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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 15 2019 1:00pm
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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

 The Tribal Council deliberated on the matter of whether to keep or drop the decklist privacy during events, which makes so that the decklists registered on Gatherling remain hidden until an event is completed.

 Reasons to drop: to align with the custom of major DCI organized tournaments (see: Mythic Championships) where all the lists are known beforehand; and at the same time, to allow for experiments that are made easier by the possibility to check the opponent's list at any time, like a potential sideboard/wishboard.

 Reasons to keep: to still be able to surprise the opponent with unexpected cards and strategies.

 Tribal Council's Verdict: keep it. The decklist privacy remains.

 The Tribal Council has spoken.


  • Event Number: 9.44, Week 461 BE
  • Date: November 9
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Human
  • 1 Loss: Nagarjuna with Knight, Generalissimo with Peasant, Nydethess with Knight
  • Dark Horse Prize: Generalissimo with Peasant
  • Tribes: Beast, Human (x2), Hydra, Knight (x2), Noble, Peasant
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Standard is in trouble right now (which is not a new thing, Standard has a panic attack a couple times a year). We're waiting for Monday's official announcement to know what's going to get banned, and chances are, something will, especially something that belongs in Simic. In our little corner of the world, though, Simic decks are nowhere to be found: ThyShuffler won last week's event with an Orzhov-colored Human list that constitutes a pretty effective Doom Foretold control deck featuring eight sweepers, including the controversial Witch's Vengeance – which is basically our Oko.


 Standard Human notably amounts to a cross section between a Knight deck and an adventure deck, but if you want to go all in with the latter, Peasant is a good tribe, because all five existing members are adventurers. And, like Generalissimo did here, you just have to add off-tribe adventure stars Bonecrusher Giant and Lovestruck Beast.


 As for the Knights, you can keep them close to their adventurous side in Golgari, like Nagarjuna did, by running (Lucky Clover) and Lovestruck Beast, but also of course Witch's Vengeance...


 ...or you can stay close to their proper tribal roots, the way Nydethess chose to, not going the full Mardu route, but still prioritizing cards like Worthy Knight and Knight of the Ebon Legion, while interestingly Smitten Swordmaster works as a centerpiece in both versions. And again, Witch's Vengeance is there. The Council is set to deliberate on the problematic sweeper on December 27, but it can always opt to act earlier if it so wishes.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 15 2019):

  • ThyShuffler's Humans: $16.30
  • Generalissimo's Peasants: $15.28
  • Nagarjuna's Knights: $37.78
  • Nydethess's Knights: $69.64

 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):

  • 9.45 (Week 462 BE), on November 16: Modern
  • 9.46 (Week 463 BE), on November 23: Legacy
  • 9.47 (Week 464 BE), on November 30: Pioneer
  • 9.48 (Week 465 BE), on December 7: 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; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.