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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Feb 07 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 Tribal Council, assemble! There are some questions that requires your enlightened decision.

  1. Do we extend the Council to seven members, including reigning Ultimate Champion Generalissimo and next-in-line eligible candidate CruelHellraiser? (The latter in place of lovetapsmtg, who already declined the offer).
  2. Do we rework the monthly rotation to limit Legacy to Underdog events only?
  3. Do we have new cards to add to the watch list (some were discussed) and, especially in light of #2, tribes to add or removed to the Underdog pool?

 Patiently waiting for deliberation & resolution.


  • Event Number: Week 473 BE
  • Date: February 1
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Rat
  • Runner-up: Bandit Keith with Wolf
  • 1-loss: AJ_Impy with Elder, Bnoru with Rat, _Kumagoro_ with Centaur, Generalissimo with Fish, CruelHellraiser with Troll
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Demigod
  • Tribes: Berserker, Centaur, Demigod, Dinosaur, Elder, Fish, Giant, Kor, Orc, Rat (x2), Troll, Wolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Speaking of Underdog, if Nagarjuna's Hydras openened 2020 the same way they did 2019, the second event of the year didn't repeat last season's result, with Rats replacing Scarecrows. ThyShuffler is well-versed with the tribe and the list contains powerful cards like Liliana of the Veil and Ensnaring Bridge (a card that's triggering much debate in the tribal room lately).


 Wolf has been singled out as one of the most improved Underdog tribes, to the point of opening a discussion pertaining to its place among the disadvantaged tribal contenders. I, for one, won an event with Wolf before it was cool (i.e. before Nightpack Ambusher, Wicked Wolf and Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves existed), but then I also won one in the current era, as later did Bandit Keith last year.


 And maybe I could have been a trailblazer again with these Centaurs. Oh, actually I already did, I forgot I was the pilot during their only event win, back in 2014. With Xenagos in place of Klothys, how appropriate. Six years later, in the current meta, they're almost there, I think, but not quite yet. Centaur Vinecrasher is interesting, but I wish there was at least one good new member in Theros Beyond Death.


 Here's another tribe that has the potential to be really competitive, but it still misses something to be able to grab a first place. The Trolls have the combo with Varolz, the Scar-Striped and big, self-burying monsters like Death's Shadow and Phyrexian Dreadnought, which is cute, but perhaps too slow, while Feasting Troll King is a powerful card, but nothing else in the tribe supports him. CruelHellraiser tried his best with the guys anyway.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of February 7, 2020):

  • ThyShuffler's Rats: $80.25
  • Bandit Keith's Wolves: $104.15
  • Kumagoro's Centaurs: $116.22
  • CruelHellraiser's Trolls: $17.13

 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.


 In this week's video, Ultimate Tribal Champion Generalissimo (doesn't it still sound weird?) illustrates his attempt from two weeks ago to test the Scouts (scouting them?) as a potential candidate tribe to leave the Underdog lot and be promoted into the Major League. The attempt didn't bear the expected results (despite Generalissimo's previous successes with the tribe).


 Here's a quick history of their accomplishments. So far, Scout won seven events. The first one while piloted by me all the way back in season 1, during a regular Legacy Tribal Wars event. Then romellos won two Underdog events in season 4 and another in season 5, which was followed back to back by Socanelas winning a normal Legacy event with pretty much the same list. These are all Scapeshift/Valakut combo decks. Then came the Generalissimo era, with a win in season 8 and another in season 9, both Underdog events, both Melira/Saffi decks. So grand total: 5 Underdog events and 2 regular events, although the first one in prehistoric times: it was Event 27 (!), and we don't have recorded data from before Event 39 – and for the life of me I can't remember what I was playing almost ten years ago. It's quite possible it was Valakut, though.


 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 is one eligible tribe for the award: Demigod.

 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):

  • 10.05 (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
  • 10.08 (Week 477 BE), on February 29: Special
  • 10.09 (Week 478 BE), on March 7: Underdog
  • 10.10 (Week 479 BE), on March 14: Standard
  • 10.11 (Week 480 BE), on March 21: Pioneer
  • 10.12 (Week 481 BE), on March 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, Isochron ScepterWitch'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.