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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 06 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

 Commander Legends preview is complete! What other marvels are hidden in there? Well, for one, there are two new Oozes; is it weird that I'm not interested in any of them?


 I mean, the rare one is an Ooze lord, but the second ability only works in Commander, so in one-on-one it'll just be an anthem lord for four mana, wich is pretty bad (three-mana vanilla lords are already sketchy). And whatever the legendary uncommon does, it's six mana. Ooze Stompy in Legacy already has a hard time reaching five for Biogenic Ooze, which is a vastly superior card. I'm disappointed.

 Other small tribes have it better. Rabbit in particular gets its first legendary member, which is also its fifth member overall, not to mention the first to be printed in this century. Not sure the White Rabbit reference is particularly fitting.

 And after I saw the first follow-up, I was expecting the Kodama cycle to end up fully complete in Commander Legends; instead, it turns out we'll have to wait for some other set in order to see what the West Tree dweller looks like. Nice touch giving this one reach, though.


  • Event Number: Week 512 BE
  • Date: October 31
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Halloween
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Vampire
  • 1-loss: Yokai_ with Zombie, Bandit Keith with Spirit, Nagarjuna with Demon
  • Dark Horse Prize: GringoP with Thrull
  • Tribes: Demon, Devil, Rat, Spirit (x2), Thrull, Vampire, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Halloween came and went, and the dominant Spooky Tribe took the first place, as sort of expected. Vampire is indeed the only tribe that won the special event more than once; in fact, it can now claim a full half of the Halloween tournaments. Here's the ten-year chronology of spooky winners.

  • Season 1: Vampire
  • Season 2: Zombie
  • Season 3: Assassin
  • Season 4: Spirit
  • Season 5: Devil
  • Season 6: Vampire
  • Season 7: Demon
  • Season 8: Vampire
  • Season 9: Vampire
  • Season 10: Vampire

 So the first five Halloween Specials went to five different tribes, but then the Vamps took four out of the five subsequent editions, including the last three back to back. And it's not like they're seeing an overwhelming amount of play. For instance, we only had one single submission for them this year, ThyShuffler's ultimately winning list. Is the situation worth to be evaluated by the Council?


 Failing to conquer the top Halloween honor since 2012 is another major "horror themed" tribe, Zombie, which were here declined by Yokai_ as a version of the dredge list we've seen in recent weeks. And which is getting a quasi-Bridge from Below on legs. Well, it's actually more like a Desecrated Tomb on legs (it is Tormod, after all, we all know him for his crypt), but still possibly a reinforcement for the tribal version of the archetype.

 Another past winner came back through this Demon build by Nagarjuna, enforcing a Living Death plan that also includes the signature reanimation spell All Hallow's Eve.


 Spirit was the only tribe to offer more than one entry. Bandit Keith had the classic linear approach, while AJ_Impy went for an "exiling matters" strategy centered on Soulherder – but with the exile angle taking more the form of aggressive removal rather than self-inflicted flicker, including the rarely played Winds of Abandon from Modern Horizons, i.e. overloaded Path to Exile.


 Finally, as a tribute to the lesser Spooky Tribes, here's Thrull by GringoP. That one vampire is clearly repenting for the oppressive supremacy of his kind, and atoning by being the companion of a bunch of little monster servants that could never stand a chance anyway.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 6, 2020):

  • ThyShuffler's Vampires: $44.43
  • Nagarjuna's Demons: $199.24
  • AJ_Impy's Spirits: $245.69
  • GringoP's Thrulls: $0.84

 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):

  • 10.44 (Week 513 BE), on November 7: Underdog
  • 10.45 (Week 514 BE), on November 14: Standard
  • 10.46 (Week 515 BE), on November 21: Pioneer
  • 10.47 (Week 516 BE), on November 28: Modern

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.