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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Feb 19 2021 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 Don't miss Show and Tell: A Very Special Episode! Or a very long episode, as Generalissimo processed his latest adventures in Tribal Apocalypse slowly, and then all at once. Three hours and a half of Generalissimo content awaits you in the Show and Tell section, featuring Spiders, Hydras, Rogues, and other dangerous things! (Those that Spiders, Hydras and Rogues face and get beaten by!)

 In other news, we had a profusion of official bans this week. 15 bans (and one unban) across 5 formats, which I'm pretty sure is an unprecedented amount of simultaneous changes. They must have taken their cue from Generalissimo's update schedule. To be fair, most of the cards are just Uro being banned everywhere. Hope you didn't pay the 89 tix that it was worth at one time last fall, because if you did, you've just lost 90% of your investment.


  • Event Number: Week 527 BE
  • Date: February 13
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Peasant
  • 1-loss: lovetapsmtg with Warlock, Bandit Keith with Rogue, Nagarjuna with Giant, Generalissimo with Peasant, _Kumagoro_ with Beast, Takeoutree with Rogue
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Warlock
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Warlock
  • Tribes: Beast, Cleric, Dragon, Giant, Human (x2), Knight, Peasant (x2), Rogue (x2), Warlock
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Farmers' revolution chapter 2. After their first win last year, the Peasants earned another day in the sun, again thanks to ThyShuffler. However, one of the five members of the Central Committee of the Peasant Party got replaced. After all, Kaldheim gave us a new valuable Peasant, Masked Vandal.


 Warlock is another tribe that debuted in Throne of Eldraine and is still pretty small, despite being destined to eventually become very large, as black's new designated characteristic spellcaster. It's already capable of good results, as lovetapsmtg proved, even while just chasing all those special prizes. After all, Kaldheim gave us a new efficient Warlock, Bloodline Pretender.


 What Kaldheim seriously gave us are new Giants and especially new tools to make them worthy of a try, namely the cheap removal Squash, the one-sided sweeper Battle of Frost and Fire, and the ramp spell Invasion of the Giants. Nagarjuna demonstrated this new Izzet bonanza.


 Finally, my Gruul Beasts always seem to end one step away from greatness. Maybe before this Standard lineup rotates out, the online price of Elder Gargaroth will finally align with mental sanity, though at least it's not 50 tix anymore – which is like saying half-madness is an improvement over madness.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of February 19, 2021):

  • ThyShuffler's Peasants: $12.22
  • lovetapsmtg's Warlocks: $3.13
  • Nagarjuna's Giants: $43.77
  • Kumagoro's Beasts: $31.17

 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.


 Catching up on all the latest Generalissimo's tribal feats. First, the Spiders from the first Pioneer event of the season, which was held on January 9.

 Next up, Hydras from the Modern event post-Invitational, two weeks later.

 Finally, Rogues – but the Legacy ones, from the January 30 event.


 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):

  • 11.07 (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; Show and Tell art by Jeff Laubenstein; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.