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Feb 07 2014 1:00pm
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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse, the PRE where everything must change so that everything can stay the same.

   Table of Contents 

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

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


by Kumagoro

 New look for the MTGO Traders site, and some changes for this article series, too. As you can see, Kumagoro isn't writing the series anymore. The Tribal Apocalypse event achieved sentience and will narrate its chronicles itself. Through its host. Which is still Kumagoro. Bear with me.

 What I'm saying is that, except for this specific section (as you can tell from the title), Diaries of the Apocalypse is meant to be more about you than about me. In fact, we (I and the event) encourage whoever wants to say a piece about their decks, or Tribal Wars as a format, or Tribal Apocalypse as a PRE, or anything tribal-related, to just send me their material. I'll polish it when needed and give it the appropriate room in these pages. Tribal Apocalypse wants you!

Even if your power is greater than 2! Because it is! Believe in your power being greater than 2!

 And another change is that we move to Thursdays. (Wow, that's like being a TV show moved around the schedule! So awesome.) Starting next week, Diaries of the Apocalypse will be part of the Thursday lineup of PureMTGO. I'll have a fixed feature on Friday called The Accidental Player, that will contain everything I write (Commander stuff, evaluations, encyclopedias, et cetera, starting with the new edition of The Topdeck Awards).

 And in the spirit of the renewed open door policy of this series, look out for the new and special Champion's Challenge issued by our Ultimate Champion AJ_Impy. You know you want to beat AJ at his game!


  • Event Number: 4.04, Week 161 BE
  • Date: February 1st
  • Attendance: 23
  • Rounds: 4
  • Special Rules: Tribal Underdog (only Underdog Tribes allowed)
  • Winner: mihahitlor (Soltari)
  • Other undefeated: fliebana (Plant)
  • 1 Loss: MisterMojoRising (Myr), pk23 (Rebel), smawatts (Minotaur), _Kumagoro_ (Gnome), Ant d Man (Myr)
  • Special Prizes: True Underdog Prize to _Kumagoro_ (Gnome), withdrawn to Bazaar of Baghdad (Skeleton) and milegyenanevem Aurochs
  • Tribes: Archer, Archon, Aurochs, Berserker (x2), Crab, Drake, Dwarf, Gnome, Hound, Insect, Minotaur, Myr (x4), Ninja, Nymph, Plant, Rebel, Samurai, Skeleton, Soltari
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 A large number of True Underdog showed up last week (those are the tribes that belong to all the three Underdog categories, i.e. the ones being at the same time small, unpopular and unsuccessful). We had: Skeleton, Crab, Nymph, Aurochs, Gnome and Archer (for Rex's challenge).

 But just like with justcanceled the previous week, here's another player who left the Tribal Invitational in disappointment (as much as a 3rd place there may qualify as disappointing) taking immediate revenge with a clear victory. I'm talking of mihahitlor, running one of his Underdog favorite, Soltari, with his signature Spectral Procession/Honor of the Pure package, but now with 100% more Battle Screech.


 It's interesting how last week's debate about the Swords (see the comment section) lead to a win by a tribe that's entirely made of suitable Sword-carriers, and yet miha didn't bother using any. In fact, he's on records saying that he's perfectly fine with people spending 5 mana over two early turns to equip a Sword, while he proceeds to beat you down. Of course, that's only true for extremely aggressive deck like this one, but he got a point.

 Definitely of another kind was fliebana's Plant-drazi build. Too bad flie didn't manage to play the final, with real life calling him away. Stupid real life.


 Interesting the use of Life from the Loam to enable Avenger of Zendikar. Land recursion and landfall are natural companions, but it's not something we see exploited often.

 Among the non-undefeated player, MisterMojoRising did well again with his Myr Affinity deck, an improved version of the one that won the first event of the season. Particularly intriguing is the addition of this new Myr:

  We also saw the return of the dreaded Helm of Obedience/Leyline of the Void combo, thanks to Bazaar of Baghdad and these devious Skeletons:


 The deck ended just 2-2, losing to both mihahitlor's Soltari and Ant d Man's combo Myr.


 As for Kumagoro (yes, the guy who used to write these articles), he was particularly happy to play and end 3-1 (single loss courtesy of mihahitlor) with his Gnome build, a Cloudpost deck where the Gnomes do all the things the Gnomes do.


 The story idea is that the Gnomes, typically described in folklore and pop culture as builders of mechanical wonders, go to battle with their giant robotic creations Sundering Titan (they hate colored mana! Ask Ersatz Gnomes!), Wurmcoil Engine, Steel Hellkite, and (Blighsteel Colossus). And since they have a tendency to send themselves into the graveyard, they come back via Living Death. Since, you know, they're artifact themselves, so they can be repaired and stuff.

 The colorless Gnome tribe, which sort of got discontinued after Urza block – the last time we saw a Gnome was the reprinted Bottle Gnomes in Mirrodin – has just 6 members (plus the original, and red, Quarum Trench Gnomes, which is not online). And while the color-hating Ersatz Gnomes is a potential combo in an entirely different deck, the other five all fit perfectly here.



 Copper Gnomes are the builders of the giant war machines.

 Patchwork Gnomes send them to the graveyard to be reanimated later with Living Death.

 Clockwork Gnomes do the maintenance work, ensuring the machines keep working.

 Ticking Gnomes defend, ping, then come back.

 And Bottle Gnomes are just delicious to drink. And they also defend and come back.

 Here, look at this game where the Gnomes fight against the other little robots, the Myr (an affinity build by thorneweaver), managing to resist the assault of a gigantic Lodestone Myr with double Cranial Plating by the sheer force of Gnomish attrition!

 Power to the Gnomes!



 Also known as: how much do the top decks cost? As of February 7, 2014, here's the answer (MTGO Traders prices; mtgGoldfish charts and analysis; the cheapest version of each card is always used; basic lands count zero):

  • 1st place, mihahitlor's Soltari: $16.45 (nonland cards: $16.45; tribal base: $3.10)
  • 2nd place, fliebana's Plant: $499.18 (nonland cards: $73.83; tribal base: $6.30)

 The Soltari build would belong to the list below if it wasn't for Spectral Procession. Then again, if it wasn't for Spectral Procession, maybe it wouldn't be the winning deck to begin with. On the other hand, Plant-drazi is definitely an expensive build, just like his Wall-drazi city cousin, what with all those fancy lands and giant monsters. However, those Knights of the Reliquary were just a fraction of their current price just a few days ago. Another effect of the Modern ban announcements and the discombobulation they caused.

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  2. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154 (cheapest event winner)
  3. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
  4. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  5. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147
  6. Trickerie's Golems, $4.31, 1st place on Event 138
  7. arcbounddaylabor's Goblins, $4.46, 1st place on Event 111
  8. Coolcat1678's Elves, $5.13, 2nd place on Event 149
  9. ellmaris's Goblins, $6.52, 2nd place on Event 103
  10. Heureka's Weirds, $6.53, 3rd place on Event 140

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



 Nothing to show and tell this time (except for that Gnome game we've already shown), but this place was RexDart's dominion once (and will be again next week when he'll do his usual evaluation of the creatures from the new set that are most likely to succeed in Tribal Wars), so let's remind everyone that his challenge is still unclaimed (despite Winter.Wolf's honorable attempt). Maybe we'll need a section only for challenges at this point.

 Here are the rules for the Robin and the Nine Hoods Deckbuilding Challenge:

  1. Your tribe must be Archer.
  2. Your deck must include one copy of at least 9 different Archery Theme cards from this list: Bow of Nylea, Nylea, God of the Hunt, Crossbow Ambush, Slingbow Trap, Viridian Longbow, Arrow Volley Trap, Arrows of Justice, Avenging Arrow, Borrowing 100,000 Arrows, Hail of Arrows, Infused Arrows, Serrated Arrows, Archery Training, Hankyu, Heavy Arbalest, Viridian Longbow, Wolfhunter's Quiver.
  3. You must include at least 3 copies of one Legendary Archer to play the role of Robin Hood and lead your upstart band of rebels to victory. (In Singleton events, this requirement becomes a single copy of 3 different Legendary Archers).
  4. You must enter Tribal Apocalypse with the deck and achieve at least 2 match victories, not including byes or forfeits.

 Only one prize is available and it is handled and assigned by RexDart (so not Kumagoro nor MTGO Traders). If two or more players both achieve the challenge in a single week, the player with the most match wins will take the prize. If the players are still tied, the player with the most unique number of cards from the Archery Theme card list will take the prize.

 The prize will be one Mercadian Masques non-foil copy of Bribery, so that you can rob the rich of their best creature and give it to the poor... or just give your opponent a nice face-smashing!


 Just to remind you of a few things: 

 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 on Pennybot. 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 Hamtastic Award: The Biodiversity Prize dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg has started the first quarter of 2014. The quarter will end March 29. By that date, the player or players who registered the greatest number of different tribes will get a 5-tix certificate from MTGO Traders.

 The Tribal Achievements: The new list of achievements for the 2014 season is here. Unlock the most of them by the end of the year and you'll share a 25-tix Jackpot.

 The Champion's Challenge: AJ_Impy, our reigning Ultimate Tribal Champion, has issued a running challenge of his own: play with a deck featuring 4 copies of a card he'll nominate, and win 3 matches with it during a single event, and AJ will reward you with one tix (which you'll keep as eternal memento because it's the tix the Ultimate Champion gave you). You'll be required to prove through a screenshot (or calling either me or him as witnesses, but only if we're not playing!) that you actually played the card and/or activated the card's abilities at least once during the event. And the first chosen card is...  Sunforger! Good luck, folks!

 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.

 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):

  • 4.05 (Week 162 BE), on February 8:  Regular Tribal (just plain old Legacy Tribal Wars)
  • 4.06 (Week 163 BE), on February 15: Tribal Singleton (only one copy of each card except for basic lands)
  • 4.07 (Week 164 BE), on February 22: Pure Tribal (no off-tribe creatures, no Big Shot Tribes nor T9 cards allowed)
  • 4.08 (Week 165 BE), on March 1st: Tribal Underdog (only Underdog Tribes allowed)

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2014!

Vote the Topdeck Awards!



My money where my mouth is. :) by AJ_Impy at Fri, 02/07/2014 - 13:31
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Like the new diaries format, looking forward to seeing this earlier each week. This is my solution to the debate on incentivising people from last week's comments section: Do cool and clever stuff in a winning deck, get money.

Thanks AJ by Cruel_Hellraiser at Fri, 02/07/2014 - 18:38
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Thank you AJ for doing the challenge, I hope I will have time to join tomorrow cause I will be bringing the Sunforger deck

Take the survey about the by Tribal Apocalypse at Sat, 02/08/2014 - 15:52
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Take the survey about the Swords and the next Special Event on March 22:

- by fboris04 at Wed, 02/12/2014 - 05:17
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Suddenly I got a new Idea for a deck~ ;) “Thumbs-up on this”

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