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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 24 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

 With Midnight Hunt in the pool (and, by the way, fully operation on Gatherling, too), and my Tribal Evaluation being written, here's something interesting about the new Innistrad set: it's the most insular since Ixalan and Rivals of Ixalan, which were the last two sets with a comparable tribal component. Only 40 creature types are touched by the new cards. For comparison, Strixhaven had 60, Forgotten Realms 66. Kaldheim, which was somewhat of a tribal set itself, involved even fewer subtypes at 39, but the distribution was less uneven, whereas 69.5% of the new additions in Midnight Hunt belong to either one of the four "monster" tribes (Werewolf/Wolf, Vampire, Zombie, Spirit) or to Human and its related tribes (Wizard, Soldier, Knight).

 The mythic rares representing a different tribe mostly come from iconic types (there are three mythic Angels, one Demon, one Dragon; no Sphinges, no Hydras). What's rest after that is just one Phoenix, which has become kind of obligatory and is also extremely parasitic, and one Ooze.



  • Event Number: Week 558 BE
  • Date: September 18
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Takeoutree with Faerie
  • Runner-up: Bandit Keith with Elf
  • 1-loss: Generalissimo with Demon, -DiamondDust- with Human, Yokai_ with Cleric
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Eye
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Eye
  • Tribes: Cleric, Demon, Eldrazi, Elf, Eye, Faerie, Harpy, Human, Vampire, Werewolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First win of Faerie in a year. The tribe is always able to pull off a first place, but has rarely done it more than once per season. Takeoutree has now checked the 2021 off the list for sprites and pixies (the "little ones" mentioned in the deck's Portuguese name), with a build that doesn't do anything else but emphasize their natural strengths, and does it well. Also, it's worth noting how a list like this, which includes all the best Faeries, costs less than $7 on MTGO, but it would be more than $180 in paper.


 Speaking of tribes that aren't among the Top 10 most successful of all time – or even Top 40, really, since Demon only won thrice, and I bet they were all reanimator builds with Griselbrand or something, back when their most cutthroat lists were still legal. Generalissimo tried, with a good amount of success, a fairer version of those decks, using Insolent Neonate, Thrilling Discovery, The Underworld Cookbook and the tribe's own Immersturm Raider as enablers, and Modern Horizons 2's Priest of Fell Rites and Persist for reanimation. The latter means no Griselbrand, but can still be very effective.


 Less success for ThyShuffler's Harpies. But, hey, it's the fifth appearance ever for the mythological tribe. It deserved a little shout-out.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of September 24, 2021):

  • Takeoutree's Faeries: $6.71
  • Generalissimo's Demons: $59.79
  • ThyShuffler's Harpies: $29.89

 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.

 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):

  • 11.38 (Week 559 BE), on September 25: 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.