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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 Jumpstart Spotlight #1. As soon as the new Jumpstart cards will enter the Treasure Chests, our Legacy decks will get to play with... Allosaurus Shepherd.

 Will this Dinosaur whisperer be good enough for Elf lists? It's possible. The unconterability is nice, although it doesn't come up too often in Tribal Wars. The main comparison here is with classic in-tribe finisher Ezuri, Renegade Leader. The Shepherd's payoff is slightly inferior. Base power and toughness 5/5 translates into a +4/+4 boost in most cases; for roughly the same amount of mana (one less, actually), Ezuri would instead grant the team +3/+3 but, crucially, trample. On the other hand, the Shepherd is just a one-mana investment, which makes easier to fetch, cast and activate him in the same turn.

 By the way, what plane has Elves communing with Dinosaurs? I guess the same from which Allosaurus Rider comes from. So Dominaria, and Terisiare in particular.


  • Event Number: Week 496 BE
  • Date: July 11
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Spirit
  • 1-loss: _Kumagoro_ with Dinosaur, Bandit Keith with Spirit, romellos with Elf, ThyShuffler with Vampire, Nydethess with Merfolk, Generalissimo with Dinosaur, Takeoutree with Goblin
  • Dark Horse Prize: -DiamondDust- with Dog
  • Tribes: Cat, Cleric, Dinosaur (x2), Dog, Elf, Goblin, Merfolk, Sliver, Spirit (x2), Vampire (x3)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Spirit got its second win of the year, and is now only two wins away from being the sixth most successful tribe in the history of Tribal Apocalypse (the place is currently held by Knight, which also had a double success this season, due to its prominence in Standard). The list by Yokai_ takes its cue from last year Standard's Monoblue Tempo with Curious Obsession, and employs the Pioneer-specific Nebelgast Herald.


 Only one meager game away from the top, my Dinosaurs performed well. Primal Might is a good addition to the archetype, Ripjaw Raptor is grateful for the existence of a second, playable one-mana fighting spell.


 Let's celebrate who tried and failed, though. Cats & Dogs appear not to be ready for Pioneer yet. Nagarjuna attempted a Selesnya build for the former, with Feline Sovereign as the appointed leader, and Leonin Warleader and Regal Caracal as the heavyweights.


 Meanwhile, -DiamondDust- was running their eternal adversaries (give or take the occasional peace & love promo), sporting a Boros lineup almost entirely coming from Core Set 2021, Pack Leader above all. Unfortunately, the two decks didn't face off. (I would put my money on the Cats, though. "Protection from the opponent's creatures" is one hell of a matchup advantage).



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

  • Yokai_'s Spirits: $17.90
  • Kumagoro's Dinosaurs: $18.16
  • Nagarjuna's Cats: $18.09
  • -DiamondDust-'s Dogs: $10.36

 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):

  • 10.28 (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.