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Nov 25 2016 1:00pm
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  3. Announcement Time!
  4. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 So, Modern Tribal Wars has come and gone. What did you think of this tentative format? While I've never been a fan, I think it might be a good choice to replace Pure next year. Honestly, it has become extremely complicated to keep track of everything that's been removed from the Pure pool, and even with all those changes, the format doesn't feel radically different from Regular. It's been nice and fun for a year, but I don't know that it's a format that really makes sense in an "eternal" way. Modern is straightforward, and can attract more players into Tribal. Agree? Disagree?


  • Event Number: 6.46, Week 307 BE
  • Date: November 19
  • Attendance: 17
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Socanelas (Elf)
  • 1 Loss: Golden_Lin (Human), littlefield (Human), Generalissimo (Human), MisterMojoRising (Beast)
  • Underdog Prize: DuckX (Gremlin)
  • Tribes: Beast, Cleric, Eldrazi (X2), Elf, Goblin, Gremlin, Human (x4), Knight, Kor, Vampire (x2), Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 And there they are, Elves exploited the Modern format to make a little come back. Socanelas was their pilot, confirming his current great state of form (3 wins in 9 weeks, where all the other winners were different players).


 Human ended up being even stronger than usual, but that was expected, since most winning Human decks heavily rely on the Modern pool for their tribal bases. It's evident from both Golden_Lin and littlefield's lists, that don't look much different from a regular Human deck.


 Generalissimo's list was an entirely different affair, bringing flicker shenanigans to the field with his Simpsons homage.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 24, 2016):

  • Socanelas's Elves: $193.64
  • littlefield's Humans: $23.43
  • Generalissimo's Humans: $11.98

 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):

  • 6.47 (Week 308 BE), on November 26: Regular
  • 6.48 (Week 309 BE), on December 3: Underdog
  • 6.49 (Week 310 BE), on December 10: Regular
  • 6.50 (Week 311 BE), on December 17: Pure

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



I can't speak for Modern by Bazaar of Baghdad at Fri, 11/25/2016 - 13:40
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I can't speak for Modern (sorry, something came up), but Pure feels very different to me than Regular. #1 reason is absence of Swords to Plowshares, #2 is legalitiy issues (many combos are flat out illegal under Pure) but there are several others.

Maybe we could move the by Tribal Apocalypse at Sat, 11/26/2016 - 06:12
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Maybe we could move the exiler illegality (and some other restrictions) to Underdog?
Or we could reform Pure as a fixed format rather than an evolving one (maybe with Human-Elf-Goblin outright banned as tribes), and alternate it with Modern.

Goblin and Elf are close to by Bazaar of Baghdad at Sat, 11/26/2016 - 23:06
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Goblin and Elf are close to over their sustainable tipping points without their marquee cards. They'll come back a bit as other tribes take over and are pruned. Humans, of course, are so dense that they have a long way to go yet. But the system works. Pure is great since it's the only format that tribes like Kithkin or Treefolk will have a chance to be good in one day.

One upside of Modern is you by Sensei at Fri, 11/25/2016 - 17:15
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One upside of Modern is you can practice wit non-tribal players.

You get stomped when it's Legacy

Nah, taking on legacy decks by AJ_Impy at Fri, 11/25/2016 - 19:41
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Nah, taking on legacy decks with tribal decks is a great way to see how well you do in adverse conditions. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

While I think Modern Tribal by Generalissimo at Sat, 11/26/2016 - 11:12
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While I think Modern Tribal is probably fine as a format, I'd personally rather not replace Pure with it simply because of the additional cost of creating or refitting decks for a new format, plus losing access to the budget land-base of the Mirage fetches + cheap dual lands.