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By: Kumagoro42, Gianluca Aicardi
Sep 22 2023 9:41am

 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 659 BE
  • Date: September 16
  • Attendance: 5
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Legacy
  • Winner: -DiamondDust- with Goblin
  • 1-loss: Takeoutree with Warlock, Deonmag with Zombie
  • Tribes: Angel, Goblin, Trilobite, Warlock, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 While announcing that the Magic's 30th Anniversary Special in two weeks will revisit the Alpha Tribes (i.e. the tribes that were there at the very beginning, when Limited Edition Alpha was released in August 1993), and that I won't foresee a switch to "Typal Apocalypse" (more on that on a future instalment of this series), I want to welcome new player Ilcaster, as well as congratulate old veterans -DiamondDust- and Deonmag for their best and second best placements on last week's Legacy event with format's mainstays Goblin and Zombie, respectively. But let's feature the lists for something juicier, shall we? What about Trilobite?


 Quarrenn's deck is one of the most expensive in recent memory – that's what putting Ancient Tomb and Volcanic Island in your list does to your wallet. It's also an Elemental Mastery/Ashnod's Altar infinite combo, using Scuttling Sliver (which happens to be a Trilobite, for some reason) as a catalyst.

 Moving to Takeoutree's much cheaper build, it's worth featuring because it incorporates a new Warlock from Wilds of Eldraine that give the tribe a novel aggro edge. I'm talking of the quirky one-drop Spiteful Hexmage, potentially an early 3/2 attacker, provided we find ways to get rid of the Cursed Role, hopefully for a profit – and that's where bargain comes in. The question is, are the bargain cards worth of competitive Constructed? Jury's still out on that.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of September 22, 2023):

  • Quarrenn's Trilobites: $176.56
  • Takeoutree's Warlocks: $17.68

 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. But there are also Magic Online Player Rewards Packs to be won! For every 10 different tribes registered in a Tribal Apocalypse event during the same year, the player will get 10 Player Rewards Packs. All Swiss rounds of the event must be played, though, no early drop allowed if you want the prize.

 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):

  • 13.37 (Week 660 BE), on September 23: SilverBlack
  • 13.38 (Week 661 BE), on September 30: Special: Magic's 30th Anniversary

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.