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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 24 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

 I previously scheduled a special event on August 29 (since August has five Saturdays), but then I realized August 8 will mark the 500th Tribal Apocalypse tournament of the Blippian Era (can you believe it?), so let's do a special event to celebrate the occasion, instead! What could we do? Maybe something calling back to our very first event? It was January 8, 2011, and Kithkin won, piloted by VictorBike. My Shamans took 2nd place, although at the time it was just based on the tie-breakers. (I came in second the following week too, and then I won the fifth event. Wow, I guess I was a good player back then, when I was younger!)

 Send me suggestions about the nature of the 500th event on Discord, we'll finalize the details of the format by next week's article. I feel like we should revisit Classic, what do you think? It's where Tribal Wars started, and I believe it was still the format we were using at the beginning of Tribal Apocalypse, though I'm not entirely sure about that.


  • Event Number: Week 497 BE
  • Date: July 18
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Beast
  • Runner-up: Nydethess with Faerie
  • 1-loss: Yokai_ with Beast, -DiamondDust- with Vampire, ThyShuffler with Zombie, lovetapsmtg with Noggle
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Noggle
  • Tribes: Artificer, Assembly-Worker, Beast, Beast, Faerie, Fungus, Noggle, Vampire (x3), Wolf, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Second win for cascade Beasts this season (plus a top-4 placement), but the previous victory used Restore Balance as a wincon, while Bandit Keith went with Living End instead. I guess Titanoth Rex gave a big boost to the tribe where graveyard shenanigans are concerned.


 Faeries were the runner-up, and Spellstutter Sprite is actually a great way to stop zero-cost spells lke Living End, but ultimately it wasn't enough, so Nydethess had to settle for second place. Also, Lofty Denial has immediately become the counterspell of choice for flying tribes.


 No Modern Tribal Wars event is complete without a Vampire in the Top 4, and -DiamondDust- obliged us with a monoblack sacrifice-based deck that even ran a few unusual tribesmembers like Carrier Thrall from Battle for Zendikar and Oathsworn Vampire from Rivals of Ixalan.


 And I just can't let the rare appearance of a Noggle deck unmentioned. It's the sixth ever, and of course it was the handiwork of Extreme Underdog specialist lovetapsmtg. I really like how lovetapsmtg's builds always include a few rarely seen cards only for the pleasure of playing them. Burst Lightning! Uncommon Nahiri! The Serum Powder and Gemstone Caverns combo!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 24, 2020):

  • Bandit Keith's Beasts: $83.56
  • Nydethess's Faeries: $104.17
  • DiamondDust's's Vampires: $36.38
  • lovetapsmtg's Noggles: $23.03

 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):

  • 10.29 (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.