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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Mar 06 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

 So, after the Dog-Eat-Underdog event that fielded the best of the Underdogs agaisnt the worst of the Major League, what did we learn? Not much. Assassin and Kithkin scored the best results, and they were both former Underdogs that were moved to the Major League once they started dominating too many events. They aren't enjoying much success with the big boys, though. It's the conundrum of those tribes that are kind of stuck in the middle, too strong to be unleashed against the little guys, too weak to compete with the usual suspects. It happened to Werewolf too, but then we moved it back, and didn't resurface. I'm not confident Assassin and Kithkin could be returned to the Underdogs, they seem too popular and effective.


 On the other hand, Rat and Wolf have made an impression in Underdog events for the past year or so (so did Berserker, but I don't think there would be much sense in moving Berserker to an environment where you have access to Goblin and Warrior, would there?). Mostly, though, I think there are Major League players who don't really belong there anymore. Dragon comes to mind, possibly Snake (even with the recent reinforcements), and maybe Demon; and it's been noted how Archon was there in the first place only because of its role in reanimator builds that aren't viable anymore. Tribal Council, deliberate.


  • Event Number: Week 477 BE
  • Date: February 29
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Dog-Eat-Underdog
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Assassin
  • 1-loss: Bandit Keith with Kithkin, AJ_Impy with Wolf, Bnoru with Rat
  • Dark Horse Prize: AJ_Impy with Wolf, Bnoru with Rat
  • Tribes: Assassin, Dinosaur, Kithkin, Rat (x2), Scout, Snake, Wolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Here's the Assassin guild that earned ThyShuffler his second win of the season. Of course Hymn to Tourach, Liliana of the Veil and Ensnaring Bridge helped.


 It's been a while since we saw Bandit Keith run his old favorite, Kithkin. Piloting those little suckers is like riding a bike, apparently, even if they've not been supported much in recent times. The black splash uniquely for Witch's Vengeance is a statement.


 Here's a Wolf deck by AJ_Impy that doubles down on the instant-speed aspect of the tribe, backing up a grand total of 16 flash canines with cards like Thassa's Intervention and Vedalken Shackles. Archmage's Charm's overlooked third mode was quite the weapon against my overly confident Hexdrinker.


 Are we ever going to get rid of the Rat infestation in Underdog? As Bnoru's choices confirm, Hymns, Lilianas and Bridges are a new basic setup for monoblack control lists. Is the power level of these vermin comparable to Assassin's, then?



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 6, 2020):

  • ThyShuffler's Assassins: $110.27
  • Bandit Keith's Kithkin: $46.62
  • AJ_Impy's Wolves: $134.88
  • Bnoru's Rats: $134.27

 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.


 "I might have accidentally turned my Scout deck into a pile of crap" – Generalissimo, February 29, 2020.


 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):

  • 10.09 (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.