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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Dec 23 2022 11:57am

 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


 Time to craft a new calendar for the 2023 season! The presence of Standard as a monthly format has been often questioned, and it's usually deemed as a the less interesting format. So this will be the crux of the changes for next year.

 Question A: Let's choose a way to replace Standard. Choose one.

  1. Leave Standard be.
  2. Replace half the Standard events, rounded up (currently 9, they'd go down to 4, ideally halfway through each rotation).
  3. Replace all the Standard events, making Standard a one-of special event at most.

 Question B: What to replace Standard with. Choose one or more.

  1. Penny Dreadful (only cards worth 0.02 tix or less).
  2. Peasant (no rares, up to 5 uncommons).
  3. Pauper (commons only).
  4. Multi-tribal (a different tribe every round, Unified Constructed, Legacy).
  5. Commander 1v1.
  6. Brawl 1v1.
  7. None of the above.

 Vote on Discord. For Question A, most voted option wins. For Question B, the three most voted options will be inserted in the new calendar.


  • Event Number: Week 621 BE
  • Date: December 17
  • Attendance: 9
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: Yokai_ with Human
  • 1-loss: ThyShuffler with Zombie, csrrcr with Merfolk, AJ_Impy with Phyrexian, -DiamondDust- with Demon
  • Dark Horse Prize: GringoP with Yeti, lovetapsmtg with Yeti
  • Tribes: Demon, Human, Merfolk, Phyrexian, Rhino, Vampire, Yeti (x2), Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 We're close to say goodbye to Human! One single win is left for the 75-win threshold to be crossed! (Actually, it's half a win, but I doubt it'll wait until we have another format where two tribes share the win). Last week, Yokai_ built another step towards that goal with this Food list. Which actually reminds us Humans can do cool builds too. Heck, maybe we'll put their destiny to a vote, eventually. Although a solution to preserve this type of deck doesn't seem easy to concoct. The secondary tribes here are all over the map, even the Humans themselves don't share a single subtype.


 Here's some highly thematic winter extravaganza. When was the last time an event featured not one but TWO Yeti decks? Let me check... never? I didn't actually check, but Yeti was played only 5 times before, I doubt it ever happened twice in a single event. The odds must be astronomical. The two lists are even fairly different. GringoP built a monored Snow-centered deck.


 ...whereas the Yetis by lovetapsmtg are Gruul, and featured unrelated, quirkier interactions like Serum Powder with Eternal Scourge. Incredibly, the two decks share only one tribal member, Ohran Yeti, and don't even agree on their Snow-based removal of choice, with Skred in the first list and Frost Bite in the second.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of December 23, 2022):

  • Yokai_'s Humans: $153.76
  • GringoP's Yetis: $5.27
  • lovetapsmtg's Yetis: $21.99

 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. -DiamondDust-'s Dinosaurs, $0.98, 2nd place on Event 539
  2. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  3. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  4. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  5. kokonade1000's Berserkers, $2.95, 2nd place on Event 354

 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):

  • 12.50 (Week 622 BE), on December 24: Classic Christmas (no blue, no black, 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.