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State of the Program for September 10th, 2021
 
In the News

MTGO Convention Series: This as well as the All Access Token, returns on September 15th.   These events have a 56 player cap, and I saw a fair number of them actually reach the cap during the last one. 

Pauper BanChatterstorm and Sojourner's Companion were removed from the Pauper format on Wednesday.  You can see the reasoning for that here

Preliminary events:  The Prelims for Standard and Pauper haven't fired in a while, so they are being cancelled until further notice. 

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Previews:  The preview season is ramping down, right before we ramp back up for Crimson Vow!  You can check out the card galleries here and 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
September 15th, 2021
Constructed Leagues End
Ends September 14th, 2021
Sealed Leagues End
Ends September 15th, 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
D&D Redemption
Begins August 11, 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:

Pioneer Chaos Drafts - Until downtime 
Modern Horizons 2 - Until downtime
 
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

This week I am going over Standard 2022 decks because the set comes out next week and this will gives us a decent enough start to the new season post rotation.  I never really got a chance to talk about the cards I am gonna miss when they rotate, but that's okay, there may not have been enough for a proper section.  I'm not gonna miss much. 

Izzet Dragons
: Dragons were basically already established in the format before rotation, and they didn't lose much with the sets that do go.  This should be a player in the early days of the format. 


Golgari Learn:  My friend and teammate came up with this, and it's not to bad.  I'm not sure it will have legs post rotation, but it might! 


Bant Party:  It was said that Bant Party was the most winning deck in the Standard 2022 format. 


Golgari Elfball: I'm not sure how much elves are improving in a set when Humans are in Green and Werewolves overlap as well. 


Jund Midrange:  I'm not sure how I feel about Jund with Midnight Hunt coming out, but I think it may be safer to start from scratch with the new set. I do love the mana base in this deck though!


Orzhov Aggro: An aggro deck will round out the look at Standard 2022 decks. 

 


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: This list is gonna be a bit smaller next week, and then a bit larger the week after.  Fun times waiting on rotation! 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $13.73 $17.17 ($3.44) -20%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $10.39 $9.77 $0.62 6%
Acererak the Archlich $21.85 $19.73 $2.12 11%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $4.09 $9.62 ($5.53) -57%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $6.37 $5.31 $1.06 20%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $9.34 $9.20 $0.14 2%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $7.23 $6.70 $0.53 8%
Old Gnawbone $11.61 $8.65 $2.96 34%
Tiamat $5.27 $5.43 ($0.16) -3%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $5.52 $5.70 ($0.18) -3%
Den of the Bugbear $8.74


Lolth, Spider Queen $6.36


Brazen Borrower $20.54 $22.95 ($2.41) -11%
Bonecrusher Giant $4.09 $6.51 ($2.42) -37%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $15.17 $13.67 $1.50 11%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $18.10 $18.09 $0.01 0%
Shark Typhoon $12.60 $9.99 $2.61 26%
Raugrin Triome $5.79 $7.09 ($1.30) -18%
Valki, God of Lies $16.90 $20.35 ($3.45) -17%
Goldspan Dragon $9.91 $9.82 $0.09 1%
Prismari Command $23.47 $26.35 ($2.88) -11%
Magma Opus $7.01 $7.33 ($0.32) -4%
Professor Onyx $9.12 $8.50 $0.62 7%
Velomachus Lorehold $12.78 $13.57 ($0.79) -6%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.74 $6.70 $0.04 1%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.52 $7.67 ($0.15) -2%
Galazeth Prismari $5.94 $5.91 $0.03 1%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $9.68 $8.48 $1.20 14%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $9.91 $10.39 ($0.48) -5%
Skyclave Apparition $17.80 $19.30 ($1.50) -8%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $3.54 $6.68 ($3.14) -47%
Steelshaper's Gift $4.99 $5.74 ($0.75) -13%
Engineered Explosives $27.13 $36.18 ($9.05) -25%
Cavern of Souls $15.13 $18.73 ($3.60) -19%
Mishra's Bauble $31.26 $33.24 ($1.98) -6%
Aether Vial $9.88 $12.85 ($2.97) -23%
Horizon Canopy $5.24 $7.16 ($1.92) -27%
Liliana of the Veil $11.81 $14.33 ($2.52) -18%
Polluted Delta $8.51 $9.96 ($1.45) -15%
Wooded Foothills $8.26 $8.66 ($0.40) -5%
Flooded Strand $9.02 $9.63 ($0.61) -6%
Bloodstained Mire $7.15 $9.42 ($2.27) -24%
Windswept Heath $5.95 $6.61 ($0.66) -10%
Thoughtseize $6.84 $8.02 ($1.18) -15%
Elvish Reclaimer $4.58 $5.94 ($1.36) -23%
Inkmoth Nexus $3.26 $5.04 ($1.78) -35%
Force of Negation $59.29 $69.94 ($10.65) -15%
Wrenn and Six $64.18 $57.61 $6.57 11%
Prismatic Vista $10.95 $9.64 $1.31 14%
Sunbaked Canyon $22.00 $19.88 $2.12 11%
Seasoned Pyromancer $28.73 $22.46 $6.27 28%
Fiery Islet $9.10 $12.05 ($2.95) -24%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $5.85 $8.80 ($2.95) -34%
Force of Vigor $45.88 $42.76 $3.12 7%
Giver of Runes $5.74 $5.52 $0.22 4%
Flusterstorm $33.71 $35.61 ($1.90) -5%
Archmage's Charm $19.35 $24.73 ($5.38) -22%
Silent Clearing $6.83 $6.98 ($0.15) -2%
Kaya's Guile $5.76 $4.76 $1.00 21%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $105.67 $105.44 $0.23 0%
Urza's Saga $41.41 $39.57 $1.84 5%
Solitude $20.90 $19.88 $1.02 5%
Endurance $57.90 $57.58 $0.32 1%
Grief $13.01 $11.74 $1.27 11%
Murktide Regent $22.23 $23.29 ($1.06) -5%
Sanctum Prelate $10.12 $9.85 $0.27 3%
Fury $17.03 $15.47 $1.56 10%
Chalice of the Void $33.61 $37.24 ($3.63) -10%
Surgical Extraction $10.79 $12.25 ($1.46) -12%
Karn Liberated $6.46 $5.60 $0.86 15%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $12.60 $15.16 ($2.56) -17%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $12.66 $12.40 $0.26 2%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.60 $8.59 $0.01 0%
Teferi, Time Raveler $41.48 $40.17 $1.31 3%
Gemstone Mine $8.05 $9.88 ($1.83) -19%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $4.62 $5.11 ($0.49) -10%
Scalding Tarn $7.56 $8.24 ($0.68) -8%
Verdant Catacombs $5.02 $5.50 ($0.48) -9%
Misty Rainforest $4.56 $5.58 ($1.02) -18%
Arid Mesa $3.15 $3.34 ($0.19) -6%
Marsh Flats $2.18 $2.22 ($0.04) -2%
Eternal StaplesTropical Island fell off the list this week. 
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $40.59 $55.08 ($14.49) -26%
Opposition Agent $17.01 $17.91 ($0.90) -5%
Jeweled Lotus $17.49 $16.40 $1.09 7%
City of Traitors $19.88 $19.93 ($0.05) 0%
Allosaurus Shepherd $37.42 $41.94 ($4.52) -11%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $10.70 $9.82 $0.88 9%
Force of Will $53.05 $50.29 $2.76 5%
Karakas $9.36 $9.13 $0.23 3%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.66 $18.79 $1.87 10%
Demonic Tutor $6.52 $7.68 ($1.16) -15%
Food Chain $4.42 $5.69 ($1.27) -22%
Unmask $11.16 $7.39 $3.77 51%
Misdirection $13.46 $13.30 $0.16 1%
Rishadan Port $11.96 $8.95 $3.01 34%
Snuff Out $16.86 $13.15 $3.71 28%
Submerge $11.81 $12.60 ($0.79) -6%
Daze $12.22 $11.74 $0.48 4%
Entomb $6.62 $6.23 $0.39 6%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $9.89 $13.31 ($3.42) -26%
Stifle $3.81 $5.19 ($1.38) -27%
Mox Diamond $29.80 $22.45 $7.35 33%
Wasteland $25.84 $28.51 ($2.67) -9%
Ancient Tomb $15.58 $13.20 $2.38 18%
Lotus Petal $23.32 $31.84 ($8.52) -27%
Grim Monolith $10.89 $10.43 $0.46 4%
Exploration $14.53 $12.40 $2.13 17%
Gaea's Cradle $37.14 $38.53 ($1.39) -4%
Carpet of Flowers $22.20 $16.09 $6.11 38%
Gilded Drake $10.92 $10.43 $0.49 5%
Black Lotus $10.01 $10.03 ($0.02) 0%
Volcanic Island $11.38 $8.45 $2.93 35%
Underground Sea $10.32 $8.12 $2.20 27%
Null Rod $14.71 $14.94 ($0.23) -2%
Doomsday $22.56 $18.67 $3.89 21%
Paradigm Shift $8.37 $9.18 ($0.81) -9%
Mindbreak Trap $5.22 $7.56 ($2.34) -31%
Pioneer Staples:  I wonder how many rotating cards are going to stay on the Pioneer list long term.  I imagine Brazen Borrower and Korvold, Fae-Cursed King will from Eldraine, with Bonecrusher Giant falling off and coming back on.  Lurrus of the Dream Den and Shark Typhoon will probably be it for Ikoria, Core Set 2021 might see Stormwing Entity come back every so often.  Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger is probably going to be the only Theros addition for some time. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $4.06 $7.27 ($3.21) -44%
Collected Company $6.09 $5.18 $0.91 18%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.47 $7.70 $1.77 23%
Youthful Valkyrie $9.28 $8.90 $0.38 4%
Spirebluff Canal $6.30 $5.02 $1.28 25%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $16.17 $16.33 ($0.16) -1%
Karn, the Great Creator $28.08 $27.60 $0.48 2%
Blast Zone $6.80 $6.24 $0.56 9%
Finale of Devastation $9.53 $9.71 ($0.18) -2%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $27.21 $34.93 ($7.72) -22%
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 $168.74 $166.89 $1.85 1%
Forgotten Realms Booster Pack $2.62 $3.34 ($0.72) -22%
Core Set 2021 $38.09 $39.59 ($1.50) -4%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $54.92 $54.62 $0.30 1%
Kaldheim $121.27 $116.69 $4.58 4%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $140.80 $143.65 ($2.85) -2%
Theros Beyond Death $71.24 $76.93 ($5.69) -7%
Throne of Eldraine $106.04 $110.18 ($4.14) -4%
Treasure Chest $2.31 $2.44 ($0.13) -5%
Zendikar Rising $100.82 $107.28 ($6.46) -6%


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 173.37
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 122.08
Karakas UBT Mythic 110.2
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 105.67
Mox Jet 1E Rare 94.44
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 94.2
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 92.6
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 84.96
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 84.15
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 69.51
Time Walk 1E Rare 67.03
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 65.5
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 64.18
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 59.29
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 55.13
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 54.35
Force of Will MED Rare 53.05
Endurance MH2 Mythic 51.22
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 50.18
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 50.16
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 45.88
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.33
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 45.17
Wasteland EXP Mythic 44.25
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 43.95
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 41.83
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 41.48
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 41.36
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 40.59
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 40.34
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 40.14
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 37.81
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 37.76
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 37.42
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 37.26
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 37.14
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 35.8
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 35.55
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 35.32
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 35.23
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 35.08
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 34.89
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 34.77
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 33.71
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare 33.61
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 33.57
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 32.83
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 32.82
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 32.48
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 32.33
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 31.71
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.62
Retrofitter Foundry PZ2 Rare 31.57
Force of Will EMA Mythic 31.43
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 31.33
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 31.31
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 31.26
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 31.03
Force of Will VMA Rare 30.86
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 30.82
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.82
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 30.59
Timetwister 1E Rare 30.06
Reanimate UBT Mythic 29.91
Verdant Catacombs MH2 Rare 29.81
Mox Diamond ST Rare 29.8
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 29.48
Wasteland TPR Rare 28.99
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 28.73
Court of Cunning CMR Rare 28.63
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.28
Wasteland EMA Rare 28.21
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 28.08
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 27.87
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.81
Engineered Explosives MMA Rare 27.65
Engineered Explosives 2XM Rare 27.62
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 27.62
Engineered Explosives MS2 Bonus 27.58
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.4
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 27.21
Engineered Explosives 5DN Rare 27.13
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.92
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 26.14
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 26.04
Wasteland TE Uncommon 25.84
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 25.58
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.15
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 $25,650.
 
In Closing

It was a greater than normal struggle for me to write this article this week.  Last Friday I was diagnosed with ADHD and I am currently waiting for providers to get back to me in regards to care and new treatments.  I've noticed me getting more distracted recently, and I'm not sure if that's because I was told I had it and now I am aware of things or what. 

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