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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Mar 16 2018 11:00am
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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

 Due to yet another leak (c'mon, WotC, you can't drop the ball every single time!), half of the Dominaria spoilers are already known. But I don't like to talk about cards we don't know the artwork yet, although I see there's a new Ooze for Grizzly Bears mana, but I'm not sure it's the one I needed for my Ooze stompy deck. What we can see in their full form already is the first example of Saga Enchantment, which is kind of a new concept, but not exactly groundbreaking if you ask me. I guess it's new the same way levelers were, and possibly going to be a one-time thing as well.

 More Tribal-oriented is the Goblin subtheme we detect, which seems strong already, judging from the one entirely spoiled card we've got (of which we don't know the rarity yet).

 I know, same old Goblins, bo-ring! But actually, did you know that they don't win a non-Singleton event since more than 110 weeks? (On the other hand, they won all three Singleton events last year). If this guy up there is any indication, they might be coming back, though.


  • Event Number: 8.09, Week 374 BE
  • Date: March 10
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: totalhate (Wall)
  • 1 Loss: _Kumagoro_ (Plant), Socanelas (Sliver), Nagarjuna (Dinosaur), AJ_Impy (Eldrazi)
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg (Leech)
  • Tribes: Dinosaur, Eldrazi, Human (x2), Leech, Plant, Sliver, Snake, Vampire, Wall
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First win ever for totalhate! Congrats! His Wall-based control deck ended with a perfect score, helped by soft lock like Cryptic Command/Eternal Witness, within the general soundness of a shell that's capable of amazing stalling power, recursion and deck access.


 The crucial battle for the 1st place in round 3 had totalhate's build facing another defender deck: mine! And while some of the creatures were the same, both the tribe and the overall gameplan were different: Plant, aiming toward Assault Formation blowout.


 Virtual award for intriguing deck of the week goes to Generalissimo, with this Snake landfall brew centered around Retreat to Coralhelm. A lot of clicks, though, sometimes too many for the available 25-minute clock; something that we should always keep in mind when building for MTGO specifically.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 16, 2018):

  • totalhate's Walls: $361.25
  • _Kumagoro_'s Plants: $42.45
  • Generalissimo's Snakes: $26.39

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

  • 8.10 (Week 375 BE), on March 17: Modern
  • 8.11 (Week 376 BE), on March 24: Regular
  • 8.14 (Week 377 BE), on March 31: Singleton
  • 8.15 (Week 378 BE), on April 7: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2018!