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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Dec 25 2020 1:00pm

 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

   Table of Contents 

  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Show and Tell
  4. Announcements
  5. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 A new quarter is over and, in its final act with the current composition (a new lineup will be established the week after the Invitational of January 16), the Tribal Council has thus deliberated, effective immediately.

 So Cloudpost's reign of terror is over. Also targeted: Storm and Elves.


 Additionally, Ninja is now a Major League tribe, therefore not eligible for Underdog events anymore. Conspicuous Snoop is added to the watch list. And Momir Basic is banned as a format option from now on. This week's event (on December 26) is still marked as Momir Basic, according to Bandit Keith's wishes. However, Tribal Apocalypse has to serve its player base first and foremost (and technically, Keith was asked to choose a Tribal Wars format, which Momir Basic is not); a poll is currently ongoing in our Discord, and if enough players will opt to boycott the Momir event, to the point that it won't reach a minimum of 8 subscriptions, it'll be officially replaced with a Legacy event. In any case, an alternative event could still happen as a side event (without prizes) taking place concurrently, if at least 8 subscriptions for it will materialize. The specific format for the side event is up to the participants.

 In other new, tribal player Takeoutree wrote an article, in Portuguese and in English, on Cardsrealm.com about Tribal Apocalypse reaching ten years of events. Give it a look!


  • Event Number: Week 519 BE
  • Date: December 19
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Nagarjuna with Angel
  • Runner-up: Bandit Keith with Human
  • 1-loss: AJ_Impy with Dryad, lovetapsmtg with Nymph, ThyShuffler with Beast
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Nymph
  • Tribes: Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Dryad, Elf, Human (x2), Nymph, Snake, Vampire
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 All-Boros final showdown in Pioneer. Nagarjuna had the high ground with his Angels, featuring all the heaviest-hitters of this past couple of years, especially the combo between Resplendent Angel and Bishop of Wings. Feather, the Redeemed is not supported too much by the deck (there was room for only four enablers, five if we count Shatterskull Smashing as a clunky Reckless Rage), but she's clearly still functional enough to be worth some slots.


 The Human list by Bandit Keith is mostly a RDW type of deck, only splashing white for Sunhome Guildmage, which might seem too little to bother adding a whole extra color, but I saw it in action and it's pretty strong. Plus maybe all the other monored options were suboptimal?


 Two unexpected and related tribes come next. The first is Dryad, which AJ_Impy has fielded in their natural Selesnya habitat, with an accompanying parades of valuable one-ofs, and a secondary counters theme through the interaction between the underplayed Guildmages' Forum and the well-known Hardened Scales.


 And some Dryads are Nymphs (well, technically all of them should be, since dryads are wood nymphs, but that's a complaint for another day). This inspired lovetapsmtg to create a constellation deck for Pioneer Tribal Wars, and apparently, it works pretty well.


 ThyShuffler's deck didn't end Top 4, but still grabbed a morsel of the pool prize. It's a Beast concoction in Golgari colors, with notably Plague Belcher dropping on turn two at full force, thanks to Arboreal Grazer both accelerating the mana and taking the mandatory -1/-1 counters on itself. Pretty neat.



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

  • Nagarjuna's Angels: $32.19
  • Bandit Keith's Humans: $49.97
  • AJ_Impy's Dryads: $73.46
  • lovetapsmtg's Nymphs: $6.28
  • ThyShuffler's Beasts: $30.14

 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.


 One week later, here's the visual evidence of Generalissimo's adventure with Giants.


 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):

  • 10.51 (Week 520 BE), on December 26: Bandit Keith's Special: Momir Basic
  • 11.01 (Week 521 BE), on January 2: Underdog
  • 11.02 (Week 522 BE), on January 9: Pioneer
  • Special (Week 523 BE), on January 16: 2020 Invitational
  • 11.03 (Week 524 BE), on January 23: Modern
  • 11.04 (Week 525 BE), on January 30: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: March 26.
Current watch list:
 Aether VialBatterskullConspicuous SnoopHymn to Tourach,
NecromancyShrieking AfflictionSinkholeWitch's Vengeance.



Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Show and Tell art by Jeff Laubenstein; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.