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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
May 20 2022 12:06pm

 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 590 BE
  • Date: May 14
  • Attendance: 9
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Spirit
  • 1-loss: csrrcr with Spirit, JackSlagel with Zombie, AJ_Impy with Human, Deonmag with Vampire
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Halfling, ThyShuffler with Halfling
  • New Repopulation Award: lovetapsmtg with Halfling, ThyShuffler with Halfling
  • Tribes: Halfling (x2), Human, Spider, Spirit (x3), Vampire, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Pioneer keeps being a thoroughly uninteresting format. There weren't Angel decks this time, but there were three Spirits, which ended up making a grab for the top places, as it could easily be expected. Vampires and Zombies are also quite obvious picks in the meta, and just about confirmed their overall power level. Weirdly enough, AJ_Impy's Human list fell on the more original side of it all. And it's a Winota deck with Agent of Treachery, so, yeah, not exactly untested territory.


 Cheers for the only two true Underdogs, then. This Golgari-colored Spider deck by GringoP is one of them. And it lost its matches to Vampires and Zombies, so the Halloween hierarchy was fully respected.


 The Halflings even had two showings in the event, surprisingly, including one from current leaderboard runner-up ThyShuffler. But now that the diminutive guys are not eligible for Repopulation anymore, it's quite possible they'll lose the little appeal they had (pun not intended). However, the upcoming release of Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate is bound to add more fuel to the tribe. So maybe we'll see them revisited in Tribal Wars after all.


 And, hey, at least this list feature truly peculiar inclusions like Dictate of Erebos and Kiora, the Crashing Wave. I love when people run cards off the beaten path just for the sake of it!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of May 20, 2022):

  • AJ_Impy's Humans: $175.32
  • GringoP's Spiders: $11.35
  • ThyShuffler's Halflings: $15.05

 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):

  • 12.19 (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.