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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Aug 28 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

 Here's the tribal-related clues about Zendikar Rising found among those that Mark Rosewater dropped on Blogatog. The new set will contain:

  1. Three creature with five creature types
  2. An artifact granting +2/+2 to a subset of creatures that first appeared in Alpha
  3. The text "Cowards can't block Warriors"
  4. The Mouse creature type
  5. A Leviathan Crab
  6. A Shapeshifter Rogue
  7. A Demon Cleric
  8. A Wurm Horror
  9. A Hydra Horror
  10. A Cat Horror
  11. An Angel Wizard

 My guess is that #1 refers to double-faced card with three subtypes on one side and two on the other, since I don't think the type line can accommodate five types. #3 can't just be a reprint of Boldwyr Intimidator, because when it was reprinted from the original Future Sight, Boldwyr was adopted as the name of a place on Lorwyn (there are other Boldwyr cards in that set). #4 could lead to a new tribe (so far Mouse was only used for tokens).



  • Event Number: Week 502 BE
  • Date: August 22
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Spirit
  • Runner-up: Nydethess with Spirit
  • 1-loss: Nagarjuna with Elf, Yokai_ with Goblin, RaZZeD_iN_HeLL with Goblin, -DiamondDust- with Drone
  • Dark Horse Prize: JackSlagel with Ooze, lovetapsmtg with Demigod
  • Tribes: Demigod, Drone, Elemental, Elf, Goblin (x2), Human, Ooze, Spirit (x2), Vampire (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Last week Bandit Keith reached mihahitlor as the player who scored the most first places in Tribal Apocalypse history, with 36 wins. Spirit is also climbing its own side of the ranking and is now the 8th most successful tribe.


 And yeah, Spirit seems to be a major force in Pioneer. The final was a mirror match between Bandit Keith's and Nydethess's two takes on the tribe. Their builds are actually not that different, their divergences essentially boil down to the use of (Lofty Denial:M21) over (Rally of Wings:WAR) (so more control-ish vs. more aggro-oriented), and whether or not include (Nebelgast Herald:EMN) rather than more non-tribal cards.


 The most original list of the week was -DiamondDust-'s Rakdos-colored (well, except they're technically all colorless) Drone build. Lately, I'm detecting attempts at using Eldrazi in a more creative way, and this is definitely one of those.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of August 28, 2020):

  • Bandit Keith's Spirits: $45.78
  • Nydethess's Spirits: $114.41
  • DiamondDust's Drones: $60.36

 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, 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):

  • 10.34 (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.