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Sep 15 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

 Here's a new regulation of behaviour: Players are to concede when they have the absolute certainty the match is lost, for instance when the opponent is executing an endgame combo in the decisive game. The thing is, in game 1, it's good strategy to force the opponent to play out the combo click after click, because this way you make them consume their clock, which is one of the most precious resources of the match and runs directly contrary to time-consuming combos (at least in digital play). But in game 3 (or game 2 after a game-1 loss), you're just being vindictive, which is already a discouraged petty behaviour, but becomes intolerable when it causes everybody else to wait and the tournament to be needlessly prolonged.

 Similarly, I see way too often matches being dragged until clock's end when the odds have very clearly become impossible (like an opponent with 100 life and dominant board position when there's just one minute left on the clock; remember that one minute on your clock may take even 5 minutes of actual time, and if you're the last match of the round, that's 5 minutes everybody's waiting on you for no reason). In such cases, the host may privately ask the player to prove there's still a way out in his or her deck, otherwise the player will be requested to concede.


  • Event Number: 7.35, Week 348 BE
  • Date: September 9
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: BoozeMongoose (Bird)
  • Runner-up: Bandit Keith (Kithkin)
  • 1 Loss: Socanelas (Eldrazi), kokonade1000 (Human), TLR (Soldier), morpphling (Human), Yokai_ (Warrior)
  • Underdog Prize: Garlan (Jackal)
  • Tribes: Bird, Demon, Eldrazi, Golem, Human (x4), Jackal, Kithkin, Rat, Soldier, Warrior
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 And that's three wins in a row for BoozeMongoose! This had only happened five times before: with Ranth in season 2; with slug360 in season 3; with romellos in season 4 (twice); and with Socanelas in season 6. Nobody ever did four: will BoozeMongose manage to break this barrier? Only time will tell, and by time, I mean next event. In the meantine, here's the 5-color Aluren combo Bird deck (with old-style red for Imperial Recruiter over Recruiter of the Guard) that gave him his third consecutive success.


 Kithkin used to show more often at top places in the past, but lately they have been out-powered by  the constant growth of WW Humans. Luckily, Bandit Keith still believes in the little guys. And with good reason. It's also a $10 deck that got very close to first place, for those who keep track of these things.


 And speaking of WW Humans, here's the deck by kokonade1000 that Keith had the satisfaction to beat with his Kithkin. But don't worry, it still did well.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 15, 2017):

  • BoozeMongoose's Birds: $206.27
  • Bandit Keith's Kithkin: $10.88
  • kokonade1000's Humans: $48.59

 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, Metathran, Monger, Moonfolk, Nightstalker, Octopus, Orgg, Ouphe, Ox, Processor, Rabbit, Salamander, Siren, Slith. Already cleared: Manticore.

 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):

  • 7.36 (Week 349 BE), on September 16: Modern
  • 7.37 (Week 350 BE), on September 23: Regular
  • 7.38 (Week 351 BE), on September 30: Singleton
  • 7.39 (Week 352 BE), on October 7: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!