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Aug 19 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

 The Eldritch Moon Tribal Evaluation is finally completed, and so is the Angelpedia update. Those links will be active soon, if they aren't already.

 While writing the evaluation, it came to my attention the insane popularity of the new Spider lord, Ishkanah, Grafwidow. So I thought fit to create a new kind of one-off special prize, sort of a limited, specialized version of the late achievements, much like the ephemeral Hippogriff: New Kids on the Block prize that was established last week and then immediately awarded. In the case at hand, the Ishkanah Prize is just as follows: the first player to win a match with a Spider deck by activating Ishkanah's lifedraining ability for lethal, inflicting at least 4 damage, will get 2 tix. Spider lovers, or simply ticket lovers, start building!


  • Event Number: 6.32, Week 293 BE
  • Date: August 13
  • Attendance: 22
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Kasparadi (Human)
  • 1 Loss: AJ_Impy (Eldrazi), TLR (Human), totalhate (Wall), ScionOfJustice (Human), Gq1rf7 (Angel), ML_Berlin (Human)
  • Underdog Prize: Generalissimo (Hippogriff)
  • Tribes: Angel, Berserker, Dryad, Eldrazi, Elephant, Elf (x2), Goblin, Hippogriff, Human (x6), Plant, Shaman (x2), Sliver (x2), Wall, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Kasparadi is definitely one fire these days: he just got his 4th win in two months, all with this red Human deck (which he keeps playing because he's a newcomer, he's not a Top 8. Yet. Getting there.)


 And while we were mentioning Angels, here is Gq1rf7's budget Angel deck, that did well. Gq1rf7, did you know that after all these years, I found I learned how to spell your random nickname by heart? Be proud of that.


 And that's the historical Hippogriff deck, the first ever played, possibly anywhere (I wouldn't be surprised if that was in fact the case). Possibly also the last one to be seen for a long time. Kudos to Generalissimo for being resolute enough to do it, thus taking the special prize home.

by Generalissimo - Underdog Prize and New Kids on the Block Award
4 Dawn Gryff
4 Hushwing Gryff
4 Razor Hippogriff
4 Wretched Gryff
4 Mirror Entity
2 Pride of the Clouds
22 cards

Other Spells
4 Day of Judgment
4 Mind Stone
4 Swords to Plowshares
3 Ratchet Bomb
1 Path to Exile
16 cards
15 Plains
4 Glacial Fortress
2 Moorland Haunt
2 Temple of Enlightenment
1 Island
24 cards
Wretched Gryff



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of August 19, 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 (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 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 17:00 GMT):

  • 6.33 (Week 294 BE), on August 20: Pure
  • 6.34 (Week 295 BE), on August 27: Regular
  • 6.35 (Week 296 BE), on September 3: Underdog
  • 6.36 (Week 297 BE), on September 10: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



Regrettably I will likely be by AJ_Impy at Fri, 08/19/2016 - 13:58
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Regrettably I will likely be away this week with a prior family engagement, good luck to those taking part.

"Possibly also the last one by Generalissimo at Fri, 08/19/2016 - 14:39
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"Possibly also the last one to be seen for a long time."

I wouldn't be so sure of that, I actually enjoyed playing the deck quite a lot and it performed way better than I expected; I could definitely see myself registering it again. Although, I'll probably save it for an Underdog event next time.

With Moat, maybe! by Tribal Apocalypse at Sat, 08/20/2016 - 01:34
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With Moat, maybe!

Not unless the price of Moat by Generalissimo at Sat, 08/20/2016 - 04:17
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Not unless the price of Moat crashes spectacularly!