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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 02 2022 11:32am

 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 Devoted Druid is now closed. The required quorum of 5 votes has been met. Devoted Druid is now restricted to its tribes (Druid, Elf) in all formats where it's legal.


 The vote for Stoneforge Mystic is also closed. The required forum of 5 votes has not been met. Stoneforge Mystic's legality is unchanged.


  • Event Number: Week 605 BE
  • Date: August 27
  • Attendance: 9
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Human
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Druid, csrrcr with Merfolk, Yokai_ with Wizard, Deonmag with Zombie
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Antelope
  • Tribes: Antelope, Druid, Dwarf, Human, Merfolk, Rogue, Squirrel, Wizard, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 One of the best things of late era Tribal Apocalypse is how effortless has become to have "singularity" events, where every players runs a different tribe. It used to be extremely difficult back in the time, and it's not just the effect of a reduced attendance, although that clearly helps. Statistically, if you drop from 18 tribal players to 9, you shouldn't necessarily remove only the duplicate tribes. But it's happening regularly these days.


 Back to last week's event, there's no way I feature yet another Human win, and the first of the one-losses in tie-breaker order was a Chain of Smog/Witherbloom Apprentice combo, which we already featured in the past. So let's go with Merfolk, I guess. Not that csrrcr's list (or anyone else's in Legacy) is anything surprising, but seeing some fishies doing relatively well is always nice.


 Less well went -DiamondDust-'s attempt at a fair Colossus Hammer deck with Dwarves. Turns out four-drop Bruenor Battlehammer is not enough of a replacement to one-drop Sigarda's Aid and the likes.


 Bizarro tribe of the week was Antelope. Of course the moment we read the name of one of those tribes, we already know it's being piloted by lovetapsmtg, seeking the sweet Underdog Prize reward by any means necessary.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of September 2, 2022):

  • csrrcr's Merfolk: $125.49
  • -DiamonDust-'s Dwarves: $19.02
  • lovetapsmtg's Antelopes: $20.93

 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):

  • 12.34 (Week 606 BE), on September 3: Underdog
  • 12.35 (Week 607 BE), on September 10: Pioneer
  • 12.36 (Week 608 BE), on September 17: Modern
  • 12.37 (Week 609 BE), on September 24: Legacy

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.