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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Feb 28 2020 1:00pm

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  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

 Lead Day tomorrow! And we'll sort of celebrate by having a special event devised by our Ultimate Champion Generalissimo, in which the best Underdog tribes will face with the worst Major League tribes. It's whimsically called Dog-Eat-Underdog, and the list of the allowed tribes is here (at the bottom). Will the cream of the Underdog crop be able to defeat the Cinderellas of the Major League? Will the latter ever be chosen at all? One might think a Major League tribe has the advantage, simply in virtue of being considered superior enough, but can Demon really easily beat Berserker? It's what we're set to investigate, which could lead to future changes to both lists.

 There were even more Major League tribes that made good candidates for the bottom of the barrel, like Dragon, which failed to reach a first place since 2013. But this is the experiment as conceived by Generalissimo, so we'll stick with his list. And may the best of the worst win, either way.


  • Event Number: Week 476 BE
  • Date: February 22
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Elf
  • 1-loss: Bandit Keith with Elf, AJ_Impy with Beast, Generalissimo with Myr, Deonmag with Vampire
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Demigod
  • Tribes: Beast, Construct, Demigod, Elf (x2), Knight, Myr, Vampire (x2), Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Back to back Elf wins, from Pioneer to Modern. It happened last year (from Standard to Modern, even more different builds), but to find another Elf series before that, we'll have to go back to 2015, when the Elves actually got a triplet – but all those wins used the Legacy pool, two regulars and one Pure. Last week's winning list by Bnoru shares very little with this week's Yokai_'s – just Llanowar Elves and Elvish Mystic (Bnoru's is more similar to Bandit Keith's second place deck). For the rest, the latest win is based on the Devoted Druid combo, something that's having more success in Tribal Wars than it is in Modern at large, although it is certainly a well-recognized archetype.


 Challenging the Elvish dominance at the top was this Tron list by AJ_Impy, featuring the most fearsome Beasts in Standard (Questing Beast, Lovestruck Beast, Hydroid Krasis), as well as Nylea's Intervention to search up for the Tron lands. A mix of early threats and late game bombs.


 Here's another Tron deck, this time featuring a more appropriately colorless tribe, Myr. We've got video evidence of their ramp & combo adventures from Generalissimo in this week's Show and Tell.


 I nearly missed a positive result with my Haakon, Stromgald Scourge list, partially due to unfortunate matchups – what good does Stillmoon Cavalier do against Blood Baron of Vizkopa? In hindsight, maybe I tried too much to ensure an asymmetrical Earthquake, including underwhelming quasi-flyers like Stromgald Crusader (which was thematic, though) and protected yet barely useful Phyrexian Crusader (but I would think very differently if I were to face a monored tribe). Deck needs more Olivia, Mobilized for War, while Necromancer's Stockpile is probably too cute, even with most of the Knights being also Zombies. Similarly, Liliana, Untouched by Death was also mostly unnecessary.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of February 28, 2020):

  • Yokai_'s Elves: $66.73
  • AJ_Impy's Beasts: $335.89
  • Generalissimo's Myr: $8.72
  • Kumagoro's Knights: $90.41

 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.


 Here's the Myr with their trinkets, as explained by Tron boffin Generalissimo.


 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):

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