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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Oct 30 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 New set release, new occasion to be on the lookout for new tribal-relevant cards. Commander Legends (which, for once, will be released on Magic Online directly on November 19, instead of through the Treasure Chests) is one third through its spoiler season, and so far, it seems like Pirate is going to be a major tribal pull of the set.


 Man, Ramirez DePietro? That's a deep cut. I didn't even know he was dead! Wasn't the flavor of the original card from Legends that he was actually a little kid dressed as a pirate? I guess he lived enough to grow up a little bit. And lose the black center. And acquire some actual abilities.

 And speaking of Legends, Kobold finally got a new member. It only took 26 years! There are probably other small tribes that are entirely contained within one set, but I'm sure none of them was this old. Rograkh here is certainly cheaper to cast than his old man.

 Elsewhere, this guy makes Salamander decks even less appealing to play, which is really something. Like, out of all the possible creature types, why did they have to choose Salamander for this trick? That definitely feels like punching down.

 I'm also annoyed that the planeswalker card for Jeska will be only playable in Commander. She looks so cool!



  • Event Number: Week 511 BE
  • Date: October 24
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Goblin
  • Runner-up: -DiamondDust- with Zombie
  • 1-loss: Nagarjuna with Ally, ThyShuffler with Shaman
  • Dark Horse Prize: GringoP with Aurochs
  • Tribes: Ally, Aurochs, Bird, Dog, Goblin, Ooze (x2), Scarecrow, Shaman, Spirit, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 No Elf, no Human, one Goblin. Two Oozes! Last week's event certainly ha an unusual lineup for a Legacy tournament. And it was the backdrop for Bandit Keith conquering his 37th win, which brings him one win ahead of former record holder mihahitlor. Congratulations on being the Michael Schumacher of Tribal Apocalypse! The winning list was inspired by the Goblin deck AJ_Impy won an event with last summer.


 Second place for the good ole nightmare of any Eternal format player: Dredge. -DiamondDust- concocted it within a Zombie shell, leveraging Prized Amalgam and Silversmote Ghoul, and with Lotleth Giant as a Dread Return target. Yeah, Dread Return is not banned. Was it banned for a while? I think it was, but I'm not 100% sure. Narcomoeba is banned, but the various Zombie revenants do a pretty good job at replacing it.


 Here's a once popular tribe we hadn't seen in a while, and it's only right to celebrate it a little, now that Zendikar Rising failed to bring them back (to Mark Rosewater's chagrin). I'm talking of Ally, here successfully piloted by longtime specialist Nagarjuna.


 Unpopular tribe of the week: Aurochs, boldly brought onto the field by GringoP. It's their fourth appearance in ten years! This list is a sweet parade of singleton green staples, but the ancient bovines are impossibly hard to handle. No wonder they're exctinct.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of October 30, 2020):

  • Bandit Keith's Goblins: $214.17
  • -DiamondDust-'s Zombies: $17.48
  • Nagarjuna's Allies: $133.62
  • GringoP's Aurochs: $4.87

 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):

  • 10.43 (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.