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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 07 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

 I keep stumbling upon high-profile, larger-than-life creatures that one would think should be restricted to tribe and yet never were. Last but not least, Worldspine Wurm. I can't believe nobody tried to sneak that off-tribe into a Natural Order deck every other week! Well, now you'll have to do that while playing a Wurm deck, at least. Yep, that's it, Worldspine Wurm is restricted to its tribe, effective immediately.

 Moving on, Modern Horizons is coming to Tribal Wars. Among other things (which might warrant further consideration for banning), it contains this little guy:

 It's Engineered Plague in creature form, and Engineered Plague is one of the first cards that required to be banned when the Tribal Wars format was first conceived. So do we preemptively ban this one, too? We certainly have to do something, otherwise every deck will just run it. But I'm leaning more towards restricting it to its tribe as well. I mean, its tribe is Carrier, for crying out loud. It might offer an incentive to play this one-trick pile of Phyrexians.


 They certainly make for a control-heavy list. And Phyrexian Plaguelord is none other than the original The Rock!


  • Event Number: 9.21, Week 438 BE
  • Date: June 1
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Devil
  • Runner-up: romellos with Scout
  • 1 Loss: JackSlagel with Devil, -DiamondDust- with Berserker, AJ_Impy with Homunculus
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy with Homunculus
  • Tribes: Azra, Berserker, Devil (x2), Homunculus, Nightstalker, Ooze, Scout, Soltari, Specter, Thopter, Turtle
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Bandit Keith on the top once again, this time with an appropriately "fire and brimstone" Devil deck.


 Second place for romellos, whose Valakut-enabling Scouts (with Ulvenwald Hydra playing the role of Primeval Titan), even with the help of a Natural Order-ed Worldspine Wurm, couldn't find the critical mass to shut Keith down before being punished by the combined power of Price of Progress, the double tax from Pyrostatic Pillar and Eidolon of the Great Revel, and of course the always unforgiving Fireblast.


 AJ_Impy brought the most inventive deck in the competition, as he often does. It's a pretty serious Homunculus affair that leverages Stitcher's Apprentice's ability in combo with Vedalken Shackles, and employs the valiant new members of the tribe like Zndrsplt, Eye of Wisdom (with his coin-flipping pal Okaun, Eye of Chaos) and Fblthp, the Lost.


 Generalissimo is slowly easing back into the Apocalypse (his videos are sorely missed!), so Turtle was an appropriate choice. It's an Assault Formation deck, but it features such new cards as Huatli, the Sun's Heart, Kasmina's Transmutation, Vivien, Champion of the Wilds and even Angler Turtle from the M19 Gift Pack – which was missing from Gatherling but has been added now.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 7, 2019):

  • Bandit Keith's Devils: $39.53
  • romellos's Scouts: $23.90
  • AJ_Impy's Homunculus: $74.72
  • Generalissimo's Turtles: $62.76

 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 tribe 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):

  • 9.22 (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
  • 9.25 (Week 442 BE), on June 29: Planeswalker Tribal

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.