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Aug 03 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. Show and Tell
  4. Announcements
  5. What's Next

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 First Legacy event of the new era! Woot! So far the new ban list seems to hold, we've got successful control decks, we've got some combo-ish decks, we even had some (fair) reanimator! Let's dive into these lists, shall we?


  • Event Number: 8.29, Week 394 BE
  • Date: July 28
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Golden_Lin with Human
  • Runner-up: under_a with Zombie
  • 1 Loss: _Kumagoro_ with Zombie, CruelHellraiser with Wizard, Generalissimo with Construct
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Homarid
  • Tribes: Angel, Avatar, Beast, Construct, Goblin, Golem, Homarid, Human, Pirate, Wizard, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First of all, Humans won the event, as they do, thanks to a returning Golden_Lin. It doesn't say much about the new meta, really, since Humans are always most likely to win any given event, it's just the way it is in Tribal at this point, and there's nothing you can do about that, because it's not one or two cards helping them; it's just about one hundred, give or take. This build was just good old white weenie, trusty and lethal in the hands of a good pilot like Lin. By the way, Palace Jailer is outstanding. The monarch mechanic is severely underrated.


 Runner-up was another linear aggro, but one that wasn't seen at the top in a while: Zombie. Newcomer under_a is playing them at their fastest, Aether Vial and all. Basically, every single Zombie in the deck is either a lord or a one-drop.


 My own take on Zombie is more byzantine, but I really like this brew because there's so many tricks in there, different points of attack, so to speak. It's also a test of Entomb in the new environment; here, I use it to dump Vengeful Pharaoh on the graveyard, or to essentially tutor up one Gravecrawler. Strong but fair, I think. Running 24 tribal creatures at the moment, I have the chance to make room for something else, most likely a couple copies of (Liliana, Untouched by Death).


 This week's most original take on a tribe goes to Generalissimo's Pox Constructs. But you can watch all their games with Generalissimo's live comments on the revived Show and Tell section below. Recommended.


 And speaking of testing the (safer) waters, here's what "fast" reanimator looks like in the new Legacy world. Of course it's specialist Nagarjuna trying it out, using Avatar as a tribal shell. To make sure Victimize or Recurring Nightmare are online by turn 3, you need a creature already on the board, and that's where Bitterblossom and the synergistic Zombie Infestation come in. This is probably going to work better in different builds, like maybe with (The Ur-Dragon)'s other tribe. But it seems fair enough to me.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of August 2, 2018):

  • Golden_Lin's Humans: $115.19
  • under_a's Zombies: $302.31
  • _Kumagoro_'s Zombies: $96.26
  • Generalissimo's Constructs: $29.59
  • Nagarjuna's Avatars: $145.77

 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.


 Show and Tell is back! Generalissimo kindly made an audio-commented video for his Constructs, deck tech plus all games.

  • Round 1: vs. CruelHellraiser with Wizard
  • Round 2: vs. AJ_Impy with Angel
  • Round 3: vs. Inside_Trader with Pirate


 And here's a mini-discussion about the deck with its creator.

 Kumagoro: How would you describe the deck?
 Generalissimo: I attempted to replicate an Affinity deck's ability to rapidly play out its whole hand and combine it with recursive creatures to break the symmetry of Pox effects and unlock the awesome power of Lupine Prototype in this extremely low mana-curve Construct deck.

 Kumagoro: Why not Mishra's Bauble over Urza's Bauble? (I think I'd just like the art better).
 Generalissimo: The main reason is that Mishra's Bauble is, like, 30 times more expensive than Urza's. I'd run some kind of split of the two if I could afford it, but I think Urza's might actually be the slightly superior one in my deck; it works better with Cabal Therapy and I don't have the fetch lands to combine with Mishra's for a pseudo-scry.


 Kumagoro: Did you consider (Sparring Construct)?
 Generalissimo: I did, but it's worse than Arcbound Worker and I don't think the deck wants more than four of that effect.


 Kumagoro: You mean Arcbound Worker is better because it can move more than one counter if it already received one? On the other hand, Sparring Construct can put its counter on non-artifact creatures; though in your deck, that means just Liliana's zombie, I think.
 Generalissimo: Oh, I thought that I didn't have any non-artifact creatures for Sparring Construct because I was only thinking of Liliana as a planeswalker. Still, the modular makes the Arcbound Workers better in multiples and there are three of them, whereas there's only the one Liliana in Sparring Construct's favour.

 Kumagoro: Is it fair to say your next move here is -1 Paradise Mantle, +1 Cursed Scroll? It seems like the Mantle is bad with Springleaf Drum, while the Scroll is killer in your build, even if it's not something you want in multiples.
 Generalissimo: Yeah, Mantle really sucked, I'm definitely ditching that. I'm also considering going down to just 1 Pox and maybe removing a land. An extra Cursed Scroll would be a good addition but I'm also thinking about a couple of Fatal Pushes or Dark Rituals or possibly some kind of equipment to make my 1/1s a little less pathetic.


 Just to remind you of a few things:

 The Underdog Prize: During any event of the regular rotation (but not necessarily 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.

 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):

  • 8.30 (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
  • 8.33 (Week 398 BE), on August 25: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar

Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Show and Tell art by Jeff Laubenstein; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.