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Jul 29 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

 So, back to the idea of trying and unbanning more stuff. I think we could give Moat a chance. So starting next week (not tomorrow), we unban Moat everywhere, see what happens.

 Other than that, I don't think I want to change the status quo re: Goblin Lackey and the Swords. But hey, we do Moat, and we already restricted Griselbrand to his tribe only, so that's two out of four suggestions from mihahitlor, you should be happy, miha. I'm thinking we could institutionalize this, giving the #1 Player of the Year (possibly the Invitational winner, too) the chance to ban and/or unban one card for the next year. It'd make for the most coveted prize of all!


  • Event Number: 6.29, Week 290 BE
  • Date: July 23
  • Attendance: 20
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Kasparadi (Human)
  • 1 Loss: mihahitlor (Wall), ML_Berlin (Human), JokazWild (Human), Generalissimo (Knight), ScionOfJustice (Human)
  • Tribes: Beast, Bird, Cat, Eldrazi, Elemental, Goblin (x2), Human (x7), Knight, Kor, Vampire, Wall, Wizard, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 And that's the second win in a row for Kasparadi, the third in five weeks! Is there a new sheriff in town? We already know his Human deck, so let's just congratulate him a bit more, and move to... well, there wasn't much of note last week, was there? I mean, we didn't even manage to find an eligible deck for the Underdog Prize!

 Out of the 7 registered Human decks (yeah, I know), 4 made into the money. I choose to highlight the one from newcomer JokazWild. Welcome to Tribal Apocalypse! Please don't play Human every time! Or do, it's up to you.


 Other than another well-known deck, mihahitlor's Wall, the top 8 had only one other non-Human presence: Knight, by Generalissimo.


 The more unusual deck of the tournament? Probably this Elemental deck by vantar6697. It needs some work, but the idea of comboing Guile and Blood Funnel is certainly novel. Plus, it gives me the chance to salute vantar's return. Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 29, 2016):

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  2. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  3. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  4. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  5. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  6. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  7. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
  8. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
  9. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  10. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147

 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

 The Hamtastic Award: The Biodiversity Prize dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg has started the third quarter of 2016. The quarter will end September 24. 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:

  • 6.30 (Week 291 BE), on July 30: Singleton
  • 6.31 (Week 292 BE), on August 6: Underdog
  • 6.32 (Week 293 BE), on August 13: Regular
  • 6.33 (Week 294 BE), on August 20: Pure

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



About Moat (and the other by Tribal Apocalypse at Sat, 07/30/2016 - 00:05
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About Moat (and the other former DCI-banned cards): I realized just now that tonight's event is Singleton, and the last time we did a Singleton, where traditionally *nothing* is banned, people wondered why the old DCI Tribal Wars cards were still banned now that we can just not care about that obsolete list. Well, in fact, they are not anymore.
So, this means tonight will be the first event ever to have Moat back (and Arboria, Engineered Plague, Extinction, Stasis, The Abyss, etc.), if only in singleton form. Only the cards that are banned in Legacy can't be used.

Duly noted. *Adjusts deck.* by AJ_Impy at Sat, 07/30/2016 - 09:06
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Duly noted. *Adjusts deck.*

And that is exactly what you by Bazaar of Baghdad at Sat, 07/30/2016 - 12:32
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And that is exactly what you announced after the #278 event so it shouldn't take people by surprise.

Yeah, but in this article I by Tribal Apocalypse at Sat, 07/30/2016 - 12:46
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Yeah, but in this article I said that Moat wasn't unbanned yet, but it actually is since this is Singleton.

Double-face cards by Generalissimo at Mon, 08/01/2016 - 15:00
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I couldn't see any rulings on it on the Google docs page, so I was wondering whether the back face of a double-faced card contributes to the tribal identity of the card. Does, for example, Delver of Secrets count as an insect?

Pretty certain the answer to by Paul Leicht at Mon, 08/01/2016 - 15:39
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Pretty certain the answer to that is "no".

It didn't under the old by AJ_Impy at Wed, 08/03/2016 - 06:25
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It didn't under the old filter, likewise with Kamigawa flip cards or Figure of Destiny and its descendants. Nor with permanents that become creatures either temporarily or permanently. A question worth examining in any case.

The answer is no. The face of by Tribal Apocalypse at Thu, 08/04/2016 - 22:40
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The answer is no. The face of that card doesn't exist until the card is in play. That's a game mechanic as well. You can't find Elbrus, the Binding Blade with Worldly Tutor. And you can't find Withengar Unbound, because it does not exist until you successfully transformed Elbrus. So you can't put Elbrus in your deck and say it's one of your 20 Demons.