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Apr 24 2015 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

 As the final countdown for Tempest Remastered approaches, we might start wondering which of these reprints will impact Legacy and especially Tribal Wars the most (Wasteland apart, of course). What I mean, particularly when I think of Tribal Apocalypse, is: will we see more Intuition-based decks now? I just know I sold my Intuitions long ago, and I might want to have them back if the price will be reasonable. But will it be? And what's a reasonable price for this kind of power card of old? We have a couple weeks left to ponder these questions.




  • Event Number: 5.15, Week 224 BE
  • Date: April 18
  • Attendance: 18
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: ML_Berlin (Soldier)
  • 1 Loss: DrunkenSailor15 (Merfolk), Sagratho (Goblin), Michelle_Wong (Elemental), High_T (Zombie), Lordpipas (Human)
  • Tribes: Beast (x2), Dragon (x2), Elemental (x2), Goblin (x3), Human, Knight, Merfolk, Sliver, Soldier, Vampire, Wizard, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 ML_Berlin did it again! After just one month since his second career win, he made them three, this time shifting from Human to Soldier (4th time at the top ever for a tribe that so often gets overlooked in favor of their parent tribe), plus some Knights to boot (Riders of Gavony remain very strong in the meta). Congrats!


 This was a Regular event with no Elves (yay!) and a number of interesting decks. For instance, this Wizard concoction by former #1 Player Robin88, who pitches the tribe as a shell for a sort of affinity deck, with Trinket Mage as the figurehead of a 1-mana artifact toolbox. Robin's singleton style at its best, featuring a variety of different solutions backed up by a strong digging capability.


 Unfortunately, the deck didn't end in the money, and so was the destiny of AJ_Impy's one, but surely a list of mono-green Dragons deserves a shout out.


 The plan here is to ramp with Krosan Verge, Search for Tomorrow and Frontier Siege (whose later occurrences can be set to Dragons mode), then use Drop of Honey (so old school!) to stabilize the board in Dragons' favor. The all-green draconic team warrants full showcase. From left to right, older to newer (Steel Hellkite is, of course, the 5th one):


 Intriguing fact: All three these decks, including the winner, have a 62 cards count. Robin88 once said that he likes to push his lists to the maximum number of cards allowed before needing an additional creature (since Tribal Wars asks for one third of creatures, rounded down), in order to increase his chances of drawing into non-tribal stuff, and now it seems that others have adopted the same strategy, albeit possibly for different reasons.

 Finally, let's feature a deck that did, in fact, perform quite well: the 16-one-drops Zombies by High_T. The interaction Carrion Feeder/Gravecrawler is not exploited often enough.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of April 24, 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.

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

  • 5.16 (Week 225 BE), on April 25: Pure
  • 5.17 (Week 226 BE), on May 2: Underdog
  • 5.18 (Week 227 BE), on May 9: Regular
  • 5.19 (Week 228 BE), on May 16: Singleton

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!