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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Aug 09 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 Commander 2019 spoilers are underway. The four 100-card decks (containing 59 new cards) will release August 23, but online we'll have to wait for the Treasure Chests to update their content, sadly. Among the highlights so far, there's (predictably) a large number of new Legendary creatures, with a focus on Weatherlight-era characters, including the first ever Legendary Wall, which unfortunately doesn't do much outside of multiplayer. There's also a bunch of new powerful curve-toppers for both popular and not-so-popular tribes.


 Most unusual new creature: this Ixalan-based Egg lord Shaman lady. Great tribal minds are already hatching new ideas (pun intended). Those changelings sure like to replace a newborn.


  • Event Number: 9.30, Week 447 BE
  • Date: August 3
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Devil
  • 1 Loss: Nagarjuna with Hydra, AJ_Impy with Nightmare, Socanelas with Berserker, ThyShuffler with Kobold, CruelHellraiser with Djinn
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Nightstalker
  • Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Nightstalker
  • Tribes: Berserker, Crocodile, Devil, Dinosaur, Djinn, Horror, Hydra, Kobold, Nightmare, Nightstalker, Ooze
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Tribal Apocalypse's resident devil, Bandit Keith, appropriately piloted this Devil deck to first place.


 Lots of feature-worthy brews this week. Nagarjuna once again attempted to make new Hydras great (and big) again.


 AJ_Impy had a dream of Nightmares.


 This Kobold deck by ThyShuffler represents the occasional storm build that routinely pops up once in a while, rarely manages to stay consistent all the way through. It's become one of the specialties of the zero-cost little guys.


 These budget-friendly Djinns ended in the money, to CruelHellraiser's satisfaction.


 And here's Nydethess's clever but inconsistent take on Horror, featuring the little known interaction between Thing in the Ice and Hunted Horror (when the former thaws, those Centaurs drown away – or whatever it is that's supposed to cause the mass bounce). The build needs some work, might be too all-in on the combo, with its 17 lands, 21 one-mana noncreature spells, and the other Horrors being just cyclers and Cabal Therapist.


 And last, and probably also least, Nightstalkers finally achieved repopulation, thanks to conservationist lovetapsmtg. Antelope and Goat are now the only two tribes still eligible for the award.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of August 9, 2019):

  • Bandit Keith's Devils: $91.01
  • Nagarjuna's Hydras: $114.91
  • AJ_Impy's Nightmares: $68.36
  • ThyShuffler's Kobolds: $79.79
  • CruelHellraiser's Djinns: $5.02
  • Nydethess's Horrors: $79.15
  • lovetapsmtg's Nightstalkers: $17.05

 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. Still to clear: Antelope, Goat. Already cleared: Atog, Crocodile, Homarid, Incarnation, Jackal, Leech, Licid, Manticore, Metathran, Monger, Moonfolk, Nightstalker, 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):

  • 9.31 (Week 448 BE), on August 10: Standard
  • 9.32 (Week 449 BE), on August 17: Modern
  • 9.33 (Week 450 BE), on August 24: Legacy
  • 9.34 (Week 451 BE), on August 31: Planeswalker Tribal

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: October 4.
Current watch list:
 Aether Vial, Mutavault, Thalia's Lieutenant.



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