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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 24 2017 1:00pm
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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, in the end I scheduled Kamigawa Special as the last event of the year on December 30. Let's see how it goes. Regular bannings, available tribes as follows (where not otherwise specified, you can include non-Kamigawa creatures if they exist), no off-tribe creatures that aren't from KamigawaDemon (Kamigawa-only), Demon+Ogre (mixed tribe, both Kamigawa-only), Fox (Kamigawa-only), Kirin, Moonfolk, Ninja, Ogre (Kamigawa-only), Rat (Kamigawa-only), Samurai, Snake (Kamigawa-only), Spirit (Kamigawa-only), Zubera. The Demon+Ogre mixed tribe means you can have, for instance, 7 Demons and 13 Ogres (out of a 60-card deck) and it'll be legal. You'll have to use some placeholders when registering in Gatherling, of course, and you'll have to tell me you're doing the Demon and Ogre thing before the event starts, so that I'm aware of it.


 No restrictions for noncreature cards, but the Underdog Prize is replaced by the Kamigawa Prize, awarding 1 tix for any deck that only runs Kamigawa cards. If you know of Kamigawa-based creatures that have been printed in core sets or ancillary products, they're legal (and count for the Kamigawa Prize) but you have to check with me first. I can already clear one of those, which also awards the prestigious O-Kagachi Prize, worth 3 tix for winning a match with O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami in play:

 Also, any card with "Tamiyo" in the name (i.e. these three below) is considered a Kamigawa card for Kamigawa Prize purposes.



  • Event Number: 7.45, Week 358 BE
  • Date: November 18
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: mathguy31415 (Human)
  • 1 Loss: Socanelas (Human), littlefield (Goblin), Nagarjuna (Ally), lovetapsmtg (Siren)
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg (Siren)
  • Tribes: Ally, Goblin, Human (x2), Monk, Siren, Vampire, Vedalken, Warrior, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Final Modern event of the year. We know Humans are strong everywhere, but in Modern Tribal Wars they're particularly so, with mathguy31415 winning the last two Modern events with this pretty affordable build (however, the previous Modern events were won by, respectively, Elf, Warrior, Construct, and Spirit, so it seems a pretty diverse environment so far).


 Ally would look like a tribe that could thrive in Modern, considering it entirely exists within the Modern pool; the returned Nagarjuna is indeed trying to pilot it all the way to the top, but it's just not there yet.


 And look at this, a tribe marked for Repopulation ending up in the money! After the first place in this month's Underdog, Siren is proving to be a force to be reckoned with, and lovetapsmtg has to be happy about it.

by lovetapsmtg - Top 8, Underdog Prize
4 Cloaked Siren
4 Hypnotic Siren
4 Siren Lookout
4 Siren Stormtamer
4 Mothdust Changeling
4 Judge's Familiar
24 cards

Other Spells
4 Favorable Winds
4 Lethargy Trap
4 Smuggler's Copter
4 Whiplash Trap
16 cards
20 Island
20 cards
Favorable Winds



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 24, 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):

  • 7.46 (Week 359 BE), on November 25: Regular
  • 7.47 (Week 360 BE), on December 2: Underdog
  • 7.48 (Week 361 BE), on December 9: Regular
  • 7.49 (Week 362 BE), on December 16: Pure

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!



Does the requirement for the by Generalissimo at Sat, 11/25/2017 - 17:37
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Does the requirement for the Kamigawa prize include lands?

It does. Except basic, of by Kumagoro42 at Tue, 11/28/2017 - 04:15
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It does. Except basic, of course.

Oh boy, that makes things a by Generalissimo at Tue, 11/28/2017 - 08:45
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Oh boy, that makes things a lot harder; the fixing in Kamigawa is terrible.

On the other hand, a lot of by Kumagoro42 at Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:51
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On the other hand, a lot of those tribes are either monocolored, or can be easily built around one primary color.