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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 18 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 Here's something you might have missed: Modern Horizons 2 stealthily introduced a new creature type that's going to be a large tribe pretty soon (with or without errata), and especially in the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms: Ranger!

 The reprint of Quirion Ranger with the new subtype would suggest that all creatures with Ranger in their name are going to be upated, and there are 28 of them, including the Quirion. We can see some overlap with Scout, but not as much as one would think (just six of them). After all, they represent two very different jobs: a scout is an explorer or a military reconnaissance agent that goes in advance of an army to study the terrain or gather information on the enemy; a ranger is a hunter and/or a guide/survival expert specialized in woodland areas. I, for one, doubt Rangers will be about finding lands, because it's not what a ranger does. But we'll see.


  • Event Number: Week 544 BE
  • Date: June 12
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Rogue
  • Runner-up: Generalissimo with Cleric
  • 1-loss: Takeoutree with Cleric, ThyShuffler with Knight, Quiritim with Dog
  • Dark Horse Prize: Pain_shiu with Warlock
  • Tribes: Archon, Cat, Cleric (x2), Dog (x2), Elf, Knight (x2), Rogue (x2), Warlock
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Rogues keeps being the deck to beat in Standard. It has lost some steam in the actual, non-tribal Standard meta, but it's still around, its resilience based on the sheer efficiency of their cheap, evasive lineup and their synergies with tempo plays and removal. Next time we'll play the format, Forgotten Realms will be already in the pool, so here's hoping the power of the Rogues will have subsided a little by then, thanks to the new set's additions. In the meantime, here's Bandit Keith's extremely streamlined list.


 One more second place for Generalissimo, this time with that kind of white-black Cleric build that's also effectively close to being an Angel build, due to the winning interactions between Speaker of the Heavens and Righteous Valkyrie. Ikoria's Duskfang Mentor and Zendikar Rising's Attended Healer are spicy variations on the established archetype that work well with each other.


 We welcome new player Supergirl-Type0 and her Cat build. It's a linear affair, and most likely a Penny Dreadful-legal list, with four maindeck copies of Kaheera, the Orphanguard, one of which should have probably be in the "companion zone" (aka the sideboard).


 Supergirl's deck didn't end up in the money, but at least it was the only one to beat Cat's natural enemies, the Dogs! (Years ago we did a Cats vs. Hounds "duel" event, remember that? If only they had already replaced the tribe's name!). The canine build by Quiritim would go on and win the next two rounds, but couldn't compete with Feline Sovereign's focused hatred. The mix of Humans and non-Humans makes you think of a Winota deck, but she's nowhere to be found in the list.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 18, 2021):

  • Bandit Keith's Rogues: $13.18
  • Generalissimo's Clerics: $7.34
  • Supergirl-Type0's Cats: $1.14
  • Quiritim's Dogs: $4.92

 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.


 We're almost all caught up with Generalissimo's Show and Tell adventures. This is the Pilot deck that finished second in Underdog two events ago. Highlights: the second game against AJ_Impy's Squirrels, where we witness all the might of the forest rodents being undone by a lucky topdeck; and the ultimate technological battle of Equipment vs. Vehicles in the finals.


 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):

  • 11.24 (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.