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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 06 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

 Our second Planeswalker Tribal event has happened – a perfect occasion to welcome the upcoming planeswalkers from Throne of Eldraine, which has been spoiled already. Not counting the starter decks, the set will feature three new planeswalkers, which are actually four, because two of them share the same card.


 Oko is the new one, a Faerie trickster walker that for three mana can enter the battlefield bearing six loyalty and a Food token (which is an artifact with "2, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life"). Food has multiple uses in the set (it's a fairy tale classic), but Oko himself can turn it into 3/3 Elk or give it to the opponent in permanent exchange of one of their creatures. Plus he can turn dangerous opposing stuff into 3/3s if needed. Seems cool and versatile for a fast-dropping Simic walker.

 Then our favorite mad hunter Garruk finally returns (in a smashing trailer, no less), after a five-year absence since Magic 2015's Garruk, Apex Predator. In his sixth incarnation, Garruk is still Golgari and still homicidal. Six mana are a ton for a walker and there's serious competition in Standard for that spot (Liliana, Dreadhorde General, Ugin, the Ineffable), but Garruk brings two Wolves on the prowl with him, which are his only way to increase his loyalty, in a bit of interesting new walker design. They have good synergy with Nightpack Ambusher and Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves, but it might not be enough to ensure new Garruk will see competitive play. After all these years, the original Garruk Wildspeaker might still be the best Garruk, though I'm personally partial to Garruk Relentless.

 Finally, after their sibling partnership in Battlebond, Rowan Kenrith and Will Kenrith now share more than just their spark, becoming the first time two planeswalker types appear on the same card (and I believe also the first time a planeswalker card doesn't reference the subtype in its name). The twins are Eldraine natives – in fact, they're the heirs apparent to the titular Throne (not sure how that works with twins). Too bad their collective card feels very generic, with an unusual appearance of trample on an Izzet card, which still doesn't convey much about the pair's personalities. They play well with Arclight Phoenix, I guess, but that's not a particularly exciting accomplishment.


  • Event Number: 9.34, Week 451 BE
  • Date: August 31
  • Attendance: 5
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Planeswalker Tribal
  • Winner: Kumagoro with Nissa
  • 1 Loss: ThyShuffler with Jace, AJ_Impy with Bolas
  • Tribes: Bolas, Garruk (x2), Jace, Nissa
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 And Nissa is once again the queen of planeswalkers! I'm so proud, and not just because it means I've won five events so far this year, which is crazy.


 This event used improved rules that required to build mono-walker decks and allowed to run only certain types of creatures that agreed with the chosen planeswalker. For Nissa, it was Elemental and Plant, which still gave me access to Wall of Roots and Sylvan Caryatid for ramp, while Bloom Hulk proved to be a strong role player in a deck that definitely invites proliferate actions. Avenger of Zendikar and Regal Force tried to fill the ramp payoff void left by the sudden absence of Hydroid Krasis, though the real mana sink for Nissa, Who Shakes the World is actually Nissa, Steward of Elements. Nissa does love herself.


 And here's the defeated planeswalkers in our miniature war of the spark. ThyShuffler tried a Jace build that was actually an Ad Nauseam combo deck.


 AJ_Impy stuck with Bolas control.


 And speaking of Garruk, CruelHellraiser had the big fella associated with Standard Golgari Beasts such as Ravenous Chupacabra and Leyline Prowler, but also Thragtusk of course. Garruk, Apex Predator looks good in an environment chock-full of planeswalkers to hunt down, but he's certainly not cheap.


 While Nagarjuna ran a Garruk deck himself, still featuring the Apex Predator (to which my Nissas admittedly due their one lost game), but also trying to ramp with Garruk Wildspeaker and land auras.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 6, 2019):

  • Kumagoro's Nissas: $123.50
  • ThyShuffler's Jaces: $79.34
  • AJ_Impy's Bolases: $149.58
  • CruelHellraiser's Garruks: $13.42
  • Nagarjuna's Garruks: $44.14

 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):

  • 9.35 (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
  • 9.38 (Week 455 BE), on September 28: Legacy

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



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