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 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


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: Week 606 BE
  • Date: September 3
  • Attendance: 6
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: ThyShuffler with Scout
  • Runner-up: -DiamondDust- with Devil
  • 1-loss: Bandit Keith with Artificer, lovetapsmtg with Orgg
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Orgg
  • Tribes: Archer, Artificer, Devil, Drone, Orgg, Scout
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First Scout win since season 9, which is to say almost exactly three years have passed since the last time they ended on top. It was an Underdog event as well, and the list was based around a Melira-fueled infinite combo with (Safehold Elite:UMA), as it's expected from the tribe. But in ThyShuffler's game plan, it's not Blasting Station to seal the deal, it's either (Altar of Dementia:MH1) or Goblin Bombardment.

 

 Devil has become a very budget-friendly option, with a full list built without making compromises clocking at around 5 bucks. And they're very effective, too, as -DiamondDust- proved with this second place.

 

 A tribe you don't see often, in Underdog events or otherwise, is Drone. And you don't see them often mainly because they're very, very bad. But that didn't stop Takeoutree from trying! Specifically, by going for the almost completely unrelated yet novel wincon of Altar of the Brood, enabled by zero-cost artifacts and Banishing Knack plus its functional reprint Retraction Helix. Not something you see every day! Probably for a reason, since it's a three-card combo that's extremely vulnerable to any kind of creature removal.


THE HIGH PRICE OF WINNING

  

 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of September 9, 2022):

  • ThyShuffler's Scouts: $65.33
  • -DiamondDust-'s Devils: $5.06
  • Takeoutree's Drones: $36.35

 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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 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).


 WHAT'S NEXT

 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 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.
SEE YOU ALL IN THE #TRIBAL ROOM!

 

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