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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 07 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. Announcements
  4. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 This week's event marks the 400th Tribal Apocalypse! (Of the Blippian Era). We're doing a special Memory Lane event (pushing forward the usual rotation, since September has five Saturdays anyway, so a special event was already scheduled) where the only legal tribes will be the tribes that went Top 4 in the first 40 events, minus the tribes that then went on to win more than 4 events. Yeah, the number 4 is the theme here.

 Here's the list of the 29 allowed tribes:

    • Artificer
    • Assassin
    • Beast
    • Cleric
    • Dragon
    • Elemental
    • Giant
    • Golem
    • Hydra
    • Kavu
    • Leviathan
    • Lhurgoyf
    • Minion
    • Myr
    • Nomad
    • Ooze
    • Praetor
    • Rat
    • Rebel
    • Rogue
    • Samurai
    • Sliver
    • Specter
    • Sphinx
    • Spider
    • Treefolk
    • Vedalken
    • Warrior
    • Zubera

 The pool is Legacy with the current bans and creature restrictions. A 1-tix Second Chance prize (in lieu of Underdog) will be given to everyone who plays a 0-win tribe, no matter the result. The 0-win tribes are the following: Hydra, Leviathan, Minion, Nomad, Ooze, Samurai, Specter, Spider, Zubera.

 Good brewing and have fun!


  • Event Number: 8.34, Week 399 BE
  • Date: September 1
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Goblin_hero with Berserker
  • Runner-up: Inside_Trader with Pirate
  • 1 Loss: AJ_Impy (Spike), Nagarjuna (Plant), MontanaSteev (Dryad), sheaj31 (Wolf), lovetapsmtg (Satyr)
  • Underdog Prize: CruelHellraiser with Nymph
  • Tribes: Berserker (x2), Drake, Dryad, Insect (x2), Nymph, Pirate, Plant, Satyr, Soltari, Spike, Wolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Next month's Underdog will reintroduce Imp, Treefolk and Werewolf into the playing field, so maybe that will shake things up a little. In the meantime, Berserker, aka Underdog Goblins (even if they're mostly Humans), are still one of the leading forces in the meta, as Goblin_hero proved here, showing great synergy between username and strategy.


 After the Ixalan boost (though Kari Zev herself is from Aether Revolt), Pirate has become an aggro tribe strong enough to challenge the best of them, at least in Underdog. Inside_Trader (formerly known as SangioPM) couldn't quite keep up with the Berserker's fury, possibly because Goblin_hero's deck was 40 times more expensive than his, but these buccaneers are more than able to earn themselves a booty, even when operating at a low budget (this deck is so Standard-oriented, it even uses Lightning Strike in place of Lightning Bolt!).


 A match that happened last week and you don't see often (in fact, I wouldn't be surprised to find out it had never happened before) was Dryad vs. Nymph. The former was courtesy of MontanaSteev, a populate build that actually managed to end in the money, even if there's not too many sources of tokens in the list; I guess a playset of Grove of the Guardian is enough. The Dryads have some good members in their lineup, like Trostani, Selesnya's Voice, Yavimaya Dryad and Dryad Militant, plus Blossom Dryad to very flavorfully untap Selesnya Sanctuary. Even Dryad Sophisticate is not bad in a format where most every deck runs several nonbasics. Plus, I've always loved that artwork.


 As for the Nymphs, as piloted by CruelHellraiser, they're all enchantment creatures, so cards like Mesa Enchantress, Sigil of the Empty Throne and Starfield of Nyx are warranted, as well as a suite of various removal pieces in the form of enchantments.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 7, 2018):

  • Goblin_hero's Berserkers: $193.09
  • Inside_Trader's Pirates: $5.15
  • Player's tribe: $54.21
  • Player's tribe: $5.85

 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 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 only tribe currently eligible for the award is Camel.

 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, Incarnation, Licid, Monger, Nightstalker, Orgg, Ouphe, Rabbit, Salamander, Slith. Already cleared: Atog, Crocodile, Homarid, 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.

 We're on Discord! Join us from here, chat about tribal things with other tribal players and arrange tribal games on MTGO all week long! (Or your can just keep using our Google Sheets bulletin board).


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

  • 8.35 (Week 400 BE), on September 8: 400th Special: Memory Lane
  • 8.36 (Week 401 BE), on September 15: Standard
  • 8.37 (Week 402 BE), on September 22: Modern
  • 8.38 (Week 403 BE), on September 29: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar

Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.


By the time I submitted this by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 09/07/2018 - 14:02
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By the time I submitted this article, it wasn't confirmed yet, but now it is: in occasion of the 400th celebration, tomorrow's event will have the prize pool DOUBLED!

$ by Sensei at Sun, 09/09/2018 - 21:23
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To be fair, if you -4 Scalding Tarn -1 Bloodstained Mire +4 Wooded Foothills +1 Arid Mesa, Goblin Hero's deck becomes 60 tickets cheaper and literally functions the same

Congrats on your upcoming by Paul Leicht at Mon, 09/10/2018 - 01:04
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Congrats on your upcoming 400th event!