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Jul 14 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 I'm pleased to announce Hour of Devastation is already on Gatherling for your tournament exploitation. Yay! And you can expect my Tribal Evaluation soon! Double yay!

 Do you think the Egyptian Gods will mix well with the Greek Gods? (Weirdly enough, they sort of did in reality; Ancient Egyptian deities were still worshipped during the Roman Empire, along with their Ancient Greek counterparts). The "return to hand upon dying" mechanic from the Hour of Devastation trio is really not the same as indestructible, and their being linked to Bolas's colors mean the older Gods ones in those colors are now the tribe's dominant presence. The Scarab God also doubles as a Zombie tribal card, but I wonder if Zombie decks will actually bother.

 Also, am I the only one who finds the Invocations layout and font kinda terrible? They're at the same time tacky and unreadable.



  • Event Number: 7.26, Week 339 BE
  • Date: July 8
  • Attendance: 15
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: TLR (Angel)
  • 1 Loss: Socanelas (Eldrazi), mathguy31415 (Goblin), Armont (Beast), Generalissimo (Hydra), MisterMojoRising (Elf), BoozeMongoose (Human), LeilaPari (Elf)
  • Underdog Prize: Generalissimo (Hydra)
  • Tribes: Angel (x2), Archon, Beast, Eldrazi, Elf (x2), Goblin, Golem, Human (x3), Hydra, Spirit, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Congrats to TLR for providing the Angel win of the year! Angel is the kind of tribe which is too strong for Underdog, yet not strong enough to do consistently well in Regular, where it's relegated to reanimator strategies (lately feeling a lot of competition from its Archon cousins in that regard). As a result, this is only the 4th time they managed to end on top, not counting the Angel vs. Demon event of season 2. And of course, it was a reanimator build once again.


 The deck that's all the rage right now is this Eldrazi build, which in the last round lost to the Entombed Angels while being piloted by Socanelas.


 It almost looks like a Vintage Workshop build, what with those Trinispheres and Chalices of the Void as major players? By the way, how beautiful they both are in their Inventions form?


 Finally, here's a peculiar Elf build that doesn't ramp, as LeilaPari chose to go the extremely uncommon aggro route with the green dudes, taking a "+1/+1 counters matter" approach through Bramblewood Paragon, Joraga Warcaller, Metallic Mimic and Hardened Scales, and a populate approach with everything else. Almost refreshing!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 14, 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):

  • 7.27 (Week 340 BE), on July 15: Modern
  • 7.28 (Week 341 BE), on July 22: Regular
  • 7.29 (Week 342 BE), on July 29: Singleton
  • 7.30 (Week 343 BE), on August 5: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!