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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 03 2022 10:12am

 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


 The vote for restricting Morophon, the Boundless to its own tribe is closed. The required quorum of 5 votes has been met. Morophon can now be played only in Shapeshifter decks (that is, decks where the chosen tribe is Shapeshifter, and not in any other deck), in any format where it's legal.


 New votes.

 Should Moat be banned in any format where it's legal? 5 votes necessary, vote on Discord.


  • Event Number: Week 592 BE
  • Date: May 28
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Ninja
  • 1-loss: Yokai_ with Wizard, AJ_Impy with Avatar, ThyShuffler with Faerie
  • Dark Horse Prize: Bandit Keith with Ninja
  • Tribes: Avatar, Faerie, Minotaur, Ninja, Sliver, Wizard, Wolf, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Second win ever for Ninjas, after AJ_Impy first took the stealthy tribe out of Unhallowed status back in 2020. Since then, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty brought new members to the table, but only Moon-Circuit Hacker seems to matter, as a depowered version of Ninja of the Deep Hours that you can ninjutsu out on turn two already.


 A subtype that seems to have fallen out of favor with Tribal Apocalypse players is Wizard. Consider how the tribe won a whopping five events during Season 7, and that was five years ago. After that wizardry apex, we register only a couple second places, the victory in the 500th special event, and one top place by Takeoutree last year. Yokai_ took the Wizards for a ride here, but still failed to see them reach the greatness they aspire to (as, you know, the namesake of the company that makes the game), even with the help of the Thought Lash/Paradigm Shift/Thassa's Oracle combo.


 We just mentioned tribal pioneer AJ_Impy, and one of his trademarkes has always been building around larger-than-life multicolor tribes. Avatar is certainly one of those – it's the tribe of Niv-Mizzet Reborn after all – but AJ went or a black-white suicide build featuring the rarely played Avatar of Hope, the Modern classic Death's Shadow, and its freshly printed reimagining Shadow of Mortality, all powered by the Phyrexian Unlife/Solemnity combo.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of June 3, 2022):

  • Yokai_'s Wizards: $199.69
  • AJ_Impy's Avatars: $198.09

 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):

  • 12.21 (Week 593 BE), on June 4: Underdog
  • 12.22 (Week 594 BE), on June 11: Standard
  • 12.23 (Week 595 BE), on June 18: Pioneer
  • 12.24 (Week 596 BE), on June 25: Modern

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
Current votes on Discord: Moat to be banned in every format where it's legal.



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