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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

  The Bolas Prize is being ignored! Bolas is very disappointed, but in his infinite generosity, he's raising the stakes: the prize for the first player to win a game by dealing lethal damage via Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker's ultimate ability is now 5 tix! C'mon, you can do it!


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: 7.40, Week 353 BE
  • Date: October 14
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: AJ_Impy (Pirate)
  • Runner-up: Deonmag ( Scarecrow)
  • 1 Loss: BoozeMongoose (Construct), TLR (Wizard), LeilaPari (Elf), Golden_Lin (Archon)
  • Underdog Prize: Tarrons (Ox)
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: AJ_Impy (Pirate)
  • Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg (Jackal), Tarrons (Ox)
  • Tribes: Angel, Archon, Beast, Construct, Elf, Goblin, Jackal, Kithkin, Ox, Pirate, Scarecrow, Wizard
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Singularity! 12 different players, 12 different tribes! It's happened a few times this year, after so many seasons in which it was an elusive occurrence. I wonder what that means, maybe the number of competitive tribes has increased? Or maybe more players are defying the meta on a regular basis, following our special prizes and challenges (more on that later). The player who's most known for doing just that is certainly AJ_Impy, who last week trailblazed his way toward the first event win for the freshly refurbished Pirate tribe. Shiver me timbers!

 

 And for the above mentioned meta-defying fellas, both Jackal and Ox got repopulated last week, courtesy of lovetapsmtg and Tarrons, respectively.

 


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 20, 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 5-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, Leech, Licid, Metathran, Monger, Moonfolk, Nightstalker, Octopus, Orgg, Ouphe, Processor, Rabbit, Salamander, Siren, Slith. Already cleared: Jackal, Manticore, Ox.

 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):

  • 7.41 (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
  • 7.44 (Week 357 BE), on November 11: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!

SEE YOU ALL IN THE TRIBAL ROOM!

3 Comments

God Pharaoh by Sensei at Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:18
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Maybe in the future the prize can be extended to God Pharoh

I thought about that, but by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 10/20/2017 - 20:52
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I thought about that, but God-Pharaoh doesn't deal damage with an ultimate, he does it right away. I feel like you can just use him as a 7-mana Fireball, which is sort of lame prize-wise.

A True Challenge by lowman02 at Sun, 10/22/2017 - 04:06
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I tend to be partial to Barren Glory or The Cheese Stands Alone; now if a player could win with this replacement effect even a single game, then I'd be impressed. Sleeve up those Greater Gargadons, Lion's Eye Diamonds, Insidious Dreams, and Zuran Orbs and get cracking--at your own permanents? Just an idea: Get Glorious, or die trying!