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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Apr 29 2022 10:10am

 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

 A few small updates about the Spring Festival that will happen tomorrow.

  • Fixed a typo about the Good Faeries. They were meant to be nonblue, nonblack. Yes, this only leaves 14 of them in white or green, some of them not even online, most of them pretty terrible. But that's the only version of the Faeries that care about spring!
  • Added Elvish Archdruid to the ban list, to discourage turning Druid into just Elves.
  • Added Coast Watcher, Treetop Sentinel and Woodlot Crawler to the ban list for consistency. Now all of the creatures that are protected from green and belong to one of the Vernal tibes are banned.
  • Clarified how the off-tribe additions work. It's said that a creature from a non-Vernal tribe can be added if it references a Vernal tribe in its rule text. This extend to a creature from a Vernal tribe that's prevented to be played by a specific color restriction (something that never came up for Halloween, but it's been added there too). For instance, a red Elemental lord, despite Elemental requiring all-green members. In this case, the red Elemental could be played "off-tribe", after meeting the required one third of green Elementals.

 Happy belated equinox!


  • Event Number: Week 587 BE
  • Date: April 23
  • Attendance: 
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: AJ_Impy with Archon
  • 1-loss: Generalissimo with Rogue, Deonmag with Zombie, ThyShuffler with Human, Bandit Keith with Merfolk, -DiamondDust- with Warrior
  • Dark Horse Prize: csrrcr with Wolverine
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Trilobite
  • Tribes: Archon, Elemental, Horse, Human, Merfolk, Rogue, Trilobite, Warrior, Wolverine, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 The Archons took their revenge! This very list failed to give AJ_Impy any placement in last month's Underdog event, now it sits on top of a Legacy one! It's the first Archon victory in five years – and back then, our bannings of reanimator shells were certainly more permissive than they are today.


 In their almost flawless march to first place, the Archons only lost a single game to Generalissimo's draw-denying Rogue list. What better way to introduce the upcoming criminal world of Streets of New Capenna (which includes a plethora of new Rogues, as expected)? In this case, the felony resides in the under-explored interaction between Lore Broker and Notion Thief, with some help from Narset, Parter of Veils. Having a total of eight Rogues that count as lands also helps freeing space for more tools.


 Fifth appearance of a Wolverine deck in the history of Tribal Apocalypse – which is probably five appearances too many, but csrrcr still managed to find a satisfying build for the fierce little suckers. So to speak, since they didn't actually win a single game. Statistics show they did it at least once in the past. Not last week, though.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of April 29, 2022):

  • AJ_Impy's Archons: $140.34
  • Generalissimo's Rogues: $83.33
  • csrrcr's Wolverines: $2.00

 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):

  • 12.16 (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.