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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jan 19 2018 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 So, tomorrow is Invitational day, and 4 of the 16 qualified players still haven't confirmed their presence, so if you're one of the elected reserves (or just if you placed high enough on the 2017 leaderboard), consider showing up, you might be able to grab a place in the tournament. The current situation is this way.

 Regardless, good luck, everyone! See you when we'll have crowned our 7th Ultimate Tribal Champion!




  • Event Number: 8.02, Week 366 BE
  • Date: January 13
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: BoozeMongoose (Eldrazi)
  • 1 Loss: EDUGAL (Human), Yokai_ (Elf), Generalissimo (Dragon), Nagarjuna (Devil), mathguy31415 (Human)
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy (Elder), lovetapsmtg (Octopus)
  • Tribes: Devil, Dragon, Elder, Eldrazi, Elf (x2), Golem, Human (x2), Octopus, Vampire
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Eldrazi is a Top 5 tribe now! Well, along with Shaman and Vampire. And with one fifth of the wins of the top dog (which is Human, of course), and less than half the wins of the third best tribe. But hey, it's still impressive. Remember when they were a tribe that you could only try and play in Cloudpost decks or with cheat-into-play strategies? Not anymore! They're a full-fledged aggro tribe now, as BoozeMongoose's build clearly demonstrates, even setting up to disrupt those pesky Cloudpost and cheat-into-play lists from the tribe's past.


 And speaking of Humans, I haven't featured the super-tribe in a while, and they've changed. Ixalan really opened up new deckbuilding possibilities in Tribal Wars with Unclaimed Territory. One of the result is that 4-color or even 5-color Humans is now an established reality (which means a Wasteland/Crucible of Worlds set, like BoozeMongoose's deck sported, might become the key to victory). Humans being Humans, the options are obviously many. EDUGAL chose to emphasize aggression, with cards like Mantis Rider and Kitesail Freeboter as MVPs (and that's already four colors between the two of them).


 On the other hand, mathguy31415 took the control route with his Humans, with Hostage Taker as the Pirate of choice, to join the likes of Dark Confidant, Snapcaster Mage, and Grim Lavamancer. Look at the two lists: they don't have a single card in common, which is kind of amazing. The two decks even gave battle with one another, and it was a very entertaining match (Control won 2-1).



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of January 19, 2018):

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

 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):

  • Special (Week 367 BE), on January 20: Invitational
  • 8.03 (Week 368 BE), on January 27: Regular
  • 8.04 (Week 369 BE), on February 3: Underdog
  • 8.05 (Week 370 BE), on February 10: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2018!