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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

 Sorry, I still haven't managed to find time to mail everyone the conversation starter about such crucial themes as The New Tribal Rotation and The Regular Format Reform. I promised I'll do it in this week-end. But I've since decided to involve everyone in the discussion, via our usual Tribal Apocalypse newsletter, which I have to find out how to temporarily turn into a mailing list where everybody can reply and everybody else sees those replies.


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: 8.22, Week 387 BE
  • Date: June 9
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Goblin
  • Runner-up: totalhate with Wall
  • 1 Loss: Nagarjuna with Sphinx, Generalissimo with Rogue
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Orgg
  • Tribes: Elf, Faerie, Goblin, Orgg, Rogue, Specter, Sphinx, Wall, Wizard, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 In the meantime, Goblin won an event, which hadn't happened in a non-Singleton event since January 2016. So that's on par with the Elf win from a few weeks ago. The classic tribes are still there, but not as prominent as they used to, in this Eldrazi & Reanimator era. Next thing you know, we'll be having protest marches asking to save Elves & Goblins. Bandit Keith might be among those demonstrators.

 

 One of the other Top 4 was this Generalissimo build putting Rogues in colors you're not so used to think when you think of Rogues, but where they surely have a lot of strong members released in secondary products, like Shardless Agent and Edric, Spymaster of Trest.

 

 Finally, do you know how many times an Orgg deck was played before this lovetapsmtg attempt? That would be one. One time.


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 15, 2018):

  • Bandit Keith's Goblins: $23.61
  • Generalissimo's Rogues: $22.12
  • lovetapsmtg's Orggs: $2.91

 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):

  • 8.23 (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
  • 8.26 (Week 391 BE), on July 7: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2018!

SEE YOU ALL IN THE TRIBAL ROOM!