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 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


THOUGHTS OF A TRIBAL HOST
by Kumagoro

 New remix for Standard: Strixhaven: School of Mages is now officially in the pool, has been released on the digital platforms, and will be legal this Saturday for our Modern event. The question for the Tribal Council is still open, though. What do we do with the Learn/Lesson system, with regard of Tribal Wars? We allowed companions, should we also allow this form of wishing that's not really as open-ended as actual wishes, but still versatile enough, thanks to colorless cards like these?

  


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: Week 535 BE
  • Date: April 10
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Human
  • 1-loss: Nagarjuna with Human, ThyShuffler with Cleric, Bandit Keith with Rogue
  • Dark Horse Prize: AJ_Impy with Serpent
  • Tribes: Angel, Cleric, Human (x2), Knight (x2), Rogue, Serpent
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 We haven't had a clean White Weenie win in a while (alliterations intended). Yokai_ remedied with this very straightforward Human build, made of just efficient early drops with attached value, plus some ways to help them connect.

 

 Same tribe, completely different lineup, budget and strategy for Nagarjuna, whose Human deck is a shell for white-red cycling synergies from Ikoria. What's amazing is that, two sets later, they keep working. Zenith Flare is one hell of a finisher.

 

 Let's bring forth the more flawed non-Humans now. AJ_Impy attempted a Serpent deck to capitalize on the kicker lord Verazol, the Split Current and of course the majestic Koma, Cosmos Serpent. It is scary when everything works the way it's supposed to.

 

 As for my Angels, they're definitely worth more than one win (in the hands of a better player, perhaps). The tribe is having one of the best Standard cycles in its entire history.


THE HIGH PRICE OF WINNING

  

 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of April 16, 2021):

  • Yokai_'s Humans: $132.48
  • Nagarjuna's Humans: $7.84
  • AJ_Impy's Serpents: $71.25
  • Kumagoro's Angels: $37.00

 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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 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).


 WHAT'S NEXT

 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 11.15 (Week 536 BE), on April 17: Modern
  • 11.16 (Week 537 BE), on April 24: Legacy

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: June 25.
Current watch list:
 Conspicuous SnoopCrippling Fear Shrieking Affliction.

SEE YOU ALL IN THE #TRIBAL ROOM!

 

Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Show and Tell art by Jeff Laubenstein; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.