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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 13 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

 So, it's official, the new rotation for Tribal Apocalypse effective immediately is as follows (full calendar here):

  • First week of the month: Underdog (with the Legacy pool)
  • Second week of the month: Standard Tribal Wars
  • Third week of the month: Modern Tribal Wars
  • Fourth week of the month: Legacy Tribal Wars

 I'm also working, with the help of a few veteran players, to make Legacy more tribal-oriented, and I think we're doing a nice job. The new ban list will be published here on Friday the 20th, one week away from the first reformed Legacy event on the 28th. The same ban list will apply to Underdog and Halloween as well. And then the list will be revised every quarter, the way DCI does, to make sure the format is healthy, so the starting one from next Friday won't be set in stone. Standard and Modern may require some occasional tweaks, too, although I don't think that will be the case very frequently, if at all.


  • Event Number: 8.26, Week 391 BE
  • Date: July 7
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Armont with Djinn
  • Runner-up: AJ_Impy with Advisor
  • 1 Loss: sheaj31 with Wolf, Nagarjuna with Leviathan, SirFalcon2008 with Soltari
  • Underdog Prize: Armont with Djinn
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: Armont with Djinn
  • Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Orgg
  • Tribes: Advisor, Djinn, Kobold, Leviathan, Lizard, Orgg, Pirate, Rat, Soltari, Wolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 I admit I wasn't sure I wanted to keep Underdog around post-reform, but then where else would Djinn find its first even win ever? Congrats to Armont for taking the first place with a very straightforward deck that rides the sheer offensive power of Dominaria additions Tempest Djinn and Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp, but also a stealing theme thanks to Old Man of the Sea and Vedalken Shackles. And since Zahid asks for artifacts to tap on his behalf, what's better than Spawning Pit to turn all that creature theft into straight up removal? Although, I would have used Brainstorm in place of Accumulated Knowledge to set up Djinn of Wishes. But maybe that's just me.


 The final was going to assign an Up-and-Coming Prize anyway, because the second place went to another Unhallowed tribe, Advisor, designed and piloted by AJ_Impy. It's a build based around Karlov of the Ghost Council, whose lifegain request is flavorfully satisfied by the Obzedat, Ghost Council itself, as well as by Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Whip of Erebos, Orzhova, the Church of Deals (it's a very Orzhov-flavored deck!), and the surprisingly crucial Blind Obedience. Nice also the recurring of the many legendary Advisors via Karakas, to trigger the lifedrain effects again and again.


 Yet another deck that could only exist, and thrive, in Underdog, Wolf did well this time under sheaj31's tutelage.


 And here's Orgg in its (I assume) final appearance for a while, now that lovetapsmtg successfully played it thrice to clear it from the Repopulation list. You know that three of the four decks featured this week amount collectively to less than 10 bucks? (All all four together, less than $85).



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 13, 2018):

  • Armont's Djinns: $4.45
  • AJ_Impy's Advisors: $74.53
  • sheaj31's Wolves: $3.83
  • lovetapsmtg's Orggs: $1.37

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. SirFalcon2008's Goblins, $1.54, 1st place on Event 289
  2. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  3. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  4. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  5. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  6. kokonade1000's Berserkers, $2.95, 2nd place on Event 354
  7. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  8. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  9. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
  10. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145

 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, Ouphe, Rabbit, Salamander, Slith. Already cleared: Atog, Crocodile, Jackal, Leech, Manticore, Metathran, Moonfolk, Octopus, Orgg, 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):

  • 8.27 (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
  • 8.30 (Week 395 BE), on August 4: Underdog

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2018!