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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 17 2022 10:08am

 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 banning Shacklegeist and Supreme Phantom in Pioneer is now closed. The required quorum of 5 votes has been met. The two cards are banned in all Pioneer events, effective immediately.


 New vote!

 Should the Top Player Lockout be changed to strictly affect events of the same type rather than any subsequent event? Meaning that a top player that ends undefeated with a given tribe/strategy within a specific event (e.g. Spirit in Pioneer) won't be allowed to play that tribe/strategy again during the three next events of the same type (e.g. the next three Pioneer events), but they could play it in other types of events in between. (NOTE: In this case the number of locked events is lowered from five to three to match the limited number of events of a specific type that are held during the year).

 5 votes in favour necessary, vote on Discord.


  • Event Number: Week 594 BE
  • Date: June 11
  • Attendance: 9
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Human
  • 1-loss: Yokai_ with Angel, Takeoutree with Warlock, ThyShuffler with Cleric, dracocards with Spirit
  • Dark Horse Prize: -DiamondDust- with Citizen, lovetapsmtg with Moonfolk
  • Tribes: Angel, Citizen, Cleric, Human, Moonfolk, Praetor, Spirit, Vampire, Warlock
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 This was our first Standard event since the release of Streets of New Capenna, and sure enough, one of the most striking new tribal cards made an immediate appearance. We're talking of Giada, Font of Hope, of course, launching Angels of any format into a new era of extreme turn-three efficiency. The list that Yokai_ proposed perfectly reflects this unexpected new look for the tribe, featuring a whopping 20 members of mana value 3 or less.


 As the recently introduced signature black spellcaster, Warlock is an up-and-coming tribe that's counting the events before it'll finally get to leave the Unhallowed list. Even a Standard event could be the right terrain to accomplish that, as we can surmise from the successful deck our host Takeoutree piloted last week.


 Despite the endless "next set hype" that characterizes the daily routine of contemporary Magic, last February's historical return to Kamigawa has not faded away in our memory yet. Among other things, it marked a new focus on the long-neglected Moonfolk tribe. Was it enough to fuel a solid lineup for Standard? Unfortunately, at least if we're to judge from lovetapsmtg's tentative build, I'd say: probably not. Technically, Tameshi, Reality Architect lends himself to a ninjutsu deck, but the fact that he's otherwise their only new rare doesn't help their cause – and lovetapsmtg didn't even bother running him anyway.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of June 17, 2022):

  • Yokai_'s Angels: $48.61
  • Takeoutree's Warlocks: $24.04
  • player's tribe: $8.58

 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):

  • 12.23 (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.