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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Oct 11 2019 12:00pm
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 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

 So, in the Weekly MTG stream from yesterday it was announced (among other, stranger things) the release of the new Game Night box, featuring five new exclusive cards, one per each color.



 Now, this made me consider how hard it has become to keep track of new cards that enter the system from a number of different avenues, including all kinds of ancillary products, Arena exclusives, and whatnot. And we have no way to tell if and when these cards will be added to the Treasure Chests, which is currently the surest way to release cards coming from unusual places into MTGO. On top of all this, there are the various Oracle functional changes to keep track of (like the recent mass addition of the Noble subtype to a bunch of cards). Bottom line, our Creature Type Database is increasingly at risk of not being accurate. I'm sure it's already not when it comes to big tribes like Human.

 In other news, the Tribal Council saw its powers augmented last week, since they now include ruling on tribes being moved in and out of the Underdog list (which allows them access to the monthly Underdog events), as well as the threshold for a tribe to be deemed as "Unpopular", which is currently set at 5 appearances in Tribal Apocalypse events, thus leaving us with 63 Unpopular tribes.

 By the way, the latest card the Council added to the Watch List is Witch's Vengeance from Throne of Eldraine. The Council will vote on it, and the other cards in the Watch List, in time for the next ban announcement on December 27.

 Also, last week I forgot to add the usual Halloween Special to the list of upcoming events at the bottom, but it'll happen October 26 (it was in calendar all along).


  • Event Number: 9.39, Week 456 BE
  • Date: October 5
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Wolf
  • Runner-up: Generalissimo with Shapeshifter
  • 1 Loss: Nydethess with Rat, ThyShuffler with Specter, tadeuelias554 with Wolf, lovetapsmtg with Peasant, -DiamondDust- with Noble
  • Underdog Prize: -DiamondDust with Noble, lovetapsmtg with Peasant
  • New Kids on the Block Award: AJ_Impy with Warlock, lovetapsmtg with Peasant
  • Tribes: Dinosaur, Gorgon, Insect, Minotaur, Noble, Ooze, Peasant, Rat, Shapeshifter, Specter, Viashino, Warlock, Wolf (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 It's increasingly clear how Wolf has become a major force in the Underdog scene, since now it's not just me that wins events with it, it's other players too, including seasonal leader Bandit Keith. Once you get to the midrange zone, the power of Nightpack Ambusher is hard to beat.


 Strangely enough, the tribe that contains all tribes, Shapeshifter, has been played very sparsely during these nine years, amounting to only 17 appearances. Generalissimo has built a cool list with them that exploits their signature changeling mechanic, especially having his mercurial team mimic Dragon, but also Demon (Mark of the Oni is old tech, still very effective), Ally and Zombie. In the final confrontation, though, the Wolves proved to be the apex predator. Are we going to see Nightpack Ambusher and Mayor of Avabruck in a changeling deck?


 Next, we get to parade all three new tribes from Throne of Eldraine. Appropriately gaining the wealth distinction, Noble was conceived by -DiamondDust- as a mostly monoblack affair, with all kinds of Aristocrats (and Carrion Feeder) snacking on all those commoners with gusto.


 The surprise success story was Peasant, which was also able to end up in the money while hitting their very first match win, thanks to lovetapsmtg's most adventurous effort.


 Finally, AJ_Impy regaled the sinister Warlocks with their first win as well. There are only six of them in the pool at the moment, and they look much less cohesive than Peasant.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of October 11 2019):

  • Bandit Keith's Wolves: $125.02
  • Generalissimo's Shapeshifters: $50.83
  • DiamondDust's Nobles: $27.34
  • lovetapsmtg's Peasants: $12.95
  • AJ_Impy's Warlocks: $63.08

 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 are no eligible tribes 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):

  • 9.40 (Week 457 BE), on October 12: Standard
  • 9.41 (Week 458 BE), on October 19: Modern
  • 9.42 (Week 459 BE), on October 26: Halloween Special
  • 9.43 (Week 460 BE), on November 2: Underdog

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: December 27.
Current watch list:
 Aether Vial, Gaea's Cradle, Witch's Vengeance.



Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Show and Tell art by Jeff Laubenstein; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.