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Jun 12 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

 So, next week I'll be away from home all week. But don't worry, Tribal Apocalypse goes on as usual, with event 233 (5.24) being hosted by our trusted ML_Berlin (thanks a lot, Berlin!).

 I'll be in Annecy, France, for a tradition of some of my friends' and mine that was lost to me in the last few years of my life (so since I took over Tribal Apocalypse from Blippy): the attendance to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. It's the world's most prominent film festival devoted to animation film-making, with a particular focus on arthouse, short-length animation and experimental animation (that's been one of my fields of study and work in the past). I regale you with three of my favorite animated short films, to show you the kind of things that I'll watch 24/7 from next Monday to next Saturday.

 Oscar-winner Harvie Krumpet, claymation from Australian director Adam Elliot.

 Japanese Atama-Yama (Mt. Head) from my friend Koji Yamamura. (Non-embeddable, click here.)

 And a 1949 classic by Canadian legend Norman McLaren, Begone Dull Care, an abstract visual music composition made without a camera, by directly scratching on film.

 See you all tomorrow, and then in two weeks!


  • Event Number: 5.22, Week 231 BE
  • Date: June 6
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: AJ_Impy (Scarecrow tribe)
  • Other undefeated: ML_Berlin (Berserker)
  • 1 Loss: slagel79 (Kor), m4vis (Rat), MisterMojoRising (Ooze), Golden_Lin (Minotaur), romellos (Scout)
  • True Underdog Prize: Generalissimo (Drone)
  • Tribes: Bat, Berserker (x2), Drake, Drone, Giant, Kor, Minotaur (x2), Ooze, Rat, Scarecrow, Scout, Specter
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First of all, let's celebrate AJ_Impy's second win of the year, this time with Scarecrow!


 Then, a salute to our upcoming replacement host, ML_Berlin, and to a tribe that's become a powerhouse in Underdog events: Berserker!


 Please note how both the undefeated decks have 62 cards. Robin88 really corrupted everybody with his theory of "the fewer tribe members you draw, the better"!

 Third: a top 8 (almost top 4) placement for Ooze, courtesy of MisterMojorising!


 And finally, for the True Underdog Prize, Generalissimo piloting a tribe with a lot of potential but that has been very rarely seen during these years, and hopefully will get a boost in Battle for Zendikar: Drones!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 11, 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):

  • 5.23 (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
  • 5.26 (Week 235 BE), on July 4: Underdog

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!