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Jul 10 2014 12:00pm
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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse, the PRE where I should probably stop trying to come up with a clever introductory line.

   Table of Contents 

  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Smawatts' War Report
  4. Announcement Time!
  5. What's Next

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

by Kumagoro

 Hear me, hear me, o tribalists! The second edition of The Art of War is near!

 Some of you might remember the Art of War as "the Classic event with an artsy twist": all the cards in the deck except basic lands need to share the same artist. We also had an article on PureMTGO about it. Now the Art of War is back, and of course it's Vintage! The second edition (registration already open on Gatherling) will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at 19:00 GMT. Admittedly, it's not strictly related to all things tribal; but it's a kind of format that take a large pool (the largest possible, in fact) and rework it by putting in place a specific, unusual limitation, which should be something right in a tribal player's wheelhouse. So, start brewing, and try to end up more like Blood Artist and less like Blood Artist's model.

 On similarly semi-related news, Bad Moon Rising, BlippyTheSlug's monthly, groundbreaking Vintage PRE (just look at that prize pool) is also around the corner, the first edition coming next Saturday, right after Tribal Apocalypse. Euro players who want to play Vintage (I don't, but I want to play my new, gorgeous Survival of the Fittest, so I'll be playing it – plus, I'm still one of the reigning Top 8 from Ham on Wry!), make your voice heard and tell Blippy to stop doing everything on strictly American time! Bad Moon Rising will change day according to the lunar phases, so it might well change time too.


  • Event Number: 4.26, Week 183 BE
  • Date: July 5
  • Attendance: 17
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Tribal Underdog (only Underdog Tribes allowed)
  • Winner: MisterMojoRising (Soltari)
  • 1 Loss: Gq1rf7 (Kor), mihahitlor (Soltari), romellos (Centaur), _Kumagoro_ (Giant), fliebana (Basilisk)
  • Special Prizes: True Underdog Prize to fliebana (Basilisk)
  • Tribes: Basilisk, Berserker, Centaur (x2), Cockatrice, Giant, Kor (x2), Mutant, Rat, Rebel, Soltari (x2), Specter, Spellshaper, Wolf, Wurm
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 MisterMojoRising did it again, and he's now already one of the most successful tribal players of all time, with 7 wins. He's also currently at first place in the seasonal leaderboard, although only 2 points ahead of mihahitlor. You can see how MisterMojo, miha and romellos are playing another sport entirely this year, because there's almost a 100-point gap between the leading trio and the 4th place. Speaking of top players, the interview of the 2013 champions are finally ready, or almost there. I can already giving you the links, albeit they're not operative just yet: Robin88's interview will come online here (and it's a fun one), AJ_Impy's here (and it's a ponderous one). Stay tuned.

 In the meantime, this is the very straightforward Soltari deck that stormed this Underdog event. Once again, as the only undefeated (it's now 6 times in a row, it's probably a combination of 4 rounds and less than 20 players. But it's okay).

by MisterMojoRising - 1st place
4 Soltari Foot Soldier
4 Soltari Monk
4 Soltari Priest
2 Soltari Champion
2 Soltari Trooper
4 Mirror Entity
4 Mother of Runes
24 cards

Other Spells
4 Honor of the Pure
4 Spectral Procession
3 Battle Screech
11 cards
25 Plains
25 cards

Honor of the Pure


 And while MisterMoJo's more direct rival mihahitlor was also playing Soltari (this list), his OTHER rival romellos was playing Centaur.


 One of the funniest decks of the event was fliebana's Basilisk, though. They obviously don't need their Collar (why does it give lifelink, by the way? None of the Basilisks does), they need the pinging appliances!


 As for me, I also had fun with this RG Giant deck that performed better than expected. (You can see the match I played against smawatts in his War Report below, which is actually the only one I lost. Don't miss his Wurm reanimator deck, it was very powerful).


 It was just to celebrate the return of Primeval Titan in my collection after a long time, but the green Giants actually performed well, Arbor Colossus is a great guy, Ondu Giant is solid, and Rosheen Meanderer was meant to help the X-based sweepers, but he actually never showed up, so I can't tell if he's actually worth it.


In strictly decreasing order of usefulness.

 What I can tell is that Grim Monolith and Sudden Demise will make frequent appearances in my decks from now on (they already do). Never without. Please also note Moonglove Extract as a solution against Kor Firewalker and Soltari Priest. I didn't face neither Kor nor Soltari, but 2 colorless damage for 3 is decent enough in general, even if the more friendly Giant in this case would be Sun Titan. (Ghostfire does 1 damage more for the same cost, but I just needed 2 for my purpose and I prefer something that you can cast when you don't have anything else to cast).

 +   = ^_^



 Also known as: how much do the top decks cost? As of July 10, 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, MisterMojoRising's Soltari: $13.13 (nonland cards: $13.13; tribal base: $2.22)

 Well, a deck where the only lands included are called Plains is not bound to be a very expensive deck. The Soltari also all come for a few cents, and the only vaguely pricey card here is Mother of Runes.

 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.

by Smawatts

 I wanted to try the basic shell of the reanimator deck I have been using with Eldrazi with an Underdog tribe. Overall I think the Wurms were a good choice, and though the mix I used was sub-optimal, Novablast Wurm was way more powerful than I had thought it would be.

 Round 1: Against m4vis with Wolf. This was a very short match. There is very little a monogreen aggro deck can do against a resolved Novablast Wurm.

 Round 2: Against _Kumagoro_ with Giant. This was a very interesting matchup, as both of us were trying to do the same basic unfair thing of getting a giant creature (in his case, a literal Giant creature) into play faster than our opponent could deal with it. My creatures were a little bigger and a little faster but I don't really have any way to interact with the board beyond slamming down a fattie that demands an answer.

 Round 3: Against MisterMojoRising with Soltari. Both games were super close, and could have gone either way. I think I made a mistake game one playing around Swords to Plowshares rather than making him show me the Swords [Especially because there was no actual Swords in his deck :) – Kuma's note]. Ultimately he was able to just outrace me.

 Round 4: Against fliebana with Basilisk. So for the record I have a really hard time spelling Basilisk, it's an odd word. Fliebana's deck was a pretty good matchup against mine, lots of deathtouch mitigates the effect of big dumb creatures. The real back-breaker, though, was the silver bullet Relic of Progenitus that got tutored up, while I was back horribly missequencing my spells.


 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 third quarter of 2014. The quarter will end September 27. 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!


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

  • 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)
  • 4.29 (Week 186 BE), on July 26: Pure Tribal (no off-tribe creatures, complete rules here)
  • 4.30 (Week 187 BE), on August 2: Tribal Underdog (only Underdog Tribes allowed)

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2014!

Vote for your favorite Equipment on the Topdeck Awards!



Correction: adjective failure by Kumagoro42 at Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:03
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Correction: adjective failure when I described AJ's interview. It's not "ponderous". I meant, "deep, thoughtful, insightful". You'll see.

Strangely I took it to mean by Paul Leicht at Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:12
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Strangely I took it to mean "heavy" and full of deep thoughts.

I can see the attempted by AJ_Impy at Thu, 07/10/2014 - 22:41
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I can see the attempted etymology in deriving from ponder. I believe I still owe you some pictures.

Oh yeah, I need to get back by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 07/11/2014 - 03:48
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Oh yeah, I need to get back to you with a few things (whereas the Robin one – merely on account of him being the faster responder – is ready to go, we'll see it soon enough, yours probably one week later.)

I'm all ears. by AJ_Impy at Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:13
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I'm all ears.

Apparently one of your ears by Paul Leicht at Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:02
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Apparently one of your ears resembles a cat...