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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 30 2021 12:00pm

 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

 Tomorrow we debut a new format with SilverBlack! Or at least, we do a special event ouf ot if, by popular request. SilverBlack is a mirror format to the more established Pauper, but where, instead of only commons, players are permitted to run both commons and unconmons. A similar, better-known format is Peasant, with the difference being that Peasant only allows for 5 uncommons, whereas SilverBlack doesn't limit the number of uncommon cards in the deck. Also, Artisan is essentially the name SilverBlack takes on MTG Arena; as such, it's limited to either the Standard or the Historic pool, while SilverBlack makes use of the full Legacy pool.


 The Tribal Council pondered on the ban list for the SilverBlack Tribal Wars variant we'll try out this Saturday, and ultimately went with inheriting lists from most of the related formats, namely Legacy, Pauper and Pesant, all according to our local bans in Tribal Apocalypse. The resulting list of banned cards for SilverBlack Tribal Wars is here (last column on the left). Technically the list also includes ante cards, conspiracies and such oddities, but they're not on MTGO, so I feel safe thinking they won't be a factor.



  • Event Number: Week 550 BE
  • Date: July 24
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Sliver
  • Runner-up: Generalissimo with Bird
  • 1-loss: lovetapsmtg with Tiefling, AJ_Impy with Dragon, Porkero with Horror, GringoP with Advisor
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Tiefling
  • New Kids on the Block Award: lovetapsmtg with Tiefling
  • Tribes: Advisor, Bird, Dragon, Elemental, Horror, Kobold, Sliver, Tiefling, Vampire, Warrior, Wizard, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 12-player singularity once again. Maybe the quantity of new tribes that have been added to the game lately has a hand in this phenomenon. Regardless, we salute yet another victory by Bandit Keith (the fourth in a row) and the 11th by Sliver, which induces the shapeshifting tribe into the Top 10 most successful tribes in Tribal Apocalypse; specifically at #10, a position it shares with Angel, Kor and Shaman.


 Fourth runner-up finish for Generalissimo, this time with a Bird deck in support of an artifact theme. Silver Raven from Forgotten Realms makes its first appearance here. It's not exactly Faerie Seer, but it's still kind of a good card.


 Elsewhere, here's another Forgotten Realms innovation, the Tiefling tribe, making its debut – and immediately winning their first match, therefore the New Kids on the Block Award, while at the same time ending up with the best placement for a non-undedefeated deck. Not bad for a first try! The pilot was lovetapsmtg, as one could infer from the incidental tribalism and the signature Smuggler's Copter.


 Hey, Landless Dredge is still viable in Legacy Tribal Wars! Is that comforting or worrying? Regardless of your reaction, Porkero was more than happy to run it within a Horror shell, and finish in the money in the process. And by the way, "no lands" also translates into a budget build!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of July 30, 2021):

  • Bandit Keith's Slivers: $207.81
  • Generalissimo's Birds: $122.32
  • lovetapsmtg's Tieflings: $22.39
  • Porkero's Horrors: $8.40

 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.


 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.

 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):

  • 11.30 (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.