitch and you can read the Viewer's Guide here.

30th Anniversary Information:  A whole lot of stuff came out this week, some, like the 30th Anniversary Edition, social media hated.  Others, like the Secret Lair Countdown, others loved.  Let's break it down as best as one can.  30th Anniversary Edition is a reprint set inspired by Beta.  It is, in Wizards of the Coasts words a "commemorative, collectible, non-tournament-legal product celebrating 30 years of Magic."  It goes on sale on November 29th, from 30thEdition.wizards.com and costs 999.  In this display you get 4 packs of 15 cards, 13 of these cards are in the modern frame, and two cards are in the retro frame.  You also get a token. You can read product information here, and see the card image gallery here.  These will not be coming to MTGO. 

In addition to this product, we got the list of play promos, Loyal Retainers, Exalted Angel, Chord of Calling, Tarmogoyf (in the Future Sight frame in Japanese!) (Beast Whisperer) and (Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose) highlight the promos.  You can see the full list, and what set they are associated with here

New Releases:  Dominaria Remastered got new information, Shadows over Innistrad Remastered was announced for Arena, and the 30th Anniversary Countdown Secret Lair will be available on November 1st for 149.99.  Universes Beyond is getting some new properties as well.  Joining The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Arcane, Street Fighter, Fortnite, Warhammer 40k, Transformers, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, will be Post Malone, Final Fantasy and Assassin's Creed.  It is unknown how those cards will appear, be it a full set, Commander decks, or Secret Lairs. 
 

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 18, 2022
Constructed Leagues End
Ends November 16, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends November 17, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
New Capenna Redemption
Ends October 12, 2022
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 - Modern Cube

October 12 - Chaos Draft
October 19 - CubeCon Cartographia
October 26 - Carmen Handy's Magic 30 Cube
November 2 - Innistrad Flashback
November 9 - Throne of Eldraine

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: Willy Edel's Domain deck looks like it's a lot of fun.  Leyline Binding and Herd Migration appear to be the big Domain payoffs, but I would argue making it easier to cast Tear Asunder or Unleash the Inferno for their full value is better.  The Standard format seems to be all about Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and Wedding Announcement, so having as many ways to take care of them while also taking care of creatures is great.


Pauper:  It looks like Cawgate is evolving to a Boros Shell.  I'm not sure if Rally the Peasants is better, but it's important to note the deck change as a new version comes up and ditches blue. 


Pioneer:  Edel was going to be featured again this column with a sweet Red Green aggro deck, but instead, this Bard Class list from the Super Qualifier is getting the spot instead.  It just looks so cool and it's been a while since we last saw the enchantment 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 - tarksar1990
Saturday Modern - Arrias - Living End
Saturday Pauper - cicciogire - Dimir Terror
Saturday Pioneer - HippoxDragon - Abzan Greasefang
Saturday Standard -  Misplacedginger - Rakdos Mid
Saturday Vintage - GGoggles

Sunday Legacy - John1111 - Izzet Delver
Sunday Modern - _StN_ - Izzet Murktide
Sunday Pauper - INSIST - Boros Cawgate
Sunday Pioneer - Super Qualifier
Sunday Standard - Bryzem1 - Esper Midrange
Sunday Vintage - kasa

Other Event Winners

Pioneer Qualifier
Pauper Super Qualifier
Pioneer Super Quailifer


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 $21.91 $28.03 -$6.12 -22%
Liliana of the Veil $13.05 $12.41 $0.64 5%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $59.96 $58.32 $1.64 3%
Serra Paragon $10.10 $6.93 $3.17 46%
Soul of Windgrace $5.79 $5.15 $0.64 12%
The Meathook Massacre $41.43 $42.50 -$1.07 -3%
Memory Deluge $9.64 $8.28 $1.36 16%
Haunted Ridge $26.05 $26.16 -$0.11 0%
Graveyard Trespasser $18.59 $26.13 -$7.54 -29%
Brutal Cathar $11.66 $10.15 $1.51 15%
Deserted Beach $12.79 $13.49 -$0.70 -5%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $9.97 $9.20 $0.77 8%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $7.22 $5.50 $1.72 31%
Shipwreck Marsh $6.35 $6.35 $0.00 0%
Boseiju, Who Endures $52.75 $48.14 $4.61 10%
Otawara, Soaring City $14.05 $12.97 $1.08 8%
The Wandering Emperor $28.48 $28.97 -$0.49 -2%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $57.58 $57.67 -$0.09 0%
March of Otherworldly Light $6.12 $5.68 $0.44 8%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $8.56 $7.96 $0.60 8%
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $13.90 $14.64 -$0.74 -5%
Ledger Shredder $21.06 $23.15 -$2.09 -9%
Unlicensed Hearse $40.48 $40.98 -$0.50 -1%
Titan of Industry $6.52 $5.87 $0.65 11%
Wedding Announcement $11.66


Stormcarved Coast $7.56 $7.10 $0.46 6%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $7.49 $8.34 -$0.85 -10%
Sorin the Mirthless $9.28 $8.89 $0.39 4%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $11.69 $12.66 -$0.97 -8%
Steelshaper's Gift $5.79 $6.04 -$0.25 -4%
Cavern of Souls $10.49 $13.76 -$3.27 -24%
Mishra's Bauble $18.16 $19.05 -$0.89 -5%
Aether Vial $4.87 $5.76 -$0.89 -15%
Magus of the Moon $8.47 $8.41 $0.06 1%
Polluted Delta $8.40 $7.27 $1.13 16%
Wooded Foothills $7.18 $7.56 -$0.38 -5%
Flooded Strand $10.68 $10.92 -$0.24 -2%
Bloodstained Mire $5.43 $7.22 -$1.79 -25%
Windswept Heath $5.27 $5.79 -$0.52 -9%
Thoughtseize $8.23 $9.42 -$1.19 -13%
Force of Negation $17.27 $18.15 -$0.88 -5%
Wrenn and Six $36.01 $36.31 -$0.30 -1%
Sunbaked Canyon $12.40 $8.09 $4.31 53%
Seasoned Pyromancer $8.08 $7.39 $0.69 9%
Force of Vigor $25.03 $21.69 $3.34 15%
Flusterstorm $27.60 $23.23 $4.37 19%
Archmage's Charm $4.43 $5.01 -$0.58 -12%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $10.84 $7.13 $3.71 52%
Archon of Cruelty $21.43 $24.42 -$2.99 -12%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $34.34 $31.66 $2.68 8%
Urza's Saga $47.77 $45.13 $2.64 6%
Solitude $29.28 $25.90 $3.38 13%
Endurance $45.90 $46.92 -$1.02 -2%
Grief $12.19 $12.11 $0.08 1%
Murktide Regent $15.64 $16.74 -$1.10 -7%
Fury $38.57 $43.97 -$5.40 -12%
Esper Sentinel $7.02 $7.44 -$0.42 -6%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $7.06 $5.64 $1.42 25%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $9.38 $5.54 $3.84 69%
Subtlety $12.81 $14.05 -$1.24 -9%
Chalice of the Void $22.16 $24.18 -$2.02 -8%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.50 $6.63 -$0.13 -2%
Teferi, Time Raveler $32.66 $32.76 -$0.10 0%
Gemstone Mine $6.46 $7.71 -$1.25 -16%
Scalding Tarn $5.49 $5.24 $0.25 5%
Verdant Catacombs $2.08 $2.48 -$0.40 -16%
Misty Rainforest $4.51 $4.45 $0.06 1%
Arid Mesa $3.96 $4.00 -$0.04 -1%
Marsh Flats $1.17 $1.23 -$0.06 -5%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $34.67 $45.81 ($11.14) -24%
Hullbreacher $15.17 $16.84 ($1.67) -10%
Opposition Agent $33.70 $33.98 ($0.28) -1%
Jeweled Lotus $20.66 $21.20 ($0.54) -3%
City of Traitors $12.83 $14.41 ($1.58) -11%
Allosaurus Shepherd $5.55 $5.82 ($0.27) -5%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $26.80 $26.95 ($0.15) -1%
Helm of Obedience $18.41 $17.82 $0.59 3%
Force of Will $47.35 $49.55 ($2.20) -4%
Karakas $9.26 $9.43 ($0.17) -2%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $11.29 $11.87 ($0.58) -5%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.37 $6.47 ($0.10) -2%
Enlightened Tutor $6.95 $7.22 ($0.27) -4%
Unmask $17.64 $18.02 ($0.38) -2%
Misdirection $13.10 $13.10 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $12.02 $12.14 ($0.12) -1%
Snuff Out $27.95 $24.51 $3.44 14%
Submerge $9.61 $9.40 $0.21 2%
Daze $5.90 $6.85 ($0.95) -14%
Entomb $7.44 $8.21 ($0.77) -9%
Recruiter of the Guard $9.97 $8.81 $1.16 13%
Mox Diamond $32.74 $36.20 ($3.46) -10%
Wasteland $21.81 $22.71 ($0.90) -4%
Ancient Tomb $21.38 $16.45 $4.93 30%
Lotus Petal $18.41 $17.87 $0.54 3%
Grindstone $8.32 $8.36 ($0.04) 0%
Grim Monolith $9.91 $8.42 $1.49 18%
Goblin Welder $7.22 $6.94 $0.28 4%
Meltdown $35.33 $36.45 ($1.12) -3%
Exploration $8.00 $8.25 ($0.25) -3%
Gaea's Cradle $28.43 $26.66 $1.77 7%
Carpet of Flowers $18.71 $23.50 ($4.79) -20%
Gilded Drake $8.57 $9.22 ($0.65) -7%
Show and Tell $9.76 $8.56 $1.20 14%
Black Lotus $12.92 $11.80 $1.12 9%
Volcanic Island $7.71 $7.93 ($0.22) -3%
Underground Sea $7.81 $8.55 ($0.74) -9%
Null Rod $8.50 $9.70 ($1.20) -12%
Doomsday $17.61 $17.62 ($0.01) 0%
Paradigm Shift $12.76 $12.93 ($0.17) -1%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Indomitable Creativity $4.01 $5.56 -$1.55 -27.88%
Den of the Bugbear $28.32 $24.95 $3.37 13.51%
Hall of the Storm Giants $7.93 $8.21 -$0.28 -3.41%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $7.22 $7.45 -$0.23 -3.09%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $7.47 $7.04 $0.43 6.11%
Wish $5.41 $5.80 -$0.39 -6.72%
Collected Company $10.32 $9.51 $0.81 8.52%
Brazen Borrower $20.33 $23.91 -$3.58 -14.97%
Bonecrusher Giant $13.46 $9.53 $3.93 41.24%
Emrakul, the Promised End $4.73 $5.15 -$0.42 -8.16%
Arclight Phoenix $6.98 $7.26 -$0.28 -3.86%
Shark Typhoon $6.11 $5.76 $0.35 6.08%
Ketria Triome $7.96 $8.53 -$0.57 -6.68%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.12 $9.34 -$0.22 -2.36%
Mana Confluence $4.45 $5.18 -$0.73 -14.09%
Blightstep Pathway $5.78 $5.78 $0.00 0.00%
Hengegate Pathway $6.06 $7.08 -$1.02 -14.41%
Darkbore Pathway $5.49 $6.15 -$0.66 -10.73%
Realmwalker $5.21 $6.07 -$0.86 -14.17%
Spirebluff Canal $6.09 $7.10 -$1.01 -14.23%
Lotus Field $5.75 $5.32 $0.43 8.08%
Cavalier of Thorns $28.22 $28.19 $0.03 0.11%
Leyline of the Void $7.08 $10.60 -$3.52 -33.21%
Day's Undoing $4.70 $6.11 -$1.41 -23.08%
Rest in Peace $6.23 $6.06 $0.17 2.81%
Prismari Command $8.21 $6.83 $1.38 20.20%
Witherbloom Command $7.65 $9.36 -$1.71 -18.27%
Karn, the Great Creator $28.84 $26.77 $2.07 7.73%
Finale of Devastation $7.10 $7.25 -$0.15 -2.07%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $24.19 $24.78 -$0.59 -2.38%
Skyclave Apparition $7.24 $6.00 $1.24 20.67%
Shatterskull Smashing $5.08 $7.33 -$2.25 -30.70%
Roiling Vortex $8.91 $6.94 $1.97 28.39%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.07 $6.04 $0.03 0.50%
Sea Gate Restoration $7.02 $8.02 -$1.00 -12.47%
Pauper Staples:  The prices of Snuff Out, no matter the set are absurd. 

Pauper Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Night's Whisper $2.49 $2.55 -$0.06 -2.35%
Wild Growth $3.76 $2.87 $0.89 31.01%
Merchant Scroll $1.97 $1.69 $0.28 16.57%
Relic of Progenitus $1.46


Fire/Ice $3.28


Ninja of the Deep Hours $2.56 $4.76 -$2.20 -46.22%
Avenging Hunter $2.92


Kenku Artificer $2.85


Goliath Paladin $2.14


Benevolent Blessing $2.47 $2.17 $0.30 13.82%
Boarding Party $8.36 $8.03 $0.33 4.11%
Maelstrom Colossus $1.38


Crimson Fleet Commodore $3.74 $3.59 $0.15 4.18%
Skred $2.54 $2.62 -$0.08 -3.05%
Utopia Sprawl $3.03 $2.25 $0.78 34.67%
Obsidian Acolyte $1.13 $0.84 $0.29 34.52%
Flaring Pain $3.80 $7.15 -$3.35 -46.85%
Prismatic Strands $7.77 $6.70 $1.07 15.97%
Pyroblast $12.20 $9.33 $2.87 30.76%
Hydroblast $11.07 $7.89 $3.18 40.30%
Mystic Remora $8.77 $11.07 -$2.30 -20.78%
Spidersilk Armor $2.59 $4.26 -$1.67 -39.20%
Ancestral Mask $8.49 $8.40 $0.09 1.07%
Land Grant $2.74 $2.69 $0.05 1.86%
Snuff Out $27.95 $15.25 $12.70 83.28%
Sandstone Needle $3.40 $2.64 $0.76 28.79%
Saprazzan Skerry $2.80 $1.91 $0.89 46.60%
Peat Bog $2.48 $1.69 $0.79 46.75%
Great Furnace $6.56 $5.22 $1.34 25.67%
Vault of Whispers $1.72 $1.58 $0.14 8.86%
Moment's Peace $3.40 $2.14 $1.26 58.88%
Rhystic Study $7.64 $8.92 -$1.28 -14.35%
Sunscape Familiar $1.71 $2.61 -$0.90 -34.48%
Thorn of the Black Rose $4.27 $4.66 -$0.39 -8.37%
Custodi Squire $6.83 $6.70 $0.13 1.94%
Ash Barrens $2.52 $2.46 $0.06 2.44%
Manamorphose $2.08 $3.96 -$1.88 -47.47%
Tortured Existence $1.89 $1.46 $0.43 29.45%
Lotus Petal $18.41 $29.54 -$11.13 -37.68%
Crop Rotation $3.34 $4.06 -$0.72 -17.73%
Exhume $1.60 $1.10 $0.50 45.45%
Curfew $3.78 $2.48 $1.30 52.42%
Pestilence $3.81 $3.96 -$0.15 -3.79%
Impulse $0.45 $2.48 -$2.03 -81.85%
Fireblast $1.23 $0.55 $0.68 123.64%
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 $139.66 $138.54 $1.12 1%
Dominaria United Booster $3.16 $3.21 ($0.05) -2%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $89.39 $81.74 $7.65 9%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $206.93 $207.81 ($0.88) 0%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $190.07 $182.48 $7.59 4%
Streets of New Capenna $125.51 $125.60 ($0.09) 0%
Treasure Chest $2.42 $2.56 ($0.14) -5%


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. 

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 $27,033.
 
In Closing

I spent a lot of time on Magic Spellslingers this week, almost ten hours on the game.  It's everything I wanted Arena to be.  Fun, fast paced, unique gameplay set in the Magic Universe, but not a fancy redoing of the paper game.  It's closer to Eternal and Hearthstone than anything else.  The characters and voice acting are full of flair and personality.  The only real flaw that I can think of is the crafting system, which does have you leaning on teammates to get the most out of it.  It's free to play, and something you should really check out. 

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