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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Aug 27 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

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by Kumagoro


 Earlier this week, the Magic Showcase 2021 was , announcing the slate of MTG products for the entirety of 2022. Here's the stream for you, in case you missed it when it was broadcast live on Twitch last Tuesday (official article version here).

 To recap, on top of a plethora of supplemental stuff (the new Un-set Unfinity, with a retro sci-fi setting; a new Commander Legends in the Forgotten Realms universe; a new Jumpstart and a new Double Masters; various Secret Lair drops and Universes Beyond releases), the premier sets that will come out next year are, in order of release:

  • Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. The long-awaited return to Kamigawa, reworked in a cyberpunk style (since it's more than one thousand years since the events of the original block).
  • Streets of New Capenna (formerly believed to be called Streets of New Celesta). A new Art Deco inspired setting with an urban fantasy flavor, about the conflict of Demon gangster families in a city built by Angels.
  • Dominaria United. A new visit to Magic's original plane, launching the celebration for the game's 30th anniversary in 2023.
  • The Brothers' War. An expansion set in the distant past, at the time of the seminal battle between the legendary artificers Urza and Mishra. Another product linked to the 30th anniversary, as it's basically the prequel to Magic's second expansion ever, Antiquities.

 All cool stuff (although, still no news from New Phyrexia). However, there's something a bit confusing about this lineup. For one thing, this is what looks like when placed in the year's diagram.

 Wait, that's too many premier sets for a Standard cycle, isn't it? Considering we have to add Innistrad: Midnight Hunt releasing in September 2021 and Innistrad: Crimson Vow in November. And yet they repeatedly assured Standard will still have annual cycles of four sets, thus oscillating as usual between five sets (at is nadir) and eight sets (at its zenith, like right now). What gives?

 Also, if Dominaria United is the summer set, does that mean it's in the core set slot? The answer is no. Dominaria United is the fall set, releasing probably in September 2022 (and September is technically Q3). It's the set that kickstarts the 2022-2023 season, triggering a new rotation. And it's not a core set. Core sets are gone for now. It's also not a summer set, not in the the way we used to look at them. Summer (in the Northern hemisphere) was the season in which core sets were released, typically in July. Both Midnight Hunt and Dominaria United will instead release in September, close to the beginning of the fall. They're, for all intents and purposes, fall sets. But wouldn't this mean The Brothers' War is the winter set for 2022-2023? It's not. Just like Crimson Vow is not the winter set for 2021-2022; Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty is, in the slot this year was Kaldheim's. Streets of New Capenna is the next spring set, taking the slot of Strixhaven. Confused? Don't be. It all makes sense when you shift the paradigm.

 The misconception originates with considering this year's Crimson Vow as the winter set being moved forward. It's not like that. It's better to look at Crimson Vow and The Brothers' War as additional fall sets. From now on (it's experimental; it could be rolled back if it the experiment fails), the Standard year will be composed of: a fall set in September; another fall set in November or December; a winter set in Q1; and a spring set in Q2. Summer proper won't host the release of a premier sets anymore; or better, the very end of summer will, but it'll be the beginning of the new cycle rather than the end of the previous one. (Again, all these seasons' names are those witnessed in the Northern hemisphere).


  • Event Number: Week 554 BE
  • Date: August 21
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Takeoutree with Wizard
  • 1-loss: AJ_Impy with Shaman, Bandit Keith with Human, PastaFazu with Human
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Egg
  • New Repopulation Award: GringoP with Sheep, lovetapsmtg with Egg
  • Tribes: Druid, Egg, Human (x2), Shaman, Sheep, Treefolk, Wizard
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Congratulations to Takeoutree for a smashing first win in career! Modern is a very competitive environment right now, and monored prowess Wizard, while a powerful build, is not known to be at the top of the tribal meta (though it might well establish itself more firmly, going forward. Harmonic Prodigy could prove a crucial piece of the puzzle). Which makes this result even more impressive.


 Close, but no cigar for the Shamans piloted by AJ_Impy and based around whimsical but effective Glimpse of Tomorrow.


 Showcase for a brand new player who's been tentatively approaching the event since a few weeks, and finally debuted to a solid result (especially considering they missed round one due to a misunderstanding). A salute to PastaFazu, ending near the top with a classic monowhite Human build with a prison theme.


 We've had Eggs in the tournament before (well, twice before), but it's always funny to see them. There's something ominous about a tribe of creatures that hide other creatures within. In lovetapsmtg's list, Flametongue Yearling from Modern Horizons 2 is a versatile Egg-opener, in a pinch. And of course Greater Gargadon is a glutton for some omelette.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of August 27, 2021):

  • Takeoutree's Wizards: $23.96
  • AJ_Impy's Shamans: $73.51
  • PastaFazu's Humans: $27.11
  • lovetapsmtg's Eggs: $15.70

 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.

 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):

  • 11.34 (Week 555 BE), on August 28: Legacy

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; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.