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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Oct 02 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

 Last Friday, due to a technical issue on my end, the regularly scheduled Diaries of the Apocalypse about the September 23 event couldn't be published, so we're releasing it now. Next Friday there will be the one about the September 30 event, as usual.

 In the meantime, we need to talk about the "concede rule" I exposed a couple weeks ago and that recites "Players are to concede when they have the absolute certainty the match is lost". I'll elaborate better in the next article, but for now I just want to point out that the key words there are "absolute certainty". Nobody is asking players to concede if they think there's still even a microscopic chance to win. And certainly their opponents aren't allowed to. This is not a "you must let me win" rule! It's not meant to advantage the winning side, it's meant to advantage the players who are NOT in the game and waiting for the round to be over already.


  • Event Number: 7.37, Week 350 BE
  • Date: September 23
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Socanelas (Eldrazi)
  • Runner-up: Deonmag (Golem)
  • 1 Loss: mathguy31415 (Goblin), TLR (Cat)
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy (Dinosaur)
  • Tribes: Archon, Cat, Dinosaur, Eldrazi, Faerie, Goblin, Golem, Human, Kithkin, Shaman
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, since this event happened, Dinosaurs came online (and my Ixalan evaluation too) but, spoiler alert, nobody has still played them because the next event was Singleton. But wait, that's not true, somebody did play the first instance ever of Dinosaur tribal on September 23... before Ixalan even came out! Leave it to AJ_Impy to exploit the small window between the ruling that turned 14 former Lizards into Dinosaurs and the actual release of the Ixalan Dinosaurs. (Spoiler alert #2: AJ's list ended 0-3, so Dinosaurs are still eligible for the New Kids on the Block award).


 The event was won by Socanelas with Eldrazi over Deonmag with Golems, but we already know both those very solid lists well enough. Let's instead have a look at this Cat deck by TLR, because it uses Eldritch Evolution, and I'm a big fan! It also features the combo between Felidar Guardian and Saheeli Rai (the titular cat lady). Will this be a new trend for Cat decks? Will they turn from pure aggro to aggro-combo?


 And this is BoozeMongoose's dedicated Dark Depths build with Shamans, which make for the best, most legit shell for Dark Depths.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of October 2, 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, Dinosaur, 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):

  • 7.37 (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
  • 7.40 (Week 353 BE), on October 14: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!