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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
May 28 2021 12:00pm

 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

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by Kumagoro

Last call to arms for Penny Dreadful enthusiasts! Tomorrow we'll mix the popular one-penny-per-card format with good ole Tribal Wars rules (so one third of the deck is creature, no sideboard. No other card is banned apart from those already banned in Penny Dreadful events, which are as follows:



  • Event Number: Week 541 BE
  • Date: May 22
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Elemental
  • Runner-up: Bandit Keith with Goblin
  • 1-loss: Quiritim with Minotaur, Nagarjuna with Sliver, Generalissimo with Druid
  • Dark Horse Prize: GringoP with Egg
  • New Repopulation Award: GringoP with Egg
  • Tribes: Druid, Egg, Elemental, Goblin, Hellion, Merfolk, Minotaur, Sliver, Sphinx, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 I'm not one to like burn decks very much, but boy if this Elemental list doesn't look like a hoot to pilot. It's derived from -DiamondDust-'s winning deck from last month, but Yokai_ made it spicier by adding Chandra's Incinerator and Rift Bolt to enable it. Explosive is the word you're seeking.


 Goblin builds rank among the most classic first-place lists in Tribal Apocalypse's history, but Bandit Keith had a really hard time stopping those high-powered, trampling Elementals with a bunch of 1/1s. Still worth of a second place, of course.


 New player Quiritim brought Minotaur to the field, which is something we don't see often in Legacy events. But hey, they went pretty well, ending closer to the final round than any other one-loss competitor.


 And this concoction by GringoP marked the second time ever an Egg list showed up in a Tribal Apocalypse event. Did anybody else remember Ludevic's Test Subject was made an Egg, back when the subytpe was reintroduced with Core Set 2019?



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of May 28, 2021):

  • Yokai_'s Elementals: $86.17
  • Bandit Keith's Goblins: $170.76
  • Quiritim's Minotaurs: $5.88
  • GringoP's Eggs: $10.27

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. -DiamondDust-'s Dinosaurs, $0.98, 2n place on Event 539
  2. SirFalcon2008's Goblins, $1.54, 1st place on Event 389
  3. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  4. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  5. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  6. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  7. kokonade1000's Berserkers, $2.95, 2nd place on Event 354
  8. MisterMojoRising's Beasts, $.3.01, 1st place on Event 484
  9. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  10. Bandit Keith's Soldiers, $3.48, 1st place on Event 422

 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.


 Show and Tell returns! We finally get to see in action Generalissimo's Insect list from earlier this year. Better late than never, and the video actually contains some very interesting games.


 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):

  • 11.21 (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.