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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 16 2021 11:00am

 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

 Here's a few announcements. Habemus format for the July 31 special event: the poll on Discord selected SilverBlack as the most voted preference! So that's what we're doing! There's a subreddit about it, but to put it simply, it's a format using the Legacy pool (unlike the similar Artisan, which is only Standard or Historic), but where only commons and uncommons are legal.


 Second item on the agenda: the New Repopulation Award is slightly changed (so now we can call it the New New Repopulation Award). In view of the large quantity of new tribes that are debuting lately, all of which of course would start as eligible for the prize, the definition now states specifically that the Repopulation only concerns tribes that have existed since at least last season. The idea is to focus the attention on overlooked tribes. A tribe that's new isn't necessarily overlooked; we don't know how popular it'll be yet. In fact, we could easily predict that tribes like Phyrexian or Ranger are going to be fairly popular, especially in comparison with Hyena or Trilobite.

 Third, and on point: last week I wrote down a New Kids on the Block list that was incorrect. Citizen isn't eligible yet, because it only has two black-bordered members (the third one is a test card from Mystery Booster). On the other hand, Beholder and Ranger have more than three members each and were missing from the list (though Ranger got cleared last Saturday, same as Bard). Beholder got across the threshold thanks to the Commander decks associated with Forgotten Realms. Ranger was already there off the main set, but also got 24 errata on old cards – one was Quirion Ranger, already printed with the new type in Modern Horizons 2. Bard also got three errata. The official, full update list is here.



  • Event Number: Week 548 BE
  • Date: July 10
  • Attendance: 14
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Human
  • Runner-up: ThyShuffler with Cat
  • 1-loss: Deonmag with Knight, Generalissimo with Giant, lovetapsmtg with Ranger, Takeoutree with Bard
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Ranger, Takeoutree with Bard
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Ranger, Takeoutree with Bard
  • New Kids on the Block Award: lovetapsmtg with Ranger, Takeoutree with Bard
  • Tribes: Angel, Bard, Cat (x2), Cleric, Dog, Giant, God, Human (x3), Knight (x2), Ranger
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Another week, another Human victory. It's less uplifting than it sounds. In fact, the Tribal Council is considering if banning Human as a tribe in certain events (or all), and Standard is a strong candidate for that, given that it has a restricted pool where the advantage of always having a ton of options may be at its most crucial. Anyway, enjoy Bandit Keith's winning build, which is Monowhite Aggro at its best.


 More unusual second place for Cat, as piloted by ThyShuffler. I remember when the feline tribe was a major force in Legacy, back when they were the basis for the Zoo archetype. So many years ago.


 Tribute to the New Kids. Here's the Rangers taking their first match win thanks to lovetapsmtg.


 And these Bards did the same, but in the hands of Takeoutree. Congrats!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 16, 2021):

  • Bandit Keith's Humans: $128.24
  • ThyShuffler's Cats: $9.35
  • lovetapsmtg's Rangers: $8.50
  • Takeoutree's Bards: $11.89

 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.


 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: Beholder, Halfling, Starfish, Tiefling.

 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). Tribes that didn't exist before this season aren't eligible.

 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):

  • 11.28 (Week 549 BE), on July 17: Pioneer
  • 11.29 (Week 550 BE), on July 24: Legacy
  • 11.30 (Week 551 BE), on July 31: SilverBlack

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: October 1.
Current watch list:
 Conspicuous SnoopCrippling Fear Shrieking Affliction.



Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.