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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 03 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

 Dogs have just entered the pool... and they already made a mess. First match win and first event win, all in their debut week! Their predecessors, the Hounds, ended on top for the first time last year with this Gruul list. Dogs are now enticed to go Boros due to the new lord Pack Leader. But generally speaking, they're not the cutesy pups from Core Set 2021...


 And not even the trusty pets some planeswalkers are known to be fond of.


 Oh no, these Dogs belong to the terrifying likes of Griselbrand and Mogis, God of Slaughter. They're not here to make you go "aww". They're here to tear your flesh apart and then feast on it!


 It's the revenge of the (Hell) Hounds, pushing back against Wizards' mawkish, cartoon-like sentimentality!


  • Event Number: Week 494 BE
  • Date: June 27
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: AJ_Impy with Dog
  • Runner-up: Nagarjuna with Dragon
  • 1-loss: Nydethess with Elf, Bandit Keith with Eldrazi, Deonmag with Scarecrow, RaZZeD_iN_HeLL with Zombie, pk87 with Wall
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Pangolin
  • Tribes: Ape, Cleric, Construct (x2), Dog, Dragon, Eldrazi, Elf, Goblin, Pangolin, Scarecrow, Wall, Warrior, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 So here's the list that gave AJ_Impy and his two-headed Dogs from Hell the first place. It's mostly about using Pack Leader, Bolt Hound and Mogis's Warhound to boost the double-striking Hound of Griselbrand and Two-Headed Cerebus. Path of Mettle synergizes well with the strategy.


 The main contender for the top placement was another Boros build, Nagarjuna's Sneak Attack list, using Dragons as projectiles to hurl at the opponent's face.


 The Ur-Dragon from Commander 2017 is key to the proceedings, because its attack trigger replenishes the hand for further sneakiness while also acting as an Elvish Piper, but most of these Dragons have abilities that sweep the board to some extent – or in the case of good old Nicol Bolas, the crucial part is the hand disruption upon connection. The off-tribe Ancient Stone Idol from Commander 2018 is there just because it works so well with Sneak Attack, leaving a body behind when it's sacrificed at end of turn – so all in all the deck is a collection of different creature triggers: ETB triggers, attack triggers, connection triggers, and death triggers. And yet, all this triggering couldn't stop the Dog pack!

 Here's a nice Zombie sacrifice synergy deck by RaZZeD_iN_HeLL. Claim the Firstborn is a pretty effective card in Legacy Tribal Wars, isn't it?


 And pk87 resurrected an old archetype we hadn't seen in a while, the Wall Ramp Superfriends build featuring Wargate. When was the last time you faced poor, forgotten Venser, the Sojourner? Most of the Walls are a match made in heaven with the teleporter, especially the less known Jeskai Barricade returning Mystic Snake to hand (or, I guess, Frilled Mystic, but the Snake feels definitely more old-school).



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 3, 2020):

  • AJ_Impy's Dogs: $140.11
  • Nagarjuna's Dragons: $117.14
  • RaZZeD_iN_HeLL's Zombies: $96.67
  • pk87's Walls: $205.52

 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, 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):

  • 10.26 (Week 495 BE), on July 4: Underdog
  • 10.27 (Week 496 BE), on July 11: Pioneer
  • 10.28 (Week 497 BE), on July 18: Modern
  • 10.29 (Week 498 BE), on July 25: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: September 25.
Current watch list:
 Aether VialBatterskullCloudpostHymn to Tourach,
NecromancyShrieking AfflictionSinkholeWitch's Vengeance.



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