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Sep 23 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

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by Kumagoro

 While Kaladesh is coming, and I should start writing the Evaluation asap, debate still rages on about the possible banning of Dark Depths in all Tribal Apocalypse events. Any opinion is obviously welcome.

 Along the same lines, a Kor deck (which you can see below) won last week's Pure event. And now I ask you: Do you think there's something in there that should get purified? I'm leaning toward no, also due to the fact that the tribe never ended undefeated in Pure before, and tribes that aren't super-powerful are usually granted a pass the first time they get to the top. But I'm curious to see what you guys think.

 Finally, our first ever Modern Tribal Wars event is officially scheduled for November 19, in lieu of a Pure event. I believe there's no need for further special rules, is there? Just, the card pool is Modern, and all the Modern-legal cards that are currently banned in Regular are banned there, too (maybe some of them will be less relevant in a restricted meta, but there's no reason to take risks the first time we try it out).


  • Event Number: 6.37, Week 298 BE
  • Date: September 17
  • Attendance: 18
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Pure
  • Winner: TLR (Kor)
  • 1 Loss: JokazWild (Human), morpphling (Human), ML_Berlin (Human), Gq1rf7 (Angel), Socanelas (Shaman)
  • Tribes: Angel (x2), Elemental, Elf, Human (x5), Kor, Rogue, Shaman (x2), Soldier, Spirit, Vampire, Warrior, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, this is the Kor deck by TLR that ended first place last week. Seems fair enough, doesn't it? I mean, it's Bogle with all creatures you can actually target!


 Then we have three Human decks in the next three spots, and ugh, Humans, amirite? Still, JokazWild is a new-ish player and he didn't get featured much so far (if ever?), so here's his monored list for you to peruse.


 A less unusual deck was Robin88's Rogue, which however performed badly. I always marvel at how hard it is for Rogue lists to do well, even in the hands of excellent players like Robin. The synergy is definitely there, but something seems to be missing.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 23, 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 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):

  • 6.38 (Week 299 BE), on September 24: Regular
  • 6.39 (Week 300 BE), on October 1: Underdog
  • 6.40 (Week 301 BE), on October 8: Regular
  • 6.41 (Week 302 BE), on October 15: Pure

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!