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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 25 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

 The preview season of Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms (the Magic set with the longest name to date) has started! Man, I feel like we barely have been acquainted with Strixhaven, and we literally just saw the release of Modern Horizons 2, but this is the pace we're walking at these days. And it's more like running towards new stuff before the latest stuff had a chance to be fully digested.

 Anyway, Dungeons & Dragons has Dungeons! And Dragons! And Ampersands, for silly reasons. (For more info about the Dungeon card type and its mechanic, you can read this).


 There's also a wild number of new creature types, like Beholder, Halfling and Tiefling, or types that make the leap from tokens to cards, like Citizen, and others that were freshly introduced and will be now properly developed, like Ranger. I'm pretty sure Bard will appear, too.


 This is all to say: after July 8, there will be several new New Kids on the Block to tackle. And we still have four that nobody yet has been able to win a match with. We're looking at an unprecedented quantity of virgin tribes. Let's do something about that. Stop playing those damn Rogues in Standard and Vampires in Pioneer.


  • Event Number: Week 545 BE
  • Date: June 19
  • Attendance: 15
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Vampire
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Beast, Pain_shiu with Cat, Supergirl-Type0 with Human, Porkero with Spider, Quiritim with Spirit, GringoP with Vampire, BoBoFraggles with Human
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Phyrexian, Takeoutree with Phyrexian
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Phyrexian, Takeoutree with Phyrexian
  • Tribes: Beast, Cat, Demon, Dinosaur, Dwarf, Human (x2), Phyrexian (x2), Shaman, Spider, Spirit, Vampire (x3)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Eh, speaking of Vampires in Pioneer. This event was quite unique, because a whopping seven players ended up with 1 loss (events with 15 players are weird that way, since they're only one attendance short of requiring 4 rounds, which causes all kinds of strange rankings). Out of the 15 registered players, a grand total of 11 won something (counting the the two Phyrexians winning Dark Horse Prize and Repopulation Award, and AJ_Impy clearing the 20th tribe of the season for the Hamtastic Award). Then let's salute the unlucky four that didn't!

 The first in standings order is -DiamondDust-, who was running Monoblack Demons. Won against Azorius Spirits, lost to Monoblack Vampires and Boros Humans.


 Next we have our Tribal Council president Generalissimo with a Gruul Dinosaur build. It managed to beat the Dwarves we'll meet below, but not the abovementioned Spirits nor Orzhov Vampires.


 A third Vampire list was by specialist Deonmag. He joined in round 2, so he only had time to lose to the Spiders and best one of the Phyrexians.


 Finally, Nagarjuna tried a Dwarf concoction, but he couldn't beat neither Dinosaurs nor Spiders, only emerging victorious against the artistic Prismari Shamans by AJ_Impy.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of June 25, 2021):

  • -DiamondDust's Demons: $48.30
  • Generalissimo's Dinosaurs: $9.84
  • Deonmag's Vampires: $24.45
  • Nagarjuna's Dwarves: $9.14

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. -DiamondDust-'s Dinosaurs, $0.98, 2nd 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.


 The Week Before Last in Tribal Apocalypse... Generalissimo had a good run with his Clerics in Standard.


 Just to remind you of a few things:

 The Dark Horse 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):

  • 11.25 (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.