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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Dec 17 2021 1:03pm

 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

 Update on the Double Tribal event that will conclude this season, with the next starting after two weeks on January 8. It was previously announced as two non-overlapping tribes, each amounting to one third of the deck rounded down (so 20 members of tribe #1 plus 20 members of tribe #2 out of a 60- to 62-card deck). On second thought, this would leave no room for anything else but tribal creatures, and very little room to the land base, favoring tribes that either has very low curve or can produce mana through their creatures (and, you guessed it, that describes Goblins and Elves, respectively).

 So now the main rules has become: half the deck, rounded down, must be tribal creatures, further divided into two separate, non-overlapping tribes of equal number. This means two tribal sets of 15 creatures each for decks of 60-63 cards. 16 if you go up to 64-67 cards. No creature in tribe #1 can have the subtype that defines tribe #2, and vice versa. For instance, in a 60-card Goblin/Warrior build, you'll need 15 Goblins that aren't Warriors plus 15 Warriors that aren't Goblins.

 More rulings:

  • The pool is Legacy, with all the usual bans that apply to Legacy events (not to Underdog events).
  • Creatures with changeling only count as Shapeshifters. They can't replace another tribe's member in deckbuilding.
  • Both tribes, if eligible, will count for the Hamtastic Award. If you already played one, but not the other, you'll still mark down the latter.
  • The Dark Horse Prize and the Repopulation Award look at both tribes. Both have to qualify for it.

 Enjoy the partnership!


  • Event Number: Week 570 BE
  • Date: December 11
  • Attendance: 7
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: _Kumagoro_ with Werewolf
  • 1-loss: Bandit Keith with Giant, ThyShuffler with Cleric, Generalissimo with Zombie
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Ranger
  • Tribes: Cleric, Giant, Kraken, Peasant, Ranger, Werewolf, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 My Werewolves did it again! With just a modicum of reinforcements from Crimson Vow. In fact, just a singleton Avabruck Caretaker, just to see if she's as unforgiven in Constructed as she is in Limited. The verdict: she kind of is.


 More dual-colored, sort of self-assembling Standard tribes on display here. These Giants piloted by Bandit Keith are a parade of their best representatives and relative tools from Kaldheim, with Bloodline Pretender to lower the curve a little. Looking closely, this is basically a Set Constructed list. The only card that's not from the Nordic plane is Frostboil Snarl!


 Similarly, the Clerics have Zendikar Rising as their tribal base of operations – the home of key members Luminarch Aspirant, Cleric of Life's Bond, and Orah, Skyclave Hierophant – but they extend their purview to other sets. In ThyShuffler's list, just as elsewhere, Rigtheous Valkyrie is essentially the strategy's centerpiece. The mana base is still Snow due to Draugr Necromancer and Blood on the Snow.


 Zombies also incorporate some Snow theme with Narfi, Betrayer King and Priest of the Haunted Edge, but this time their central set is Crimson Vow. Generalissimo included three "Zombies matter" creatures from the latest set: Archghoul of Thraben, Headless Rider, and of course the off-tribe lord Geralf, Visionary Stitcher. Along with other efficient new cards like Fell Stinger, Cobbled Lancer and Undead Butler.


 Finally, the Krakens by AJ_Impy had a disapponting run in the event, but they still deserve to be featured. Unfortunately, Hullbreaker Horror alone wasn't able to transform Runo Stromkirk's Lovecraftian dream into distorted reality. To note that this makes five for five lists using a Snow base. Is Kaldheim the most influential set in current Standard?



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of December 17, 2021):

  • _Kumagoro_'s Werewolves: $59.82
  • Bandit Keith's Giants: $3.96
  • ThyShuffler's Clerics: $14.28
  • Generalissimo's Zombies: $1.70
  • AJ_Impy's Krakens: $17.88

 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):

  • 11.50 (Week 571 BE), on December 18: Double Tribal

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.