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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 18 2022 10:33am

 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


 Here's an interesting proposal. Should we allow the creatures on the back side of double-faced card (which, notably, show up in Scryfall searches) to be part of their respective tribes? Ruling-wise, the back doesn't exist except when the cards are on the stack or on the battlefield. Of course, tribes that are already big shouldn't need the boost. But what about small tribes?


 Therefore, new vote!

 Should Endangered Tribes (i.e. tribes with 50 members or less) be allowed to have the back face of double-faced cards count towards the tribal quota of a deck?

 5 votes in favour necessary, vote on Discord.


  • Event Number: Week 616 BE
  • Date: November 12
  • Attendance: 10
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: Takeoutree with Samurai
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Cleric, romellos with Vampire, -DiamondDust- with Vampire, KMDBroken with Angel
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Fox
  • Up-and-Coming Award: Takeoutree with Samurai
  • Tribes: Angel (x2), Cleric, Fox, Human, Samurai, Vampire (x4)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Back to back Up-and-Coming Awards! Last week, it was Ranger that lost the Unhallowed status. This time it's been the turn of  an old-timer like Samurai, first introduced with Champions of Kamigawa in 2004. Thanks to Takeoutree's list and piloting skills, the Bushi are now the 100th tribe to have won a Tribal Apocalypse event. Huzzah!


 Humans are close to the point when they won't be legal as a tribe anymore (after their 75th win), but it's not like they can't be built in interesting configurations. Check this 5-color "legendary matters" Jodah-centered deck by Yokai_, for instance. To call back to Kamigawa, Mirror Box is the only noncreature spell in the build.


 Mostly Kamigawa natives are also the humanoid Foxes, inspired to the Japanese Kitsune. This deck by lovetapsmtg is all about those.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of November 18, 2022):

  • Takeoutree's Samurai: $35.25
  • Yokai_'s Humans: $82.86
  • lovetapsmtg's Foxes: $1.75

 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):

  • 12.45 (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.