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State of the Program for September 3rd, 2021
 
In the News

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt - Previews for the next set started on Thursday.  You can see the Booster Fun cards here. You can find the preview schedule here. Right here is where the mechanics for the set are.  I couldn't actually find the card gallery for the set on DailyMTG so you can see the newest cards here

MTGO Convention Series
:  Wanna get a Xanathar avatar and a sweet Demilich retro bordered promo?  The Magic Online Convention series returns with events hosted by Pastimes Events.  You can pick up a PAX entry from pastimesevents.com for 20 dollars and get a redemption code to give you access to basically everything on MTGO.  You get a Mythic Event token to play in one of the 28 events as well.  Play three rounds in a Convention event, earn up to 9 booster packs and the promos that I mentioned.  Get three wins in a single event and get an invite to the Convention Series Championship.  There are four conventions being supported this year, PAX West, Gen Con, Origins and PAX Unplugged.  You can read about it here and 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 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:

Until September 8th:  Legacy Cube Featuring Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
Until September 16th: Modern Horizons 2 Limited

September 4th - Legacy Super Qualifier
September 5th - Vintage Super Qualfier
 
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, as rotation nears and previews go in to full swing, I am showcasting new Historic decks. With the Jumpstart cards entering the format it's fun to see how it is going.

Wizards of the Coast has been really stingy with Arena format decklists, having not shared any from that ladder since the middle of last month.   

Selesnya Enchantress
:

Hollow One:

Jeskai Control:

Jund Sac:

Jeskai Creativity:

Golgari Citadel:

Simic Merfolk:


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Saturday Legacy - Diem4x - Izzet Delver
Saturday Modern - WaToO - 4 Color Creativity
Saturday Pauper - Mogged - Dimir Control
Saturday Pioneer - triosk - Ascendancy Combo
Saturday Standard -  _Batutinha_ - Sultai Ultimatum
Saturday Vintage - Tsubasa_Cat

Sunday Legacy - AnziD - 4 Color Snow
Sunday Modern - hoody66 - Yawgmoth Combo
Sunday Pauper - LuffyDoChapeuDePalha - Affinity
Sunday Pioneer - Egormaister - Rakdos Pyromancer
Sunday Standard - teruteru8140 - Naya Adventures
Sunday Vintage - oosunq

Other Event Winners

Modern Horizons 2 MOCS -
mahzinha_linda
Modern Horizons 2 MOCS -
Jaberwocki


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: Nothing came off or was added to the list this week.

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Demilich $15.32 $17.17 ($1.85) -11%
The Book of Exalted Deeds $10.31 $9.77 $0.54 6%
Acererak the Archlich $21.49 $19.73 $1.76 9%
Tasha's Hideous Laughter $6.53 $9.62 ($3.09) -32%
Iymrith, Desert Doom $5.70 $5.31 $0.39 7%
Minsc, Beloved Ranger $9.54 $9.20 $0.34 4%
Ebondeath, Dracolich $7.10 $6.70 $0.40 6%
Old Gnawbone $10.22 $8.65 $1.57 18%
Tiamat $5.46 $5.43 $0.03 1%
Xanathar, Guild Kingpin $5.74 $5.70 $0.04 1%
Brazen Borrower $18.15 $22.95 ($4.80) -21%
Bonecrusher Giant $5.44 $6.51 ($1.07) -16%
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King $14.97 $13.67 $1.30 10%
Lurrus of the Dream Den $17.78 $18.09 ($0.31) -2%
Shark Typhoon $11.79 $9.99 $1.80 18%
Raugrin Triome $6.68 $7.09 ($0.41) -6%
Valki, God of Lies $18.84 $20.35 ($1.51) -7%
Goldspan Dragon $9.87 $9.82 $0.05 1%
Prismari Command $26.05 $26.35 ($0.30) -1%
Magma Opus $7.29 $7.33 ($0.04) -1%
Professor Onyx $8.58 $8.50 $0.08 1%
Velomachus Lorehold $12.92 $13.57 ($0.65) -5%
Beledros Witherbloom $6.82 $6.70 $0.12 2%
Extus, Oriq Overlord $7.63 $7.67 ($0.04) -1%
Galazeth Prismari $5.85 $5.91 ($0.06) -1%
Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger $9.14 $8.48 $0.66 8%
Scourge of the Skyclaves $10.14 $10.39 ($0.25) -2%
Skyclave Apparition $19.85 $19.30 $0.55 3%
Modern Staples:  Modern Horizons 2 cards seem to be slipping a bit.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Auriok Champion $5.98 $6.68 ($0.70) -10%
Steelshaper's Gift $5.14 $5.74 ($0.60) -10%
Engineered Explosives $30.16 $36.18 ($6.02) -17%
Cavern of Souls $14.57 $18.73 ($4.16) -22%
Mishra's Bauble $30.96 $33.24 ($2.28) -7%
Aether Vial $10.84 $12.85 ($2.01) -16%
Horizon Canopy $6.06 $7.16 ($1.10) -15%
Liliana of the Veil $13.21 $14.33 ($1.12) -8%
Polluted Delta $9.60 $9.96 ($0.36) -4%
Wooded Foothills $8.00 $8.66 ($0.66) -8%
Flooded Strand $8.50 $9.63 ($1.13) -12%
Bloodstained Mire $8.61 $9.42 ($0.81) -9%
Windswept Heath $5.74 $6.61 ($0.87) -13%
Thoughtseize $7.55 $8.02 ($0.47) -6%
Elvish Reclaimer $4.34 $5.94 ($1.60) -27%
Inkmoth Nexus $5.02 $5.04 ($0.02) 0%
Force of Negation $62.68 $69.94 ($7.26) -10%
Wrenn and Six $64.17 $57.61 $6.56 11%
Prismatic Vista $10.96 $9.64 $1.32 14%
Sunbaked Canyon $21.64 $19.88 $1.76 9%
Seasoned Pyromancer $20.53 $22.46 ($1.93) -9%
Fiery Islet $9.51 $12.05 ($2.54) -21%
Urza, Lord High Artificer $6.69 $8.80 ($2.11) -24%
Force of Vigor $38.26 $42.76 ($4.50) -11%
Giver of Runes $5.93 $5.52 $0.41 7%
Flusterstorm $35.17 $35.61 ($0.44) -1%
Archmage's Charm $24.26 $24.73 ($0.47) -2%
Silent Clearing $6.94 $6.98 ($0.04) -1%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $97.20 $105.44 ($8.24) -8%
Urza's Saga $39.86 $39.57 $0.29 1%
Solitude $21.62 $19.88 $1.74 9%
Endurance $58.55 $57.58 $0.97 2%
Grief $10.93 $11.74 ($0.81) -7%
Murktide Regent $23.09 $23.29 ($0.20) -1%
Sanctum Prelate $9.85 $9.85 $0.00 0%
Fury $16.33 $15.47 $0.86 6%
Chalice of the Void $32.43 $37.24 ($4.81) -13%
Surgical Extraction $12.37 $12.25 $0.12 1%
Karn Liberated $6.26 $5.60 $0.66 12%
Emrakul,the Aeons Torn $13.77 $15.16 ($1.39) -9%
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth $12.57 $12.40 $0.17 1%
Ensnaring Bridge $8.37 $8.59 ($0.22) -3%
Teferi, Time Raveler $44.83 $40.17 $4.66 12%
Gemstone Mine $8.56 $9.88 ($1.32) -13%
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $4.78 $5.11 ($0.33) -6%
Scalding Tarn $8.99 $8.24 $0.75 9%
Verdant Catacombs $5.45 $5.50 ($0.05) -1%
Misty Rainforest $5.54 $5.58 ($0.04) -1%
Arid Mesa $4.31 $3.34 $0.97 29%
Marsh Flats $1.85 $2.22 ($0.37) -17%
Eternal Staples:   Stifle may not be to much longer for the world. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Hullbreacher $54.58 $55.08 ($0.50) -1%
Opposition Agent $18.62 $17.91 $0.71 4%
Jeweled Lotus $17.51 $16.40 $1.11 7%
City of Traitors $21.10 $19.93 $1.17 6%
Allosaurus Shepherd $37.74 $41.94 ($4.20) -10%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $10.01 $9.82 $0.19 2%
Force of Will $44.55 $50.29 ($5.74) -11%
Karakas $8.26 $9.13 ($0.87) -10%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $22.14 $18.79 $3.35 18%
Demonic Tutor $6.52 $7.68 ($1.16) -15%
Food Chain $4.67 $5.69 ($1.02) -18%
Unmask $9.84 $7.39 $2.45 33%
Misdirection $13.57 $13.30 $0.27 2%
Rishadan Port $10.26 $8.95 $1.31 15%
Snuff Out $16.92 $13.15 $3.77 29%
Submerge $12.70 $12.60 $0.10 1%
Daze $13.87 $11.74 $2.13 18%
Entomb $6.38 $6.23 $0.15 2%
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $12.49 $13.31 ($0.82) -6%
Stifle $4.86 $5.19 ($0.33) -6%
Mox Diamond $26.24 $22.45 $3.79 17%
Wasteland $27.14 $28.51 ($1.37) -5%
Ancient Tomb $20.01 $13.20 $6.81 52%
Lotus Petal $31.29 $31.84 ($0.55) -2%
Grim Monolith $10.88 $10.43 $0.45 4%
Exploration $14.19 $12.40 $1.79 14%
Gaea's Cradle $38.54 $38.53 $0.01 0%
Carpet of Flowers $19.26 $16.09 $3.17 20%
Gilded Drake $10.58 $10.43 $0.15 1%
Black Lotus $9.46 $10.03 ($0.57) -6%
Tropical Island $6.04 $4.93 $1.11 23%
Volcanic Island $10.48 $8.45 $2.03 24%
Underground Sea $10.50 $8.12 $2.38 29%
Null Rod $14.71 $14.94 ($0.23) -2%
Doomsday $21.42 $18.67 $2.75 15%
Paradigm Shift $8.66 $9.18 ($0.52) -6%
Mindbreak Trap $5.54 $7.56 ($2.02) -27%
Pioneer Staples:  This list is gonna be bigger in a few more days!  Thanks rotation! 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $4.96 $7.27 ($2.31) -32%
Collected Company $6.47 $5.18 $1.29 25%
Eidolon of the Great Revel $8.97 $7.70 $1.27 16%
Youthful Valkyrie $9.28 $8.90 $0.38 4%
Spirebluff Canal $4.87 $5.02 ($0.15) -3%
Kaya, Orzhov Usurper $16.63 $16.33 $0.30 2%
Karn, the Great Creator $29.10 $27.60 $1.50 5%
Blast Zone $6.75 $6.24 $0.51 8%
Finale of Devastation $10.03 $9.71 $0.32 3%
Omnath, Locus of Creation $31.21 $34.93 ($3.72) -11%


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 $170.64 $166.89 $3.75 2%
Forgotten Realms Booster Pack $3.16 $3.34 ($0.18) -5%
Core Set 2021 $38.41 $39.59 ($1.18) -3%
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths $55.84 $54.62 $1.22 2%
Kaldheim $119.96 $116.69 $3.27 3%
Strixhaven: School of Mages $142.04 $143.65 ($1.61) -1%
Theros Beyond Death $72.84 $76.93 ($4.09) -5%
Throne of Eldraine $105.27 $110.18 ($4.91) -4%
Treasure Chest $2.36 $2.44 ($0.08) -3%
Zendikar Rising $105.65 $107.28 ($1.63) -2%


 
In Closing

Prices were done on Thursday.  I started to play Skyrim for the first time.  I played 45 minutes and then no minutes. 

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