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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 25 2020 12:00pm

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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

It's ban hammer time in Tribal Apocalypse! Here's what the Tribal Council decided for this quarter, as reported by its spokesman AJ_Impy.

Additionally, Dinosaur decks are not legal in Underdog anymore. All changes effective immediately. Next announcement: December 23.

In other news, it wasn't mentioned (nor updated in the relative section), but in the past couple of weeks Demigod and Squirrel eventually got their first match win, both by hand of small tribe specialist lovetapsmtg (with this list and this list, respectively).

This leaves Otter as the only remaining playable tribe that still has to score its first match – it doesn't help that it was only played once.


  • Event Number: Week 506 BE
  • Date: September 19
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: AJ_Impy with Faerie
  • 1-loss: Bandit Keith with Beast, Takeoutree with Eldrazi, -DiamondDust- with Rogue, Deonmag with Vampire
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Spellshaper
  • Tribes: Beast, Construct, Eldrazi, Faerie, Hydra, Rogue (x2), Spellshaper, Vampire, Wizard
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

Seventh Faerie win of all time, but also the very first in Modern, courtesy of AJ_Impy. It's curious that the tribe wasn't played more in the format (maybe it's because it's expensive); after all, the ideal Faerie lineup is entirely comprised within the Modern pool. AJ chose a monoblue build, accompanied by countermagic and other cards that just say "no" to things, like Chalice of the Void and Pithing Needle.


The abovementioned new bans mean that Modern Tribal Wars will have to bid adieu to both Living End decks and, hopefully, the most oppressive Eldrazi decks; quite apropos, and almost prophetically, Takeoutree showed us a super-budget version of the eldritch tribe with essentially none of the usual suspects (though I guess Endbringer sort of qualifies as major), and instead a number of obscure or rarely played members like Conduit of Ruin, Distended Mindbender, and even the semi-forgotten Pathrazer of Ulamog.


First Zendikar Rising sighting. It's Malakir Blood-Priest from -DiamondDust-'s Rogue deck. It's a party synergy card, not a "Rogues matter" card, so the effect reaches its full potential only when two copies of Changeling Outcast are around, mimicking Warrior and Wizard, in addition to the Blood-Priest itself, which is a Cleric, and any of the Rogues. But it's still a solid two-drop, I guess, and the draining can easily add up. Looking at this list, I also wonder if Bloodchief's Thirst could join Fatal Push among the best cheap removal options in black. They provide essentially the same outcome in the early game; the upsides of the latter are that it works at instant speed and still costs one mana when improved by revolt (but it requires at least some fetch lands to enable it consistently); the former turns unconditional in the late game and hits planeswalkers.


Finally, Spellshaper. When was the last time Spellshaper was played, you might wonder. Well, it was June 2016. Now lovetapsmtg has brought back the odd discard-happy tribe that, let's be honest, should have been just a keyword action, not its own creature type. Of course their singular mechanical shtick combines well with madness cards.


Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 25, 2020):

  • AJ_Impy's Faeries: $313.33
  • Takeoutree's Eldrazi: $1.21
  • DiamondDust's Rogues: $44.50
  • lovetapsmtg's Spellshapers: $18.26

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: Otter.

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 five times before coming back to the undefeated one). This means a different tribe, but in some case specific combo or archetype-defining cards will also be locked out. 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):

  • 10.38 (Week 507 BE), on September 26: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: December 23.
Current watch list:
Aether Vial, Batterskull, Cloudpost, Hymn to Tourach,
Necromancy, Shrieking Affliction, Sinkhole, Witch's Vengeance.



Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.