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May 19 2017 12:00pm
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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

 I've finally came around to write the Amonkhet tribal evaluation (this link is probably going live next week), and I've come to the realization that Zombie is the tribe that has been impacted the most by the latest set (well, apart from Jackal, that is). I mean, just these three guys are worth being included in a new generation Zombie build. I look forward to see someone breaking them (which is, playing them, because they certainly don't require rocket science to be figured out).


White Zombie!

 In other news, Elf got to the 30th win, so Pure needs one ban more (plus still one for the Scouts). I thought we could use these slots to ban stuff we don't want in Pure because it's not "pure tribal" enough, like maybe Goblin Charbelcher? Stuff like that, regardless of the actual relevance for the tribe providing the slot. I still haven't decided yet.


  • Event Number: 7.18, Week 331 BE
  • Date: May 13
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: BoozeMongoose (Elf)
  • Runner-up: littlefield (Human)
  • 1 Loss: ML_Berlin (Human), Golden_Lin (Human), TLR (Wizard), AJ_Impy (Spirit), Gonzzy (Goblin)
  • Underdog Prize: Deonmag ( Scarecrow)
  • Tribes: Elf (x2), Faerie, Goblin (x2), Human (x4), Scarecrow, Soldier, Spirit, Vampire, Wizard
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So here's the Elf list that got the green dudes to thirty first places. It's by newcomer and first-time winner BoozeMongoose. Welcome and congrats, BoozeMongoose! Please don't play Elf too much!


 There was another timeless classic build as a finalist: a white weenie Human deck, as played by littlefield.


 And since I was mentioning Goblin Charbelcher, AJ_Impy stirred up some controversy by playing this quasi-landless Spirit list.


 But speaking of Permeating Mass, go check this article by CottonRhetoric giving a Johnny-casual take on the card!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 19, 2017):

 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 Bolas Prize: The first player to win a game by activating Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker's third ability for lethal damage will get a 3-tix credit certificate from MTGO Traders. Be cruel or go home!

 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 Camel, Gremlin, Hippo, Hyena, Monkey.

 The Repopulation Award: Some tribes get played only once (to get the New Kids on the Block Award) and then forgotten. Never again! Register one of the following tribes three times in different events, then play all rounds of those events with them, and you'll get a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. The list of these tribes, established May 5, 2017, is as follows: Antelope, Atog, Crocodile, Goat, Homarid, Incarnation, Jackal, Leech, Licid, Manticore, Metathran, Monger, Moonfolk, Nightstalker, Octopus, Orgg, Ouphe, Ox, Processor, Rabbit, Salamander, Siren, Slith.

 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):

  • 7.19 (Week 332 BE), on May 20: Modern
  • 7.20 (Week 333 BE), on May 27: Regular
  • 7.21 (Week 334 BE), on June 3: Underdog
  • 7.22 (Week 335 BE), on June 10: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!



I'd definitely go for an Elf by AJ_Impy at Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:30
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I'd definitely go for an Elf ban for the elves, but Scouts usually win through combo, often land-based, so Charbelcher could be a good fit there. Definitely worth remembering that the Belcher deck didn't win, losing to the standard Natural Order package. It may be an idea to give Dragonlord Atarka, Hornet Queen, Woodfall Primus and Craterhoof Behemoth the Progenitus treatment and limit them to their tribes, given the regularity they show up, individually or together, as offtribe splashes in green creature tutor decks. I acknowledge we want the archetype to be extant, but we don't necessarily want a constantly used go-to set of creatures regardless of tribe.