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State of the Program for September 27th, 2019
 
In the News

The Great Eldraine Bake-off:  I saw this last week, was going to do it, then saw someone post a picture of their submission on day one.  It was so good I decided to not participate, because well, when you see greatness it's hard to overcome that sometimes.  Prizes are great, and if you're cooking you might as well think about this.  Check out the rules here. 

Collegiate Arena Starleague: 
Gosh, when I was a professional student I would have loved to be a part of this.  Sadly, even though I joked about it, I'm not about to go to grad school so I can get in to a Magic tournament.  If you're already in college registration ends in October, so study, and grow strong! 

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
January 15, 2020
Sealed Leagues End
January 16, 2020
Next B&R Announcement
October 7, 2019




Theros: Beyond Death
First Quarter 2020
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
Second Quarter 2020
Core Set 2021
Zendikar Rising
Third Quarter 2020
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:

Nothing this weekend, due to Throne of Eldraine hitting the client.  Enjoy the prereleases! 

 
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:
 
Event Type
Start Time
Saturday, 8:00 am PT 
Saturday, 10:00 am PT
Sunday, 8:00 am PT
Sunday, 10:00 am PT
 
The Hot Take Corner

It was a slow news week and an even slower opinion week.  I have nothing for today, other then, enjoy Magic! 

Cutting Edge Tech

Standard:   Bryan Gottlieb won the first post Throne of Eldraine event on Arena with this sweet Esper deck featuring Dance of the Manse and Doom Foretold.  More importantly, it helped me level up on the ladder a couple of times!  Deck is sweet and a lot of fun to play though!


Legacy
:  Look, I am not dialed in to Legacy as much as I would like to be, but this Mystic Forge looked interesting to me.  I think, and I am probably wrong here, the deck just cycles through with the Forge, gets a Karn, the Great Creator, and then does stuff with Paradox Engine, probably infinite mana and then wins with a giant Walking Ballista?  I have no idea, the deck just looked neat, and maybe someone better than me can tell me how it wins! 


Modern
: Here is a deck that if LSV's twitter account is to be believed, got incredibly stronger thanks to Throne of Eldraine.  Emry, Lurker of the Loch is being tested in this deck now, and looks poised to make an impact on the Modern format. 


Pauper
:  Slivers is a fun one in the format.  It has access to 12 lords, and the linear tribal strategy can steal wins out of nowhere thanks to Virulent Sliver


Brawl:  I am waiting to see if there are any cards from Throne of Eldraine that will impact Vintage (I have an idea that Emry might), but until then, I am going to post a random Brawl deck.  The format is fun and on MTGO, while Arena players have to wait still! 


 
Winner's Circle

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

Modern Challenge:  worrier1000 won the event with Urza control.  
Vintage Challenge:  Winning this week with Jeskai Arcanist was ReneRandrup
Legacy Challenge:  xJCloud won with Bomberman.
Pauper Challenge:  PR0boszcz stomped the yard with Stompy
 

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

Early Standard decks from the Fandom Legends event can be found here.
Adam Yurchick looks to break Throne of Eldraine in Standard
Nick Prince wrote about the new cards after the streamer event online. 
Alex Ullman discussed Throne of Eldraine for Pauper play.
Tolarian Community College made a video about the Deluxe Collection

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: Throne of Eldraine prices will be coming next week.  Seems like the best idea, instead of reporting on a ton of cards that are surely to drop prices, and since I am doing prices on the first day of release, it feels like more work than it would be worth. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Arclight Phoenix $11.01 $13.12 ($2.11) -16%
Assassin;s Trophy $7.42 $7.60 ($0.18) -2%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $23.25 $27.91 ($4.66) -17%
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord $7.93 $10.40 ($2.47) -24%
Mu Yanling, Sky Dancer $5.63 $5.94 ($0.31) -5%
Leyline of the Void $3.81 $3.75 $0.06 2%
Omnath, Locus of the Roil $9.99 $10.92 ($0.93) -9%
Cavalier of Night $6.64 $6.59 $0.05 1%
Cavalier of Gales $6.22
$6.22
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger $7.19
$7.19
Yarok, the Desecrated $9.65 $9.82 ($0.17) -2%
Cavalier of Thorns $4.88 $4.93 ($0.05) -1%
Ajani, Strength of the Pride $9.57 $8.34 $1.23 15%
Kethis, the Hidden Hand $3.67 $4.20 ($0.53) -13%
Hydroid Krasis $12.11 $5.58 $6.53 117%
Deputy of Detention $6.40 $7.07 ($0.67) -9%
Teferi, Time Raveler $33.30 $35.26 ($1.96) -6%
Finale of Devastation $18.17 $22.55 ($4.38) -19%
Karn, the Great Creator $34.24 $36.46 ($2.22) -6%
Finale of Promise $17.80 $20.36 ($2.56) -13%
Dreadhorde Arcanist $13.81 $13.76 $0.05 0%
Blast Zone $6.62 $6.58 $0.04 1%
Niv-Mizzet, Reborn $6.76 $6.50 $0.26 4%
Modern Staples:  The treasure chest update sure seemed to help the prices of Modern Horizons cards! 
Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $8.52 $8.63 ($0.11) -1%
Engineered Explosives $13.45 $13.64 ($0.19) -1%
Walking Ballista $6.00 $5.70 $0.30 5%
Cavern of Souls $13.12 $17.02 ($3.90) -23%
Noble Hierarch $7.25 $8.92 ($1.67) -19%
Mishra's Bauble $22.28 $26.94 ($4.66) -17%
Spell Snare $6.25 $6.46 ($0.21) -3%
Aether Vial $11.51 $12.22 ($0.71) -6%
Sword of Fire and Ice $8.74 $10.62 ($1.88) -18%
Mycosynth Lattice $7.44 $8.35 ($0.91) -11%
Trinisphere $11.92 $11.37 $0.55 5%
Kolaghan's Command $6.96 $5.87 $1.09 19%
Collected Company $3.13 $4.31 ($1.18) -27%
Liliana, the Last Hope $7.31 $7.35 ($0.04) -1%
Collective Brutality $8.16 $11.46 ($3.30) -29%
Horizon Canopy $8.94 $14.08 ($5.14) -37%
Tarmogoyf $7.43 $8.02 ($0.59) -7%
Summoner's Pact $5.87 $5.58 $0.29 5%
Liliana of the Veil $21.99 $23.94 ($1.95) -8%
Past in Flames $8.13 $8.45 ($0.32) -4%
Snapcaster Mage $7.61 $9.12 ($1.51) -17%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $11.64 $15.40 ($3.76) -24%
Polluted Delta $8.74 $10.56 ($1.82) -17%
Wooded Foothills $8.73 $9.18 ($0.45) -5%
Flooded Strand $6.07 $6.45 ($0.38) -6%
Bloodstained Mire $8.39 $7.95 $0.44 6%
Windswept Heath $5.56 $5.24 $0.32 6%
Cryptic Command $5.99 $6.52 ($0.53) -8%
Thoughtseize $5.48 $5.54 ($0.06) -1%
Primeval Titan $6.27


Sword of Feast and Famine $6.97 $8.97 ($2.00) -22%
Inkmoth Nexus $3.26 $4.31 ($1.05) -24%
Force of Negation $44.26 $64.62 ($20.36) -32%
Wrenn and Six $108.61 $143.31 ($34.70) -24%
Prismatic Vista $19.95 $27.33 ($7.38) -27%
Sunbaked Canyon $12.33 $16.66 ($4.33) -26%
Seasoned Pyromancer $14.78 $21.46 ($6.68) -31%
Fiery Islet $7.51 $6.96 $0.55 8%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $17.89 $31.18 ($13.29) -43%
Ranger-Captain of Eos $12.22 $13.85 ($1.63) -12%
Hexdrinker $8.95 $10.44 ($1.49) -14%
Plague Engineer $15.78 $25.91 ($10.13) -39%
Force of Vigor $11.76 $11.75 $0.01 0%
Collector Ouphe $15.61 $15.02 $0.59 4%
Giver of Runes $14.52 $12.47 $2.05 16%
Silent Clearing $5.18 $3.55 $1.63 46%
Waterlogged Grove $4.22 $4.57 ($0.35) -8%
Ice-Fang Coatl $7.57 $6.28 $1.29 21%
Vendilion Clique $6.99 $6.94 $0.05 1%
Bitterblossom $4.65 $5.81 ($1.16) -20%
Chalice of the Void $16.57 $16.73 ($0.16) -1%
Oblivion Stone $3.26 $4.42 ($1.16) -26%
Karn Liberated $13.86 $21.33 ($7.47) -35%
Batterskull $4.58 $6.85 ($2.27) -33%
Surgical Extraction $18.46 $19.39 ($0.93) -5%
Phyrexian Obliterator $5.90 $5.60 $0.30 5%
Dismember $6.09 $7.84 ($1.75) -22%
Thought-Knot Seer $5.67 5.54 $0.13 2%
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy $4.07 $4.85 ($0.78) -16%
Meddling Mage $4.87 $5.70 ($0.83) -15%
Life from the Loam $5.87 $6.65 ($0.78) -12%
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn $5.59 $5.14 $0.45 9%
Rest in Peace $6.57 $5.80 $0.77 13%
Fulminator Mage $13.22 $13.49 ($0.27) -2%
Mox Opal $48.60 $54.21 ($5.61) -10%
Wurmcoil Engine $8.02 $8.64 ($0.62) -7%
Ensnaring Bridge $16.91 $18.69 ($1.78) -10%
Gemstone Mine $19.62 $19.96 ($0.34) -2%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $37.62 $43.46 ($5.84) -13%
Stoneforge Mystic $7.00 $7.04 ($0.04) -1%
Scalding Tarn $18.15 $18.74 ($0.59) -3%
Verdant Catacombs $14.15 $15.02 ($0.87) -6%
Misty Rainforest $12.91 $12.25 $0.66 5%
Bloodghast $6.33 $7.33 ($1.00) -14%
Arid Mesa 7.76 8.34 ($0.58) -7%
Marsh Flats 5.94 6.13 ($0.19) -3%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Dark Depths $19.30 $17.30 $2.00 12%
City of Traitors $33.24 $32.78 $0.46 1%
Monastery Mentor $11.28 $9.54 $1.74 18%
Sylvan Safekeeper $12.31 $13.46 ($1.15) -9%
Force of Will $37.95 $39.46 ($1.51) -4%
Land Tax $13.13 $13.18 ($0.05) 0%
Lion's Eye Diamond $6.22 $5.37 $0.85 16%
Unmask $20.79 $19.41 $1.38 7%
Misdirection $10.84 $11.50 ($0.66) -6%
Rishadan Port $5.49 $6.76 ($1.27) -19%
Daze $4.36 $4.39 ($0.03) -1%
Entomb $9.27 $9.73 ($0.46) -5%
True-Name Nemesis $10.92 $9.37 $1.55 17%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $14.93 $16.93 ($2.00) -12%
Mox Diamond $22.26 $22.80 ($0.54) -2%
Altar of Dementia $10.82 $12.23 ($1.41) -12%
Grindstone $8.03 $7.51 $0.52 7%
Wasteland $18.72 $20.41 ($1.69) -8%
Ancient Tomb $10.55 $11.49 ($0.94) -8%
Academy Rector $6.14 $6.07 $0.07 1%
Grim Monolith $20.07 $20.03 $0.04 0%
Back to Basics $6.09 $6.29 ($0.20) -3%
Exploration $15.48 $15.55 ($0.07) 0%
Show and Tell $12.77 $13.26 ($0.49) -4%
Gaea's Cradle $11.71 $12.21 ($0.50) -4%
Sneak Attack $9.32 $9.08 $0.24 3%
Time Spiral $6.15 $6.24 ($0.09) -1%
Carpet of Flowers $7.28 $9.51 ($2.23) -23%
Ancestral Recall $1.52 $1.18 $0.34 29%
Black Lotus $8.55 $7.10 $1.45 20%
Mox Emerald $1.85 $1.75 $0.10 6%
Mox Ruby $2.40 $1.75 $0.65 37%
Mox Pearl $2.16 $1.36 $0.80 59%
Mox Sapphire $2.41 $2.68 ($0.27) -10%
Mox Jet $2.16 $2.22 ($0.06) -3%
Timetwister $1.28 $1.12 $0.16 14%
Time Walk $1.49 $1.15 $0.34 30%
Volcanic Island $10.11 $7.89 $2.22 28%
Badlands $1.99 $2.60 ($0.61) -23%
Tropical Island $3.74 $4.47 ($0.73) -16%
Bayou $2.96 $3.30 ($0.34) -10%
Tundra $1.28 $2.08 ($0.80) -38%
Savannah $1.96 $1.05 $0.91 87%
Scrubland $0.56 $0.46 $0.10 22%
Plateau $0.63 $0.63 $0.00 0%
Taiga $1.13 $1.19 ($0.06) -5%
Underground Sea $8.61 $8.30 $0.31 4%
Sol Ring $6.41 $6.32 $0.09 1%
Pauper Staples:
Pauper Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Serum Visions $3.18 $3.28 -$0.10 -3.05%
Wild Growth $1.70


Merchant Scroll $6.11


Standard Bearer $3.59 $4.44 -$0.85 -19.14%
Ninja of the Deep Hours $0.68 $1.13 -$0.45 -39.82%
Lava Spike $0.82 $1.26 -$0.44 -34.92%
Skred $4.12 $4.37 -$0.25 -5.72%
Utopia Sprawl $1.36 $1.52 -$0.16 -10.53%
Nettle Sentinel $1.25


Flaring Pain $1.57 $1.87 -$0.30 -16.04%
Prismatic Strands $0.61 $1.29 -$0.68 -52.71%
Swirling Sandstorm $0.43 $1.17 -$0.74 -63.25%
Pyroblast $3.75 $3.65 $0.10 2.74%
Hydroblast $2.74 $2.93 -$0.19 -6.48%
Mystic Remora $9.90 $12.88 -$2.98 -23.14%
Serene Heart $1.63 $1.59 $0.04 2.52%
Spidersilk Armor $4.00 $4.03 -$0.03 -0.74%
Ancestral Mask $6.72 $7.06 -$0.34 -4.82%
Cho-Manno's Blessing $4.28 $4.89 -$0.61 -12.47%
Land Grant $2.83 $3.17 -$0.34 -10.73%
Peat Bog $0.98 $1.22 -$0.24 -19.67%
Snuff Out $2.20 $2.14 $0.06 2.80%
Reverent Silence $7.31 $4.93 $2.38 48.28%
Flame Rift $1.05 $1.24 -$0.19 -15.32%
Moment's Peace $2.17 $2.50 -$0.33 -13.20%
Rhystic Study $2.92 $2.20 $0.72 32.73%
Drafna's Restoration $4.58 $4.96 -$0.38 -7.66%
Entourage of Trest $4.51


Thorn of the Black Rose $4.77 $4.29 $0.48 11.19%
Palace Sentinels $1.90 $3.11 -$1.21 -38.91%
Custodi Squire $2.73 $3.07 -$0.34 -11.07%
Ash Barrens $3.33 $2.61 $0.72 27.59%
Manamorphose $3.42 $3.88 -$0.46 -11.86%
Ideas Unbound $0.42 $0.28 $0.14 50.00%
Tortured Existence $1.37 $1.10 $0.27 24.55%
Lotus Petal $18.86 $18.86 $0.00 0.00%
Evincar's Justice $1.04


Mogg Conscripts $0.59 $0.59 $0.00 0.00%
Crop Rotation $2.38 $2.70 -$0.32 -11.85%
Exhume $1.07 $1.60 -$0.53 -33.13%
Pestilence $4.37 $3.18 $1.19 37.42%
Priest of Titania $0.95 $1.06 -$0.11 -10.38%
Impulse $0.65 $0.87 -$0.22 -25.29%
Quirion Ranger $2.11 $1.98 $0.13 6.57%
Searing Blaze $0.53 $1.06 -$0.53 -50.00%
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
Guilds of Ravnica $49.36 $51.40 ($2.04) -4%
Ravnica Allegiances $63.50 $56.27 $7.23 13%
Treasure Chest $2.44 $2.32 $0.12 5%
War of the Spark $166.82 $183.02 ($16.20) -9%
Core Set 2020 Booster $2.01 $2.98 ($0.97) -33%
Core Set 2020 $151.51 $152.90 ($1.39) -1%
Modern Horizons $361.49 $458.78 ($97.29) -21%


The Good Stuff
The following is a list of all the non-foil 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 345.02
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 159.9
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 122.42
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 114.07
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 108.61
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 104.17
Mox Jet 1E Rare 94.16
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 86.95
Time Walk 1E Rare 73.93
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 73.13
Timetwister 1E Rare 57.35
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 52.09
Liliana of the Veil UMA Mythic 48.76
Mox Opal SOM Mythic 48.6
Mox Opal MM2 Mythic 48.29
Engineered Explosives UBT Mythic 47.49
Mox Opal MS2 Bonus 45.66
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 44.26
Dark Depths V16 Mythic 43.58
Jace, the Mind Sculptor A25 Mythic 39.88
Jace, the Mind Sculptor EMA Mythic 39.18
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 38.69
Force of Will MED Rare 37.95
Jace, the Mind Sculptor VMA Mythic 37.63
Jace, the Mind Sculptor WWK Mythic 37.62
Unmask V16 Mythic 37.09
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 34.38
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 34.24
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 33.46
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 33.3
City of Traitors EX Rare 33.24
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 31.27
Lord Windgrace PZ2 Mythic 31.24
Dark Depths UMA Mythic 30.13
Cavern of Souls UMA Mythic 28.66
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 26.85
Karn Liberated UMA Mythic 26.38
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 25.6

 
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 17320.  Pete did these prices before Throne of Eldraine was added to the site and to our price data.  Last week, before the new treasure chests came to MTGO, the big number was 18105.  It appears that the treasure chest changes have worked out pretty well, and you can see that in the Modern price chart.  On top of this we have the usual Standard sell off for rotating cards and such.  So the difference is a loss of 785, but I'm pretty sure that is going to rebound next week! 
 
In Closing

Pete did the big number on Wednesday, and I did the prices on Thursday.   I played an unhealthy amount of My Time at Portia this past week. I can't tell you how many times I laid down for bed and then noticed it was 4 in the morning. 

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