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Mar 10 2017 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 So, ready to open a lot of Griselbrands to play in Pure, until we'll ban him again? Gotta say, I love the new art for Goblin Guide, Ranger of Eos and Snapcaster Mage.


That's not Tiago Chan anymore, right? Also, why is Ranger of Eos summoning a single Suntail Hawk?


  • Event Number: 7.08, Week 321 BE
  • Date: March 4
  • Attendance: 17
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: AJ_Impy (God)
  • 1 Loss: ML_Berlin (Berserker), AEFabricio (Dwarf), lowman02 (Rebel), Deonmag Scarecrow, kokonade1000 (Rat)
  • Underdog Prize: DrPringles (Squid), Generalissimo (Hippogriff)
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: AJ_Impy (God)
  • Tribes: Aetherborn, Berserker (x4), Dwarf (x2), God, Hippogriff, Masticore, Rat (x2), Rebel, Scarecrow, Soltari, Squid, Wolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First time winner of the week: God! (That sounds weird now that I've written it down, doesn't it?) AJ_Impy had already achieved great results with the most unlikely of tribes (including winning the first round of the latest Invitational), but never a proper first place, so now that's another tribe to cross off the Unhallowed list.


 And here's an unusual one (even for Underdog) that did well this time around: Dwarf, piloted (pun intended) by AEFabricio, revitalized by the Kaladesh block.


 On the other hand, Rebel is not that unusual in Underdog, but it's been a while since they ranked so high (in fact, it's since Robin88's first place in Event 140), so kudos to semi-newcomer lowman02 who's acclimatizing really well in the Tribal world.


 Last but not least, we got Squid! This list played by DrPringles was the fourth Squid deck ever registered in Tribal Apocalypse in the Blippian Era, but it's actually the second event featuring Squid at all, since the first time they were played, during Event 91 back in September 2012, three players ran them (AJ_Impy, Ranth and vantar6697), and they did it only because there was a prize for doing it, since Squid was one of the remaining Virgin Tribes, i.e. the tribes that had never been played before. So this is essentially the first time someone plays Squid for the sake of it! I'm sure the question everyone wants to ask DrPringles is "Why?", but I'm gonna instead just congratulate such commitment to the Underdogs of the Underdogs!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 10, 2016):

  • AJ_Impy's Gods: $378.22
  • AEFabricio's Dwarves: $137.41
  • lowman02's Rebels: $283.76
  • DrPringles's Squid: $108.93

 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

 The Top 5 Cheapest Non-Goblin 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. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  4. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  5. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147

NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85.


 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):

  • 7.09 (Week 322 BE), on March 11: Regular
  • 7.10 (Week 323 BE), on March 18: Modern
  • 7.11 (Week 324 BE), on March 25: Regular
  • 7.12 (Week 325 BE), on April 1: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!



I can't say I agree with you by Generalissimo at Sat, 03/11/2017 - 11:18
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I can't say I agree with you on the art. I think the new Snapcaster is super visually boring; the design of the mage is very generic, especially when compared with how weird and different Tiago Chan Snappy looks, the background is an indistinct, nothing environment and they went way too hard on the blue, so there isn't enough contrast between the different elements. I like the concept behind the Goblin Guide but I actually think there's too much detail in the picture for the size of a Magic card and parts of it become too busy and indistinct, particularly the goblin's face and the bottom left of the image.

No complaints about the Ranger, though.

No complaints about the by Kumagoro42 at Sat, 03/11/2017 - 13:15
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No complaints about the Ranger, though.

Except the fact that he should be seen contributing TWO creatures to the battle. It's his defining characteristic. That looks more like the art for some kind of falconer.

Ranger of Eos by MichelleWong at Mon, 03/13/2017 - 04:44
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I boycott the new Ranger of Eos.

I oppose new artwork for all Invitational cards in fact. Those cards should retain their original art in light of their iconic and unique nature. It is almost a betrayal to the players featured in the original art. The fact that there is only one hawk in the art adds further insult to injury. First world problems I know, but come on, what was the Art Director thinking? I'd love to get paid for a full-time job to goof off at work and not notice basic things that even unpaid folks like me spot instantly.

Also, who ever fetches a Suntail Hawk with a Ranger of Eos? If they absolutely needed a bird in the art, then at least give us two beautiful birds of paradise.

I'm sticking with Antoine Ruel.

I too stand with invitational by JXClaytor at Mon, 03/13/2017 - 05:47
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I too stand with invitational winners retaining their likenesses on cards.

Meddling Mage will always be Chris Pikula.

And that Ranger of Eos needed to be surrounded by Soul Wardens :D

I'd love to see those two by MichelleWong at Mon, 03/13/2017 - 07:24
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I'd love to see those two soul sisters :)

I would also accept a Ranger of Eos on the Kaladesh plane, who could be a tech-savvy dwarf commanding a Hangarback Walker and a Walking Ballista. A missed opportunity.

Oh that would have been super by JXClaytor at Mon, 03/13/2017 - 08:08
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Oh that would have been super cool!

In principle, yes, but Eos is by AJ_Impy at Mon, 03/13/2017 - 08:13
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In principle, yes, but Eos is in Bant and the card is a Human Soldier.

Since you bring up the plane by MichelleWong at Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:41
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Since you bring up the plane of Bant, it's worth noting that WotC have already set a precedent by having names undergo changes on that plane, and especially so with human soldiers.

Gideon's name changed from Kytheon to Gideon after travelling from Theros to Bant, and the reason given by the MTG story-writer was most strange (it was because the first woman he met on Bant mispronounced his name and Kytheon just rolled with it, not joking here).

So Bant has a strange thing of doing that with names, it's perfectly excusable AJ Impy. You're actually thinking of a place called Earlos, but some people mispronounced it and after a while it became Eos to most people. Plus, neither the Ranger nor Eos are legendary people/places, so there can be more than one throughout an imaginary multiverse. Heck, we even have lots of examples on earth of two cities with the same name.

As to the change from a human to a dwarf, oh that one's too easy. You see, the people on many planes of existence consider dwarves to be no less human and specifically call them humans to reflect this fact (look again to planet earth as an example). Plus the two dudes in question aren't legendary, so no conflict there.