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Jul 28 2017 2:00pm
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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, we started talking about Tribal Teams, but we didn't establish much of anything yet. I'm expecting more input from all of you, but the only things I can say for sure are these: 1) There won't be (for now) a specific impact of teams on prizes, except possibly for one dedicated end-of-season event; and 2) Teams don't need to be created out of one specific concept, like countries. We can have one team that's about its members being all from Brazil, and another where the linking factor is being a Johnny, or I don't know, even just three players who agreed never playing Human, Elf and Goblin and made that the banner of their team. The size has to be regulated, though, and here I'm thinking 3 players minimum, 6 players max, and seasonal points are then calculated as average per member; this way, larger teams don't just total more points, and every performance of every member matters. Other systems may be applied, like maybe only the best result of each team in each event counts (this means I'd have to keep track of that best result separately, though). What do you think? My idea is to have a try out based on this season to start doing it in a more refined way starting next season, anyway.


  • Event Number: 7.28, Week 341 BE
  • Date: July 22
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Socanelas (Eldrazi)
  • Runner-up: TLR (Cleric)
  • 1 Loss: BoozeMongoose (Construct), Yokai_ (Warrior), MisterMojoRising (Elf), ML_Berlin (Human), AJ_Impy (Golem)
  • Underdog Prize: Generalissimo (Fungus)
  • Tribes: Archon, Beast, Cleric, Construct, Eldrazi, Elf (x2), Fungus, Golem, Golem, Human, Illusion, Warrior
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Socanelas's Eldrazi took their first win this year (after having a Top 4 placement three weeks ago). In the playoff round, they managed to beat the other undefeated list by TLR, yet another attempt at reworking the Cephalid Breakfast build, this time within a Cleric shell, which is strange because this pushes off-tribe both Cephalid Illusionist and Nomads En-Kor, although it opens the door to a large amount of combo-insurance creatures, including Shaman En-Kor, which is still able to weaponize the Illusionist.


 Then let's have a look at two separate views on the classic Cloudpost shenanigans, which both made Top 8. BoozeMongoose chose Construct, with Walking Ballista as the obvious top dog and Thespian's Stage/Dark Depths as plan B (or is that plan A?).


 And this is AJ_Impy opting for Golem instead, which doesn't have received the insane boost Kaladesh block gave to its Construct cousins, but it's still scary enough in a ramp deck. Plus, Grafdigger's Cage, gentlemen. Learn how to defend yourself against the dark arts.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 28, 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):

  • 7.29 (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
  • 7.32 (Week 345 BE), on August 19: Pure

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!