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Sep 27 2013 11:41am
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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse, the PRE where a dark shadow is rising...

   Table of Contents 

  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Show and Tell
  4. Tribal Lab: The Insect Project!
  5. Announcement Time!
  6. What's Next


 While we're all waiting for all the Theros heroics and monstrosities to finally be at hand to be toyed with, I can tell you that as far as I'm concerned... SHE'S BACK!

Art by Steve Argyle. You should really check his site. He's also a funny guy.

 That's right, I finally re-acquired my lost set of Liliana of the Veil! Woot! I was on the lookout for a while and I decided that the fall in price with the incoming rotation wasn't going to be deep, since she's also a star in Modern these days (unfortunately. Why can't I be the only one using her, like I am for Sarkhan Vol, or even Elspeth Tirel — which I can never understand because Elspeth Tirel is amazing). And in fact, she's on the rise again. I had to sell a lot of stuff and even cash in some credits, but it was worth it, because now I can use her the way she was meant to begin with, which is with Recurring Nightmare, of course (and Bloodghast and assorted Dragon Spirits. You'll see). (I did it once last year, I waited too long to do it again).

 Coming to less personal pieces of news, check the re-reworked rules for the Champion Challenge, which now only involves players that are NOT currently Top 16 (so they can use the extra points to get there and qualify for the Invitational), otherwise mihahitlor and slug360 (since Ayanam1 is currently on hiatus from the event) would be forced to do an extra match every single week, and for no reason. So, I'm talking to you, good folks with not a lot of seasonal points: try and end X-1 or better, so you can get the chance to win 3 extra tix and more points!


  • Event Number: 3.37, Week 142 BE
  • Date: September 21
  • Attendance: 16
  • Rounds: 3
  • Special Rules: Tribal Singleton (only 1 copy of each nonbasic land)
  • Winner: slug360 (Shaman)
  • Other undefeated: romellos (Knight)
  • 1 Loss: mihahitlor (Zombie), pk23 (Goblin), justcanceled (Wall), Robin88 (Shaman), Heureka (Vampire), Gq1rf7 (Goblin)
  • Special Prizes: vantar6697 (Fungus)
  • Tribes: Beast, Construct, Fungus, Goblin (x2), Human, Knight, Mutant, Shaman (x2), Soldier, Vampire (x2), Wall, Wizard, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Singleton, so loved, so not. It's still a really divisive format, and we'll get to the results of the poll about it next month (so take it while you still can!), which will generate an epic showdown between Singleton Lovers and Singleton Haters. More on this in the next weeks.

 In the meantime, Singleton Lover and reigning Ultimate Champion slug360 took another win (the 7th this year), which also projected him at the top of the leaderboard, tied with romellos, who was the other finalist here. Let's see what these good people were playing.


 This was slug's deck, confirming the strength of Singleton Shamans. Also typically strong in the format? The Knights, with all their weapons and allies.


 Among the other tribes, one that we hadn't seen in a while, yet seems a no-brainer in Singleton, is Wall. Here as played by justcanceled (yeah, I often feature justcanceled's lists only because I like the hilarious, ludicrous names he gives them). Notice the relative scarcity of wincons.


 And what about Vampires, which at some point were seemingly dominating the format? The bloodsuckers are not that hot lately, but Heureka piloted them to a respectable 1-loss result.


 Finally, a deck that didn't do well but it's admirable nonetheless (and very zeitgeisty) was this ambitious Human build by kidwitthafro. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Singleton Tribal Enchantress.


 And that's it.


 As usual, no math for Singleton decks, so let's just check the current list of the most parsimonious deckbuilders who also had success in the tournament.

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  2. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  3. Trickerie's Golems, $4.31, 1st place on Event 138 (cheapest event winner)
  4. arcbounddaylabor's Goblins, $4.46, 1st place on Event 111
  5. ellmaris's Goblins, $6.52, 2nd place on Event 103
  6. Heureka's Weirds, $6.53, 3rd place on Event 140
  7. kokonade1000's Rats, $7.55, 2nd place on Event 140
  8. mihahitlor's Goblins, $10.24, 1st place on Event 100
  9. mihahitlor's Vampires, $17.50, 1st place on Event 87
  10. AJ_Impy's Hounds, $24.26, 2nd place on Event 129

 NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85.



 Nobody submitted anything (and my own Beast deck's replays were too depressing), while Rex is still busy with his life and stuff, so nothing to show or tell this week. Sorry about that! Better luck next time.

 Check the complete archive of Show and Tell here.


  Previously on The Insect Project: Kuma and friends set themselves a preposterous goal: giving the Insect their first event win ever. The previous episodes can be found here. Don't worry, Insect fans. The crawling critters are about to make a big comeback, because next week is Pure Tribal, and that's their natural environment!



 Just to remind you of a few things:

Meet a new Challenge by RexDart: The Unnatural Deckbuilding Challenge! Here's the rules:

  1. Your deck must include at least 16 total cards that are either green enchantments and/or green artifacts.
  2. Your deck may NOT include any auras. If the challenge goes on long enough that cards with the new bestow mechanic become legal, those are allowed as they are not technically auras while in your hand.
  3. No colorless artifacts are permitted. Colored artifacts are only permitted so long as at least one of the artifact's colors is green.
  4. The deck must win at least two proper matches (no byes, no forfeits) in a Tribal Apocalypse event.

 The prize for this contest is one non-foil, digital copy of Mirri's Guile, valued at over 6 tix on MTGOTraders.com! Good luck!

 The Up-and-Coming Prize is now 3 tix! So go find a tribe that never won an event (the Unhallowed list) and try and be the first to break it!

 The Tribal Achievements: Welcome to the second season of the Tribal Achievements! Find new ways to have fun within Tribal Apocalypse, challenge yourself to complete all kinds of strange MTG feats, and make some tix in the process.

 The Hamtastic Award: The Biodiversity Prize dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg has started again, for its 7th edition: be the first to run 10 different tribes in a row and you'll get 5 tix on SBena_Bot! You have to play all the rounds of an event in order for the tribe to be added to your sequence. If you repeat a previous tribe, your whole sequence resets. Looks like it's all set for slug360, who completed his 9th tribe this week and only needs one more, while his more direct rival is justcanceled with just 7. We'll see if next week slug will be there to grab the prize.

 The Mongoose Pride Prize! As the last tribe standing after everyone else had been played at least once, Mongoose has become the protagonist of a dedicated prize that will remember forever that you all neglected them despite Nimble Mongoose being featured in high-profile, tier-1 Legacy decks. The Mongoose Pride Prize will permanently award 1 tix (at SBena_Bot) to everyone who'll just... play Mongoose. That's right, you just have to play them and you'll get 1 tix, till the end of times. Well, there's just one clause: you have to win at least one match with them within the event (byes and forfeits don't count). Let's show them all what the mighty Herpestidae can do, shall we?

Hard to kill, hard to play (apparently)

 The Champion Challenge is all new! Again! Last week's hastily assembled new rules didn't really stand to further scrutiny. Now it'll be like that. Every time a player who's not currently Top 16 will end up X-1 or better in any event, they'll get the right to challenge one of our Tribal Champions, if available (they can try and find one next week, too). Winning that challenge means getting 3 tix on SBena_Bot and 10 bonus points in the seasonal leaderboard. More so, the Champions will have to answer the Challenge with a predefined deck, which you can see here, along with the complete ruling.

 The Top Players Lockout: Every time a Top Player (either a Google Era Top 8, an Ultimate Champion 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.

 Videos: Send us replays of your games and we'll feature them in these articles! Don't know how? Read this quick guide in 6 easy steps and start saving your tribal feats for posterity!


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

  • 3.38 (Week 143 BE), on September 28: Pure Tribal (no off-tribe creatures, no Big Shot Tribes nor T9 cards allowed)
  • 3.39 (Week 144 BE), on October 5: Tribal Underdog (only Underdog Tribes allowed)
  • 3.40 (Week 145 BE), on October 12: Regular Tribal (just plain old Legacy Tribal Wars)
  • 3.41 (Week 146 BE), on October 19: Tribal Singleton (only 1 copy of each nonbasic land)

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2013!

Take the Quick Survey about the ban list and the event rotation!

 See you all in the Tribal room!