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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Dec 03 2021 12:59pm

 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 My Crimson Vow evaluation is out! Come look at all the Vampires and Spirits and Werewolves and Zombies! And that's all I have to say about that.


  • Event Number: Week 568 BE
  • Date: November 27
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Takeoutree with Human
  • 1-loss: AJ_Impy with Kobold, csrrcr with Sliver, ThyShuffler with Human, Generalissimo with Cat
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Sheep
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Sheep
  • Tribes: Cat, Human (x2), Kobold, Rat, Sheep, Sliver (x2), Spirit, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 A new Legacy event, a new win by Humans. And to think someone keeps complaining that combo decks are dominant. You string a series of "Humans matters" cards (or just highly tempo-disruptive Humans) together, like Takeoutree skillfully did last week, that'll show you dominance. Who needs noncreature spells?


 Generalissimo returns to Show and Tell us his stuff, and what better way to resume the videos than with a solid top placements with Cats. By the way, so much for the "Penniless Planeswalker". Look at this list running FOURTEEN fetch lands and splashing red just for Lightning Bolt!


 Where there's Cats, there's Rats (I guess?). The Relentless variety that's so often been used as placeholder whenever a deck wasn't recognized by the Gatherling database, this time is there for real. Ah, the good old, awfully casual, sometimes effective combo with Thrumming Stone! GringoP sure committed to that line. Again and again and again and again and...


 Last and, to be honest, probably least come the Sheep by lovetapsmtg. I mean, it's in large parte a Gate deck thanks to Gatebreaker Ram, but a tribe that is forced to run Rustpore Ram can't have too many ambitions.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of December 3, 2021):

  • Takeoutree's Humans: $8.08
  • Generalissimo's Cats: $70.37
  • GringoP's Rats: $5.78
  • lovetapsmtg's Sheep: $

 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.


 Here's Generalissimo's feline list in action. It's uncanny, just like the movie.


 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):

  • 11.48 (Week 569 BE), on December 4: Underdog
  • 11.49 (Week 570 BE), on December 11: Standard
  • 11.50 (Week 571 BE), on December 18: Modern
  • 11.51 (Week 572 BE), on December 25?: 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; Show and Tell art by Jeff Laubenstein; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.