Kumagoro42's picture
By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Oct 25 2019 12:00pm
Login to post comments

 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

 Field of the Dead is out of Standard! But more importantly, a new major format was born! Pioneer was announced earlier this week as a non-rotating format where legality of cards goes from Return to Ravnica onward (with the five fetch lands from Khans for Tarkir banned). It's meant as the intermediate format between Modern and Standard, sort of like a new Extended, but without rotation.

 And you know what? This could be the best format ever for Tribal Wars, as its environment is rich with tribal strategies but low on oppressive combo shenanigans, and the mana base is fair without being too painful. Consequently, we'll try to work Pioneer into our weekly rotation next year, and we'll have a first Pioneer Tribal Wars test run on November 30 (previously reserved as a celebratory event for AJ_Impy's 40th birthday – and handing it over to Pioneer was AJ's own idea).

 In other news, here's a request for the Tribal Council: seeing how the Mythic Championship players would have to reveal their lists to each of their opponents beforehand, should we drop the decklist privacy setting (that hides the lists until the event is over) from our events too?

 Also, tomorrow we celebrate Halloween with a few days in advance (it was better than doing it late). Rules for our annual Halloween Special are here. This year, we welcome Warlock among the Spooky Tribes! They are MTG's take on witches, after all.



  • Event Number: 9.41, Week 458 BE
  • Date: October 19
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Generalissimo with Angel
  • Runner-up: Bandit Keith with Spirit
  • 1 Loss: Kumagoro with Vampire, Nagarjuna with Giant
  • Tribes: Angel, Bird, Elf, Giant, Human, Scout, Spirit, Vampire (x3)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Unexpectedly, Angel takes over a Modern event – it hadn't happened yet. The tribe quietly went through a deep transformation recently, and not just because of the powerful Angels from Dominaria, which Generalissimo isn't even playing here. Modern Horizons lowered their curve considerably through the miniature Segovian Angel as well as, I guess, the new changelings like Impostor of the Sixth Pride. This allows to better exploit the interaction with Core Set 2020's Bishop of Wings, the new unofficial Angel off-tribe lord, and this leads to an explosive iteration of the Soul Sisters archetype. which also benefits Angel of Vitality and, of course, Resplendent Angel.


 In the finals, the Angels were able to take down even a Modern powerhouse like Spirits, here expertly piloted by seasonal leader Bandit Keith, who's feeling existentialist with his deck titles.


 As for me, I'm trying to hone Vampires lately. This build is based on Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord, and it's close to be satisfying. I'm gonna cut Legion's Landing, since I never manage to transform it, so it's basically just a one-drop with a lifelink, and if that's the case, then Vampire of the Dire Moon is just better. I could avoid the white splash entirely at this point, but I love the trifecta of four-mana Sorins, they're so incredibly equal in power level, and I was never sorry to draw into one of them, regardless of which Sorin it was.


 Finally, it's time to acknowledge how Throne of Eldraine made Giants good. It's not like there weren't good Giants before – the M11 Titans, some of the most powerful creatures in the game, are part of the tribe, after all – but now they can field a lineup where basically every member deals damage or destroy things before starting to swing, and both Realm-Cloaked Giant and the old Thundercloud Shaman are asymmetrical sweepers. I'd try the Naya version with Beanstalk Giant as ramp, since Stinkdrinker Daredevil is not very reliable in that role, but Boros (hey, every deck in the Top 4 was white last week!) is still a good combination for the tall guys.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of October 25 2019):

  • Generalissimo's Angels: $4.90
  • Bandit Keith's Spirits: $160.18
  • Kumagoro's Vampires: $114.36
  • Nagarjuna's Giants: $39.96

 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):

  • 9.42 (Week 459 BE), on October 26: Halloween Special
  • 9.43 (Week 460 BE), on November 2: Underdog
  • 9.44 (Week 461 BE), on November 9: Standard
  • 9.45 (Week 462 BE), on November 16: Modern

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; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.