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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
May 31 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

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by Kumagoro

 Hear ye, hear ye! The Ban Hammer is here!

 Even if the established date for a revision of our ban lists is (and remains) July 5, I've come to the decision we need some emergency bans, effective immediately, on which it seems everybody agrees. So, without further ado:


 This should make Post decks a bit more manageable. Or at the very least, less monotonous. To be fair, the restriction of Kozilek, the Great Distortion wasn't needed at all, since it's kind of a terrible card nobody ever plays, but I felt bad singling that one out while its siblings were all included. It won't matter, anyway.

 In other news, we have a special event coming up on June 29, and I'm inclined on trying the very bonkers Planeswalker Tribal. It seems now it's the best time to give it a try, what with War of the Spark making planeswalkers the talk of the town. With all those uncommon walkers at one cent, and many of the rare ones on a similar budget level (and we're talking powerful cards here, not useless ones), a 20-planeswalker deck is as affordable as anything. In such a format, The Elderspell will have to be banned, otherwise it will all devolve into a race to draw it first; possibly some other things, too, like Bioessence Hydra?


  • Event Number: 9.20, Week 437 BE
  • Date: May 25
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Human
  • Runner-up: AJ_Impy with Construct
  • 1 Loss: romellos with Human, ThyShuffler with Construct, Generalissimo with Zombie
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Wraith
  • Tribes: Cleric, Construct (x2), Human (x2), Kobold, Vampire, Wizard, Wraith, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Seasonal leader Bandit Keith is back at the top thanks to this high-budget, five-color Human list.


 In the final post-Swiss round, Keith managed to defeat his arch-nemesis Cloudpost, herein represented by AJ_Impy's Constructs, in their final association with original Ugin.


 Generalissimo played to some success a Zombie build filled with intriguing, rarely seen cards like Cryptbreaker, Zombie Trailblazer and Dark Salvation.


 Third instance ever of Wraith being played in Tribal Apocalypse – so I guess it should have been part of the Repopulation project, but at the time I probably reasoned it was asking too much from the players. Of course no tribe is too obscure or unplayable for lovetapsmtg. There's even some synergy in there, like Evil Presence and Contaminated Ground clearing the way for the swampwalkers, and the similarly obscure Ruthless Sniper taking advantage of the only well-known tribesmember, Street Wraith.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 24, 2019):

  • Bandit Keith's Humans: $232.66
  • AJ_Impy's Constructs: $213.27
  • Generalissimo's Zombies: $71.03
  • lovetapsmtg's Wraiths: $26.07

 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):

  • 9.21 (Week 438 BE), on June 1: Underdog
  • 9.22 (Week 439 BE), on June 8: Standard
  • 9.23 (Week 440 BE), on June 15: Modern
  • 9.24 (Week 441 BE), on June 22: Legacy

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, Wasteland.



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