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The Bones To Build Your Tribal Deck

Casual* Casual Combo Five Color Primer Theme/Gimmick Tribal



NOTE: This is NOT an actual deck. It is a TEMPLATE off of which a deck can be built!

Got bored, decided to make a series of interesting tribal decks. This is the resource I used. If you want to see the interesting tribal decks, check out the bottom of the description (above all the post script).

Got bored a second time, added 'nuff lands to make this deck function okay-ishly in the playtester. When in doubt, name Human, Elf, or Wizard for your Cavern of Souls. I usually do Elf. The same goes for most of the other Type-Namers.

This is the template I use(d) to generate my tribal decks. I know that I'm probably missing a bunch of tribal cards, so I'm always updating this list. Feel free to suggest anything that I've left out (note that I use the sideboard to house cards that are unlikely to make it into tribal decks, but still fit the criteria of being relevant to a generic tribal deck).

That said, I issue a challenge to ALL of TappedOut to *try* find something that I have missed!!!

I would prefer card suggestions, but I guess I can allow synergies/combos...maybe.


a changeling creature + Call to the Kindred / Descendants' Path , etc.

Elvish Soultiller + Ashes of the Fallen

Patriarch's Bidding + Ashes of the Fallen, courtesy of Flareking99

Doom Cannon + Xenograft

Conspiracy + Doom Cannon

Alpha Status + Xenograft

Alpha Status + Conspiracy

Conspiracy + Descendants' Path

Mirror Entity + Distant Melody

Mirror Entity + Coordinated Barrage

Mirror Entity + Harsh Mercy

Mirror Entity + Luminescent Rain

Mirror Entity + Roar of the Crowd

Mirror Entity + Steely Resolve

Mirror Entity can turn all my/your creatures into a certain/any/every type.

Cryptic Gateway + 2 Changelings

Also check out:

Minion Tribal Because I Can

Lhurgoyf Tribal Because I Can

Mercenary Tribal Because I Can

Yeti Tribal Because I Can

Unicorn Tribal Because I Can

Mutant Tribal Because I Can

Advisor Tribal Because I Can

Nomad Tribal Because I Can

Ouphe Tribal Because I Can

P.S. - The sideboard consists of cards that I found too situational or largely redundant but still fit the theme of this collection.

P.P.S. - Check out AngelOfDivinity's Bad Tribal; The Format. It is about a lesser known tribal format that is quite...bad? >P

P.P.P.S. - My thanks to Xadroy for Artificial Evolution!

P.P.P.P.S. - My thanks to hfvalenz for Trickery Charm and Konda's Banner! (Special note, Konda's Banner is a live draw if you playtest this monster thanks to Mistform Ultimus and Karona, False God!)

P.P.P.P.P.S. - My thanks to hfvalenz for Aphetto Dredging.

P.P.P.P.P.P.S. - My thanks to user:flxk6 for Duplicant.


So, about a week ago, this list reached 300 upvotes! I wanted to make an update sooner, but I could not come up with a decent joke or something to justify the vanity :P

Regardless, I want to thank you all for the interest and support :D

Additionally, I made some adjustments to the description so it would be a tad clearer. I am not particularly good at making fancy descriptions, so I just elaborated in places.

Again, thank you.

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MagicalHacker says... #1

What are your thoughts about cards that make 2 or more tokens that are a copy of target creature? You can choose your own creature to make creature tokens of whatever type you would like.

March 5, 2017 8:44 a.m.

merrowMania says... #2

I don't think that they would fit the theme of the list. While they would make tokens of the preferred type, all they do is make tokens, which is a generic effect of Magic, rather than caring about the tribe.

March 5, 2017 3:04 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #3

So Volrath's Laboratory is okay, but Soul Foundry isnt?

March 5, 2017 3:28 p.m.

merrowMania says... #4

I think so. Volrath's Laboratory lets you choose the creature type, while Soul Foundry (though it makes creature tokens) makes copies of a 'random' creature. My reasoning for including the Laboratory is that it cares about creature types, and while this does not necessarily make it good in a tribal deck, it fits the theme of being tribal-relevant. Foundry has nothing to do with creature type. This does not mean it would not be good in a tribal deck, just that it does not need to be in a tribal deck to justify its inclusion as it is a powerful token maker.

While I see where you are coming from, I do not believe that Laboratory being on the list necessitates Foundry being there as well.

I encourage you to convince me otherwise should you so desire. Being wrong has been and always will be the highlight of my day.

March 5, 2017 8:22 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #5

Well, for those of us that use this resource when building our tribal decks, it would be nice to see cards that pump any chosen tribe, draw based on a chosen tribe, make tokens based on a certain tribe, etc., which Soul Foundry and other effects like it are very good at doing.

March 8, 2017 8:11 a.m.

Argy says... #6

Nice idea.

+1 from me

May 7, 2017 9:53 a.m.

Mastias says... #7

Have you considered the "anthem" effect cards? like Gaea's Anthem, Always Watching , or even Honor of the PureI have become reliant on these enchantments in most of my odd tribal decks. Lords are very important for aggressive tribal decks IMO. I would recommend somewhere between 10-12 lord\anthem effects in a standard 60 card deck.

June 7, 2017 6:41 p.m.

merrowMania says... #8

Mastias - I had not considered adding "anthem" cards. However, while they may work in a tribal deck, they do not fit the theme of this list. In your example of an aggressive tribal deck, the reason one would include anthems would be to make one's creatures stronger, but at the cost of running fewer creatures. The most powerful thing about a lord is not that it just pumps the rest of the team but that it is also a threat. Anthems may be good, but they are similar to Auras, ie they do nothing on their own.

June 8, 2017 9:25 a.m.

Asunami says... #9

Curious as to why you're putting in multiple Cavern of Souls and Mutavaults. They're not basics, making it not legal play.

June 9, 2017 12:50 a.m.

merrowMania says... #10

While it appears like a singleton format decklist, it is actually a deckbuilding resource for tribal decks. I got bored about two years ago and made it an almost functioning 'deck' so I could durdle around in the playtester.

June 9, 2017 1:53 a.m.

filthyc4sual says... #12

Not sure if this counts. Xenograft is in the description but not the list.

July 15, 2017 11:57 p.m.

merrowMania says... #13

filthyc4sual - It's in the weird sideboard. Since this resource is meant to build tribal decks, one would expect the creatures involved to already be the relevant creature type.

July 16, 2017 1:37 a.m.

filthyc4sual says... #14

Ahh okay. This seems like a great resource! Nice job

July 16, 2017 8:46 a.m.

asidos says... #15

Thanks for the list +1. I'm not sure about Riptide Shapeshifter, since it goes better in non-tribal decks as a specific tutor, but overall very helpful.

August 9, 2017 3:09 p.m.

hfvalenz says... #16

Oh boy, with the new commander decks this list is going to get quite longer.

August 9, 2017 4:21 p.m.

merrowMania says... #17

asidos - Riptide Shapeshifter names a creature type, so it fits the theme of this list, but yeah, the best application is as a creature tutor.

hfvalenz - I've been adding the cards that work for any tribe as they are spoiled. So far, only 7 cards have been added. I expect it to only go up to 12 or so.

August 9, 2017 4:33 p.m.

Atroxreaper says... #18

Elvish Soultiller + Verdant Succession + a sacrifice outlet is loads of fun. Just mind the shuffles lol.

August 15, 2017 3:27 p.m.

merrowMania says... #19

That's wanky.

August 15, 2017 3:31 p.m.

Worldf1re says... #20

Do you think that Mistform Wakecaster could fit into this list? I used to run it in an old Peer Pressure deck of mine.

August 24, 2017 10:49 p.m.

Worldf1re says... #21

Oops, nevermind. Just spotted it in the sideboard.

August 24, 2017 10:51 p.m.

ROUROU says... #22

Don't forget Panharmonicon. Makes the creature choice go double xD

September 20, 2017 6:04 p.m.

merrowMania says... #23

Panharmonicon does not work with abilities that are worded "As [cardname] enters the battlefield."

September 20, 2017 6:16 p.m.

ROUROU says... #24

Silly me :/ sorry for the inconvenience

September 20, 2017 6:35 p.m.

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