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Nov 29 2019 2:00pm
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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

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  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcements
  4. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 Tomorrow is the day Pioneer Tribal Wars enters the Tribal Apocalypse circuit! Woot!

 Pioneer is still very much in the process of being born, and its banned list is updated every week these days – last Monday the announcement didn't change anything, but December 2 we'll have another one. So far, the list is sort of bizarre: on top of the half of fetch lands that would be legal because of being reprinted in Khans of Tarkir, Felidar Guardian has been banned to avoid that one infinite combo, and then just a bunch of green cards: Leyline of Abundance, Oath of Nissa, Veil of Summer.


 This means cards banned in Modern like Deathrite Shaman, Dig Through Time and Treasure Cruis are legal in Pioneer. As for us, our own additional Modern bans feature Reality Smasher, Scapeshift and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, all of which are also currently legal in Pioneer. Ugin is probably okay because Pioneer doesn't support neither Cloudpost nor UrzaTron, but Eldrazi Aggro and Field of the Dead are definitely a concern.

 But for now, we're following the official lead and keep it simple, so all these cards will still be legal in the explorative event tomorrow. After all, as far as Tribal Wars goes, Pioneer is a format we're still... uh... pioneering.


  • Event Number: 9.46, Week 463 BE
  • Date: November 23
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Faerie
  • 1 Loss: -DiamondDust- with Rat, _Kumagoro_ with Snake, Generalissimo with Wizard
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Peasant
  • Tribes: Ally, Eldrazi, Elf, Faerie, Juggernaut, Peasant, Rat, Snake, Wizard, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 In a week of singularity (i.e. each registration a different tribe), although a few players were unable to attend due to the whole forced password change, the second most successful player of the season, ThyShuffler, triumphed with a sleek monoblue Faerie list trapping the opponent in a quagmire of Opposition, Propaganda and Back to Basics.


 I actually got very close to make it with my updated Snake deck, incorporating all the new toys from Modern Horizons and Commander 2019. And I gotta say, boy, Hexdrinker and Ohran Frostfang really catapulted an already strong tribe to a whole 'nother level, and Ice-Fang Coatl isn't half bad either, definitely an improvement over the old Winged Coatl.


 But my surprise MVP might just have been the singleton copy of Kaseto, Orochi Archmage from Commander 2015. As much as I liked the idea of having a mascot Nissa, Steward of Elements (also interacting with Brainstorm, of course), a second copy of Kaseto is definitely going to replace her next time.


 Rat lends itself very well to discard strategies, and -DiamondDust- concocted a cheap yet effective build with 12 Racks (including Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage) and a few new pieces of removal tech. I wish I faced this with my Snakes just to relish in their immunity to Dead of Winter. It really is the chilly season in the Northern Hemisphere.


 Finally, Generalissimo revisited his flickering Wizards, still happily abusing their various Naban, Dean of Iteration... interactions.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 29 2019):

  • ThyShuffler's Faeries: $32.51
  • Kumagoro's Snakes: $155.66
  • DiamondDust's Rats: $10.10
  • Generalissimo's Wizards: $54.38

 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):

  • 9.47 (Week 464 BE), on November 30: Pioneer
  • 9.48 (Week 465 BE), on December 7: Underdog
  • 9.49 (Week 466 BE), on December 14: Standard
  • 9.50 (Week 467 BE), on December 21: 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.