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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Apr 15 2022 11:09am

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  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcements
  4. What's Next

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by Kumagoro

 Let's talk special events. We have two coming up, one on April 30 and one on July 30. And the idea of doing a seasonal special event has been well-received, and it suits perfectly the months in which we usually have a fifth Saturdays. So these could be the Spring and Summer events, with Halloween talking over the Fall, and since next year we won't do the Invitational (which has run its course), that'll be a perfect time to do a Winter festival type of event in January.

 Now, about the specific rules for these events, so far we only know Halloween uses Spooky tribes. I'd like the different seasonal festivals to not just be the same thing in different flavor, and we still have the multi-tribe event to place (the one that asks for a different tribe per each round, but still as a Swiss tournament, so everyone gets to play all of their tribes). I prefer to wait a bit for that one, and it could suit the summertime well, so I'd do something else for spring. We still have a couple weeks to decide, but I lean towards a color requirement rather than a tribe requirement, specifically something that could make the event feel "green" (the color of nature being reborn, which is what spring celebrations are all about). The same way Halloween feels "black" without actually forcing players to run black cards necessarily. Suggestions?


  • Event Number: Week 585 BE
  • Date: April 9
  • Attendance: 9
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Giant
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Cleric, -DiamondDust- with Cleric, AJ_Impy with Ogre, GringoP with Spirit
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Tiefling
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Tiefling
  • Tribes: Cleric (x2), Giant, Ogre, Spirit, Tiefling, Vampire (x2), Wizard
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Last Standard event before Streets of New Capenna will hit us with its demonic Art Deco film-noir 1920s mobsters shenanigans. Let's give some shout-out to the most unusual entries. Like these black-red twice-Hidetsugu-centered Ogres that AJ_Impy built. They seem appropriately violent.


 Spirit is certainly not an unusual tribe, but they're haven't been an obvious part of the current Standard meta until now, despite the double Innistrad visits: a lot of the geists were relegated to the back face of DFCs, which made them useless for tribal purposes. Fortunately, Neon Dynasty returned us to the world of Kamigawa's natural Spirits. Unsurprisingly, GringoP went with their built-in enchantment theme, which finds resonance in previous cards from Crimson Vow, like Dawnhart Geist and the ghost of the late Katilda. All those witches killed in the werewolf massacre demand revenge!


 Finally, I'm not sure Tiefling hadn't been featured yet, but the extra-dimensional devilish folk from Forgotten Realms are the kind of tribe for which we can't expect much development going forward. So the lineup that lovetapsmtg fielded here is pretty much it for now. Good thing they're gonna rotate alongside the changelings from Kaldheim, whose support they seem to need.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of April 15, 2022):

  • AJ_Impy's Ogres: $177.24
  • GringoP's Spirits: $11.91
  • lovetapsmtg's Tieflings: $31.76

 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):

  • 12.14 (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.