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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Oct 08 2021 12:11pm

 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 Just a brief update to inform the Tribal Apocalypse audience that Living Death is now banned in Underdog events. The Tribal Council had decided it before last week's event, but I missed the memo, so it wasn't official yet. Now it is. Sorry about the delay.



  • Event Number: Week 560 BE
  • Date: October 2
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Squid
  • Runner-up: AJ_Impy with Phyrexian
  • 1-loss: Bandit Keith with Serpent, -DiamondDust- with Horror, lovetapsmtg with Cephalid, Takeoutree with Treefolk
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: ThyShuffler with Squid
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Cephalid
  • New Repopulation Award: GringoP with Hyena, lovetapsmtg with Cephalid
  • Tribes: Archer, Cephalid, Horror, Hyena, Moonfolk, Phyrexian, Scorpion, Serpent, Spike, Squid, Treefolk
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Squid celebrates its first event win, courtesy of ThyShuffer. It's mostly yet another prison deck with Winter Orb and Armageddon and tax effects. But the Squids can't be too picky, they have to get their successes where they can, even through sheer sociopathic villainy.


 Speaking of villainy, Phyrexians confirm their power by ending second place. Yeah, ultimately the Squids imprisoned them, much to their champion AJ_Impy's chagrin. His build took the form of a Monoblack Tron with the Torpor Orb/Phyrexian Dreadnought combo for good measure.


 Here's something else that's Squid-like: the Cephalids. With the Breakfast Combo banned, they're now the kind of mostly harmless tribe that lovetapsmtg plays for Repopulation purposes. Because, well, it's not like Breakfast Combo was ever played within a Cephalid shell at the time. You just needed Cephalid Illusionist.


 And if we're talking of True Underdog tribes, what about four-color Hyenas? GringoP thought it was a good idea. And indeed it was, from a certain point of view that is completely alien to Spikes.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of October 8, 2021):

  • ThyShuffler's Squids: $71.15
  • AJ_Impy's Phyrexians: $71.90
  • lovetapsmtg's Cephalids: $14.60
  • GringoP's Hyenas: $15.32

 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 is back! Enjoy seeing him struggle with his Demons (more literally than metaphorically), from last month's Modern event.


 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):

  • 11.40 (Week 561 BE), on October 9: Standard
  • 11.41 (Week 562 BE), on October 16: Pioneer
  • 11.42 (Week 563 BE), on October 23: Modern
  • 11.43 (Week 564 BE), on October 30: Halloween

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: January 7.
Current watch list:
 Conspicuous SnoopCrippling Fear Shrieking Affliction.



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