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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse, the PRE where we're back to being single.

   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

 Magic 2015 is due online in less than a month, and it's being spoiled as we speak. I was already on record saying that I like the upcoming core set a lot more than I liked the entire Theros block, as the cards I'm seeing feel fresher and more captivating, possibly because of all those external designs. Cards with a strong tribal component like these, for instance:

  

I'm already excited for that bard. And yay for the traditional Sliver iconography being back! 

 But I especially like how throughout all the set we get references to planes we've visited in the past (and one we still haven't: is Shandalar in our near future?), creating a firmer foundation for the entire MTG setting, as opposed to that feeling of generic fantasy stuff from older core sets. The main example of this attitude is the Soul cycle, now entirely spoiled:

  

  

It's cool that it's a 6-card cycle that includes a colorless one, too. 

 And if the Souls are cute, if not great, more interesting are the new versions of famous legends from all around the multiverse, like a more proactive Ob Nixilis and a less bombastic Avacyn.

 

 Ob's art is disappointing (a red devil, seriously?), but that search-hosing ability is brutal.

 But the core set is also the set of the year with more planeswalkers in it (five, one per color), a veritable crossroads in our heroes' travels. Magic 2014 had only two new walkers (Chandra, Pyromaster and Garruk, Caller of Beasts), and if the same pattern from M12/M13 will be followed, we should get 3 new one and 2 reprints in Magic 2015. The latter duo has been already spoiled, with the return of the most recent, and best, Chandra (which is good for her price), paired with the very first Liliana Vess. Then we have Ajani back to back in two consecutive sets after his Journey into Nyx incarnation, being the first to reach 5 different iterations, albeit with a version that doesn't feel very powerful.

He was probably tired of mentoring all those heroes.

 But al the attention (while we wait for a possible new Jace) has to go to this green lady, marking the first time Garruk sits the core set out as one of the original walkers (due to his being busy fighting players in the prerelease events, of course):

Welcome to the big league, Nissa!

 Nissa Revane was notoriously one of the worst planeswalkers ever printed, as an experiment in tribal interactions that didn't really work (the idea that you had to include another, sort of useless card in your deck for her to use her main ability was bound to fail). For her second time under the spotlight, she ditches her elvish roots and just embrace color power, becoming sort of a green version of Koth of the Hammer through a combination of mana ramp, aggression, and a game-ending ultimate. With some twists, though, justifying the one mana more in her casting cost: her ramping is a plus ability, and potentially multicolored; and, most importantly, her manlands are permanent and able to defend their mommy! So for 5 mana you get a ramper/finisher walker with 4 loyalty AND a 4/4 trampler with haste. This is getting real, Nissa.


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: 4.24, Week 181 BE
  • Date: June 21
  • Attendance: 16
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Tribal Singleton (only one copy of each card except for basic lands) 
  • Winner: mihahitlor (Goblin)
  • 1 Loss: longtimegone (Goblin), Gonzzy (Goblin), ML_Berlin (Soldier), romellos (Knight)
  • Tribes: Angel, Cleric, Elf, Goblin (x5), Human, Knight, Soldier, Spirit, Wizard, Zombie (x3)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, last week Goblins got the first three places, and this week... they did it again! And it's purely coincidental (I hope), because there's really nothing in common between those regular builds and these singleton ones. For instance, this is mihahitlor's undefeated deck (miha is into Goblins lately, as he's playing Krenko as commander in SUNCOM – which reminds us: come to play SUNCOM on Sunday! We have a cool new ban list!):

 

 And elsewhere it's Vampire Week here at PureMTGO, and you know how Vampires are usually big in Tribal Singleton? Well, we've got exactly zero of them this time. It was a week with all Major League tribes, nonetheless. I played this Angel deck...

 

 ...and lost against Zombie three times in a row, out of three Zombie decks in the event! None of which ended in the money. Moan. Here's a Zombie representative, by Gq1rf7, the only one that didn't win only against me!

 

 Finally, this is the MisterMojoRising's Wizard deck, that (surprisingly) only managed to win against one of the Zombies. Strange week.

 

 As a consolation, MisterMojo only needs to show up this week to take home this quarter's Hamtastic Award, beating runner-up AJ_Impy with a record 14 tribes. Congrats.


THE HIGH PRICE OF WINNING

  

 No point in doing price calculations for Singleton decks, so see you next time!

 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, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
  4. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
  5. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  6. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147
  7. Trickerie's Golems, $4.31, 1st place on Event 138
  8. arcbounddaylabor's Goblins, $4.46, 1st place on Event 111
  9. Coolcat1678's Elves, $5.13, 2nd place on Event 149
  10. ellmaris's Goblins, $6.52, 2nd place on Event 103

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


ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!

 Just to remind you of a few things: 

 VMA Cards are not yet on Gatherling: Due to the recent change of Gatherer architecture, the data import of the latest set into Gatherling is taking long than usual (the code needs to be rewritten). In the meantime, you can regularly use the cards, but you need to "trick" Gatherling by putting a placeholder in the list, then specifying in a note what VMA card you're actually playing instead.

 Voting on Swords of X and Y Still Ongoing: Do you want the Swords (and Batterskull) to be unbanned in Underdog and Pure? (Remember they're not banned anywhere else, nor will.) We have collected 19 votes out of 30 so far. Current tally is here.

  

 Cockatrice Wants You! And Badger and Siren, too! Be the first to win a match with freshly promoted to tribes Cockatrice, Badger or Siren, and you'll win 1 tix. Remember: only tribes with at least 3 members are effectively considered tribes in Tribal Apocalypse (since tribes that field an equal or greater number of Changelings than actual members count as Shapeshifter decks). Tribes with exactly 3 members, like Cockatrice, are allowed to play in Underdog events with 8 slots filled by Changelings, whereas nobody else (but, of course, Shapeshifter decks) can play with more than 4 Changelings in those events.

 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 second quarter of 2014. The quarter will end June 28. 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 1 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!


 WHAT'S NEXT

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

  • 4.25 (Week 182 BE), on June 28: Pure Tribal (no off-tribe creatures, complete rules here)
  • 4.26 (Week 183 BE), on July 5: Tribal Underdog (only Underdog Tribes allowed)
  • 4.27 (Week 184 BE), on July 12: Regular Tribal (just plain old Legacy Tribal Wars)
  • 4.28 (Week 185 BE), on July 19: Tribal Kaleidoscope (only multicolored cards and lands) 

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2014!

Vote for your favorite Equipment on the Topdeck Awards!

SEE YOU ALL IN THE TRIBAL ROOM!