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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Oct 21 2022 10:01am

 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

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  • Event Number: Week 612 BE
  • Date: October 15
  • Attendance: 9
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: Bandit Keith with Human
  • Runner-up: romellos with Elf
  • 1-loss: Yokai_ with Goblin, ThyShuffler with Zombie, Deonmag with Vampire
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Hippo
  • Tribes: Advisor, Angel, Elf, Goblin, Hippo, Human, Rogue, Vampire, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 It's not everyday, unfortunately, that one of the great tribal champions of the past comes back to join a Tribal Apocalypse event again. So it's with pleasure that I feature one of the occasional returns of romellos, who was the #1 player in 2014 but hasn't been a regular since at least 2016. His Elf deck is basically a reworking of the Standard Monogreen Stompy from a couple rotations ago, with Steel Leaf Champion heading the charge of other powerful three-drops, which becomes two-drop with the help of the various Elvish mana dorks on turn one. It's not a particularly original approach, but this is Pioneer, which still has to prove it can be a more complex environment than Standard.


 Speaking of Standard, this blue-black Rogue list by -DiamondDust- looks a lot like those that were dominating the format for a while last year, with Soaring Thought-Thief and Zareth San, and Drown in the Loch. And yet, it performed horribly here. So maybe Pioneer is more complex than I'm giving it credit for.


 Least expected tribe of the week (well, aside from those novelty Hippos, that is) has to be Advisor. The Esper build AJ_Impy went for includes several grinding life-draining effects (Kambal and Obzedat do it every turn, Queza does it every time the opponent casts a noncreature spell), but also the chase rare Ledger Shredder, which happens to belong to the tribe. It's the only non-legendary, so Mirror Box tries and mitigates that aspect.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of October 21, 2022):

  • romellos's Elves: $66.75
  • -DiamondDust-'s Rogues: $41.70
  • AJ_Impy's Advisors: $182.02

 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):

  • 12.41 (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.