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Dec 02 2016 12:00pm
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  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcement Time!
  4. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 Just to make sure you notice this year has 53 Saturdays, but the last one is December 31, and no, I won't be running an event on December 31. So we're going to end up with the same number of events as always, which is 51 normal events + 1 Invitational (the Invitational is not numbered).


  • Event Number: 6.47, Week 308 BE
  • Date: November 26
  • Attendance: 18
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Socanelas (Eldrazi)
  • Other undefeated: MisterMojoRising (Goblin)
  • 1 Loss: littlefield (Human), AJ_Impy (Angel), Generalissimo (Weird), BrunoDogma (Human)
  • Underdog Prize: Generalissimo (Weird)
  • Tribes: Angel, Eldrazi (x2), Goblin, Golem, Human (x5), Kobold, Shaman, Sliver, Vampire, Vedalken, Warrior, Weird (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Socanelas keeps winning events, guys. I liked this colorless Eldrazi deck with 4 (Eyes of Ugin) (so that's Ugin with glasses?) and no real big dude. Man, Eldrazi really have become a serious tribe, haven't they?


 We've already seen the runner-up MisterMojoRising's Goblins (still without Aether Vials), and among the top decks there were also classic iterations of mono-white (by littlefield) and mono-red Humans (by BrunoDogma). Let's feature AJ_Impy's reanimator Angels instead. I'd like to ask AJ how the individual parts of his Angel team performed. Like, how many times he needed to fetch Resolute Archangel or Angel of Finality or Linvala, Keeper of Silence rather than his finishers of choice (that I suppose were Avacyn and Iona).


 And for once, let's give a shout-out to a deck that did NOT go that well, but it's a new concoction of a veteran player, Deonmag, who tried his hands at Golems but didn't have much luck, despite the list being already there, with a full Cloudpost set (minus Thespian's Stage), Deserted Temple, and even Crystal Quarry to exploit Etched Monstrosity. Suggestion, though: I wouldn't play Colossus of Sardia. Like, ever.



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

  • 6.48 (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
  • 6.51 (Week 312 BE), on December 24: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



Generally everything went by AJ_Impy at Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:22
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Generally everything went pretty well. Linvala was excellent at shutting down the finely crafted Shaman deck, whose Deathrites were otherwise doing an excellent job. Magister of Worth with Avacyn out is everything I love about the game. Hats off to MisterMojoRising: He had a very small window of opportunity, but really made the most of it, and he recovered well from nearly tilting after sacrificing a win condition.