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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Apr 08 2022 11:05am

 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 


  • Event Number: Week 584 BE
  • Date: April 2
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Phyrexian
  • Runner-up: Generalissimo with Crab
  • 1-loss: AJ_Impy with Cephalid
  • Dark Horse Prize: AJ_Impy with Cephalid
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Tiefling
  • Tribes: Advisor, Archer, Artificer, Cephalid, Crab, Kobold, Monk, Phyrexian, Rhino, Tiefling
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 It must be the season: while more Praetors are sighted in premier sets, Phyrexians get their second first place in Tribal Apocalypse, courtesy of Yokai_. It seems like infect is the preferred way to build them, which makes sense and is completely flavorful. They're much more than just that, though. Despite being a recent subtype, it's a pretty large tribe.


 Now, with Phyrexian's nauseating toxicity behind us, the rest of the highlights is more healthily seafood-based. Generalissimo gave us a serving of Crabs. Much like the Phyrexians, our crustaceans have a designated win condition that they naturally lend to, and in this case it's offensive milling. It's the obvious consequence of getting a landfall trigger that produces milling on three different tribesmembers.


 More to the point, AJ_Impy had Cephalids in mind, but not for breakfast. And what do you know, this is also a combo deck, or at least a deck that pursues a specific interaction. In fact, it's a Painter's Servant build, but not the evil kind with Grindstone (which is banned); here, the Servant paints everything blue in order to satisfy her imperial majesty Llawan, Cephalid Empress – gotta love a combo involving an obscure legendary from Torment twenty years later. Not that the rest of the Cephalid team isn't delightfully weird as well. Just look at Callous Oppressor giving a tribal opponent the choice of not being oppressed too much.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of April 8, 2022):

  • Yokai_'s Phyrexians: $123.02
  • Generalissimo's Crabs: $96.83
  • AJ_Impy's Cephalids: $158.95

 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):

  • 12.13 (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.