Marvel Snap‘s meta has gone by means of fairly a number of slumps. We’ve been stricken by Galactus, Alioth, and now Blob, and there’s at all times one explicit card that’s on the middle of all of it: Professor X.
With this week’s OTA update, Professor X is lastly getting a small slap on the wrist, although it’s value noting that his core capacity stays the identical. Except for X, a number of different playing cards have additionally gotten small nerfs, together with Viper, Werewolf by Evening, Black Widow, and extra.
Listed here are all the adjustments on this week’s OTA replace:
- Professor X
- [Old] 5/3 – Ongoing: Lock down this location. (Playing cards can’t be added, eliminated, and so on.)
- [Change] 5/3 -> 5/1
It’s all enjoyable and video games once you’re curving Warpath into Destroyer… however that’s probably not what’s been taking place with Professor X these days. As we’ve pushed on the flexibility to entry further Power or assault places with out taking part in on to them, Xavier has grow to be a centerpiece menace in decks aiming to aggressively limit the play house inside the sport. As we mentioned when adjusting Galactus many moons in the past, that’s a dynamic we need to management rigorously.
Professor X decks are particularly efficient at preying on metagames in flux or sure featured places. These are each instances after we’d choose gamers deal with the thrill of what’s doable vs. insulating themselves from the specter of a locked-down location. For now, we’re addressing that drawback with a Energy discount that we hope is stern sufficient to make gamers strive more durable to threaten these sorts of wins.
- Werewolf By Evening
- [Old] 3/3 – After you play an On Reveal card at one other location, transfer there to achieve +2 Energy.
- [Change] 3/3 -> 4/4
Like Darkhawk, Werewolf By Evening affords a number of totally different decks an early supply of stress that’s laborious to compete with. Werewolf’s additionally a card that’s laborious to grasp, requiring gamers to navigate easy methods to greatest go away open areas at their places in an effort to maximize Energy and the variety of places Werewolf can threaten. That’s sturdy sufficient that some Silver Surfer decks have even lower Brood!
When a card’s energy is sufficient to unseat foundational playing cards in different archetypes, that’s often a bit a lot. We thought of many adjustments however wished to attempt to keep the thrill of leaping ferociously across the board with a significant menace. To perform that, we’re going to strive transferring Werewolf up the curve to 4-Value. This could take away a significant quantity of Power and time from the cardboard, and in addition deliver Brood again in from the chilly.
- Black Widow
- [Old] 2/1 – On Reveal: Add a Widow’s Chunk to your opponent’s hand.
- [Change] 2/1 -> 3/3
Shifting Widow’s Chunk to 0/-1 was an efficient enhance to Black Widow’s energy, and there are decks taking part in Widow as we speak that we’re blissful to see. We’re much less proud of how straightforward and rewarding it’s to make use of Beast or some places to play Widow a number of instances. Getting caught with a bunch of Widow’s Bites will be pretty irritating for lots of decks, so we’re transferring to a better Value to make that tougher. That is pretty related in precept to the change we made a very long time in the past to Rockslide, shifting a card’s Value to boost the energy ground however decrease the ceiling, and that change labored properly!
- [Old] 1/4 – On the finish of the sport, transfer to a location that LOSES you the sport. (if doable)
- [Change] 1/4 -> 1/5
It’s clear that we missed low on Martyr, so we’re coming in with a fast buff right here. Considered one of our learnings from Martyr has been higher gauging the worth of “easy” Energy, which has been devalued in lots of current metagames. Decrease-Value playing cards are underneath numerous stress to offer Energy in higher-level play. That’s a dynamic we’re going to proceed exploring as we develop future content material.
- [Old] 2/3 – On Reveal: Considered one of your different playing cards right here switches sides.
- [Change] 2/3 -> 3/4
Between Annihilus, Selene, and our adjustments to Luke Cage, decks targeted on gumming up the enemy’s aspect of places with dangerous playing cards have obtained numerous new instruments. Because the deck good points choices, typically it’s fascinating to have a look at shifting across the present items to see the place the play patterns might change. Viper’s not a problematic card–our purpose isn’t a nerf, however a change, and three/4 is fascinating in that regard.
Nonetheless, our motivations for this transformation are largely an abundance of warning round Havok. We tried some flip 3/flip 4 Viper + Havok ourselves, and it didn’t impress. However quite a bit has modified since then: Loki and Elsa are weaker, Luke Cage supplies much less sure safety for Havok, some then-dominant decks have even disappeared. As a result of the potential for that mixture of performs will be so unfun, we’re making this transformation to make sure it doesn’t exceed our expectations and warp the metagame. It’s additionally only a good alternative to experiment with shifting Viper to a special price.
- Ronan the Accuser
- [Old] 5/3 – Ongoing: +2 Energy for every card in your opponent’s hand.
- [Change] 5/3 -> 5/5
The Accuser has been on our buff record for months, however we waited to tug the set off for a number of causes. There was some concern about easy methods to greatest push previous archetypes, we have been additionally contemplating a extra important rework, and ultimately buffing Ronan headlong into Loki simply didn’t appear proper. We determined to stay with one thing easy for now, including some Energy to create a extra significant 5-Value menace.
- [Old] 3/7 – On Reveal: Your opponent attracts 2 playing cards.
- [Change] 3/7 -> 2/6
As an extra assist piece for Ronan, we’re delivering a buff to Maximus right here. Maximus was one of many early additions to Silver Surfer, offering numerous Energy effectively. As we’ve continued to launch 3-Value playing cards, particularly Daken and Sebastian Shaw, Maximus has struggled to earn that slot. We have been blissful to see the discharge of Blob present a surge to Maximus, and we’ve determined to capitalize on that momentum and see if Maximus might even play a task in different decks.
- [Old] 3/7 – On Reveal: Add a card out of your opponent’s deck to their aspect of this location. If it has much less Energy, destroy it.
- [Change] 3/7 -> 3/8
This can be a very related change to the one we’re making larger as much as Martyr. Gladiator has been extra profitable than Martyr, but it surely looks like there’s nonetheless room to enhance right here. Along with usually bettering the cardboard, transferring Maximus out of the 3-Value slot will create a void for some Silver Surfer decks that did need entry to a considerable amount of Energy on-demand. That’s a possibility for Gladiator to flex some muscle tissue.
- [Old] 3/2 – Ongoing: +1 Energy for every enemy card right here.
- [Change] 3/2 -> 3/3
Punisher has been unnecessarily weak for some time. Nonetheless, as a part of the brand new participant expertise, we have to be cautious about how we alter the cardboard. For instance, a 2-Value model would necessitate shifting another piece of early sport content material to 3-Value. Even with that restriction, including a single Energy is mainly free and will simply make the cardboard a extra enjoyable sport piece.
Whereas there’s little question that Professor X will seemingly nonetheless be fairly dominant within the sport’s prison-style meta, this small nerf ought to not less than make it a bit simpler for gamers to beat the lockdown. Along with that, seeing little buffs to underplayed playing cards like Ronan and Punisher (particularly with that current Peach Momoko Twitch drop) is good as properly.
OTA updates are often nice for stopping the meta from feeling stale, and we’ve bought a great feeling about this one too.
Marvel Snap is now accessible on PC and cell gadgets.