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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 11 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

 Modern Horizons 2, which we'll evaluate soon enough, has brought into the MTG pool more than just the stealth Phyrexian invasion (the first two old Phyrexians to have the new type printed in paper are from this set, namely Bone Shredder and Skirge Familiar). By now, we know the Modern Horizons series is bound to have callbacks, so there are quite a few new members of tribes that were previously buried under the weight of time. For instance, Dauthi, last seen 23 years ago in Exodus. A new and extremely powerful Incarnation cycle, 14 years after Lorwyn. Same interval since we had seen a new Lhurgoyf, following their Future Sight all-time best-known member Tarmogoyf.


 And what about Starfish? Did you ever remember that's actually a creature type that exists? And a very old one at that. Its first member came in 1996 within Alliances (and online in 2009 through Masters Edition III). For its second we had to wait 18 years and Journey into Nyx. And now, we have a third one, sort of a color-shifted version of the previous one. But this means the tribe is now actually playable in Tribal Wars. Good luck to who'll try to earn them their first match win with this lineup.



  • Event Number: Week 543 BE
  • Date: June 5
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Kor
  • Runner-up: Generalissimo with Pilot
  • 1-loss: Porkero with Lizard, Yokai_ with Dryad, Bandit Keith with Serpent
  • Dark Horse Prize: AJ_Impy with Squirrel
  • New Repopulation Award: AJ_Impy with Squirrel
  • Tribes: Archer, Devil, Dryad, Elephant, Kor, Lizard, Pilot, Serpent, Specter, Squirrel
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Monowhite Kor used to be a sensation in the early era of Tribal Apocalypse, earning half of their 10 first places (plus countless placements) during the first three seasons. But it had now been almost three years since their last time at the top. But it was time, because they have gotten a lot of new toys in the meantime, strenghtening their go-to Equipment strategy with cards like Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist and (Colossus Hammer) to combo with Sigarda's Aid – and basically with every single member of their favorite lineup. ThyShuffler made good use of these interactions.


 Generalissimo happened to have lost the final round against the Kor the last time they were victorious (they were piloted by -DiamondDust- in that occasion), and that fate repeated itself here, at the expense of another "specific artifact subtype matters" build, except about Vehicles rather than Equipment. And I guess these Pilots look at Cosima, God of the Voyage and only see The Omenkeel, uh?


 We salute new player Porkero and their successful Lizard list, with madness and land synergies. A new entry coming from the ranks of the real-life tribalists of Colombia!


 Finally, here's an attempt by AJ_Impy at gaining a first match win on behalf of the Squirrels. It should be just a matter of time, though, their current lineup isn't bad at all.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 11, 2021):

  • ThyShuffler's Kor: $55.94
  • Generalissimo's Pilots: $77.86
  • Porkero's Lizards: $125.97
  • AJ_Impy's Squirrels: $149.26

 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.


 A new episode of Delayed Show and Tell. This time Generalissimo isn't piloting Pilots, but their favorite race (pun not intended), Dwarves. It's from the Standard event of last March.


 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: Eye, Otter, Phyrexian, Starfish.

 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):

  • 11.23 (Week 544 BE), on June 12: Standard
  • 11.24 (Week 545 BE), on June 19: Pioneer
  • 11.25 (Week 546 BE), on June 26: Modern

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.