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Nov 11 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

 On behalf of every American tribal player (and beyond), just remember Koth and Elspeth's mantra:

Yeah, they're a black man and a woman, imagine that.


  • Event Number: 6.44, Week 305 BE
  • Date: November 5
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Socanelas (Plant)
  • Other undefeated: Michelle_Wong (Kor)
  • 1 Loss: Garlan (Rebel), Deonmag (Centaur), Generalissimo (Hippogriff), morpphling (Wolf), AJ_Impy (Drwarf)
  • True Underdog Prize: Generalissimo (Hippogriff)
  • Tribes: Ape, Archon, Berserker, Centaur, Dwarf, Gremlin, Hippogriff, Insect, Kor, Plant, Rat, Rebel, Rhino, Wolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 While the very first attempt at winning a match with Gremlin didn't pay off (sorry, DuckX!), we see Plant has become kind of a big deal in Underdog, but I still like it, because the endgame could be whatever. I'd just wish Dark Depths weren't always the first solution, but in Socanelas's defense, I witnessed games where he could easily summon Marit Lage, and didn't. He got great mileage from Huntmaster of the Fells, instead.


 Another tribe that's increasingly making its presence felt in the subformat is Centaur. Deonmag is a player who devotes all efforts to a specific build until it achieves perfection, and his Centaurs have turned into quite the lethal deck.


 And who knew Hippogriff is actually scary? I do now, because they completely shut off my Purphoros and Hornet Queens. Thanks a lot, Generalissimo.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 11, 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 3-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 fourth quarter of 2016. The quarter will end December 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. Next year, the rules of the contest will change.

 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):

  • 6.45 (Week 306 BE), on November 12: Regular
  • 6.46 (Week 307 BE), on November 19: Pure
  • 6.47 (Week 308 BE), on November 26: Regular
  • 6.48 (Week 309 BE), on December 3: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



Endure what? Why bring by Bazaar of Baghdad at Fri, 11/11/2016 - 17:56
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Endure what? Why bring politics into this, implying an insult to our president-elect in the process? FWIW, I didn't vote for Trump, but I feel so grateful we were saved from the most corrupt political regime in American history.

Your opinion. Mine is we have by Paul Leicht at Fri, 11/11/2016 - 18:52
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Your opinion. Mine is we have to endure no matter what. It is a fair statement, get over it.

I suspect we may end up with by AJ_Impy at Fri, 11/11/2016 - 20:48
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I suspect we may end up with that anyway. (Is Nixon the current benchmark or Harding? Were any of the 18th- or 19th-century presidents especially corrupt?)

Our American friends rate by Kumagoro42 at Sat, 11/12/2016 - 08:26
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Our American friends rate their Presidents through scholar surveys (in addition to popular polls). In the latest of these, from 2015, Nixon rates better than George W. Bush, and James Buchanan rates worse than Harding, at the bottom.

Endure by MichelleWong at Fri, 11/11/2016 - 20:54
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I don't agree with the Bazaar of Baghdad. A world where we are too afraid to express political opinions would be a sad and scary world.

I also say get over it. Life is not just about matters like drawing 2 cards, then discarding 3 cards.

(The line can, however, be crossed if one constantly rams political views down another's throat, usually when we already know what the person's political views are, and it just becomes tired and repetitive. But this was not an example of that. It was tactfully done and I honestly can't think of a better way of expressing how some of us feel, using MTG imagery).

It's not a matter of being by Bazaar of Baghdad at Sat, 11/12/2016 - 12:02
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It's not a matter of being too afraid. Sheesh. It's the not-so-bright idea of bring politics into a place where it's mostly likely role is just to divide us. But fine, have it your way - I am so grateful that we were somehow able to endure the biggest, by far, presidential slime in the history of American politics. Thankfully, our first, second amendment rights are *mostly* intact. Now endurance will be equal.

Next week will have the first by Tribal Apocalypse at Sat, 11/12/2016 - 12:11
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Next week we'll have the first attempt at Modern Tribal Wars. The calendar at the bottom of this article isn't up to date on that.
We'll use both the ban list for the DCI Modern format, and the ban list from our Regular Tribal Wars events, including the usual tribe restriction of certain creatures like Progenitus, Griselbrand, Tarmogoyf, and such.

I can't be the only one who by Sensei at Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:47
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I can't be the only one who missed this announcement