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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Oct 22 2021 11:59am

 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

 We're currently in the lull that comes to be in between Fall Set #1 and Fall Set #2 within the new paradigm. I could keep going with the examination of the Unhallowed Tribes (which I began here, and continued here), but unfortunately I don't have enough time for that today. So I'll just point you to a double Show and Tell in which Generalissimo finally catches up with us by showing and telling us about his last two tribal adventures, with Shamans and Angels. Enjoy!


  • Event Number: Week 562 BE
  • Date: October 16
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Generalissimo with Angel
  • 1-loss: GringoP with Spirit, Takeoutree with Cat, Bandit Keith with Vampire, -DiamondDust- with Druid
  • Dark Horse Prize: -IceBR- with Leech
  • Tribes: 
  • Angel, Cat, Druid, Dwarf, Leech, Spirit, Vampire (x2), Werewolf (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 And that's Generalissimo actually winning last week's Pioneer event with his Angels. That's going to be a happier video than most! (To be fair, his Shamans in Standard only lost against my Werewolves two weeks ago, so the current streak is pretty good). The list is monowhite, resisting the temptation to field Kaldheim's Orzhov Angels and Angel-related enchantment, or the powerful Liesa, Forgotten Archangel from Midnight Hunt. This choice makes the deck pretty cheap without missing out on the chance of winning an event, as proven.


 Cats have also shown their strength in the format, in this case as designed and piloted by Takeoutree. The felines have the perfect curve to exploit Collected Company and Rally the Ranks, with two two-drop 3/3s and three excellent lords with extra abilities.


 I wanted to test the freshly successful Standard Werewolves in Pioneer, to see how they would fare in a larger format. It didn't go well (though some bad luck was also involved), but I had the pleasure to face AJ_Impy's very different take on the tribe, comboing them with Winota, Joiner of Forces. See, each transforming Werewolf is both a Human on the front and a non-Human on the back, so it both enables Winota and works as a payoff. The Wolf tokens that are often part of the package are also good Winota enablers, making Tovolar's Huntmaster an incredible hit that's able to snowball the board position into utter dominance. Unfortunately, to ensure consistency on the Winota trigger, some of the bad Eldrazi Werewolves have to be involved (namely Kessig Prowler), and that kind of dilutes the average card's power level.


 Last and probably least, the Leeches made an appearance, courtesy of -IceBR-. The most notable thing about this deck is that, well, it's technically illegal, but Gatherling allowed it (and I didn't realize it until now), because it's erroneously looking at the back face of the double-faced cards from Midnight Hunt, thus considering Curse of Leeches as a tribal member. We can give a pass to such an underdog (and a new player) for involuntary cheating, but only this time.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of October 22, 2021):

  • Generalissimo's Angels: $5.82
  • Takeoutree's Cats: $28.13
  • AJ_Impy's Werewolves: $73.44
  • -IceBR-'s Leeches: $9.81

 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.


 Double feature! First, Standard Shamans from two weeks ago (with an appearance of my Werewolves).

 Then last week's triumphant Pioneer Angels.


 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):

  • 11.42 (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.