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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
May 12 2023 5:15pm

 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

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  • Event Number: Week 640 BE
  • Date: May 6
  • Attendance: 5
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Underdog
  • Winner: dracocards with Fox
  • 1-loss: Takeoutree with Dauthi, Deonmag with Archer
  • Dark Horse Prize: dracocards with Fox
  • Tribes: Archer, Dauthi, Fox, Imp, Monk
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Last week's top dog, Fox (pun intended and immediately regretted), is the third Unhallowed tribe so far to ear a first place in a small event (there was Egg the week before and Yeti in March). Unfortunately, we decided eight players is the minimum attendance to exit Unhallowed status, so while they're marked down as event winners, they still count as Unhallowed. This said, first-time victor dracocards had an interesting take on the largely dismissed vulpine tribe. This monowhite list is an "Auras matter" deck centered around All That Glitters. The Foxes have some built-in synergy with this strategy, primarily Light-Paws, Emperor's Voice. But mostly the chosen lineup is made of cheap early bodies that work well as Aura-carriers: Flutterfox gains flying, Selfless Samurai gets lifelink or acts as a protector of the main carrier, and Flourishing Fox, which could be a legitimate centerpiece in its own right in a different build, is there just as a reliable one-drop, since there are no other cycling cards in the deck.


 The other contender for Dark Horse of the week also did well. It was this Dauthi list by Takeoutree, in which the shadow theme is taken to its extremes: not only the deck incorporates the combo between Dauthi Cutthroat and Dauthi Embrace (it it 1998 again?); there is also Maze of Shadows as a precaution and, well, Shadowspear! Plus Lucille from the infamous The Walking Dead-themed Secret Lair. That's a different kind of shadow.


 AJ_Impy might not have taken part in the event, but we had actual Imps| The tribe has only been slightly more popular than Fox in the past (13 previous appearances versus 9), and new Tribal Wars competitor Hollow0n3 paid tribute to the little guys' mischievouness.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of May 5, 2023):

  • dracocards's Foxes: $3.58
  • Takeoutree's Dauthi: $17.89
  • Hollow0n3's Imps: $1.77

 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.

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 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 13.18 (Week 641 BE), on May 13: Modern
  • 13.19 (Week 642 BE), on May 20: Legacy
  • 13.20 (Week 643 BE), on May 27: Standard

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.