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Mar 15 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. Announcements
  4. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 While we're waiting for War of the Spark and its 36 planeswalkers to start getting spoiled (though I'm a bit sad, because Aminatou, Daretti and the Kenrith twins all failed to show up on either side of the Battle for the Multiverse, also known as Gatewatch: Endgame), we can get a bit excited for Modern Horizons already. It's the set that's bound to change how the Eternal formats will receive new cards, since, broadly speaking, there'll be now three distinct channels for that to happen: one with an entry point in Standard (the regular expansions), one with an entry point located beyond Modern (Commander, Conspiracy and such), and one with an entry point in Modern, bypassing Standard. The first two spoiled cards seem really juicy for us Tribal Warriors, too – Horror got a really powerful new member.


 In other news, I'm officially removing the Special Human Lockout rule, i.e. the rule that stated that a Top Player ending undefeated with a deck that included at least 10 creatures with the Human type would have the Human tribe locked for the next 5 events even if the deck's tribe was not Human. I'm trashing it for two reasons: first, it was never really applied, mostly because I never actually remembered to check; but most importantly, I don't think it actually happened, if not very rarely. It might have been a concern at the point in time when we introduced the rule, but it doesn't seem to be a thing right now, at least in my perception. If anything, I see more decks abusing off-tribe Goblins than off-tribe Humans.


  • Event Number: 9.09, Week 426 BE
  • Date: March 9
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Goblin
  • 1 Loss: lovetapsmtg with Crab, ThyShuffler with Soldier, CruelHellraiser with Dragon
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Crab
  • Tribes: Angel, Crab (x2), Dragon, Goblin, Soldier, Vampire, Wall
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Bandit Keith failed to go four wins in a row last week, but he still got to make four in five weeks, thanks to his trusty Goblins. Is it even any useful to showcase the list, I wonder? Oh well, we might as well do it. Congrats, Keith.


 Most intriguing deck of the week was the almost-runner-up, Crab. Let it sink in for a minute, Crab got close to their first event win! In a Standard event! It's not like lovetapsmtg was just aiming at the Underdog Prize here. Truth is, Ravnica Allegiance and the Simic Combine gave us some pretty good Crabs, particularly Growth-Chamber Guardian, but even Sharktocrab is a nice enough card. And okay, maybe having to run Wishcoin Crab is not great, but overall the lineup is surprisingly solid, and perfectly fits a Hadana's Climb build. I wonder if the Crab tribe at large could now field a 20 worth of an Underdog event.


 Standard Soldiers don't enjoy any in-tribe anthem strategies, most notably because Benalish Marshal is a Knight, but they do have an easy time going wide with another officer of the same rank, Haazda Marshal, as well as with Leonin Warleader and Memorial to Glory. The reprint of Mortify and Godless Shrine in Allegiance is the perfect excuse to splash black and use Profane Procession, as ThyShuffler did.


 Another interesting deck was this Dragon build by CruelHellraiser. Core Set 2019 had paved the way with strong Dragon-related cards like Dragon's Hoard, Spit Flame and Sarkhan, Fireblood. But maybe the deck needed a second viable five-drop and Skarrgan Hellkite (which is the most expensive card of all of these lists) was the answer?



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 15, 2019):

  • Bandit Keith's Goblins: $7.79
  • lovetapsmtg's Crabs: $5.37
  • ThyShuffler's Soldiers: $5.20
  • CruelHellraiser's Dragons: $26.99

 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.


 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):

  • 9.10 (Week 427 BE), on March 16: Modern
  • 9.11 (Week 428 BE), on March 23: Legacy
  • 9.12 (Week 429 BE), on March 30: Kaleidoscope
  • 9.13 (Week 430 BE), on April 6: Underdog

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.