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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Aug 30 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 coming back tomorrow! New and improved ruling as follows:

  • You need 16 planeswalkers of the same type in a 60-card deck (and up to a 63-card deck; 17 walkers from 64 to 67 cards and so on).
  • The rest of the deck may include more planeswalkers of a different type.
  • You don't need to run creatures at all, but if you do, they have to belong to one of the types your main planeswalker likes, as the table in this page shows. Exceptions: you can always run a creature whose name references your planeswalker (e.g. Liliana's Shade), or which is referenced by name in a planeswalker's rule text (e.g. Nissa's Chosen), or whose rule text references a planeswalker card by name (e.g. Ethereal Elk). Note that "Kytheon" equals "Gideon" for these purposes.
  • A creature that transforms into a planeswalker counts as a creature, not as a planeswalker, but it's always allowed in that planeswalker's tribal deck because it references the planeswalker's name (again, "Kytheon" and "Gideon" count as the same name).
  • The pool is Legacy, usual Legacy bans apply, including restriction for creatures to their tribe, which in this case means if you want to run, say, Dragonlord Atarka in your Sarkhan deck (which is allowed to run Dragons), you'll need a full tribe of another 19 Dragons.
  • Additional bans: Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Liliana of the Veil, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Teferi, Time Raveler, Sarkhan the Masterless, The Elderspell.

 Have fun!


  • Event Number: 9.33, Week 450 BE
  • Date: August 24
  • Attendance: 7
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Nydethess with Zombie
  • 1 Loss: AJ_Impy with Trilobite, Deonmag with Scarecrow, ThyShuffle with Human
  • Underdog Prize: AJ_Impy with Trilobite
  • New Kids on the Block Award: AJ_Impy with Trilobite
  • Tribes: Cat, Elemental, Human, Scarecrow, Trilobite, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 The same week the official banned and restricted announcement took it away from Modern, Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis was leaving its mucky mark on Legacy Tribal Apocalypse, thanks to Nydethess piloting this graveyard-intensive Zombie list to first place. And it didn't even need Faithless Looting. Because, you know, there's Careful Study in Legacy, and Zombies don't care for red.


 Speaking of which, in order to slow down this kind of build within our heavily protected Legacy environment (but elsewhere too), I'm moving Vengevine to the restricted to tribe list. I'm sure Elementals, with all the M20 additions, can make good use of the vine monster; elsewhere, it just leads to non-tribal graveyard strategies, when a tribe like Zombie could easily find the win condition on its own without external help. You could make the same case for Bloodghast, which belongs to two strong tribes already, but I think Vengevine is more of a wincon than Bloodghast is. But we could get there eventually.


 And speaking of banning, here's how Legacy RDW reconfigured, specifically in the Human version, after the recent loss of Price of Progress and Fireblast. ThyShuffler's list has the Punishing Fire/Grove of the Burnwillows combo in there – I still think it's okay to have that one around in Legacy, even if it's specifically tribal adverse and has a history of banning. Again, we might want to revisit this position in the future.


 And while we're speaking of Elementals (it's one long chain of thought this week!), I tried to capitalize on the M20 additions, and especially on something Standard can't do, which is explosively pairing Risen Reef with the older Omnath, Omnath, Locus of Rage. The combo was on point, but the list didn't do well. Could be bad matchups (it's not a deck that reacts kindly to turn-two Magus of the Moon), could be that to make these Elementals work is more of a Modern endeavor.


 Finally, Trilobite did it. The latest New Kid on the Block achieved its first match win ever since the printing of Scuttling Sliver in Modern Horizons made it into a proper three-card tribe. And the little prehistoric suckers even ended up in the money, thanks to their Changeling friends and their best friend of all, AJ_Impy. Now we'll just have to wait for a third Sponge.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of August 30, 2019):

  • Nydethess's Zombies: $146.00
  • ThyShuffler's Humans: $52.56
  • Kumagoro's Elementals: $113.30
  • AJ_Impy's Trilobites: $139.16

 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. 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):

  • 9.34 (Week 451 BE), on August 31: Planeswalker Tribal
  • 9.35 (Week 452 BE), on September 7: Underdog
  • 9.36 (Week 453 BE), on September 14: Standard
  • 9.37 (Week 454 BE), on September 21: Modern

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.