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Jul 17 2015 11:00am
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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

 Only thought I have right now is: damn, I still haven't finished my Magic Origins Tribal Evaluation that I promised Joshua days ago! What can I say, time comes in awfully short supplies these days. I'll finish it soon, I promise (again). Wait for my considerations on all those Thopter-based cards that aren't actually Thopter tribal cards. And everything else.


  • Event Number: 5.27, Week 236 BE
  • Date: July 11
  • Attendance: 21
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: mihahitlor (Human)
  • 1 Loss: milegyenanevem (Goblin), Bazaar of Baghdad (Faerie), ScionOfJustice (Elf), EndofDays (Goblin), Lordpipas (Human), romellos (Human)
  • Underdog Prize: Dawwy (Chimera)
  • Tribes: Beast, Cat, Chimera, Elf (x3), Faerie, Goblin (x2), Horror, Human (x4), Knight, Merfolk, Shaman, Soldier, Viashino, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 During the almost five years since Tribal Apocalypse has started to be monitored and generate statistics and stuff, several champions have emerged, dominating one season or other. Two of them above all have been a constant presence in the Tribal room and these pages over the years: mihahitlor and romellos. Together, they've won close to one quarter of all the events (more precisely, 53 out of 236). And lately they're taking turns at the top of the list of most winning tribal player. With his latest victory, mihahitlor is now back to be one win ahead, 27 to 26. He did it with these monored Humans, simple and effective, that didn't lose a single game.

by mihahitlor - 1st place
4 Ash Zealot
4 Cunning Sparkmage
4 Keldon Champion
4 Keldon Marauders
4 Monastery Swiftspear
20 cards

Other Spells
4 Chain Lightning
4 Forked Bolt
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
3 Fireblast
19 cards
21 Mountain
21 cards
Monastery Swiftspear


 As it happens, mihahitlor didn't happen to face romellos, who was also playing Human (and had lost one match along the road, against milegyenanevem's Goblins), but in a Bant declination. The two lists perfectly represent the different building style of these two players. And of course the extreme versatility of the Human tribe.


 Among the decks that performed well, Bazaar of Baghdad brought to the field a Faerie deck that was the direct porting of the Splinter Twin archetype. Who said Modern decks can't be deadly in Legacy Tribal Wars?


 Weekly tribute to the Underdog: Dawwy put together a pretty straightforward Chimera deck. The only mechanic is Volt Charge proliferating the old-timey +2/+2 counters created by the sacrifice of the artifact Chimeras from Visions (there's also a singleton Scrap Mastery to bring them back).



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 16, 2015):

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  2. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  3. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  4. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  5. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
  6. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
  7. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  8. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147
  9. Trickerie's Golems, $4.31, 1st place on Event 138
  10. Gq1rf7's Vampires, $4.38, 2nd place on Event 188

 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 third quarter of 2015. The quarter will end September 26. By that date, the player or players who registered the greatest number of different tribes will get a 5-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. Congratulations to last quarter's winner, Generalissimo!

 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 September 26. 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 and congratulations to last quarter's Achievement Master, ScionOfJustice!

 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) ends up 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):

  • 5.28 (Week 237 BE), on July 18: Regular
  • 5.29 (Week 238 BE), on July 25: Pure
  • 5.30 (Week 239 BE), on August 1: Underdog
  • 5.31 (Week 240 BE), on August 8: 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!



Important update (that I by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 07/17/2015 - 21:11
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Important update (that I didn't give in the article and should have): The Changeling Issue is now mentioned in the Bug Blog under Client Known Issues. As a Legacy Tribal Wars-marked item! This means they acknowledge it officially and are going to fix it! Eventually.

Faeries by Sensei at Sat, 07/18/2015 - 11:04
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I already built a Tribal Mite-Twin deck......
and it was so much worse than Bazaar's