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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 04 2022 9:01am

 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

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series


 Now that we've solved the Spike infestation, what about the Spike tribes? It's easily done, along the same lines. Like this:

  • Once a tribe reaches first place in any event 75 times, it stops being legal in Tribal Apocalypse, while remaining legal in Tribal Post-Apocalypse.

 So Human has two more wins left. The second place, Elf, has 33.


  • Event Number: Week 614 BE
  • Date: October 29
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Halloween
  • Winner: AJ_Impy with Phyrexian
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Vampire, Yokai_ with Vampire, lovetapsmtg with Horror
  • Dark Horse Prize: -DiamondDust- with Shade
  • Tribes: Horror, Nightmare, Phyrexian, Shade, Vampire (x3), Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 The Phyrexians took over Halloween. Say it ain't so! The new invasion really proceeds as planned. AJ_Impy claims no responsibility in the matter. I like that being compleated is a "treat" for Phyrexians.


 And then we had a bunch of Vampires, as usual. I'm thinking we should ban something out of the typical lineup, just to push Vampire players into making more interesting choices. It's what I've done myself. Of course the list thoroughly failed, but it was fun to try and transform Voldaren Pariah. I killed two of AJ's Phyrexian Obliterators that way. And then he top-decked big Sheoldred, making me sacrifice my Abolisher of Bloodlines. And then I dropped Henrika Domnathi, making him sacrifice Sheoldred. And I still lost that game. But I won another, so that made my tournament! (See, this should be the Spirit).


 By the way, to keep with the theme implied in the deck's name, I ran this version of Blood Artist. To be honest, I shouldn't have included any Blood Artists at all, since they had no synergies in the list, but I feel in love with that artwork.

 Finally, the Horror! This is the very successful one-buck list that lovetapsmtg piloted to a 2-1 score. It's the most Halloween-y of them all, because it's a deck that pairs All Hallow's Eve with discard outlets, like a veritable Living End at home. And look, that Emrakul-enthralled flying lady is there again! Who's a Pariah now?



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of November 4, 2022):

  • AJ_Impy's Phyrexians: $315.32
  • _Kumagoro_'s Vampires: $3.72
  • lovetapsmtg's Horrors: $1.67

 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):

  • 12.43 (Week 615 BE), on November 5: Underdog
  • 12.44 (Week 616 BE), on November 12: Standard
  • 12.45 (Week 617 BE), on November 19: Pioneer
  • 12.46 (Week 618 BE), on November 26: 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.