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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Dec 27 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. Show and Tell
  4. Announcements
  5. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 The year's end comes to a close, and that means we're now only a couple weeks away from our new visit to the Ancient Greece with Theros: Beyond Death (it releases January 16 on MTGO). Spoiler season has officially started, and the Gods are already feeling threateningly near. Between this new cycle and those from Amonkhet and War of the Spark, a God tribal deck will now be extremely easy to put together, even in just one or two colors.


 Also, when the new Daxos was spoiled, I didn't notice his type had changed in a very interesting fashion. And by the way, there's now a full story about Elspeth's star-crossed lover told through the cards, from his debut in Theros throughout his Commander 2015 cards detailing his underworld tribulations.


 In retrospect, it's surprising that the Demigod subtype didn't make the cut in the original Theros block, considering how many of the heroes in the ancient Greek mythology are the fruit of a god's escapade with some mortal.


  • Event Number: 9.50, Week 467 BE
  • Date: December 21
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Spirit
  • 1 Loss: Nydethess with Goblin, AJ_Impy with Angel, Bandit Keith with Spirit
  • Tribes: Angel, Eldrazi, Goblin, Knight, Kor, Plant, Shaman, Spirit (x2), Vampire
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Last Modern event of the season! Here's all the Modern winners of 2019 so far: Vampire, Spirit, Merfolk, Eldrazi, Human, Elf, Spirit, Elf, Elf, Angel, Vampire. And the last winner is... Spirit, for the third time, which makes it the most successful of the year, paired with Elf. The ghostly tribe is definitely a major player in Modern, a reflection of their position in the meta at large. The cool element in ThyShuffler's list is a full set of Modern Horizons' least celebrated planeswalker, Serra the Benevolent. She is sort of a glorified Favorable Winds, but the occasional Serra Angel token might come in handy.


 Speaking of Angels, here's AJ_Impy's latest take on the tribe, which might be at its most effective in Modern. In a control-ish build like this, Blind Obedience does more work than one would expect.


 Even closer to the first place came the Goblins piloted by Elf lover Nydethess. But, alas, the Gobbos ended the year without a single Modern top placement.


 Finally, here's Generalissimo's list featuring a Knight shell based around Haakon, Stromgald Scourge. Among the graveyard-dwelling Knight's enablers, we see fellow tribesmember (Olivia, Mobilized by War), but also another interesting card from Modern Horizons in Ransack the Lab, which essentially reads as "Surveil 3, then draw a card". And then Burning Vengeance complements the Haakon shenanigans. I would have included a full set of Nameless Inversion, which is the best weapon in any Haakon deck, because, you know, it's a Knight. Generalissimo himself is going to talk about his choices and games in this week's Show and Tell.



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

  • ThyShuffler's Spirits: $149.19
  • AJ_Impy's Angels: $26.41
  • Nydethess's Goblins: $82.45
  • Generalissimo's Knights: $44.50

 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.


 Two videos from Generalissimo this time, the one concerning last week's Knights is preceded by a return to two weeks ago with his Merfolk. Enjoy.


 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):

  • 9.51 (Week 468 BE), on December 28: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: March 27.
Current watch list:
 Aether Vial, Cloudpost, 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.


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