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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 23 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

 A Legacy event is coming up this week, and that's the only format pool where Beholder is a legal tribe, since half of their four members comes from the Forgotten Realms Commander decks. And well, this might not even be the right week yet, because the cards from those precon decks aren't in the client yet (I guess we'll have to wait for the next Treasure Chests update). But once they're online, this is gonna be the Beholder lineup – give or take a second changeling as replacement for the weakest one, which is probably the only common, Baleful Beholder.


 So, we're in Grixis, and extremely top-heavy. Death Tyrant makes Zombie tokens and self-reanimates, which is okay. Karazikar taps and goads a creature whenever we attack, so it's both a way to clear the path for our creatures to connect, and a very roundabout way to achieve removal (unfortunately the second paragraph of its rule text does nothing in 1v1). Xanathar is theoretically the most powerful of the lot, but it's not without its caveats, because if we use him to fateseal the opponent, then we might not be doing enough to improve our board. They seem like a difficult tribe to break. But we're gonna keep... an eye on them. (Insert comedy rimshot here).


  • Event Number: Week 549 BE
  • Date: July 17
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Spirit
  • Runner-up: _Kumagoro_ with Beast
  • 1-loss: Supergirl-Type0 with Knight, Nagarjuna with Vampire, AJ_Impy with Warrior
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Squirrel, ThyShuffler with Halfling
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Squirrel
  • New Kids on the Block Award: ThyShuffler with Halfling
  • Tribes: Beast, Goblin, Halfling, Knight, Mutant, Pirate, Spider, Spirit, Squirrel, Vampire, Warrior, Wolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 "Singularity" event last week (meaning no duplicate tribes), which is always nice to see happen. It's been more and more frequent lately, for reasons I don't completely fathom (most likely, it's a combination of the special prizes rewarding changing tribe week after week, along with the fact that several members of the current player base are really into mixing it up). No surprise at the top, where Spirit claimed another first place in Pioneer. And seasonal leader Bandit Keith doesn't need an engraved invitation to run the powerful linear tribe of evasive tempo-lords.


 I haven't been playing much this year, and hadn't planned to do it this time either, I just found myself running this Beast list to even out the number of players in round 1. And then I had fun winning round after round with these beefy green monsters – until the final round, that is, when I can't say I really enjoyed being thoroughly destroyed by Keith. But no big deal, unfavorable matchups are just part of the game. This build was also thrown together without much thought, adding the now affordable Elder Gargaroth to the mix at the last minute. Its sore lack of turn-two plays should be certainly corrected.


 Another of the New Kids achieved its first match win! This time it was Halfling, designed and piloted by ThyShuffler. In this Sultai list, the three Halflings plus two changelings are accompanied by a wide selection of removal spells and, for some reason, several Vraskas.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 23, 2021):

  • Bandit Keith's Spirits: $110.52
  • _Kumagoro_'s Beasts: $51.11
  • ThyShuffler's Halflings: $19.40

 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.


 Generalissimo brings us back to the latest Modern event from last June, to show us how bad his Vampires went. (Spoiler: pretty bad).


 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, 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):

  • 11.29 (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:
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Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Show and Tell art by Jeff Laubenstein; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.