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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Aug 07 2020 12:00pm

 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

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  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcements
  4. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 Are you ready to celebrate the 500th Event Special this Saturday? Are you ready to see it change format from what we said last week? After some fruitful debate, a second thought emerged that making it Classic or Vintage Powerless or even Vintage wouldn't make much sense for a celebration of the 500 times we played Tribal Apocalypse, since the vast majority of those times we played it as Legacy. So that's what we'll play Saturday, just plain old Legacy, but with the following variants.

  • Only the Top 10 most successful tribes are available (off-tribe creatures are fine). These are, alphabetically: Eldrazi, Elf, Goblin, Human, Knight, Merfolk, Shaman, Spirit, Vampire, and Wizards.
  • If you ever won an event with one of those tribes, you're locked out of it, must choose another.
  • The prize pool is DOUBLED!
  • A special SIX-TIX prize will be awarded to the list that interpreted the tribe in the most unusual and interesting way. Tribal historian AJ_Impy will be the arbiter of that. (Of course he can't pick his list, or the host's).

 Good luck & have fun!


  • Event Number: Week 499 BE
  • Date: August 1
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Nydethess with Dinosaur
  • Runner-up: Bandit Keith with Dinosaur
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Scout, Takeoutree with Satyr, -DiamondDust- with Assembly-Worker
  • Dark Horse Prize: AJ_Impy with Warlock, lovetapsmtg with Pangolin
  • New Kids on the Block Award: lovetapsmtg with Pangolin
  • Tribes: Assembly-Worker, Dinosaur (x3), Fungus, Pangolin, Satyr, Scout, Shapeshifter, Warlock
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Is Dinosaur a new force in the Underdog meta? This event would have you think so, given the all-dinos final round. Ultimately, Nydethess's list prevailed, ditching green entirely to better focus on Rakdos two-drop Labyrinth Raptor and especially on the newfound pairing of Rotting Regisaur and Demonic Embrace. Discard the latter to the former, cast it from the graveyard, swing for 10 in the air. Sounds like a good plan.


 Bandit Keith went with more traditionally Jund Dinosaur, ramping with Marauding Raptor into Regisaur Alpha into Ghalta, Primal Hunger, getting card advantage with Reckless Rage on Ripjaw Raptor, and controlling the board with the Punishing Fire combo.Still a pretty solid build.


 Minor Underdogs take the spotlight. Takeoutree ended in the money with a budget Satyr deck featuring all the tribe's highlights, meaning Gallia of the Endless Dance and the tokens from Xenagos, the Reveler and Anax, Hardened in the Forge. A very Theros affair.


 Even more budget-friendly (less than two bucks!) was -DiamondDust-'s Assembly-Worker list, using Urzatron lands and Everflowing Chalice to ramp into the colorless self-replicating automatons and God-Pharaoh's Statue. Effective enough to grab the two wins.


 And finally Pangolin managed to win its first match, thus securing the New Kids on the Block award. The handiwork of lovetapsmtg, of course.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of August 7, 2020):

  • Nydethess's Dinosaurs: $103.88
  • Bandit Keith's Dinosaurs: $147.02
  • Takeoutree's Satyrs: $3.47
  • -DiamondDust-'s Assembly-Workers: $1.60
  • lovetapsmtg's Pangolins: $32.52

 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, 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):

  • 10.31 (Week 500 BE), on August 8: 500th Event Special
  • 10.32 (Week 501 BE), on August 15: Standard
  • 10.33 (Week 502 BE), on August 22: Pioneer
  • 10.34 (Week 503 BE), on August 29: Modern

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.