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State of the Program for September 17th, 2021
 
In the News

Commander Update:  The Rules Committee had an update for the Commander format today.  They decided to ban Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and unban Worldfire.  They also eliminated Rule 10.  You can read about the changes here.  Also Rule 11 because rule 10.   In other Commander news, you can see the two decklists for the set here

GenCon:  The Con is taking place this week in Indianapolis or the comfort of your home on MTGO thanks to the convention series and All Access! 

Treasure Chest Update:  You can read about the latest changes to the chests here.  There is still way to many unplayable bulk cards in the list, which outside of win trading in Standard leagues could maybe improve a bit if the chaff were cut. 
 

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:

Ongoing - Innistrad: Midnight Hunt limited play. 
 
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 tried to feature decks that used cards from the new set.  I limited my search to Historic, Modern, Pioneer and Standard.  I was unable to find any fresh new Pioneer lists, but did get at least one from each of the other formats.

The Meathoook Massacre
:Control in the early days almost always seems to be outclassed by Aggro, and that may actually be a dead line of thinking now, the amount of removal Dimir gets to play is absurd, and the mana is really good for a control deck.  Consider helps to filter cards, The Meathook Massacre turns that removal into lifegain and drains the opponent as well.  The creature lands help out a ton. 



Delver of Secrets:  Thankfully Brainstorm isn't in Historic right now because I am sure it would be annoying as heck with Delver of Secrets in the format. 


Smoldering EggSmoldering Egg looks like a fun version of Thing in the Ice and I am sure it won't take much effort to flip the egg, just like it doesn't take much effort to flip the thing.  Dragons feel well positioned in the new Standard. 


Faithful Mending:  This Modern list uses the new draw and discard spell to help power out cheap creatures. 


Consider:  People have been asking is Consider might be a Legavy playable.  It might be, but it's for sure going to make an impact on Modern. 


Wrenn and Seven:  I picked this best of 1 deck more because it has Blood on the Snow then anything else.  I love that card! 





 
Winner's Circle

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

It will be nice to write about new Standard decks in the Winner's Circle next week, but until then it's good bye to Sultai Ultimatium and maybe even Dimir Rogues! 

Gul_Dukat had themselves quite the weekend! 

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - sawatarix - Doomsday
Saturday Modern - Wisnia - Azorius Mill
Saturday Pauper - SanPop -Bogles
Saturday Pioneer - Gul_Dukat - Azorius Ensoul
Saturday Standard -  Rindsgerd - Rogues
Saturday Vintage - GGoggles

Sunday Legacy - Bullwinkkle6705 - Izzet Spells
Sunday Modern - gabrylele91 - Eldrazi Stompy
Sunday Pauper - _against_ - Dimir Control
Sunday Pioneer - Phill_Hellmuth - Jund Citadel
Sunday Standard - Gul_Dukat - Sultai Ultimatum
Sunday Vintage - Tsubasa_Cat

Other Event Winners


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: Midnight Hunt cards will be added next week.  It's not the best idea to have these prices in the table a few hours after the set prereleases on the client. 

Tasha's Hideous Laughter came off the list this week. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $12.12 $13.73 ($1.61) -12%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $10.52 $10.39 $0.13 1%
Acererak the Archlich $22.09 $21.85 $0.24 1%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $6.64 $6.37 $0.27 4%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $8.99 $9.34 ($0.35) -4%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $7.27 $7.23 $0.04 1%
Old Gnawbone $12.10 $11.61 $0.49 4%
Tiamat $5.30 $5.27 $0.03 1%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $5.59 $5.52 $0.07 1%
Den of the Bugbear $7.37 $8.74 ($1.37) -16%
Lolth, Spider Queen $6.85 $6.36 $0.49 8%
Valki, God of Lies $17.04 $16.90 $0.14 1%
Goldspan Dragon $13.45 $9.91 $3.54 36%
Prismari Command $18.74 $23.47 ($4.73) -20%
Magma Opus $6.99 $7.01 ($0.02) 0%
Professor Onyx $9.26 $9.12 $0.14 2%
Velomachus Lorehold $12.33 $12.78 ($0.45) -4%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.81 $6.74 $0.07 1%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.50 $7.52 ($0.02) 0%
Galazeth Prismari $5.93 $5.94 ($0.01) 0%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $8.51 $9.91 ($1.40) -14%
Skyclave Apparition $14.76 $17.80 ($3.04) -17%
Shatterskull Smashing $7.10


Modern StaplesAuriok Champion, Steelshaper's Gift, Jace, the Mind Sculptor were all removed this week.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $23.92 $27.13 ($3.21) -12%
Cavern of Souls $17.00 $15.13 $1.87 12%
Mishra's Bauble $30.51 $31.26 ($0.75) -2%
Aether Vial $10.38 $9.88 $0.50 5%
Horizon Canopy $5.41 $5.24 $0.17 3%
Liliana of the Veil $9.93 $11.81 ($1.88) -16%
Polluted Delta $10.98 $8.51 $2.47 29%
Wooded Foothills $6.32 $8.26 ($1.94) -23%
Flooded Strand $8.12 $9.02 ($0.90) -10%
Bloodstained Mire $8.36 $7.15 $1.21 17%
Windswept Heath $6.09 $5.95 $0.14 2%
Thoughtseize $6.98 $6.84 $0.14 2%
Elvish Reclaimer $5.44 $4.58 $0.86 19%
Force of Negation $67.58 $59.29 $8.29 14%
Wrenn and Six $62.94 $64.18 ($1.24) -2%
Prismatic Vista $8.96 $10.95 ($1.99) -18%
Sunbaked Canyon $20.13 $22.00 ($1.87) -9%
Seasoned Pyromancer $24.30 $28.73 ($4.43) -15%
Fiery Islet $8.77 $9.10 ($0.33) -4%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $5.37 $5.85 ($0.48) -8%
Force of Vigor $38.12 $45.88 ($7.76) -17%
Giver of Runes $4.56 $5.74 ($1.18) -21%
Flusterstorm $32.51 $33.71 ($1.20) -4%
Archmage's Charm $21.11 $19.35 $1.76 9%
Silent Clearing $8.96 $6.83 $2.13 31%
Kaya's Guile $3.62 $5.76 ($2.14) -37%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $108.35 $105.67 $2.68 3%
Urza's Saga $37.44 $41.41 ($3.97) -10%
Solitude $19.38 $20.90 ($1.52) -7%
Endurance $57.16 $57.90 ($0.74) -1%
Grief $11.40 $13.01 ($1.61) -12%
Murktide Regent $25.21 $22.23 $2.98 13%
Sanctum Prelate $10.12 $10.12 $0.00 0%
Fury $13.53 $17.03 ($3.50) -21%
Chalice of the Void $27.33 $33.61 ($6.28) -19%
Surgical Extraction $8.26 $10.79 ($2.53) -23%
Karn Liberated $5.45 $6.46 ($1.01) -16%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $12.44 $12.60 ($0.16) -1%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $11.05 $12.66 ($1.61) -13%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.60 $8.60 $0.00 0%
Teferi, Time Raveler $45.63 $41.48 $4.15 10%
Gemstone Mine $8.40 $8.05 $0.35 4%
Scalding Tarn $7.20 $7.56 ($0.36) -5%
Verdant Catacombs $5.20 $5.02 $0.18 4%
Misty Rainforest $5.58 $4.56 $1.02 22%
Arid Mesa $3.27 $3.15 $0.12 4%
Marsh Flats $2.32 $2.18 $0.14 6%
Eternal StaplesFood Chain and  Stifle dropped off.

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $42.60 $40.59 $2.01 5%
Opposition Agent $16.61 $17.01 ($0.40) -2%
Jeweled Lotus $18.12 $17.49 $0.63 4%
City of Traitors $15.87 $19.88 ($4.01) -20%
Allosaurus Shepherd $42.68 $37.42 $5.26 14%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $10.97 $10.70 $0.27 3%
Force of Will $54.36 $53.05 $1.31 2%
Karakas $9.31 $9.36 ($0.05) -1%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.51 $20.66 ($0.15) -1%
Demonic Tutor $6.08 $6.52 ($0.44) -7%
Unmask $11.61 $11.16 $0.45 4%
Misdirection $13.46 $13.46 $0.00 0%
Rishadan Port $12.21 $11.96 $0.25 2%
Snuff Out $18.10 $16.86 $1.24 7%
Submerge $10.65 $11.81 ($1.16) -10%
Daze $9.71 $12.22 ($2.51) -21%
Entomb $8.33 $6.62 $1.71 26%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $8.01 $9.89 ($1.88) -19%
Mox Diamond $33.93 $29.80 $4.13 14%
Wasteland $28.31 $25.84 $2.47 10%
Ancient Tomb $15.42 $15.58 ($0.16) -1%
Lotus Petal $23.13 $23.32 ($0.19) -1%
Grim Monolith $11.07 $10.89 $0.18 2%
Exploration $14.76 $14.53 $0.23 2%
Gaea's Cradle $34.46 $37.14 ($2.68) -7%
Carpet of Flowers $17.79 $22.20 ($4.41) -20%
Gilded Drake $10.56 $10.92 ($0.36) -3%
Black Lotus $10.92 $10.01 $0.91 9%
Volcanic Island $9.76 $11.38 ($1.62) -14%
Underground Sea $10.40 $10.32 $0.08 1%
Null Rod $14.79 $14.71 $0.08 1%
Doomsday $21.76 $22.56 ($0.80) -4%
Paradigm Shift $8.55 $8.37 $0.18 2%
Mindbreak Trap $5.71 $5.22 $0.49 9%
Pioneer Staples:  A lot of new cards are on the Pioneer list! 

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger and Bonecrusher Giant however are not among them. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Collected Company $5.80 $6.09 ($0.29) -5%
Brazen Borrower $19.80 $20.54 ($0.74) -4%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $14.61 $15.17 ($0.56) -4%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $18.23 $18.10 $0.13 1%
Shark Typhoon $12.12 $12.60 ($0.48) -4%
Raugrin Triome $6.15 $5.79 $0.36 6%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.34 $9.47 ($0.13) -1%
Youthful Valkyrie $1.62 $9.28 ($7.66) -83%
Spirebluff Canal $5.87 $6.30 ($0.43) -7%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $15.19 $16.17 ($0.98) -6%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $7.89 $9.68 ($1.79) -18%
Karn, the Great Creator $22.84 $28.08 ($5.24) -19%
Blast Zone $6.38 $6.80 ($0.42) -6%
Finale of Devastation $9.08 $9.53 ($0.45) -5%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $25.50 $27.21 ($1.71) -6%
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!

We dropped a lot of sets, of course, thanks to rotation. 

Complete Set Price Last Week Change % Change
Forgotten Realms $167.26 $168.74 ($1.48) -1%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $181.73


Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Booster Pack $3.65


Kaldheim $103.39 $121.27 ($17.88) -15%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $137.93 $140.80 ($2.87) -2%
Treasure Chest $2.45 $2.31 $0.14 6%
Zendikar Rising $93.54 $100.82 ($7.28) -7%


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 171.63
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 135.99
Karakas UBT Mythic 110.2
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 108.35
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 96.14
Mox Jet 1E Rare 93.46
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 92.6
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 84.96
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 84.22
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 68.99
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 67.58
Time Walk 1E Rare 66.54
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 64.27
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 62.94
Endurance MH2 Mythic 56.59
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 55.13
Force of Will MED Rare 54.36
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 54.35
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 50.18
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 49.77
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 45.63
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.33
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 44.68
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 43.48
Wasteland EXP Mythic 43.48
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 42.68
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 42.6
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 40.34
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 39.35
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 39.11
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 38.12
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 38.05
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 37.49
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 37.47
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 37.42
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 37.26
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 35.8
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 35.64
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 34.46
Mox Diamond ST Rare 33.93
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 33.62
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 33.57
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 32.82
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 32.51
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 32.48
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 31.98
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.93
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 31.74
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 31.71
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.62
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 31.31
Force of Will EMA Mythic 30.95
Verdant Catacombs MH2 Rare 30.91
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.82
Force of Will VMA Rare 30.61
Reanimate UBT Mythic 30.6
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 30.51
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 30.45
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 30.33
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 29.99
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 29.66
Timetwister 1E Rare 29.44
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 29.35
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 29.03
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 28.75
Wasteland TE Uncommon 28.31
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.28
Wasteland TPR Rare 28.09
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 27.87
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.81
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.4
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare 27.33
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 27.3
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.92
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 26.7
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 26.2
Murktide Regent MH2 Mythic 25.93
Engineered Explosives MMA Rare 25.74
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 25.7
Omnath, Locus of Creation ZNR Mythic 25.5
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 25.23
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.  This week the big number is $25,800.  It has increased a little bit. 
 
In Closing

Prices were done on Thursday afternoon, after Midnight Hunt came to MTGO.  The new season of Fortnite came out on Monday, and I've spent more time with that than anything else this week.  Playing with my son and nephew is great fun.  I am trying to figure out what game to play since Skyrim wasn't for me, and I am sure the second chapter of Deltarune will be quick.  I did do one draft on MTGO, and went 1-2,  quickly remembering that I love to draft, but I actually don't like to play the results.  I get bored during them and lose focus.

Maybe I'll just do a replay of Persona 5 or better yet, Persona 3.  Why play something new when I can play something comfortable right? 

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