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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 30 2022 11:03am

 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


  • Event Number: Week 609 BE
  • Date: September 24
  • Attendance: 11
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Spirit
  • Runner-up: AJ_Impy with Human
  • 1-loss: Deonmag with Zombie, ThyShuffler with Human
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Hyena, GringoP with Monger
  • Tribes: Dog, Faerie, Human (x2), Hyena, Kavu, Merfolk, Monger, Soldier, Spirit, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 It's been a while since we featured a (ugh) Human list, particularly in Legacy. Let's see what the mega-mega-tribe is up to these days. AJ_Impy's runner-up list is a "legendary matters" build with Jodah, the Unifier as a centerpiece, and of course Knight of New Alara. Those bodies are bound to get gigantic. Alongside five-color payoffs like The Kami War, the list features a number of cards that have just been released. Speaking of which, the Dominaria United tribal evaluation is out and about! Read that until it's hot! The related Commander product, from which cards like Fallaji Wayfarer and Jared Carthalion come from, will be ready next week.


 Virtually the same except entirely different, ThyShuffler's Human deck takes the form of an Academy Rector build, aiming to win through big "Bolas" enchantments like Cruel Reality and Overwhelming Splendor. One thing cannot be denied about Humans: they sure contain multitudes.


 But enough about big successful tribes. Let's talk Mongers, whatever they were supposed to be, since nobody actually remembers they once existed for five minutes, let alone why (there are many "WUT?!" moments in their wiki's page). Nobody but GringoP! Hilariously, this deck has a "five colors matter" card that could fit the first Human deck, and a Curse in common with the second. The Mongers have all the trinkets and know all the tricks! (This is actually canon!)



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of September 30, 2022):

  • AJ_Impy's Humans: $76.27
  • ThyShuffler's Humans: $186.22
  • GringoP's Mongers: $4.98

 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):

  • 12.38 (Week 610 BE), on October 1: Underdog
  • 12.39 (Week 611 BE), on October 8: Standard
  • 12.40 (Week 612 BE), on October 15: Pioneer
  • 12.41 (Week 613 BE), on October 22: Modern
  • 12.42 (Week 614 BE), on October 29: Halloween

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.