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State of the Program for October 9th, 2020
 
In the News

Mystery Booster MTGO edition:  This week's draft offering is Mystery Boosters.  Phantom event, you can check out the set list here.

Eternal Weekend:  Eternal Weekend is happening on MTGO this year due to the pandemic. You need a full account to play, and each event is priced at 25.00 to enter.  There will be three events for Legacy and three for Vintage.  Entry in to these, much like Pax Online and GenCon before will also grant temporary access to nearly every card on MTGO for the event.  Read more here.

Limited Super Qualifier:  The Zendikar Rising Super Qualifier is October 10th, at 2 p.m. PT.

Pioneer Split Championship Qualifier:  Got 40 QPs hanging out on the account?  October 11th at 7 a.m. PT is the Pioneer Split Championship Qualifier. 

2020 Grand Finals:  This will be starting as the article goes live.  Each day features three rounds each of Standard and Historic on Arena.  Omnath decks are nearly 73 percent of the Standard field. The Historic metagame isn't as bad. Coverage is on Twitch.
 

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 18, 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:

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

Standard: It's so hard to pick a Standard deck right now. 


Historic:  I'm not sure how reliable the 6 wins in a row decks are from magic.gg, but I spent untold hours trying to make Enchantress work in the format, glad someone was able to get it done.


Legacy:

Modern:

Pauper:  Pauper, to me, is starting to feel like Vintage, in that it is awfully hard to find a deck that hasn't been covered recently I feel. 


Pioneer: Loving the amount of play that Soldier of the Pantheon is seeing now!


Vintage:



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - r0cknati0n - Bant Snow
Saturday Modern - Showcase
Saturday Pauper - Oceansoul92 - Mardu Monarch
Saturday Pioneer - NightKnight131 - Jund Sac
Saturday Standard -  Showcase
Saturday Vintage - Showcase

Sunday Legacy - wambocombo2020 - Temur Delver
Sunday Modern - Parrit - Death and Taxes
Sunday Pauper - Mathonical - Mardu Monarch
Sunday Pioneer - Showcase
Sunday Standard - _Batutinha_ - Rakdos
Sunday Vintage - Butakov

Other Event Winners
Pioneer Showcase - ConnorM426 - Lotus Combo
Vintage Showcase - Montolio
Standard Showcase - Eaglov - Dimir Rogues
Modern Showcase - D00mwake - Death's Shadow

Around the Web

MTGOTraders YouTube:  Did you know that MTGOTraders.com has a YouTube page?  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.
 
Standard Staples: Rankle, Master of Pranks isn't seeing a ton of play and dropped off the list.  Vivien, Monsters' Advocate is off as well. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $29.03 $20.59 $8.44 41%
Questing Beast $6.74 $7.23 ($0.49) -7%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $5.14 $5.68 ($0.54) -10%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.91 $5.07 $0.84 17%
Fiend Artisan $5.71 $6.71 ($1.00) -15%
General Kudro of Drannith $11.46 $11.24 $0.22 2%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $5.47 $6.30 ($0.83) -13%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $6.85 $8.46 ($1.61) -19%
Shark Typhoon $7.46 $9.53 ($2.07) -22%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $10.16 $10.23 ($0.07) -1%
Teferi, Master of Time $12.11 $11.99 $0.12 1%
Terror of the Peaks $10.71 $9.65 $1.06 11%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $12.04 $12.20 ($0.16) -1%
Elder Gargaroth $49.17 $48.03 $1.14 2%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 19.74 16.62 $3.12 19%
Klothys, God of Destiny 8.66 9.54 ($0.88) -9%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $31.18 $32.51 ($1.33) -4%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $40.17 $32.09 $8.08 25%
Turntimber Symbiosis $12.11 $17.22 ($5.11) -30%
Agadeem's Awakening $13.19 $14.39 ($1.20) -8%
Skyclave Apparition $14.62 $8.03 $6.59 82%
Shatterskull Smashing $6.70 $7.51 ($0.81) -11%
Sea Gate Restoration $4.05 $6.07 ($2.02) -33%
Modern Staples:  I added Elvish Reclaimer to the Modern list because it's the format I feel it sees the most play in. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $23.23 $17.64 $5.59 32%
Cavern of Souls $20.42 $20.20 $0.22 1%
Mishra's Bauble $10.36 $9.91 $0.45 5%
Aether Vial $24.18 $19.58 $4.60 23%
Horizon Canopy $15.68 $14.79 $0.89 6%
Tarmogoyf $5.73 $7.21 ($1.48) -21%
Liliana of the Veil $14.33 $13.40 $0.93 7%
Polluted Delta $7.88 $9.67 ($1.79) -19%
Wooded Foothills $5.96 $6.74 ($0.78) -12%
Flooded Strand $6.55 $5.45 $1.10 20%
Bloodstained Mire $7.54 $8.53 ($0.99) -12%
Windswept Heath $4.10 $4.88 ($0.78) -16%
Thoughtseize $10.53 $8.61 $1.92 22%
Field of the Dead $19.35 $20.29 ($0.94) -5%
Elvish Reclaimer $8.64 $8.56 $0.08 1%
Force of Negation $79.32 $74.53 $4.79 6%
Wrenn and Six $64.93 $67.47 ($2.54) -4%
Prismatic Vista $10.15 $13.02 ($2.87) -22%
Sunbaked Canyon $15.34 $11.60 $3.74 32%
Seasoned Pyromancer $36.75 $37.88 ($1.13) -3%
Fiery Islet $9.55 $8.37 $1.18 14%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $9.21 $9.51 ($0.30) -3%
Plague Engineer $11.48 $12.35 ($0.87) -7%
Force of Vigor $12.88 $13.18 ($0.30) -2%
Collector Ouphe $6.29 $7.16 ($0.87) -12%
Nurturing Peatland $4.73 $5.52 ($0.79) -14%
Ice-Fang Coatl $7.55 $7.02 $0.53 8%
Giver of Runes $12.61 $6.07 $6.54 108%
Flusterstorm $5.43 $5.76 ($0.33) -6%
Hexdrinker $7.21 $7.81 ($0.60) -8%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $4.75 $5.01 ($0.26) -5%
Chalice of the Void $12.03 $11.15 $0.88 8%
Karn Liberated $5.51 $5.67 ($0.16) -3%
Surgical Extraction $17.18 $15.32 $1.86 12%
Dismember $7.06 $7.09 ($0.03) 0%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.23 $9.33 ($0.10) -1%
Gemstone Mine $10.31 $11.71 ($1.40) -12%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $7.84 $8.49 ($0.65) -8%
Scalding Tarn $15.85 $17.05 ($1.20) -7%
Verdant Catacombs $14.97 $15.33 ($0.36) -2%
Misty Rainforest $15.52 $16.65 ($1.13) -7%
Arid Mesa $6.90 $6.65 $0.25 4%
Marsh Flats $4.29 $3.97 $0.32 8%
Eternal StaplesDark Depths fell off the list this week.  Mox Opal is off again.  Grindstone is gone. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Oko, Thief of Crowns $14.95 $14.82 $0.13 1%
City of Traitors $24.81 $25.18 ($0.37) -1%
Monastery Mentor $6.10 $6.69 ($0.59) -9%
Force of Will $33.15 $40.14 ($6.99) -17%
Karakas $6.28 $6.91 ($0.63) -9%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.52 $20.50 $0.02 0%
Land Tax $5.39 $5.09 $0.30 6%
Demonic Tutor $7.04 $6.66 $0.38 6%
Unmask $9.04 $8.99 $0.05 1%
Misdirection $14.84 $15.37 ($0.53) -3%
Rishadan Port $6.11 $6.27 ($0.16) -3%
Entomb $6.80 $6.51 $0.29 4%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $33.87 $40.75 ($6.88) -17%
Mox Diamond $17.01 $17.22 ($0.21) -1%
Wasteland $22.23 $23.54 ($1.31) -6%
Ancient Tomb $18.18 $19.80 ($1.62) -8%
Lotus Petal $15.05 $14.74 $0.31 2%
Earthcraft $5.50 $5.64 ($0.14) -2%
Academy Rector $9.49 $10.29 ($0.80) -8%
Grim Monolith $13.44 $13.44 $0.00 0%
Exploration $12.11 $11.40 $0.71 6%
Gaea's Cradle $23.25 $23.60 ($0.35) -1%
Carpet of Flowers $37.56 $32.06 $5.50 17%
Gilded Drake $5.65 $5.83 ($0.18) -3%
Black Lotus $10.46 $10.55 ($0.09) -1%
Tropical Island $8.05 $8.45 ($0.40) -5%
Volcanic Island $8.11 $8.75 ($0.64) -7%
Underground Sea $8.12 $9.39 ($1.27) -14%
Sol Ring $9.29 $9.06 $0.23 3%
Null Rod $5.92 $5.92 $0.00 0%
Doomsday $11.84 $9.73 $2.11 22%
Mindbreak Trap $14.95 $14.42 $0.53 4%
Pioneer StaplesKolaghan's Command came off the list.  Chandra, Torch of Defiance came off the list.  Vivien, Arkbow Ranger is also off the list.  Leyline of Sanctity hopped on the list. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $11.85 $12.50 ($0.65) -5%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $5.52 $7.30 ($1.78) -24%
Collected Company $11.67 $8.20 $3.47 42%
Liliana, the Last Hope $5.37 $5.64 ($0.27) -5%
Collective Brutality $7.31 $7.38 ($0.07) -1%
Assassin's Trophy $6.71 $5.70 $1.01 18%
Breeding Pool $1.29 $1.28 $0.01 1%
Stomping Ground $1.61 $1.80 ($0.19) -11%
Godless Shrine $0.63 $0.88 ($0.25) -28%
Sacred Foundry $0.52 $0.45 $0.07 16%
Watery Grave $0.53 $0.60 ($0.07) -12%
Mana Confluence $6.80 $4.93 $1.87 38%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $6.94 $8.23 ($1.29) -16%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $4.45 $5.60 ($1.15) -21%
Leyline of the Void $6.16 $4.93 $1.23 25%
Leyline of Sanctity $5.13


Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $4.67 $5.27 ($0.60) -11%
Thought-Knot Seer $4.60 $6.49 ($1.89) -29%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $3.74 $5.08 ($1.34) -26%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $12.36 $10.50 $1.86 18%
Rest in Peace $5.53 $3.73 $1.80 48%
Hallowed Fountain $1.38 $0.92 $0.46 50%
Steam Vents $1.19 $1.12 $0.07 6%
Blood Crypt $2.16 $2.43 ($0.27) -11%
Overgrown Tomb $0.34 $0.32 $0.02 6%
Temple Garden $1.16 $0.78 $0.38 49%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $64.19 $53.21 $10.98 21%
Teferi, Time Raveler $41.64 $32.51 $9.13 28%
Finale of Devastation $8.04 $8.24 ($0.20) -2%
Karn, the Great Creator $28.62 $27.39 $1.23 4%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $13.00 $13.55 ($0.55) -4%
Blast Zone $6.84 $6.69 $0.15 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
Core Set 2021 $138.32 $132.55 $5.77 4%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $77.68 $87.18 ($9.50) -11%
Theros Beyond Death $139.33 $127.94 $11.39 9%
Throne of Eldraine $135.16 $128.45 $6.71 5%
Treasure Chest $2.51 $2.52 ($0.01) 0%
Zendikar Rising $156.39 $162.97 ($6.58) -4%
Zendikar Rising Booster Pack $3.39 $3.34 $0.05 1%


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 154.77
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 101.21
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 81.11
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 79.32
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 72.98
Mox Jet 1E Rare 70.37
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 64.93
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 64.19
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 60.4
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 60.32
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 58.37
Karakas UBT Mythic 57.88
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 55.48
Time Walk 1E Rare 53
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 50.69
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 50.47
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic 49.17
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 48.75
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 44.03
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 42.84
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 42.45
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 41.64
Scourge of the Skyclaves ZNR Mythic 40.17
Timetwister 1E Rare 39.62
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 38.29
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 37.56
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 36.75
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 36.73
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.91
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 33.87
Force of Will MED Rare 33.15
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 31.18
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 30.41
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 29.73
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 29.03
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 28.97
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 28.9
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 28.62
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 28.32
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 27.02
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 26.84
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
Submerge NE Uncommon 25.86
Atla Palani, Nest Tender C19 Mythic 25.57
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 25.41
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic 25.33
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 25.05
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 $24,075.  Last week it was $24,090.  Just a small step down from last week. 
 
In Closing

Gosh so much Fortnite this week as I am also now playing for my nephew's battlepass this week.  Cassius came over Thursday and is here until Sunday, so we're gonna have a good weekend for sure while he is on fall break. A whole lot of Commander was played this week as well, as I have beeen working on decks for The Walking Dead commanders.

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