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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


THOUGHTS OF A TRIBAL HOST
by Kumagoro

 After 2017 #1 Player Golden_Lin, here's Ultimate Champion Nagarjuna revealing the inner workings of his mind and soul (and cars). So while you get back from your trip to Taiwan, stop in Bavaria and visit 2000-year-old Augsburg, the birth place of people like Bertolt Brecht, Rudolf Diesel, and Leopold Mozart (Wolfie's father).

The Fuggerei enclave, the world's oldest social housing complex still in use. Looks like it taps for white or black mana.


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: 8.11, Week 376 BE
  • Date: March 24
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: totalhate (Wall)
  • Runner-up: AJ_Impy (Eldrazi)
  • 1 Loss: Generalissimo (Cat), LeilaPari (Elf)
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg (Leech)
  • Tribes: Cat, Eldrazi, Elemental, Elf, Golem, Kobold, Leech, Pirate, Rat, Wall
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, singularity once again. The advantage of small attendance, I guess. And while totalhate got his second win in three weeks (not to mention, ever) with his Walls, AJ_Impy wasn't too far down the week's totem pole with this Eldrazi build centered around colorless-producing, graveyard-ward lands and their recycler friend Crucible of Worlds. Resulting in one of the tournament's most expensive decks as of late (that's what's bound to happen when you include full playsets of Wasteland, City of Traitors and Cavern of Souls).

 

 Definitely at the other side of the spectrum, price-wise, Generalissimo's Cat deck that includes a nice parade of thematically appropriate, but still extremely cheap, Ajani variants. The new legendary planeswalker rule from Ixalan allows multiple versions of the same planeswalker to co-exist on the battlefield at once (the same way creatures behave), so why not to take advantage of this new state of things to give poor Ajani a headache?

 

 And look, there's still room for Elf decks that don't feel stale! LeilaPari just took the Hardened Scales route, with zero dirty tricks, no power combos, and no off-tribe creatures (except for Metallic Mimic). Kudos.


THE HIGH PRICE OF WINNING

  

 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 30, 2018):

  • AJ_Impy's Eldrazi: $650.13
  • Generalissimo's Cats: $19.74
  • LeilaPari's Elves: $23.43

 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.


ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!

 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, Orgg, Ouphe, Rabbit, Salamander, Slith. Already cleared: Jackal, Manticore, Metathran, Moonfolk, Octopus, 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!


 WHAT'S NEXT

 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 8.14 (Week 377 BE), on March 31: Singleton
  • 8.15 (Week 378 BE), on April 7: Underdog
  • 8.16 (Week 379 BE), on April 14: Regular
  • 8.17 (Week 380 BE), on April 21: Pure

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2018!

SEE YOU ALL IN THE TRIBAL ROOM!