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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Apr 22 2022 11:06am

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   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

 All right, after some deep thinking, I'm announcing the first Spring Festival event for April 30! As previously noted, the idea is to make four seasonal events per year, one of them being the long-established Halloween special. During the summer (this year is going to fall on July 30) we'll have the relative special event, and next year we'll do the winter event in place of the Invitational in January. And since that one was already a multiple-decks event (i.e. play a different tribe every round), I decided to make that the theme of the summer-winter duality, while for the Spring we'll do a companion to Halloween. Even just because it kind of lands in between the Wiccan holidays of Ostara and Beltane, which are kind of at the opposite of Samhain.

 So what does this mean for the April 30 tournament? It means that it'll be tribe-based like Halloween, but instead of the black-friendly Spooky Tribes, we'll play with the green-friendly Vernal Tribes. The list might be refined going forward, but for now, I'm happy with the balance I detect, which is the reason why I didn't include Elf (also, it's not like Elves are specifically linked to spring and natural rebirth. Many indiviual Elves are, but it's mostly because the tribe is green-centered). Bird might be the most appealing choice among the current options, so we might want to address that with some limitations. Elemental, Faerie and Spirit should be kept in check by the color restrictions. The additional bans might be more than needed, but I wanted to err on the safe side, and green-based lists might have more of a hard time removing creatures with protection, so I removed at least the one that belonged to one of the Vernal Tribes. And the All Hallow's Eve prize is replaced by the Vernal Equinox prize. Both being very outdated, kind of inefficient spells that invite janky, semi-pointless build-arounds.


  • Event Number: Week 586 BE
  • Date: April 16
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Faerie
  • 1-loss: csrrcr with Merfolk, Takeoutree with Faerie, AJ_Impy with Dragon, Generalissimo with Zombie
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Citizen
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Citizen
  • Tribes: Badger, Citizen, Cleric, Dragon, Faerie (x2), Merfolk, Vampire, Wall, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Speaking of Faerie, their non-Spring-legal version has done great last week in Modern, as it often does. Here's our host Takeoutree's... take on it.


 Also more of a Halloween fixture (though they do have to do with rebirth!), Zombies have made a good impression in the hand of Generalissimo.


 And while we expect their high-octane boost with Streets of New Capenna, Citizens still prove their original baseline was quite robust. It'll be exciting to see how they'll improve.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of April 22, 2022):

  • Takeoutree's Faeries: $70.51
  • Generalissimo's Zombies: $64.06
  • lovetapsmtg's Citizens: $49.26

 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):

  • 12.15 (Week 587 BE), on April 23: Legacy
  • 12.16 (Week 588 BE), on April 30: Spring Festival

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



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