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  3. Announcement Time!
  4. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 The union between Tribal Wars and Commander is a tricky one. But certainly fascinating: which tribes are good enough (and keep in mind that we won't accept Human, Wizard, Elf and Goblin: too easy, mate) to field 33 different members of their kind? What results is a veritable parade of the cream of the crop for the chosen tribes, which sort of gives us the state of things at that particular tribal home.

 For instance, from the decks entered in last week's event, we can have our finger on the pulse of some truly archetypal Magic tribes, like Angel or Demon. Which reminds me how both Angelpedia and Demonpedia are due for an update by now. So by the time you'll next click on those links, you'll probably see one. For now, you can look at a chosen 33-strong army for both of them in the lists showcased or linked below.


The very latest additions to the mentioned tribes, both with a Commander-only ability. See? Topical!

 Before moving on, I'd like to remind everyone of something that should be generally always checked after a new set is released, but can be particularly relevant for Tribal players. I'm talking of Matt Tabak's periodic updates to the Oracle wordings (the old archive is here, the new archive, post-redesign is here). It's something that can easily go unnoticed among the many, many stuff Wizards puts on the mothership, but it's sometimes crucial, like when, back in the Born of the Gods edition, Goblin Warchief was inducted into the Warrior tribe. As soon as a new set comes out, we must always check if Matt changed something of relevance (he'll have certainly changed something). If anything, it's really interesting to see how the finer logic behind the card wordings work, and Matt often makes fun of himself when he has to go back on a previous decision (like what happened with Reconnaissance in the M15 edition), which is also the proof that some segments of WotC do indeed listen to public outcries when they're rational and to the point. Just saying.


  • Event Number: 4.46, Week 203 BE
  • Date: November 22
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Commander
  • Winner: Gonzzy (Angel)
  • Finalists: Gq1rf7 (Beast), DrDrJ (Druid), romellos (Soldier)
  • Karona Prize: Gonzzy (Angel), marcuskane (Elephant)
  • Tribes: Angel, Beast, Demon, Druid, Elemental, Elephant, Soldier (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, not a lot of people showed up to play Tribal Commander, but we still had enough to create two fully-manned tables. After two rounds, all the table winners faced in a final table for the prizes. First came, in order of success, this  all-star Angel deck piloted by Gonzzy yet designed by the ingénieur AJ_Impy (who, fittingly, was playing this Demon list, instead).

by Gonzzy - 1st place
Tribal Base
1 Adarkar Valkyrie
1 Akroma, Angel of Wrath
1 Angel of Despair
1 Angel of Glory's Rise
1 Angel of Jubilation
1 Angel of Serenity
1 Angelic Skirmisher
1 Avacyn, Angel of Hope
1 Baneslayer Angel
1 Basandra, Battle Seraph
1 Blinding Angel
1 Deathless Angel
1 Emeria Angel
1 Exalted Angel
1 Firemane Avenger
1 Guardian Seraph
1 Herald of War
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
1 Iridescent Angel
1 Jenara, Asura of War
1 Karmic Guide
1 Lightning Angel
1 Magister of Worth
1 Malach of the Dawn
1 Platinum Angel
1 Radiant, Archangel
1 Resolute Archangel
1 Reya Dawnbringer
1 Serra Avenger
1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
1 Stoic Angel
1 Sunblast Angel
1 Voice of All
1 Magus of the Disk
33 cards

Other Cards
1 Akroma's Vengeance
1 Astral Cornucopia
1 Austere Command
1 Catastrophe
1 Council's Judgment
1 Day of Judgment
1 Detention Sphere
1 Evangelize
1 Exile
1 Gift of Estates
1 Gilded Lotus
1 Journey to Nowhere
1 Mass Calcify
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Path to Exile
1 Predator, Flagship
1 Prophetic Prism
1 Sol Ring
1 Soul Snare
1 Sunscour
1 Supreme Verdict
1 Suspension Field
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Terminus
1 Unstable Obelisk
1 Winds of Rath
1 Worn Powerstone
1 Wrath of God
29 cards
13 Plains
1 Ancient Amphitheater
1 Ancient Ziggurat
1 Cathedral of War
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Emeria, the Sky Ruin
1 Forbidden Orchard
1 Godless Shrine
1 Grasslands
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Isolated Chapel
1 Krosan Verge
1 Mystifying Maze
1 Plateau
1 Savannah
1 Scrubland
1 Seraph Sanctuary
1 Temple Garden
1 Tundra
1 Vault of the Archangel
1 Vivid Crag
1 Vivid Creek
1 Vivid Grove
1 Vivid Marsh
1 Vivid Meadow
37 cards

1 Karona, False God
1 cards
Karona, False God


 Putting Karona (one of the "universal commanders", along with Cromat, Sakashima the Impostor, and Mistform Ultimus) at the helm allowed for 5-color Angels, which makes this list awe-inducing indeed. Plus, Karona, who was worth a prize on her own because it takes guts to field her in Tribal, actually allowed for some nasty, angelic alpha strikes out of the blue during the games.

 And could you believe this is the first time a veteran like Gonzzy won an event? It's fitting that it happened in a Commander format, since he's a great and successful Commander player. It's also only the second win for the Angel tribe (the first dates back to September 2011, when AJ_Impy himself piloted the winged beauties to the top), which puts them on par with the Demons. Midrange (or later) is not an easy world.

 The other three finalists: Beast by Gq1rf7.

by Gq1rf7 - Finalist
Tribal Base
1 Arc-Slogger
1 Aura Gnarlid
1 Cliffrunner Behemoth
1 Cystbearer
1 Fangren Pathcutter
1 Feral Hydra
1 Garruk's Horde
1 Garruk's Packleader
1 Ghor-Clan Rampager
1 Gruul Ragebeast
1 Hystrodon
1 Indrik Stomphowler
1 Kalonian Behemoth
1 Krosan Tusker
1 Krosan Warchief
1 Leatherback Baloth
1 Meglonoth
1 Mold Shambler
1 Paleoloth
1 Primal Huntbeast
1 Rakeclaw Gargantuan
1 Rampaging Baloths
1 Ravenous Baloth
1 Realm Razer
1 Skarrg Goliath
1 Spearbreaker Behemoth
1 Spellbreaker Behemoth
1 Tephraderm
1 Terra Stomper
1 Thragtusk
1 Ursapine
1 Vagrant Plowbeasts
1 Woolly Thoctar
33 cards

Other Cards
1 Armadillo Cloak
1 Asceticism
1 Blasphemous Act
1 Boar Umbra
1 Cultivate
1 Day of Judgment
1 Defense of the Heart
1 Epic Proportions
1 Explosive Vegetation
1 Farseek
1 Gift of Estates
1 Journey of Discovery
1 Journeyer's Kite
1 Keen Sense
1 Kodama's Reach
1 Master Warcraft
1 Nature's Lore
1 Phyrexian Rebirth
1 Runes of the Deus
1 Scourge of the Nobilis
1 Seek the Horizon
1 Shield of the Oversoul
1 Skullclamp
1 Spirit Mantle
1 Sprout Swarm
1 Tooth and Nail
1 Unflinching Courage
1 Wirewood Savage
28 cards
14 Forest
4 Plains
2 Mountain
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Clifftop Retreat
1 Contested Cliffs
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Fungal Reaches
1 Jungle Shrine
1 Kessig Wolf Run
1 Mosswort Bridge
1 Rootbound Crag
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Saltcrusted Steppe
1 Stomping Ground
1 Sunpetal Grove
1 Temple Garden
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Yavimaya Hollow
38 cards

1 Uril, the Miststalker
1 cards
Uril, the Miststalker


 Druid by DrDrJ (this deck made me add Omnath, Locus of Mana as an option of alternative commander for the Druid tribe, because, the Druids being led by the embodiment of mana? Makes sense).


 And finally, romellos, closer and closer to the seasonal first place, this time thanks to these thirty-three Soldiers and their captain's fetching power.

by romellos - Finalist
Tribal Base
1 Aegis of the Gods
1 Archetype of Courage
1 Ballyrush Banneret
1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
1 Burrenton Bombardier
1 Captain of the Watch
1 Cenn's Tactician
1 Champion of the Parish
1 Commander Eesha
1 Darien, King of Kjeldor
1 Daru Warchief
1 Dauntless Escort
1 Dawnbringer Charioteers
1 Enlistment Officer
1 Fabled Hero
1 Field Marshal
1 Gideon's Avenger
1 Herald of Anafenza
1 High Sentinels of Arashin
1 Intrepid Hero
1 Kor Aeronaut
1 Kor Firewalker
1 Lieutenant Kirtar
1 Loxodon Gatekeeper
1 Loxodon Smiter
1 Major Teroh
1 Odric, Master Tactician
1 Precinct Captain
1 Preeminent Captain
1 Soltari Champion
1 Soltari Emissary
1 Steelshaper Apprentice
1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
33 cards

Other Cards
1 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
1 Aura Shards
1 Baneslayer Angel
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Enlightened Tutor
1 Gaddock Teeg
1 Heliod, God of the Sun
1 Jazal Goldmane
1 Land Tax
1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Sigarda, Host of Herons
1 Sol Ring
1 Spear of Heliod
1 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Stonehewer Giant
1 Sun Titan
1 Survival of the Fittest
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Sword of Light and Shadow
1 Sword of War and Peace
1 Sylvan Library
1 Umezawa's Jitte
1 Yisan, the Wanderer Bard
25 cards
8 Plains
1 Arid Mesa
1 Blossoming Sands
1 Brushland
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Command Tower
1 Dust Bowl
1 Eiganjo Castle
1 Forest
1 Gaea's Cradle
1 Gavony Township
1 Graypelt Refuge
1 Kor Haven
1 Krosan Verge
1 Marsh Flats
1 Mosswort Bridge
1 New Benalia
1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
1 Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers
1 Razorverge Thicket
1 Reflecting Pool
1 Savannah
1 Selesnya Guildgate
1 Selesnya Sanctuary
1 Stirring Wildwood
1 Sunpetal Grove
1 Tarnished Citadel
1 Temple Garden
1 Temple of Plenty
1 Treetop Village
1 Windbrisk Heights
1 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Bastion
1 Yavimaya Hollow
41 cards

1 Captain Sisay
1 cards
Captain Sisay



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 27, 2014):

 Now, who said Commander decks cost a lot?

 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. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  4. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
  5. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
  6. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  7. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147
  8. Trickerie's Golems, $4.31, 1st place on Event 138
  9. Gq1rf7's Vampires, $4.38, 2nd place on Event 188
  10. arcbounddaylabor's Goblins, $4.46, 1st place on Event 111

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


 Just to remind you of a few things:


 Cockatrice Wants You! And Badger, too! Be the first to win a match with these new eligible tribes and you'll win a 1-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. 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 fourth quarter of 2014. The quarter will end December 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 at least 1 match and at least a total of 3 games 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. The current card is... Kusari-Gama! 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):

  • 4.47 (Week 204 BE), on November 29: Pure
  • 4.48 (Week 205 BE), on December 6: Underdog
  • 4.49 (Week 206 BE), on December 13: Regular
  • 4.50 (Week 207 BE), on December 20: Regular with no Elf and Goblin!

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2014!

Vote for your favorite Goblin on the Topdeck Awards!



I only caught the finals by Paul Leicht at Fri, 11/28/2014 - 22:08
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I only caught the finals table after Romellos was about to die, so I never really knew what his tribe was or who his commander was. Surprising choice imho, but fitting. I did get to watch Gonzzy pilot AJ's monstrosity to victory after that and every time he played another piece on his way to victory I was like...these guys are not killing him? And they did try. Avacyn + Platinum Angel by themselves held off the hordes. Predator Flagship (a staple in AJ's roster) accounted well for itself. I don't recall all the plays but it was like watching clock work. Tight and inevitable.

Schedule question: What's with the regular event with elves and goblins banned?

It's to avoid back to back by Tribal Apocalypse at Sat, 11/29/2014 - 12:50
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It's to avoid back to back regular events, which might get annoyingly repetitive.

Ah why not schedule an actual by Paul Leicht at Sat, 11/29/2014 - 13:04
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Ah why not schedule an actual irregular event?

Too many, they're giving by Tribal Apocalypse at Sun, 11/30/2014 - 11:46
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Too many, they're giving diminishing returns.
It was originally a K-Scope event, was overruled because of boredom.

Seems like Scylla and by Paul Leicht at Sun, 11/30/2014 - 12:18
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Seems like Scylla and Charybdis there.

This seems like a pretty good by longtimegone at Tue, 12/02/2014 - 05:41
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This seems like a pretty good middle ground to me. It kicks out enough of the major players to make for a very different meta, but is not so restrictive that the average person will need to build a deck just for the event.

To me it just seems like by Paul Leicht at Tue, 12/02/2014 - 07:20
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To me it just seems like vanilla Tribal with some nod to the fact that people mostly bring easy buttons when they can.

I'm surprised Human is still by AJ_Impy at Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:04
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I'm surprised Human is still an option.

Yeah Humans are pretty by Paul Leicht at Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:14
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Yeah Humans are pretty versatile for sure. I expect there to be plenty in place of the elves and goblins.