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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Mar 05 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

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by Kumagoro

 Time Spiral is about to be remastered. For a little while, I considered doing a Tribal Evaluation for it (the one for Kaldheim is here, by the way). On second thought, what sense would it make? I'm willing to examine old products, to see what they had brought to the tribal table, back in their time. But Time Spiral Remastered is not Time Spiral, Planar Chaos and Future Sight; it's just a selection of them, and as a new entity, it has no real identity, beyond the opportunity of drafting using a remixed booster, which is something MTGO, for one, has done before. The previous Remastered sets had the clear purpose of digitizing (or re-digitizing) old sets at the benefit of one of the two digital platforms, namely Tempest Remastered for MTGO (which already had the original sets available, but now the cards had the Modern frame), Amonkhet Remastered and Kaladesh Remastered for Arena.

 Overall, Time Spiral Remastered is a glorified reprint set where the cards happen to be all from Time Spiral block. Or mostly from that block, actually, since the Timeshifted selection is entirely new, and comprises cards that were previously in the Modern frame and are now reprinted in the old frame – which I personally abhor, but whatever rocks your boat, I suppose.



  • Event Number: Week 529 BE
  • Date: February 27
  • Attendance: 9
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Cleric
  • Runner-up: Generalissimo with Ninja
  • 1-loss: Bandit Keith with Elf, -DiamondDust- with Human
  • Dark Horse Prize: GringoP with Yeti, ThyShuffler with Hag
  • New Repopulation Award: GringoP with Yeti, ThyShuffler with Hag
  • Tribes: Cleric, Elf, Hag, Human, Ninja, Shapeshifter, Vampire, Wurm, Yeti
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Sometimes, simple is the way to go. It turns out, classic Soul Sisters still wins tournaments, as proved by Yokai_ with this ten-buck Cleric list that packs everything that's needed to end on top of everyone else.


 Specifically, the lifegain Clerics got the better of Generalissimo and his Ninjas. It's a build we had already seen in the past, with cheap, evasive creatures like Changeling Outcast, Faerie Seer and good ole Ornithopter used to ensure early connections and thus enable ninjutsu.


 And even in absence of underdog specialist lovetapsmtg, we had not one but two recipients of the New Repopulation Award – both more expensive than Yokai_'s winning list. GringoP was fielding Yeti, but without taking advantage of the new one from Kaldheim (which is not exactly a must-play, anyway).


 Multiple Tribal Apocalypse winner ThyShuffler (currently #2 in the seasonal leaderboard) took a week off of competitive play to try his hand at the Hags. It's a tribe that had been played only twice before in eleven years, and looking at their lineup, one can understand why. I think they might even be close to be retired: only one new Hag has been printed in the past 13 years (Fate Unraveler from Born of the Gods), and most of them come from Eventide. At the very least, they're very setting-dependent, but they weren't part of the return to Theros. There might be a PC concern with their name being a derogatory term for women.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 5, 2021):

  • Yokai_'s Clerics: $10.58
  • Generalissimo's Ninjas: $86.60
  • GringoP's Yetis: $14.45
  • ThyShuffler's Hags: $69.57

 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.


 Here's Generalissimo fighting the good fight with his Soldier deck from two weeks ago.


 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):

  • 11.09 (Week 530 BE), on March 6: Underdog
  • 11.10 (Week 531 BE), on March 13: Standard
  • 11.11 (Week 532 BE), on March 20: Pioneer
  • 11.12 (Week 533 BE), on March 27: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: March 26.
Current watch list:
 Aether VialBatterskullConspicuous Snoop, Crippling FearHymn to Tourach,
Necromancy, Pyre of Heroes Shrieking AfflictionSinkhole, Tibalt's TrickeryWitch'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.