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Sep 21 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

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by Kumagoro

 Guilds of Ravnica is fully spoiled. Are you ready to incorporate a new multicolored experience into Tribal Wars? I guess Standard Tribal Wars is our regular format that will be influenced the most (more on this in the next weeks), but all tribes involved might find something interesting in the pile.


 I realize I like Ravnica as a story setting, but I don't particularly like the cards, because the guilds mechanics force you to play those color pairs following a predetermined strategy, and my favorite pairs often don't get to do stuff I'm especially fond of. Case in point, I'm all for the Golgari, but I don't ever find self-mill too exciting. This said, new and returning mechanics this time around seem very creature-oriented (cfr. mentor, undergrowth, convoke), so Tribal Wars might indeed benefit from this.


  • Event Number: 8.36, Week 401 BE
  • Date: September 15
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Cat
  • Runner-up: JackSlagel with Zombie
  • 1 Loss: -DiamondDust- with Zombie, lovetapsmtg with Horse, Nagarjuna with Zombie, Tarrons with Dwarf, brian1234 with Goblin
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Horse
  • Tribes: Cat, Cleric, Dwarf, Elder, Elf, Goblin, Horse, Merfolk, Pirate, Vampire, Wall, Zombie (x3)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Cat is still in the Top 10 most successful tribes, but 5 out of its now 9 wins (hey, like a cat's lives!) were achieved during season 1, while the most recent was from season 3, which is still a long time ago. This Standard rebirth was due to Yokai_'s skill and the amazing lineup the felines have had in this past Standard iteration.


 Unfortunately, in the upcoming rotation (which will happen before Tribal Apocalypse's next Standard event) they're gonna lose the Amonkhet members, that is the two lords Regal Caracal and Pride Sovereign and the fast beaters Sacred Cat and Adorned Pouncer. They still have the M19 synergistic trio of Leonin Vanguard, Ajani's Pridemate and Leonin Warleader, but they'll need more support than just this card-drawing kitty.

 Another strong linear build was a runner-up: Zombie, piloted by JackSlagel. I think they had the most relentless progression of any other tribe in this Standard meta. They're gonna lose a few key pieces, most notably Dread Wanderer and Lord of the Accursed, plus of course The Scarab God, which is what brought Jack's build to another level. But we can always count on Zombie tribal support. And Liliana's Mastery is not going away anytime soon.


 A tribe that is definitely going gentle into the good night is Horse. They have the Mare cycle from M19, but without a card of the caliber of Crested Sunmare is hard to picture a significant Standard presence in the near future for them. A last neighing hurrah from lovetapsmtg.


 Even more undeniably crepuscular is gotta be Dwarf, as they, as well as their wondrous vehicles, were almost entirely comprised within Kaladesh block. Tarrons made sure to give them a proper goodbye, not just here but on Sunday's Standard Tribal Wars, where they took the first place.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 21, 2018):

  • Yokai_'s Cats: $8.40
  • JackSlagel's Zombies: $19.26
  • lovetapsmtg's Horses: $3.98
  • Tarrons's Dwarves: $7.61

 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.


 Generalissimo: With this deck – my first foray into Standard – I tried to make a midrange Cleric deck with a focus on tokens and, more specifically, the embalm/eternalize mechanics. Bishop of Binding provides some in-tribe removal to help keep the board under control and all the embalm Clerics naturally lend themselves to a grindy deck that wants to trade resources one-for-one. Plus, the duo of Never/Return and Start/Finish contribute to controlling the board, producing tokens and generating long-term card advantage. As it happens, I may have overestimated how much slower Standard would be compared to other Tribal sub-formats but it was certainly a fun and interesting deck to play and something that could probably be made significantly better with more refinement... if, you know, I hadn't decided to jump into Standard a mere 3 weeks before rotation renders most of the deck illegal.


 Just to remind you of a few things:

 There's a new Standard Tribal Wars event in town! Every Sunday, 5 PM UTC (same as Tribal Apocalypse), same room, Nagarjuna is the host. Three rounds of Swiss, then two rounds of finals for the Top 4, with ticket prizes eventually assigned to them with the 3-2-1-1 distribution. A 1-tix door prize is also randomly awarded.

 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):

  • 8.37 (Week 402 BE), on September 22: Modern
  • 8.38 (Week 403 BE), on September 29: Legacy
  • 8.39 (Week 404 BE), on October 6: Underdog
  • 8.40 (Week 405 BE), on October 13: Standard

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.