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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Apr 01 2022 11:57am

 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

 The format of the special event that will be held on April 30 is still unestablished. There was talk of a multiple-tribe event, i.e. something akin to what we do during the Invitational – one different tribe per round, but still Swiss rather than direct elimination or double elimination. Recently, a new idea emerged to do a counterpart of Halloween with an event linked to the spring equinox. Or Easter, but I don't particularly like that real-world specificity, which is still stronger than Christmas (which, despite its self-descriptive name, is celebrated around the world in non-Christian cultures).


 The ideal reference for a Halloween/Samhain companion should be Ostara/Ēostre. A lot of Druids and Warlocks (aka witches) would need to be involved. And since the Halloween event is mostly black-based, this one could/should be green-centered, which is the color most associated with spring and rebirth in general. But we can give ourselves a couple weeks more to finesse these ideas.


  • Event Number: Week 583 BE
  • Date: March 26
  • Attendance: 7
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Goblin
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Starfish, Generalissimo with Druid, Bandit Keith with Merfolk
  • Dark Horse Prize: ThyShuffler with Starfish
  • New Repopulation Award: ThyShuffler with Starfish
  • Tribes: Druid, Goblin, Merfolk, Myr, Spirit, Starfish, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 I feel like it's been a long, long time since I bothered featuring a Goblin list, and with top-tier tribal champion Yokai_ returning to victory after almost a year of absence, I figured, why not give the little dudes their due once more? So here's what they looked like during their latest accomplishment. Which is a lot more expensive than they used to, because Muxus, Goblin Grandee is currently north of $60 per playset, and the two splashes for Food Chain and Munitions Expert require a mana base that's not just Mountains, as well as the inclusion of a chase rare like Ignoble Hierarch.


 More out there is the success of ThyShuffler with Starfish, of all tribes. It's actually not the first time the three-member seafood tribe lends itself well to a control or combo shell (no pun intended), because the only thing the Starfish consistently do is dig for specific pieces, plus maybe buy some time as early blockers. In this case, the gist of it is an enchantment deck based around the interaction of Estrid's Invocation and Cloudstone Curio with enchantments that have an ETB trigger, most notably the edict effect from Trial of Ambition.


 And we mentioned Druids in relation to spring rituals. Here's Generalissimo giving hus a preview on how a Legacy druidic list could be like. It includes the Chain of Smog/Witherbloom Apprentice combo.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of April 1, 2022):

  • Yokai_'s Goblins: $214.01
  • ThyShuffler's Starfish: $114.57
  • Generalissimo's Druids: $112.04

 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):

  • 12.12 (Week 584 BE), on April 2: Underdog
  • 12.13 (Week 585 BE), on April 9: Standard
  • 12.14 (Week 586 BE), on April 16: Modern
  • 12.15 (Week 587 BE), on April 23: 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.