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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 22 2022 10:05am

 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


 Two different votes this week, both regarding the calendar.

 Vote #1

 Should we move August 13's Standard event to September 17, so that it'll happen after the September 9 rotation? (This will cause September's Pioneer event to move to August in its place, and September's Modern event to happen one week earlier).

 Vote #2

 The format for July 30's Summer Festival event is still up in the air. Should we make it a four-round, four-deck event, where every round players use a different list, first Standard, then Pioneer, then Modern, then Legacy?

 5 votes in favour necessary for both, vote on Discord.


  • Event Number: Week 599 BE
  • Date: July 16
  • Attendance: 
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Warrior
  • Runner-up: Yokai_ with Zombie
  • 1-loss: csrrcr with Angels, Bandit Keith with Humans, dracocards with Humans
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Camel
  • Tribes: Angel, Camel, Cat, Dinosaur, Human (x2), Shapeshifter, Turtle, Vampire, Warrior, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 What's cooking in Pioneer, the eternally starting-up format? The top place last week was taken by a list that ThyShuffler has designed based on the Colossus Hammer/Sigarda's Aid combo. Unfortunately, neither Puresteel Paladin nor Stoneforge Mystic are legal in Pioneer, but Fighter Class and Resolute Strike are okay replacements and the Warrior base is functional, with several thematic members.


 Close to victory went these devotion-oriented Zombies by Yokai_. It's not usual to splash red with the walking dead, but I guess Mizzium Mortars is one hell of a removal in the format, and Kroxa is a powerful card that synergizes with the devotion.


 It was Naya Cats centered around super-lord Jetmir, Nexus of Revels for AJ_Impy. The list looks functional, with a lot of high-profile members, but it might be too slow to get going, with not enough fast token production to profit from the party Demon's support.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of July 22, 2022):

  • ThyShuffler's Warriors: $78.30
  • Yokai_'s Zombies: $153.06
  • AJ_Impy's Cats: $137.24

 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):

  • 12.28 (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.