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Mar 11 2016 1:00pm
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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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  • Event Number: 6.09, Week 270 BE
  • Date: March 5
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: ScionOfJustice (Archon)
  • Other undefeated: NemesisParadigm (Kor)
  • 1 Loss: _Kumagoro_ (Plant), AJ_Impy (Horror), Generalissimo (Rat), mihahitlor (Drone), Chamale (Specter)
  • Underdog Prize: Bazaar of Baghdad ( Masticore), Golden_Lin (Thopter)
  • Tribes: Archon, Berserker, Centaur, Drone, Horror, Kor (x2), Masticore, Plant, Rat, Rebel, Specter, Thopter, Zubera
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First win of the year for ScionOfJustice, and second ever for Archons, which are now paired with their cousins the Angels (it might be Ashen Rider catching up over Angel of Despair in reanimator).


 NemesisParadigm came close to his own comeback win after all these years, thanks to this very straightforward Kor equipment deck.


 There were plenty of interesting builds this week, like (guess who?) AJ_Impy with a different take on Tainted Remedy, this time interacting with Nightmare Horrors and Conjurer's Closet.


 Or also mihahitlor using all those self-immolating Spawns and Scions from the Eldrazi Drones to activate Grave Pact, Tragic Slip, Malicious Affliction and Skirsdag High Priest. You know, miha has been a mono-colored budget player for so much time that it's amazing to see how many wild ideas he was keeping hidden until now.


 Last but not least (well, maybe just a little lesser), we can't possibly miss the return of Masticore, appearing for their fourth time ever on Tribal Apocalypse after so many years since last time we can't even measure. It was at the hands of Bazaar of Baghdad, who used them to create a very complex Johnny affair based on Eon Hub, Parallax Tide and Delaying Shield. It didn't really work consistently, but was great to look at.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 11, 2016):

 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. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  4. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  5. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  6. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
  7. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
  8. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  9. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147
  10. mihahitlor's Goblins, $4.22, 1st place on Event 240

 NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85. 


 Just to remind you of a few things:


 Cockatrice Wants You! Be the first to win a match with the last orphan tribe and you'll win a 2-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.

 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 2016. The quarter will end March 26. By that date, the player or players who registered the greatest number of different tribes (except Human, Elf and Goblin) will get a 5-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. Congratulations to last quarter's winner, AJ_Impy!

 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.

 Wanna test your deck? Tell us when you're online, and look who else is there and when! All of this here!


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

  • 6.10 (Week 271 BE), on March 12: Regular
  • 6.11 (Week 272 BE), on March 19: Pure
  • 6.12 (Week 273 BE), on March 26: Regular
  • 6.13 (Week 274 BE), on April 2: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



I'm not really sure how an by ArchGenius at Fri, 03/11/2016 - 14:29
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I'm not really sure how an aggro build with a lot of synergy is any more straight forward than the "Entomb random large creature, reanimate random large creature deck." It is one of the most simplistic decks to play or play against. You either stop the huge creature and win, or don't and lose.

I'm very tempted to start putting 4 Rest in Peace or leylines of the void into every deck I make just to shut down that matchup.

I wouldn't assume by Paul Leicht at Fri, 03/11/2016 - 14:48
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I wouldn't assume "straightforward" is a pejorative in this case... Nor a comparison to the deck SoJ played. Also in regards to RIP/LotV preboarding is the charm of TW. And I expect as soon as that starts trending, the meta will swing away from reanimator yet again.

It wasn't indeed intended as by Tribal Apocalypse at Sat, 03/12/2016 - 12:44
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It wasn't indeed intended as a pejorative of any sort. (If anything, the opposite approach is more commonly linked to pejorative adjectives like "convolute".) The comparison was certainly not to reanimator, but to the Kor builds we've more frequently seen in the past, which all used the tribe as a shell for combos, and not for its built-in tribal synergy.

I think is a very bad idea if by Sensei at Sat, 03/12/2016 - 12:39
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I think is a very bad idea if you want to win. I'd use something that cycles like Relic or Nihil Spellbomb

Exception: If you're getting by AJ_Impy at Sat, 03/12/2016 - 21:36
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Exception: If you're getting extra utility out of them, like, say, Energy field and/or web of inertia. Comboing your opponent into irrelevance is a path to victory.

I'm back to cheap by mihahitlor at Fri, 03/11/2016 - 15:24
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I'm back to cheap mono-colored builds for a while, haha. I have sold basically all expensive cards given that Legacy stuff spiked in price lately, and I also don't want to hold onto Onslaught fetches as the standard rotation approaches. But it was fun while it lasted, it is much more rewarding to play and deckbuild without strict budgetary restrictions.

Anything in particularly by Paul Leicht at Fri, 03/11/2016 - 17:31
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Anything in particularly trending hot that you don't think will last?

Most of the stuff that I sold by mihahitlor at Fri, 03/11/2016 - 20:55
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Most of the stuff that I sold - except for Onslaught fetches - will IMO either stabilize or keep rising, because the prices were really low before, but I am not sure to the point to keep those cards as an investment. One card that I am the least sure about lasting is City of Traitors. I bought them a month ago for around 10 tix along with Ancient Tombs with the intention to build some artifact deck some day, and now it's at 40 tix.

Then there is more casual stuff like Meren of Clan Nel Toth that I don't really have a clue about it's future.

Well... City of Traitors has by Paul Leicht at Sat, 03/12/2016 - 02:19
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Well... City of Traitors has a cyclical relationship with the price structure. A few years ago it was even pricier than that. It probably will see a reprint in EMA but if not I don't expect it to come down to "affordable" levels any time soon. Also Thanks. Was curious if I'd missed a spike.

Er scratch that. Forgot it is likely on the reserve list. I keep forgetting EMA isn't online only.

It is indeed on the list, by AJ_Impy at Sat, 03/12/2016 - 05:47
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It is indeed on the list, sadly.

I'm back to cheap by Tribal Apocalypse at Sat, 03/12/2016 - 12:47
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I'm back to cheap mono-colored builds for a while

Well, it's been nice to see another side of your building style, miha. :)
Until the next price cycle, I guess!