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Sep 12 2014 12:00pm
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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

   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

 Quick reminder: this week's event will be Regular, so no problems with that. Then we'll have our fourth Kaleidoscope event, and for that, we need to try and make some change. Well, one at least, since it's very conspicuous and has been asked loudly. This guy is now banned from the Tribal Kaleidoscope format:

Would have you ever believed this was going to be legitimately banned from somewhere one day?

 For now, we'll keep it at this and see if the Knight craze subsides a little. It's just the 4th K-Tribal event, after all. As it's been said, we probably need more data. 

 Also, remember to vote for your favorite Human on Topdeck Awards!


  • Event Number: 4.35, Week 192 BE
  • Date: September 6
  • Attendance: 16
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: romellos (Scout)
  • 1 Loss: MisterMojoRising (Spider), pfirpfel (Centaur), _Kumagoro_ (Vedalken)
  • Underdog Prize: arcbounddaylabor (Orc)
  • Tribes: Archon, Berserker (x2), Centaur (x2), Fungus, Horror, Insect (x2), Kor (x2), Myr, Orc, Scout, Spider, Vedalken
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, romellos finally did it (even if MisterMojoRising is still ahead of him a few points in the seasonal leaderboard). The Scouts are back at first place after my own victory all those years ago (we have to go back to Event 27 in July 2011 for that! The world was so young then! Diaries of Apocalypse didn't even exist!). We already know the list from romellos's earlier experiments, the most recent of which dates to just a couple weeks ago. Now he used it in the event most likely to accommodate the strategy, and it paid off. Between this and his Monks, romellos is quite the Underdog king this year, and all in semi-uncharted territory.

 As I said, MisterMojoRising is still the leader in the race to the title of Player of the Year. Stopping romellos from surpassing him was the good performance of his Spider-based Living End deck.


 A good result for Centaur as well, thanks to pfirpfel.


 And look at me finally doing something good! This monoblue Vedalken deck (with Vedalken Shackles!) had already proven to be powerful, and now they have the 5th strong member in Chief Engineer (which essentially turns himself and (Etherion Sculptor) into actual mana dorks), and a new formidable weapon to assemble in Scuttling Doom Engine, which is seriously nuts in a list based around Trading Post.


 And yeah, I'm still learning to play this build properly, so the deck actually made 3-1 mostly on its own. Should I play Magic a bit more? I should.

 Also, Voltaic Key should be there in place of Thousand-Year Elixir (what was I thinking?). And, eh, Spine of Ish Sah is probably better-suited for the deck than Icy Manipulator.

Ya think?

 You can find other cool decks and watch them in action below in this week's War Report, starting with smawatts' own "Orbosition" deck.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (wait for more in the following weeks, pending technical developments), courtesy of the amazingDeck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 12, 2014):

 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. Gq1rf7's Vampires, $4.38, 2nd place on Event 188
  9. arcbounddaylabor's Goblins, $4.46, 1st place on Event 111
  10. Coolcat1678's Elves, $5.13, 2nd place on Event 149

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

by Smawatts

 So, last time I played Myr and they didn't do that well; lots of deck-building errors combined with poor match-ups lead to an 0-2 finish (well, 1-2 if you count the bye). I wanted to give the little robot men another chance to prove themselves to me this time. Rather than trying to make Stax work, I went with Static Orb/Opposition. An old prison-style deck that I enjoyed since when Winter Orb was my favorite card back at the lunch tables in mid-Nineties.

 Heres's the Deck Tech:

 Round 1: Against pfirpfel with Centaur. As is the way of the Myr, there are some things they really can't beat, and a ramp deck is going to be the thing this deck can't beat without Propaganda. Propaganda is the only way to really affect a deck that can generate absurd amounts of mana from one or two permanents.

 Round 2: Against DrDrJ with Fungus. Fungus was a problem I had not even considered when building the deck. Faced with all those free tokens, without any evasive creature or at least a Myr Battlesphere to just force some damage through, I really had very little in the way of winning, beyond grinding the game out until he timed out. I love this deck conceptually and it makes me scratch my chin and think about a Fungus-based "Orbosition" deck. Opposition plus Mycoloth sounds fun.

 Round 3: Against milegyenanevem with Archon. I love top heavy decks, I have a certain irrational fondness for 7-drops. I have to admit I was a little tilted after game one having lost 5 games in a row, but I am glad I didn't let it get to me too much.

 Round 4: Against SekKuar Deathkeeper with Horror. Another deck loaded with really cool cards like Phyrexian Obliterator and Chasm Skulker, which when combined with Brainstorm makes for a big play. I had some very good topdecks in this match, which caused my opponent to trip into the lock, but really good games otherwise.


 Just to remind you of a few things:


 Cockatrice Wants You! And Badger, too! Be the first to win a match with freshly promoted to tribes Cockatrice or Badger 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 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. And of course this will happen only as soon as the Changelings will work on V4 as promised.

 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 5 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):

  • 4.36 (Week 193 BE), on September 13: Regular Tribal (just plain old Legacy Tribal Wars)
  • 4.37 (Week 194 BE), on September 20: Tribal Kaleidoscope (only multicolored cards and lands)
  • 4.38 (Week 195 BE), on September 27: Pure Tribal (no off-tribe creatures, complete rules here)
  • 4.39 (Week 196 BE), on October 4: Tribal Underdog (only Underdog Tribes allowed)

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2014!

Vote for your favorite Human on the Topdeck Awards!