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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 10 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

 As requested, here's the history of Energy Field in Tribal Apocalypse. It's been played 3 times between 2013 and 2014, but those hardly count since all three attempts (by Ranth, DirtyDuck and Nagarjuna, with two Sliver decks and one Rogue deck, respectively) for some reason ended with a drop at round 2 after a round-1 loss. Then AJ_Impy started running it in 2015 and played it 11 times since, mostly in Underdog events, achieving a grand total of 5 positive results, of which two undefeated results, the one from last week and another 4-0 earlier this year (the other results are three negatives, one 2-2, and two that are just 1 win due to incomplete participation). Half of the times the tribe was God, with lists like this one, which is an "only enchantments and lands" build.


 So it's just one player using it so far. Considering that AJ never plays the same list twice in a row, I'd conclude we don't have an Energy Field problem. Also because on its own, it's hardly an unbeatable card: it just asks for any kind of removal or even just trading in combat; of course, a clever way to exploit the Field is to pair it up with a tribe that's hard to deal with to begin with, because they're all indestructibles of flyers. Plus, there's the combo with Rest in Peace, of course. I'd say it's specifically something that targets those players who think streamlining their builds to only have creature and direct damage in them is the way to go; it's not, because then you're ridiculously vulnerable to something like this, whereas players who pack some Abrupt Decay or Maelstrom Pulse or Vindicate or Oblivion Ring will have no problems whatsoever beating EF/RIP.


  • Event Number: 7.43, Week 356 BE
  • Date: November 4
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: AJ_Impy (Siren)
  • Runner-up: Bandit Keith (Rat)
  • 1 Loss: Socanelas (Berserker), Robin88 (Pirate), Deonmag (Centaur), Golden_Lin (Kobold)
  • Trie Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy (Siren)
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: AJ_Impy (Siren)
  • Tribes: Berserker, Centaur, Dauthi, Fish, Gremlin, Horror, Insect, Kobold, Pirate, Rat (x2), Siren
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, here's AJ_Impy applying the Energy Field trick to a flying tribe like the newborn Siren, giving the winged buccaneers their first event win. By the way, I love how Siren Stormtamer is a nombo with Energy Field.

by AJ_Impy - 1st place, Underdog Prize, Up-and-Coming Prize
4 Cloaked Siren
4 Dreamcaller Siren
4 Hypnotic Siren
4 Siren Lookout
4 Siren Stormtamer
20 cards

Other Spells
4 Energy Field
4 Rest in Peace
4 Vedalken Shackles
3 Favorable Winds
3 Swords to Plowshares
18 cards
10 Island
4 Flooded Strand
4 Prairie Stream
4 Tundra
2 Irrigated Farmland
24 cards
Siren Stormtamer


 Runner-up: Bandit Keith with this Rat deck, that unfortunately didn't manage to find a removal or a timely discard effect in game 1, when AJ only had a RIP-less Field out.


 Honorable mention to Generalissimo's Insect build, which tried to do some neat if convoluted stuff with the graveyard and emerge and scavenge and death-triggering creatures and Recurring Nightmare, but it wasn't entirely there yet. Insect is always a tricky tribe.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 10, 2017):

  • AJ_Impy's Sirens: $113.74
  • Bandit Keith's Rats: $17.34
  • Generalissimo's Insects: $20.49

 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):

  • 7.44 (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
  • 7.47 (Week 360 BE), on December 2: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!