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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

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THOUGHTS OF A TRIBAL HOST
by Kumagoro

 Still mulling on the upcoming changes to the event's rotation, and to some of our formats. Tomorrow I'll create the mailing list with the consulting players, so we'll have three weeks to discuss. Today my reflection is about Underdog. Is it still a relevant format? It's meant to be more inclusive format, but I wonder if it's not just become the domain of a different set of top tribes (some statistics would clear this up, I guess). More importantly, is it still more fun, compared to other formats?


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: 8.21, Week 386 BE
  • Date: June 2
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: lovetapsmtg with Atog
  • 1 Loss: Golden_Lin with Kobold, Socanelas with Phoenix, Yokai_ with Praetor, BoozeMongoose with Plant
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Atog
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: lovetapsmtg with Atog
  • New Kids on the Block Award: Nagarjuna with Hyena
  • Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Atog
  • Tribes: Assembly-Worker, Atog, Centaur, Horror, Hyena, Kobold, Phoenix, Plant, Praetor, Wolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Well, here's something: Underdog still holds some surprises, like the first place of Underdog specialist lovetapsmtg (the true heir to vantar6697), with a classically unhallowed tribe like Atog, in a $7.00 build with just two rares that managed to win $11.00, in a possibly unprecedented feat.

 

 Same event (with no duplicate tribes) when Nagarjuna managed to give Hyena its first match win ever.

 

 And even a Spike player like Socanelas was running Phoenix, which is a strong tribe, but not a very popular one (it was played only 10 other times before). So maybe there's still life in Underdog?


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 June 8, 2018):

  • lovetapsmtg's Atogs: $7.29
  • Nagarjuna's Hyenas: $69.72
  • Socanelas's Phoenices: $303.26

 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 and Hippo.

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


 WHAT'S NEXT

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

  • 8.22 (Week 387 BE), on June 9: Regular
  • 8.23 (Week 388 BE), on June 16: Pure
  • 8.24 (Week 389 BE), on June 23: Regular
  • 8.25 (Week 390 BE), on June 30: Standard

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2018!

SEE YOU ALL IN THE TRIBAL ROOM!