Kumagoro42's picture
By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Apr 26 2019 12:00pm

 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

 One wouldn't think of Weird as one of the tribes that got reinforced by War of the Spark, but it happened. Two new members is a huge uptick for the Izzet-colored extravaganzas (which just went from 7 to 9), and they seem playable too.


 Granted, casting a ton of noncreature stuff in Tribal Wars is always problematic because the slots just aren't there. Maybe Feather, the Redeemed's automatic buyback can help with that (if we're willing to commit to heavy white). That's going to be one of the powerhouses in the set, and it also means Angel can now field a pretty dangerous low-curve build.


  • Event Number: 9.15, Week 432 BE
  • Date: April 20
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Eldrazi
  • 1 Loss: AJ_Impy with Knight, Deonmag with Vampire, ThyShuffler with Human
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Salamander
  • Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Salamander
  • Tribes: Eldrazi, Elf, Human, Knight, Salamander, Shaman, Vampire, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Umpteenth win of the year for Bandit Keith (where did all the other Spike players go? C'mon, guys! Don't be shy!), and this time is with Eldrazi. Which reminds me I said I would revise the ban list every quarter or so, and it's overdue, and the Eldrazi are still a very broken tribe, they should be given the same attention we gave to Elf and Goblin in the past. Expect to see some more fixes implemented by the end of the month (therefore in next week's article, effective come May).


 We already saw AJ_Impy's Knights before, but it's always a good list to showcase. It only lost one match in the final round – guess against who?


 A true Modern classic, Vampire, still didn't disappoint but it's not been able to win to many events lately – only one in the past two years, last January. Deonmag came close here, but no cigar.


 ThyShuffler was the pilot during the previous Vampire victory, but he went with Humans this time. A very cool and original build with Norin the Wary triggering the Soul Sisters and Purphoros, God of the Forge, plus Genesis Chamber retriggering everything else. Just a bit too clock-consuming, maybe.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of April 26, 2019):

  • Bandit Keith's Eldrazi: $172.26
  • AJ_Impy's Knights: $62.88
  • Deonmag's Vampires: $43.40
  • ThyShuffler's Humans: $36.08

 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. Already cleared: Atog, Crocodile, Homarid, Incarnation, Jackal, Leech, Licid, Manticore, Metathran, Monger, Moonfolk, Octopus, Orgg, Ox, Processor, Salamander, 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):

  • 9.16 (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
  • 9.19 (Week 436 BE), on May 18: 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.