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Jun 19 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

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

by Kumagoro

 While you're reading this I'll be undergoing my semaine annécienne, but while I'm writing this, I've not even left home yet, so there's not much I can say about how it's going. Just good luck and thanks to ML_Berlin for running this week's event, I guess! Also, animation is the most complete form of art ever created, and short-length arthouse animation is really the best thing you didn't know you loved yet. Falling in love with it happened to literally everybody I introduced to it. Here's something more to help starting that process for you, too.


  • Event Number: 5.23, Week 232 BE
  • Date: June 13
  • Attendance: 17
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: ML_Berlin (Human)
  • 1 Loss: ScionOfJustice (Elf), AJ_Impy (Human), MisterMojoRising (Elf), Lordpipas (Human), Gq1rf7 (Goblin)
  • Underdog Prize: manto (Wolf)
  • Tribes: Berserker, Elf (x3), Goblin, Human (x5), Scout, Wizard (x2), Wolf, Zombie (x3)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 And what do you know, ML_Berlin won the event before his debut as replacement host: congrats! To him and his white, proud Humans.


 Not a lot of variety in this event (even for regular events' standards). Let's just showcase players I don't feature that often. Like Lordpipas, whose other Human deck ended in the money, too. Find the five differences.


 And this is the latest inductee in the Tribal, ahem, tribe: my fellow countryman manto, who stubbornly wanted to debut with an Underdog tribe (Wolf, but also a little bit of Ninjas!) in a Regular event... and ended up winning the Underdog Prize for his efforts!


 And I'm actually featuring him a lot lately, but Generalissimo has just been a cool new addition to our ranks, a brilliant deckbuilder always trying new things. Look at this quasi-Merfolk deck, for instance (it's Wizard just because all Merfolks here are also Wizards, and there's a couple of Azami, Lady of Scrolls to mark the territory in the latter tribe's favor). It's all a complicated tapestry of untapping, aimed to paralyze the opponent. Only a 2-2 final score, but good job nonetheless. When was the last time you saw cards like Stonybrook Schoolmaster or Judge of Currents?



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 13, 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):

  • 5.24 (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
  • 5.27 (Week 236 BE), on July 11: 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!



I hate that deck by Generalissimo at Sat, 06/20/2015 - 19:29
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I've certainly been enjoying all the very complimentary write-ups I've been getting. I do, however, feel I should warn people that that deck is the least fun I've ever had playing Magic. All the incessant clicking you have to do on MTGO is profoundly tedious and while it's fun to Opposition-lock the opponent out of the game the first couple of times, the subsequent several minutes of repeatedly tapping down all of their permanents and attacking for a few points of damage without making any interesting decisions quickly drains the experience of any enjoyment.

First thanks to the people by manto at Mon, 06/22/2015 - 08:50
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First thanks to the people who made this event possible,
I had great time playing my first tribal event, I look forward to joining others soon! friendly people, lot of fun!