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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 18 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

 Zendikar Rising is in the building! Here's the major tribal-impacting occurrences that don't involve the party tribes (Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, Wizard) or the Zendikar signature races (Kor, Merfolk, Vampire, Goblin, Elf, Elemental).

  • Mouse makes its debut, after appearing as the tokens from Cinderella's carriage in Throne of Eldraine.
  • Cat gets a powerful landfall enchantment (although it doesn't even need to go with Cats).
  • Crab gets its first legendary member.
  • Squid gets its sixth member.
  • Demon gets two early drops under CMC 4.
  • Shade gets its first rare two-drop since 18-year-old Nantuko Shade.
  • Giant gets a three-drop with (pseudo) dash.
  • Minotaur gets a game-breaking six-drop that's just waiting to dance to the sound of a Didgeridoo.
  • Elephant gets a very playable MDFC three-drop with landfall.
  • Insect gets a couple of swarming members, including a self-replicating three-drop with landfall.
  • Fungus gets a rare one-drop that grows over time.
  • Hydra gets a new black member (the fifth overall, if we also count Progenitus, the second with only two colors).
  • Serpent gets a new wannabe (Hydroid Krasis:RNA).



  • Event Number: Week 505 BE
  • Date: September 12
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Nagarjuna with Spirit
  • 1-loss: Nydethess with Human, Bandit Keith with Vampire, Yokai_ with Spirit, ThyShuffler with Goblin, -DiamondDust- with Pirate, RaZZeD_iN_HeLL with Elf
  • Dark Horse Prize: JackSlagel with Ooze, lovetapsmtg with Demigod
  • Tribes: Construct, Demigod, Elf, Goblin, Human, Ooze, Pirate, Rogue, Spirit (x2), Vampire (x3)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Spirit achieves its fourth Pioneer wins this year (other winners: Vampire, Elf, Dragon, Human, Bird), the third consecutive one with three different pilots. This time it was Nagarjuna. The tribe really seems positioned at the top of the format, the lineup is self-evident and very straightforward, it doesn't take much effort to find the optimal build and it's reasonably budget-friendly.


 Here's something more novel: monoblack Pirates. The build by -DiamondDust- is control-oriented, but also capable of aggressive starts with cards like (Grasping Scoundrel:RIX), while (March of the Drowned:XLN) is a very cheap refueling engine.


 It didn't go as well as those mentioned above, but this is what a (Feather, the Redeemed:WAR) deck could look like in Pioneer, as concocted by Nydethess within a Human shell. It might need the full set of Feathers, though, since she's really the centerpiece of the whole strategy.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 18, 2020):

  • Nagarjuna's Spirits: $30.92
  • -DiamondDust-'s Pirates: $57.64
  • Nydethess's Humans: $54.69

 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):

  • 10.37 (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.