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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Mar 26 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

 Strixhaven's spoiler season has officially started (the Harry Potter-y set will release digitally on April 15), and while most of the attention from Arena players is focused on the Mystical Archive cards that will be added to Historic, we should keep a lookout for tribal synergies – which aren't expected to show up in any significant amount. There will be a ton of new Humans, and of course Wizards, although all the magic user categories (Cleric, Wizard, Warlock, Shaman, Druid) seem to be fairly represented within the five dual-colored colleges. In fact, each dean's front face belong to that color's characteristic magician class (the same is true of the opposite-colored dean on the back, as these are modal double-faced cards after all).


 We'll see what the magical school environment brings to the table. So far, we learned that Kasmina was in fact a teacher at Strixhaven University, and most surprisingly she's blue-green, and that Liliana's stint as Ana Iora was short-lived (can it be a sign that they're soft-retconning away the developments of the controversial Forsaken novel?), and she's now posing as the distinguished (and, most likely, Severus Snape-like) Professor Onyx, sporting a very austere chignon. Also, they're not particularly powerful planeswalkers, continuing a trend that has been witnessed for the past year.


 Note: as I write, the Tribal Council is working on a massive number of changes to the ban lists across all the formats. They'll be officially presented in next week's article.


  • Event Number: Week 532 BE
  • Date: March 20
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Angel
  • 1-loss: Nagarjuna with Snake, GringoP with Zombie, Bandit Keith with Spirit
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Hippo
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Hippo
  • Tribes: Angel, Bird, Hippo, Monk, Snake, Soldier, Spirit, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 In a Pioneer event featuring all unique tribes, and no Vampire or Goblin or Human decks at all, the first place still went to one of the previous winner, Angel, here piloted by ThyShuffler. The tribe seems well-positioned right now, considering Nagarjuna's winning list from last December couldn't even take advantage of all the new additions from Kaldheim.


 Speaking of Kaldheim and Nagarjuna, our German Ultimate Champion emeritus attempted a Fynn build, using Snake as a shell, since the tribe is rich in deathtouchers and includes Hooded Blightfang as a secondary payoff. The result was surprisingly consistent.


 An if Vampire was absent, another one of the staple black tribes of the format was represented by GringoP, who built a handbook Zombie deck featuring the quite obscure Hour of Devastation artifact Sunset Pyramid, for some reason.


 As expected, lovetapsmtg beat everyone else trying to go for the most unlikely tribe, running Hippo in the second ever appearance of the tribe in the history of Tribal Apocalypse. The form is that of a Monogreen Stompy build, based on the lucky circumstance of Keruga having the Hippo type.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 26, 2021):

  • ThyShuffler's Angels: $23.00
  • Nagarjuna's Snakes: $18.09
  • GringoP's Zombies: $9.22
  • lovetapsmtg's Hippos: $1.89

 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):

  • 11.12 (Week 533 BE), on March 27: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: April 2.
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.