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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
May 17 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

 War of the Spark is behind us now (while the surface of its possibilities hasn't even been scratched yet – that was one powerful, complex set to crack), the countdown for Modern Horizons has finally started, and the release that'll shake the Modern format will be here in time for our next Modern event in June – tomorrow, we'll have to make do with the old, non-Horizons-flavored meta.


I know, these are the same two spoilers from the announcement, but I still look forward to play with both!


  • Event Number: 9.18, Week 435 BE
  • Date: May 11
  • Attendance: 6
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: romellos with Knight
  • Runner-up: Kumagoro with Wall
  • 1 Loss: AJ_Impy with Boar, lovetapsmtg with Crab
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy with Boar, lovetapsmtg with Crab
  • Tribes: Boar, Crab, Dinosaur, Knight, Vampire, Wall
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 A big welcome back to romellos, who's still one of the two top players in the history of Tribal Apocalypse. This event was kinda crazy, requiring two full rounds of single elimination after the Swiss portion, but in the end romellos's Knights did it.


 My Walls almost did it – or perhaps actually did, as I conceded to lovetapsmtg in round 3 when he had lethal on the board but only 10 seconds on the clock. Felt the right thing to do, especially as a host, but if I let that situation unfold on its own, it would've probably resulted in a much shorter event, since I would have been the only 9-pointer at that point. Also, I eventually lost to romellos in the finals, but I had 2-0'd him in round 1. This deck should be taken seriously, is what I'm saying. Wall of Runes and Teyo, the Shieldmage made it stronger – though maybe the latter slots should go to Teferi, Time Raveler instead.


 The Boars are also enjoying an unsuspected good lineup in Standard these days. I mean, they have a God among their ranks. And AJ_Impy always loves himself some Gods. Also, smack in the middle of No Mountain May, here's a deck featuring red! (I counted on red being sneaky this way).


 And the other True Underdog tribe, Crab, also gave a hard time to everybody, in part because lovetapsmtg built it as a Stompy brew with off-tribe Pelt Collector and Steel Leaf Champion. But Growth-Chamber Guardian, Sharktocrab and even Scuttlegator already made for a solid base of operations.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 17, 2019):

  • romellos's Knights: $7.57
  • Kumagoro's Walls: $18.48
  • AJ_Impy's Boars: $14.46
  • lovetapsmtg's Crabs: $12.37

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

  • 9.19 (Week 436 BE), on May 18: Modern
  • 9.20 (Week 437 BE), on May 25: Legacy
  • 9.21 (Week 438 BE), on June 1: Underdog
  • 9.22 (Week 439 BE), on June 8: Standard

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: July 5.
Current watch list:
 Aether Vial, Fireblast, Mutavault, Price of Progress, Thalia's Lieutenant, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, Wasteland.



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