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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Dec 04 2020 5:28pm

 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

 Small consideration about the seasonal points. Currently we award 10 points to the winner of the events, 5 to the runner up, and 2 for each match win. So typical victory with a final round is 18 points, while going 2-1 is only 4 points. Is maybe this a too large gap? We keep seeing races that are pretty much decided halfway through the year. Could we keep more interesting if we brough these amounts closer together?


  • Event Number: Week 516 BE
  • Date: November 28
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Elf
  • Runner-up: Generalissimo with Zombie
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Zombie, Yokai_ with Goblin, Nagarjuna with Sliver, -DiamondDust- with Vampire
  • Dark Horse Prize: GringoP with Octopus
  • Tribes: Ally, Elemental, Elf, Goblin, Knight, Leech, Octopus, Sliver, Vampire (x2), Wall, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 A parade of classics last week. At the top a classic Elf build by Bandit Keith. Even Elvish Champion is there, which is not so popular anymore (since it's a symmetrical effect). Suffice to say that fierce lady hadn't been reprinted since Tenth Edition.


 And then, the runner-up was Generalissimo with classic Zombies. With a white splash for Tidehollow Sculler and Wayward Servant, which are classic inclusions when you do add a white splash, but the splash isn't a given in every iteration of the undead.


 The most classic of Slivers for Nagarjuna. I mean, what else does a Sliver deck ever need, except for Slivers, lands and Aether Vial? Nothing else, that's what.


 Finally, what's more of a timeless classic than Leech? All right, many things are, but lovetapsmtg wouldn't have it any other way. And look, the little (or not so little) suckers have grown into creatures that actually do useful things, like granting lifelink, killing small enemies, and... being horribly overcosted. Fortunately, Heartless Summoning helps with the last part. That's a real classic. Bonus style points for the inclusion of Leechridden Swamp.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of December 4, 2020):

  • Bandit Keith's Elves: $133.67
  • Generalissimo's Zombies: $94.96
  • Nagarjuna's Slivers: $93.59
  • lovetapsmtg's Leeches: $9.15

 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):

  • 10.48 (Week 517 BE), on December 5: Underdog
  • 10.49 (Week 518 BE), on November 12: Standard
  • 10.50 (Week 519 BE), on November 19: Pioneer
  • 10.51 (Week 520 BE), on November 26: Bandit Keith's Special

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.