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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Apr 17 2020 12:00pm

 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

 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is here (and in Gatherling!), its monsters ready and willing to rumble with all the pre-existing tribal synergies. We might see Cats in Standard, and we're definitely gonna see Humans, alas. General Kudro of Drannith is the third most expensive card right now, and could herald a slightly different style for the tribe in Pioneer and Modern. General's Enforcer might tag along.


 The card commanding by far the highest price on the day of release is Fiend Artisan, which is a Nightmare. It's certainly useful for a tribe that needs all the help it can get, but it's probably too much of an investment for now. Similarly, Luminous Broodmoth (aka Mothra) could give Insect a chance, although double white is not typically where the tribe is at. We'll see.



  • Event Number: Week 483 BE
  • Date: April 11
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Spirit
  • 1-loss: Nydethess with Bird, AJ_Impy with Elf, -DiamondDust- with Zombie, Nagarjuna with Zombie, Generalissimo with Wall
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Lizard
  • Tribes: Bird, Elf (x3), Lizard, Spirit, Vampire, Wall, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Spirit confirms its status of powerhouse in Pioneer as well as in Modern. There's a ton of lords, and the entire tribe flies, so it's easy to overwhelm the opponent, especially introducing the boost from Collected Company in the mix, as Bandit Keith pleasantly found out. Good news, though. New Spirits from Ikoria? Zero.


 Another flying tribe, which even happens to share a lord with Spirit in Empyrean Eagle, is Bird, and that one is featured in Ikoria, although the only rare is the companion Yorion, Sky Nomad, which is not going to matter much in builds like Nydethess's, which is all about dropping cheap flyers to enable Sephara, Sky's Blade. I guess, one might try the mutated Bird route, running cards with amusing names like Porcuparrot and Vulpikeet. I'm not giving it good odds, though.


 I loved this unusual Elf combo deck by AJ_Impy, using the interaction between Possibility Storm and the "hidden" sorceries from the adventure cards to consistently cast Enter the Infinite for cheap, then win by discarding all the lands into Borborygmos Enraged. Failing that, it falls back to just being an Elf aggro/ramp list.


 And turns out Wall with Arcades, the Strategist and Assault Formation is pretty good in Pioneer, as Generalissimo demonstrated. Lots of flying Walls. And the obscure Dusk/Dawn is good tech in that kind of deck. I also usually enjoy Slaughter the Strong when going for a zero-sum-power approach.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of April 17, 2020):

  • Bandit Keith's Spirits: $153.01
  • Nydethess's Birds: $10.63
  • AJ_Impy's Elves: $56.89
  • Generalissimo's Walls: $41.24

 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. Tribes currently eligible for the award: Demigod, Otter, Shark, Squirrel.

 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):

  • 10.15 (Week 484 BE), on April 18: Modern
  • 10.16 (Week 485 BE), on April 25: Legacy
  • 10.17 (Week 486 BE), on May 2: Underdog
  • 10.18 (Week 487 BE), on May 9: Standard
  • 10.19 (Week 488 BE), on May 16: Pioneer
  • 10.20 (Week 489 BE), on May 23: Modern

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: June 26.
Current watch list:
 Aether VialBatterskullCloudpostHymn to TourachIsochron Scepter,
NecromancyShrieking AfflictionSinkholeWitch's Vengeance.



Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.