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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jan 21 2022 12:05pm

 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

 All ready for the 2021 Invitational event on January 29. Here are the 16 qualified players of the 11th season listed by acquired seed.

  1. Bandit Keith
  2. ThyShuffler
  3. Generalissimo
  4. -DiamondDust-
  5. AJ_Impy
  6. Takeoutree
  7. Yokai_
  8. lovetapsmtg
  9. Nagarjuna
  10. _Kumagoro_
  11. Deonmag
  12. GringoP
  13. csrrcr
  14. porkero
  15. Quiritim
  16. Supergirl-Type0

 There'll be no reserves this time – if one of the qualified players don't show up, a BYE will be created on round 1 for the top seed players. The rules and brackets are in the first link above. Round 1 is played with Standard deck, Round 2 with Pioneer decks, Round 3 with Modern decks, and Round 4 with Underdog decks. The same tribe can't be repeated twice by the same player during the event. Card legality is as the day of the tournament. Other than that, you can bring whatever you want, and Top Players Lockout doesn't apply.

 Good luck, everyone!


  • Event Number: Week 573 BE
  • Date: January 15
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: AJ_Impy with Elemental
  • Runner-up: Takeoutree with Merfolk
  • 1-loss: -DiamondDust- with Ally, ThyShuffler with Zombie, Bandit Keith with Shaman
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Sheep
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Sheep
  • Tribes: Ally, Elemental, Faerie, Merfolk, Shaman, Sheep, Vampire, Warlock, Wizard, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First win of the season for our most veteran player, AJ_Impy. Still tribaling after all these years. It's an extremely budget-adverse four-color Elemental list featuring Omnath, Locus of Creation, Fury, and Solitude. Casting Ephemerate on any of those, or even the cheaper to acquire Mulldrifter and Risen Reef, is the kind of thing all the cool kids are doing in Modern. It drowns the opponent in a tsunami of card advantage.


 And in the final round for the first place, that tsunami, ironically, hit the Merfolk. The 10-buck monocolored list by Takeoutree (these two finalists couldn't pilot a more different deck) uses the classic trick of turning an opponent's land into an Island, to exploit the universal islandwalk granted by two different lords. An oldie but a goodie.


 Not too pricey, not too cheap were the Shamans played by 2021 #1 player Bandit Keith. And they incorporated the semi-recent, powerful new tech for the tribe (and Wizard), Harmonic Prodigy. Doubling all the ETB triggers, especially Burning-Tree Emissary's and Rage Forger's, can fuel a very explosive Gruul Collected Company list.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of January 21, 2022):

  • AJ_Impy's Elementals: $640.99
  • Takeoutree's Merfolk: $9.84
  • lovetapsmtg's Sheep: $92.17

 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):

  • 12.03 (Week 574 BE), on January 22: Legacy
  • Special (Week 575 BE), on January 29: 2021 Invitational

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Next banned and restricted announcement: TBD.
Current watch list:
 Conspicuous SnoopCrippling Fear Shrieking Affliction.



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