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Mar 24 2017 12:00pm
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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've been asked if the New Kids on the Block Award can be applied to older tribes, too. Well, the short answer is no, as the description of the award itself clearly refers to newly added tribe only (explicitly listing the currently eligible ones: Gremlin and Monkey.)


 This question made me to think, though: is it possible for any established tribe to never have won a game? I don't think it's possible, but everybody can verify it for any specific tribe with a bit of research. You first need to locate when that tribe has been played, and you can do that with the Tribe Popularity table. For instance, the question they posed concerned the Weird tribe before last week's event. So I see from the alphabetical table that Weird has been played 24 times. So then I look in the 2016 listing and by searching instances of "weird" in the page, I find 7 of them. The latest one of those lists has been played in December 3, event 6.48. Unfortunately, Gatherling tells me that list ended 0-3. However, there were other two Weird decks registered in 6.47, and one of those ended 3-1, so there we have it, Weird is not entirely extraneous from winning games. If you think there might be a tribe that after all these years never went there, do some research to confirm it (or just tell me and I'll do), and we can retroactively add it to the New Kids on the Block Award.


  • Event Number: 7.10, Week 323 BE
  • Date: March 18
  • Attendance: 19
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: The_Sensei (Warrior)
  • 1 Loss: BrunoDogma (Elf), Goblin_hero (Goblin), Armont (Elemental), Golden_Lin (Human), ML_Berlin (Berserker), Deonmag (Zombie)
  • Underdog Prize: DuckX (Weird)
  • Tribes: Beast, Berserker, Elemental (x2), Elf, Goblin, Human (x4), Kithkin, Kor, Merfolk, Monk, Mutant, Warrior (x2), Weird, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Speaking of victory statistics, Warrior has now achieved a 1st place twice in a row (with two decks that don't share a single card!), which outright doubles the number of their wins in the past 6 years. Their first dates back to the very second Tribal Apocalypse tournament in the Blippian Era, when the legendary Lord Erman would take the top place with a Warrior build. We haven't access to that list (it's both before Gatherling and before these articles even), but I'm pretty sure that what Erman used back then was very different from what The_Sensei piloted to victory more than six years later.


 Of course this was a Modern Tribal Wars event, so a few of these decks were direct ports from tribal strategies you can find in Modern. BrunoDogma, for instance, brought to battle his Elf deck from Modern Times, with even better results.


 And since we've mentioned it, here's the Weird deck of the week, as conceived by DuckX (curiously enough, "esquisito" means "weird" in Portuguese; "exquisite" would be "requintado").



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 24, 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

 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):

  • 7.11 (Week 324 BE), on March 25: Regular
  • 7.12 (Week 325 BE), on April 1: Underdog
  • 7.13 (Week 326 BE), on April 8: Regular
  • 7.14 (Week 327 BE), on April 15: Pure

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!