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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
May 07 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

 So, we just had Strixhaven: School of Mages (my tribal evaluation is here, by the way) and Commander 2021. In a few weeks, we're getting Modern Horizons 2. A month after that, there will be Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, as a core set replacement. That's like FOUR major releases in two months! Is it me or are we getting close to be burned out by all these new sets released so close to each other? They don't let them breathe in the least. And I'm not even mentioning the crazy Innistrad double feature that's coming in September and that I still have to understand the rationale for. More than the Summer of Legend, this feels like the Summer of Fatigue.

 Silver lining, it looks like we might be seriously returning to Kamigawa, possibly already in 2022. Wizards of the Coast registered a domain to the name of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty (and another for a return to Dominaria, but that's hardly surprising). It sounds like it might be flavored as a technological version of the plane – remember, the events of the original Kamigawa block are way in the past, about 800 years prior to the current timeline. So, are we going to get Nippo-Futurism? A Ghost in the Shell homage? It would fit the Spirit theme!


  • Event Number: Week 538 BE
  • Date: May 1
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Artificer
  • Runner-up: Nagarjuna with Aetherborn
  • 1-loss: AJ_Impy with Warlock, Generalissimo with Dog
  • Dark Horse Prize: AJ_Impy with Warlock
  • New Repopulation Award: GringoP with Harpy, lovetapsmtg with Mercenary
  • Tribes: Aetherborn, Archer, Artificer, Devil, Dog, Dwarf, Harpy, Mercenary, Skeleton, Warlock
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 I know it's easier in Underdog to have 10 different tribes out of 10 participants, but it's still a little bit of an accomplishment, isn't it? The winner in the end was ThyShuffler with an Artificer deck that incorporates, once again, a Winter Orb plus Opposition strategy. We're seeing a lot of this game plan, lately. It sure is unforgiving.


 Second place for the Aetherborn, which I think ended undefeated for the first time, thanks to this very straightforward yet very effective monoblack build by Nagarjuna. And wait, is that actually original recipe Urborg in the mana base?


 Warlock is another black-based tribe that's currently kinda small, but, unlike the Aetherborn, is growing up fast. AJ_Impy was indeed running them taking advantage of several, powerful new additions from Strixhaven, like Sedgemoor Witch, Extus, Oriq Overlord, and Valentin, Dean of the Vein, among others (16 out of 20 tribal members in the list are from the latest set).


 Last but not least, here's more Doggies. Unlike last week's attempt by dracocards, Generalissimo opted to include more colors than just white, mostly to run Rin and Seri, Inseparable (it's not just a meme!) as well as the greatest Dog of all, Realmwalker. Also, nice combo between Stonebinder's Familiar and Relic of Progenitus – it provides a good excuse to pack a lot of graveyard hate.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 7, 2021):

  • ThyShuffler's Artificers: $175.17
  • Nagarjuna's Aetherborn: $6.49
  • AJ_Impy's Warlocks: $186.99
  • Generalissimo's Dogs: $132.07

 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):

  • 11.18 (Week 539 BE), on May 8: Pioneer
  • 11.19 (Week 540 BE), on May 15: Modern
  • 11.20 (Week 541 BE), on May 22: Legacy
  • 11.21 (Week 542 BE), on May 29: Penny Dreadful

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



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