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By: bdgp009, Ernesto Almeda Jr.
Nov 29 2012 10:12am
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How did I come here?

This is my first article in PureMTGO and I am so excited! I am still fairly new to the MTGO player run events and at first I just wanted to play standard pauper.  It’s so much cheaper and the card pool you need to win is not that diverse (talking about white weenie or variants always winning). I admit I have used white weenie in standard pauper, and have even won some tix with it, but the time of the PRE for the format is not in line with my work schedule in real life and it makes me look for a PRE that is better suited for my night time for magic (Friday afternoon in the US).

And So Came… Tribal:

Like any new Tribal players the first thing that I remember about it is an article by Mr. Kumagoro. A good read about something that I don’t really understand. I’ll say it’s good because I still kept reading his articles without knowing what it really is. Then one Saturday night one of my online friends asked me if I was going to join Tribal. Then I told myself “Tribal is a PRE” I thought it’s some kind of competition using real cards not an online PRE. How ignorant of me.

I remember that my first Tribal was a singleton night and I used a pure black zombie deck that won only once against an elf deck. ( No prize except the enjoyment of the night)

The achievement in Tribal

The thing that will challenge you about tribal is not really how you will win the competition, but the side achievements that the Tribal community is offering. When I won my first ticket in Tribal it was during the Vantar tribute and I won the friends achievement using a monk deck. That was the first time I saw my username in a PureMTGO article and it’s just so surreal that I want that to happen again. I then try the Kirin challenge and won it (Managers Note:  Kumagoro wrote about this, in this article) with the Superfriends achievement.

           Friends achievement has a 2 ticket prize and Superfriends has 3 ticket prize.

Now I must say that the tickets is not the prize I get from these times.  In the end, it's the high and the rush of adrenalin that I get for accomplishing these in the Tribal format. 

I am so happy that I pulled off another challenge by Mr. Kumagoro (the Nephilim Challenge) that I thought of writing an article about the deck that won the challenge and achievement of Tribal Apocalypse.


The Kirin Challenge was already covered by Mr. Kumagoro so I’ll start my segment with the Nephilim challenge.

 Yore-Tiller Nephilim Ink-Treader NephilimGlint-Eye NephilimWitch-Maw NephilimDune-Brood Nephilim

The Deck Building:

I thought of playing with the Nephilim instantly after I have won the Kirin challenge, but I just didn’t seem to have the cards or the time to play every Saturday.   I got addicted to drafting Return to Ravnica, so I took a break from Tribal for a little bit.  Then one night after the Halloween special of TRIBAL (I made a werewolf deck but wasn’t able to join, I'm with the wifey at the time) I read that the Nephilim challenge was still up for grabs.

There is a new card, chromatic lantern, that can make all land into super lands!  I have 2 of them now from RTR drafts and I believe that to make the Nephilims work you have to have all of your lands produce every kind of mana. Kirin is already a deck of all colors so I only need to take out the Kirins and exchange it with the Nephilims. Of course the Kirin deck has a lot of spirit-arcane cards and changeling creatures that I had to take out and in exchange I add another copy of my Superfriends Garruk, Chandra and Nicol Bolas.  I also added 2 birds of paradise, 2 quirion elves 2 abundant growth, 2 gilded lotus and 2 chromatic lantern. In addtion to that I retained 2 gitaxian probe and 2 dark rituals from the old Kirin deck.

Here is the complete list of the Deck



The Game:


Round 1 (Blippy’s Vampire): I was surprised that Blippy the Slug, the former host of Tribal Apocalypse, was actually playing the night I tried Nephilim.   Game 1: I was not surprised to find out that I would have a little mana problem, and in the first game I was only able to cast a birds of paradise while a whole bunch of vampires ate me up.  Game 1 was a total loss.


Game 2: I think that Blippy had a little problem casting creatures even though it’s a Mono black deck. I cast Chandra at turn 5 and I was really hopeful that it would be my win. Sadly even though I kept killing Blippy’s creatures with Chandra, Blippy seemed to have more removal than me. Then the vampires just kept on coming and with 2 Vampire Nocturnus it was another lost game for me.

       Dune-Brood NephilimVSVampire Nocturnus


Round 2 (Vantar’s Human Biodiversity Deck): The second battle is against one of the current Hosts, Vantar6697. (I am wondering what is the significance of 6697). Anyway he was using a human deck with a little of mongoose and I think it’s just a little bit of luck that I was paired against an untested deck in tribal like my Nephilim (Thank You Lady luck) 

Game 1: I was thinking that Vantar was actually giving me a little leeway to cast some creatures (but then again he is actually testing a deck that he is going to use for his Tribal Biodiversity Game so maybe he was actually  just being careful) because he didn’t attack me with the infect viral drake in that round. Most of his guys are Human with defender with the win condition of Azor’s Elocutors but by that time I have at least 2 Nephilims on the field , I also have Garruk and Chandra and with the other Nephilims going into play faster with the ability of Garruk plus the big Witch-Maw Nephilim that kept growing. Well I must say, it was a sure win when Garruk’s final ability gives all my creatures  +3/+3 and trample. With that I took Game 1.


Game 2: The next game was a break-away win with birds of paradise then witch-maw nephilim and Garruk coming into the game early. I easily cast another witch-maw and 2 glint- eye nephilim with vantar only protecting himself with a morphed grinning devil, stalwart-shield bearer and the azor elocutor’s. Another ultimate ability of  Garruk makes me win the game again.

                Witch-Maw NephilimVSViral Drake

Round 3 ( Kumagoro’s Druid deck): It really was my luck that night!  I had a match with each of the Tribal hosts ( It should be an achievement with 3 tix prize to be able to play these 3 in one night). My battle with Mr. Kumagoro was the last game. Whatever luck I had with Vantar was the vice-versa of this Round. Game 1: I was only able to cast 2 creatures before Mr. Kumagoro cast Natural Order and brought out Worldspine Wurm. I guess druids are just too fast for my nephilim. I conceded after the first attack of the giant wurm.


Game 2: This must be the worst luck of a player that night because I wasn’t able to cast a single creature due to mana problems. Still I was really lucky that I already had my win using the Nephilim before this happened.

                 ForestVSNatural Order


I do not know If Mr. Kumagoro will give another Tribal challenge but there are still a lot of Achievements to unlock In Tribal Apocalypse and I am challenging everyone to look it up and try to do it. Maybe next time I might ask you the question of “How Did You Do It?”

               Garruk WildspeakerChandra NalaarNicol Bolas, Planeswalker

The Super Friends






Hey BDG welcome to Puremtgo. by Paul Leicht at Thu, 11/29/2012 - 14:34
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Hey BDG welcome to Puremtgo. Congrats on your double achievements with Kirin and Nephelim. Your solution echoes the one I proposed but is slightly less consistent perhaps and a lot less expensive. (I proposed using all swamp related dual lands and running spells that are fueled by the number of swamps + swamp fetching.)

In re: your article; I think it is fairly well written, (considering that it is obvious that English is not your first language). It would be helpful if you had someone proof read for you because while there are no (obvious anyway) spelling errors there are quite a few tense related errors. Thanks for writing and keep doing it. Glad to see you got all the little formatting things down such as using the sometimes flawed deck list builder and the (pic=) tags.

I look forward to seeing more from you.

I tried googling for 10 by CottonRhetoric at Thu, 11/29/2012 - 18:45
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I tried googling for 10 seconds and couldn't find it. Where is a list of the tribal achievements?

A bit of possibly useful by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 11/30/2012 - 11:05
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A bit of possibly useful info: the Googledocs tabs can be linked directly by going to the tab and copying its address, since the last digit (the "gid") is different for each tab of a sheet.

So the direct link to the Achievement list is this.

I need to tell you that if by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 11/30/2012 - 11:01
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I need to tell you that if you'll ever come to play in Tribal Apocalypse, you'll make me indescribably happy. You, sir, are the deckbuilder I try to be.

Equal parts surprised and by CottonRhetoric at Sat, 12/01/2012 - 16:55
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Equal parts surprised and flattered! Thanks.

I'm basically reading your by Kumagoro42 at Sat, 12/01/2012 - 18:16
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I'm basically reading your articles from before I even knew what this site was. Casual Johnny who tries to think outside the box through rarely-played cards? That's my piece of cake. Too bad Vanguard isn't a thing anymore.

"I am wondering what is the by Vantar at Thu, 11/29/2012 - 23:19
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"I am wondering what is the significance of 6697"
Then wonder no longer.
Vantar - a name I was know by on few games I played before MTGO also a name that was already taken when I started playing MTGO
6697 - the last 4 digits of my highschool student ID#

Jeez I was expecting that to by Paul Leicht at Fri, 11/30/2012 - 00:02
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Jeez I was expecting that to be a secret code for "Tribal Niche Building Master"

That's 'Impy'. by AJ_Impy at Fri, 11/30/2012 - 02:25
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That's 'Impy'.

No Impy is "Incredible by Paul Leicht at Fri, 11/30/2012 - 03:40
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No Impy is "Incredible Maestro of Possible Yens." Vantar has proven to be a master of making certain niche tribes playable but hasn't achieved the impossible the way you have.

It's a good feeling being posted by bdgp009 at Fri, 11/30/2012 - 08:37
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Thanks for the welcome to PureMTGO. I really wanted to jump for joy with this article being posted. I would really take the advice of Mr. Paul and asked my English teacher friend to proofread and edit my next article. Also thanks for the link I really need to learn how to do those kind of stuff. I never expected that Vantar's number is a high school id number. He sure is a sentimental kind of guy. AJ since I am the first victim of your achievement you owe me. hehe. I am gonna ask you for a date for a full interview about that achievement. To Kuma thanks a lot for introducing me to Tribal. I really love the format and asking my friends to join. Thanks and see you all in Tribal.

I'd be delighted, bdgp. Feel by AJ_Impy at Fri, 11/30/2012 - 20:21
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I'd be delighted, bdgp. Feel free to nudge me when you see me online, or fire off an email to my eponymous address.

Welcome welcome! Nice to see by Kumagoro42 at Fri, 11/30/2012 - 10:56
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Welcome welcome! Nice to see more Tribal talk. Spread the awareness, spread the fun!

Two things: you need to improve a little bit the image-related stuff (positions, linking, I'll tell you about that in the game, if you want) -- but don't worry, it's something I learned slowly myself.

And the new challenge was launched right after you cleared the Nephilim Challenge (which came after the Elder Challenge and the Kirin Challenge, by the way): now it's Volver Challenge.

Thank You for the welcome. I by bdgp009 at Sun, 12/02/2012 - 10:15
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Thank You for the welcome. I actually write this after I won the challenge and I really wasn't sure if there is going to be another challenge.

It would be an honor to be mentored by you in writing articles.