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State of the Program for September 11th, 2020
 
In the News

Zendikar Rising Spoilers continue:  Spoiler season is wrapping up, you can check the regular cards here, the varient cards here, and for the bonus cards in set boosters, you can find them here.  Zendikar Rising Commander decklists are here.

Mythic Invitational:  It started on Thursday, and will continue on today.  Check out the metagame for it here.  That sure is a lot of Goblins!

Good Morning Magic on MTGO: The talked about the new cube, Mystery Boosters on the client, Eternal Weekend on MTGO, plus other types of constructed formats that they are trying to bring to the client lik, Choose your own Standard. You can watch the video 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 16, 2020
Constructed Leagues End
September 16, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
September 17, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
Unknown
Ikoria Redemption Guarantee
Ends September 2nd 2020
Core Set 2021 Redemption
Starts July 22, 2020
Zendikar Rising
Fourth Quarter 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:

Legacy Split Championship - Saturday
Modern Super Qualifier - Sunday
Live the Dream Cube - September 16
Double Masters - September 16
 
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
This week's theme is going to be Historic!  The Mythic Invitation is happening now, Standard rotation is coming up fast, so this week will be nothing but Historic decks!

Jund Sac:


Turbo Fog:

Mono Black Gift:

Sultai Midrange:

Gruul Aggro:

Temur Flash:


 

 

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

Mythic Invitational: You can check out the coverage for 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: This list is slightly smaller, as Zendikar Rising isn't out yet, but I went ahead and decided to make some moves on it. 
Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $28.66 $28.13 $0.53 2%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $4.55 $5.33 ($0.78) -15%
Questing Beast $8.78 $8.74 $0.04 0%
Alela, Artful Provocateur $6.42 $6.44 ($0.02) 0%
Bonecrusher Giant $6.17 $5.74 $0.43 7%
Rankle, Master of Pranks $5.28 $5.17 $0.11 2%
Fiend Artisan $8.66 $8.66 $0.00 0%
Vivien, Monsters' Advocate $5.33 $5.92 ($0.59) -10%
General Kudro of Drannith $13.29 $14.18 ($0.89) -6%
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $8.09 $8.08 $0.01 0%
Luminous Broodmoth $4.54 $5.13 ($0.59) -12%
Winota, Joiner of Forces $13.54 $14.27 ($0.73) -5%
Shark Typhoon $19.14 $21.10 ($1.96) -9%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $10.71 $8.77 $1.94 22%
Teferi, Master of Time $14.92 $16.13 ($1.21) -8%
Terror of the Peaks $7.82 $7.78 $0.04 1%
Liliana, Waker of the Dead $10.84 $9.93 $0.91 9%
Elder Gargaroth $50.16 $48.88 $1.28 3%
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath 70.77 66.58 $4.19 6%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger 13.67 12.76 $0.91 7%
Klothys, God of Destiny 13.27 12.83 $0.44 3%
Modern Staples:
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $8.15 $7.90 $0.25 3%
Cavern of Souls $24.05 $19.38 $4.67 24%
Mishra's Bauble $9.35 $9.58 ($0.23) -2%
Aether Vial $17.73 $19.30 ($1.57) -8%
Horizon Canopy $9.82 $9.97 ($0.15) -2%
Tarmogoyf $9.42 $8.62 $0.80 9%
Liliana of the Veil $16.30 $16.83 ($0.53) -3%
Polluted Delta $10.68 $9.23 $1.45 16%
Wooded Foothills $8.89 $6.79 $2.10 31%
Flooded Strand $6.06 $4.84 $1.22 25%
Bloodstained Mire $10.40 $7.34 $3.06 42%
Windswept Heath $6.95 $4.71 $2.24 48%
Thoughtseize $10.37 $10.00 $0.37 4%
Field of the Dead $23.51 $17.45 $6.06 35%
Force of Negation $85.39 $92.45 ($7.06) -8%
Wrenn and Six $72.08 $74.05 ($1.97) -3%
Prismatic Vista $13.33 $13.46 ($0.13) -1%
Sunbaked Canyon $20.99 $19.17 $1.82 9%
Seasoned Pyromancer $63.54 $57.99 $5.55 10%
Fiery Islet $14.45 $14.94 ($0.49) -3%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $14.24 $12.99 $1.25 10%
Plague Engineer $16.85 $15.06 $1.79 12%
Force of Vigor $11.15 $12.66 ($1.51) -12%
Collector Ouphe $5.77 $5.91 ($0.14) -2%
Nurturing Peatland $8.58 $8.05 $0.53 7%
Ice-Fang Coatl $10.57 $9.26 $1.31 14%
Giver of Runes $6.79 $6.31 $0.48 8%
Flusterstorm $6.13 $6.13 $0.00 0%
Hexdrinker $7.95 $7.84 $0.11 1%
Echo of Eons $5.63 $5.84 ($0.21) -4%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $5.39 $5.11 $0.28 5%
Chalice of the Void $13.26 $14.32 ($1.06) -7%
Karn Liberated $6.26 $6.17 $0.09 1%
Surgical Extraction $18.42 $17.88 $0.54 3%
Dismember $5.83 $5.78 $0.05 1%
Ensnaring Bridge $9.73 $9.66 $0.07 1%
Gemstone Mine $12.45 $11.37 $1.08 9%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $8.82 $8.56 $0.26 3%
Scalding Tarn $14.00 $14.87 ($0.87) -6%
Verdant Catacombs $20.32 $17.52 $2.80 16%
Misty Rainforest $14.16 $15.24 ($1.08) -7%
Arid Mesa $6.54 $6.22 $0.32 5%
Marsh Flats $4.47 $4.26 $0.21 5%
Eternal Staples
Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $6.14 $5.87 $0.27 5%
Oko, Thief of Crowns $20.76 $21.14 ($0.38) -2%
City of Traitors $26.28 $26.77 ($0.49) -2%
Monastery Mentor $5.29 $5.11 $0.18 4%
Force of Will $41.69 $42.80 ($1.11) -3%
Karakas $5.19 $5.15 $0.04 1%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $22.11 $20.93 $1.18 6%
Land Tax $8.09 $9.82 ($1.73) -18%
Demonic Tutor $6.95 $7.00 ($0.05) -1%
Unmask $8.43 $8.63 ($0.20) -2%
Misdirection $17.14 $17.30 ($0.16) -1%
Rishadan Port $5.36 $5.67 ($0.31) -5%
Entomb $5.06 $5.68 ($0.62) -11%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $58.53 $69.78 ($11.25) -16%
Mox Opal $5.66 $5.76 ($0.10) -2%
Mox Diamond $21.86 $19.77 $2.09 11%
Grindstone $8.23 $9.58 ($1.35) -14%
Wasteland $30.41 $28.34 $2.07 7%
Ancient Tomb $24.22 $23.65 $0.57 2%
Lotus Petal $19.40 $19.64 ($0.24) -1%
Earthcraft $6.44 $6.25 $0.19 3%
Academy Rector $12.26 $11.78 $0.48 4%
Grim Monolith $13.44 $13.44 $0.00 0%
Exploration $11.30 $11.93 ($0.63) -5%
Gaea's Cradle $21.87 $21.58 $0.29 1%
Carpet of Flowers $34.20 $35.87 ($1.67) -5%
Gilded Drake $9.95 $11.23 ($1.28) -11%
Black Lotus $9.70 $9.98 ($0.28) -3%
Tropical Island $9.55 $9.50 $0.05 1%
Volcanic Island $10.58 $12.19 ($1.61) -13%
Underground Sea $11.16 $9.44 $1.72 18%
Sol Ring $8.47 $8.12 $0.35 4%
Null Rod $5.92 $6.62 ($0.70) -11%
Doomsday $8.54 $9.01 ($0.47) -5%
Mindbreak Trap $11.77 $12.17 ($0.40) -3%
Pioneer Staples:  This list got a little bit bigger, thanks to the cards rotating out of Standard! 
Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Soul-Scar Mage $10.56 $14.16 ($3.60) -25%
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $9.84 $9.44 $0.40 4%
Collected Company $8.88 $11.46 ($2.58) -23%
Kolaghan's Command $5.90


Liliana, the Last Hope $8.67 $8.65 $0.02 0%
Collective Brutality $10.54 $9.43 $1.11 12%
Assassin's Trophy $8.58 $9.61 ($1.03) -11%
Breeding Pool $2.62 $2.21 $0.41 19%
Stomping Ground $3.38 $3.42 ($0.04) -1%
Godless Shrine $1.19 $0.94 $0.25 27%
Sacred Foundry $0.78 $0.61 $0.17 28%
Watery Grave $0.84 $0.70 $0.14 20%
Mana Confluence $6.76 $6.78 ($0.02) 0%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.51 $10.65 ($1.14) -11%
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $6.38 $6.94 ($0.56) -8%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $9.63 $10.32 ($0.69) -7%
Leyline of the Void $7.07 $6.77 $0.30 4%
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $5.51 $6.29 ($0.78) -12%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $6.55 $6.82 ($0.27) -4%
Elvish Reclaimer $7.74 $9.77 ($2.03) -21%
Thought-Knot Seer $8.36 $7.72 $0.64 8%
Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $5.64 $5.31 $0.33 6%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $6.19 $6.86 ($0.67) -10%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper 8.6 8.25 $0.35 4%
Rest in Peace $4.64 $5.87 ($1.23) -21%
Hallowed Fountain $1.90 $1.62 $0.28 17%
Steam Vents $2.42 $2.06 $0.36 17%
Blood Crypt $3.10 $2.52 $0.58 23%
Overgrown Tomb $0.37 $0.62 ($0.25) -40%
Temple Garden $0.69 $0.61 $0.08 13%
Teferi, Time Raveler 42.88 42.45 $0.43 1%
Finale of Devastation 6.71 7.92 ($1.21) -15%
Karn, the Great Creator 34.82 30.94 $3.88 13%
Dreadhorde Arcanist 19.55 15.8 $3.75 24%
Blast Zone 10.41 12.67 ($2.26) -18%
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 $130.39 $132.03 ($1.64) -1%
Core Set 2021 Booster $3.00 $3.43 ($0.43) -13%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $117.08 $120.70 ($3.62) -3%
Theros Beyond Death $147.47 $140.77 $6.70 5%
Throne of Eldraine $155.84 $154.50 $1.34 1%
Treasure Chest $2.44 $2.37 $0.07 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 212.35
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 108.8
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 85.39
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 77.15
Mox Jet 1E Rare 76.13
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 75.38
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 72.2
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 72.08
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath THB Mythic 70.77
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 67.98
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 66.08
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 65.78
Seasoned Pyromancer MH1 Mythic 63.54
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 62.04
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 60.09
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 59.34
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow PZ2 Rare 58.53
Time Walk 1E Rare 55.29
Karakas UBT Mythic 55.04
Elder Gargaroth M21 Mythic 50.16
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 48.37
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 48.2
Timetwister 1E Rare 44.48
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 42.88
Force of Will MED Rare 41.69
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 41.65
Tarmogoyf UBT Mythic 38
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 36.88
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 36.6
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 35.91
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 34.82
Carpet of Flowers UZ Uncommon 34.2
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 31.52
Submerge NE Uncommon 30.97
Wasteland TE Uncommon 30.41
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 30.17
Misty Rainforest EXP Mythic 29.44
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 28.83
Brazen Borrower ELD Mythic 28.66
Ancient Tomb UBT Mythic 28.45
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 28.27
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 27.04
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 26.79
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.56
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 26.55
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 26.41
City of Traitors EX Rare 26.28
Force of Will VMA Rare 25.64
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.35
Leovold, Emissary of Trest UBT Mythic 25.33
Cavern of Souls MM3 Mythic 25.3
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

Prices were done on Wednesday.  I have been sick for most of the week, and it got really bad on Thursday. 

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