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Dec 18 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. Announcement Time!
  4. What's Next

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

by Kumagoro

 Quick edition this time, just to remind you that this week's event (the penultimate of the year! Whoo!) will be a regular event with a twist: no Elf or Goblin cards are allowed. This means no card with the Elf type, no card with the Goblin type. Which in turn means no Coiling Oracle in a Snake deck, no Goblin Bushwhacker in a Warrior deck. Understood? Well, even if you didn't, the filter on Gatherling is active and kicking, so you'll be told what's wrong as soon as something wrong is entered. Merry No Elf No Goblin week!


As said in the room, Elves and Goblins are busy because of Christmas.

 Also, former Tribal Apocalypse host Flippers_Giraffe was back with an article this week. Never forget!


  • Event Number: 4.49, Week 206 BE
  • Date: December 13
  • Attendance: 18
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Golden_Lin (Sliver)
  • 1 Loss: MisterMojoRising (Goblin), ScionOfJustice (Elemental), AJ_Impy (Golem), mihahitlor (Knight), romellos (Kor)
  • Underdog Prize: m4vis (Skeleton)
  • Tribes: Angel (x2), Beast, Elemental, Goblin (x3), Golem, Human, Knight, Kor, Myr, Pegasus, Shaman, Skeleton, Sliver, Treefolk, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Congratulations to Golden_Lin (the player formerly known as Edison_88luckyplayer) for bringing the 1st place back to Taiwan, thanks to his beloved Slivers! (Now with considerably more proper dual lands).


 Skipping directly past the Top 4 (with a salute to reigning Ultimate Champion AJ_Impy, who's done back to back Cloudpost builds with these Golems), I want to feature this Kor deck by (already established Player of the Year) romellos, just because it marks the Tribal Apocalypse debut of the Stoneforge Walker, Nahiri.


 An interesting deck, especially in a week where I was also playing Angels (with very poor results), was Winter.Wolf's Angel of Glory's Rise/Ashes of the Fallen combo, powered by, whoa, full sets of both Cabal Coffers and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth (that's something you don't see often in Angels). The interaction between the combo, Magister of Worth and Angel of Serenity is tricky at times, but it's a real beauty when it goes off.


 Confused about what all those different Angels (and a Demon!) do? Consult the freshly updated Angelpedia (and Demonpedia!)

 Finally, a shout-out to a new player, Nebulousbane, with this cool Zombie build that, besides mentioning Z Nation, put the enchantment Zombies from Theros to good effect. Well, it beat me, at least (and apparently, only me. Boy, I was terrible this week).



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of December 18, 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. 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):

  • 4.50 (Week 207 BE), on December 20: Regular: No Elves & Goblins
  • 4.51 (Week 208 BE), on December 27: Pure

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 really like AJ & Winter by ScionOfJustice at Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:18
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I really like AJ & Winter Wolf's Angel creation but I think it needs more reanimation and less control. Also, wft is Ob Nixilis doing in there? No thank you.

It is a frankenstein of ideas by Paul Leicht at Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:08
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It is a frankenstein of ideas we threw backnforth. Not sure how Ob Nix made the final cut but it was due to something at the time. The control elements were very helpful but living death might have been better. Thanks for your input. :)

How about Sheoldred? by AJ_Impy at Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:42
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How about Sheoldred?

Yeah Sheoldred is a better by Paul Leicht at Thu, 12/18/2014 - 21:13
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Yeah Sheoldred is a better target for sure.

Sheoldred is the best target by ScionOfJustice at Fri, 12/19/2014 - 02:15
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Sheoldred is the best target in my reanimator decks.