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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
May 13 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

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  • Event Number: Week 589 BE
  • Date: May 7
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Dryad
  • Runner-up: Bandit Keith with Artificer
  • 1-loss: Generalissimo with Nymph, ThyShuffler with Scout, AJ_Impy with Pirate
  • Dark Horse Prize: GringoP with Aurochs
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Citizen
  • Tribes: Archer, Artificer, Assembly-Worker, Aurochs, Citizen, Dryad, Elephant, Nymph, Pirate, Scout, Wolverine
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Well, this event was a really great 11-tribe singularity, with plenty of minor tribes. Even for Underdog, it's noteworthy. Also of note: Dryad finally achieved the first top placement of its Tribal Apocalypse history, thanks to Yokai_ and, well, Opposition. It turns out Tendershoot Dryad and Trostani Discordant play well alongside the paralyzing enchantment.


 The Dryads had their winning performance one week later the Spring Festival where they could have shined, as one of the Vernal Tribes. Generalissimo went with the (supposedly) parent tribe once again, running it back to back weeks. And once again Nymph did good, not great. Straight-up adding two copies of Enchantress's Presence wasn't enough to do the trick, so the Dryad cousins ultimately went and stole their thunder.


 Oddities of the week: this UrzaTron Assembly-Worker list by -DiamondDust- is certainly odd, but looks functional. In pure UrzaTron style, it's almost entirely colorless except for Ancient Stirrings.


 And the Aurochs are known for showing up every now and then (this was their sixth time). They're a proper TTT (Truly Terrible Tribe), but it didn't scare GringoP from building a deck filled with clumsy, extinct wild oxen. The ice is melting and the crazed Aurochs are running loose. Spring really has come!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of May 13, 2022):

  • Yokai_'s Dryads: $133.45
  • -DiamondDust-'s Assembly-Workers: $2.90
  • GringoP's Aurochs: $10.13

 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):

  • 12.18 (Week 590 BE), on May 14: Pioneer
  • 12.19 (Week 591 BE), on May 21: Modern
  • 12.20 (Week 592 BE), on May 28: Legacy

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.