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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Apr 23 2021 12:00pm

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

The Tribal Council has (unofficially) spoken: no learning in Tribal Wars (and no hugging either, probably). Lesson cards can't be included in a Tribal Wars sideboard, since there's no such a thing to begin with, and there will be no exception for the Strixhaven wish-adjacent mechanic.


  • Event Number: Week 536 BE
  • Date: April 17
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Human
  • Runner-up: -DiamondDust- with Elf
  • 1-loss: Yokai_ with Elemental, Generalissimo with Wizard, GringoP with Cat
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Surrakar
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Surrakar
  • Tribes: Cat, Dog, Eldrazi, Elemental, Elf, Frog, Human, Surrakar, Vampire, Wizard (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

Monored Humans was the deck to beat last week. And nobody managed to do that! Bandit Keith's build emphasizes the synergies between its creature and noncreature components, with all the prowess guys but also Clever Lumimancer from Strixhaven, all triggered by no-cost cards like Manamorphose and especially the one-two from Lava Dart.


Here's an instance of single-swing kill. Pretty scary, isn't it?

Even these classic Elves by -DiamondDust- had to ultimately relent to Human consistency (though the luck of the draw didn't favor them). There's not a lot to say about this list, except that it's very budget-friendly compared to Keith's, which is suprisingly pricey. Those Sunbaked Canyons sure aren't cheap.


Most appealing build of the week (at least to me) goes to Generalissimo, with these Wizards based around Pyre of Heroes, in a pretty good impression of good ole banned Birthing Pod. They can even fetch the podding artifact via Tribute Mage! Who would have thought that very specific mana value was going to be so relevant?


Finally, here's a Cat deck by GringoP, ending comfily in the money, possibly because it didn't face its natural enemy, the Dog deck by ThyShuffler.


Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of April 23, 2021):

  • Bandit Keith's Humans: $200.25
  • -DiamondDust-'s Elves: $13.32
  • Generalissimo's Wizards: $80.86
  • GringoP's Cats: $3.88

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):

  • 11.16 (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 Snoop, Crippling Fear Shrieking Affliction.



Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.