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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Mar 29 2019 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. Announcements
  4. What's Next

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

by Kumagoro

 Ready for the return to Kaleidoscope tomorrow? Still without Cloudpost because March: Off the Machines is not over yet. Next week, I'll analyze what this experience has meant for the metagame, in terms of different decks coming out on top. And we can continue doing these temporary bans to shake things up a bit. I'd say, every other month? So April will see things returned to normal, and then May will have another very influential land banned. This one:

 I give you: No Mountain May! It means the Mountain type as a whole will be banned, so no Volcanic Island or Stomping Ground either. Get ready to see Burn and RDW decks running 4 copies of Shinka, the Bloodsoaked Keep.


  • Event Number: 9.11, Week 428 BE
  • Date: March 23
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Sliver
  • 1 Loss: JackSlagel with Shaman, ThyShuffler with Human, AJ_Impy with Eldrazi
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Salamander
  • Tribes: Eldrazi, Golem, Human (x2), Salamander, Shaman, Sliver, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 One thing this anti-Cloudpost experiment brought was an unprecedented streak of successes for Bandit Keith, who's enjoying another triplet of wins, so the sixth in seven weeks, this time with Sliver. C'mon, guys, you know his type of list by now. Just run those damn (Cry of the Carnarium) and Settle the Wreckage already!


 JackSlagel was running Damnation along with his by now classic suite of disruption, planeswalkers and Golgari targeted removal (i.e. the best targeted removal there is). All in Shaman, which is always a solid tribe. Fulminator Mage is odd during a month when Cloudpost is banned, but it's still a threat to the greedest manabases, and Eternal Witness brings it back. None of these strategies worked against Bandit Keith's five-color Slivers, though. The guy seems unstoppable.


 Keith's most direct challenger was ThyShuffler with these very efficient two-color Worship Humans, who entered the last round without losing a single game... then lost two in a row to the Slivers.


 The lack of Cloudpost didn't stop AJ_Impy from going colorless. Post-BFZ Eldrazi don't need large amount of mana after all. Interestingly, Mark Rosewater admitted taking this route with the Eldrazi tribe in hindsight was a mistake.


 Also not stopped by the Cloudpost shortage: the quest for big mana (therefore, Ugin). Best option left was Urzatron, and CruelHellraiser tried it with Golems. Didn't go so well, but sure was enough to beat my poor Zombies.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 29, 2019):

  • Bandit Keith's Slivers: $89.49
  • JackSlagel's Shamans: $258.29
  • ThyShuffler's Humans: $51.14
  • AJ_Impy's Eldrazi: $337.45
  • CruelHellraiser's Golems: $16.91

 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):

  • 9.12 (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
  • 9.15 (Week 432 BE), on April 20: Modern

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.