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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 10 2022 11:06am

 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 the banning of Moat is now closed. The required quorum of 5 votes has NOT been met.

 Moat is NOT banned, the proposal can be submitted again in three months.

 New vote!

 Should Shacklegeist and Supreme Phantom be banned in Pioneer to reduce the supremacy of Spirit (9 wins out of 25 events)?


 5 votes in favour necessary, vote on Discord.


  • Event Number: Week 593 BE
  • Date: June 4
  • Attendance: 6
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Phyrexian
  • 1-loss: Deonmag with Archer, csrrcr with Wurm
  • Dark Horse Prize: AJ_Impy with Ranger
  • Tribes: Archer, God, Phyrexian, Ranger, Rat, Wurm
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 While the dreaded Phyrexians confirmed their high potential for dominance, this short-staffed Underdog event featured a few popular tribes that deserve a spot in the limelight. Archer has been a Deonmag favorite for a while, and while generally underpowered, it occasionally delivers good results in this unexpected hyper-aggro configuration. Who knew berserkers can also fight with a bow and arrow?


 Let's remain in monogreen. Wurm had grabbed its second win ever last March, and that same, budget-friendly concoction based on two Timmy/Tammy enablers like Elvish Piper and Quicksilver Amulet is still able to end in the money, as csrrcr can testify. Sometimes this format is still able to reward the jankiness, when it's well-crafted.


 It's not an extremely new tribe anymore, but Ranger has a lot to prove yet, if it wants to take a seat next to old-school classes like Archer or Scout (to name the two that famed Rangers Halana and Alena were, before their life partnership was officially celebrated). AJ_Impy gave his take on the current state of the tribe, and it doesn't look bad, thanks to a token theme sustained by Commander-based Somberwald Beastmaster and some gentle cascading into Glimpse of Tomorrow to chance it onto the battlefield.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of June 10, 2022):

  • Deonmag's Archers: $31.83
  • csrrcr's Wurms: $3.66
  • AJ_Impy's Rangers: $114.98

 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):

  • 12.22 (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: Morophon, the Boundless to be restricted to Shapeshifter tribes only.



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