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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 19 2021 1:36pm

 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

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by Kumagoro

 Innistrad: Crimson Vow offers 29 new Vampires (Innocent Traveler doesn't count), which is considerable amount, more than half the number of new additions the tribe saw in Midnight Hunt, and more than what the Werewolves got there, even adding the Wolves. A subset of bloodsuckers that are all also Noble (apparently, that's how aristocracy works on Innistrad) won our latest Standard event. But is there something among these new Vamps that will see play in larger formats, too?


 Blood tokens might not be a thing outside of Standard. Even if it is, payoffs like Voldaren Bloodcaster seem way too slow for Pioneer and Modern, let alone Legacy. Bloodtithe Harvester doubles as removal, but on a one-for-one basis, unlike classics like Gatekeeper of Malakir. Of the new cards under mana value 3, only Cemetery Gatekeeper might have a chance of being included in the most aggressive Vampire decks featuring red. If one goes deep into red, to the point that they'll be sure to have double red mana by turn three, then Dominating Vampire could do some work, especially in combo with free sacrifice outlets like Viscera Seer. Even Alluring Suitor is quite strong in a heavy red build, since it's easy to transform and at that point it almost pays for itself.


 The most alluring new Vampire is white, though, the card avantage engine Welcoming Vampire. Markov Purifier is slower, but could be okay. Edgar, Charmed Groom might find a place in lists with a higher curve. But what if we want to suck some blood in good old monoblack? The best new members there are high-value midrange beaters like Bloodvial Purveyor and Henrika Domnathi (who's basically a super-charged Vampire Nighthawk). As for the center of attention herself, Olivia, Crimson Bride suggests a reanimator build, maybe one where every Vampire in the lineup is legendary. She's expensive, but she also pays off immediately, possibly providing a lethal walk down the aisle.



  • Event Number: Week 566 BE
  • Date: November 13
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: AJ_Impy with Noble
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Cleric, _Kumagoro_ with Werewolf, -DiamondDust- with Angel
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Ranger
  • Up-and-Coming Prize: AJ_Impy with Noble
  • Tribes: Angel, Cleric, Dwarf, Giant, Noble, Ranger, Werewolf (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Here's the gathering of Nobles with enlarged fangs that AJ_Impy piloted to first place, a first for the elitist tribe that debuted two years ago in Throne of Eldraine. Time to signal the butler to serve the caviar and champagne!


 Cleric has developed a strong lineup in this Standard era. And ThyShuffler's build in particular manages to have a control-oriented nature that we don't see too often these days. 


 Here's another successful Orzhov list, with Righteous Valkyrie as the common link, this time leading a host of fellow Angels. I assume those two Islands were supposed to be a spell from Crimson Vow that last week wasn't recognized by Gatherling's database yet. I can't tell which one, though, and -DiamondDust- isn't currently available to clarify, unfortunately.


 Finally, as a recently created tribe, Ranger hasn't come together with a winning lineup yet. But at least it's still in the stage where devoted Underdog players like lovetapsmtg can mill some Dark Horse Prizes out of it!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 19, 2021):

  • AJ_Impy's Nobles: $59.48
  • ThyShuffler's Clerics: $14.11
  • -DiamondDust-'s Angels: $11.16
  • lovetapsmtg's Rangers: $12.13

 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):

  • 11.46 (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.