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Sep 30 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

 This week we're going to reach a milestone for Tribal Apocalypse: the 300th EVENT! (In the Blippian Era). To celebrate, MTGO Traders kindly agreed to DOUBLE THE PRIZE POOL! (For this week only. Don't get cocky).

 Also, the Underdog Prize (which is, the True Underdog Prize, since the 300th will be an Underdog event, and that's cool because we want to celebrate the tribes you only find in Tribal Wars, not stuff like Elves.dek and Human.dek that are everywhere) will be replaced with a special Theme Prize, the theme being the number 300. Build your deck to pay homage to that number in any way you like, either by putting 300 cards in there, or referencing Frank Miller's graphic novel, whatever. I'll judge the efforts and award a 3-tix prize to the best 3 builders (the prizes might even be split in order to award more creative endeavors and differentiate between them). The placement of the decks doesn't influence the prize, but you must play at least 2 rounds, so no reg & flee to grab the tix.

 Also also, I'd say let's let Dark Depths alone for now. But be aware I'm watching you, Dark Depths. You won't get away with it forever!

 Also also also, if you missed it, last week I was given the privilege to act as a humble replacement of Pete Jahn for the weekly State of the Program, and I took the chance to give a shoutout to that week's PRE winners. Which means some of you (and TLR in particular for Tribal Apocalypse) have been featured in a space that usually features pros. Cheers!


  • Event Number: 6.38, Week 299 BE
  • Date: September 24
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Socanelas (Elf)
  • Other undefeated: Robin88 (Ally)
  • 1 Loss: TLR (Kor), totalhate (Wall), Bazaar of Baghdad (Spirit), mihahitlor (Goblin), BrunoDogma (Human)
  • Underdog Prize: Golden_Lin (Archon)
  • Tribes: Ally, Archon, Cat, Elf, Goblin, Human (x3), Kor, Spirit, Vampire, Wall, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Speaking of Elves, there they are again, as played by Socanelas. Will they ever cease and desist?


 The undefeated cap goes to Ally as well. They're gaining steam after their recent renovations. Robin88 is exploiting them well.


 And this is AJ_Impy trying out another Moat setup, this time with Vampires. It didn't go that well, confirming Moat is not such a big bogey man, after all. I think there were too few flyers in this build, though: just 8, and not that big (I doubt Blood Baron of Vizkopa gets to fly very often.)



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 30, 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):

  • 6.39 (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
  • 6.42 (Week 303 BE), on October 22: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



More of a 'sit back and by AJ_Impy at Fri, 09/30/2016 - 20:42
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More of a 'sit back and bleed/steal' deck. The tithe drinkers and Emissaries keep up a steady life drain without needing to attack, the Captivating Vampires steal anything relevant, getting to a blood baron launch state isn't that hard. It could do with some tweaking, but on the whole I was happy with how it felt when playing it, capable of giving anything a game. :)

"It didn't go that well, by Generalissimo at Sat, 10/01/2016 - 10:14
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"It didn't go that well, confirming Moat is not such a big bogey man, after all."

It was still enough to annoy the crap out of me!

Obviously a lot of cards by Paul Leicht at Sat, 10/01/2016 - 13:24
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Obviously a lot of cards could fit that description....Annoying cards abound.