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Sep 25 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

 So, in light of the recent and perduring issues with Sensei's Divining Top-based decks, Sensei's Divining Top is now banned from all formats but Singleton. This includes next month's Halloween Special, too. More so, in the Halloween Special itself, Dread Return will be banned, to prevent Horror and Spirit from taking advantage of the dredge route.


Less clicking for everyone. Sorry, you people who were using the Top honestly.

 Now we can go back to talk about Processors, and what a silly name that is for a new tribe, and other lighthearted Zendikar stuff.


  • Event Number: 5.37, Week 246 BE
  • Date: September 19
  • Attendance: 23
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: JogandoPelado (Human)
  • Other undefeated: MisterMojoRising (Goblin)
  • 1 Loss: mihahitlor (Human), m4vis (Cleric), Armont (Goblin), Bazaar of Baghdad (Human)
  • Underdog Prize: Golden_Lin (Worm)
  • Tribes: Archer, Cleric, Elf, Goblin (x4), Human (x6), Kor, Myr, Soldier (x2), Spirit, Vampire, Wizard, Worm, Zombie, Zubera
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 When I was younger and less lazy, I used to give titles to these Tribal reports; were I still doing it, this week's title would be "Red Deck Wins. No, Seriously, It Does." Starting with Humans, because of course Humans do everything better, as Modern specialist JogandoPelado, here at his first win in Tribal, clearly illustrated.


 Still in RDW territory: as it happens, MisterMojoRising's Goblins made everybody but JogandoPelado run for cover. (Will MisterMojoRising's interview, which is almost 9 months due now, ever be published? It will, eventually, don't despair!)


 All these (as much as the other monored Human deck by mihahitlor) play as straightforward aggro decks. The other Goblin deck that ended in the money, by newcomer Armont, is a little different, in that it revisits Goblin storm strategies with old glory cards like Brightstone Ritual and Fecundity (and new tech Impact Tremors to relieve the greenskins from the need to even attack), just to make sure Goblins get their share of the combo pie, too.


 What to do against all this red ultraviolence? Well, m4vis found the solution that worked best in the crimson sea: making a lot of life with Clerics. And by "a lot", I really mean A LOT. All while Ensnaring Bridge stops the hemorrhage from even starting, in the way to an epic Test of Endurance's win.


 And I want to feature an extra deck this week, because it's a tribe that doesn't ever get its due credit for being lethally combolicious: milegyenanevem's Zuberas, that combo with themselves thanks to some Return to the Ranks/Rally the Ancestors action. It's also surprisingly the most expensive deck of the week, mostly because of Cavern of Souls's current high price.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 25, 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. mihahitlor's Goblins, $4.22, 1st place on Event 240
  10. Trickerie's Golems, $4.31, 1st place on Event 138

 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) 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.

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 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 5.38 (Week 247 BE), on September 26: Pure
  • 5.39 (Week 248 BE), on October 3: Underdog
  • 5.40 (Week 249 BE), on October 10: Regular
  • 5.41 (Week 250 BE), on October 17: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2015!

Vote for your favorite Board Sweeper on the Topdeck Awards!



Thanks, Kuma. It's nice when by Bazaar of Baghdad at Fri, 09/25/2015 - 15:39
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Thanks, Kuma. It's nice when we can focus on creatures and not be distracted by non-creature combos. Everyone buy your Mirri's Guile while the price is still relatively low.