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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 14 2019 11:00am

 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

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  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. First Modern Horizons fall-out: Plague Engineer is restricted to its tribe, in all formats where it's legal, effective immediately. Better safe than sorry. And maybe this way we'll see some Carrier deck.

 Speaking of which, Trilobite is now legal and ready to award New Kids on the Block money! Time to take these three bad boys (I mean literally: they're very bad) and a couple changelings for a spin.


 Speaking of which, I wonder if the ten new changelings will cause issues. I think not, since the most aggro-oriented of the bunch, Valiant Changeling is not easily accommodated in non-Shapeshifter decks. And the cheapest ones, Universal Automaton and Changeling Outcast might just help Underdog tribes to sculpt their curve, and don't make a ton of sense in established tribes otherwise. Right?



  • Event Number: 9.22, Week 439 BE
  • Date: June 8
  • Attendance: 7
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: _Kumagoro_ with Warrior
  • 1 Loss: Bandit Keith with Soldier, Nagarjuna with Dinosaur, Deonmag with Vampire
  • Underdog Prize: 
  • Tribes: 
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Looks like it was that time of the year again when I get my annual win! I'm glad I did it in Standard with a Warrior deck that's basically the same I use on Magic Arena, and which already features 16 Warriors. I added Grim Initiate as a one-drop, dropping my two copies of Legion Warboss and raising the card count to 62, and I turned Lightning Strike into Lava Coil because I knew it was going to have targets. It's a pretty solid build.


 I was particularly glad to beat Bandit Keith and his Soldiers on my way to the top, because he's this season's Big Bad. When you're one hundred points ahead of the runner-up, you're the one to take down.


 I've also managed to defeat Nagarjuna, but not by any fault of his Dinosaurs. MTGO just decided he wasn't allowed to play the third round with lands on the battlefield.


 Sarkhan's Dragons didn't have a ton of luck either – but I still think this deck by AJ_Impy is scary. Not coincidentally, it's the more expensive one. 



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 14, 2019):

  • Kumagoro's Warriors: $19.29
  • Bandit Keith's Soldiers: $6.38
  • Nagarjuna's Dinosaurs: $2.30
  • AJ_Impy's Dragons: $52.85

 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 one eligible tribe for the award: Trilobite.

 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):

  • 9.23 (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
  • 9.26 (Week 443 BE), on July 6: Underdog

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.