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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
May 15 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

 Not much to say today (except be cool and excellent to each other, and come to Tribal Apocalypse to a fun with the smiling mode: on, not to being bitter and aggressively complain about everything wrong with the world, particularly after you lose a game). I'll just introduce the new Ultimatum Contest!


 It's pretty simple, the first person to cast (not necessarily resolve) five different Ultimatums (out of the existing ten) in five different weeks (not necessarily back to back) will be rewarded with a five-tix certificate! Just collect the five screenshots showing each of the five Ultimatums on the stack and send them to me (or put them on Discord) all together when you have done. Timestamp proving it did indeed happen in different weeks will be appreciated, but context will also be used to determine what deck and match is pictured, it should be easy to check against the registered lists.


  • Event Number: Week 487 BE
  • Date: May 9
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: -DiamondDust- with Human
  • 1-loss: AJ_Impy with Human, Bandit Keith with Knight, Generalissimo with Beast, apaulogy with Knight
  • Tribes: Beast (x2), Dinosaur, Human (x5), Knight (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 The moment you give Humans a inch, they'll always take a mile. Post-Ikoria Tribal Standard has a new technological terror, and this event went to that well five times, including the winner, -DiamondDust-, who however brought a sacrifice-oriented build featuring usual suspects like Priest of Forgotten Gods, Mayhem Devil and the Cat/Oven combo, with only Bastion of Remembrance as new but welcome tech.


 AJ_Impy went with cycling Humans instead, also known as the Zenith Flare deck. He limited the external help to Flourishing Fox, while none of the monsters that cycle for one mana (e.g. Imposing Vantasaur) are there in order to employ Lurrus of the Dream Den as the chosen companion.


 Non-Human decks stayed within the purview of Ikoria's five Apex tribes. One of which is Beast, played by Generalissimo as an all-creature mutate special with Umori, the Collector as a companion. It's pretty effective, Auspicious Starrix being the predictable highlight, while off-tribe Dirge Bat is on removal duty.


 Completely different kind of Beasts for Nagarjuna with this Gruul Fires of Invention deck, taking advantage of the free mana to activate Bonders' Enclave off the many appealing four-or-more-powered Standard members of the tribe, from Questing Beast and Lovestruck Beast to Gemrazer and Quartzwood Crasher, while Kaheera, the Orphanguard, who was maindecked in Generalissimo's list, accompanies them from the sideboard here. New Vivien is also there.


 So it appears that the number of high-profile tribes might be reduced now, but the variety of decks you can build with them is still good.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 15, 2020):

  • DiamondDust's Humans: $20.60
  • AJ_Impy's Humans: $32.13
  • Generalissimo's Beasts: $30.23
  • Nagarjuna's Beasts: $57.76

 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. MisterMojoRising's Beasts, $.3.01, 1st place on Event 484
  8. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  9. Bandit Keith's Soldiers, $3.48, 1st place on Event 422
  10. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201

 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. MisterMojoRising's Beasts, $3.01, 1st place on Event 484

 NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85.l


 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 (as soon as Commander 2020 gets online), Pangolin, 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):

  • 10.19 (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.