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Apr 07 2016 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

 Hey guys, did you know I started doing my Tribal Evaluations again? Yes, I did! With barely 3 sets of delay! So after Battle for Zendikar last week (remember when Eldrazi were still so 2010?), I'm going to do Oath of the Gatewatch, which I believe is going to be out this Friday, then Shadows over Innistrad next week, and at that point I'll be fully caught up! Woot!

 Wanna know what the best creatures from BFZ were? Here's a spoiler for you:


 Cool part is the Eldrazi first rose exactly 6 years ago, in April 2010. So we have that to celebrate. Or not. I will, because I, for one, welcome our new Eldrazi overlords.

 By the way, I forgot the Hamtastic Award was due last week. Congrats to Generalissimo for achieving it for the third time (which is as many times as record-holders AJ_Impy and Gq1rf7) with this sequence of 12 tribes. Prize has been delivered, if, once again, a bit late.


  • Event Number: 6.13, Week 274 BE
  • Date: April 2
  • Attendance: 16
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: AJ_Impy (Praetor)
  • 1 Loss: mihahitlor (Plant), Bazaar of Baghdad (Rhino), Golden_Lin ( Masticore), ScionOfJustice (Soltari)
  • True Underdog Prize: Golden_Lin ( Masticore)
  • Tribes: Berserker (x2), Centaur, Insect, Kobold (x2), Kor, Masticore, Minotaur, Plant, Praetor, Rhino, Soltari, Specter, Sphinx, Weird
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Underdog is always the most interesting event of the month, and last week the odd tribe out was Praetor, taking its second win ever. Of course it's reanimator, but it's Praetor reanimator. Way cooler than, say, Demon (although there is one here, just to mark the territory). Plus, the Phyrexians are the other big, destructive force in the multiverse besides Eldrazi. AJ_Impy knows how to make good use of them.


 Down in non-undefeated land, mihahitlor continues to do well with Defense of the Heart/Natural Order/Green Sun's Zenith Plants (basically, only Tooth and Nail is missing there), now with 100% more Pelakka Wurm for better lifegaining than Thragtusk. They're both silver bullets you mostly fetch via a 4-mana spell anyway.


 And speaking of lifegaining, we had a good showing for Rhinos, too, brought to the battlefield by Bazaar of Baghdad. Between Siege Rhino, Rhox War Monk, Rhox Faithmender and Cliffrunner Behemoth (with all the other Rhinos being at least partly white), that was a lot of life ready to be gained.


 Here's another rarely seen beast, even for Underdog standards: Masticore, here proposed within a Cloudpost shell by Golden_Lin, who was able to take both the True Underdog Prize he was aiming at and a pretty sweet Top 4 placement. We actually had another recent attempt with Masticore (out of a grand total of 5), last month by Bazaar of Baghdad. Very different builds, though, ramp vs. combo.

by Golden_Lin - Top 4 and True Underdog Prize
4 Masticore
4 Molten-Tail Masticore
4 Razormane Masticore
4 Changeling Sentinel
4 Mirror Entity
20 cards

Other Spells
4 Coercive Portal
4 Expedition Map
4 Ratchet Bomb
4 Swords to Plowshares
16 cards
4 Buried Ruin
4 Cloudpost
4 Glimmerpost
4 Thespian's Stage
4 Vesuva
4 Plains
24 cards
Razormane Masticore



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of April 7, 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 second quarter of 2016. The quarter will end June 25. 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, Generalissimo!

 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):

  • 6.14 (Week 275 BE), on April 9: Regular
  • 6.15 (Week 276 BE), on April 16: Pure
  • 6.16 (Week 277 BE), on April 23: Regular
  • 6.17 (Week 278 BE), on April 30: Singleton

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



Unban Beck? by Bazaar of Baghdad at Sun, 04/10/2016 - 09:56
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I was wondering if it was appropriate to unban Beck/Call. It's not like Elves (or Druids) are oppressive these days, and the card never had much of a pedigree to begin with. I kind of wanted the Call portion of the card this weekend as a potential Cascade target for value, but alas. Unlike Glimpse, which is a far more obvious ban, Beck requires two colors and thus more refined deckbuilding skills. I feel there are cards in Regular with as much or more power than Beck that are still unbanned.

I think you're right, I'll by Kumagoro42 at Wed, 04/13/2016 - 07:36
Kumagoro42's picture

I think you're right, I'll announce it tomorrow.