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Dec 16 2016 1:00pm
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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

   Table of Contents 

  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcement Time!
  4. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 I'm proud to announce that Gatherling, thanks to the new updating system, already recognizes all cards originally from either Conspiracy: Take the Crown or Commander 2016, which we're starting to get online in the Treasure Chests (MTGO code for these cards is PZ2). Some of the cards from C16 are quite juicy, not to mention pricey. First of the lot at almost 30 tix is Leovold, Emissary of Trest, which is a 3/3 for 3 mana (albeit of different colors) that blocks the opponent's massive card draw shenanigans (like, you know, storm), while also potentially providing a few draws for you.

 Recruiter of the Guard at about 11 tix is a creature tutor on legs, which is particularly cool when the creature you tutor needs another body on the board for some combo reason. Also in mono-white Humans, for currently 6 tix and a half, Sanctum Prelate is an adaptive hoser which is probably good in the Death & Taxes kind of builds.


 Finally, at about 5 tix of value, here's a new multicolored Angel, Atraxa, Praetors' Voice. She's basically a super-fighter (with a nice proliferate bonus) for just 4 mana, although, again, all of different colors, which is never the easiest thing to handle. It's nice to see a Phyrexian again, though. I guess she does not speak on behalf of Urabrask for story reasons?

 I should write an evaluation of these new cards, shouldn't I? In the meantime, I'm publishing my first flashback evaluation, covering the old Innistrad block (Innistrad here, Dark Ascension here, Avacyn Restored will go up next), which is an interesting way to assess how those creatures fare 5 years later, and how much of a legacy a block could generate (the Innistrad block was particularly rich at that).


  • Event Number: 6.49, Week 310 BE
  • Date: December 10
  • Attendance: 22
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Golden_Lin (Elf)
  • Other undefeated: Daviajagunan (Eldrazi)
  • 1 Loss: totalhate (Wall), CruelHellraiser (Cleric), Deonmag (Golem), AEFabricio (Human)
  • Tribes: Angel, Cleric (x2), Dragon, Eldrazi (x2), Elf, Faerie, Golem, Human (x6), Rogue (x2), Shaman, Sliver, Spirit, Vampire, Wall
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 People were angry at Eldrazi last week, because their newfound power has been felt a little bit recently. But Elf is still, and will always be, a force to be reckoned with in Tribal Wars, like Golden_Lin proved here, with some help from Natural Order. But keep in mind that Elf can choose among a vast range of possible, nasty endgames, and Natural Order into some big monster is actually one of the least annoying to play against. Did you ever witness an Elf-fueled Genesis Wave?


 Speaking of Eldrazi, here's yet another example of what they do these days, courtesy of Daviajagunan's high budget list.


 While speaking of the Commander 2016 cards coming with the Treasure Chests, AJ_Impy, always the trailblazer, was the first to play some of those. Even one with the very irrelevant Partner keyword.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of December 16, 2016):

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  2. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  3. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  4. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  5. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  6. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  7. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
  8. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
  9. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  10. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147

 NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85. A separate non-Goblin Top 10 is in preparation.


 Just to remind you of a few things:

 The Ishkanah Prize: The first player to win a match with a Spider deck by activating Ishkanah's lifedraining ability for a lethal strike of at least 4 damage, will get a 3-tix credit certificate from MTGO Traders. Spider lovers, or simply ticket lovers, start building!

 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 certificate from MTGO Traders. 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 fourth quarter of 2016. The quarter will end December 24. By that date, the player or players who registered the greatest number of different tribes (except Human, Elf and Goblin) will get a 5-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. Next year, the rules of the contest will change.

 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.

 Wanna test your deck? Tell us when you're online, and look who else is there and when! All of this here!


 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 6.50 (Week 311 BE), on December 17: Pure
  • 6.51 (Week 312 BE), on December 24: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!