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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

 Let's talk about the calendar for a minute. Two special events are still scheduled between now and the quickly approaching end of season (Oh time, how you fly!) The first is the classic Halloween special on October 28. Make sure to check the bans and restrictions for that one. This year it'll be Legacy, not Vintage. Then there's the Commander 1v1 event at the very end of the year, on December 30. It'll be the first time we try this format, so let's see if we need some special rule. We'll use the latest ban list for Commander 1v1, do you think we'll also need to add tribal specific cards or commanders?


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: 7.39, Week 352 BE
  • Date: October 7
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Yokai_ (Berserker)
  • Runner-up: lowman02 (Rebel)
  • 1 Loss: Golden_Lin (Kobold), AJ_Impy (Dinosaur), Deonmag Scarecrow, Socanelas (Fish), ML_Berlin (Berserker)
  • Underdog Prize: Tarrons (Ox)
  • New Kids on the Block Award: AJ_Impy (Dinosaur)
  • Tribes: Berserker (x3), Dinosaur, Fish (x2), Jackal, Kobold, Kor, Ox, Rat, Rebel, Scarecrow, Soltari
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Berserker won an Underdog event! It's not sarcasm, it happened less frequently than one might expect given the sheer quantity of registrations. The one achieved by Yokai_ is actually only the frenzier warriors' 6th victory in Underdog (the 7th overall; they took a Pure event once).

 

 Of course, Berserkers are way more successful than last week's other finalist, Rebel, which had only ended undefeated once before, 4 years ago. Now lowman02 has come close to give them their second win of their tribal career. Close, but not there yet.

 

 And now, for something completely Dinosaurs. And this time AJ_Impy actually used Ixalan cards! Which resulted in a match win, hence the New Kids on the Block Award.


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 October 13, 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.


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 Camel, 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, Metathran, Monger, Moonfolk, Nightstalker, Octopus, Orgg, Ouphe, Ox, Processor, Rabbit, Salamander, Siren, Slith. Already cleared: Manticore.

 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):

  • 7.40 (Week 353 BE), on October 14: Regular
  • 7.41 (Week 354 BE), on October 21: Pure
  • 7.42 (Week 355 BE), on October 28: Halloween Special
  • 7.43 (Week 356 BE), on November 4: 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!