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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Mar 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. Announcements
  4. What's Next

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 Habemus Gatherling again! Control was regained, problems were solved, Ravnica Allegiance and Commander 2018 are now in the database, and everything is good with the world. All thanks to the wonderful silasary, as she is now the Gatherling gatekeeper, basically the Lavinia to our collective Jace. Huzza!

 I went back and fixed all the lists from after the release of Allegiance, I believe. If you happen to remember a list with C18 cards (or even older) that were forced to be replaced by placeholders at the time of the tournament, please tell me and I'll edit it posthaste.


  • Event Number: 9.10, Week 427 BE
  • Date: March 16
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Merfolk
  • Runner-up: JackSlagel with Vampire
  • 1 Loss: ThyShuffler with Human, Golden_Lin with Human
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Incarnation
  • Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Incarnation
  • Tribes: Ally, Cleric, Human (x2), Incarnation, Merfolk, Phoenix, Shaman, Vampire (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, Bandit Keith is setting up for an incredible season, seeing that he keeps winning and winning. This time even outside of his comfort zone of red and/or white, thanks to a Merfolk deck that even includes a couple of Standard stars like Benthic Biomancer and Merfolk Trickster (but none of the green ones).


 JackSlagel went close to ultimate victory, though, with his Vampire deck filled with goodies, using red for Stromkirk Noble, Olivia and Chandra, and interestingly splashing green for the superior Golgari removal and the green-based creaturelands.


 Speaking of red and white, the two Human decks of the week were the incarnation of each of these colors in their classic monocolor aggro approach. ThyShuffler went with the color of Monastery Swiftspear (and Reckless Bushwhacker).


 On the other hand, Golden_Lin had his Humans in the color of Thalia's Lieutenant and Riders of Gavony (a card, the latter, that must see play only in Tribal Wars, which means we're the only ones that even know it). Turns out white is way cheaper than red these days.


 By the way, both the Bushwhackers and Riders of Gavony could use a timeout, since they're both essentially "I win!" cards, don't you think?


 Moving on, and speaking of incarnations, lovetapsmtg completed yet another Repopulation triplet thanks to... Incarnations. It's the same build we've already seen two other times, a clever brew with Desecrated Tomb capitalizing on the Incarnations' propensity to shuffle themselves back when they hit the graveyard from anywhere... which is a strategy that just doesn't work very well, as the deck doesn't have too many ways to dump the big dorks into the yard. But hey, it's a cool idea that employs an obscure, flavorful card, and that's enough to at least earn praise in a world overpopulated by Goblins and Humans.



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

  • Bandit Keith's Merfolk: $64.93
  • JackSlagel's Vampires: $254.26
  • ThyShuffler's Humans: $35.32
  • Golden_Lin's Humans: $3.23
  • lovetapsmtg's Incarnations: $36.29

 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, Nightstalker, Ouphe, Rabbit, Salamander. Already cleared: Atog, Crocodile, Homarid, Incarnation, 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):

  • 9.11 (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
  • 9.14 (Week 431 BE), on April 13: Standard

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar

Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.