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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Nov 25 2022 10:19am

 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


 The vote to allow the Endangered Tribes to count in their tribal quota the members printed on the back face of double-faced cards has closed. Surprisingly, the required quorum of 5 votes has not been met. I think it's worth trying again down the line. Maybe involving all Underdog-legal tribes instead, as it was alternatively proposed, as more of those are potentially affected by such a change.



  • Event Number: Week 617 BE
  • Date: November 19
  • Attendance: 8
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: -DiamondDust- with Knight
  • 1-loss: Yokai_ with Ooze, lovetapsmtg with Mole
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Mole
  • New Kids on the Block Award: lovetapsmtg with Mole
  • Tribes: Angel, Cat, Construct, Knight, Minotaur, Mole, Ooze, Vampire
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 First win by Knights in more than two years. They used to be a major contender in the distant past (they won six events in 2014, piloted by four different players). Their last hurrah was back when Throne of Eldraine was legal in Standard. They had never done much since. This was also the first time they ended on top in a Pioneer event. -DiamondDust-'s list indeed appears to be a revival of their 2019-2020 Standard glory, albeit with an updated land base.


 I always like to showcase Oozes, especially when they do well, always hoping for that elusive first place. Yokai_ played the mighty blobs with the support of a few cards that enhance or feed off their natural +1/+1 counter-ness, namely Hardened Scales, Avatar of the Resolute, Winding Constrictor, and Rishkar, Peema Renegade. Close but no cigar. They'll get there eventually.


 Bizarro result of the week: Mole won its first match, courtesy of lovetapsmtg. In fact, it won its second, too! They had never actually gotten around to it because their virtual third member, Drillworks Mole from Baldur's Gate, is still missing or hard to come by on MTGO. But The Brothers' War just added Ravenous Gigamole, so all's well that ends well. Speaking of which, the tribal evaluation for the Urza v. Mishra set is in progress. Will be ready for next week.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of November 25, 2022):

  • -DiamondDust-'s Knights: $24.16
  • Yokai_'s Oozes: $73.07
  • lovetapsmtg's Moles: $10.65

 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):

  • 12.46 (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.