This week’s Marvel Snap patch includes a variety of changes to some of the most popular cards in the game. The goal of these changes is to bump things around among the top decks and see which archetypes can stay on top and which surge up the ranks to contend with them.
Old: 2/1 – On Reveal: Give the next card you play +3 Power.
New: 1/1 – On Reveal: Give the next card you play +2 Power.
Forge has been a little too good at dealing out Power in conjunction with cards like Brood. Because the card is pretty enjoyable on both sides and the issue is really just the raw amount of Power it could add to the game, the developers decided to move down to 1/1 and +2 rather than steal a Power from the ability for Forge and go 2/2. This makes Mister Sinister a clean curve play and lets Forge slip into a variety of other easy combinations, but reduces the ceiling of how much total Power he can make.
Old: 6/5 – On Reveal: Destroy ALL enemy cards played here this turn. (including unrevealed cards)
New: 6/5 -> 6/3
Alioth has been out for a while now, and has impacted the metagame in a big way. The developers expected Alioth to see play in a lot of decks prizing 6-Cost cards while also pushing the metagame to reward playing to the board more aggressively, which in turn weakens Shang-Chi. And indeed, that all came to pass–players are jockeying for the right to reveal first much more often now, whereas in past metagames it was often the exact opposite. That said, Alioth’s overall play rate is a touch high due to how easily it slots into many decks, and 5 Power has proven to be a tough break point for some potential countermeasures, like Doombot. This adjustment makes Alioth easier to “catch” when contending for close locations while maintaining its purpose as an incentive to push Power into play during the first five turns of the game.
Old: 4/2 – On Reveal: If you play your next card at this location, double its Power.
New: 4/2 -> 4/1
While the Shuri archetype has often flirted with the developers’ thresholds for balance over the last few months, it hasn’t emphatically crossed them for more than days at a time. However, it’s been floating at or near the top for the last few months on internal data, and they think that makes the deck ripe to get a small haircut. A key element of fighting a Shuri deck is often winning the lane in which the namesake card is played, so removing a Power from Shuri affects the archetype more than removing Power from many other cards would, with the exception of Red Skull of course. They expect this change to pull Shuri down just a hair, ensuring these decks are in the mix for best deck but wearing the crown a bit less consistently.
Widow’s Bite (Black Widow)
Old: 0/0 – While this is in your hand, you can’t draw cards.
New: 0/0 -> 0/-1
Black Widow has languished for a while, seeing the majority of its play months ago during the first Darkhawk Renaissance. Widow is a tricky card to improve, because the developers don’t want a metagame filled with Black Widows either, but a bonus Power seemed doable. They decided to plug it onto the Widow’s Bite, which is a little worse than just adding Power to Black Widow but better communicates the flavor of the Bite and creates more interesting gameplay decisions around how playing the Bite might affect which player reveals first. It’s also slightly better if you’re doing things like bouncing or destroying your own Black Widow, which is the kind of synergy-driven gameplay they like to support.
Tiger Spirit (White Tiger)
New: 5/7 -> 5/8
White Tiger’s a fun card that’s most frequently featured in early game combinations with Wong and Odin, but the amount of Power and board space taken up didn’t quite suit the card for higher-level play. The developers are adjusting the strength of the Tiger Spirit up a touch because they like the bits of synergy White Tiger can have with cards like Mister Negative and Ravonna Renslayer as a 5/1, and they’d prefer to maintain that as well as the gulf between where the card gets played and where the Power winds up. This change should make White Tiger a more interesting consideration for more decks, without moving it to the top of the
Not sure how these changes will change the meta just yet, but only one way to find out. Time to play some games!