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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 20 2019 12:00am

 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

 By the time you read this, Throne of Eldraine spoiler season will be over. A new Standard era begins! Speaking of which, we just had our last Standard event of the previous cycle, so it's time for a final acknowledgment of all the cards that populated the past two years of the format and won't be back next time we play it. I included a gallery of rotating cards for each featured deck, but here's some more I also want to remember. See you in larger formats!








  • Event Number: 9.36, Week 453 BE
  • Date: September 14
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Kumagoro with Elf
  • Runner-up: Nagarjuna with Soldier
  • 1 Loss: AJ_Impy with Angel, CruelHellraiser with Spirit
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Viashino
  • Tribes: Angel, Dinosaur, Elf, Nightmare, Soldier, Spirit (x2), Vampire, Viashino, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 I don't know what's happening to me this year. Six first places?! That's not how I roll. And for three times in a row, I owned Standard with three different tribes (necessarily, because of the Top 8 lockout), namely Warrior, Dinosaur and now Elves – which was just an excuse to play Nightpack Ambusher in a shell that allows for Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves.


 Unlike the previous two cases, this is not exactly a deck I played as is in Arena – but possibly the fact that I play Arena to begin with, thus I care about Standard for the very first time in 25 years, helped me perform? Turns out playing more competitive Magic makes you a better player? Who would have thought?

 Anyway, here's all the cards we say goodbye to from this elven bunch:


 Moving on, congrats to Nagarjuna and his Soldiers conquering the second place, with a little help from their angelic friends.


 A  martial salute to:


 Good showing for the Angels themselves too, gathered by AJ_Impy in a Naya outfit, because Rienne, Angel of Rebirth actually exists.


 Here we bid a heavenly farewell to:



 Losing that trifecta of powerful Angels hurts the tribe a lot. Not sure it'll be viable again for a while.

 Finally, CruelHellraiser got in the money with his Spirits.


 And these are the spiritic cards that crossed over into eternity for good:





 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 20 2019):

  • Kumagoro's Elves: $27.21
  • Nagarjuna's Soldiers: $5.20
  • AJ_Impy's Angels: $7.55
  • CruelHellraiser's Spirits: $29.51

 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 currently eligible tribes for the award are: Noble, Peasant, Warlock.

 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):

  • 9.37 (Week 454 BE), on September 21: Modern
  • 9.38 (Week 455 BE), on September 28: Legacy
  • 9.39 (Week 456 BE), on October 5: Underdog
  • 9.40 (Week 457 BE), on October 12: Standard

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; Show and Tell art by Jeff Laubenstein; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.