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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 11 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

 Time to rotate. Zendikar Rising is coming to the digital platforms this week, the spoilers are complete, and some random tribes are getting a boost, most notably Kor. But the majority of tribal components in the set are focused the party tribes, Cleric, Rogue, Warrior and Wizard, which even get some "this subtype matters" dedicated cards.


 But the single most important new creature in my eyes is by far Oran-Rief Ooze. I've been waiting for a new Ooze to complement the curve of Experiment One, Scavenging Ooze, Predator Ooze, and Biogenic Ooze. The new protoplasm on the block is a nice 3/3 for three that interacts with each of its teammates, and with Hardened Scales. Time to blob a path towards that elusive first place!


  • Event Number: Week 504 BE
  • Date: September 5
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Arigal with Artificer
  • Runner-up: Yokai_ with Dinosaur
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Ninja, Nagarjuna with Elder, Bandit Keith with Serpent, Deonmag with Dinosaur, Nydethess with Kor
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Squirrel
  • Tribes: Artificer, Azra, Devil, Dinosaur (x2), Dwarf, Elder, Fungus, Kavu, Kor, Ninja, Rhino, Serpent, Squirrel
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First time in the event for Arigal, one of the mind behind the real-life Tribal Wars paper event that is held in Medellín, Colombia (as the summary has been referencing since a while). And it's immediately first place, thanks to this aggressive Artificer deck, featuring Stoneforge Mystic into the Hammer of Nazahn/Argentum Armor combo. Felicidades!


 Dinosaur has risen to the top of the Underdog meta, winning three events this year, with three different pilots. Yokai_ failed to repeat July's success, but his Dinos are still a very streamlined machine of aggression.


 Ninjas have also been discussed withint the Tribal Council lately in regard to their legality in Underdog events. The ninjitsu tribe has always been solid, but Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow brought it over the top. The Commander 2018 legendary kunoichi, with her mixture of card advantage and sheer finishing power (especially when paired with Brainstorm and Dead Drop), is part of legitimate Legacy decks, which made her price skyrocket to currently almost 60 tix apiece, and up to 75 at one point. She alone caused ThyShuffler's list to reach a grand total price approaching 450 tix, a magnitude the likes of which we hadn't seen in a while.


 Here's something more whimsical: Nagarjuna used Sneak Attack in conjunction with the rarely planed Elder tribe. Seeing Ghalta, Primal Hunger in the same deck that contains original Nicol Bolas as well as Demonlord Belzenlok is certainly amusing, not to mention a veritable Timmy/Tammy dream.


 Finally, we got our very first appearance of Squirrel, now an eligibile tribe thanks to Ikoria's Helica Glider raising their ranks to 3 members. Of course lovetapsmtg couldn't help but include off-tribe lord Deep Forest Hermit (over Deranged Hermit). No Squirrel Nest, Acorn Catapult or Swarmyard, though. That's definitely an oversight.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 11, 2020):

  • Arigal's Artificers: $16.47
  • Yokai_'s Dinosaurs: $120.94
  • ThyShuffler's Ninjas: $440.54
  • Nagarjuna's Elders: $164.32
  • lovetapsmtg's Squirrels: $17.36

 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):

  • 10.36 (Week 505 BE), on September 12: Pioneer
  • 10.37 (Week 506 BE), on September 19: Modern
  • 10.38 (Week 507 BE), on September 26: 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.