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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse one last time!

   Table of Contents 

  1. The Very Last Week on Diaries of Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcements
  4. What's Next

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series


THE FINAL ENTRY OF THE DIARIES

 So, this is the end. PureMTGO.com has ceased to be supported, so it won't release new articles anymore. It's a sad day and the end of an era. Fittingly, there was no Tribal Apocalypse last week, as to mourn the upcoming loss with some silence.

 As a way to remember these incredible 14 years, I'll update my spiel from the 500th event. Here are all the Diaries of the Apocalypse articles for the previous milestones, last to first.

 That first event was held on September 19, 2009. Its creator and host was Matthew Banister aka ShardFenix. Later, host duties passed to Simon Smith aka Flippers_Giraffe. Then on January 8, 2011, Volker Kirstein aka BlippyTheSlug initiated the Blippian Era, from which we number the events. Without these people, there wouldn't be a Tribal Apocalypse, not for one week, and certainly not for 668. We have to be eternally grateful to all of them.

 But I am grateful to all the players too. All of you who have come playing this semi-forgotten, MTGO-only format week after week. Fourteen years have passed, familiar names have come and gone, some of them have left a mark in the tournament's Hall of Fame. Some of them are still here. You guys are too many to mention, a hundred different winners, many hundreds different participants. I'll remember all of them.

 But I'll especially remember AJ Richardson aka AJ_Impy. He was there in the beginning. He kept at it. He sheltered all storms, with true love for the format. Without him, the tournament wouldn't have been so long-lived, or at the very least, it would be different. See you back in the #Tribal room, despite everything.


THE HIGH PRICE OF WINNING

  

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. -DiamondDust-'s Dinosaurs, $0.98, 2nd place on Event 539
  2. SirFalcon2008's Goblins, $1.54, 1st place on Event 389
  3. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  4. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  5. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  6. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  7. kokonade1000's Berserkers, $2.95, 2nd place on Event 354
  8. MisterMojoRising's Beasts, $.3.01, 1st place on Event 484
  9. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  10. Bandit Keith's Soldiers, $3.48, 1st place on Event 422

 The Top 5 Cheapest Non-Goblin Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. -DiamondDust-'s Dinosaurs, $0.98, 2nd place on Event 539
  2. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  3. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  4. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  5. kokonade1000's Berserkers, $2.95, 2nd place on Event 354

 NOTES: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85; Penny Dreadful events aren't counted.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Just to remind you of a few things:

 The Up-and-Coming Virtual Plaque: When a tribe wins an event for the first time ever (losing Unhallowed status), its pilot will get bragging rights.

 The New Kids on the Block Imaginary Commemorative Plate: 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 everyone's respect. You'll need a hard win, not a BYE or a win by no-show of your opponent. Tribes currently eligible: none. 

 The Hamtastic Trophy: The Biodiversity distinction dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg is awarded to each player who registers the most different tribes (except Human, Elf, and Goblin) during the year. But there are also Magic Online Player Rewards Packs to be won! For every 10 different tribes registered in a Tribal Apocalypse event during the same year, the player will get 10 Player Rewards Packs. All Swiss rounds of the event must be played, though, no early drop allowed if you want the prize.

 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 in a specific format, they will not be allowed to register the same tribe and deck in that format again for 3 events (i.e. they'll have to register a different deck three times before coming back to the undefeated one). In some cases, specific combo or archetype-defining cards will also be locked out. A list of the current lockouts is maintained here.

 We're on Discord! Join us from here, chat about tribal things with other tribal players and arrange tribal games on MTGO all week long! (Or your can just keep using our Google Sheets bulletin board).


 WHAT'S NEXT

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

  • 13.45 (Week 669 BE), on November 25: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
SEE YOU ALL IN THE #TRIBAL ROOM!

 

Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.