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
Here's a thought: Primeval Titan restricted to his tribe only. It's just that I don't like Natural Order becoming a roundabout way to summon Marit Lage. It's a Progenitus situation to me, if slighter weaker. But it's the "go-to" aspect of the whole thing that bothers me. Natural Order should fetch a wider range of things (in fact, I wouldn't mind restricting Dragonlord Atarka, too.) What do you think?
LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...
- Event Number: 7.03, Week 316 BE
- Date: January 28
- Attendance: 14
- Rounds: 3
- Subformat: Regular
- Winner: AEFabricio (Soldier)
- 1 Loss: Deonmag (Golem), Maluc (Wall), AJ_Impy ( Assembly-Worker), Yokai_ (Shaman), Generalissimo (Shaman), Golden_Lin (Archon), pfirpfel (Scout)
- Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy ( Assembly-Worker)
- New Kids on the Block Award: AJ_Impy ( Assembly-Worker)
- Tribes: Archon, Assembly-Worker, Berserker, Cleric, Golem, Knight, Kor, Scout, Shaman (x2), Sliver, Soldier, Soltari, Wall
- Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is
Wow, we got so close to singularity for a Regular event! And no Human decks, look at that! (In fact, no Humans nor Elves nor Goblins!) In their absence, Soldier was the sheriff, and AEFabricio was... the sheriff's constituency? Anyway, good first win ever, Fabricio!
Let's cut to the chase, AJ_Impy successfully tried Assembly-Worker tribal for the first time since when it was legal (which is, 24 hours prior), and this is what the deck looked like. By the way, you can find all my evaluations on Aether Revolt's tribes and creatures here.
Last but not least, a warm welcome to new player Maluc. This was his Wall super-friends deck, with blue in the mix and no Natural Order/Primeval Titan shenanigans (but Wargate, instead. When is the last time you saw Wargate in Tribal Apocalypse?) (I can tell you that: you saw it other 7 times in the Gatherling era, mostly in 2013, but totalhate used it twice lately.)
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 February 3, 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 New Kids on the Block Award: When a new tribe is introduced in the game, or reaches enough members to be played as a proper tribe (i.e. at least 3 members, so you can build a deck that features 4 copies of each plus 8 Changeling creatures), the first player to score a match win with it will get a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. You'll need a hard win, not a BYE or a win by no-show of your opponent. The tribes currently eligible for the award are Gremlin and Monkey.
The Hamtastic Award: The Biodiversity Prize dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg rewards each player who registers 10 different tribes (except Human, Elf and Goblin) during the year with a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. You can go on and win the prize multiple times in the year, but you need to keep playing different tribes! (So if you manage to register 50 different tribes in one season, you can get up to 15 tix!)
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):
- 7.04 (Week 317 BE), on February 4: Underdog
- 7.05 (Week 318 BE), on February 11: Regular
- 7.06 (Week 319 BE), on February 18: Pure
- 7.07 (Week 320 BE), on February 25: 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!