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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 20 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

 With last week's event, we've crossed the threshold of 25 Standard Tribal Wars events. Let's have a little parade of these 25 winning decks and tribes.

  1. Event 390, June 2018: Human by BoozeMongoose
  2. Event 392, July 2018: Jackal by lovetapsmtg
  3. Event 396, August 2018: Human by Goblin_hero
  4. Event 401, September 2018: Cat by Yokai_
  5. Event 405, October 2018: Goblin by Yokai_
  6. Event 409, November 2018: Soldier by Nagarjuna
  7. Event 413, December 2018: Angel by AJ_Impy
  8. Event 422, February 2019: Soldier by Bandit Keith
  9. Event 426, March 2019: Goblin by Bandit Keith
  10. Event 431, April 2019: Soldier by Bandit Keith
  11. Event 435, May 2019: Knight by romellos
  12. Event 439, June 2019: Warrior by _Kumagoro_
  13. Event 444, July 2019: Angel by Nagarjuna
  14. Event 448, August 2019: Dinosaur by _Kumagoro_
  15. Event 453, September 2019: Elf by _Kumagoro_
  16. Event 457, October 2019: Knight by Bandit Keith
  17. Event 461, November 2019: Human by ThyShuffler
  18. Event 466, December 2019: Cat by ThyShuffler
  19. Event 474, February 2020: Knight by Yokai_
  20. Event 479, March 2020: Knight by Bandit Keith
  21. Event 487, May 2020: Human by -DiamondDust-
  22. Event 492, June 2020: Human by ThyShuffler
  23. Event 501, August 2020: Knight by Bandit Keith
  24. Event 509, October 2020: Rogue by Yokai_
  25. Event 514, November 2020: Warrior by Yokai_

 Varied enough, all things considered, no?


  • Event Number: Week 514 BE
  • Date: November 14
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Warrior
  • Runner-up: -DiamondDust- with Rogue
  • 1-loss: _Kumagoro_ with Beast, Generalissimo with Beast, ThyShuffler with Peasant
  • Dark Horse Prize: ThyShuffler with Peasant
  • Tribes: Beast (x3), Cleric, Dog, Knight, Kor, Peasant, Rogue, Warrior
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Another statistical fact we can take hme from the list above is that the latest winner, Yokai_, is at his fifth Standard victory. This time the tribe is Warrior, which wasn't winning one of these events since last year. The current configuration has Kargan Intimidator and Seasoned Hallowblade as centerpieces. Plus of course Embercleave. Winota, Joiner of Forces is less effective here than in more dedicated builds, but still well worth her slots.


 Last month's winning tribe, and the most feared as of late, had to stop its march at second place this time. Rogue remains a tempo force to be reckoned with until Kaldheim will change the scenery next year. -DiamonDust- piloted the flashy scoundrels and their precious mascot/captain, Slitherwisp.


 As for me, I still maintain Beast has the best lineup of the contemporary Standard pool (and it would be even better if Elder Gargaroth didn't cost a kidney). I'm not entirely sure about the off-tribe inclusion of Tangled Florahedron, since between Swarm Shambler, Heart's Desire and Shock, I have 12 turn-one plays that don't agree with a tapland. Then again, the deck doesn't have much to do on turn two, and a Florahedron played as a dork can lead to turn-three Questing Beast. Plus, the little 1/1 Elemental can enable Lovestruck Beast and doesn't interfere with Kaheera, the Orphanguard in the companion slot. The major change from a previous list is dropping the grindier The Great Henge for the more immediately effective Garruk's Uprising, which combos nicely with both Quartzwood Crasher and Questing Beast itself, while making Lovestruck Beast much more threatening.


 Dark Horse of the week was Peasant, which might just have the best average quality of all Standard tribes, considering it's forced to field its entire roster every single time. ThyShuffler also injected a novel landfall theme with Felidar Retreat and Phylath, World Sculptor.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 20, 2020):

  • Yokai_'s Warriors: $72.36
  • -DiamondDust-'s Rogues: $15.64
  • Kumagoro's Beasts: $48.30
  • ThyShuffler's Peasants: $13.61

 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):

  • 10.46 (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.