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State of the Program for September 24th, 2021
 
In the News

Midnight Hunt bugs fixed:  Rough time for MTGO with the Midnight Hunt release.  Some of the cards were pulled from boosters and banned for a short period of time.  You can get them in boosters again now, and play with them, after a hotfix on the 22nd fixed Morbid Opportunist, Katilda, Dawnhart Prime, and Siphon Insight

It's set release week, so news has been slow this week as the preview hype cycle is currently down, and we're getting to enjoy the new set. 
 

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
Unknown
Constructed Leagues End
Ends , 2021
Sealed Leagues End
Ends , 2021
Next B&R
Unknown
D&D Redemption
Ends December 1, 2021
Midnight Hunt Redemption
Begins October 20, 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 - Khans or Tarkir Encore Draft
Ongoing - Commander 4 Player Leagues

September 29 - Alpha Core Set Cube
October 6 - Standard:  Through the Ages
October 13 - Artisan Cube
October 20 - Three weeks of Vintage Cube
October 27 - Triple Innistrad Draft

September 24 - Limited Super PTQ
September 25 - Modern Showcase
September 26 - Pioneer Showcase
 
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

Standard Best of Fun:  I've decided to list a deck every so often from the 6-0 lists as a best of fun deck, because I'm not sure how this dungeon deck went 6-0 in the best of three queues, and I thought people might like to see it.


Standard:  Now with the best of fun list, I have a more competitive list for you.  It feels like new Standard is going to be defined by Esika's Chariot for a little bit. I'll take it, at least it's fresh. 


Historic:  It seems like there might be a Splinter Twin situation in Historic. 


Legacy:  This deck came from the Legacy Pit Open, an actual paper event.  Normally I would not report on it, but if you're reading this and not on Twitter, and attended the Open, please be aware that people have tested Covid positive that also attended that event. 


Modern: This looks really dope to me.  Splashing White to get access to Faithful Mending and Prismatic Ending is incredible thinking to me. 


Pauper:  It's nice seeing Pauper evolve after the bans. 


Pioneer:




 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - No reported event
Saturday Modern - bobthedog - Living End
Saturday Pauper - LuffyDoChapeuDePalha - Grixis Affinity
Saturday Pioneer - claudioh - Reborn Control
Saturday Standard -  Snapcaster-Bolt - Gruul Aggro
Saturday Vintage - Diem4x

Sunday Legacy - No reported event 
Sunday Modern - Ssejemba - 4 Color Elementals.
Sunday Pauper - JUJUBEAN_2004 - Grixis Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - WrzoBuSeks - Azorius Control
Sunday Standard - Sapoa - Rakdos Midrange
Sunday Vintage - oosunq

Other Event Winners

Legacy Showcase Challenge -
Julian23 - Izzet Blitz
Pauper Showcase Challenge -
roter_Erzengal - Dimir Faeries


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: The cards that we are tracking from Midnight Hunt are on the table now!  13 new ones, kinda fits with a theme huh?

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $25.12 $12.12 $13.00 107%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $10.53 $10.52 $0.01 0%
Acererak the Archlich $22.58 $22.09 $0.49 2%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $7.10 $6.64 $0.46 7%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $8.49 $8.99 ($0.50) -6%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $7.42 $7.27 $0.15 2%
Old Gnawbone $12.75 $12.10 $0.65 5%
Tiamat $5.31 $5.30 $0.01 0%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $5.55 $5.59 ($0.04) -1%
Den of the Bugbear $6.60 $7.37 ($0.77) -10%
Lolth, Spider Queen $7.50 $6.85 $0.65 9%
Valki, God of Lies $15.84 $17.04 ($1.20) -7%
Goldspan Dragon $14.41 $13.45 $0.96 7%
Wrenn and Seven $31.62


Lier, Disciple of the Drowned $10.95


The Meathook Massacre $9.50


Intrepid Adversary $9.01


Moonveil Regent $7.54


Bloodthirsty Adversary $7.17


Arlinn, the Pack's Hope $6.57


Fateful Absence $6.56


Sigarda, Champion of Light $6.22


Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $6.16


Siphon Insight $5.89


Tainted Adversary $5.63


Poppet Stitcher $5.28


Prismari Command $17.44 $18.74 ($1.30) -7%
Magma Opus $7.08 $6.99 $0.09 1%
Professor Onyx $9.90 $9.26 $0.64 7%
Velomachus Lorehold $12.72 $12.33 $0.39 3%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.92 $6.81 $0.11 2%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.69 $7.50 $0.19 3%
Galazeth Prismari $6.08 $5.93 $0.15 3%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $8.25 $8.51 ($0.26) -3%
Skyclave Apparition $14.59 $14.76 ($0.17) -1%
Shatterskull Smashing $8.64 $7.10 $1.54 22%
Modern Staples:  Had a couple of cards from Modern Horizons 2 added to the list. 

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $22.56 $23.92 ($1.36) -6%
Cavern of Souls $17.55 $17.00 $0.55 3%
Mishra's Bauble $25.76 $30.51 ($4.75) -16%
Aether Vial $10.16 $10.38 ($0.22) -2%
Horizon Canopy $4.80 $5.41 ($0.61) -11%
Liliana of the Veil $9.49 $9.93 ($0.44) -4%
Polluted Delta $10.31 $10.98 ($0.67) -6%
Wooded Foothills $6.11 $6.32 ($0.21) -3%
Flooded Strand $15.83 $8.12 $7.71 95%
Bloodstained Mire $7.30 $8.36 ($1.06) -13%
Windswept Heath $5.23 $6.09 ($0.86) -14%
Thoughtseize $6.79 $6.98 ($0.19) -3%
Elvish Reclaimer $5.10 $5.44 ($0.34) -6%
Force of Negation $58.01 $67.58 ($9.57) -14%
Wrenn and Six $54.41 $62.94 ($8.53) -14%
Prismatic Vista $8.30 $8.96 ($0.66) -7%
Sunbaked Canyon $17.93 $20.13 ($2.20) -11%
Seasoned Pyromancer $19.04 $24.30 ($5.26) -22%
Fiery Islet $8.89 $8.77 $0.12 1%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $5.17 $5.37 ($0.20) -4%
Force of Vigor $39.06 $38.12 $0.94 2%
Flusterstorm $30.74 $32.51 ($1.77) -5%
Archmage's Charm $23.13 $21.11 $2.02 10%
Silent Clearing $7.70 $8.96 ($1.26) -14%
Archon of Cruelty $9.65


Prismatic Ending $7.07


Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $95.24 $108.35 ($13.11) -12%
Urza's Saga $46.69 $37.44 $9.25 25%
Solitude $33.08 $19.38 $13.70 71%
Endurance $63.45 $57.16 $6.29 11%
Grief $11.11 $11.40 ($0.29) -3%
Murktide Regent $22.84 $25.21 ($2.37) -9%
Sanctum Prelate $10.41 $10.12 $0.29 3%
Fury $17.06 $13.53 $3.53 26%
Chalice of the Void $33.81 $27.33 $6.48 24%
Surgical Extraction $12.00 $8.26 $3.74 45%
Karn Liberated $5.67 $5.45 $0.22 4%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $13.42 $12.44 $0.98 8%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $10.49 $11.05 ($0.56) -5%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.25 $8.60 ($0.35) -4%
Teferi, Time Raveler $45.45 $45.63 ($0.18) 0%
Gemstone Mine $7.60 $8.40 ($0.80) -10%
Scalding Tarn $9.12 $7.20 $1.92 27%
Verdant Catacombs $5.29 $5.20 $0.09 2%
Misty Rainforest $5.85 $5.58 $0.27 5%
Arid Mesa $3.00 $3.27 ($0.27) -8%
Marsh Flats $2.59 $2.32 $0.27 12%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $42.46 $42.60 ($0.14) 0%
Opposition Agent $16.49 $16.61 ($0.12) -1%
Jeweled Lotus $18.44 $18.12 $0.32 2%
City of Traitors $16.60 $15.87 $0.73 5%
Allosaurus Shepherd $42.58 $42.68 ($0.10) 0%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $10.90 $10.97 ($0.07) -1%
Force of Will $56.08 $54.36 $1.72 3%
Karakas $9.71 $9.31 $0.40 4%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $20.57 $20.51 $0.06 0%
Demonic Tutor $5.47 $6.08 ($0.61) -10%
Unmask $12.69 $11.61 $1.08 9%
Misdirection $13.69 $13.46 $0.23 2%
Rishadan Port $12.71 $12.21 $0.50 4%
Snuff Out $17.05 $18.10 ($1.05) -6%
Submerge $9.29 $10.65 ($1.36) -13%
Daze $9.65 $9.71 ($0.06) -1%
Entomb $8.22 $8.33 ($0.11) -1%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $7.10 $8.01 ($0.91) -11%
Mox Diamond $35.82 $33.93 $1.89 6%
Wasteland $30.23 $28.31 $1.92 7%
Ancient Tomb $16.10 $15.42 $0.68 4%
Lotus Petal $21.78 $23.13 ($1.35) -6%
Grim Monolith $11.71 $11.07 $0.64 6%
Exploration $14.63 $14.76 ($0.13) -1%
Gaea's Cradle $29.98 $34.46 ($4.48) -13%
Carpet of Flowers $19.61 $17.79 $1.82 10%
Gilded Drake $11.16 $10.56 $0.60 6%
Black Lotus $10.38 $10.92 ($0.54) -5%
Volcanic Island $9.96 $9.76 $0.20 2%
Underground Sea $10.08 $10.40 ($0.32) -3%
Null Rod $14.59 $14.79 ($0.20) -1%
Doomsday $20.74 $21.76 ($1.02) -5%
Paradigm Shift $8.55 $8.55 $0.00 0%
Mindbreak Trap $5.43 $5.71 ($0.28) -5%
Pioneer Staples:  Nothing happened to the list this week.

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Collected Company $5.28 $5.80 ($0.52) -9%
Brazen Borrower $18.23 $19.80 ($1.57) -8%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $14.78 $14.61 $0.17 1%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $17.30 $18.23 ($0.93) -5%
Shark Typhoon $11.25 $12.12 ($0.87) -7%
Raugrin Triome $5.73 $6.15 ($0.42) -7%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $7.57 $9.34 ($1.77) -19%
Spirebluff Canal $8.16 $5.87 $2.29 39%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $12.44 $15.19 ($2.75) -18%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $7.47 $7.89 ($0.42) -5%
Karn, the Great Creator $27.22 $22.84 $4.38 19%
Blast Zone $5.87 $6.38 ($0.51) -8%
Finale of Devastation $7.69 $9.08 ($1.39) -15%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $24.49 $25.50 ($1.01) -4%
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 $184.64 $167.26 $17.38 10%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $190.76 $181.73 $9.03 5%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Booster Pack $3.37 $3.65 ($0.28) -8%
Kaldheim $106.04 $103.39 $2.65 3%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $141.36 $137.93 $3.43 2%
Treasure Chest $2.38 $2.45 ($0.07) -3%
Zendikar Rising $93.82 $93.54 $0.28 0%


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 99.71
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
Time Walk 1E Rare 66.54
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 64.27
Endurance MH2 Mythic 62.76
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 58.01
Force of Will MED Rare 56.08
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 55.9
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 55.13
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 54.41
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 49.77
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 49.1
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 49
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 45.45
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 45.33
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 43.79
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 43.48
Wasteland EXP Mythic 43.24
Misty Rainforest MH2 Rare 42.62
Allosaurus Shepherd JMP Mythic 42.58
Hullbreacher CMR Rare 42.46
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 40.4
Scalding Tarn MH2 Rare 39.11
Force of Vigor MH1 Rare 39.06
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 38.34
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 37.49
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 37.26
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 36.19
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 36.13
Mox Diamond ST Rare 35.82
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 35.8
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 35.64
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 34.29
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 33.91
Chalice of the Void MRD Rare 33.81
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 33.44
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 33.26
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 33.22
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 32.13
Verdant Catacombs MH2 Rare 32.05
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 32.04
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 31.93
Wrenn and Seven MID Mythic 31.62
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 31.39
Solitude MH2 Mythic 31.3
Mishra's Bauble IMA Uncommon 30.97
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 30.82
Flusterstorm MH1 Rare 30.74
Reanimate UBT Mythic 30.6
Wasteland TE Uncommon 30.23
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 30.23
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 29.98
Verdant Catacombs EXP Mythic 29.84
Timetwister 1E Rare 29.77
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 29.42
Flusterstorm VMA Rare 29.32
Lotus Petal MS2 Bonus 29.29
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 28.75
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 28.73
Force of Will EMA Mythic 28.71
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 28.28
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 28.11
Wasteland TPR Rare 28.09
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 28.05
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 27.87
Scalding Tarn EXP Mythic 27.39
Engineered Explosives UMA Rare 27.26
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 27.22
Dockside Extortionist C19 Rare 26.96
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 26.92
Mishra's Bauble 2XM Uncommon 26.62
Mishra's Bauble CSP Uncommon 25.76
Engineered Explosives MMA Rare 25.29
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 25.23
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 25.15
Bitterblossom UBT Mythic 25.15
Demilich AFR Mythic 25.12
Force of Will VMA Rare 25
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 $26,481.  The number last week was is $25,650.  This looks like a small gain of $831.  Not bad for the week. 
 
In Closing

I ruined a washer this week while trying to repair it.  I couldn't get the body back on to the frame.  It was super old though, so maybe it wasn't the worst thing that ever happened.  No games were played this week, as it is release week for a lot of product and my customer service skills were needed more, which is fine. 

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