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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 26 2021 1:08pm

 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

 Announcement: I realized this year Christmas is on a Saturday. I won't be available to host it (the same goes for Friday the 24th and Sunday the 26th as well, so moving the event won't help). I assume most people won't be willing to spend Christmas playing Tribal Wars anyway, but in case someone does, the tournament basically only needs a person clicking "start event" on Gatherling, and then, provided everyone reports their results, it's automatically handled. So let me know if someone is available to do that, otherwise that event is just canceled and the season actually ends on December 18 (the new season would start on January 1st, btw. That's also kind of problematic).


  • Event Number: Week 567 BE
  • Date: November 20
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Angel
  • 1-loss: Bandit Keith with Vampire, Generalissimo with Merfolk, lovetapsmtg with Egg
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Egg
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Egg
  • Tribes: Angel, Egg, Elf, Gnome, Merfolk, Vampire (x2), Werewolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Angels have radically changed face in recent years. First Resplendent Angel and Bishop of Wings, and then the valkyries from Kaldheim have considerably lowered the curve of what was previously a midrange tribe at best, with five as its most significant mana value. Black is the most splashed color, but ThyShuffler went with red, which allows for better removal in Pioneer (Chained to the Rocks is essentially a Boros card). And while you're at it, you can run Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice, who's one the most powerful four-drops the tribe has available.


 For being such a classic tribe that speaks of Legacy tournaments and hasn't gotten much love after Ixalan block, Merfolk can still assemble a strong lineup in Pioneer. It requires green, which makes it kind of unique among the Merfolk deck, as Generalissimo demonstrated with this creatures-and-lands- only build.


 Would you expect Egg to end Top 4 in any event? Well, you might want to review your expectations, because if Smoldering Egg is any indication, the tribe is trending up. It was a key player in the last World Championship, after all. Here, lovetapsmtg add green instead of blue as accompanying color, because you need good changelings to make it work in Tribal Wars.


 On the other hand, Gnome isn't ready yet. It was nice of AJ_Impy to try a build that emphasizes how now the little guys have finally stopped being represented by silly automatons well, except for Clockwork Servant), but the results were underwhelming. No reason to lose faith yet, though. Gnome wasn't built in a day.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of November 26, 2021):

  • ThyShuffler's Angels: $13.64
  • Generalissimo's Merfolk: $14.94
  • lovetapsmtg's Eggs: $2.41
  • AJ_Impy's Gnomes: $

 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):

  • 11.47 (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:
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Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.