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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jan 20 2023 11:02am

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   Table of Contents 

  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcements
  4. What's Next

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  • Event Number: Week 624 BE
  • Date: January 14
  • Attendance: 4
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • 1-loss: -DiamondDust- with Noble, csrrcr with Angel
  • Dark Horse Prize: Takeoutree with Aetherborn, Yokai_ with Ooze
  • Tribes: Aetherborn, Angel, Noble, Ooze
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Miniature event last week, which we can only hope it's going to be a freak occurrence due to some particularly unfavorable star alignment that made all our regulars have other places to be. There's something that I was toying with back when I was deciding if the tournament should undergo some radical changes this year. It was the idea of turning the general structure into league. There are different ways to do it on Gatherling, the simplest of which is just have regular Swiss pairings as usual, but you have 48 hours time to report a result, after which the next round starts (so round 1 would take from Saturday to Monday, round 2 from Monday to Wednesday, round 3 from Wednesday to Friday). It might accommodate people who aren't too keen on, or available to play all rounds on a Saturday afternoon/night. Of course nothing forbids us to still doing it, but the event progression would be more fluid this way. The league form has become prominent on MTGO for a reason. There are some kinks to iron out (for one thing, the event must be complete on Friday before noon UTC, otherwise I won't be able to write the article report), but it's worth considering. I'll tentatively put it to vote next week, after I see what everyone thinks about it.

 And now for the Pioneer decks of the week, here's -DiamondDust-'s list. It's Noble, if built as a subset of Mardu Vampires, and it's sort of the unofficial winner of the event.


 This deck ended with one loss, just like csrrcr's monowhite Angels, and the latter decided to forfeit playing a breakup round because they had already played and -DiamondDust- won the direct matchup. Still, I'm not confortable assigning a winner across such a small sample of players, so they count as second place and third place, in some mostly nonsensical way that I just made up.


 What else to feature. Well, there's Ooze, so I know I'll be featuring those. This is how Yokai_ fielded the lovely blobs, in another, failed attempt at having them win their first event.


 You know what, what the heck, I can't just leave one player out. So, yeah, we go the full distance with the last deck of the event, piloted by our host Takeoutree. It's a monoblack devotion Aetherborn build.


 See you next Friday for, hopefully, a less awkward showing!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of January 20, 2023):

  • -DiamondDust-'s Nobles: $21.84
  • csrrcr's Angels: $52.02
  • Yokai_'s Oozes: $21.80
  • Takeoutree's Aetherborns: $39.37

 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 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 in a specific format, they will not be allowed to register the same tribe and deck in that format again for 3 events (i.e. they'll have to register a different deck three times before coming back to the undefeated one). 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):

  • 13.03 (Week 625 BE), on January 21: Modern
  • 13.04 (Week 626 BE), on January 28: Commander 1v1

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.