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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 05 2021 11:55am

 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

 And that's a wrap on another Halloween event. But before looking at this year's Spooky Tribes, a public service announcement: Worship does not work. This is not a blanket statement about religion, I mean the card of that name is bugged on MTGO. Please restrain yourself from using it until you know it's functional again, whenever that might be. ThyShuffler didn't, and see what happened.


  • Event Number: Week 564 BE
  • Date: October 30
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Halloween
  • Winner: Generalissimo with Devil
  • Runner-up: ThyShuffler with Spirit
  • 1-loss: _Kumagoro_ with Werewolf, Bandit Keith with Spirit, Deonmag with Zombie, GringoP with Nightmare
  • Tribes: Devil, Hag, Horror, Nightmare, Spirit (x3), Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie (x3)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 In a field that only had a couple of outliers (Hag and Nightmare), it's a Devil of a first place for Generalissimo. That's two wins in three weeks for one of our most experimental players, who never plays the same tribe twice. Congrats! This hyper-aggressive list features a couple of recent additions to the devilish lineup, namely Rakdos Headliner from Modern Horizons 2 and Festival Crasher from Midnight Hunt.


 With the bugged Worship replaced by the Energy Field/Rest in Peace combo, a less unexpected second place went to the Spirits of ThyShuffler, currently the runner-up for seasonal leader. What to say, Spirit definitely has one of the most powerful tribal setups throughout all formats of contemporary Magic. It's fully equipped to play control and aggro at different stages of the same game.


 My Standard Werewolves that got a first place earlier last month did well even in a larger format this time (a statement that didn't apply to Pioneer). It's basically the same list with some lesser lands replaced by fetches and Taigas, so no point in featuring it again. Instead, here's the Nightmares piloted to good success by GringoP. They currently have a good monoblack curve of individually powerful creatures, if maybe a bit too crowded at three.


 The most genuinely Underdog tribe of the event was Hag, though. -IceBR- is the player who picked them, and if you're wondering how much the tribe improved since the last time we had it in the tournament, which was when they gained their first, surprising event win last March, the answer is: not so much. No new creature with the Hag subtype has seen the light of day in seven years. It's safe to say it's abandoned, especially now that Warlock exists (althogh Hag is more of a race than a class).



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 5, 2021):

  • Generalissimo's Devils: $52.21
  • ThyShuffler's Spirits: $102.33
  • GringoP's Nightmares: $9.49
  • -IceBR-'s Hags: $24.17

 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):

  • 11.44 (Week 565 BE), on November 6: Underdog
  • 11.45 (Week 566 BE), on November 13: Standard
  • 11.46 (Week 567 BE), on November 20: Pioneer
  • 11.47 (Week 568 BE), on November 27: Legacy

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; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.