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By: KaraZorEl, Winter Trabex
Oct 03 2011 12:13am
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 This week, BlippytheSlug hosted the Legacy Tribal event. As is the custom on the first week of every month, we had an endangered species theme. An endangered species is a creature type that has only seen 50 or fewer individual printings with magic online. For instance, Jungle Lion and Qasali Pridemage would count as one each for Cat. Artificer, Myr, Snake, Rat, Eldrazi and Kor were not allowed as an endangered species.

For those of you who aren't aware, Legacy Tribal is a kind of niche format in which 20 creatures of the same type must appear in the deck. There are two ways to build a tribal deck: either build with a strong tribe that does its own thing with cards to support your board position or build a deck that supports high CMC cards getting out earlier than they would otherwise.

One example of this is a deck mihahitlor played involving Assassins.

Mihahitlor's Assassins
4 Gatekeeper of Malakir
4 Guul Draz Assassin
4 Scarblade Elite
2 Kiku, Night's Flower
4 Murderous Redcap
4 Nekrataal
2 Royal Assassin
2 Skinrender
26 cards

Other Spells
4 Corrupt
2 Profane Command
4 Sign in Blood
10 cards
24 Swamp
24 cards
Gatekeeper of Malakir


 An example of the second kind of deck (support for the tribe to do something) was james_mcaliney's Dredge Hounds. The idea behind the deck was to pay get Basking Rootwalla's madness ability to go off and then to keep yourself in board presence by dredging up anything that died. The deck forces an opponent to have less-than-ideal blockers and with the recursion, it can control the board state.


james_mcaliney's Dredge Hounds
4 Wild Mongrel
4 Greater Mossdog
2 Filthy Cur
4 Basking Rootwalla
3 Stinkweed Imp
2 Immolating Souleater
1 Crypt Rats
20 cards

Other Spells
4 Vampire Hounds
4 Tortured Existence
4 Dauthi Jackal
4 Damnation
2 Darkblast
10 cards
7 Forest
6 Swamp
3 Barren Moor
2 Terramorphic Expanse
2 Golgari Rot Farm
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Snow-Covered Swamp
22 cards
Basking Rootwalla


And now for a look at some of the more original decks out there. AJ_Impy built an Archon deck which stalled the game until enough mana was available to cast the creatures. Swinging behind Gideon isn't a bad thing, either.


AJ_Impy's Archons
4 Avian Changeling
4 Archon of Redemption
4 Archon of Justice
4 Vengeful Archon
4 Blazing Archon
20 cards

Other Spells
4 Wayfarer's Bauble
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Wrath of God
4 Gideon Jura
16 cards
4 Emeria, the Sky Ruin
20 Plains
24 cards
Gideon Jura


Kumagoro's Ooze deck made use of Buried Alive, a popular card in the format as there are no sideboards so recursion hate would take up one of 15 or so spots that could be used for other things. Winter.Wolf's Sphinx deck was much the same, except that it used Living Death as a combo piece with Magister Sphinx and Sphinx of Jwar Isle.


And, my aggro deck that didn't do so well. As it turned out, Forbidden Orchard was a bad choice because I always drew it and couldn't bring the life total down as fast as I liked. For my deck, Kentaro is the key card because when he is out, I can have 4 lands producing colorless mana and still cast Samurai. I chose Path to Exile over Swords to Plowshares in order to make sure someone didn't gain a lot of life.


All in all, the event was interesting. A Plant tribal deck featuring Overgrown Battlement and Eldrazi creatures went 3-0 yet again, despite almost every deck having a way to deal with Eldrazi and even with Emrakul being banned in the format.

Other rogue decks found their way in. JoseOllero tried about a spider tribal deck with the Arachnus Web/Arachnus Spinner together with Overrun. Suddenly, the deck will just be hanging out with spiders in play until RAWR! they get huge. Overrun certainly is a big surprise. Now if there was only a planeswalker that made spider tokens...

milegyenanevem played a five-color Zubera deck that used the devour mechanic as a way of killing all his creatures. Unfortunately, the deck was a little slow and it wasn't an aggro strategy. Zuberas are kind of hard to pilot at times. It's difficult to know when to kill them yourself or when to just sit there and leave blockers that your opponent doesn't want to swing into.

Owain played a Nomad/Threshold deck where all his creatures got flying and other things if he had 7 or more cards in his graveyard. The deck was a little slow at times but because he could self-accelerate the cards in his graveyard, his creatures often ended having power greater than their cmc. If you kill his creatures or if he has a chump block, the deck benefits from that as well.

All in all, it was a fun event. Legacy Tribal is held every Saturday at 1 PM EST in the /Tribal room. Next week we'll be going back to the normal tribal format where all tribes are allowed. Hope to see you there!


Hey Winter glad to see you at by Paul Leicht at Mon, 10/03/2011 - 01:59
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Hey Winter glad to see you at the apocalypse and my apologies for steamrolling you with Sphinges.dec. After the wurms fiasco I just grabbed the deck I liked the most of the endangered species I had on hand. I also had a plants deck (not drazi though) that I skipped over and a spikes deck that I may run at a future event but which isn't quite ready for primetime yet. Keep coming back! Samurai have a tough time but there there are things you can do to make them more competitive.

1) Bring Wrath of God and its ilk. Not only can you cast it but since your guys are relatively cheap it should not take you long to recover assuming you don't overextend.
2) Bring more removal (stps and ptes both)
3) Replace some of the weaker samurai with Mirror Entity. This changeling basically gives you an overrun when you have enough mana and can make even 1 on 1 trades dangerous for your opponent.
4) Forget Kong Ming as flavorful as he is and just use Honor the Pure and its ilk instead.
5) drop your green elements for just red white stuff or get some Krosan Verges to help you find the colors you need. Mana consistency is crucial.

I think next time I will try by KaraZorEl at Mon, 10/03/2011 - 07:53
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I think next time I will try scouts!

Thank you very much for doing by Kumagoro42 at Mon, 10/03/2011 - 06:05
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Thank you very much for doing this! I was terribly missing the Tribal Apocalypse reportages!

I want to point out (although I know it's fairly obvious) that my ooze deck used Buried Alive to dump in the graveyard the three extraneous (and not so useful in hand) non-ooze creatures, Kiki-Jiki, Anger and Devoted Druid. The three of them together allow Necrotic Ooze to insta-win, in a way Splinter.dek could only dream of: you can't stop the combo by killing Necrotic, because it would just untap itself and start again.

Always glad to see someone by AJ_Impy at Mon, 10/03/2011 - 11:03
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Always glad to see someone take up the Tribal article baton. A fair assessment of my deck, and a solid article all round.

Hey I haven't complete by Paul Leicht at Mon, 10/03/2011 - 11:59
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Hey I haven't complete abandoned it :p but yeah I agree. It is nice to have more people writing on the format.