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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 03 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

 It appears I collected a modicum of interest for my idea of Kamigawa Tribal as a special event for December 30. Since nobody spoke in favor of the originally scheduled Commander 1v1 event, I'm leaning toward the former now, but I need more opinions before deciding. To recap, it'd be an event where only tribes specific of Kamigawa block can be played. This would mean, tentatively:

  • Tribes allowed as a whole: Kirin, Moonfolk, Ninja, Samurai, Zubera
  • Tribes allowed with Kamigawa-only members: Demon, Fox, Ogre, Rat, Snake, Spirit
  • Special combined tribe: Demon+Ogre (both Kamigawa-only)



  • Event Number: 7.42, Week 355 BE
  • Date: October 28
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Halloween Special
  • Winner: Nagarjuna (Demon)
  • Runner-up: Socanelas (Demon)
  • 1 Loss: Generalissimo (Vampire), AJ_Impy (Faerie), Golden_Lin (Assassin)
  • Underdog Prize: Golden_Lin (Assassin)
  • Tribes: Assassin, Demon (x4), Faerie, Horror, Rat, Scarecrow, Vampire (x2), Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Speaking of Demons, they pwned the Halloween Special! Not a lot of them were from Kamigawa, though. And by "not a lot", I actually mean "not a one". Both finalists had a cheat-into-play strategy for the big guys, but with different approach and mostly a different team (except for Griselbrand, because of course you're going to have Griselbrand in there; and Rune-Scarred Demon, too).

Nagarjuna (winning two events in a row for the first time! Being away for a while rejuvenated him) piloted a classic reanimator build, with some cool choices of Demons: a bit of old glories like Spirit of the Night and Sol'kanar the Swamp King, along with some relatively new faces like Sire of Insanity and the strategy-appropriate Demon of Dark Schemes.


 Meanwhile, Socanelas adopted a Show and Tell/Eureka/Omniscience battleplan, pouring his Demons in from a whole other zone.


 Aside from this demonic showdown, the attendance was varied enough, even including some of the tribes that are only allowed with restrictions, like Rat (which needs to be non-humanoid) and Faerie (which needs to be black), the latter being AJ_Impy's chosen Halloween costume. I'm not sure you'd want to see him cosplaying as Oona in real life, though.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 3, 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. kokonade1000's Berserkers, $2.95, 2nd place on Event 354
  6. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  7. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  8. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
  9. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
  10. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141

 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. kokonade1000's Berserkers, $2.95, 2nd place on Event 354
  5. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201

NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85.


 Just to remind you of a few things:

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

 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):

  • 7.43 (Week 356 BE), on November 4: Underdog
  • 7.44 (Week 357 BE), on November 11: Regular
  • 7.45 (Week 358 BE), on November 18: Modern
  • 7.46 (Week 359 BE), on November 25: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!