Tribal Apocalypse Rulings & Bannings
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TRIBAL APOCALYPSESponsored by MTGO TradersCreature Type Reference Table
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a. TOURNAMENT STRUCTUREf. CHANGELING
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a1.Tribal Apocalypse is played with Swiss pairings. Pairings and standings determined with DCI rules.f1.You can have any number of creature cards with the Changeling ability in your deck, except when that week's event explicitly forbids it.
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a2.Decklists must be Legacy Tribal Wars legal, that is one third of the card (rounded down) must be composed by creatures sharing at least one type, and sideboard is not allowed with the exception of a single companion card (see c3).f2.In order to count as your chosen tribe, your deck must contain a greater number of copies of tribal members than Changeling creatures (e.g. 11 to 9, or 13 to 12, etc.)
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a3.The number of rounds is determined as follows: 8-15 players = 3 rounds – 16-30 players = 4 rounds – 31+ players = 5 rounds.f3.If your deck contains an equal or greater number of copies of Changeling creatures than tribal members, it will count as a Shapeshifter tribal deck.
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a4. After the last round, all the undefeated players fight in a single elimination playoff to determine the final standings (this affects prizes, see table D.)f4.Therefore, tribes with less than 3 available members online never count as a tribe other than Shapeshifter for all Tribal Apocalypse purposes (prizes, restrictions, records, etc.)
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a5.Games take place in the Constructed/Tournament Practice room for the format of the week, tables must be best watchable and labeled "Tribal Apocalypse Round X".f5.When a specific creature type is banned, Changeling creatures aren't affected. They count as having all creature types once they're put in a deck, but for all intents of banning, their creature type is Shapeshifter only.
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a6.Players have 10 minutes to make or join tables from the moment the pairings are announced. Failure to do this will result in a match loss.f6.When a Shapeshifter deck is specifically asked for, the deck must include one third (20 out of a 60-card deck) of actual Shapeshifter creatures.
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a7.Deck changes between games are not allowed. If a player is caught playing a card not included in the registered decklists, the player will get immediately dropped from the event.f7.During Underdog Events, no more than 4 creature cards with the Changeling ability are allowed in your deck, unless they're needed to meet Tribal Wars legality (in case the tribe has only 3 members online) or in Shapeshifter decks.
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a8.If a player started a match with the wrong deck, they can restart it immediately by showing their opponent the hand, to confirm that the deck was actually wrong. They'll have to let the opponent choose draw or play in the first game of the new match. Were the match ongoing when the error was detected, the match will restart but the player with the wrong deck will have to concede game 1.f8.Singleton Events are treated as normal events as far as the Changeling creatures are concerned, provided the special requirements for the event are met (only 1 copy of each card, etc.)
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a9.Results must be reported through Gatherling (www.gatherling.com). Results reported elsewhere will be ignored.f9.The Changeling ability doesn't work in your collection, it's only active when the card is in your deck. Therefore if another rule asks for you to choose a card type from your collection, Changeling creatures count as Shapeshifter.
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a10.Pairings are shown on Gatherling in your Player CP page. They're not official until announced in the #TRIBAL chat room. At the end of the match, results must be reported within 5 minutes at the bottom of the Player CP page on Gatherling, otherwise the match will be considered a tie.f10.For all Tribal Apocalypse purposes, Mistform Ultimus is considered as having the Changeling ability
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b. BEHAVIOURg. TRIBAL IDENTITY
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b1.Please refrain from talking in other players' games, or PMing players in a game. This will allow players to concentrate fully without interruption.g1.If your deck includes one third (20 out of a 60-card deck) of two or more creature types, the most featured type defines the tribe (e.g. 21 Elves, 20 Goblins = Elf deck.)
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b2.Bullying, mobbing, foul language, racism, sexism, prejudice, homophobic language, and general rudeness will not be tolerated. This includes "snide remarks" about deck choices and playing ability, personal attacks, and such, even when expressed in passive-aggressive way.g2.In case of a tie among the prospective tribal types, the type with less available members online defines the tribe (e.g. Archer over Elf, Giant over Soldier, etc.)
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b3.Artificially prolonging the duration of the matches and, consequentially, of the tournament, by intentional stalling is not tolerated. Players are to concede when they have the absolute certainty the match is lost, for instance when the opponent is executing an endgame combo in the decisive game with enough remaining clock to complete it and the player has no way to stop it.g3.Only creature cards influence tribal identity. For all the purposes of defining and evaluating a deck, noncreature tribal cards are considered as deprived of any tribal reference. Cards that generate tokens with a creature type are all considered as generating tokens with the only type "Creature".
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b4.A player will get a first warning for any proved instance of such behaviour, either in MTGO chat or other related social media. A further violation will result in immediate ejection from the current event, with forfeiture of all prizes. Repeated violations will cause permanent banning from Gatherling.
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h. TYPE OF EVENTS
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h1.Every FIRST Saturday of the month is an UNDERDOG event. Only Underdog Tribes are allowed. Only 4 Changelings are allowed. Exceptions are listed in "The Underdogs" tab.
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c. CARD BANNINGS AND RESTRICTION
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c1.In addition to the official Legacy banned lists, there might be other cards BANNED from Tribal Apocalypse games, depending on the type of event, as established by the Banning Committee (see table K). Check the BAN LISTS at the bottom of the page to see all the banned cars organized by event type. Every sub-format has its own specific list.h2.Remaining Saturdays alternate between STANDARD, PIONEER, MODERN and LEGACY events.
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h3.In months with 5 Saturdays, or in case of particular occasions, a SPECIAL EVENT may be held, as announced.
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c2.Certain creatures can only be used within their respective tribes (defined by their subtypes) in certain events. They're also listed in the BAN LISTS tab below.
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K. BANNING COMMITTEE ("THE TRIBAL COUNCIL")
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c3.As of April 2020, players are allowed a single sideboard card in the form of a COMPANION. The usual companion clause must be satisfied. The companion can be cast from the sideboard in all games of a match, according to companion general rules.k1.A seven-person committee called "The Tribal Council" is elected every year the week after the Invitational.
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k2.The committee is composed by the six players who participated in the largest number of events during the previous season, plus the Ultimate Champion (i.e. the last winner of the Invitational). If the latter is already included in the six above, a seventh is chosen among the reserves.
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c4.GOLDEN RULE: If the Gatherling filter allows it, it's correct (and vice versa). So if you're in doubt about a legality, just try register the card. (Only exception: if it's been explicitly communicate that the filter doesn't work for a special event.)k3.The committee assembles every quarter to decide of possible new bans, unbans or restrictions to tribe in all formats.
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k4.The committee also decides which tribes are allowed to take part in Underdog events, and the current threshold for "Unpopular" tribes.
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c5.If you're still in doubt, please don't assume: ask the host!k5.A committee president is elected internally to act as spokesperson who will communicate the committee's decisions to the host.
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k6.The host can't be part of the committee, can't influence its decisions, and can't be present during its meetings.
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d. PRIZESk7.A member of the commitee can resign at any time. They'll be replaced by the player with the largest number of participations during the previous season that is not already part of the committee.
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d1.Prize pool for rankings will consist of 1-ticket credit from MTGOTraders.com per player who enters the event, distributed as follows:k8.If a member of the committee didn't attend at least one event during a given quarter, they'll be replaced at the next meeting as per point k7.
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d2.40% of the pool split between all undefeated players, 60% split between all players with 1 loss.k9.The committee curates and communicates a watch list that is made public during every quarter. They can add cards to the watch list at any moment. The president reports any new addition or removal to the host, who'll take care of making the content of the watch list known to every player.
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d3.If the undefeated players are more than one, they are paired in single-elimination tie-break matches until only two finalists remain. These finalists face each other in a final playoff round, with the winner taking 60% of the undefeated pool, and the loser taking 40%. Other undefeated that didn't qualify as finalists are considered 1-loss players.
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d4.In case undefeated players would get the same amount as 1-loss players, or an amount that's only marginally higher, the split becomes 50/50 or any other required to give the undefeated players a significantly larger amount.k10.Any player can submit cards to the committee for evaluation. The committee is forced to add a card to the watch list if at least three other players submitted it.
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d5.In addition to this, several Special Prizes are awarded during Tribal Apocalypse Events of the weekly rotation (one-time Special Events may not award these prizes, as stated in their ruling). The list of the Special Prizes is on a tab below.K11.Current committee composition (in charge until January 2021): AJ_Impy (36 events attended), Nagarjuna (36 events attended), Bandit Keith (33 events attended), ThyShuffler (31 events attended), Deonmag (30 events attended), CruelHellraiser (28 events attended), Generalissimo (Ultimate Champion).
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e. SEASONAL POINTSK12.Current reserve: -DiamondDust- (21 events attended). lovetapsmtg (29 events attended) forfeited their membership.
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e1.Players are awarded seasonal points throughout Tribal Apocalypse events. At the end of each year, the 16 best-ranked players qualify for the Invitational, winning special prizes and battling for the title of Ultimate Tribal Champion of the Year.
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e2.Seasonal points are awarded this way: 2 points for each match won; 10 points for 1st place, 5 points for undefeated 2nd place, 3 points for undefeated Top 4.
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e3.For instance, ending 1st place in a 4-round event earns a total of 18 points; in a 3-round event, it earns 16 points; ending 3-1 earns 6 points; ending undefeated but losing the 2-man playoff round in a 4-round event earns you 13 points; and so on.
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