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Jun 10 2016 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

 Let's hear a fanfare for the Wurmen (or "wurmōs", in Old Saxon; did you know that "wurm" is not an English word?), because they did it! They finally won an event after all these years!

Art by pollux101.

 Here's a parade of the little gargantuan crawlers that could.




  • Event Number: 6.22, Week 283 BE
  • Date: June 4
  • Attendance: 15
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Robin88 (Wurm)
  • Other undefeated: Yokai_ (Berserker)
  • 1 Loss: Golden_Lin Masticore, AEFabricio (Berserker), Bazaar of Baghdad (Spellshaper), mihahitlor (Plant), gumgod (Artificer), Generalissimo (Wurm)
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: Robin88 (Wurm)
  • True Underdog Prize: bostroll (Fish), Angelic_Dawn (Spike)
  • Tribes: Artificer, Berserker (x3), Boar, Centaur (x2), Fish, Masticore, Plant, Spellshaper, Spike, Wolf, Wurm (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, here's Robin88's Wurm deck that finally took the tribe out of the Unhallowed list. (There's still 113 tribes that need your help there!)


 Of course it's a reanimator build, but it's not that this route has never been attempted with Wurm before. Robin's brew is particularly well-thought-out. For instance, look at how the fairly obscure Charnelhoard Wurm turns into the engine of all following Wurm resurrections by bringing back the very reanimation tools with which it was brought onto the battlefield in the first place. And Reckless Wurm, also often overlooked, perfectly combines with the discard spells. Then Armada Wurm provides the board position, Pelakka Wurm and Wurmcoil Engine offset any early life loss, and Novablast Wurm and Massacre Wurm take charge of the mass removal. Let's just hope that that singleton Griselbrand didn't end up being too relevant in the grand scheme of all things Wurm.

 After such wurmish triumph, what else to feature? What about another Wurm deck? Yeah, last week Generalissimo brought to Tribal Apocalypse the favorite tribe of any fan of Frank Herbert's Dune, too, taking a radically different approach by cheating them onto the battlefield from the hand, not the graveyard, and by going monocolored rather than 5-colored... and yet still ending in the money! It's been a very Wurm week!


 I can't really bring myself to pair such decks with regular, non-weird tribal performers, so now let's give a shout-out to... Fish! As played by newcomer bostroll.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 9, 2016):

  • Robin88's Wurm: $219.17
  • Generalissimo's Wurm: $6.40
  • bostroll's Fish: $0.82

 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. A separate non-Goblin Top 10 is in preparation.


 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 certificate from MTGO Traders. 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):

  • 6.23 (Week 284 BE), on June 11: Regular
  • 6.24 (Week 285 BE), on June 18: Pure
  • 6.25 (Week 286 BE), on June 25: Regular
  • 6.26 (Week 287 BE), on July 2: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



From ML_Berlin who requested by Bazaar of Baghdad at Sat, 06/11/2016 - 12:02
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From ML_Berlin who requested this comment to be left:

"In fact, WURM is the German word for WORM. The two different spellings may have the same word as origin ( Saxons went to England, and took their language with them :-) . So many words in agriculture have German or Saxon origin, like Ox( male cow in German). The kind of English used in the Bible, sounds very German, too, not only from Grammar, but also in the meaning of the words like 'be still' which means be silent(=still in German)."