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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 21 2019 12:00pm

 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

   Table of Contents 

  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Show and Tell
  4. Announcements
  5. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 Forget Modern Horizons (but not before reading my evaluation of it), we're just three weeks away from Core Set 2020 already! Spoilers are underway, and there are some tribal goodies in there. Elementals make for one of the draft archetypes, so they will get a nice boost for sure. Though, maybe not necessarily with their new mythics, because triple white and triple black are not something Elemental decks ever traffic in.


 But this is actually a full-blown cycle, not just a mirrored pair a la White Knight/Black Knight. And once we get to the red one, that's more like it.

 To be honest, I don't love this guy too much, but red is certainly one of the tribe's main colors. Green is another, and we know the text of the green member of this cycle, it's a 5/6 reach for 2GGG that searches and plays a land as an ETB and returns any card from the graveyard to the top of the library as a death trigger. I'm not in love with that one either. But there's a lot of Elemental action in M20 anyway, including a new Omnath, which is more appropriately Temur and has tribal synergies.

 My favorite tribal card belongs to a different tribe, though. Or rather, two.

 Are we gonna see a resurgence of Werewolf decks in Underdog?


  • Event Number: 9.23, Week 440 BE
  • Date: June 8
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Nydethess with Elf
  • 1 Loss: ThyShuffler with Human, Bandit Keith with Spirit, emerald000 with Construct, Nagarjuna with Cleric, -DiamondDust- with Vampire
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Ouphe
  • Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Ouphe
  • Tribes: Cleric, Construct, Elf, Human (x2), Ninja, Ouphe, Sliver, Snake, Spirit, Vampire (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Congratulations to Nydethess for their first win! I know, it's with Elves, but hey, did you notice that Elves aren't showing up that much anymore? In fact, it was more than a year since their last first place, and they're getting there only once per season lately. In this build, I'd like to point out the presence of the Golgari land from the Horizon Canopy cycle that Modern Horizons has extended to the enemy pairs.


 In the same vein, a big welcome to newcomer emerald000, who came close to win the big prize at the first try, thanks to this powerful Construct build based on the Modern Hardened Scales archetype, which turns out is pretty easy to port into Tribal Wars.


 First Ninja attempt after the tribe got several exciting new members in Modern Horizons. It's the work of Generalissimo, who has something to say about it in a tentatively rebooting Show and Tell.


 Last but not least – or maybe yeah, least, but still worth mentioning: Ouphe was played for the third time by lovetapsmtg, and is now fully repopulated (only three tribes left to clear). Collector Ouphe from Modern Horizons was not included – it's a powerful card, but very situational, probably not the best meta-call in Tribal Wars.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 21, 2019):

  • Nydethess's Elves: $76.04
  • emerald000's Constructs: $230.04
  • Generalissimo's Ninjas: $88.15
  • lovetapsmtg's Ouphes: $38.40

 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.


 Here's what Generalissimo, Nagarjuna and myself had to say about the former's not entirely successful Ninja list.

 NAGA: No Ninja of the Deep Hours?!

 KUMA: No Fallen Shinobi?!


 NAGA: Isn't Deep Hours the best Ninja still?

 KUMA: Ingenious Infiltrator does the same but for every Ninja. I would've expected Fallen Shinobi, though. That guy's insane, double (Thief of Sanity) for free?! Though it might work better in Legacy (i.e. in Underdog), because there's a better chance it'll find some crazy payoff creature to cast for free there.

 GENE: Deep Hours is 2.5 tix and I have not become any less cheap in my absence, so that's why I skipped it. Fallen Shinobi was a definite consideration but I don't think the deck can support very many high drops because, between replaying ninjitsued creatures and drawing extra cards with Infiltrator and Higure, the Still Wind, there's often a lot of pressure on your mana and I went with other top-end Ninjas instead. I'll almost certainly give it a try in the future.


 Among the others, Mistblade Shinobi was a bit of a disappointment. It definitely has its uses, but as just a 1/1, there are games where it's little more than an Unsummon and I think four is too many copies. Mist-Syndicate Naga was better than I expected, as it's the only way for the deck to really capitalize on an advantage in a way that dominates the board.



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

  • 9.24 (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
  • 9.27 (Week 444 BE), on July 13: 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; Show and Tell art by Jeff Laubenstein; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.