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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jun 16 2023 8:58am

 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

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  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 645 BE
  • Date: June 10
  • Attendance: 5
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Pioneer
  • Winner: AJ_Impy with Troll
  • 1-loss: -DiamondDust- with Cleric, Deonmag with Vampire
  • Dark Horse Prize: AJ_Impy with Troll
  • Tribes: Cleric, Goblin, Troll, Vampire, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 With his third victory in a row, AJ_Impy achieves a hat trick (there's still honor in it even in these meager times), by scoring the second place in Trolls' whole career. I was the owner of their first success back in season 10, but my Troll list at the time was very different from AJ's, as it was a Golgari Food deck with a single Squee, Goblin Nabob to feed Lotleth Troll. Instead, AJ went with a monogreen Nykthos list, exploiting more recent color-intensive tribesmembers like Old-Growth Troll, as well as other devotion-heavy cards like Tribute to the World Tree. The only creatures shared by the two lists are Barkhide Troll and Feasting Troll King, since they're both great Nykthos enablers. Even Thrun passed from his old Last Troll incarnation to his current Breaker of Silence moniker. Times change.


 Along the same lines, let's have a look at the latest Pioneer introductions to a timeless archetype like Orzhov Vampires, especially while played by a specialist like Deonmag. Alongside consolidated mainstays like Gifted Aetherborn and Blood Baron of Vizkopa – which is still the primary reason to run white – we see a few additions from Innistrad: Crimson Vow, namely the powerful finisher Bloodvial Purveyor, the versatile Henrika Domnathi, the card-drawing engine Welcoming Vampire, and the Orzhov lord Edgar, Charmed Groom. It's a tribe that'll never lack quality members in any non-rotating format, but its abundance in these cases usually translates into an embarassment of riches, which might challenge the players to identify the more synergistic choices.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of June 16, 2023):

  • AJ_Impy's Trolls: $52.19
  • Deonmag's Vampires: $44.20

 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):

  • 13.23 (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.