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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Oct 09 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

 So, Assembly-Worker won last week's event for the first time, the 94th tribe to do so (well, actually the 92st, since Dog is the same as Hound, and Nissa, who won twice, is not a creature type). I've been marking down the Up-and-Coming prizes since Event 109, when Sliver won its first Tribal Apocalypse. (Can you believe it took Sliver so long to win a tournament?) During the following 400 events, 40 more tribes ended on top that never had before, so exactly one every ten events, which isn't a bad rate. But there are still 119 tribes that never experienced that honor. Is there any of these Unhallowed that seems likely to get there next, most likely in Underdog? (They all qualify for Underdog events).

 Let's see, reviewing the list in alphabetical order, I'd say Advisor is overdue a win. Azra is small, but has a strong lineup. Drake is one of the largest tribes without a win. Dryad has had some great additions in the past few years and got close a couple of times. Elder always seems on the brink of doing it through some combo build. Fungus is a very old classic that gets constant support. Kraken and Leviathan are popular fattie tribes. Lizard gets new members almost every set. Noble is a rookie tribe with some powerful members that only needs a little boost. That Minotaur never managed to win an event in ten years is completely preposterous. Mystic and Nomad are basically the same tribe, and at one point seemed very close to a win, but then people forgot about them. I expect Ninja to win an event any minute now. Time might be ripe for Ooze, too. That Ogre and Orc never won once is a real shame. Phoenix and Rhino should be able to do it. Specter is the most played among the Unhallowed tribes. I have no doubt newborn Warlock will get there eventually, since it's being groomed to be a major tribe. And Zubera has a pretty effective combo deck that was attempted multiple times.


 Who'll be next?


  • Event Number: Week 508 BE
  • Date: October 3
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: AJ_Impy with Assembly-Worker
  • Runner-up: ThyShuffler with Artificer
  • 1-loss: _Kumagoro_ with Ooze, Bandit Keith with Devil, JackSlagel with Devil
  • Dark Horse Prize: GringoP with Wolverine
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: AJ_Impy with Assembly-Worker
  • Tribes: Artificer, Assembly-Worker, Crab, Devil (x2), Griffin, Kavu, Kor, Noble, Ooze, Specter, Wolverine
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 And here's the winning Assembly-Worker deck, as devised and piloted by AJ_Impy. Of course it's just a Cloudpost list, but it's the natural shell for the Assembly-Workers. The printing of Forsaken Monument also helped a lot, of course.


 It's only fitting that in a week where an artifact tribe triumphed, Artificers were right behind. ThyShuffler's build is a Blade Prison list, with Urza, Lord High Artificer, Stoneforge Mystic and a paralyzing network formed by Winter Orb, Propaganda and Ghostly Prison. Fun for all family, but not enough to stop the Workers from doing... well, their work.


 I mentioned how Ooze are getting there in regard of their first event win, and I can confirm Oran-Rief Ooze is a strong addition to the lineup, definitely better than the scarcely synergistic Umori, the Collector. I also expect some gelatinous cubes from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms next year. Keep keeping on, Oozes!


 Finally, let's celebrate the fourth time in ten years somebody thought of playing Wolverine. In monored, even (not that the green Wolverines are any better). That someone is GringoP and the rest of his list is chock-full of top-end board sweepers, with full sets of Hour of Devastation, Obliterate and even old-school Jokulhaups. Even more old-school consumable Dwarven Ruins and Sandstone Needle are actually a good idea to ramp into spells that are going to destroy all lands anyway, but when you're left with the likes of Spurred Wolverine as a way to close the game, things might not end well.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of October 9, 2020):

  • AJ_Impy's Assembly-Workers: $106.72
  • ThyShuffler's Artificers: $133.75
  • Kumagoro's Oozes: $39.46
  • GringoP's Wolverines: $2.90

 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 five times before coming back to the undefeated one). This means a different tribe; in some cases, 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):

  • 10.40 (Week 509 BE), on October 10: Standard
  • 10.41 (Week 510 BE), on October 17: Pioneer
  • 10.42 (Week 511 BE), on October 24: Legacy
  • 10.43 (Week 512 BE), on October 31: Halloween

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: December 23.
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.