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Feb 24 2017 1:00pm
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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

 So, the new world order Pure Tribal has made its debut, and the first winning tribe is... Kobold! Who would have expected that, uh? Granted, it was a combo deck with Enduring Renewal and Goblin Bombardment, but still... Kobold at 1st place! First time ever! Plus, that combo is inherent in the tribe, since pretty much no other tribe can pull it off, at least not that easily.


 So, how is the new Pure? Same as the old one? I actually think the concept of "purity" is not entirely delivered. Sure, there's nothing off-tribe (except things that should be), and a bunch of problematic cards are removed from the format, including the ones that make too easy to deal with creatures, like 1-mana non-conditional instant exilers, or to win by direct damage. But there's a few cards that are leftovers of the old system, in that they punished a tribe that had ended undefeated, but they're neither cards nor tribes that make the format "purer" by being hindered. I'm thinking specifically of Gray Merchant of Asphodel, Kabira Evangel, Knight Exemplar and Rage Forger. Did Tribal Apocalypse ever have an issue of dominance by any of those cards and/or their tribes? I think not. So why should the a format called Pure Tribal be so against them?

 Anyway, that's the ban list for the time being, but I expect to unban some of those cards to make room for more problematic cards in the future, as soon as such problematic cards will make themselves known.


  • Event Number: 7.06, Week 319 BE
  • Date: February 18
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pure
  • Winner: Golden_Lin (Kobold)
  • 1 Loss: Goblin_hero (Human), ML_Berlin (Goblin), MisterMojoRising (Beast), Yokai_ (Warrior), Euler (Specter), littlefield (Human), AJ_Impy (Warrior)
  • Underdog Prize: csrrcr (Scorpion)
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: Golden_Lin (Kobold)
  • Tribes: Beast (x2), Goblin, Golem, Human (x2), Kobold, Myr, Rogue, Scorpion, Snake, Specter, Warrior (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, here it is, the little Kobold deck that could, as piloted by Golden_Lin, that is having a great season so far this year.


 Other Underdog tribes shined in this Pure event. Newcomer Euler did well with this Specter deck, for instance. Specter is a tricky tribe: they're individually powerful, but have a terrible curve. High-profile cards like Liliana of the Veil and Ensnaring Bridge probably helped here.


 And the actual Underdog Prize went to Scorpion, courtesy of csrrcr. Did you know when was the last time a Scorpion deck was entered in Tribal Apocalypse. I'll tell you: it was in Event 83, August 4, 2012. And it was in an Underdog event (they were called Endangered at the time).



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

 The Top 5 Cheapest Non-Goblin 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. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  4. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  5. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147

NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85.


 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 New Kids on the Block Award: When a new tribe is introduced in the game, or reaches enough members to be played as a proper tribe (i.e. at least 3 members, so you can build a deck that features 4 copies of each plus 8 Changeling creatures), the first player to score a match win with it will get a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. You'll need a hard win, not a BYE or a win by no-show of your opponent. The tribes currently eligible for the award are Gremlin and Monkey.

 The Hamtastic Award: The Biodiversity Prize dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg rewards each player who registers 10 different tribes (except Human, Elf and Goblin) during the year with a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. You can go on and win the prize multiple times in the year, but you need to keep playing different tribes! (So if you manage to register 50 different tribes in one season, you can get up to 15 tix!)

 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):

  • 7.07 (Week 320 BE), on February 25: Regular
  • 7.08 (Week 321 BE), on March 4: Underdog
  • 7.09 (Week 322 BE), on March 11: Regular
  • 7.10 (Week 323 BE), on March 18: Pure

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!



Speaking of tweaks the Pure by Kumagoro42 at Sat, 02/25/2017 - 00:23
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Speaking of tweaks the Pure ban list need, I just realized we banned Scapeshift twice, as it was already part of the Regular ban list.