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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Apr 27 2018 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

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


by Kumagoro

 I've just updated the Angelpedia! Could you believe it was two years since the last update already? The latest Angel wonder from Dominaria is Lyra Dawnbringer. Which is mostly a Baneslayer Angel, but now she cares about other Angels, too. Question is: does it make Angel Tribal better (the version where you don't just reanimate big Angels on turn 2, I mean), or it's merely win-more?

Also, do you like the new flourish in the layout for legends? I'm not sure.


  • Event Number: 8.15, Week 380 BE
  • Date: April 21
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pure
  • Winner: Socanelas (Merfolk)
  • Runner-up: Yokai_ (Warrior)
  • 1 Loss: adambueller2 (Eldrazi), Nagarjuna (Pegasus), Golden_Lin (Vampire), Deonmag (Golem)
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg (Crocodile)
  • Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg (Crocodile)
  • Tribes: Cleric (x2), Crocodile, Eldrazi, Golem, Merfolk, Pegasus, Shaman, Sliver, Vampire, Warrior, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First Pure event with the new rules, and quite predictably a strong linear deck like Merfolk ended on top. I guess it's what Tribal Wars with no access to combos look like. It's not a bad thing, though, and I admit I'm getting a bit fed up with fast reanimator lately. Anyway, the build piloted by Socanelas shows the Ixalan influence on the old aquatic tribe, with Kopala, Warden of Waves and the green Merfolk securing their place in the list. Also interesting, Harbinger of the Tides from Magic Origins, which I don't think is being played much, but it's a great tempo provider.


 If Merfolk had some help from Ixalan, Warrior received strong new additions in Amonkhet block, particularly in the form of red dudes with haste that eliminate a blocker from the equation, the likes of Ahn-Crop Crasher and Earthshaker Khenra. Yokai_ made good use of those, with a Zoo-like list that feels like a fresh, contemporary take on the tribe.


 And what does Nagarjuna do when he can't play neither fast reanimator nor Show and Tell? Simple: he plays a super-fair aggro deck with Pegasi! And this might well be the highest the winged horses ever placed in any event.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of April 27, 2018):

  • Socanelas's Merfolk: $543.70
  • Yokai_'s Warriors: $115.96
  • Nagarjuna's Pegasi: $188.96

 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, Goat, Homarid, Incarnation, Licid, Monger, Nightstalker, Orgg, Ouphe, Rabbit, Salamander, Slith. Already cleared: Crocodile, Jackal, Leech, 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!


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

  • 8.16 (Week 381 BE), on April 28: Regular
  • 8.17 (Week 382 BE), on May 5: Underdog
  • 8.18 (Week 383 BE), on May 12: Regular
  • 8.19 (Week 384 BE), on May 19: Modern

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2018!



Kuma what is supposed to be by Paul Leicht at Wed, 05/02/2018 - 01:11
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Kuma what is supposed to be in the 2nd instance of Collected Company's place in the Merfolk deck?

Nothing, it's just some by Kumagoro42 at Wed, 05/02/2018 - 09:20
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Nothing, it's just some glitch that duplicated the last line (same with Island in the second column). I must pay more attention to the editor's output. I like the floating cards, but I miss the old editor's automatic card count and categorization.

The worst part is that I for by JXClaytor at Wed, 05/02/2018 - 10:18
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The worst part is that I for sure removed the second copy of Collected Company.