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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Apr 21 2023 10:03am

 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


  • Event Number: Week 637 BE
  • Date: April 15
  • Attendance: 5
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Modern
  • Winner: -DiamondDust- with Ally
  • 1-loss: Deonmag with Vampire, Rakura with Human
  • Tribes: Ally, Human, Merfolk, Snake, Vampire
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 We're back in business, if still under-attended. But we're working to have a new prize pool. Everything goes well, we'll be able to afford 3 tix for the winner, 1 tix for the Dark Horse, and 1 tix for the undefeated runner-up, if it exists (otherwise it'll be cumulatively put aside for one-time special prizes). It'll be dependent on attendance, though. At least 6 players, perhaps 8. Stay tuned.

 Meanwhile, most recent Penny Dreadful-winning tribe Ally got a first place in a Modern event, too. This time -DiamondDust- was piloting them, and his list is quite different from Yokai_'s. In fact, Hada Freeblade, Kazandu Blademaster and Ondu Cleric are the only nonland cards in common, with the Modern deck reducing the color spread from 5 to 3, and mostly playing as a Selesnya build with a minor black splash. As a consequence, it features tribal members you rarely see otherwise, like Beastcaller Savant from the second wave of Allies in Battle for Zendikar. To his credit, this is not the first time -DiamondDust- brought this concoction to Tribal Apocalypse, and it went undefeated once before in 2021. He's also one of few players to consistently run the underused card advantage spell Winding Way.


 Next, let's celebrate the return of Rakura, once a Tribal Wars regular, who was missing around these part since 2014! Welcome back! Unlike the Allies from above, these Humans are full five-colored, although they had to use City of Brass in lieu of Cavern of Souls, I suppose for budgetary reasons. I find pleasantly quirky that the only noncreature nonland in this deck is Huatli, Radiant Champion, of all cards.


 And we also give a warm welcome to Hollow0n3, already known as a PureMTGO writer, and debuting in Tribal Apocalypse with these Merfolk. Hope to see you back often!



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of April 21, 2023):

  • -DiamondDust-'s Allies: $7.14
  • Rakura's Humans: $17.62
  • Hollow0n3's Merfolk: $19.88

 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

 NOTES: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85; Penny Dreadful events aren't counted.


 Just to remind you of a few things:

 The Up-and-Coming Virtual Plaque: When a tribe wins an event for the first time ever (losing Unhallowed status), its pilot will get bragging rights.

 The New Kids on the Block Imaginary Commemorative Plate: 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 everyone's respect. You'll need a hard win, not a BYE or a win by no-show of your opponent. Tribes currently eligible: none. 

 The Hamtastic Trophy: The Biodiversity distinction dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg is awarded to each player who registers the most different tribes (except Human, Elf and Goblin) during the year.

 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):

  • 13.15 (Week 638 BE), on April 22: SilverBlack

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.