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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 02 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 643 BE
  • Date: May 27
  • Attendance: 5
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Standard
  • Winner: AJ_Impy with Angel
  • 1-loss: Takeoutree with Werewolf, Deonmag with Vampire
  • Tribes: Angel, Nightmare, Vampire (x2), Werewolf
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Standard has changed since the last time we played it in Tribal Apocalypse. The rotation has been moved to three years (so the Werewolf deck fueled by the 2021 Innistrad sets got an extension of relevance), and some key cards that were meant to rotate in the fall have been banned. Something about Standard that not everyone had realized, but AJ_Impy promptly demonstrated, is that there are currently a lot of very famous Angels in the format.  There are two different versions of Giada from New Capenna; Sigarda and her dark sister Liesa from Innistrad; Linvala from Zendikar; and of course the very powerful Phyrexian Angel Atraxa. The latter suggests the inclusion of as many different card types as possible, which AJ did by bringing along 8 enchantments as removal, 2 planeswalkers and Steel Seraph in the tribal section as the resident artifact.


 A completely unexpected Standard tribe is Nightmare, which was the choice of new player Quarrenn (welcome to Tribal Apocalypse!). The list is organized around self-milling, provided by yet another Angel, but also by Cemetery Tampering and Soulcipher Board. Gloomfang Mauler is also able to place itself into the graveyard. At that point, Graveyard Shift, Soul Transfer, and Breach the Multiverse are meant to perform their recursion tricks of variable power level. It didn't work too often, but it's an interesting gameplan for a captivating tribe.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of June 2, 2023):

  • AJ_Impy's Angels: $165.76
  • Quarrenn's Nightmares: $57.14

 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):

  • 13.21 (Week 644 BE), on June 3: Underdog
  • 13.22 (Week 645 BE), on June 10: Pioneer
  • 13.23 (Week 646 BE), on June 17: Legacy
  • 13.24 (Week 647 BE), on June 24: 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.