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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


THOUGHTS OF A TRIBAL HOST
by Kumagoro

 Are you ready for War of the Spark? WotC's whole marketing factory is telling us this is a set for the ages, the culmination of a years-long storyline (not sure when it all started, honestly. With Oath of the Gatewatch? With Conflux? With Time Spiral?), featuring the confluence of pretty much all the active characters, each of which is given a card, which is unprecedented. The spoilers are now complete, and I'll do my tribal evaluation soon enough, but I'm already seeing exciting stuff. Like, man, if there's a serious case for Zombie decks to branch into their secondary colors.

 

 Also, all those uncommon planeswalkers (and the sheer quantity of them in general) support my plan of doing planeswalker tribal as a special event later in the season. Can you imagine a 20-planeswalker deck with creatures as mere support and sort of built-in removal?


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: 9.14, Week 431 BE
  • Date: April 13
  • Attendance: 7
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Soldier
  • 1 Loss: AJ_Impy with Angel, lovetapsmtg with Crab, Kumagoro with Warrior
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Crab
  • Tribes: Angel, Crab, Soldier (x2), Vampire (x2), Warrior
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Last Standard event before WAR kicks in, with Soldier confirmed as a prime tribe, to Bandit Keith's continuous joy.

 

 Angel is something AJ_Impy has played often in his tribal career, and this Standard iteration allows for a formidable Angel control list, able to punish aggro's slightest stumble with a nearly unbeatable mid-game.

 

 The most underrated tribe is still Crab and lovetapsmtg is correct in capitalizing on those Growth-Chamber Guardians.

 

 The crabby Guardians are Warriors, too, and so are several of the better Gruul creatures in the format; you can essentially port the very successful Gruul Aggro list from Standard proper as it is; it's what I did myself (not feeling very creative with WAR at the horizon) and I was rewarded with a solid result.


THE HIGH PRICE OF WINNING

  

 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of April 19, 2019):

  • Bandit Keith's Soldiers: $11.80
  • AJ_Impy's Angels: $33.04
  • lovetapsmtg's Crabs: $5.33
  • Kumagoro's Warriors: $21.50

 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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 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).


 WHAT'S NEXT

 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 9.15 (Week 432 BE), on April 20: Modern
  • 9.16 (Week 433 BE), on April 27: Legacy
  • 9.17 (Week 434 BE), on May 4: Underdog
  • 9.18 (Week 435 BE), on May 11: Standard

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar
SEE YOU ALL IN THE #TRIBAL ROOM!

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