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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
May 18 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

 So, guys, we must decide what to do with the upcoming June 30 Special Event that's not Singleton anymore. I give you a choice between these options:

  • Standard Tribal Wars
  • Vintage Tribal Wars
  • Brawl Tribal Wars (1v1)
  • $19.99 Tribal Wars (which is Regular, but the entire deck's price must not exceed that figure, to be evaluated right before the tournament's start from here).

 Let me know what you'd like better, don't be shy.


  • Event Number: 8.18, Week 383 BE
  • Date: May 12
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Deonmag (Golem)
  • 1 Loss: adambueller2 (Sliver), Bandit Keith (Goblin), Generalissimo (Fungus), jackslagel (Warrior), Yokai_ (Human)
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy ( Assembly-Worker), lovetapsmtg ( Atog)
  • Tribes: Archon, Assembly-Worker, Atog, Eldrazi, Fungus, Goblin, Golem, Gremlin, Human, Sliver, Warrior
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 I remember when Deonmag started playing Tribal Apocalypse, several years ago now. He was struggling and, being a budget player, thought he would never be able to compete with the more cutthroat elements of the TribAp crowd. And now he's entered the exclusive club of players who won two events in a row! Two weeks ago with Scarecrow, and last week with another of his pet tribes, Golem. Still fueled, same as Scarecrow, by both Cloudpost and Cascading Cataracts (formerly Crystal Quarry.) Congrats!


 It was a given that Dominaria's minor focus on Fungi and Saprolings would attract the attention of some tribal players. Here's Generalissimo's take on the freshly renewed tribe, now counting on two new lords (this time in-tribe, unlike Thelon of Havenwood): Slimefoot, the Stowaway and the very straightfoward Sporecrown Thallid (I think Yavimaya Sapherd has some merit, too). The deck traffics in counters, with the help of cards like Winding Constrictor and Rishkar, Peema Renegade. And in the end, it didn't go badly at all, it even managed to beat Socanelas's fearsome Eldrazi and score a Top 4 placement! Go eukaryotes!


 And look at that very old school (i.e. dilapidated school) Grasslands as a fetchland of choice for such duals as Savannah and Scrubland! (Though I'm not sure why white mana is even there, am I missing something?) (Of course good old Grasslands is also able to fetch Overgrown Tomb).

 But speaking of Cloudpost decks, AJ_Impy has been trying since a few weeks to exploit that mana base to break Assembly-Worker, with mixed results. But hey, Assembly-Worker tribal surely deserves a mention in itself.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 18, 2018):

  • Deonmag's Golems: $80.62
  • Generalissimo's Fungi: $22.25
  • AJ_Impy's Assembly-Workers: $148.90

 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.

 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):

  • 8.19 (Week 384 BE), on May 19: Modern
  • 8.20 (Week 385 BE), on May 26: Regular
  • 8.21 (Week 386 BE), on June 2: Underdog
  • 8.22 (Week 387 BE), on June 9: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2018!



What you're missing is the by AJ_Impy at Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:37
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What you're missing is the Gavony Township in the fungus deck. I love Brawl but singleton is what we're trying to replace, and Standard Singleton Tribal is far too restrictive. How many tribes are even doable right now? I vote Standard Tribal Wars.