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
So, after some thinking and listening to the player base, it's settled: Primeval Titan is now restricted to its tribe (that is, Giant) and Archon is now Major League (so not Underdog legal anymore), both effective immediately.
The reason for the first change has been discussed in the past weeks, the Titan instantly provides an endgame (Dark Depths and Thespian's Stage) that has become too widely abused. And the Archons are just the best at reanimation strategies, better than some of the other options in Regular (with Ashen Rider giving Angel of Despair a run for her money), so it makes no sense the way they were currently judged as their junior varsity. Their recent streak of wins (4 in the past 12 Underdog events) confirms it.
Also, the following cards are bugged and therefore temporarily banned from all subformats until further notice (I'd like for someone to test them every now and then and inform me if they got fixed): Animate Dead, Dance of the Dead, Magmasaur. I have no news about other reanimation auras being bugged, please let me know if that's the case, since two of them not working seems to hint at more general troubles with the mechanic. (Then again, I just made a quick Gatherer search, and there doesn't seem to exist other auras of this kind, are there?) Ditto for creatures that deal with +1/+1 counters. (I'm pretty sure there are a lot of those.)
Now let's talk about the Pure Reform, i.e. the introduction of more or less fixed ban list for the Pure format. I say "more or less" because it'll work this way: for every full 5 wins in the Hall of Fame, a tribe contributes a card that's dear to its heart to the Pure ban list. Keep in mind these cards will be banned for EVERY TRIBE during Pure events, but ideally they punish more the tribe that contributes them. And as soon as a tribe reaches 5 wins or a multiple of 5, they immediately have to contribute a new ban for Pure. As of now, the contributions will be as follow:
- Human: 9 cards (47 wins)
- Elf: 5 cards (29 wins)
- Goblin: 4 cards (23 wins)
- Vampire: 2 cards (11 wins)
- Shaman: 2 cards (10 wins)
- Knight: 1 card (9 wins)
- Cat: 1 card (8 wins)
- Kor: 1 card (8 wins)
- Wall: 1 card (8 wins)
- Wizard: 1 card (8 wins)
- Merfolk: 1 card (7 wins)
- Plant: 1 card (7 wins)
- Eldrazi: 1 card (6 wins)
- Ally: 1 card (5 wins)
- Archon: 1 card (5 wins)
- Berserker: 1 card (5 wins)
- Kithkin: 1 card (5 wins)
- Scout: 1 card (5 wins)
- Soldier: 1 card (5 wins)
- Soltari: 1 card (5 wins)
- Zombie: 1 card (5 wins)
A few tribes are on the brink of contributing a card: Elemental, Faerie, Monk, Spirit. (Also, Elf is just one win away from its 6th card.)
Bazaar of Baghdad has done an excellent job of distributing most of the cards from the previous ban list under the new system. The final list will be mostly like that (I had already commented on it here), but I'm taking this weekend to mull it over a bit more. The first Pure event of the year is scheduled for February 18. I'll communicate the final list in the comments here, in the newsletter, and in next week's article. If you have suggestions, make sure to let me know.
LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...
- Event Number: 7.04, Week 317 BE
- Date: February 4
- Attendance: 18
- Rounds: 4
- Subformat: Underdog
- Winner: Michelle_Wong (Plant)
- 1 Loss: ML_Berlin (Berserker), Deonmag ( Scarecrow), CruelHellraiser (Pilot), BrunoDogma (Rat), TLR (Kor)
- True Underdog Prize: CruelHellraiser (Pilot)
- Tribes: Berserker (x2), Devil, Juggernaut, Kobold, Kor, Lizard, Mutant, Pilot, Plant (x3), Rat, Scarecrow, Soltari, Specter, Wolf, Wurm
- Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is
So, congratulations to Michelle_Wong for her first Tribal Apocalypse win! Plant did the trick for her.
Also interesting, and successful, this Pilot list by CruelHellraiser. Nice to see Pilots (and their Vehicles) being played as (hopefully) a new mainstay tribe.
And then, let's see... I'd say let's feature a Rat deck, we didn't see one of those in a while. This one is by BrunoDogma.
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 10, 2016):
- Michelle_Wong's Plants: $281.72
- CruelHellraiser's Pilots: $13.46
- BrunoDogma's Rats: $16.00
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):
- 7.05 (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
- 7.08 (Week 321 BE), on March 4: Underdog
Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!
Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!
SEE YOU ALL IN THE TRIBAL ROOM!