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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Mar 18 2022 11:06am

 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

 New banning on popular request: Collected Company is banned in Pioneer events.

 Speaking of collected companies, I'm going to re-assemble a form of committee for the bannings, which will begin operations next quarter. It'll be composed by six players and will have a more streamlined way to operate. Each quarter, each of the members will have the option to propose one ban or unban, and the other five will have to approve or reject the proposal, by majority. I'll communicate the composition of the committee next week.


  • Event Number: Week 581 BE
  • Date: March 12
  • Attendance: 
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Human
  • 1-loss: GringoP with Giants, lovetapsmtg with Halfling, Yokai_ with Spirit
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Halfling
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Halfling
  • Tribes: Cleric, Fox, Frog, Giant, Halfling, Human, Spirit, Vampire
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Good showing for Standard Giants this week, courtesy of GringoP. Even after Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty joined the pool, the Giants are still technically one of the strongest tribes in Standard since the release of Kaldheim, but they only managed one first place so far.


 Here's another tribe that's not so gigantic but surprisingly effective: Halfling. The hobbits by any other name, brought to the world of Magic by last year's off-Multiverse set Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, have a suitably small yet smart lineup, and lovetapsmtg milled all their underdog potential. In a non-Underdog event!


 A welcome return for Brazilian champ Yokai_. This list is as indicative of current Standard as they get. After all, Spirit was the dominant force of old Kamigawa, for better or for worse. And while their influence has been severely reduced in Neon Dynasty, they still have some tricks up their spiritual sleeves. Clearly the way to go is the "enchantments matter" route, sustained by early drops like Generous Visitor and Kami of Transience. But other recent, pre-Kamigawa sets help their cause, too.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of March 18, 2022):

  • GringoP's Giants: $10.31
  • lovetapsmtg's Halflings: $13.52
  • Yokai_'s Spirits: $19.53

 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):

  • 12.10 (Week 582 BE), on March 19: Pioneer
  • 12.11 (Week 583 BE), on March 26: Legacy

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.