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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 27 2019 12:17pm

 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

 Hear ye, hear ye! The Tribal Council has formed!

 (You can check all the official rules that will govern its existence (table K), or just read further.)

 So what's the Tribal Council doing? From now on, it will oversee all the decisions about bans and restrictions. Here's the crucial elements about this process.

  • A five-person committee called "The Tribal Council" is elected every year during the week of the Standard rotation.
  • The committee is formed by the five players who participated in the largest number of events during the current season up until that point.
  • The committee assembles every quarter to decide of possible new bans, unbans or restrictions to tribe in all formats.
  • The host can't be part of the committee, can't influence its decisions, and can't be present during its meetings.
  • The committee curates and communicates a watch list that is made public during every quarter (NOTE: it's at the very bottom of these articles).
  • Any player can submit cards to the committee for evaluation. The committee is only forced to put a card in the watch list if at least three different players submitted it.

 And here's the current Council composition (in charge until Fall 2020):

  • AJ_Impy (36 events attended)
  • Nagarjuna (36 events attended)
  • Bandit Keith (33 events attended)
  • ThyShuffler (31 events attended)
  • Deonmag (30 events attended).

 Current reserves (that are asked to join if one of the Council members resigns, or stops attending Tribal Apocalypse events for a full quarter):

  • lovetapsmtg (29 events attended)
  • CruelHellraiser (28 events attended)
  • -DiamondDust- (21 events attended)

 The next deadline to communicate possible changes to the current ban lists and restricted to tribe lists, is October 3 (the announcement will be made on the October 4 article). Best wishes to the Council!


  • Event Number: 9.37, Week 454 BE
  • Date: September 21
  • Attendance: 
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Bnoru with Elf
  • Runner-up: ThyShuffler with Elf
  • 1 Loss: bdgp009 with Human, Generalissimo with Treefolk, Nydethess with Goblin, Bandit Keith with Spirit, Nagarjuna with Golem, Kumagoro with Vampire
  • Underdog Prize: lovetapsmtg with Antelope
  • Tribes: Antelope, Druid, Elf (x2), Goblin, Golem, Human (x2), Knight, Minotaur, Nephilim, Spirit, Treefolk, Vampire (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So, 2019 is definitely the year of the Elf comeback. After a few seasons of relative obscurity, the tribe has reclaimed its place on the all-time Top Three, thanks to some new players like Nydethess and now Bnoru. Congratulations and welcome to Tribal Apocalypse!


 This list marks the first time Winding Way from Modern Horizons has been played in Tribal Apocalypse. Take notice, tribal players: it's a pretty great tool for your decks.

 And what do you know, our last Modern event actually had an Elf showdown in the finals. The runner-up list by ThyShuffler takes a different direction from Bnoru's – where the latter employed the tried-and-tested interaction between Heritage Druid and Nettle Sentinel to generate tons of early mana, and a black splash to close the game with Shaman of the Pack, ThyShuffler chose instead to have a white splash in order to benefit from Vizier of Remedies and Devoted Druid's infinite mana combo, as well as from a Legacy-level tutor that was recently introduced to Modern, Eladamri's Call. Also of interest is the presence of a singleton Akroma's Memorial as a finishing move.


 Two other new players debuted last week, so let's feature them. I think Cesinha5 intended to submit an Ally deck, but the high Human count of 26 (against only 23 Allies) turned the list into simply Human.


 Finally, tadeuelias554 ran these monowhite Knights, perhaps in need of new reinforcements from Throne of Eldraine.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 27 2019):

  • Bnoru's Elves: $59.61
  • ThyShuffler's Elves: $87.70
  • Cesinha5's Humans: $40.95
  • tadeuelias554's Knights: $51.52

 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. The 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):

  • 9.38 (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
  • 9.41 (Week 458 BE), on October 19: Modern

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



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