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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 28 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

 Planeswalker Tribal tomorrow! (This was definitely the right time in Magic's life to try this thing, wasn't it?).

 I meant to write about the rules last week, but unfortunately I forgot. It'll go down as follows:


 Special Full Loyalty prize (replacing the Underdog Prize): all players that will register a deck that includes only a single planeswalker type will get one tix, regardless of their performance.


  • Event Number: 9.24, Week 441 BE
  • Date: June 15
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Nagarjuna with Eldrazi
  • Runner-up: -DiamondDust- with Zombie
  • 1 Loss: Bandit Keith with Sliver, Nydethess with Elf
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy with Bringer
  • Tribes: Angel, Bringer, Construct, Eldrazi, Elf, Human, Myr, Scarecrow, Sliver, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 It looks like, even without Reality Smasher, Eldrazi are still more than able to smash people's faces but good. Eldrazi Temple is not even the main culprit here, since there's a ton of fast mana that you can use to churn out colorless creatures. Nagarjuna here also employed a 12-Post package, in order to have access to All Is Dust, (Ulamog, Ceaseless Hunger) and other curve-toppers. So it was like two Big Bads rolled into one!


 Combo Zombie at the second place! -DiamondDust- brewed this list where Phyrexian Altar can infinitely sacrifice Gravecrawler, resulting in death by Zulaport Cutthroat, of all things. There's some other neat interaction in the deck, like Diregraf Colossus creating infinite tokens, and Undead Augur drawing your whole deck, or at least up to the point where you have still life to lose.


 Last week we learned New Spike on the Block, Nydethess, is an Elf enthusiast, and gave the green tribe the Legacy treatment here. Can you spot all the differences with the previous week's Modern build? Upon a cursory look, I'd say Gaea's Cradle, Quirion Ranger, Birchlore Rangers, Wirewood Symbiote and Green Sun's Zenith are those that stand out the most.


 And then, AJ_Impy brought the Bringers, as one does. Suddenly, the tribe has become the protagonist of a sick combo with Morophon, the Boundless, which turns all of the Bringers into zero-cost creatures. Of course, you first need to ramp into the seven colorless mana required to get the big changeling online, hence the Post base once again. By the way, the new changelings aren't all handled properly by Gatherling yet; they will, eventually.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 28, 2019):

  • Nagarjuna's Eldrazi: $99.85
  • DiamondDust's Zombies: $49.70
  • Nydethess's Elves: $65.83
  • AJ_Impy's Bringers: $154.60

 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. 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):

  • 9.25 (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
  • 9.28 (Week 445 BE), on July 20: Modern

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.