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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Mar 20 2020 12:00pm

 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

 It's hard to come up with something meaningful, or even just useful, to say in a moment like this, which isn't sparing anyone, anywhere in the world. I guess we should just remind ourselves that procuring some distraction with a game like Magic is the right thing to do – and since that's one of the few reliefs most of us have while locked down in hour home, try not to be a scumbag to others about it, all right? Also, remember Melira is an outcast, so she observes social distancing; and, little known fact: she always washes her hands – and that's how she doesn't get infected or infect others.


 (Her outfit is not recommended, though. Even if you can pull it off as flawlessly as her, you're likely to just catch a cold.)


  • Event Number: Week 479 BE
  • Date: March 14
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Knight
  • Runner-up: Nagarjuna with Angel
  • 1-loss: _Kumagoro_ with Warrior, Nydethess with Faerie, Generalissimo with Peasant, ThyShuffler with Human
  • Dark Horse Prize: Generalissimo with Peasant
  • Tribes: Angel, Faerie, Human, Knight, Peasant (x2), Soldier, Vampire, Warrior, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Last Standard event before Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths changes the meta in about a month (but we're gonna play Pioneer in April; Standard will be back in May and June). Knight confirms to be the tribe to beat, as Theros Beyond Death didn't really introduce new tribal elements. Bandit Keith chose to go with the more streamlined Rakdos flavor, renouncing white's lords, not bothering with honorary Knight Rotting Regisaur, and exploiting the main tribal payoff of Smitten Swordmaster instead. It did pay off.


 If Jeskai Knights didn't make an appearance this time around, Nagarjuna took that triple color combination to Angels. What results is a powerful build combining Feather, the Redeemed and her targeting package with the resilience of Seraph of the Scales, the multiple angles of attacks of Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice, and the lifegain from Angel of Vitality and Bishop of Wings – still worth including even after the rotation of Resplendent Angel and Lyra Dawnbringer. Got close to first place.


 I, for one, still find Gruul Aggro the easiest archetype to translate into Tribal Wars, because most of those guys are Warriors. It's a different way to exploit Embercleave. Most notable new entry here is Klothys, God of Destiny, and I love my Cindervines, that thing did more damage that one would expect, and it's a good way to neutralize opposing Embercleaves. Should probably run more.


 Finally, as strange as it sounds, Peasant is surprisingly effective for a tribe with only five members (we should come up with a name for tribes that are forced to field their entire ranks to achieve legal number). Generalissimo has a video for us demonstrating why the ordinary people fight so well.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 20, 2020):

  • Bandit Keith's Knights: $59.13
  • Nagarjuna's Angels: $19.59
  • Kumagoro's Warriors: $88.09
  • Generalissimo's Peasants: $38.89

 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.


 The Thousand and One Peasant Adventures, Chapter Two. Narrated by 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):

  • 10.11 (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.