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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Jul 28 2023 10:45am

 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 651 BE
  • Date: July 22
  • Attendance: 5
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Commander 1v1
  • Winner: -DiamondDust- with Vampire
  • 1-loss: Yokai_ with Rogue, AJ_Impy with Knight
  • Tribes: Goblin, Knight, Rogue, Vampire, Vampire
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Here's the five commanders that battled last week in the Commander event.


 And this is the winner, the happy Vampire honeymooner Edgar Markov, with an entourage put together by -DiamondDust. Edgar managed to appear twice in the event, but -DiamondDust-'s version is the original Mardu-colored one from Commander 2017, back when he hadn't yet fallen in with Olivia Voldaren (who, notably, is not in the deck) and her machinations. He's harder to cast than Edgar, Charmed Groom, but he's also a stronger tribal lord, making extra bloodsuckers and then boosting all of them. Reason why this is a 100% tribal list with zero off-tribe elements. And no Sol Ring, as crazy as it sounds. When asked about it, -DiamondDust- answered: "With so many one- and two-drops (half of which require double-colored pips) and only 8 cards over 3 CMC, four of which I didn't actually want to cast without other Vampires already in play, it felt unnecessary."


by -DiamondDust-

1 Adanto Vanguard
1 Anje, Maid of Dishonor
1 Blood Artist
1 Bloodghast
1 Bloodline Keeper
1 Bloodthrone Vampire
1 Bloodtithe Harvester
1 Bloodvial Purveyor
1 Callous Bloodmage
1 Captivating Vampire
1 Champion of Dusk
1 Cordial Vampire
1 Cruel Celebrant
1 Drana, Liberator of Malakir
1 Dusk Legion Zealot
1 Duskborne Skymarcher
1 Elenda, the Dusk Rose
1 Falkenrath Gorger
1 Falkenrath Pit Fighter
1 Florian, Voldaren Scion
1 Forerunner of the Legion
1 Gifted Aetherborn
1 Indulgent Aristocrat
1 Insolent Neonate
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Knight of the Ebon Legion
1 Legion Lieutenant
1 Malakir Bloodwitch
1 Markov Baron
1 Martyr of Dusk
1 Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle
1 Nighthawk Scavenger
1 Nocturnal Feeder
1 Nullpriest of Oblivion
1 Olivia's Bloodsworn
1 Rakish Heir
1 Sanctum Seeker
1 Skymarcher Aspirant
1 Stromkirk Captain
1 Stromkirk Condemned
1 Vampire Lacerator
1 Vampire Nighthawk
1 Vampire of the Dire Moon
1 Vampire Socialite
1 Vicious Conquistador
1 Viscera Seer
1 Voldaren Epicure
1 Vraan, Executioner Thane
1 Yahenni, Undying Partisan
1 Anguished Unmaking
1 Arcane Signet
1 Bloodchief's Thirst
1 Boros Signet
1 Fatal Push
1 Go for the Throat
1 Infernal Grasp
1 Orzhov Signet
1 Path to Exile
1 Rakdos Signet
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Vindicate
1 Battlefield Forge
1 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Blightstep Pathway
1 Blood Crypt
1 Brightclimb Pathway
1 Caves of Koilos
1 City of Brass
1 Clifftop Retreat
1 Command Tower
1 Concealed Courtyard
1 Dragonskull Summit
1 Fabled Passage
1 Fetid Heath
1 Godless Shrine
1 Graven Cairns
1 Haunted Ridge
1 Inspiring Vantage
1 Isolated Chapel
1 Needleverge Pathway
1 Plaza of Heroes
1 Reflecting Pool
1 Rugged Prairie
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Secluded Courtyard
1 Shattered Sanctum
1 Sulfurous Springs
1 Sundown Pass
1 Unclaimed Territory
1 Voldaren Estate
3 Mountain
3 Plains
3 Swamp
1 Edgar Markov

 To fully cover the five colors of mana, let's give a special mention to Yokai_ and his Simic Rogue list with classic Vintage, Legacy and Commander darling Edric, Spymaster of Trest at the helm. As popular as Edric is, it's almost embarrassing to find out he was never printed in the contemporary, fancy legendary frame. In fact, it was only printed four times, in Commander (aka Commander 2011), Commander's Arsenal, Conspiracy and Commander 2016. Anyway, this is a Saboteur Tempo deck with lots of ways to enable Edric, Time Walk effects and countermagic.

by Yokai_

1 Brinebarrow Intruder
1 Faerie Impostor
1 Faerie Mastermind
1 Faerie Miscreant
1 Faerie Vandal
1 Glasspool Mimic
1 Invisible Stalker
1 Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief
1 Jaspera Sentinel
1 Jhessian Infiltrator
1 Latchkey Faerie
1 Looter il-Kor
1 Marang River Prowler
1 Master Thief
1 Mercurial Spelldancer
1 Merfolk Windrobber
1 Network Disruptor
1 Pestermite
1 Rogue Refiner
1 Sakashima of a Thousand Faces
1 Sakashima the Impostor
1 Shardless Agent
1 Silhana Ledgewalker
1 Slither Blade
1 Suspicious Stowaway
1 Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive
1 Thada Adel, Acquisitor
1 Thieving Skydiver
1 Triton Shorestalker
1 Yuan-Ti Malison
1 Zulaport Duelist
1 Masked Vandal
1 Mothdust Changeling
1 Realmwalker
1 Arbor Elf
1 Birds of Paradise
1 Boreal Druid
1 Delighted Halfling
1 Elvish Mystic
1 Fyndhorn Elves
1 Hope of Ghirapur
1 Llanowar Elves
1 Mausoleum Wanderer
1 Siren Stormtamer
1 Spellstutter Sprite
1 Blossoming Defense
1 Capture of Jingzhou
1 Chrome Mox
1 Counterspell
1 Cyclonic Rift
1 Daze
1 Dig Through Time
1 Fierce Guardianship
1 Filter Out
1 Force of Will
1 Mana Drain
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Notorious Throng
1 Raise the Palisade
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Snap
1 Sol Ring
1 Temporal Manipulation
1 Time Warp
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Unified Will
1 Witness Protection
1 Barkchannel Pathway
1 Boseiju, Who Endures
1 Botanical Sanctum
1 Breeding Pool
1 Cavern of Souls
1 Command Tower
1 Flooded Grove
1 Flooded Strand
1 Gemstone Caverns
1 Hinterland Harbor
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Otawara, Soaring City
1 Pendelhaven
1 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Strip Mine
1 Tropical Island
1 Wasteland
1 Waterlogged Grove
1 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
1 Yavimaya Coast
1 Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth
5 Forest
4 Island



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of July 28, 2023):

  • -DiamondDust's Vampires: $36.79
  • Yokai_'s Rogues: $127.30

 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):

  • 13.29 (Week 652 BE), on July 29: Summer Festival

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.