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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 19 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

 From Jumpstart, new Azra and Warlock combined!

 Honestly, there's such a ton of new cards coming in the near future, it's even hard to keep them apart. I mostly think Magali Villeneuve's art is pretty – and she is, too, in that purple-skinned, horned girl sort of way. But it's also neat that Kels is the eighth Azra and (right now) the eighth Warlock at the same time, second legendary for both. The two tribes have a decent power level, or at least an expected future one in the second case (there are more Warlocks coming in M21), but they're still small and could use a good new member, in this case a sacrifice outlet with shades of Falkenrath Aristocrat. Huzzah!


  • Event Number: Week 492 BE
  • Date: June 13
  • Attendance: 9
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Human
  • Runner-up: Bandit Keith with Knight
  • 1-loss: _Kumagoro_ with Beast, romellos with Warrior, AJ_Impy with Giant
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Frog
  • Tribes: Beast, Faerie, Frog, Giant, Human (x3), Knight, Warrior
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Last Standard event before Core Set 2021. Knights are still strong, but Humans are better. Humans can always be better than the competition, if they decide to be. Is that inspirational for all of us, or a sad reality of the tribal wars? Anyway, congrats to ThyShuffler for beating Bandit Keith in the finals. These two are dominating forces of the tribal scene these days.


 I ended third place with my Beasts, which is a bit preposterous because I got a bye and then lost game two. But at least game three was great, with Quartzwood Crasher really shining. The tribe has several individually powerful members and a decent curve, but could use something at two for when Arboreal Grazer is not there on turn one. Core Set 2021 is adding Garruk's Harbinger and Elder Gargaroth. They could be good, but neither of them is a two-drop.


 Monogreen also has a strong Warrior option, as the returning romellos found out. The Gruul version with Gruul Spellbreaker could be better, and this deck could use a Vivien, Arkbow Ranger or three, but the list as it is is extremely budget-friendly.


 At the very opposite of the budget spectrum, do you wanna know how a five-color Giant list featuring both Titans and Realm-Cloaked Giant would look like? AJ_Impy put together one for you. It's also a list that tries and disrupts abilities on the stack, via Tale's End and Repudiate/Replicate. It's for the Titans' sake, of course, but it also occasionally stops Fabled Passage and whatnot.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 19, 2020):

  • ThyShuffler's Humans: $25.11
  • Kumagoro's Beasts: $65.54
  • romellos's Warriors: $3.24
  • AJ_Impy's Giants: $444.64

 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.


 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, 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):

  • 10.24 (Week 493 BE), on June 20: Pioneer
  • 10.25 (Week 494 BE), on June 27: Legacy

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.