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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Aug 14 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

 We did it! We reached the 500 events milestone! Woot!

 To celebrate, here's the list of all the tribes that won an event in these 500 weeks. With a caveat: during the first few seasons we didn't use a top cut, so the winners were calculated only based on the tie-breakers. Also, 9 of the weeks were devoted to the Invitational, which doesn't crown a single tribe as the winner, while in Event 362, weirdly enough, nobody was the winner, due to extremely low attendance. We can break down the remaining 490 weeks this way (the Angel vs. Demon event on week 75 awarded the win to both tribes, can't remember why).

  • 61 wins: Human
  • 39 wins: Elf
  • 33 wins: Goblin
  • 23 wins: Eldrazi
  • 17 wins: Vampire
  • 14 wins: Knight and Wizard
  • 12 wins: Merfolk and Spirit
  • 11 wins: Shaman
  • 10 wins: Cat
  • 9 wins: Angel, Berserker, Kor, Plant, and Wall
  • 8 wins: Scarecrow, Sliver, Soldier, and Warrior
  • 7 wins: Construct, Scout, and Zombie
  • 6 wins: Beast, Bird, Faerie, Kithkin, and Rat
  • 5 wins: Ally, Archon, Devil, Dinosaur, and Soltari
  • 4 wins: Assassin, Elemental, and Monk
  • 3 wins: Demon, Dragon, Fish, Golem, Horror, Myr, Praetor, Snake, and Wolf
  • 2 wins: Cleric, Gargoyle, Hydra, Kobold, Naga, Nissa, Satyr, Treefolk, Vedalken, and Werewolf
  • 1 win: Artificer, Atog, Avatar, Centaur, Djinn, Dog, Druid, Dwarf, Efreet, Giant, God, Hound, Illusion, Imp, Insect, Jackal, Jellyfish, Kavu, Lhurgoyf, Mutant, Nightmare, Pirate, Rebel, Rogue, Serpent, Shapeshifter, Siren, Skeleton, Slug, Spellshaper, Sphinx, Troll, and Wurm

 Let's take a trip down memory lane, proceedin backwards. Here are the Diaries of the Apocalypse articles for the previous milestone events.

 That first event was held on September 19, 2009. Its creator and host was Matthew Banister aka ShardFenix. Later, host duties passed to Simon Smith aka Flippers_Giraffe. Then on January 8, 2011, Volker Kirstein aka BlippyTheSlug initiated the Blippian Era, from which we number the events. Without these people, there wouldn't be a Tribal Apocalypse, not for one week, and certainly not for 500. We have to be eternally grateful to all of them.

 But I am grateful to all the players too. All of you who have come playing this semi-forgotten, MTGO-only format week after week. Ten years have passed, familiar names have come and gone, some of them have left a mark in the tournament's Hall of Fame. Some of them are still here. You guys are too many to mention, almost a hundred different winners, many hundreds of different participants. I'll remember some of them later in the year, when we actually cross the ten-year threshold in December. In the meantime, a big thank you to all of you.


  • Event Number: Week 500 BE
  • Date: August 8
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: 500th Event Special! (Legacy, only Top 10 tribes allowed)
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Wizard
  • Runner-up: Takeoutree with Elf
  • 1-loss: -DiamondDust- with Goblin, romellos with Vampire, ThyShuffler with Wizard
  • Innovation Prize (tier 1): "Cryptic Eldrazi" by Dawwy
  • Innovation Prize (tier 2): "Persistent Spirits" by lovetapsmtg and "500 Cards for 500 Events" by Nagarjuna
  • Tribes: Eldrazi, Elf (x2), Goblin (x2), Human, Spirit, Vampire (x3), Wizard (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 It somewhat feels right that the 500th event was won by Wizards. I mean, it's the tribe that directly references the creators of the game! And Bandit Keith is on his way to become the most successful Tribal Apocalypse player in history (two wins away from mihahitlor).


 The rules for the event forced players to run only tribes that ranked in the Top 10 of that list above (which translates into all the tribes that won more than 10 events). The leader of that list, Human, was unexpectedly underrepresented. On the other hand, the runner-up, Elf, came close to win, while piloted by a Brazilian player we recently acquired, Takeoutree.


 The number 3 on the list, Goblin, also performed well, thanks to -DiamondDust-. Yeah, we're doing a little parade of classic tribal setups here. It's only right.


 The third more successful player in Tribal Apocalypse history, romellos, came back from semi-retirement for the occasion, and did justice to the Vampire tribe by showcasing all the best members of it, all together.


 A very different Wizard list was run by ThyShuffler, who opted for a monoblue build rather than Izzet, but with (Yorion, Sky Nomad:IKO) as companion.


 To properly mark the milestone, the event had a double prize pool, but also a special Innovation Prize judged by longtime tribal expert AJ_Impy and focused on the originality of the lists. First prize (amounting to 6 tix) went to this Eldrazi deck by Dawwy, proving you can build the tribe in a functional and creative manner without resorting to brokenness of the entries from Battle for Zendikar block.


Second-tier Innovation Prize (and 3 tix) went to Nagarjuna, celebrating the 500 event with a 500-card deck that I'll just link, because it's too massive. Curiously, it was the only Human deck of the tournament.

The final Innovation Prize was awarded to a well-known explorer of small tribes and strange strategies, lovetapsmtg. This time running a Spirit deck with some combo twists.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of August 14, 2020):

  • Bandit Keith's Wizards: $235.80
  • Takeoutree's Elves: $32.17
  • -DiamondDust-'s Goblins: $6.50
  • romellos's Vampires: $8.26
  • ThyShuffler's Wizards: $75.78
  • Dawwy's Eldrazi: $18.99
  • lovetapsmtg's Spirits: $32.83

 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):

  • 10.32 (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.