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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jan 10 2020 1:00pm

 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

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by Kumagoro

 To celebrate Hydra being the first winner of the year (again!), just in time for the Theros: Beyond Death release next week, let's salute the new and upcoming Polukranos (who was sent to the Underworld, aka "killed", by Elspeth herself, if you recall).

 Well, I honestly don't think it's going to earn a slot in a competitive Legacy Hydra list anytime soon, but it's an interesting design for delve-oriented decks. This return to Theros contains very few tribal interactions other than the additional Gods and the new Demigod tribe (which inherently doesn't lend itself to be played as a tribe). One of those comes from this unexpected Satyr lord. Or should we say, lady?

 Man, this goat girl is adorable! Look how happy she is! She just wants to partay! There are just a handful of new Satyrs in Theros: Beyond Death, so I don't think they'll be a thing in Standard necessarily (though she's probably going to be a Gruul staple regardless, just as a hasty 2/2 with an ability that rewards going somewhat wide and deploying your hand fast), but the tribe as a whole could use a boost, and universal haste on a two-drop is pretty solid.


  • Event Number: 10.01, Week 469 BE
  • Date: January 4
  • Attendance: 
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Nagarjuna with Hydra
  • 1 Loss: Generalissimo with Ninja, ThyShuffler with Specter, Bandit Keith with Wolf
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Goat
  • Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Goat
  • Tribes: Dinosaur (x2), Goat, Hydra, Insect, Ninja, Specter, Wolf (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Hail Hydra! Again! For the second time in a row, a season begins with a Hydra win by Nagarjuna.


 So how does Hydra 2020 differ from Hydra 2019? Quite a bit, despite still being at its core an enchantment ramp build with Wild Growth and Utopia Sprawl. The two copies of Nylea, God of the Hunt are gone, as well as one land, as neither Nylea's universal trample nor Rogue's Passage are needed anymore to make the giant Hydras go through. This open room for an extra Garruk Wildspeaker and two more Hydras. And the tribal department itself has had a overahul. Only Primordial Hydra maintains its full playset. Hydra Broodmaster and Polukranos, World Eater go down to three copies each, and previous MVPs like Mistcutter Hydra and especially Kalonian Hydra are entirely gone, replaced by newcomers, and still Standard-legal, Hydroid Krasis, Voracious Hydra, and Gargos, Vicious Watcher. Even the less celebrated Thunderous Snapper makes the cut, as an additional way to replenish the hand. Have Hydras made the leap to a higher power level?


 Despite being able to Fatal Push over a cliff a 24/24 Primordial Hydra (that's one major weakness of the X-costed Hydras that is rarely addressed), Generalissimo failed to pilot his Ninjas to the top. It's still a strong build, and we don't have a video for it (yet), but Belgian YouTuber LegenVD made one a while ago for a similar deck in regular Modern.


 Another tribe with a signature "connection" trigger, Specter has been a popular choice in Tribal Apocalypse over the past nine years (more than Bird or Rogue, for instance), but still has to win its first tournament. ThyShuffler got close enough with this list, but still no cigar. It might be a matter of trying, trying again.


 Finally, they might not be Satyrs, but they have the same horns: Goats completed the Repopulation Award trial in the devoted hands of lovetapsmtg. Now only Antelope remains, and then we can retire the award and do something else that appeals to more than one player. But it's been nice to have such unlikely tribes show up in many events for the past couple of years.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of January 10, 2020):

  • Nagarjuna's Hydras: $92.85
  • Generalissimo's Ninjas: $50.65
  • ThyShuffler's Specters: $129.96
  • lovetapsmtg's Goats: $5.03

 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. Already cleared: Atog, Crocodile, Goat, 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):

  • 10.02 (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
  • 10.04 (Week 473 BE), on February 1: Underdog
  • 10.05 (Week 474 BE), on February 8: Standard
  • 10.06 (Week 475 BE), on February 15: Pioneer
  • 10.07 (Week 476 BE), on February 22: Modern

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; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.