Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!
Table of Contents
- Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
- The High Price of Winning
- Announcement Time!
- What's Next
Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series
THOUGHTS OF A TRIBAL HOST
And that's all, folks! Our sixth season, or Tribal Year 2016, has come to an end and the first player in the seasonal leaderboard is once again, mihahitlor. Woot! He didn't even need to play at all during the last two months of the year (speaking of which: miha, you can come back now!), since his performance in the previous ten, and especially in the first half of the season, was so overwhelming that nobody got even close to threaten his leaderboard position at any point during the second half. He's now the first player to win the title twice (the previous victory came for the 2012 season), and also the first to hold the Player of the Year and Ultimate Champion titles simultaneously, since he'll be the defending Ultimate Champion in the next Tribal Apocalypse Invitational, which will be held January 21, 2017.
Here's the final ranking with the 16 players qualified for the abovementioned Invitational, therefore already winning some kind of additional prize. Players in lower rankings, be aware you may get to step into the very special event if someone in the first 16 ranks forfeits their place or doesn't show up.
- mihahitlor, 292 pts.
- Socanelas, 203 pts.
- Bazaar of Baghdad, 200 pts.
- AJ_Impy, 190 pts.
- Golden_Lin, 178 pts.
- Yokai_, 169 pts.
- ML_Berlin, 156 pts.
- Generalissimo, 155 pts.
- Robin88, 144 pts.
- Deonmag, 125 pts.
- Gq1rf7, 104 pts.
- TLR, 102 pts.
- Kasparadi, 98 pts.
- BrunoDogma, 96 pts.
- MisterMojoRising, 84 pts.
- AEFabricio, 74 pts.
Next week I'll make an analysis of the past year, especially compiling and commenting data on the tribes' performance (main theme: do we have a Human problem?), and I'll introduce the little changes we'll have next year. This is because, remember: tomorrow there will NOT be a Tribal Apocalypse event, since, well, it's New Year's Eve. Season 7 will start (appropriately) on January 7, but next Friday there still will be a Diaries of the Apocalypse on PureMTGO, and I'll devote it to such analysis.
For now, let's just say that, attendance-wise, even years are really not good for Tribal Apocalypse: 2016 wasn't as bad as 2014, but still pretty bad, with just 884 registered players during the year, coming on the heels of the record 1031 players of 2015. I gave up trying to explain these trends, honestly. They just happen. Let's hope 2017 will be a better year, in every respect. Best wishes to all of you!
LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...
- Event Number: 6.51, Week 312 BE
- Date: December 24
- Attendance: 15
- Rounds: 3
- Subformat: Regular
- Winner: NurseDan87 (Human)
- Other undefeated: _Kumagoro_ (Construct)
- 1 Loss: ML_Berlin (Human), morpphling (Human), MisterMojoRising (Vampire), Goblin_hero (Human), Kasparadi (Human), Armont (Sliver)
- Tribes: Construct, Goblin, Golem, Human (x6), Kithkin, Knight, Kor, Sliver (x2), Vampire
- Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is
Last winner of the year, a first-time winner! May this be a good omen. Congrats to NurseDan87 and his Delver Humans, definitely not at their first win. More like their 17th of the year, which means, yeah, exactly one third of the events. Again, we'll discuss it next week.
This year I didn't play in the event as much as other years, mostly for economic reasons. I've recently started to rebuild my collection, and this very straightforward Construct Cloudpost deck almost got me a first place in the nick of time. NurseDan's countermagic arsenal is what mostly cost me the win, whereas Ugin, the Spirit Dragon is definitely the strongest planeswalker in Tribal Wars, but you already knew that. I also like the interaction between Phyrexia's Core and either Scuttling Doom Engine or a big Hangarback Walker.
Last shout-out of the year to Armont, winner (along with AJ_Impy) of the latest Hamtastic Award, the last one with the current rules. His sequence of 10 tribes was Insect, Soldier, Angel, Troll, Spirit, Rhino, Knight, Mutant, Rogue... and Sliver.
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 December 30, 2016):
The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated
- mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
- morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
- morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
- JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
- Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
- 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
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 ended the fourth quarter of 2016. The players who registered the greatest number of different tribes (except Human, Elf and Goblin) and were awarded with a 5-tix certificate from MTGO Traders were AJ_Impy and Armont. Next year, the rules of the contest will change, as we'll see next week.
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):
- 7.01 (Week 313 BE), on January 7: Underdog
- 7.02 (Week 314 BE), on January 14: Regular
- 7.03 (Week 315 BE), on January 21: Pure
- 7.04 (Week 316 BE), on January 28: Regular
Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!
Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!
SEE YOU ALL IN THE TRIBAL ROOM!