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May 05 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

 Amonkhet is officially on Gatherling! (I should really find the time to do the evaluation, the set released early so I'm even more late than usual!) That's the good news, the bad news is that AJ_Impy already stole your New Kids on the Block prize for Jackal. And in a Singleton week, even! Yeah, Jackal is already Singleton viable at its debut, isn't it amazing? That Ancient Egypt theme really paid off.

Our first Jackal ever, est. 1993.

 We still have two tribes that never won a single match so far, i.e. Gremlin and Monkey. The latter didn't have much chances at that, since it still has never been played at all. C'mon, guys, show the little monkey some love. Especially in view of the new prize I'm going to introduce: meet the Repopulation Award! It gives you 3 tix if you register three times (counting from the next event) and play all rounds of an event with one of the tribes that, to date, has been played only once (or, in the case of Monkey, never). Since the list is based on the situation at the present date, it'll be published and updated at every issue of Diaries of the Apocalypse. The list as it is right now can be seen down there. Good luck to the littlest guys!


  • Event Number: 7.16, Week 329 BE
  • Date: April 29
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Singleton
  • Winner: Bandit Keith (Goblin)
  • Runner-up: Golden_Lin (Elf)
  • 1 Loss: Yokai_ (Goblin), ML_Berlin (Human), bremp555 (Goblin)
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy (Jackal)
  • New Kids on the Block Award: AJ_Impy (Jackal)
  • Tribes: Cleric, Elf (x4), Goblin (x3), Human (x2), Jackal, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 New Singleton event since last July (and before the next one, scheduled for July 29 of this year), with only classic tribes ending in the money. We've got an epic Elf vs. Goblin showdown in the finals, but in the end the Bandit Keith's Gobbos were too fast and furious for Golden_Lin's Elves. Here's the two lists.



 And this is the Jackal deck by AJ_Impy. We've got 15 different Jackals already! (AJ used 12, including 9 from Amonkhet, but leaving Tattered Mummy on the bench, plus Hurr Jackal and Trained Jackal, which are not online).



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 5, 2017):

 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 Repopulation Award: Some tribes get played only once (to get the New Kids on the Block Award) and then forgotten. Never again! Register one of the following tribes three times in different events, then play all rounds of those events with them, and you'll get a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. The list of these tribes, established May 5, 2017, is as follows: Antelope, Atog, Crocodile, Goat, Homarid, Incarnation, Jackal, Leech, Licid, Manticore, Metathran, Monger, Monkey, Moonfolk, Nightstalker, Octopus, Orgg, Ouphe, Ox, Processor, Rabbit, Salamander, Siren, Slith.

 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):

  • 7.17 (Week 330 BE), on May 6: Underdog
  • 7.18 (Week 331 BE), on May 13: Regular
  • 7.19 (Week 332 BE), on May 20: Modern
  • 7.20 (Week 333 BE), on May 27: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!



Man, I was all set to play by Bazaar of Baghdad at Fri, 05/05/2017 - 14:59
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Man, I was all set to play Jackals tomorrow; didn't realize AJ had already got there. I didn't know there was a rule that allowed more than one changeling in singleton. What's the max? 5?

In a 20-creature tribe, 9. by AJ_Impy at Fri, 05/05/2017 - 15:42
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In a 20-creature tribe, 9. The named tribe must be in the majority or it counts as shapeshifter. Above that, they must be below 50%.

I'm mad at Jackals because by Generalissimo at Sat, 05/06/2017 - 12:55
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I'm mad at Jackals because they've stolen Jackal Familiar and Jackal Pup from my Hound deck, effectively destroying it.

Jackals are nasty! They've by Tribal Apocalypse at Sat, 05/06/2017 - 15:29
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Jackals are nasty! They've scavenged those pups!