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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jan 24 2020 1:00pm

 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

 Habemus Tribālem Victōrem Ultimum! And it's one the bookmakers were giving high odds for: congratulations to the 2019 Ultimate Champion, Generalissimo!


  • Event Number: Week 471 BE
  • Date: January 18
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 4
  • Subformat: Invitational
  • Winner: Generalissimo with Fish, Cleric, Human, and Sliver
  • 2nd place: ThyShuffler with Kobold, Human, Elf, and Faerie
  • 3rd place: _Nagarjuna with Hydra, Knight, Eldrazi, and Construct
  • 4th place: _Kumagoro_ with Plant, Warrior, Ooze, and Elemental
  • Top 8: Bandit Keith, CruelHellraiser, Nydethess, romellos
  • Top 16: AJ_Impy, Bnoru, Deonmag, -DiamondDust-, lovetapsmtg
  • UnderdogTribes: Dinosaur, Fish, Hydra, Jellyfish, Kobold, Kor, Plant, Rat (x3), Scout, Troll, Wolf
  • Standard Tribes: Cleric, Goblin, Human, Knight (x3), Mutant, Warrior
  • Modern Tribes: Eldrazi, Elf, Human, Ooze
  • Legacy Tribes: Construct, Elemental, Faerie, Sliver
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 And here's how it went down. This year the rounds were just following the monthly rotation (as of last year). So Underdog for the first round, followed by Standard, Modern and then good old Legacy for the finals. All the decks for each round can be found here: Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Finals.

 Three of the qualified players didn't show up, namely JackSlagel, arcbounddaylabor and Socanelas. This resulted in a Round-1 BYE for the top 3 seeds, i.e. Bandit Keith, ThyShuffler and _Kumagoro_ aka myself. The five tables that actually hosted a match looked like this:

  • Generalissimo vs. -DiamondDust-
  • AJ_Impy vs. romellos (such a classic battle!)
  • Nagarjuna vs. Bnoru
  • Nydethess vs. lovetapsmtg
  • Deonmag vs. CruelHellraiser

 Let's follow the route of our brand new Champion, of whom we'll also get to watch the entire tournament video in this week's Show and Tell. For the Underdog round Generalissimo brought Temur Fish featuring the Splinter Twin combo, and managed to beat DiamondDust's monoblack Rats.


 For the Standard challenge, our hero faced the most dangerous enemy, #1 seed and Player of the Year Bandit Keith, with his meta-certified (Embercleave)-equipped Knights. The power of faith prevailed thanks to the Clerics that Generalissimo fielded in black and white (the two colors he didn't play in Round 1) exploiting (Doom Foretold) and various recursion engines. When the dust settled, it was another 2-0 for the British player.


 Elsewhere, I was able to beat Nydethess in Round 2, but then ThyShuffler would prove too much for me in the Modern round, where Generalissimo instead had to meet with the #4 seed Nagarjuna, who was coming from a win against tribal all-of-famer romellos. The match set Naga's UrzaTron Eldrazi against Gene's puny Bant Humans, and lo and behold, the latter were the ones that came out on top. All right, maybe it's not surprising at all, given that Human is the most successful tribe in history (it's the only one shared by two of the four finalists during the event), but still, EldraTron and Nagarjuna aren't easy customers. And after clearing this stage, a truly electrified Generalissimo still had to lose his first game.


 So it was all down to #2 seed ThyShuffler vs. the seemingly unstoppable Generalissimo, who started the day as seed #8. Two solid tier-2 linear tribes squared off in the decisive Legacy round (meanwhile, I was miserably losing the 3rd place final to Nagarjuna and his deadly Cloudpost-fueled Constructs. Congrats, Naga! But to me, too, as I hadn't reached the finals since the very first Invitational in 2012!). Not Elf, Goblin or Human here, and not even Eldrazi, Zombie, Vampire or Merfolk, but Four-color Sliver in Generalissimo's corner and monoblue Faerie in ThyShuffler's.


 The tribal clash was fierce. Hive mind vs. tiny wings. All the colors of mana (almost) vs. the historically most powerful one. At some point there were 11 creatures with shroud on the battlefield, thanks to Crystalline Sliver and double Scion of Oona. Finally, Generalissimo lost one game... but ultimately won the war. Hip hip hooray to our reigning Champion!




 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of January 24, 2020):

  • Generalissimo's Underdog Fish: $80.15
  • Generalissimo's Standard Clerics: $21.26
  • Generalissimo's Modern Humans: $48.40
  • Generalissimo's Legacy Slivers: $20.71

 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.


 And here's how the war was won, from the mouth of the man himself:


 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):

  • 10.03 (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; Show and Tell art by Jeff Laubenstein; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.