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Feb 22 2019 1:00pm
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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

 Last chance to play with Cloudpost... for a month, due to March: Off the Machines coming up next week. Are you ready? Here's a thought, maybe let's not play with Cloudpost this week either? To get used to it?

 Anyway, over at Magic Arena, there's a set of allegedly exclusive cards that are part of the tutorial. Of these, Inspiring Commander is the only one I wish was real. It wouldn't be incredible or anything, but a good payoff for the admittedly high casting cost, sort of an overcharged Mentor of the Meek.

 But the thing is, one of the other cards, Spiritual Guardian, is not an exclusive, it actually exists! Except nobody remembers it, I'm sure. To the point that I wonder if it wasn't recreated from scratch by chance. I know it's unlikely (the name being the same especially), but why should they include in this group of cards an obscure Portal creature that was never reprinted before?



  • Event Number: 9.06, Week 423 BE
  • Date: February 16
  • Attendance: 9
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Spirit
  • 1 Loss: -DiamondDust- with Goblin, killa_0909 with Wolf, Deonmag with Vampire, Nagarjuna with Knight
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy with Sheep, lovetapsmtg with Ouphe
  • New Kids on the Block Award: AJ_Impy with Sheep
  • Tribes: Elf, Goblin, Knight, Ouphe, Sheep, Spirit, Vampire, Wizard, Wolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Back to back wins for Bandit Keith, starting the season in the best of ways. No RDW strategies this time, but an unusually expensive Spirit deck of the kind that's doing great in Modern since last year, thanks to the printing of Supreme Phantom.


 Newcomer killa_0909 (yay for new players!) did good with an Underdog tribe – quite literally, since it was Wolf.


 But the most Underdog tribe of the week is definitely Sheep, freshly rewarded as a New Kid on the Block (which empties the queue for the award) thanks to AJ_Impy's efforts and the Gate technology. Baa!


 Lastly, Nagarjuna brought back the Haakon, Stromgald Scourge Knights previously discussed with me and Generalissimo. Speaking of whom, is anybody able to contact him in non-digital ways? He sort of disappeared and I'm a bit worried at this point.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of February 22, 2019):

  • Bandit Keith's Spirits: $113.15
  • killa_0909's Wolves: $42.50
  • AJ_Impy's Sheep: $13.54
  • Nagarjuna's Knights: $40.95
  • Kumagoro's Elves: $98.44

 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. Bandit Keith's Soldiers, $3.48, 1st place on Event 422
  9. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  10. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169

 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. Bandit Keith's Soldiers, $3.48, 1st place on Event 422

 NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85.


 Placeholder for the section to talk of my ongoing Prime Speaker Vannifar multi-format experiment. After running her to some success with Ooze in Underdog and with Wizard in Standard, for Modern I chose Elf, resulting in the following list:


 It didn't go well, with a bye followed by two defeats, though both of them were a 1-2. I played badly in a couple occasions, but I think the issue was also at the deckbuilding stage for refusing to go for a finishing combo, pushing me to perform in at least one case a completely narcissistic, one-turn permutation from CMC 2 to CMC 7, with Coiling Oracle into Bounding Krasis into Breaching Hippocamp into Zealous Conscripts into Woodland Bellower fetching another Krasis into Simic Sky Swallower.


 The Swallower is good but it doesn't provide a very fast clock and does close to nothing to disrupt the opponent's plan, especially against fast aggro like DiamondDust's Goblins but also against high-value midrange like Naga's Knights. That in both cases I managed to dominate the board quickly enough in at least one game is proof that a Vannifar plan is always able to pay off, but I should have gone with better ways to either close the game (a Kiki-Jiki combo) or control the board (I shouldn't have worried about including white for Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite at the top of the curve).


 Elf is a good shell for a creature toolbox, with many value cards along the road like Coiling Oracle, Elvish Visionary and Reclamation Sage, and Master Biomancer is a fun card to fetch in a creature-heavy build, but the whole thing didn't come together explosively enough. Sorry, Vannie!


 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. There's currently no eligible tribes 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, Nightstalker, Ouphe, Rabbit, Salamander. Already cleared: Atog, Crocodile, Homarid, Jackal, Leech, Licid, Manticore, Metathran, Monger, Moonfolk, Octopus, Orgg, Ox, Processor, Siren, Slith.

 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):

  • 9.07 (Week 424 BE), on February 23: Legacy
  • 9.08 (Week 425 BE), on March 2: Underdog
  • 9.09 (Week 426 BE), on March 9: Standard
  • 9.10 (Week 427 BE), on March 16: 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.