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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Oct 29 2021 11:55am

 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

 Halloween event tomorrow! After my recent soliloquy on what changes we could/should effect on the Spooky Tribes list, I went with none at all – this is also due to the fact that I received no feedback in that regard, but it's probably fine. Only thing to keep in mind before registering is that this year we ban both Witch's Vengeance and Crippling Fear for Halloween. Black is the main color of the event, so it's way too easy to add those powerful tribe-based sweepers to the deck. Aside from that, happy Halloween fights!



  • Event Number: Week 563 BE
  • Date: October 23
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: -DiamondDust- with Ally
  • 1-loss: csrrcr with Sliver, Deonmag with Vampire, Bandit Keith wtih Shaman
  • Dark Horse Prize: ThyShuffler with Badger
  • Tribes: Ally, Badger, Faerie, Myr, Shaman, Sliver, Soldier, Vampire
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 This is a proper comeback: Ally, one of the great linear tribes, was missing a first place ending since February 2016. Now -DiamondDust- has brought the Fellowship of the Eldrazi Resistance back where it once more consistently belonged, if we considering it ranked at one time among the most successful tribes of the meta (that one time was 2012, though, when it grand totaled three event wins). The near absence of new members during our latest visit to Zendikar didn't do them any favor, but they can still be explosive enough to matter – and to even beat their sworn rivals in sheer linearity.


 And here they are, the Slivers in the version piloted by csrrcr, which is less interested in their classic gameplay and more in enacting the by now notorious combo between Morophon, the Boundless and one of the WUBRG Slivers, mainly The First Sliver. Is this approach going to eclipse the regular, "fair" Sliver strategy of just curving out into inevitability? Well, it just lost a first place to the Allies, which were doing just that, so jury's still out.


 There were a lot of classic Modern builds last week, from Collected Company Shamans to Death & Taxes Soldiers to UrzaTron Myr. So forgive me if my attention is caught by the fifth ever appearance of Badgers, of all tribes. ThyShuffler tried and gave them all the help they could, from the best changelings and Equipment, to strong control elements, to Approach of the Second Sun as a win condition. But, you know, ultimately, they're still Badgers.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of October 29, 2021):

  • -DiamondDust-'s Allies: $8.21
  • csrrcr's Slivers: $68.02
  • ThyShuffler's Badgers: $29.44

 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 shows and tells us about this very event's brew of his, the Myr with an UrzaTron setup.


 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):

  • 11.43 (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.