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 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


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: Week 661 BE
  • Date: September 30
  • Attendance: 4
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Magic's 30th Anniversary
  • Winner: Deonmag with Zombie
  • 1-loss: Quarrenn with Wolves
  • Tribes: Deon, Wolves, Zombie (x2)
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 To honor the historical threshold of Magic hitting its first 30 years of life, we revisited the Alpha Tribes, i.e. the creature types that were there since that fateful and now quite far back beginning of August 1993. With Elf, Goblin and Human understandably banned, the chosen Alphas were based on these guys:

    

 They all have gone a long way since then, and Zombie in particular doesn't have to rely on pathetic three-drops like Scathe Zombies or four-drops like Scavenging Ghoul anymore – the tribal elements were already there right from the start, but of course the creature quality has become much better during the past three decades. Deonmag knows it all too well, since he had already took the undead to first place the week before, and he did it again in occasion of the 30th Anniversary.

 

 Green was the creature color since the get-go, and so it's the color that most profited off of modern Magic's huge improvement in that department. It'd still take a lot of years for Wolf in particular to get good, though. Quarrenn made wise use of contemporary vulpine technology.


THE HIGH PRICE OF WINNING

  

 Here's the prices of all the featured decks (MTGO Traders prices as of October 10, 2023):

  • Deonmag's Zombies: $40.77
  • Quarrenn's Wolves: $37.46

 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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 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).


 WHAT'S NEXT

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

  • 13.39 (Week 662 BE), on October 7: Underdog
  • 13.40 (Week 663 BE), on October 14: Pioneer
  • 13.41 (Week 664 BE), on October 21: Modern
  • 13.42 (Week 665 BE), on October 28: Halloween

Check out the ban lists and the event calendar.
SEE YOU ALL IN THE #TRIBAL ROOM!

 

Art disclaimers. Revel in Riches art by Eric Deschamps; Herald of Anafenza art by Aaron Miller.