Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!
Table of Contents
- Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
- The High Price of Winning
- Announcement Time!
- What's Next
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THOUGHTS OF A TRIBAL HOST
Hey there, I'm back! The Annecy festival has ended (with Russia, Estonia, USA and France winning major prizes), and I'm ready to dive back into the belly of the Magic beast. Did you behave while ML_Berlin was hosting? Did he? Let's have a look.
LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...
- Event Number: 5.24, Week 233 BE
- Date: June 20
- Attendance: 18
- Rounds: 4
- Subformat: Regular
- Winner: mihahitlor (Warrior)
- 1 Loss: Gq1rf7 (Goblin), Generalissimo (Merfolk), ML_Berlin (Soldier), Golden_Lin (Elf), AmericanGaren (Human)
- Tribes: Cat, Druid, Elf, Goblin (x2), Human (x3), Merfolk (x3), Monk, Soldier, Spirit, Warrior, Zombie (x3)
- Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is
Well, it seems that while I was away, a very classic Regular event has been staged. One where mihahitlor wins, for one, evening the overall score with romellos. With a Warrior deck, though, which is somehow a new development, I guess? Considering Warriors only won an event twice so far, the last time going as far back as the very second event of the Blippian Era! (Piloted by none other than the legendary Lord Erman). Crazy, uh?
This deck also set a major record: all hail our new Budget King! We've come to this: A less-than-2-bucks event winner!
To compensate for the Warrior anomaly, one of each of the major tribes present ended in the money, be they Goblin, Elf, Human, Soldier, or Merfolk. The latter in the form of Generalissimo's Wizard build from last week, now properly turned into fish by the exclusion of Azami, Lady of Scrolls in favor of Sygg, River Guide and Mirror Entity.
One of the strongest Merfolk ever printed.
So let's feature decks that didn't place, for once. Like ScionOfJustice's attempt to try Aura Ramp with Druid, with the goal of casting Eldrazi titans. I for one would have just used Kamahl as a finisher here (being in-tribe and all), and maybe would have gone for the Eternal Witness/Primal Command combo, just because I like it so much. I bet all those fatties can feel awfully heavy on your hand if you can't unload them to the battlefield.
AJ_Impy's build deserves a mention even just for the name. They're all Monks, you know?
Finally, there were more Merfolk decks than anything else this time around (well, along with Zombie and Human). This is one of the other two ones. Notice the full playsets of Wasteland and Force of Will, now more affordable than ever. Scary, uh? And yet, no money placement for their master TrollDinner. Sorry!
THE HIGH PRICE OF WINNING
Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 25, 2015):
So, we salute the new cheapest winner ever! And it would be $0.73 without the two Figures of Destiny! (Lowest price is used, which is foil MM2. Did you notice most foils are now worth less than regular in average?) And look how nicely the featured decks grow in price first to last, culminating with that super-accessorized Merfolk build. It was a while since when we featured a list of that budget level. And yet, the same list would have been probably worth twice that price one or two years ago.
The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated
- mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
- morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
- Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154 (cheapest event winner)
- MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
- Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
- Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
- Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
- Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147
- Trickerie's Golems, $4.31, 1st place on Event 138
- Gq1rf7's Vampires, $4.38, 2nd place on Event 188
NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85.
SHOW AND TELL
Just to remind you of a few things:
Cockatrice Wants You! And Badger, too! Be the first to win a match with these new eligible tribes and you'll win a 1-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. Remember: only tribes with at least 3 members are effectively considered tribes in Tribal Apocalypse (since tribes that field an equal or greater number of Changelings than actual members count as Shapeshifter decks). Tribes with exactly 3 members are allowed to play in Underdog events with 8 slots filled by Changelings, whereas nobody else (but, of course, Shapeshifter decks) can play with more than 4 Changelings in those events. And of course this will happen only as soon as the Changelings will work on V4 as promised.
The Underdog Prize: During any event of the regular rotation (but not during the one-time special events), all players who are running an Underdog Tribe are eligible for a 1-tix credit on Pennybot. The tie-breakers are first the number of Underdog categories (for instance, a tribe that's simultaneously Endangered and Unhallowed will take the prize over one that's only Endangered), then the points achieved in the final standings. During Underdog events, only the True Underdog tribes are rewarded (those are the tribes belonging to all three categories of Underdog at once).
The Up-and-Coming Prize: When a tribe wins an event for the first time ever (losing Unhallowed status), its pilot will get a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders.
The Hamtastic Award: The Biodiversity Prize dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg has started the first quarter of 2015. The quarter will end June 27. By that date, the player or players who registered the greatest number of different tribes will get a 5-tix certificate from MTGO Traders.
The Achievements (sponsored by AJ_Impy and vantar6697): Unlock the greatest number of Achievements from this list and AJ and vantar will grant you 10 tix per quarter! The current quarter will end June 27. Players with the same number of achievements will split the prize. 10 more tix will be given at the end of the year to that whole season's Achievement Master. Good luck!
The Top Players Lockout: Every time a Top Player (either a Google Era Top 8, an Ultimate Champion/Tribal Player of the Year, or a seasonal Top 8) will end undefeated, they will not be allowed to register the same tribe and deck again for 5 events (i.e. they'll have to register a different deck or decks 5 times before coming back to the undefeated one). With "deck" is meant a specific, recognizable archetype (e.g. Wall-Drazi), which in some case will be linked to a specific combo card (e.g. Helm of Obedience). A list of the current lockouts is maintained here.
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The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):
- 5.25 (Week 234 BE), on June 27: Pure
- 5.26 (Week 235 BE), on July 4: Underdog
- 5.27 (Week 236 BE), on July 11: Regular
- 5.28 (Week 237 BE), on July 18: Regular
Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!
Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2015!
Vote for your favorite ETB Creature on the Topdeck Awards!
SEE YOU ALL IN THE TRIBAL ROOM!