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Jun 24 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

 Hey there, I'm back! Big thanks to ML_Berlin for hosting last week's event in my place while I was in France. Did you miss me?

 What happened while I was away was that a Vampire deck won a Pure event as the only undefeated – but I still don't see anything worth purifying in that list, which appears extremely fair to me, so I'll skip the whole process this time.


  • Event Number: 6.24, Week 285 BE
  • Date: June 18
  • Attendance: 18
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Pure
  • Winner: morpphling (Vampire)
  • 1 Loss: ScionOfJustice (Wizard), ML_Berlin (Human), Socanelas (Warrior), Robin88 (Kor), Macks17 (Spirit)
  • Underdog Prize: Angelic_Dawn (Djinn)
  • Tribes: Bird, Demon, Djinn, Eldrazi (x2), Human (x3), Knight, Kor, Minotaur, Sliver, Spirit, Vampire, Viashino, Warrior, Wizard, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, here's the triumphant Vampire list, one of the fast and furious variety. Some of us in the past theorized against the effectiveness of this Vamp approach, but morpphling didn't care, piloting it to the greatest success and thus scoring his first Tribal Apocalypse win. Congrats! The only new piece here is Indulgent Aristocrat, but it might have been key to the whole venture.


 Enchantments have received more and more attention in the past few years, and we see decks exploiting them in Tribal now and then. This one by Macks17 is the latest example, and did very well, proving a seemingly dorky centerpiece like Blessed Spirits is actually very effective. Those phantom kids don't mess around.


 Finally, this year Angelic_Dawn has established himself (or herself?) as a player who's mostly interested in exploring forgotten tribes, if through a low budget approach and with less than stellar results. I feel it's an attitude that deserves attention in any case, especially now that unsung heroes specialist vantar6697 is not that frequently seen anymore around here. For instance, here's Angelic's interpretation of Djinn, a tribe that's been historically played less than once per year in Tribal Apocalypse.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 24, 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. 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 credit 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):

  • 6.25 (Week 286 BE), on June 25: Regular
  • 6.26 (Week 287 BE), on July 2: Underdog
  • 6.27 (Week 288 BE), on July 9: Regular
  • 6.28 (Week 289 BE), on July 16: Pure

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



Lotta Fun by SirBurns at Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:25
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Just wanted to let you guys know that this is great fun and it really rejuvenated my love of the game. Keep it up :)