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State of the Program for September 6th, 2023
 
In the News

MTGO Socials: Daybreak has set up forums for MTGO, which you can find here. In addition to the Forums, Daybreak has set up a Discord for MTGO.  You can get the invite here. MTGO has a Twitter account, and can now add an account for Facebook and Instagram

Two-Factor Authentication:  This is in Account Settings.  To turn it on you will be asked for your account password and a 6-digit code sent to the email associated with your account.  You can use either an email or authenticator based system.  This will help keep your accounts secure, you can read about the system here.

Redemption: 
Redemption is up and running!  Remember that redemption runs now until supply is gone. Currently being redeemed is The Brothers' War,  Phyrexia: All Will Be One, and March of the Machine. Wilds of Eldraine Redemption Tokens will go on sale on October 4th.  As of May 23, 2023, Redemption Tokens are non-refundable! You can check the new redemption page here.

64 player Single-Elimination Drafts:  Coming back with Vintage cube are large scale 64 player events.  These, of course, Single-Elimination.  Will be Vintage Cube, and start on August 25.

Prize Increases:  Prizes are now being paid out to the top 128 of Showcase Challenges.  Increases are a full regular set to 9-16.  A full regular set for players that finish the Swiss X-2.  33-64 will get 200 play points and 10 Treasure Chests.  65-128 will get 150 play points and 5 treasure chests.  Super Qualifiers are also getting a boost, 33-64 are getting 400 play points and 10 chests.  65-128 is getting 200 play points and 5 chests.  Players that finished that highly in Super Qualifiers since July 30, got a retroactive prize increase as well. 

Wilds of Eldraine stuff from last week, now that it has released on the client

Wilds of Eldraine on MTGO:  Lots of super cool stuff happening on MTGO with the Wilds of Eldraine update!  Let's kick things off with a new version of the All-Access Pass, the Deck Brewer's Pass.  It's cheaper, coming in at 20 dollars per pass, but does not come with the option to buy a second for Super Qualifier entry options.  This will start next Tuesday and last until September 13th.  Limited events are getting a bit more in terms of prizes, with Draft Leagues getting one additional booster per prize level.  In addition Competitive Sealed Leagues are getting an additional 33% per wins.  5 wins will be 8 packs now.  4 will be 3 packs now.  3 wins will stay the same!  Friendly sealed leagues are getting an entry adjustment, with leagues going to 2 stages.  Challenges are getting changes too.  MTGO is the place to play Modern and the Saturday 8 a.m. Challenge is getting a new prize structure that will see payouts go to the top 96!  Limited Challenges are seeing a slight reduction in entry and the same reduction in prizes slightly but are now 35 tickets to enter. Super Jump comes back on September 27th.  Magic Online Player Rewards for October and November include the foil version of Wilds of Eldraine's basic lands and the uncommon Enchanting Tales cards.  There will only be one Avatar in Treasures Chests this time around, Syr Ginger, the Meal Ender (is that a real card?) is the treasure chest avatar.  The Goose Mother is loose (mother?) in the New account kits.  Finally, there will be store bundles to buy, the Anime versions of Enchanting Tales are the store exclusive this time around.  $19.99 for each bundle, 4 cards in each color.  You can read about everything here.

Wilds of Eldraine Commander on MTGO:  Moving on to Commander stuff, there is a slight delay in a few cards due to crunch. Two Commander cards outside of decks will not work until the September 13th patch. Court of Locthwain and Throne of Eldraine are the non-commander deck cards that we will wait on.  While we are on the topic of Commander, we're getting some new cards from the Backlog.  Galea, Kindler of Hope, Harper Recruiter and Share the Spoils are coming to treasaures.  In addition we are getting the first of the Unfinity cards!  ____Goblin, Comet, Stellar Pup, Embiggen, Pair o' Dice Lost, and Saw in Half are coming as well.  You can see how the Goblin will work here, it's a unique workaround that will hopefully lead to something closer to paper later.  Finally, the new player experience on MTGO is adding the Starter Commander decks to a queue to single player battle with.  I might has missed something, but here is the full article.

MTGO Improvements:  Aaron Penfold, Associate Product Manager for MTGO had an article that shows off the improvements made to MTGO recently.  Starting off with Event filtering which will make it easier to find what kind of Constructed match you want to play.  There is a filter on the home screen to show off either all upcoming scheduled events or just the biggest events of the week! Deckbuilding gets some changes as well, giving you a favorite land option when adding basic lands.  Improvements to the Duel Screen include moving clock location in multiplayer matches, showing how many times a Commander has been cast, and making Atraxa, Grand Unifier a bit easier to use. You can check out the changes here.

NEW  Name-Sticker Goblin:  This card has been emergency banned on MTGO to remove infinite-mana engines via the graveyard or exile.  There is a patch scheduled to fix it on September 13.  Source

Patch Notes: You can check out the notes for this update 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
Unknown
Constructed Leagues End
November 11, 2023
Sealed Leagues End
November 11, 2023
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 -  Wilds of Eldraine, and Wilds of Eldraine Best of 1 Leagues

September 9 - Legacy Super Qualifier
September 10 - Modern Super Qualifier

September 20 - The Final Run of the Magic 30 Cube.
September 27 - Super Jump and CubeCon Cartographia Cube
October 4 - Not known
Octover 18 - Innistrad Chaos Draft
October 25 - Not known
November 1 - Wilds of Eldraine Supreme Draft
November 8 - Not known. 

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) FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
12:00 a.m.     Vintage Challenge
1:00 a.m   Limited 32 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
4:00 p.m. Limited 32 Challenge    
6:00 p.m. Modern 32 Challenge Modern 32 Challenge  

 

Cutting Edge Tech

With the issues of the release on Tuesday night, and the impact on the format that Wilds of Eldraine will have on sets, Cutting Edge Tech is taking the week off! 


 
Winner's Circle

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

Challenge Winners

Friday Modern - MeninoNey - Living End

Saturday Legacy - yoshiwata - Death and Taxes
Saturday Modern - vinnyrussian123 - Living End
Saturday Modern - D00mwake - Mono Black Coffers
Saturday Pauper - ezocratto - Golgari Initiative
Saturday Pioneer - ThaisM - Azorius Spirits
Saturday Standard - Mogged - Izzet Control
Saturday Vintage - Sommertroll

Sunday Legacy - Parrotlet
Sunday Modern - otakkun - Mono Green Tron
Sunday Pauper - QueMario - Elves
Sunday Pioneer - tarkanmag - Izzet Creativity
Sunday Standard - Mogged - Mono Red
Sunday Vintage - medvedev

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: Wilds of Eldraine stuff, as usual, will be added to the list next week!  Serra Paragon  is new to the list this week!  Jace, the Perfected Mind is off of the list. 

Standard Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Cityscape Leveler $13.71 $13.62 $0.09 1%
The Stone Brain $7.88 $8.42 -$0.54 -6%
Leyline Binding $11.51 $12.58 -$1.07 -9%
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $24.55 $24.04 $0.51 2%
Liliana of the Veil $6.62 $6.56 $0.06 1%
Serra Paragon $5.86


Nissa, Resurgent Animist $22.30 $22.30 $0.00 0%
Pia Nalaar, Consul of Revival $9.01 $9.01 $0.00 0%
Memory Deluge $8.63 $8.53 $0.10 1%
Shipwreck Marsh $5.62 $5.83 -$0.21 -4%
Bloodthirsty Adversary $6.41


Sheoldred $5.57 $3.34 $2.23 67%
Urabrask $5.05 $5.12 -$0.07 -1%
Invasion of Gobakhan $4.72 $6.05 -$1.33 -22%
Vorinclex $8.36 $8.52 -$0.16 -2%
Boseiju, Who Endures $26.79 $32.01 -$5.22 -16%
Otawara, Soaring City $7.36 $8.55 -$1.19 -14%
The Wandering Emperor $6.03 $6.04 -$0.01 0%
Atraxa, Grand Unifier $10.27 $10.56 -$0.29 -3%
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines $8.13 $8.61 -$0.48 -6%
Sword of Forge and Frontier $7.27 $8.35 -$1.08 -13%
Ledger Shredder $5.56 $5.96 -$0.40 -7%
Unlicensed Hearse $5.08 $4.98 $0.10 2%
Wedding Announcement $11.08 $15.04 -$3.96 -26%
Modern Staples: Archon of Cruelty has come off the list.

Modern Cards Price Last Week Change % Change
Engineered Explosives $12.70 $13.17 -$0.47 -4%
Blood Moon $4.22 $5.16 -$0.94 -18%
Orvar, the All-Form $6.29 $7.49 -$1.20 -16%
Polluted Delta $13.90 $15.73 -$1.83 -12%
Wooded Foothills $5.54 $7.10 -$1.56 -22%
Flooded Strand $7.13 $7.44 -$0.31 -4%
Bloodstained Mire $5.64 $5.67 -$0.03 -1%
Windswept Heath $4.18 $4.94 -$0.76 -15%
Thoughtseize $5.45 $5.42 $0.03 1%
The One Ring $66.31 $68.62 -$2.31 -3%
Orcish Bowmasters $28.26 $27.75 $0.51 2%
Force of Negation $26.83 $30.25 -$3.42 -11%
Wrenn and Six $14.29 $14.64 -$0.35 -2%
Sunbaked Canyon $6.36 $7.95 -$1.59 -20%
Force of Vigor $12.42 $13.35 -$0.93 -7%
Flusterstorm $10.85 $11.20 -$0.35 -3%
Grist, the Hunger Tide $8.29 $9.66 -$1.37 -14%
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer $20.71 $18.47 $2.24 12%
Urza's Saga $27.93 $22.56 $5.37 24%
Solitude $14.68 $25.92 -$11.24 -43%
Endurance $18.90 $21.76 -$2.86 -13%
Grief $25.50 $34.40 -$8.90 -26%
Murktide Regent $19.61 $16.77 $2.84 17%
Fury $24.30 $22.31 $1.99 9%
Esper Sentinel $4.08 $5.70 -$1.62 -28%
Subtlety $26.04 $19.39 $6.65 34%
Chalice of the Void $20.23 $22.17 -$1.94 -9%
Dismember $7.97 $7.25 $0.72 10%
Teferi, Time Raveler $8.69 $10.37 -$1.68 -16%
Scalding Tarn $6.22 $6.75 -$0.53 -8%
Verdant Catacombs $2.38 $3.03 -$0.65 -21%
Misty Rainforest $4.13 $5.34 -$1.21 -23%
Arid Mesa $2.36 $2.08 $0.28 13%
Marsh Flats $0.83 $1.03 -$0.20 -19%
Eternal StaplesSummon Undead is summoning something, but it's not on the list anymore.  Time Spiral is on the list again! Tundra is on the list as well. 

Eternal Format Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Creative Technique $24.00 $24.00 $0.00 0%
Avenging Hunter $8.26 $7.96 $0.30 4%
Kenku Artificer $9.27 $12.48 ($3.21) -26%
Goliath Paladin $5.35 $5.41 ($0.06) -1%
Displacer Kitten $7.92 $5.73 $2.19 38%
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes $6.63 $8.59 ($1.96) -23%
Seasoned Dungeoneer $5.48 $5.06 $0.42 8%
Caves of Chaos Adventurer $9.75 $10.86 ($1.11) -10%
Hullbreacher $10.06 $8.94 $1.12 13%
Opposition Agent $17.82 $17.47 $0.35 2%
City of Traitors $13.15 $12.52 $0.63 5%
Muxus, Goblin Grandee $16.57 $16.80 ($0.23) -1%
Helm of Obedience $11.99 $9.85 $2.14 22%
Force of Will $36.10 $27.51 $8.59 31%
Urza's Bauble $9.89 $7.01 $2.88 41%
Hydroblast $9.13 $10.01 ($0.88) -9%
Pyroblast $5.57 $6.31 ($0.74) -12%
The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $7.33 $8.78 ($1.45) -17%
Phyrexian Dreadnought $9.05 $9.05 $0.00 0%
Unmask $14.36 $14.99 ($0.63) -4%
Misdirection $12.30 $12.28 $0.02 0%
Snuff Out $12.49 $12.42 $0.07 1%
Entomb $6.10 $5.94 $0.16 3%
Retrofitter Foundry $5.82 $7.27 ($1.45) -20%
Stifle $7.76 $8.35 ($0.59) -7%
Mox Diamond $41.10 $44.39 ($3.29) -7%
Wasteland $13.40 $13.10 $0.30 2%
Ancient Tomb $18.31 $15.89 $2.42 15%
Lotus Petal $12.40 $13.06 ($0.66) -5%
Grindstone $14.57 $15.04 ($0.47) -3%
Powder Keg $9.97 $11.57 ($1.60) -14%
Grim Monolith $14.54 $15.83 ($1.29) -8%
Gaea's Cradle $18.60 $17.91 $0.69 4%
Gilded Drake $6.30 $6.86 ($0.56) -8%
Show and Tell $16.62 $18.09 ($1.47) -8%
Time Spiral $14.04


Black Lotus $13.96 $12.94 $1.02 8%
Volcanic Island $14.06 $13.38 $0.68 5%
Underground Sea $14.35 $15.47 ($1.12) -7%
Tundra $7.28


Null Rod $22.31 $23.88 ($1.57) -7%
Doomsday $15.29 $16.05 ($0.76) -5%
Paradigm Shift $11.94 $11.94 $0.00 0%
Pioneer StaplesDen of the Bugbear came off the list. Inspiring Vantage is not inspiring right now, but it's still a vantage I guess. Magma Opus is gone as well. 

Pioneer Cards Price Last Time Change % Change
Brazen Borrower $8.75 $9.04 -$0.29 -3.21%
Arclight Phoenix $4.99 $5.13 -$0.14 -2.73%
Shark Typhoon $5.97 $6.23 -$0.26 -4.17%
Mana Confluence $8.05 $7.10 $0.95 13.38%
Blightstep Pathway $7.56 $8.67 -$1.11 -12.80%
Hengegate Pathway $4.89 $5.21 -$0.32 -6.14%
Spirebluff Canal $5.85 $8.46 -$2.61 -30.85%
Lotus Field $7.05 $9.30 -$2.25 -24.19%
The Meathook Massacre $14.97 $13.79 $1.18 8.56%
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker $18.43 $19.39 -$0.96 -4.95%
Karn, the Great Creator $12.24 $13.40 -$1.16 -8.66%
Emeria's Call $13.28 $19.80 -$6.52 -32.93%
Skyclave Apparition $4.53 $6.66 -$2.13 -31.98%
Sea Gate Restoration $12.42 $14.96 -$2.54 -16.98%
Roiling Vortex $9.98 $16.28 -$6.30 -38.70%
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
The Brothers' War $73.84 $75.81 ($1.97) -3%
Dominaria United $85.62 $64.21 $21.41 33%
Innistrad: Crimson Vow $50.53 $52.74 ($2.21) -4%
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt $74.14 $73.56 $0.58 1%
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty $83.08 $91.49 ($8.41) -9%
March of the Machine $131.09 $136.29 ($5.20) -4%
March of the Machine Booster $1.71 $1.71 $0.00 0%
Phyrexia: All Will Be One $171.60 $178.33 ($6.73) -4%
Streets of New Capenna $38.39 $38.27 $0.12 0%
Treasure Chest Booster $2.45 $2.29 $0.16 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 249.7
Mox Jet 1E Rare 108.01
Ancestral Recall 1E Rare 91.63
Mox Sapphire 1E Rare 68.83
Time Walk 1E Rare 67.83
The One Ring LTR Mythic 66.31
Mox Emerald 1E Rare 62.26
The One Ring LTR Mythic 57.85
The One Ring LTR Mythic 57.83
Cavern of Souls UBT Mythic 57.78
Mox Pearl 1E Rare 56.55
Liliana of the Veil UBT Mythic 55.91
Beseech the Mirror WOE Mythic 52
Mox Ruby 1E Rare 50.09
Karakas UBT Mythic 46.44
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth UBT Mythic 43.39
Mox Diamond ST Rare 41.1
Dark Depths UBT Mythic 40.3
Timetwister 1E Rare 40.15
Demonic Tutor UBT Mythic 39.49
Force of Will MED Rare 36.1
Mox Diamond V10 Mythic 34.83
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth UBT Mythic 33.58
Reanimate UBT Mythic 33.48
Mox Diamond TPR Mythic 33.43
Breath of Fire PZ2 Common 31.63
Chalice of the Void TSR Bonus 30.19
Beseech the Mirror WOE Mythic 30
Snapcaster Mage UBT Mythic 29.84
Underground Sea ME2 Rare 29.76
Underground Sea ME4 Rare 29.15
Wasteland ZNE Mythic 28.52
Orcish Bowmasters LTR Rare 28.26
Urza's Saga MH2 Rare 27.93
Armored Whirl Turtle PZ2 Common 27.88
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse ONE Promo 27.87
Chalice of the Void A25 Mythic 27.2
Force of Negation MH1 Rare 26.83
Chalice of the Void MMA Rare 26.83
Boseiju, Who Endures NEO Rare 26.79
Chalice of the Void MS2 Bonus 26.48
Force of Negation 2X2 Rare 26.38
Unmask V16 Mythic 26.11
Subtlety MH2 Mythic 26.04
Life from the Loam UBT Mythic 25.91
Grief MH2 Mythic 25.5
Polluted Delta EXP Mythic 25.28
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

I went 1-3 in the Friday Night Modern, which was good enough for 150 Play Points, but the most important thing was remembering that Grief is an incredibly not fun card to play against. 

The summary text is almost ready to move from quotes about woe though, that must be nice! 

I did prices on Sunday night, while watching AEW.  This might be the saddest sentence I have written in this column. 

That is also a joke. 

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