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State of the Program for October 8th, 2021
 
In the News

Standard: Through the Ages - It's happening now, I recommend the Splinter Twin deck, because everything else wants to play fair Magic and the Twin deck does not.  Other than that, this is a really good look at Standards of Formats Past and I think they did a great job picking out of the best decks of the formats past.   You can see the lists here.

Magic World Championship XXVII:  The decklists for the tournament were publishes early.  In the 16 player event, 8 players are on an Alrund's Epiphany deck.  4 are Izzet, the other 4 are Grixis, splashing black for discard.  Mono Snow Aggro is played by another 5 players, three on green, two on white, the rest of the field is Izzet Dragons, Temur Midrange and Azorius Aggro.  Coverage starts on twitch today.  You can see the lists 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 10th, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
Ends November 10th, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
Ends November 11th, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
D&D Redemption
Ends December 1st, 2021
Midnight Hunt Redemption
Begins October 20th, 2021
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: Standard:  Through the Ages
October 9th - Pauper Qualifier
October 10th - Standard Super Qualifier

October 13 - Artisan Cube
October 20 - Three weeks of Vintage Cube
October 27 - Triple Innistrad 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
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

They didn't publish Arena decklists this week.  Missed out on the fun decks! 

Standard
: New Standard was going well until a couple of results started to come in.  First players remembered at Alrund's Epiphany was a really good card.  Second they learned that Esika's Chariot is also a really good card. Third those two decks started to bash each other and finally Magic social media became useless as the discourse then turned into what to ban.  Anyways, here is the Mono White deck that won the Saturday Challenge.


Historic:  Takobyte took this Selesnya Humans deck to Mythic.  You can check out a sideboard guide here


Legacy:  Stompy decks sure have evolved.  I remember when this kind of deck was powering out Rakdos Pit Dragon.  I am old.


ModernLiving End decks these days seem to be defined by free spells.  Of course you have the namesake sorcery, but most are also using a playset of Force of Negation as well.  This list takes those out of the main and replaces them with 8 elementals from Modern Horizons 2.  Force of Vigor also hangs out in the board and with so many cards not requiring mana to be played, you'd think WotC was trying to make Modern Legacy. 


Pauper:  I think it's pretty refreshing to see a deck without Atog or Delver of Secrets pick up a big win.  That's what Azorius Blink did this weekend.
 

Pioneer:  I'm still not sold on Angrath's Marauders no longer having a place in the deck, but it looks like it's taken a bit away from being a combo deck and started to be a midrange deck that just overwhelms in the attack step.  If that's the case is Heroic Intervention worth taking a look at at for the mass removal matchups? 





 
Winner's Circle

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

The Saturday Legacy Challenge has had an issue with it either happening or the decklists being posted.  There were no results posted for the event again this week. 

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - No Results
Saturday Modern - bellfy - Elemental Living End
Saturday Pauper - Backoff - Bogles
Saturday Pioneer - SpicyLeche - Winota
Saturday Standard - Lennny - Mono White Aggro
Saturday Vintage - albertoSD

Sunday Legacy - SuperCow12653 - Goblin Stompy
Sunday Modern - patheus_84 - Temur Rhinos
Sunday Pauper - Drugo - Mono Blue Tempo
Sunday Pioneer - O_danielakos - Izzet Phoenix
Sunday Standard - onewaygarden - Izzet Epiphany
Sunday Vintage - IdraftTheBeatz

Other Event Winners

Pauper Super Qualifier -
Not Good - Azorius Blink


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:  A couple of cards came off of the Standard list this week from Forgotten Realms. Faceless Haven jumps on to the list. A few more cards from Midnight Hunt also fell off the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $31.42 $29.04 $2.38 8%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $10.57 $10.49 $0.08 1%
Acererak the Archlich $22.76 $22.53 $0.23 1%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $7.74 $7.35 $0.39 5%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $7.04 $8.07 ($1.03) -13%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $7.46 $7.38 $0.08 1%
Old Gnawbone $13.44 $13.03 $0.41 3%
Den of the Bugbear $7.51 $7.13 $0.38 5%
Lolth, Spider Queen $12.49 $11.58 $0.91 8%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $8.97 $7.48 $1.49 20%
Inferno of the Star Mounts $6.81 $6.42 $0.39 6%
Ranger Class $10.19 $6.21 $3.98 64%
Hall of the Storm Giants $8.15 $6.05 $2.10 35%
Valki, God of Lies $15.15 $15.89 ($0.74) -5%
Goldspan Dragon $15.11 $15.85 ($0.74) -5%
Alrund's Epiphany $12.61 $7.68 $4.93 64%
Faceless Haven $10.24


Wrenn and Seven $35.37 $40.32 ($4.95) -12%
Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $8.55 $8.97 ($0.42) -5%
The Meathook Massacre $16.51 $11.46 $5.05 44%
Intrepid Adversary $11.99 $5.38 $6.61 123%
Moonveil Regent $4.77 $6.12 ($1.35) -22%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $6.17 $7.33 ($1.16) -16%
Arlinn, the Pack's Hope $6.48 $5.49 $0.99 18%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $8.25 $7.18 $1.07 15%
Tainted Adversary $5.53 $3.08 $2.45 80%
Poppet Stitcher $4.57 $6.24 ($1.67) -27%
Memory Deluge $6.59 $6.34 $0.25 4%
Primal Adversary $6.52 $5.83 $0.69 12%
Prismari Command $16.23 $17.22 ($0.99) -6%
Magma Opus $6.81 $7.27 ($0.46) -6%
Professor Onyx $10.93 $11.20 ($0.27) -2%
Velomachus Lorehold $12.76 $13.24 ($0.48) -4%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.98 $7.27 ($0.29) -4%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.62 $8.54 ($0.92) -11%
Galazeth Prismari $6.10 $6.34 ($0.24) -4%
Mascot Exhibition $6.88 $7.81 ($0.93) -12%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $7.14 $7.52 ($0.38) -5%
Skyclave Apparition $15.94 $15.07 $0.87 6%
Shatterskull Smashing $10.34 $10.01 $0.33 3%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $20.44 $22.06 ($1.62) -7%
Cavern of Souls $17.39 $16.23 $1.16 7%
Mishra's Bauble $23.87 $23.25 $0.62 3%
Aether Vial $8.05 $9.95 ($1.90) -19%
Horizon Canopy $4.24 $5.31 ($1.07) -20%
Liliana of the Veil $8.52 $11.45 ($2.93) -26%
Polluted Delta $7.62 $10.71 ($3.09) -29%
Wooded Foothills $7.29 $8.05 ($0.76) -9%
Flooded Strand $9.18 $12.26 ($3.08) -25%
Bloodstained Mire $6.10 $7.87 ($1.77) -22%
Windswept Heath $4.64 $6.09 ($1.45) -24%
Thoughtseize $6.32 $8.59 ($2.27) -26%
Elvish Reclaimer $4.73 $5.66 ($0.93) -16%
Force of Negation $48.38 $58.28 ($9.90) -17%
Wrenn and Six $63.79 $52.98 $10.81 20%
Prismatic Vista $6.96 $8.65 ($1.69) -20%
Sunbaked Canyon $28.34 $25.04 $3.30 13%
Seasoned Pyromancer $24.61 $21.79 $2.82 13%
Fiery Islet $7.52 $7.99 ($0.47) -6%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $5.78 $7.36 ($1.58) -21%
Force of Vigor $33.53 $40.47 ($6.94) -17%
Flusterstorm $33.36 $32.37 $0.99 3%
Archmage's Charm $27.04 $18.59 $8.45 45%
Silent Clearing $7.82 $6.81 $1.01 15%
Archon of Cruelty $7.02 $8.76 ($1.74) -20%
Prismatic Ending $5.54 $5.52 $0.02 0%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $112.53 $91.81 $20.72 23%
Urza's Saga $47.88 $47.18 $0.70 1%
Solitude $51.77 $42.91 $8.86 21%
Endurance $56.38 $61.94 ($5.56) -9%
Grief $10.16 $11.25 ($1.09) -10%
Murktide Regent $20.37 $21.55 ($1.18) -5%
Sanctum Prelate $11.95 $11.15 $0.80 7%
Fury $17.64 $15.74 $1.90 12%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $6.63 $5.56 $1.07 19%
Ignoble Hierarch $3.68 $5.86 ($2.18) -37%
Chalice of the Void $35.03 $39.27 ($4.24) -11%
Surgical Extraction $11.63 $14.00 ($2.37) -17%
Karn Liberated $6.16 $5.59 $0.57 10%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $11.03 $11.92 ($0.89) -7%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $8.03 $8.89 ($0.86) -10%
Ensnaring Bridge $7.34 $7.97 ($0.63) -8%
Teferi, Time Raveler $56.96 $47.98 $8.98 19%
Gemstone Mine $6.10 $7.08 ($0.98) -14%
Scalding Tarn $7.02 $7.77 ($0.75) -10%
Verdant Catacombs $4.29 $5.02 ($0.73) -15%
Misty Rainforest $5.01 $5.34 ($0.33) -6%
Arid Mesa $3.09 $3.28 ($0.19) -6%
Marsh Flats $2.25 $2.88 ($0.63) -22%
Eternal StaplesDemonic Tutor came off the list. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $38.32 $43.44 ($5.12) -12%
Opposition Agent $17.48 $18.66 ($1.18) -6%
Jeweled Lotus $20.99 $19.20 $1.79 9%
City of Traitors $15.72 $16.39 ($0.67) -4%
Allosaurus Shepherd $34.97 $34.44 $0.53 2%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $10.87 $10.93 ($0.06) -1%
Force of Will $45.59 $56.12 ($10.53) -19%
Karakas $9.89 $9.95 ($0.06) -1%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $21.22 $21.29 ($0.07) 0%
Unmask $8.89 $12.99 ($4.10) -32%
Misdirection $13.63 $13.72 ($0.09) -1%
Rishadan Port $13.78 $13.30 $0.48 4%
Snuff Out $15.56 $15.06 $0.50 3%
Submerge $7.79 $8.84 ($1.05) -12%
Daze $6.64 $8.45 ($1.81) -21%
Entomb $10.08 $8.99 $1.09 12%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $10.39 $8.89 $1.50 17%
Mox Diamond $36.09 $33.40 $2.69 8%
Wasteland $21.84 $24.06 ($2.22) -9%
Ancient Tomb $15.04 $17.53 ($2.49) -14%
Lotus Petal $20.49 $21.39 ($0.90) -4%
Grim Monolith $12.23 $12.41 ($0.18) -1%
Exploration $15.30 $15.05 $0.25 2%
Gaea's Cradle $24.25 $27.90 ($3.65) -13%
Carpet of Flowers $16.29 $17.41 ($1.12) -6%
Gilded Drake $11.29 $11.33 ($0.04) 0%
Black Lotus $8.99 $8.93 $0.06 1%
Volcanic Island $8.00 $7.78 $0.22 3%
Underground Sea $8.34 $7.97 $0.37 5%
Null Rod $13.82 $13.82 $0.00 0%
Doomsday $21.01 $20.85 $0.16 1%
Paradigm Shift $8.17 $8.30 ($0.13) -2%
Mindbreak Trap $5.07 $5.35 ($0.28) -5%
Pioneer Staples:  Despite the small list, Pioneer really seems to be in a really good place. Give the format a chance if you haven't in a while! 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Collected Company $6.50 $5.11 $1.39 27%
Brazen Borrower $19.81 $18.58 $1.23 7%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $12.90 $14.23 ($1.33) -9%
Arclight Phoenix $6.73 $6.69 $0.04 1%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $14.42 $16.22 ($1.80) -11%
Shark Typhoon $11.76 $10.76 $1.00 9%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $10.24 $10.63 ($0.39) -4%
Spirebluff Canal $5.42 $6.57 ($1.15) -18%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $11.25 $11.86 ($0.61) -5%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $5.61 $7.50 ($1.89) -25%
Karn, the Great Creator $20.56 $22.78 ($2.22) -10%
Blast Zone $6.20 $5.62 $0.58 10%
Finale of Devastation $7.64 $7.69 ($0.05) -1%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $23.40 $23.91 ($0.51) -2%
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
Forgotten Realms $215.46 $199.15 $16.31 8%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $185.01 $171.18 $13.83 8%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Booster Pack $3.30 $3.23 $0.07 2%
Kaldheim $126.30 $117.06 $9.24 8%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $148.38 $153.84 ($5.46) -4%
Treasure Chest $2.33 $2.39 ($0.06) -3%
Zendikar Rising $104.62 $101.22 $3.40 3%


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 173.88
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 135.99
Karakas UBT Mythic 110.2
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 96.14
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 93.09
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 92.6
Mox Jet 1E Rare 92.22
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 87.61
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 84.96
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 69.44
Time Walk 1E Rare 67.1
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 65.06
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 63.79
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 56.96
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 55.96
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 55.9
Endurance MH2 Mythic 54.7
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 54.41
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 50.57
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 50.13
Solitude MH2 Mythic 49.51
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 48.38
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 47.88
Force of Will MED Rare 45.59
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.33
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 44.79
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 43.79
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 41.58
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 40.97
Wasteland EXP Mythic 40.96
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 39.89
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 39.82
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 39.64
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 38.86
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 38.32
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 37.49
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 37.26
Verdant Catacombs MH2 Rare 36.8
Mox Diamond ST Rare 36.09
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 35.8
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 35.64
Wrenn and Seven MID Mythic 35.37
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 35.1
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare 35.03
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 34.97
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 34.29
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 33.91
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 33.53
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 33.36
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 33.03
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 32.29
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 32.14
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 32.13
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.93
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.54
Demilich AFR Mythic 31.42
Reanimate UBT Mythic 31.37
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.82
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 29.84
Timetwister 1E Rare 29.77
Force of Will VMA Rare 29.44
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 29.27
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 28.92
Sunbaked Canyon MH1 Rare 28.34
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.28
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 28.11
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 27.96
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 27.7
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 27.62
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.53
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 27.49
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 27.36
Wasteland TPR Rare 27.16
Archmage's Charm MH1 Rare 27.07
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.92
Force of Will EMA Mythic 26.57
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 26.31
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 26.12
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

I started my ADHD drugs this morning.  I am not a fan of how they make me feel.  I'm not entirely sure if I am going to keep up on them.  The non stimulant I am on though is supposed to be fast acting.  I may actually see results later on today. 

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