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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Dec 02 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

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


 Just a quick note about things to discuss in the near future.

  1. The reworking of the calendar for 2023 season to include more low-budget events (e.g. Silverback, Penny Dreadful) in lieu of Standard.
  2. What do we do for the Christmas Special of December 24?
  3. Do we need/want to keep Universes Beyond cards legal in the format, now that there's going to be way more than a handful of them?



  • Event Number: Week 618 BE
  • Date: November 26
  • Attendance: 7
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Minotaur
  • 1-loss: Deonmag with Zombie, ThyShuffler with Human, -DiamondDust- with Nightmare
  • Dark Horse Prize: AJ_Impy with Robot, lovetapsmtg with Thalakos
  • Up-and-Coming Award: Yokai_ with Minotaur
  • Tribes: Hag, Human, Minotaur, Nightmare, Robot, Thalakos, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 The Up-and-Coming tribes keep... coming, with the third occurrence of a first-time winner in four weeks. This time it was the turn of Minotaur, and I for one was surprised to find out the horned fellas never ended first place once before across 11 years of trying. In fact, they only had two very old second places to their name, one in 2013 and another in 2014. Yokai_, who had already promoted Ranger out of the Unhallowed list at the beginning of November, made Minotaur the 100th tribe to ever win a Tribal Apocalypse event. In a shocking twist, it didn't involve the use of Didgeridoo at all, but the key of the list was still a tribe-specific ear-splitting card, the Timmy/Tammy-approved Deathbellow War Cry.


 Here's a tribe that was "hallowed" five years ago, and then kind of forgotten despite getting a lot of strong new members since. -DiamondDust- tried to put Nightmare on the map again, and, to be fair, almost succeeded. This lineup looks really solid.


 And this is what a Universes Beyond deck looks like. Yup, it's Robot, as in Transformers. Apparently, AJ_Impy is very fond of the things.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of December 2, 2022):

  • Yokai_'s Minotaurs: $149.26
  • _DiamondDust-'s Nightmares: $33.12
  • AJ_Impy's Robots: $121.94

 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):

  • 12.47 (Week 619 BE), on December 3: Underdog
  • 12.48 (Week 620 BE), on December 10: Standard
  • 12.49 (Week 621 BE), on December 17: Modern
  • 12.50 (Week 622 BE), on December 24: Christmas Special

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.