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Oct 25 2013 4:27pm
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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse, the PRE where... it's DRAGON WEEK!

   Table of Contents 

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


 Not much to say this time because it's DRAGON WEEK!


 Did you read all those great articles about dragons? No? Well, you can see all the links to the articles collected here. But not right now, this summary page will be up tomorrow, as a "You're leaving Dragon Week. Fly carefully."

 Speaking of which, tomorrow it's Halloween on Tribal Apocalypse! Okay, that's not really a "speaking of which" sequitur, but it actually is, because during Halloween there will be a few Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker as special prizes (at least one of which will be about building the most original tribe. So if you want your own Bolas, don't build Zombie or Vampire). The link being that Nicol Bolas is a Dragon and, uh, he really likes Halloween? Whatever. Just take the treats!


  • Event Number: 3.41, Week 146 BE
  • Date: October 19
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Special Rules:  Tribal Singleton (only 1 copy of each nonbasic land)
  • Winner: mihahitlor (Zombie)
  • Other undefeated: CruelHellraiser (Knight)
  • 1 Loss: romellos (Human), Gq1rf7 (Goblin), Gonzzy (Construct), slug360 (Human), DirtyDuck (Artificer)
  • Tribes: Artificer, Beast, Bird, Construct, Dragon, Goblin (x2), Human (x2), Knight, Soldier (x2), Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 A new Singleton event, a new win by mihahitlor. This time with Zombie.


 In final against him there was CruelHellraiser, who recently came back to the event and was sporting Knights.


 A deck that I particularly liked was Gonzzy's Construct build. Probably because there's Sphinges and Birthing Pod in there.


 And since we're in Dragon week, here's justcanceled's Dragon Shenanigans Singleton deck. Which also happens to be amazing.


 And that's it.


The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  2. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145 (cheapest event winner)
  3. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  4. Trickerie's Golems, $4.31, 1st place on Event 138
  5. arcbounddaylabor's Goblins, $4.46, 1st place on Event 111
  6. ellmaris's Goblins, $6.52, 2nd place on Event 103
  7. Heureka's Weirds, $6.53, 3rd place on Event 140
  8. kokonade1000's Rats, $7.55, 2nd place on Event 140
  9. mihahitlor's Goblins, $10.24, 1st place on Event 100
  10. mihahitlor's Vampires, $17.50, 1st place on Event 87

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



 From justcanceled, and just in time for Dragon Week, here's his wacky Dragon deck in action against pk23's Goblins!

 Check the complete archive of Show and Tell here.


 Just to remind you of a few things:

 Meet a new, very special challenge from RexDart: the "Chris Has Bought an Engagement Ring Challenge"! That's right, we're going to celebrate another Magic marriage at some point! Congrats, Rex! And the challenge is of course ring-based.

  1. Build a deck that includes at least a total of 12 copies of cards from the following list: Jinxed Ring, Ring of Gix, Rings of Brighthearth, Sisay's RIng, Ring of Ma'Ruf, Ring of Renewal, Ring of Three Wishes, Aladdin's Ring, and/or no more than 5 of the rings from the M13 Ring cycle (Ring of Evos Isle, Ring of Kalonia, Ring of Thune, Ring of Valkas, Ring of Xathrid).
  2. Enter a Tribal Apocalypse event with the deck, and achieve at least two match wins, not counting byes or forfeits.

 The prize is a Darksteel Sword of Fire and Ice.
 First tiebreaker: The total number of rings in your deck. Second tiebreaker: The player whose tribe has the fewest total event wins. Final tiebreaker: randomization.

 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.

 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! 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):

  • 3.42 (Week 147 BE), on October 26: Halloween Special (only Spooky Tribes allowed)
  • 3.43 (Week 148 BE), on November 2: Tribal Underdog (only Underdog Tribes allowed)
  • 3.44 (Week 149 BE), on November 9: Regular Tribal (just plain old Legacy Tribal Wars)
  • 3.45 (Week 150 BE), on November 16: 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!



A pity Dragons aren't spooky, by AJ_Impy at Fri, 10/25/2013 - 19:28
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A pity Dragons aren't spooky, else we could cap the week with one in the Halloween special.

Yeah, as someone correctly by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 10/25/2013 - 19:37
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Yeah, as someone correctly told me, Dragons are terrifying, not spooky.