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May 15 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. The Unhallowed
  4. Announcement Time!
  5. What's Next

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

by Kumagoro

 Tempest Remastered is here, Modern Masters 2015 is just a week away, so this is a very good moment to buy those power cards you always wanted but could never afford!

Yeah, I'm not sure this thing will ever belong to the category "affordable", anyway.

 The general earthquake in the prices comes at a particular good juncture for Tribal Apocalypse, because... this week Tribal Singleton is back! So you can finally add that power card you always wanted to your parade of single copies! There will be only another Singleton event this year, on August 15 (the only other month with five Saturdays is October, and that's when we'll do the traditional Halloween event), so carpe diem, Singleton enthusiast!


  • Event Number: 5.18, Week 227 BE
  • Date: May 9
  • Attendance: 17
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Chamale (Horror)
  • Other undefeated: Ranth (Cat)
  • 1 Loss: m4vis (Faerie), Generalissimo (Ally), ScionOfJustice (Wizard)
  • Tribes: Ally, Angel, Berserker, Cat, Elemental, Faerie, Horror, Human (x5), Vampire, Wizard (x2), Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Two legendary players were back from retirement last week, and they made their presence felt, and very strongly so: both undefeated! And both with their favorite, signature lists. I'm talking master combo artist Chamale, with his fearsome manaless dredge Horrors...


 ...and one of the greatest kings of aggro, Ranth, with his Cats. Cats have been considerably less played once Ranth (and to a lesser extent DirtyDuck) stopped showing up around here regularly.


 For the rest, m4vis is back with his Unhallowed chronicles, that you'll find below. This time he was playing High Tide combo with Faeries. A deck I liked a lot was Generalissimo's Ally build, because it was a perfect marriage of linear aggro, since that's what Allies do, and flashy combo, because most Allies care for Angel of Glory's Rise – and vice versa. I like how Magus of the Disk sets up the big graveyard surge while simultaneously wiping the board, and then comes back, in case you need to do it again. Plus, it's a $3.00 deck!


 And of course, AJ_Impy's concoctions rarely don't deserve a place around here, to teach and inspire. This week, it was a very stylish Human deck where every Human is Dragon-related. Except Magus of the Moon, but hey, it fits them enough, and this is a mono-red deck, after all (this was a good week for the Magi). I especially love how well Brood Keeper combos with Ghitu Firebreathing.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 15, 2015):

  • Chamale's Horrors: $64.36
  • Ranth's Cats: $83.64
  • Generalissimo's Allies: $3.01
  • AJ_Impy's Humans: $120.36

 I'm pretty sure Ranth's list was a $300+ deck back in 2011. Times, they are a-changin'.

 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.

by m4vis


 Hey there! So, this week I decided to try something a bit different. I am always looking for new angles and I have had my eye on High Tide combo for a while now. Faerie's seemed the optimal tribe to use due to the recursion and synergy, particularly with Cloud of Faeries. I also realized that with Cloudstone Curio I would have an infinite mana combo as well as an infinite casting combo to use with Brain Freeze. The problem was the deck was so tight between combo and card draw that there was no room for counter magic, so I had to cross my fingers and rely uniquely on Spellstutter Sprite. I recorded these 2 matches (Round 2 against MisterMojoRising's Elementals; Round 3 against  AJ_Impy's Drago-Humans; I got a bye in Round 1 and lost to Ranth's Cats in Round 4) because they display all the ways this deck can win. I only lost the final match to Ranth's solid aggro deck, such is the nature of the beast when playing a combo deck. Enjoy!


 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):

  • 5.19 (Week 228 BE), on May 16: Singleton
  • 5.20 (Week 229 BE), on May 23: Regular
  • 5.21 (Week 230 BE), on May 30: Pure
  • 5.22 (Week 231 BE), on June 6: Underdog

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!