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Sep 02 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, the Eldritch Moon evaluation is finally online. It took a bit but we did it at last. Don't miss the Rise of the Hippogriff and the Melding Stars. It is really unfortunate that meld cards aren't double-sized on MTGO, isn't it? Oh well, nobody uses them, anyway.

 In other news, did I forget something we needed to discuss lately? I feel like I might have. Feel free to remind me in the comments.


  • Event Number: 6.34, Week 295 BE
  • Date: August 27
  • Attendance: 18
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: mihahitlor (Elf)
  • Other undefeated: Socanelas (Human)
  • 1 Loss: Gq1rf7 (Angel), Golden_Lin (Human), ML_Berlin (Human)
  • Tribes: Ally, Angel (x2), Berserker, Eldrazi, Elf, Goblin, Horror, Human (x5), Kor, Rogue, Shaman, Warrior, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 These days Elf doesn't take as many first places as it used to do in the past, before Human became the main player, but it's still one of the main event-owners, especially when piloted by mihahitlor.


 And this is Socanelas's Human deck that was stopped by miha's Elves. Yes, it is a copy of the one Kasparadi used to win several events this year. This control/tempo Izzet build is definitely one of the season's protagonists.


 Finally, Moat. This Angel deck by ScionOfJustice (derived from Gq1rf7's build, which was pretty successful again) is the first to use a full set of freshly unbanned Moat in conjunction with a flying tribe (Bazaar of Baghdad included 1 or 2 copies of Moat in his Shaman builds, here in Regular and here in Pure).


 By the way, this is the occasion to explain why the interview to ScionOfJustice in occasion of his placement at the top of the 2015 leaderboard was never published. It's because he's a proud white supremacist who apparently loves to voice his anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying idiocy as much as he can, including when talking about Magic or naming his Magic decks. Make no mistake, this is a crime in most countries (in my country, for instance, you risk a 4-year prison sentence). And we know what WotC's policy is where criminals are concerned. His latest stunt just earned ScionOfJustice one last warning, so if you suddenly see him disappear from Gatherling (if not possibly the client) for good, you'll know why that happened. And when you play against him, now you'll be aware of what type of person you're playing against. This also marks the last time one of his decks will be featured here on PureMTGO. And, of course, the same goes for anybody else who may think acting that way is allowed around here, or around me. It is not.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 2, 2016):

  • mihahitlor's Elves: $115.29
  • Socanelas's Humans: $447.68
  • ScionOfJustice's Angels: $164.90

 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 Ishkanah Prize: The first player to win a match with a Spider deck by activating Ishkanah's lifedraining ability for a lethal strike of at least 4 damage, will get a 2-tix credit certificate from MTGO Traders. Spider lovers, or simply ticket lovers, start building!

 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):

  • 6.35 (Week 296 BE), on September 3: Underdog
  • 6.36 (Week 297 BE), on September 10: Regular
  • 6.37 (Week 298 BE), on September 17: Pure
  • 6.38 (Week 299 BE), on September 24: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



Moat by MichelleWong at Sat, 09/03/2016 - 09:51
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Hi Kuma, may I ask: Do you expect that Moat will receive the ban hammer any time soon? Interested to know your thoughts, and of course I realise that you can't give a firm confirmation either way.

I think that if Moat is here to stay, then it will only be a matter of time before I will be too tempted to use this card and stop all the creatures on the ground. I like defending myself against ground creatures. With 4 copies of Moat main deck, and with no sideboard hate possible from your opponent, this card is very devastating.

Moat has just come back, it by Kumagoro42 at Sat, 09/03/2016 - 12:51
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Moat has just come back, it will stay at least all season, then we'll see if it's been overpowered or not.

I have decided to delete a by JXClaytor at Sat, 09/03/2016 - 15:37
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I have decided to delete a lot of comments here.

I'll say it again, we do not condone the actions and speech of those that wish to speak with hate in their hearts.

If you want to continue your conversation, there are places for that, this is no longer the place.