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Jan 03 2020 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

 It's a new year, it's a new dawn, it's a new day! (And possibly a new decade, depending on how you prefer to count those). The 2019 season has come to an end, and these are the final standings (everyone involved will be notified via email as well):

  1. Bandit Keith
  2. ThyShuffler
  3. _Kumagoro_
  4. Nagarjuna
  5. AJ_Impy
  6. Nydethess
  7. Deonmag
  8. Generalissimo
  9. -DiamondDust-
  10. CruelHellraiser
  11. lovetapsmtg
  12. JackSlagel
  13. romellos
  14. arcbounddaylabor
  15. Socanelas
  16. Bnoru

 These players will battle for further prizes during the Invitational event that will be held on January 18, in place of that week's regular event. The board and rules are here. We'll keep it simple this year (and from now on, I think); no more byzantine ruling, just a different deck each round based on our (former) rotation, i.e. Underdog, Standard, Modern, Legacy. You can use any deck you like for those formats, provided you hadn't already played that tribe in a previous round. The four rounds will be all created at once on Gatherling, so everybody will be able to submit the four lists in advance if they like (I'll take care of deleting those for eliminated players). This should speed up the proceedings.

 And speaking of calendars, the 2020 one is ready! Pioneer has been added as a regular feature, which makes the monthly rotation less smooth, but I think Pioneer is going to be the format that'll revitalize non-rotating Constructed Magic, including Tribal Wars. So in the end I went with a calendar that gives both Underdog (aka Gentleman's Legacy) and Pioneer a fixed slot each month: Underdog always in the first week, while Pioneer moves around a little bit. This resulted in 12 events throughout the year for each of them, while the remaining three formats, Standard, Modern and Legacy, have 8 each. Modern actually ended up with only 7 scheduled events, but I was thinking to try Modern Underdog in one of the three special event slots still to be assigned (but not the one on February 29, which should be something wacky). What do you think about that? And by the way, this year we'll get to do the Halloween Special on actual Halloween night, which is cool.

 Looking forward to a great 2020!


  • Event Number: 9.51, Week 468 BE
  • Date: December 28
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Nagarjuna with Eldrazi
  • 1 Loss: arcbounddaylabor with Rogue, ThyShuffler with Myr, Bandit Keith with Human, Generalissimo with Beast, Nydethess with Eldrazi, -DiamondDust- with Zombie
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Goat
  • Tribes: Beast, Eldrazi (x2), Elf, Goat, Human, Myr, Rogue, Scarecrow, Wolf, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Number 4 seasonal player Nagarjuna was the last winner of the year, confirming Eldrazi as one of the four most successful tribes of all time, joining Human, Elf and Goblin in the 20-Win Club.


 This year we managed to sculpt a Legacy Tribal Wars environment much less dominated by power combos than in the past, but this is not to say there's no room for that kind of deck anymore, especially when the combo is built within the tribe's strengths. Myr with Heartless Summoning and Altar of the Brood is one of those, and ThyShuffler put the interaction to good use.


 We'll hear about this in full detail from Generalissimo's own voice during this week's Show and Tell, but here's another combo that's still completely legal, Felidar Guardian and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. And of course the Guardian is a Beast, a tribe that includes a lot of good ETB effects.


 Resident tribal guru AJ_Impy celebrated his 40th anniversary this year (cheers!), so he gets the last featured list of 2019, which is a neat Zombie affair featuring 12 Liliana cards, where Scourge of Nel Toth is cast for two mana almost every time – and again. And then Bladewing's Thrall joins in... its thrall.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of January 3, 2020):

  • Nagarjuna's Eldrazi: $111.37
  • ThyShuffler's Myr: $92.74
  • Generalissimo's Beasts: $43.19
  • AJ_Impy's Zombies: $156.19

 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.


 Hear all about Generalissimo's beastly adventures.


 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):

  • 10.01 (Week 469 BE), on January 4: Underdog
  • 10.02 (Week 470 BE), on January 11: Pioneer
  • Special (Week 471 BE), on January 18: 2019 Invitational
  • 10.03 (Week 472 BE), on January 25: 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.