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May 29 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. Show and Tell
  4. Announcement Time!
  5. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 One thing that always impresses me about Tribal Apocalypse is how unpredictable the meta is. For instance, in last week's regular event there were no Goblins and just one Elf, and of the six Human decks entered, only one ended up in the money. This makes impossible to fully prepare for an event: you put a full set of Kor Firewalker in there, and there's no RDW to beat; you bring along anti-graveyard stuff, and you don't face a single graveyard-based deck. Frustrating, but also keeping the environment always fresh.

 Also worth noting is how little these lists cost in actual dollars these days. Take Generalissimo's deck, for example, a perfectly acceptable, dual-colored Human brew with a specific theme; and yet it set his owner back of less than a couple bucks. Of course it could use some better, more Legacy-friendly mana base. But even if we added playsets of both Tundra and Flooded Strand, we wouldn't exceed the 60-65 tix range, which is hardly what a Legacy deck requires, and especially used to require until a couple years ago.


  • Event Number: 5.20, Week 229 BE
  • Date: May 23
  • Attendance: 19
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: The_Sensei (Shaman)
  • Other undefeated: Golden_Lin (Sliver)
  • 1 Loss: Robin88 (Human), henthoca (Spirit), ScionOfJustice (Elf)
  • Underdog Prize: ChNidox (Wolf), vantar6697 (Artificer)
  • Tribes: Artificer, Druid, Elf, Human (x6), Shaman (x3), Sliver, Spirit (x2), Vampire, Wolf, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 We have a first time winner to celebrate, The_Sensei from Portland, OR, self-defined "100-card singleton aficionado". Shaman and Birthing Pod (all hail the Pod!) proved to be all that was needed for his first winning strike, stopping even veteran Golden_Lin's deadly Slivers


 And here's another first timer, henthoca from Texas, reaching Top 4 with this Spirit build. It's a manaless build that's inherently different from classic dredge decks based around Horrors. Here, the engine exploits the Spirit's abilities to provide mana directly from your hand and tutor for things. The endgame seems to be about emptying your library via Balustrade Spy or Undercity Informer, for a Laboratory Maniac win. But there's more in there, including Iname as One (which, it should be noted, doesn't work with Dread Return, so it's all Moxen and Rituals to make it happen) and Storm Spirit, whose role I can't fathom. 


 I mentioned Generalissimo's Human deck, and here it is, in all its flicker glory. 


 This looks like a very fun build, doesn't it? And so does vantar6697's one-thousand-combos Artificer concoction. To the point I couldn't resist to feature a full replay of the two of them facing each other during a brilliant game, courtesy of vantar6697. Thank you, vantar! 



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 29, 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. 



 And here's the two funniest decks of the week, battling each other: with the combolicious Artificers, vantar6697; with the flickering Humans, Generalissimo. Enjoy a very amusing game.


 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):

  • 5.21 (Week 230 BE), on May 30: Pure
  • 5.22 (Week 231 BE), on June 6: Underdog
  • 5.23 (Week 232 BE), on June 13: Regular
  • 5.24 (Week 233 BE), on June 20: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2015!

Vote for your favorite ETB Creature on the Topdeck Awards!



Thanks Kugamaro!100 Card by Sensei at Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:27
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Thanks Kumagoro!

100 Card Singleton is run every Friday at 5PM EDT