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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 27 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

 Ready for the first Legacy Event of the new era? Check the revised ban list here (remember Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe are banned by DCI decree, too; their official list hasn't been updated yet), and good brewing!

 In the meantime, a whole new tribe slipped past me during the M19 release notes. The odd thing is that M19 introduced it (actually, re-introduced it, as it was originally assigned to one card in the Grand Creature Type Update, then taken away at some later time) without giving it to any new creature, so it just happened as a way to reorganize the tribe list. So, here they are, the Eggs, already playable as a tribe thanks to their semi-new roster of five members – plus Unglued's Chicken Egg. Egg does indeed sound like a tribe from the Un-sets, doesn't it?



 Summoner's Egg, which was the original Egg from the Grand Creature Type Update, is the only one that loses its previous type, so it's not a Construct anymore. The other Eggs come from Birds, Lizards, and Dragons. Dragon Egg is the only one that currently has a printing with the Egg type on it, which is why the change was made in occasion of the M19 release, I guess.


  • Event Number: 8.28, Week 393 BE
  • Date: July 21
  • Attendance: 6
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Deonmag with Zombie
  • 1 Loss: AJ_Impy with Egg
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy with Egg
  • New Kids on the Block Award: AJ_Impy with Egg
  • Tribes: Druid, Egg, Shaman, Slith, Vedalken, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Small-time event, and despite Egg's best effort, Zombie ended on top, thanks to Deonmag's faithful guide.


 And here's the newborn Egg immediately taking itself off the list of tribes that never won a match (leaving Camel and Hippo to still rot there). We've come to this: an army of Eggs marching into battle. Somehow. How does an egg attack or block? It's unclear, but AJ_Impy gave them all the right commands nonetheless, the most crucial of them being "hatch!". With the very flavorful help of Spawning Pit.


 Nagarjuna's Vedalken didn't do as well, but they were meant as enablers and protectors of an interesting prison combo between Energy Chamber and the freshly printed Magistrate's Scepter (Padeem was the Consul of Innovation, after all). It's not the kind of combo you'll see banned anytime soon, because it needs three Chambers on the battlefield at once to really lock the opponent out of the game, but it happened. Against me, at least. It's so preposterous you don't even get mad.


 Last, the Slith have started their repopulation, thanks as always to the proud environmental activist lovetapsmtg.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 27, 2018):

  • Deonmag's Zombies: $69.63
  • AJ_Impy's Eggs: $77.45
  • Nagarjuna's Vedalkens: $92.37
  • lovetapsmtg's Sliths: $12.60

 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, 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):

  • 8.29 (Week 394 BE), on July 28: Legacy
  • 8.30 (Week 395 BE), on August 4: Underdog
  • 8.31 (Week 396 BE), on August 11: Standard
  • 8.32 (Week 397 BE), on August 18: Modern

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2018!



Nice read as always! by Nagarjuna at Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:17
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I am ready ;-P