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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Mar 12 2021 1:13pm

 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

 The Tribal Council for the 2021 season has been formalized only recently, due to one forfeiture and the empty seat leading to a conflicting claim with equal eligibilty. In the end, it's been decided to allow an eighth member into the Council (this changed Rule k3 from 5/7 of the members required to validate a resolution, to simply five). Therefore, the Council that will remain in charge until the week after the next Invitationan (January 15, 2022), is composes thusly:

  • Generalissimo, President
  • AJ_Impy
  • Bandit Keith, Ultimate Champion
  • Deonmag
  • -DiamondDust-
  • Nagarjuna
  • Nydethess
  • ThyShuffler

 In case of a tied vote, the tie-breaker is the President. Next announcement, March 26, 2021. Good work, councilmen.



  • Event Number: Week 530 BE
  • Date: March 6
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: lovetapsmtg with Hag
  • Runner-up: AJ_Impy with Praetor
  • 1-loss: Bandit Keith with Serpent, ThyShuffler with Camel, Generalissimo with Insect
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Hag
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Hag, ThyShuffler with Camel
  • Up and Coming Prize: lovetapsmtg with Hag
  • Tribes: Camel, Giant, Hag, Illusion, Insect, Praetor (x2), Serpent, Soltari, Specter
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Oh my, oh my. Last week I was joking about ThyShuffler bringing the hyper-Underdog Hag to the tournament, and now lovetapsmtg showed us how you can 4-0 an event with them, and with a build that's worth less than $5 (and won almost twice that amount) and doesn't employ any combo strategy – or even a particularly high density of good cards. It's truly one of Tribal Apocalypse's all-time greatest feats.


 The runner-up was AJ_Impy running a Tibalt's Trickery deck in a Praetor shell. Apparently, that silly instant is consistent enough to do well in a tournament. But not enough to beat the Hags!


 We mentioned ThyShuffler above, and here he is playing another Repopulation tribe. This time it's Camel, and it's an Approach of the Second Sun deck. I think?


 El Presidente Generalissimo was playing a Saga deck with counter-removing Insects, so we're gonna see a video in Show and Tell in which he plays Ninjas. It's all gonna make sense eventually.



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

  • lovetapsmtg's Hags: $4.96
  • AJ_Impy's Praetors: $120.55
  • ThyShuffler's Camels: $61.63
  • Generalissimo's Insects: $93.64

 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.


 Generalissimo practicing his ninjutsu from two weeks ago. It ended up as a second place, so he must have done those moves right.


 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):

  • 11.10 (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 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.