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Jul 21 2017 12:00pm
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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

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  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcement Time!
  4. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 So, let's talk Tribal Apocalypse Team Leaderboard. It's a topic I had mentioned at the beginning of the year, to be discussed at the season's midpoint. Now we're actually a bit past that (but it's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the laziest time of the year), so it's the moment to start talking about it. I had simply envisioned it a la Jeux Sans Frontières (war without tears), just making the sum of the leaderboard points of players from the same country (this could give us a reason to find out where everyone is from). What for, you could ask. Well, just for fun, to add some more seasonal statistics, and a further competition level. Of course, we won't be able to have teams of comparable size for most of the countries, so we could group players by areas, or by other factors. Or we could just have group of unrelated players teaming up with one another for no nationalist reason. We already have an active team in the event, actually, and as I understand it, it's entirely made of Brazilian players; problem is, its name is an obscenity (yeah, guys, don't think it's that hard to Google-translate a sentence in Portuguese then Google the result), and MTGOTraders has a strict family-friendly policy, so either the team will change name or it'll just be the Brazil team.

 Anyway, what do you think of this? Could we add some end-of-season special event about teams, too? Will the attendance frequency be the key to everything, because a team with regular players will always score higher than a team with players who only occasionally show up, even if when they do they win events?


  • Event Number: 7.27, Week 340 BE
  • Date: July 15
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Generalissimo (Spirit)
  • Runner-up: Golden_Lin (Human)
  • 1 Loss: Bandit Keith (Kithkin), ML_Berlin (Berserker), MisterMojoRising (Cat), BoozeMongoose (Construct), Armont (Beast)
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy (Crocodile)
  • Tribes: Beast, Berserker, Cat, Construct, Crocodile, Eldrazi (x2), Goblin, Human (x2), Kithkin, Spirit, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Congrats to one of our resident Johnnies, Generalissimo, for finally achieving that elusive 1st place! With this Spirit build that's essentially Bogle without the Bogles, a fine and intricate web of Spirit-Aura interactions that's also surprisingly very very powerful! Just look at the Gift of Immortality/Kami of False Hope soft lock. All powered by the always amazing Tallowisp, while the hexproof element is outsourced to Drogskol Captain.


 All this against the current #1 player in the leaderboard, Golden_Lin, piloting the all-time #1 tribe, Human.


 And if you wanted to know what does a Crocodile deck look like in the Hour of Devastation, AJ_Impy demonstrated it for you. Another tribe marked down for the Repopulation Award.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 21, 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):

  • 7.28 (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
  • 7.31 (Week 344 BE), on August 12: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!



I'm very much in favour of by AJ_Impy at Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:11
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I'm very much in favour of teams conceptually. I suspect we'll lack the cohesion of our Brazilian exemplars, however. We could do it on a continental basis.

Team Europe would be by AJ_Impy at Fri, 07/21/2017 - 15:19
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Team Europe would be frightening. ML_Berlin, Generalissimo and myself make up three of the current top four, plus if they return from absence, the likes of Kasparadi, Mihahitlor and Romellos, covering half the seasonal championships.

See this I'd somehow manage by Paul Leicht at Fri, 07/21/2017 - 13:28
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See this I'd somehow manage to get up for if I was teamed with friends. Of course if it is done by leaderboard points then I'd be out since I have none. :)

Any updates? by TLR at Thu, 08/03/2017 - 16:35
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I would love to see this working, and I've been scratching my head to try and get an idea on how we could make teams. So far, I can't reach a conclusion.

If we make the teams by countries, I'm afraid I would play alone (as would others), so that can't be. By continents? Doesn't look fair. Only reasonable thing I can think of is to let players get their teams together. So maybe create teams of 3 players? And maybe play some unified tribal 3vs3 like in team events irl?

Player made teams is how the by Paul Leicht at Thu, 08/03/2017 - 18:08
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Player made teams is how the pros do it. Seems like it works well enough.

TLR, did you read the next by Tribal Apocalypse at Thu, 08/03/2017 - 19:30
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TLR, did you read the next article? We're past countries as the only possible factor. Each team chooses its reasons to be a team. And yes, an event with the unified deck construction rules is what I was thinking about. It's actually been scheduled on the calendar for December 30 all along, but I guess nobody noticed. :)

i just read it now. Somehow I by TLR at Fri, 08/04/2017 - 05:51
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i just read it now. Somehow I was looking for info in the reports after this event and didn't see it.