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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Dec 30 2022 11:18am

 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 composition of next year's calendar is undergoing. This week we won't have an event, yet next Friday I'll still write an article, featuring decks by 2022's top players. I'll have finalized the calendar by then. Meanwhile, rest assured 2023's first event on January 7 will be Underdog, as usual.

 The vote too choose the fate of Standard in the new calendar has closed. The majority opted for reducing the impact of the rotating format by half. I'll try and place the Standard events halfway inbetween the release of new Standard-legal sets. As for what to replace the other half with, the most voted format has been, surprisingly, Commander 1v1, so we'll have a few of that. But we'll also have a couple of the runner-ups, namely Penny Dreadful and Peasant.


 Speaking of the latter, it's been noted that it's not the only format excluding rares. Artisan has been evoked, but that's a Magic Arena format, since it incorporates Alchemy cards (it's either played using the Standard pool, which I doubt was what was being proposed, or using the Historic pool). I imagine SilverBlack was the intended potential alternative format to Peasant – the former allows for any number of uncommons, while the latter only gives you an allotment of 5 per deck. I'll launch another vote to see if there's a preference between these two, although Peasant seems to have a more active community than SilverBlack (which doesn't even have an entry in the MTG Wiki, weirdly). It doesn't really matter as far as we're concerned, but it's the reason why it wasn't listed as an option to begin with.


  • Event Number: Week 622 BE
  • Date: December 24
  • Attendance: 7
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Classic Christmas
  • Winner: csrrcr with Angel
  • 1-loss: lovetapsmtg with Gnome, ThyShuffler with Human, -DiamondDust- with Artificer
  • Dark Horse Prize: lovetapsmtg with Gnome
  • Tribes: Angel, Archer, Artificer, Construct, Gnome (x2), Human
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 The season was brought to an end cementing a new, astonishing record for the Hamtastic Award, with -DiamondDust- collecting 50 different tribes in a single season. The previous record was hold by Nagarjuna, who registered 44 tribes in 2018. Notably, it'll be impossible to beat -DiamondDust-, as long as we'll keep having only 50 events per season.

 For the rest, the Christmas Event was won by Angel, which felt appropriate. The success by csrrcr also marks the 6th different winner in 9 events – piloting 8 different tribes, no less.


 Here's another season's greeting, with AJ_Impy remembering the type of gift he would find under the tree back in the time.


 And in the MTG universe, Santa's toymakers cannot be Elves. They have to be Gnomes, right? At least, that's what lovetapsmtg figured. Although these helpers have a lot of helpers of their own. And a very peculiar Santa.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of December 30, 2022):

  • csrrcr's Angels: $48.97
  • AJ_Impy's Robots: $88.51
  • lovetapsmtg's Gnomes: $10.95

 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):

  • 13.01 (Week 623 BE), on January 7: Underdog

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.