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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Oct 05 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

 So, is Guilds of Ravnica inspiring your tribal concoctions yet? I'm working on my tribal evaluation, and ll just say some tribes have gotten amazing new players. Shaman is always one of my favorites, and it seem to be having a good time around the streets of Ravnica. Strictly better Fleshbag Marauder? Yes, please! Indestructible free library digger and graveyard shenanigans enabler? Don't mind if I do. Fatter quasi-Eternal Witness? Well, this one's trickier because Eternal Witness is a Shaman herself, but if your deck is mostly permanents, you might be interested in recurring a better fighting body, and now you can.


 Shaman is strongly linked to the Golgari here, and it encompasses the entire cycle of graveyard strategies, from enabling to payoff. It could be something to keep an eye on for Standard Tribal Wars.


 Plus the new four-mana Vraska? Can't wait to exploit her in some Shaman deck. All hail the sacrifice queen!


  • Event Number: 8.38, Week 403 BE
  • Date: September 29
  • Attendance: 9
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Warrior
  • 1 Loss: Yokai_ with Human, totalhate with Wall, AJ_Impy with God
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy with God
  • Tribes: Bringer, God, Human (x3), Scarecrow, Spirit, Wall, Warrior
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Small turnout for Legacy, and Bandit Keith ended up on top in virtue of his amazingly lethal and meta-calling Price of Progress. The tribe is Warrior, by the way. Some opponents might have not even realized it.


 Wall decks are typically powerful ways to ramp while buying time against aggro to do something huge later. This list by totalhate, the latest in a series of constantly refining builds, feels very entertaining to play because it contains a lot of different things, so you never know what Chord of Calling and Wargate are going to fetch next.


 Are Rest in Peace-based lockout combos, namely Energy Field and Web of Inertia, too absolute in our current, de-powered Legacy? AJ_Impy and his Gods feel like they're just fine and dandy.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of October 4, 2018):

  • Bandit Keith's Warriors: $77.18
  • totalhate's Walls: $286.39
  • AJ_Impy's Gods: $230.20

 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.


 Spin-off! This week's Show and Tell takes the form of a new (tentatively) monthly series, where Generalissimo and I build a list together and then play our own version of it and argue about who did better. You'll find the deckbuilding discussion, the live-commented match videos, and the debriefing here (it might not be online yet at the time you're reading this, but it will!).


 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):

  • 8.39 (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
  • 8.42 (Week 407 BE), on October 27: Halloween Special

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.