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Jun 05 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

 What's the secret for a successful build? Eh, wish I knew. My modus operandi for choosing a deck for the event at hand (when I don't just hastily select a legal one because I didn't put much thought on it) is mostly about not playing something I had already played of late. And then playing something, be it a tribe or card or mechanic, that I think I'll have fun playing. Elemental – the green, midrange variety, not the very powerful monored one – fulfilled all the requirements, so that's what I played last week, not thinking it could actually do much of anything: too slow, too dorky, in a sub-format where a lot of linear aggro strategies still remain untouched by the Purification process.

This guy in particular was still around. Emphasis on the past tense.

 To my surprise, my Titania-lead list started smashing opponents down with a very powerful mid game. I guess I should thank the fact that green Elementals have received several new great members lately.


I consider Generator Servant a green guy ad honorem, because which other color would ever need him?


  • Event Number: 5.21, Week 230 BE
  • Date: May 30
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pure
  • Winner: romellos (Merfolk)
  • Other undefeated: _Kumagoro_ (Elemental)
  • 1 Loss: EndofDays (Zombie), Generalissimo (Spirit), milegyenanevem (Fish), AJ_Impy (Construct), ScionOfJustice (Rat)
  • Underdog Prize: milegyenanevem (Fish)
  • Tribes: Construct, Elemental, Elf, Fish, Goblin, Human, Merfolk, Rat, Sliver, Spirit, Warrior, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, the day of my almost 2nd win of the year, it ended up being romellos's 4th instead – and 26th in total, so he's back at the all-time top place for events won. Here's the Merfolk list that had True-Name Nemesis banned in Pure events, at last. So, these days Merfolk splashes green for Collected Company, uh? Makes sense. 


 And this is my Elemental list, discussed below in this week's Show and Tell (that also sees AJ_Impy's Constructs as a special guest). 


 Generalissimo is a very talented (and frugal) deckbuilder, and this Spirit concoction of his is another great example: enchantments matter, and how. 


 Finally, the Underdog Prize of the week is Fish, by milegyenanevem. And you know when Fish show up, I can't help but feature them. Especially when they end in the money, even if mostly due to Jace, the Mind Sculptor's help.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 5, 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. 



 Green Elementals have more or less an established team at this point: Omnath, Locus of Mana, Vengevine, Titania, Protector of Argoth and Whisperwood Elemental are all too good to pass, although I only played 3 copies of each of the latter two, not to overdo the 5-mana slot too much. Still, it's a lot of high midrange territory, and that's where Generator Servant comes to help accelerate a bit (Omnath also has that role, on top of being a superlative finisher on its own). I complete the lineup with a favorite of mine, Forgotten Ancient, which might not be everyone's cup of tea (it starts as a 0-powered guy for 4 mana, after all), but as you can see from the replays below, it usually gets scary fast.

 Both him and Omnath really want to have trample, so Nylea, God of the Hunt seems like a given here, especially in a deck that's almost mono-green, meaning one where she partakes in the bashing more often than not (I might scale down the number of copies to 2, though). The crucial non-green component, besides Generator Servant, are the sweepers, both fully capable of erasing my opponent's board without affecting my side at all.


 I rounded up the removal suite with a couple of all-purpose spells in the form of Song of the Dryads, which is flavorful AND powerful.

On to the games. Round 1 I faced Deonmag with his Zombies. Both games were very close. In game 1 he rapidly brings me down to 3, but I manage to endure thanks to Sudden Demise, until Titania comes to the rescue at the end. In game 2, I take a lot of punishment again, from both Mutavault and its Zombie friends; eventually, Bonfire of the Damned clears the path for a huge Omnath.

 Round 2: Gq1rf7 with a nasty Elf brew entirely based on land destruction: Stone Rain, Ice Storm, Winter's Grasp, Bramblecrush, and Roiling Terrain as a finisher.

 Roiling Terrain was especially strong against me because my Titanias asked for land sacrifices, so I was running Harrow, Myriad Landscape, and several fetches. On the other hand, I had plenty of ways to come back from land destruction, and to sweep away his mana dorks, which proved crucial. In game 1, Vengevine is pitched against Bloodbraid Elf, and the musky Elemental wins the challenge. Not so much in game 2, where Sudden Demise kills a lot of pesky Elves at once, but then Roiling Terrain does its unforgiving job. Game 3 is land drop after land drop, and Vengevine after Vengevine.

 The last round sees me versus Generalissimo's brilliant Spirit deck. His is a controlish build, so I have to play aggro here. In game 1, the enchantment toolbox manages to stop the Elemental music. In game 2, Song of the Dryads and Whisperwood Elemental show up to demonstrate their strength. Game 3, after mana superiority is attained, becomes just a Vengevine total assault: all four of them at once! That was just silly. Even Control Magic on Titania can't do much against such an Elemental hasty mayhem.

 Finally, the playoff against romellos and his Merfolk super-deck. Nothing to really comment here, in both games True-Name Nemesis showed up early, one time in multiple copies, and I wasn't equipped to deal with it in the least. Nor could I really outrace the Merfolk, and even Sudden Demise and Ghost Quartering the Mutavaults didn't give me enough of an edge.

 Moving on, here's AJ_Impy's fun match against Deonmag's Zombies. AJ is piloting these Constructs, based not on Cloudpost for once, but on artifact lands, Metalworker and Kuldotha Forgemaster. 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):

  • 5.22 (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
  • 5.25 (Week 234 BE), on June 27: Pure

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!