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Sep 28 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

 Things are happening in the Tribal Wars world. We have a second tournament every Sunday at the same time (well, almost, sometimes, like last week, our valiant Nagarjuna can't be there, unfortunately), I'll post ads for the event on Reddit and MTG Salvation starting next month, and I'm announcing a new series of article where Generalissimo and I will build and play and live comment a tribal deck together (okay, we won't live comment together, he'll do it on his own!). Stay vigilant!

By the way, I so want this card to be online.


  • Event Number: 8.37, Week 402 BE
  • Date: September 22
  • Attendance: 15
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: TLR with Beast
  • Runner-up: AJ_Impy with Zombie
  • 1 Loss: Bandit Keith with Kithkin, Deonmag with Vampire, Socanelas with Elf, Inside_Trader with Pirate, Nagarjuna with Camel, -DiamondDust- with Vampire
  • Underdog Prize: Nagarjuna with Camel
  • New Kids on the Block Award: Nagarjuna with Camel
  • Tribes: Beast, Camel, Dwarf, Elemental, Elf (x2), Faerie, Golem, Horse, Kithkin, Pirate, Shaman, Vampire (x2), Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 With its 4th first place in 402 events, Beast has definitely won less than its tribal prominence and large roster would suggest. Plus, I bet all its four victories were achieved with a Living End build like TLR's here. Gotta say, Kari Zev's Expertise to cast Living End from hand is some nice new tech.


 Zombie is a much better-served tribe, but AJ_Impy's second-place list is a nice Knight-flavored take on it. There's actually a potential, strong lineup with all Zombie Knights, adding Phyrexian Crusader and Josu Vess, Lich Knight to Stromgald Crusader, Stillmoon Cavalier and Haakon, Stromgald Scourge. A lot of protection there.


 And in the end, it happened: Nagarjuna made Camel win its first match (then its second), so there aren't any New Kids on the Block tribes anymore. We're gonna wait for WotC to create something entirely new, or at least add enough members to one of the 24 creature types that currently have fewer than three.


 And this is Generalissimo's attempt of the week, this time involving Elementals, as documented by his Show and Tell video below.



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

  • TLR's Beasts: $106.84
  • AJ_Impy's Zombies: $354.71
  • Nagarjuna's Camels: $243.32
  • Generalissimo's Elementals: $30.78

 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: This week's deck is an in-depth investigation into the intricacies of counting down from 20 to 0; it's Burn! The Elemental tribe provides a plethora of hasty, tramply and temporary damage sources that do a fine job of imitating real burn spells and the classic Burn staples of Goblin Guide, Lightning Bolt, Rift Bolt and Lava Spike tie the whole thing together.

 Kumagoro: I just chime in to say that a) Burn is not exactly a fascinating subject to explore, and b) You lost to Camel, mate! So joke's on you! :P


 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. There are currently no tribes eligible for the award.

 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):

  • 8.38 (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
  • 8.41 (Week 406 BE), on October 20: Modern

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.