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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 08 2022 11:34am

 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 allowing a 7-card sideboard of Lesson cards is now closed. The required quorum of 5 votes has been met. The change is approved, effective immediately. All formats now have a 8-card sideboard upper limit, 1 for a Companion, 7 for Lessons. It's entirely optional, and it doesn't need to be completely filled, a player is free to run fewer Lesson cards than the maximum. It's also very low-impact, because so far there's only a small amount of cards with the learn mechanic and only six of them are creatures.



 New vote!

 Should Glistener Elf be banned in all formats where it's legal, in order to push Phyrexian away from infect-based builds?

 5 votes in favour necessary, vote on Discord.


  • Event Number: Week 597 BE
  • Date: July 2
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Phyrexian
  • 1-loss: Bandit Keith with Dryad, Deonmag with Archer, Yokai_ with Ranger
  • Dark Horse Prize: AJ_Impy with Beholder, lovetapsmtg with Licid
  • New Kids on the Block Award: AJ_Impy with Beholder
  • Tribes: Archer, Beholder, Crab, Dryad, Licid, Phyrexian, Ranger, Skeleton
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 And there they are, the infect Phyrexians, winning three of the last four Underdog event, this time while piloted by ThyShuffler. These victories have been achieved by three different players, which is a sign of a more widespread trend with the tribe. Hopefully, by taking away their one-drop, the infect appeal with disappear. Despire having been introduced only recently, Phyrexian is a large tribe that's going to become larger and larger over time (a return to New Phyrexia seems likely to happen next year), and it contains diverse strategies. Infect is just the easiest to build and one of the most efficient.


 Ranger is another tribe that only existed for little more than one year (at least in modern Magic), but has already passed the 50-member threshold, and seems destined to steadily grow in the future. The list by Yokai_ is a Green Sun's Zenith toolbox featuring some great white and green utility Rangers like Jadelight Ranger, Ranger-Captain of Eos and Scryb Ranger.


 And if Ranger was re-introduced in large measure to benefit the novel Dungeons & Dragons parallel universe, Beholder is completely native of that setting, and it has finally reached three active members on MTGO after the last Treasure Chest update that added Ghastly Death Tyrant from Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate. AJ_Impy jumped at the chance of being the first to win a match with the eye tyrants – and that's exactly what he did.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of July 8, 2022):

  • ThyShuffler's Phyrexians: $80.87
  • Yokai_'s Rangers: $143.63
  • AJ_Impy's Beholders: $258.52

 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):

  • 12.26 (Week 598 BE), on July 9: Standard
  • 12.27 (Week 599 BE), on July 16: Pioneer
  • 12.28 (Week 600 BE), on July 23: Legacy
  • 12.29 (Week 601 BE), on July 30: Summer Festival

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.


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