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Apr 03 2015 12:32pm
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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

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by Kumagoro

 We finally did it: Goblin Lackey has been sent back to where he came from, the ban list! Pure Tribal was the last place where he was still playable, but now a Goblin list that included him ended undefeated, so the Purification Process did its job, and bye bye Lackey, bye bye brokenness, hello coziness, I think I'm gonna play.

I know I had brought him back myself, but I'm happy to say "good riddance!" now.

 On other news, the Dragons of Tarkir cards are already available on Gatherling (remember to check my evaluation here). I'm somehow looking forward to build a Wall deck (or even a Human defender-based deck) with Assault Formation. Hey, at least it won't be Wall-drazi! A new identity for the good old Walls!


  • Event Number: 5.12, Week 221 BE
  • Date: March 28
  • Attendance: 22
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Pure
  • Winner: mihahitlor (Goblin)
  • 1 Loss: ML_Berlin (Goblin), DrunkenSailor15 Scarecrow, Yokai_ (Beast), Gonzzy (Sphinx), Luc3k (Human), Golden_Lin (Sliver)
  • Underdog Prize: Gonzzy (Sphinx)
  • Tribes: Ape, Beast, Demon, Elemental, Elf, Faerie, Goblin (x4), Human (x2), Merfolk, Phoenix, Scarecrow, Shaman, Sliver, Specter, Sphinx, Vampire, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, here's the Goblin list that liberated us from the scourge of first turn Lackeys, courtesy of mihahitlor, at his second seasonal win.


 And while Gonzzy keeps doing well with his Cloudpost-fueled Sphinges, despite my doubts concerning such greedy colored requirements, let's have a look at three other tribes that are consistently ending at the top places of the Pure events, and see which one card would they lose first to the Purification Process, the moment they actually ended undefeated. Starting with the Scarecrows, here piloted by DrunkenSailor15.


 Of course the card here is Painter's Servant, aka the other half of the Painter/Grindstone combo, the dirty bomb of the Scarecrow army. It's a nasty combo that's native of the tribe, and it'll be both the key to a possible undefeated result, and the one dangerous toy they would lose as soon as they got there (probably in the form of a ban of Grindstone, since the Servant itself is not that problematic).

 Next, the Beasts and their Restore Balance act, as played here by Yokai_.


 Another case of a tribesmember running amok in comboland: Greater Gargadon. This one would be probably the target, since it doesn't do much in a list that doesn't aim to balance the board away into nothingness. By the way, could you believe that this is a combo deck that's only worth $1.72? In general, I notice the price of successful tribal builds is severely decreasing lately, with very few top decks costing more than $100.

 Finally, the Slivers (which are going to get a layout restyling thanks to Tempest Remastered!). They are a favorite of Golden_Lin, and they are as linear as it gets, so picking one to purify would be hard, but I think I'd go with Predatory Sliver first. The 8 two-drop lords are what generates the deadly explosiveness of their early turns.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of April 3, 2015):

 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 first quarter of 2015. The quarter will end June 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 Achievements (sponsored by AJ_Impy and vantar6697): Unlock the greatest number of Achievements from this list and AJ and vantar will grant you 10 tix per quarter! The current quarter will end June 27. Players with the same number of achievements will split the prize. 10 more tix will be given at the end of the year to that whole season's Achievement Master. Good luck!

 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):

  • 5.13 (Week 222 BE), on April 4: Underdog
  • 5.14 (Week 223 BE), on April 11: Regular
  • 5.15 (Week 224 BE), on April 18: Regular
  • 5.16 (Week 225 BE), on April 25: Pure

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2015!

Vote for your favorite First Striker on the Topdeck Awards!



I think the reason why the by ScionOfJustice at Fri, 04/03/2015 - 18:22
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I think the reason why the successful decks have been costing less is just due to the fact that MTGOTraders changed their pricing structure.