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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Feb 21 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

 Introducing a new special format: Dog-Eat-Underdog!

 It's the format we play on February 29th, designed by our reigning Ultimate Champion, Generalissimo. (We might do that every year, where winning the Invitational also gives you the chance to dictate the rules of one special event). It works like this: it's a Legacy event, and the allowed tribes are a selection meant to represent the Worst of the Major League (aka the tribes that can't take part in Underdog events) and the Best of the Underdogs. It's mostly based on the number of event wins for each tribe: low for the Major League, high for the Underdogs – although the tribes that felt more Cloudpost-ready (Golem, Myr, and Scarecrow) have been purged. The list of legal tribes is as follows.

  • Assassin (Major League)
  • Archon (Major League)
  • Berserker (Underdog)
  • Cleric (Major League)
  • Demon (Major League)
  • Devil (Underdog)
  • Dinosaur (Underdog)
  • Druid (Major League)
  • Fish (Underdog)
  • Giant (Underdog)
  • Hydra (Underdog)
  • Illusion (Major League)
  • Kithkin (Major League)
  • Kor (Underdog)
  • Plant (Underdog)
  • Rat (Underdog)
  • Rogue (Major League)
  • Scout (Underdog)
  • Snake (Major League)
  • Soltari (Underdog)
  • Wolf (Underog)

 May the best worst tribe or the worst best tribe win! 


  • Event Number: Week 475 BE
  • Date: February 15
  • Attendance: 
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Bnoru with Elf
  • 1-loss: Kumagoro with Elf, Yokai_ with Spirit, Bandit Keith with Zombie, AJ_Impy with Angel, Nydethess with Vampire, Deonmag with Vampire
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Demigod
  • Tribes: Angel, Cat (x2), Demigod, Elf (x2), Satyr, Spirit, Vampire (x2), Wall, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 The Pioneer meta is starting to shape up, and at the third try, Elf took their first win (so far Vampire has been always on top). The list piloted by Bnoru has a bit of ramp (but there aren't many super-rampers in Pioneer, except for Marwyn, the Nurturer, and no Ezuri as a payoff), and a bit of pure aggro, with Steel Leaf Champion as a centerpiece, Elvish Clancaller as a boost, and Shaman of the Pack as a finishing move, hence the black splash. They're still scary.


 On the other hand, Spirits in Pioneer are close to their Modern counterpart, since most of their stars are fairly recent additions like Supreme Phantom, Mausoleum Wanderer and Rattlechains. Furthermore, Drogskol Captain and Geist of Saint Traft aren't legal (although, Spell Queller is), so you might well build them in monoblue rather than Azorius. This opens the path to the little-played Nebelgast Herald finding a home. Yokai_'s list also bears some resemblance to Monoblue Tempo from last year's Standard, featuring Curious Obsession backed up by counterspells and Dive Down. I particularly like Unsubstantiate, another semi-forgotten card that's actually quite versatile.


 And this is what Zombies look like in the format, at least according to Bandit Keith. They look good (though we saw that last time, too). Dark Salvation is yet another tribal card that Pioneer is making us discover.


 Here's something very different that stems from a Standard card yet can't be built in current Standard: Satyr. To be honest, this list by ThyShuffler didn't enjoy much success, but the goatmen have some potential, and they're lead by Gallia of the Endless Dance, so the cuteness factor is off the charts.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of February 21, 2020):

  • Bnoru's Elves: $71.12
  • Yokai_'s Spirits: $16.08
  • Bandit Keith's Zombies: $89.37
  • ThyShuffler's Satyrs: $12.44

 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 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):

  • 10.07 (Week 476 BE), on February 22: Modern
  • 10.08 (Week 477 BE), on February 29: Dog-Eat-Underdog
  • 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; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.