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Jun 30 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

 The Ixalan leak was the biggest news lately, and apart from telling us that Wizards should really increase its safety measures, opens a new, upcoming world for Tribal: the world of Pirates and Dinosaurs (don't ask me how these two things even go together). Pirates is already an established tribe, although half of its 20 members aren't online, mostly being from Portal sets, and mostly inconsequential. We can expect a good requalification for the Pirates Ixalan, which moves them into the full Grixis spectrum (they came almost entirely in blue so far). Dinosaur is more exciting, though, because it's a type that didn't exist, if not briefly during Ice Age, and it should have, since there's quite a few creatures that had been printed as Lizards over the years, yet were clearly Dinosaurs. Expect the Lizard tribe to see its membership decrease a bit as a consequence (or they could leave the Lizard type and add Dinosaur, although the Ixalan's Dinosaurs aren't lizard-like, they have feathers!)

 They'll hopefully make a deep search within the Lizards (and possibly other subtypes, like Beast) to find possible candidates to dinosaurification, but just by going by name, it seems likely all these will be turned into Dinosaurs:




 I'd say not this one, though, since the rider is typically used over the steed (otherwise most Knights would have the Horse type):

 It looks like Dinosaur will be a tribe already starting big, and while most of the older fella aren't exactly groundbreaking (pun not intended), some of them could turn out useful in a Dinosaur deck, and Deathmist Raptor is certainly a strong mythic to start with, although probably not very synergistic with the tribe.

 But all of this is moot compared to the real tribal highlight of the week, this time from Hour of Devastation: a Horse Lord!

Who needs a rider?


  • Event Number: 7.24, Week 337 BE
  • Date: June 24
  • Attendance: 15
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: BoozeMongoose (Wizard)
  • Runner-up: Deonmag ( Scarecrow)
  • 1 Loss: Bandit Keith (Kithkin), Generalissimo (Rogue), Golden_Lin (Archon), ML_Berlin (Human), Gonzzy (Goblin), mathguy31415 (Human)
  • Underdog Prize: Deonmag ( Scarecrow)
  • Tribes: Archon, Beast, Eldrazi, Goblin, Human (x3), Illusion, Kithkin, Merfolk, Rogue, Scarecrow, Spirit, Wizard (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, is Cephalid Breakfast back after all these years? (Remember it was mostly a thing in 2013). BoozeMongoose said he just wanted to try the new Wizard-shelled version of the combo deck, but won't use it again. We'll see if somebody will take on the (loathed) Cephalid mantle, or it'll go to sleep for another 4 years.


 In the final, Breakfast defeated an Underdog deck: Deonmag's Scarecrow list. Good job getting there in a Regular event!


 This unusual 4-color Rogue deck by Generalissimo made us find out that, for mysterious reasons, Quickling is treated by Gatherling as a Faerie, not a Faerie Rogue. It's hopefully going to be fixed soon.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 30, 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):

  • 7.25 (Week 338 BE), on July 1: Underdog
  • 7.26 (Week 339 BE), on July 8: Regular
  • 7.27 (Week 340 BE), on July 15: Modern
  • 7.28 (Week 341 BE), on July 22: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!