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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 06 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

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by Kumagoro

 So, Standard Tribal Wars was a success. Good attendance, almost all different tribes, creatively interesting, people had fun. The decision was taken right there: we'll take advantage of this Standard environment until it lasts (which is until October, then we'll see), so for now the rotation changes to Underdog, Standard, Modern, Legacy. Which means a new Standard event next week already.

 I'm still pondering on Legacy's changes – we'll finalize them next week. For instance, maybe Show and Tell is not an issue once Omniscience is gone. We'll see. Also, maybe starting from August the rotation could become Standard, Modern, Modern, Legacy. Which might mean tomorrow's is the final Underdog event. Are we ready to put it to sleep?


  • Event Number: 8.25, Week 390 BE
  • Date: June 30
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: BoozeMongoose with Human
  • Runner-up: Nagarjuna with Construct
  • 1 Loss: SirFalcon2008 with Wizard, Armont with Merfolk, CruelHellraiser with Merfolk
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Pilot
  • Tribes: Construct, Dinosaur, Druid, Dwarf, God, Human, Knight, Merfolk (x2), Pilot, Vampire, Wizard
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, eleven tribes out of twelve participants, that's rad. Merfolk proved to be a though customer as expected with two of two lists in the money, but not at the top two. Those would be the two decks that sort of split between them the strength of current Standard dominant RDW lists. BoozeMongoose went with the Human component, as a sum of Pirate and Wizard, taking advantage of cards like Kari Zev, Skyship Raider and Wizard's Lightning.


On the other hand, runner-up Nagarjuna's Constructs had among their ranks Standard stars like Bomat Courier and Scrapheap Scrounger, along with a surprisingly effective and less commonly seen Traxos, Scourge of Kroog.


 Armont's Merfolk build is textbook Standard Fish, going turn-1 Kumena's Speaker or Mist-Cloaked Herald into turn-2  Deeproot Elite or Merfolk Mistbinder.


 Armont's list misses what I believe it's the strongest Merfolk card in the format, though, which is Deeproot Waters. CruelHellraiser not only included that one, but also Panharmonicon, to make the most of Merfolk Branchwalker and Silvergill Adept, especially.


 There are four Merfolk in this list that aren't in the previous list, proving how deep a bench Standard Merfolk have. For instance, neither of these lists featured the game-breaking Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca, nor other Standard Fish favorites like Kopala, Warden of Waves, Jadelight Ranger, Merfolk Trickster or Forerunner of the Heralds.

 As promised, I'll feature some more Standard lists. So here's Standard Vampires by Deonmag, featuring Sengir Vampire from the Welcome Decks 2017, now correctly recognized by Gatherling as part of the current Standard.


 Here's the Wizards by SirFalcon2008, with 3/5 different members from BoozeMongoose's Humans.


 Standard Knights by MisterMojoRising, who didn't have much luck, unfortunately.


 Pilots by lovetapsmtg. Not all of them are Dwarves. And yeah, lovetapsmtg managed to score the Underdog Prize even in Standard.


And finally, some Egyptian Gods driving vehicles, by AJ_Impy. Why not splash for Rhonas the Indomitable, though? He's awakened by any other God, isn't he?


 Coming to the prices of these decks, you can see how surprisingly cheap they are. Most decks were less than $10, and none of them, except for AJ's Gods, was more than $35. Who said Standard is expensive?



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 6, 2018):

  • BoozeMongoose's Humans: $34.60
  • Nagarjuna's Constructs: $23.33
  • Armont's Merfolk: $3.46
  • CruelHellraiser's Merfolk: $6.03
  • Deonmag's Vampires: $9.25
  • SirFalcon2008's Wizards: $3.68
  • MisterMojoRising's Knights: $6.55
  • lovetapsmtg's Pilots: $6.09
  • AJ_Impy's Gods: $83.40

 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 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!


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

  • 8.26 (Week 391 BE), on July 7: Underdog Tribal Wars
  • 8.27 (Week 392 BE), on July 14: Standard Tribal Wars
  • 8.28 (Week 393 BE), on July 21: Modern Tribal Wars
  • 8.29 (Week 394 BE), on July 28: Legacy Tribal Wars

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2018!