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State of the Program for September 30th, 2022
 
In the News

Treasure Chests Update:  This went live on Wednesday, it looks like 35 cards got a change in drop rate and it does not look like anything new was added to the Chests.

Modern Cube:  Carmen Handy and Aaron Sorrells have a look at the newest build of the Modern Cube here. You can see the changes and full card list here.

The Brothers' War
:  Previews for the set started Thursday, and you can see the card gallery here.  Urza and Mishra lead Commander Decks this set.  A subset, like Expeditions on the Mystical Archive exists for Artifacts.  Lodestone Golem and Wurmcoil Engine lead the way so far.  The basic lands in the set feature Mechs.  Meld also makes a return to the game. 

Pioneer Challenger Decks 2022:  These are apparently coming to MTGO.  The Izzet Phoenix deck looks okay but in paper it has copies of Expressive Iteration on MTGO those banned cards will be replaced by Pieces of the Puzzle and Fiery Impulse.  You can see the decklists 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
October 18, 2022
Constructed Leagues End
Ends November 16, 2022
Sealed Leagues End
Ends November 17, 2022
Next B&R
Unknown
New Capenna Redemption
Ends October 12, 2022
Dominaria United Redemption

September 28th
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 - Modern Cube

October 12 - Unknown Format
October 19 - Chaos Draft
October 26 - Carmen Handy's Magic 30 Cube
November 2 - Innistrad Flashback

September 30 - Pioneer Qualifier
October 1 - Pauper Super Qualifier
October 2 - Pioneer Super Qualifier

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
1:00 a.m 32 Player Limited Challenge 32 Player Limited 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
12:00 p.m. Limited Challenge Limited Challenge
2:00 p.m. Pioneer Challenge Standard Challenge

 


Cutting Edge Tech

Standard: Look I am not sure if this is a win trader deck, of it is actually good or not, but it's 20 dollars, looks really fun and features a lot of cool stuff from the newer sets. My mental health has kept me from playing as much, but for 20 dollars I don't think you can really go wrong?

Pauper: I am buidling paper Pauper decks and while this deck is close and has better mana, I am keeping my Nivix Cyclops deck together over building this. I just love that beefy boy.


Pioneer:  I am working on a paper building project right now, and have 17 Pioneer decks in progress, which sounds like a huge number, but it's really not, considering how cheap Pioneer is in paper, and how cheap it was during the pandemic that is still happening, but we're ignoring now.  I saw this decklist, and now have 18 decks I am working on. 



 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Cwoj - Izzet Murktide
Saturday Modern - DemonicTutors
Saturday Pauper - Alleyezonme - Mono Blue Terror
Saturday Pioneer - claudioh - Niv to Light
Saturday Standard - Showcase Challenge
Saturday Vintage - Condescend

Sunday Legacy - Showcase Challenge
Sunday Modern - Control4Daze - Golgari Persist
Sunday Pauper - SynthAura - Bogles
Sunday Pioneer - Misplacedginger - Rakdos Mid
Sunday Standard - JUJUBEAN_2004 - Boros Justice
Sunday Vintage -  dgreen16

Other Event Winners

Legacy Showcase Challenge
Standard Showcase Challenge


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: Jaya, Fiery Negotiator, Leaf-Crowned Visionary, and Rundvelt Hordemaster fell off the list this week.  Hidetsugu Consumes All and Shipwreck Marsh came back on to the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Leyline Binding $28.03 $23.27 $4.76 20%
Liliana of the Veil $12.41 $15.79 -$3.38 -21%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $58.32 $46.69 $11.63 25%
Serra Paragon $6.93 $5.96 $0.97 16%
Soul of Windgrace $5.15 $5.68 -$0.53 -9%
The Meathook Massacre $42.50 $34.09 $8.41 25%
Memory Deluge $8.28 $8.85 -$0.57 -6%
Haunted Ridge $26.16 $18.75 $7.41 40%
Graveyard Trespasser $26.13 $33.78 -$7.65 -23%
Brutal Cathar $10.15 $9.66 $0.49 5%
Deserted Beach $13.49 $9.55 $3.94 41%
Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset $9.20 $8.37 $0.83 10%
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar $5.50 $5.78 -$0.28 -5%
Shipwreck Marsh $6.35


Boseiju, Who Endures $48.14 $45.10 $3.04 7%
Otawara, Soaring City $12.97 $11.67 $1.30 11%
The Wandering Emperor $28.97 $32.66 -$3.69 -11%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $57.67 $50.17 $7.50 15%
March of Otherworldly Light $5.68 $5.06 $0.62 12%
Hidetsugu Consumes All $7.96


Ob Nixilis, the Adversary $14.64 $15.61 -$0.97 -6%
Ledger Shredder $23.15 $26.36 -$3.21 -12%
Unlicensed Hearse $40.98 $33.39 $7.59 23%
Titan of Industry $5.87 $6.26 -$0.39 -6%
Cultivator Colossus $4.62 $5.57 -$0.95 -17%
Stormcarved Coast $7.10 $6.67 $0.43 6%
Chandra, Dressed to Kill $8.34 $9.06 -$0.72 -8%
Sorin the Mirthless $8.89 $8.38 $0.51 6%
Modern Staples:

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $12.66 $12.89 -$0.23 -2%
Steelshaper's Gift $6.04 $6.30 -$0.26 -4%
Cavern of Souls $13.76 $14.80 -$1.04 -7%
Mishra's Bauble $19.05 $18.17 $0.88 5%
Aether Vial $5.76 $5.76 $0.00 0%
Magus of the Moon $8.41 $9.04 -$0.63 -7%
Polluted Delta $7.27 $7.11 $0.16 2%
Wooded Foothills $7.56 $6.15 $1.41 23%
Flooded Strand $10.92 $9.25 $1.67 18%
Bloodstained Mire $7.22 $6.89 $0.33 5%
Windswept Heath $5.79 $4.85 $0.94 19%
Thoughtseize $9.42 $9.24 $0.18 2%
Force of Negation $18.15 $17.36 $0.79 5%
Wrenn and Six $36.31 $38.63 -$2.32 -6%
Sunbaked Canyon $8.09 $7.85 $0.24 3%
Seasoned Pyromancer $7.39 $9.70 -$2.31 -24%
Force of Vigor $21.69 $27.62 -$5.93 -21%
Flusterstorm $23.23 $24.38 -$1.15 -5%
Archmage's Charm $5.01 $4.90 $0.11 2%
Yawgmoth, Thran Physician $7.13 $7.48 -$0.35 -5%
Archon of Cruelty $24.42 $18.92 $5.50 29%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $31.66 $31.00 $0.66 2%
Urza's Saga $45.13 $53.39 -$8.26 -15%
Solitude $25.90 $27.43 -$1.53 -6%
Endurance $46.92 $53.03 -$6.11 -12%
Grief $12.11 $15.18 -$3.07 -20%
Murktide Regent $16.74 $18.45 -$1.71 -9%
Fury $43.97 $44.57 -$0.60 -1%
Esper Sentinel $7.44 $7.98 -$0.54 -7%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $5.64 $4.98 $0.66 13%
Tourach, Dread Cantor $5.54 $7.72 -$2.18 -28%
Subtlety $14.05 $13.61 $0.44 3%
Chalice of the Void $24.18 $26.42 -$2.24 -8%
Ensnaring Bridge $6.63 $6.43 $0.20 3%
Teferi, Time Raveler $32.76 $30.14 $2.62 9%
Gemstone Mine $7.71 $7.04 $0.67 10%
Scalding Tarn $5.24 $5.63 -$0.39 -7%
Verdant Catacombs $2.48 $2.51 -$0.03 -1%
Misty Rainforest $4.45 $4.73 -$0.28 -6%
Arid Mesa $4.00 $2.64 $1.36 52%
Marsh Flats $1.23 $1.12 $0.11 10%
Eternal Staples

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $45.81 $82.94 ($37.13) -45%
Displacer Kitten $1.57 $5.23 ($3.66) -70%
Hullbreacher $16.84 $18.23 ($1.39) -8%
Opposition Agent $33.98 $32.55 $1.43 4%
Jeweled Lotus $21.20 $23.65 ($2.45) -10%
City of Traitors $14.41 $14.86 ($0.45) -3%
Allosaurus Shepherd $5.82 $6.76 ($0.94) -14%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $26.95 $26.12 $0.83 3%
Helm of Obedience $17.82 $17.84 ($0.02) 0%
Force of Will $49.55 $41.65 $7.90 19%
Karakas $9.43 $8.97 $0.46 5%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $11.87 $12.11 ($0.24) -2%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $6.47 $6.68 ($0.21) -3%
Enlightened Tutor $7.22 $7.41 ($0.19) -3%
Unmask $18.02 $12.81 $5.21 41%
Misdirection $13.10 $13.34 ($0.24) -2%
Rishadan Port $12.14 $12.94 ($0.80) -6%
Snuff Out $24.51 $24.56 ($0.05) 0%
Submerge $9.40 $8.61 $0.79 9%
Daze $6.85 $7.43 ($0.58) -8%
Entomb $8.21 $6.55 $1.66 25%
Recruiter of the Guard $8.81 $7.27 $1.54 21%
Mox Diamond $36.20 $33.76 $2.44 7%
Wasteland $22.71 $19.75 $2.96 15%
Ancient Tomb $16.45 $15.98 $0.47 3%
Lotus Petal $17.87 $23.81 ($5.94) -25%
Grindstone $8.36 $8.27 $0.09 1%
Grim Monolith $8.42 $8.98 ($0.56) -6%
Goblin Welder $6.94 $7.05 ($0.11) -2%
Meltdown $36.45 $38.61 ($2.16) -6%
Exploration $8.25 $8.19 $0.06 1%
Gaea's Cradle $26.66 $26.65 $0.01 0%
Carpet of Flowers $23.50 $23.67 ($0.17) -1%
Gilded Drake $9.22 $9.74 ($0.52) -5%
Show and Tell $8.56 $8.38 $0.18 2%
Black Lotus $11.80 $11.05 $0.75 7%
Volcanic Island $7.93 $8.41 ($0.48) -6%
Underground Sea $8.55 $6.78 $1.77 26%
Null Rod $9.70 $9.83 ($0.13) -1%
Doomsday $17.62 $18.69 ($1.07) -6%
Paradigm Shift $12.93 $11.13 $1.80 16%
Pioneer Staples

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Indomitable Creativity $5.56 $5.40 $0.16 2.96%
Den of the Bugbear $24.95 $23.85 $1.10 4.61%
Hall of the Storm Giants $8.21 $7.67 $0.54 7.04%
Hive of the Eye Tyrant $7.45 $8.36 -$0.91 -10.89%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $7.04 $8.72 -$1.68 -19.27%
Wish $5.80 $6.35 -$0.55 -8.66%
Collected Company $9.51 $10.22 -$0.71 -6.95%
Brazen Borrower $23.91 $23.71 $0.20 0.84%
Bonecrusher Giant $9.53 $13.26 -$3.73 -28.13%
Emrakul, the Promised End $5.15 $3.64 $1.51 41.48%
Arclight Phoenix $7.26 $6.44 $0.82 12.73%
Shark Typhoon $5.76 $5.69 $0.07 1.23%
Ketria Triome $8.53 $8.64 -$0.11 -1.27%
Raugrin Triome $4.96 $5.43 -$0.47 -8.66%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $9.34 $7.10 $2.24 31.55%
Mana Confluence $5.18 $5.18 $0.00 0.00%
Blightstep Pathway $5.78 $8.74 -$2.96 -33.87%
Hengegate Pathway $7.08 $9.23 -$2.15 -23.29%
Darkbore Pathway $6.15 $7.97 -$1.82 -22.84%
Realmwalker $6.07 $5.71 $0.36 6.30%
Spirebluff Canal $7.10 $6.38 $0.72 11.29%
Lotus Field $5.32 $6.09 -$0.77 -12.64%
Chandra, Awakened Inferno $4.89 $5.27 -$0.38 -7.21%
Cavalier of Thorns $28.19 $25.74 $2.45 9.52%
Leyline of the Void $10.60 $11.65 -$1.05 -9.01%
Day's Undoing $6.11 $6.08 $0.03 0.49%
Rest in Peace $6.06 $5.75 $0.31 5.39%
Prismari Command $6.83 $7.94 -$1.11 -13.98%
Witherbloom Command $9.36 $10.03 -$0.67 -6.68%
Karn, the Great Creator $26.77 $28.65 -$1.88 -6.56%
Finale of Devastation $7.25 $7.17 $0.08 1.12%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $24.78 $26.33 -$1.55 -5.89%
Skyclave Apparition $6.00 $4.29 $1.71 39.86%
Shatterskull Smashing $7.33 $8.08 -$0.75 -9.28%
Roiling Vortex $6.94 $7.45 -$0.51 -6.85%
Agadeem's Awakening $6.04 $6.69 -$0.65 -9.72%
Sea Gate Restoration $8.02 $7.93 $0.09 1.13%
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 Time Change % Change
Dominaria United $138.54 $131.81 $6.73 5%
Dominaria United Booster $3.21 $3.19 $0.02 1%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $81.74 $77.50 $4.24 5%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $207.81 $191.64 $16.17 8%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $182.48 $169.13 $13.35 8%
Streets of New Capenna $125.60 $123.20 $2.40 2%
Treasure Chest $2.56 $2.47 $0.09 4%


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 259.4
Mox Jet 1E Rare 128.11
Karakas UBT Mythic 121.88
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 116.81
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 116.44
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 111.26
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 101.04
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 84.5
Time Walk 1E Rare 83
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 73.28
Purple-Crystal Crab PZ2 Common 71.07
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 66.89
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 61.9
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 61.54
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 60.33
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil C19 Mythic 59.01
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse DMU Mythic 58.32
Heavenly Qilin PZ2 Common 57.71
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker NEO Rare 57.67
Aether Gale C14 Rare 54.56
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 53.6
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 52.76
Force of Will MED Rare 49.55
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 48.14
Endurance MH2 Mythic 46.92
Minsc , Boo, Timeless Heroes CLB Mythic 45.81
Earthshaking Si PZ2 Common 45.21
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 45.13
Fury MH2 Mythic 43.97
Cavern of Souls ZNE Mythic 43.13
Jace, the Mind Sculptor MS4 Mythic 43.12
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 43.01
Liliana, the Last Hope MS4 Mythic 42.99
The Meathook Massacre MID Mythic 42.5
Mana Vault UBT Mythic 41.5
Unlicensed Hearse SNC Rare 40.98
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria MS4 Mythic 36.61
Meltdown UZ Uncommon 36.45
Wrenn and Six MH1 Mythic 36.31
Flooded Strand ZNE Mythic 36.26
Mox Diamond ST Rare 36.2
Jeska's Will CMR Rare 36.18
Wrenn and Six 2X2 Mythic 34.59
Opposition Agent CMR Rare 33.98
Flusterstorm CMD Rare 33.14
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 33.11
Timetwister 1E Rare 32.88
Teferi, Time Raveler WAR Rare 32.76
Reanimate UBT Mythic 32.75
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer MH2 Mythic 31.66
Creeping Tar Pit UBT Mythic 31.4
Cleansing Screech PZ2 Common 29.81
Noble Hierarch UBT Mythic 29.67
Force of Will MS3 Mythic 29.59
Pramikon, Sky Rampart C19 Mythic 29.53
Force of Will 2XM Mythic 29.23
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 29.07
The Wandering Emperor NEO Mythic 28.97
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon MS4 Mythic 28.41
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 28.4
Cavalier of Thorns M20 Mythic 28.19
Leyline Binding DMU Rare 28.03
Scalding Tarn ZNE Mythic 27.93
Fulminator Mage UBT Mythic 27.67
Karn Liberated UBT Mythic 27.5
Anje's Ravager C19 Rare 27.41
Celestial Colonnade UBT Mythic 27.05
Muxus, Goblin Grandee JMP Rare 26.95
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre UBT Mythic 26.88
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 26.78
Karn, the Great Creator WAR Rare 26.77
Liliana of the Veil UMA Mythic 26.73
Gaea's Cradle UZ Rare 26.66
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 26.55
Flusterstorm PZ1 Rare 26.42
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 26.18
Haunted Ridge MID Rare 26.16
Graveyard Trespasser MID Rare 26.13
Ancient Tomb ZNE Mythic 26.07
Solitude MH2 Mythic 25.9
Flusterstorm IMA Rare 25.76
Force of Will EMA Mythic 25.7
Force of Will VMA Rare 25.42
Platinum Emperion UBT Mythic 25.34
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

My seasonal affective disorder had me in a chokehold this week.  I'm surprised I got this much done, work, cooking, taking care of myself all were hard for me to do, and the worst part of it may have been all the crying I did for no reason at all.  Thankfully I have a great therapist and will get great help again this year.  It's already better than it was last year.  It just sucks that for 4-6 months every year things are a mess. 

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