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May 01 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

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by Kumagoro

 Purification ahoy! This time our Pure Tribal end-of-moth format, which lately had seen pretty fair decks at the top, was hit hard by the Purification Process, with two significant cards reaching the ban list: Inkmoth Nexus, out of the latest, successful Elf infect deck; and Hymn to Tourach, from a Vampire deck strengthened by a discard theme. I was actually not so sure about the latter, since the Nexus is a key card in infect/all-in strategies, and the Elves are the tribe that exploits that approach the most, but Vampire doesn't immediately spell "discard.dek", their success didn't strictly depend on that kind of support, and Vampire in general aren't a dominant force in Pure. Still, the Hymn is a hated power card from ancient, broken times, and in the end, Pure should be the format where you win in a fair tribe vs. tribe clash, and not because of some way-too-powerful effect that contemporary Magic doesn't even allow anymore. So both the poisoned Nexus and the Hymn, off they go from Pure events.


 In other news, this is the month where I finally take the time to interview the reigning Tribal Champions, romellos and MisterMojoRising. I'm starting the process as we speak: today's Labor Day, so I'll labor!

 And I know those Modern Masters 2 spoilers got you excited, so let's get excited together.


 These are clearly all cards needed to "medicate" the entry price of the Modern format (WotC really cares about it like parents with a child), but Tribal Wars surely doesn't disdain the chance of partaking in the general aftermath of a new, hopefully large repopulation of formerly expensive, widely played rares like Noble Hierarch, Fulminator Mage, Spellskite, and Dark Confidant. Human, Elemental, Shaman, Horror and Wizard are really thankful for this.


  • Event Number: 5.16, Week 225 BE
  • Date: April 25
  • Attendance: 18
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Pure
  • Winner: romellos (Elf)
  • Other undefeated: Slagel79 (Vampire)
  • 1 Loss: ML_Berlin (Elf), milegyenanevem (Warrior), Robin88 (Human)
  • Underdog Prize: Generalissimo (Rat)
  • Tribes: Angel, Beast (x2), Cat, Elemental, Elf (x2), Faerie, Golem, Human (x3), Rat, Sliver, Vampire (x2), Warrior, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Speaking of romellos, here he is, back after a leave of absence, and ready to win events and cause the banning of cards again. Truth be told, a first place of this kind of Elf list was overdue. I actually hope for another one, so we can purify Invigorate, Berserk or Glistener Elf, too.


 And this is Slagel79's Vampire build, with all the best discard (so far) available, and a bit of a balance between fast aggro (Vampire Lacerator) and midrange (Olivia Voldaren).


 Another old Tribal Apocalypse aficionado who wasn't around much lately was fliebana, who comes back while also revisiting a classic tribe that has fallen a bit out of fashion in recent years, despite new strong additions like the very underrated Fleecemane Lion. I'm talking of Cats, of course.


 Wild association corner: fliebana is Spanish, but when I think of him, I'm always reminded of another longtime tribal player, also not seen in a while: Nagarjuna, who's German. And what cats and Germany remind me of is of a wonderful, little known, German animated movie called Felidae, which uses feline characters to tell a gritty noir murder story. And it's entirely available on YouTube with English subtitles. Highly suggested.

 Moving on with a different kind of association, here's another glorious all-time classic: Golem. A tribe that everyone immediately, and rightfully, associates with Cloudpost (fun fact: did you know that Urzatron has actually better chances to generate 7 mana by turn 3 than 16-Post? In both cases, you'll need three specific lands – the three Urza lands vs. Cloudpost+Vesuva+Glimmerpost – but in the Post case, you have to play them in that exact order, and you only generate a grand total of 2 mana in the previous 2 turns, whereas Urzatron can activate an Expedition Map as early as turn 2). In pfirpfel's build, the ramp into big, colorless Golems and planeswalkers is assisted by the always nifty Crop Rotation, and there's also a plan to fetch a single Crystal Quarry to make use of Etched Monstrosity. It probably doesn't work very consistently, but it surely is a beautiful strategy. I mean, Etched Monstrosity is such a siren call.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 1st, 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):

  • 5.17 (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
  • 5.20 (Week 229 BE), on May 23: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2015!

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