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May 06 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

 Last week we realized a bunch of cards were suddenly bugged, most notably Harmonic Sliver and other Slivers with ETB triggers. Fortunately, as our own Bazaar of Baghdad reports, WotC promptly fixed them, for once. Harmonic Sliver is now harmonic again.

 No new about (Though Lash), though (which just doesn't work, or works too much: prevent damage without exiling cards). As far as I can tell, it's not even mentioned in yesterday's Bug Blog. Still banned, then. If you see some malfunction reported in the Bug Blog that you think could impact Tribal Apocalypse games, just let me know. No, do not exploit it and THEN let me know!

 Also, from this week on (it'll be relevant next on July 30), all previously banned Tribal Wars cards are unbanned in Singleton, including Umezawa's Jitte. That's a test, to try and keep all cards unbanned from the format. If Jitte will impact the July 30 event too severely, it'll be back in the banned list as the only card banned in Singleton events. Of course it stays banned everywhere else. Like, picture it with a restraint muzzle a la Hannibal Lecter.

 The complete list of cards that leave the Singleton ban list is as follows: Arboria, Circle of Solace, Engineered Plague, Extinction, Moat, Peer Pressure, Stasis, The Abyss, Tsabo's Decree, Umezawa's Jitte. There's other dangerous cards in there, like Arboria, Engineered Plague, Moat and Stasis. Maybe don't forget to bring redundant enchantment hate to the event.


  • Event Number: 6.17, Week 278 BE
  • Date: April 30
  • Attendance: 16
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Singleton
  • Winner: mihahitlor (Elf)
  • 1 Loss: ML_Berlin (Human), Yokai_ (Goblin), Gq1rf7 (Elf), ScionOfJustice (Vampire)
  • Underdog Prize: gumgod (Myr)
  • Tribes: Construct, Demon, Elf (x3), Goblin (x2), Human (x2), Knight, Myr, Shaman, Sliver, Vampire, Wizard, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First Singleton event in a while, and fittingly we find two of the greatest Singleton aficionados at the top. First it's the undefeated mihahitlor with Elf.


 I gotta say, Singleton Elves look way less obnoxious than regular ones. This build is essentially a port of miha's Natural Order/Defense of the Heart toolbox, and there's a lot of cool stuff you don't usually see in Elf decks. Also, some nice, rarely seen green Elementals like Greenwarden of Mufasa, Whisperwood Elemental and Woodland Bellower.

 Anyway, next in order, here's S100 tournament organizer and staunch Singleton defender ML_Berlin, with Humans.


 And you know what? Let's complete the Big Three parade with a Goblin 3rd place, courtesy of Yokai_. Singleton can't really be about obscure tribes, can it? (That's probably another reason why AJ_Impy so firmly opposes it).



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 6, 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:

 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):

  • 6.18 (Week 279 BE), on May 7: Underdog
  • 6.19 (Week 280 BE), on May 14: Regular
  • 6.20 (Week 281 BE), on May 21: Pure
  • 6.21 (Week 282 BE), on May 28: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



Yes, that is indeed a factor. by AJ_Impy at Fri, 05/06/2016 - 12:10
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Yes, that is indeed a factor. It's not that I'm against strong tribes (After all, I have 'Human' as one of my current lockouts), but I'm against the *Impossibility* of playing smaller tribes.