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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Aug 21 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

 Here's one additional reward for the winner of the 500th event, seasonal leader Bandit Keith: he'll be able to pick a format, including special rulings and bans if he so wishes, for the actual 10-year anniversary, which is bound to happen with event 520 on December 26. Choose whatever you like, Keith. We'll follow along!

 In other news, I switched around in the calendar September's Standard event with October's Pioneer event, so next time we'll play Standard, rotation will have happened, hopefully refreshing the format a bit. Landfall ahoy!


  • Event Number: Week 501 BE
  • Date: August 15
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Knight
  • 1-loss: lovetapsmtg with Noble, Yokai_ with Elf, AJ_Impy with Dragon, romellos with Warrior, ThyShuffler with Human
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Noble
  • Tribes: Angel, Dragon, Elf, Human (x2), Knight (x2), Noble, Vampire, Warrior
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 The last stretch f this Standard cycle definitely established Knight as the major force, as exemplified here by none other than Bandit Keith. This kind of list is actually strongly based on Throne of Eldraine cards (only two of these Knights, (Knight of the Ebon Legion:M20) and (Corpse Knight:M20) are from a rotating set, namely Core Set 2020), so it should stick around post-rotation. The real problem will possibly be the mana base, since the shocklands will be gone, so (Tournament Grounds:ELD) alone might not be enough to sustain one-drops in three different colors. But we'll see what Zendikar Rising will contribute to the field of lands.


 Getting very close to a first win, lovetapsmtg ran a Noble deck that looks almost entirely rotation-proof. Just (Arboreal Grazer:WAR) and the singleton (Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves:WAR) will have to find replacements.


 The same can't be said for Yokai_'s unusual Elf build, which takes us back to a time when Golgari Midrange was a competitive factor in Standard. When was the last time you saw (Golgari Findbroker:GRN), (Storrev, Devkarin Lich:WAR) and (Izoni, Thousand-Eyed:GRN)?


 And look at Dragon being viable in Standard. AJ_Impy put together all the recent low-cost flying lizards, like (Sprite Dragon:IKO) and (Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge:M21), and it actually amounted to a very functional deck.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of August 21, 2020):

  • Bandit Keith's Knights: $36.66
  • lovetapsmtg's Nobles: $32.77
  • Yokai_'s Elves: $29.99
  • AJ_Impy's Dragons: $24.41

 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):

  • 10.33 (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.