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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


THOUGHTS OF A TRIBAL HOST
by Kumagoro

 So, Camel achieved its first match win! Woot! This leaves Gremlin, Hippo, Hyena and Monkey still available for the New Kids in the Block Award. Also, remember there's a whole bunch of tribes waiting for the Repopulation Award!

   


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: 7.30, Week 343 BE
  • Date: August 5
  • Attendance: 17
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: TLR (Fish)
  • 1 Loss: Socanelas (Wurm), Golden_Lin (Kobold), Armont (Spider), BoozeMongoose (Nomad)
  • True Underdog Prize: BoozeMongoose (Nomad)
  • New Kids on the Block Award: MisterMojoRising (Camel)
  • Tribes: Aetherborn, Assembly-Worker, Berserker (x5), Camel, Fish, Giant, Kobold, Leviathan, Nomad, Rat, Scarecrow, Spider, Wurm
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Second win ever for Fish, after their first brush with victory last year on Event 300. Just like Bazaar of Baghdad in that case, TLR chose the Splinter Twin route, which started being the tribe's go-to strategy after Bounding Krasis and Breaching Hippocamp came to existence.

 

 This has been a very varied Underdog event, despite the five instances of Berserker (which look more and more like the Underdog's Goblin). BoozeMongoose piloted right into the money an unusual yet solid tribe like Nomad, which was just at its fifth presence in TribAp history.

 

 And this is the little Camel deck that could... win a match. To achieve such goal, MisterMojoRising exploited a favorite shell of his, Restore Balance. Anything's good to give Camels their moment in the spotlight, I guess. We also have videos of the feat in this week's Show and Tell.


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 August 11, 2017):

  • TLR's Fish: $140.30
  • BoozeMongoose's Nomads: $491.86
  • MisterMojoRising's Camels: $6.68

 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.


SHOW AND TELL

 

 Here's MisterMojoRising on the road to his Camel achievement. Round 1, against the eventual event winner, TLR's Splinter Fish.

 Round 2, against DrPringles's UrzaTron Assembly-Worker build.

 Then after a BYE in Round 3, Round 4 saw the sought-after win at the expenses of AEFabricio's Reanimator Leviathans.


ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!

 Just to remind you of a few things:

 The Bolas Prize: The first player to win a game by activating Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker's third ability for lethal damage will get a 3-tix credit certificate from MTGO Traders. Be cruel or go home!

 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, Hippo, Hyena, 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, 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!


 WHAT'S NEXT

 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 7.31 (Week 344 BE), on August 12: Regular
  • 7.32 (Week 345 BE), on August 19: Pure
  • 7.33 (Week 346 BE), on August 26: Regular
  • 7.34 (Week 347 BE), on September 2: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!

SEE YOU ALL IN THE TRIBAL ROOM!