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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 29 2022 10:06am

 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


 Here's the rules for tomorrow's Summer Festival special event!

  • The event is 4 rounds of Swiss.
  • Each round will be a different format of Tribal Wars. Round 1 is Standard, Round 2 is Pioneer, Round 3 is Modern, and Round 4 is Legacy.
  • Each player must register 4 different decks, one for each round.
  • All the decks must share the same tribe.
  • Human is banned as a tribe.
  • Normal bans and restrictions for each of the formats apply.
  • Register the Standard deck on Gatherling as the main deck, then put the other three on the notes section, in order, clearly indicating which format they belong to.

 Enjoy! Hope you're having a great summer!


  • Event Number: Week 600 BE
  • Date: July 23
  • Attendance: 
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Human
  • Runner-up: ThyShuffler with Zombie
  • 1-loss: csrrcr with Merfolk, AJ_Impy with Archon
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Trilobite
  • Tribes: Archon, Bear, Elemental, Human (x2), Merfolk, Sliver, Trilobite, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Why did we often ban Humans in special events? In the case of the Summer event, it's mostly because it's ridiculously easy to field a Human deck in any format, so it's not really a deckbuilding challenge at all. But also, Humans can lead to killer multicolored builds like this one, when players care to remember about it. Yokai_ did.


 Runner-up of the week was ThyShuffler, who was piloting a slightly more unusual Zombie combo list based on Phyrexian Altar and Altar of the Brood. But Zombie Apocalypse is also part of the deal, and that's one cool card.


 Don't I wish more lists like these monogreen Bears by Takeoutree were entered every week, especially in Legacy events? Sure I do. Too bad Bears aren't exactly equipped to compete.


 It didn't help that MTGO is still missing some of the new ones, like Wilson, Refined Grizzly. Also, one of the best Bears ever, Oyaminartok, was made into a freaking Alchemy card. Damn you, Alchemy!




 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of July 29, 2022):

  • Yokai_'s Humans: $77.78
  • ThyShuffler's Zombies: $79.20
  • Takeoutree's Bears: $36.04

 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):

  • 12.29 (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.