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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Feb 12 2021 1:00pm

 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

 Emergency broadcast made in advance, as at the moment of writing an ice storm is coming through Kentucky, Tuesday night into Thursday, and it could mean the power being cut for days on end (I'm actually some 4,800 miles from Kentucky, but that happens to be where the Diaries of the Apocalypse get processed for publication. Now you know!)

 Speaking of which, are the new snow cards from Kaldheim relevant at all for Tribal Wars? It looks tempting to put together a little something that could consistently exploit Frost Bite and Jorn, God of Winter (also known as Jorn Snow), but the creature types associated with the supertype snow look a bit all over the place. Maybe Wizard is the ticket? The wizarding tribe now includes Frost Augur, which seems crucial in snow builds, as well as Avalanche Caller, the snow lord Narfi, Betrayer King, and a few others – plus, of course, Moritte of the Frost, the greatest Wizard of all.


 Too bad our first special event is on May the 29th – not the right climate to make it a Winter Wonderland extravaganza. But hey, this year Christmas is on a Saturday! Let it snow!


  • Event Number: Week 526 BE
  • Date: February 6
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Monkey
  • 1-loss: Nagarjuna with Serpent, lovetapsmtg with Gnome, Bandit Keith with Devil, Generalissimo with Processor
  • Dark Horse Prize: ThyShuffler with Monkey
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: ThyShuffler with Monkey
  • New Repopulation Award: ThyShuffler with Monkey
  • Tribes: Antelope, Assembly-Worker, Aurochs, Devil, Gnome, God, Monkey, Processor, Serpent, Specter
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Monkey see, Monkey do, Monkey win its first Tribal Apocalypse event (complete with a whopping 9 tix in prizes)! But it's kind of a monkey business indeed, because the deck by ThyShuffler, a direct improvement over the list we had seen him play one week before, heavily relies on non-Monkey cards, like the Punishing Fire/Grove of the Burnwillows combo, and a battery of planeswalkers headlined by the notorious Oko, Thief of Crowns. Oh well, not everything can be a barrel of monkeys.


 Coming surprisingly close to the first place was this Gnome list by lovetapsmtg. I don't have Gnome jokes for the occasion, although I feel like I should.


 More colorless identities with Generalissimo and its Processors. Not of the Intel variety.


 And here's AJ_Impy introducing the Gods of Kaldheim into the tournament. The black ones at least, including the instant financial stalwart, Valki. Those prices aren't lies!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of February 12, 2021):

  • ThyShuffler's Monkeys: $144.02
  • lovetapsmtg's Gnome: $34.61
  • Generalissimo's Processors: $93.55
  • AJ_Impy's Gods: $296.45

 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 New Repopulation Award: Play all rounds of a Tribal Apocalypse event with a tribe that's been played only three times or fewer, and you'll get a 1-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. The list of eligible tribes is here (the leftmost column, from the end).

 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):

  • 11.06 (Week 527 BE), on February 13: Standard
  • 11.07 (Week 528 BE), on February 20: Pioneer
  • 11.08 (Week 529 BE), on February 27: Modern

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; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.