Angela

Best Angela Decks, Builds, And Card Analysis

After the July and August nerfs, many cards in Pool One and Pool Two lost a lot of their raw power potential, which led to budget decks being weaker overall.

Whether it’s Ka-Zar, The Collector or Strong Guy, the amount of go-to cards for players outside of Pool Three has largely reduced over the summer. In the middle of this chaos amongst Pool One and Pool Two cards, one is still standing very strong and helping many decks, both budget and highly competitive ones: Angela.

One of the very few cards in Pool One that still appears amongst competitive decks, Angela is an anchor for a location we want to fight on. Occasionally, she’s also used to bluff future investment.

Angela is a great card to simply play on turn two in order to manage our hand and get a building block for later. As a topdeck down the line, Angela isn’t so bad, either. Thanks to her relative low cost, she can be played alongside other cards and still grow to a respectable five power card, although we obviously want her to hit seven as often as possible.


Gameplay and Synergies

As a card, Angela doesn’t necessarily push specific synergies on her own. As long as you can play 3 cards on the location you played her, she should be a good contributor by the end of the game.

While Angela is already an anomaly amongst Pool One cards (in the sense that she represents a lot of points for a 2-Cost card) she isn’t limited to seven points. Angela is also a very flexible card that can be abused in order to reach much more than seven points by the end of the game.

For example, Move cards can be a great way to get Angela to locations with more space to work with, or to remove some units you already played on Angela’s location:

Bounce and Destroy are additional ways to free up some space and allow Angela to grow further than her natural seven point threshold.

Lastly, there are cards in the game that will count as played, yet, will not impact the amount of units you have at said location. Basically, they will increase Angela’s total, although they aren’t taking up a spot on her location.

With this many available synergies around a card that is already a potential seven power for two energy, it’s hard to argue with people who believe Angela should be in almost every deck.


Budget Deck

Budget Angela
Created by den
, updated 1 month ago
2x Collection Level 1-14
9x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
1x Recruit Season
2.3
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
2.9
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Being able to build a full Pool One deck that can actually rank up the ladder to at least platinum or diamond is a luxury we wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for Angela.

Thanks to our featured card and Bishop, we can develop enough points to threaten taking over a location in the midgame, and plan out how we want to attack the second one then. Most of the time, the second location will be where we look to play Apocalypse, which will grow thanks to our discard synergy of Lady Sif, Blade and Sword Master.

Because of the high amount (6) of 1-Cost in the deck, Ka-Zar feels natural and should represent an overall 4/7 on average. He could become America Chavez for more consistency. Wolverine is another card that works with our discard synergy and can replace Bishop if you feel the card is too slow, or preventing you from managing your hand for future discard.

If you have access to Pool Two cards, this deck can easily be strengthened, adding the likes of Swarm or Okoye for example.


All in on Angela

Angela Bounce
Created by den
, updated 1 month ago
1x Collection Level 1-14
5x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
2x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
4x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
1.9
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
2.3
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

The bounce archetype really feels like one of the best way to maximize Angela’s potential, especially after the deck lost The Collector to a nerf.

Only Angela and Bishop represent real win conditions in the deck, backed up by Human Torch when we are able to get it going. The deck really feels like a deck aiming to get a double-digit Angela reliably.

While the Goblins or Hulkbuster could also be a path worth exploring, the bounce archetype plays with much cheaper cards. Having very cheap options to routinely reuse during the game allows for much more flexibility and playing more cards overall, which helps Bishop alongside Angela.


Competitive Deck

Discard Swarm
Created by den
, updated 2 months ago
1x Collection Level 1-14
7x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
2x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
2x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
2.8
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
3.8
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

There honestly are several decks I could have picked in this spot, as Angela is featured in many competitive lists.

Mister Negative and Sera miracle, for example, are decks that rely on the powerful effects of Pool Three cards, yet welcome the power of Angela into their deck.

The reason I went with this Discard Swarm deck (with a touch of move and bounce added to it) is because Angela is core to the gameplay of the deck. Thanks to Swarm, she can be buffed as late as turn six with an explosive play, and still compete for the location. A lot of the time, Angela will be paired with Sword Master, Lady Sif and other low cost, high scoring cards to secure a location while Apocalypse is relied on for the second location.

Even though our tier list ranks other decks higher, Angela simply is the best threat for her cost in this deck. While the fact that she’s played in so many decks is a testament to her power (and the reason some people are afraid of a nerf in the future) I wanted to feature a list where Angela was critically important to the overall gameplay.


Closing Words

Angela is without a doubt one of the best cards in Pool One. Her capacity to be relevant at all levels is a testimony of this. She is also the most important building piece for a ton of budget players, allowing them to have a powerful card to craft their deck around.

In my opinion, Angela isn’t only one of the best cards in the game, she also is one of the most important because of her budget appeal As such, it is key to understand her impact on the game, and the various synergies she can be associated with. She can be a simple cheap threat, or she can be the centerpiece of much more complicated strategies.

I hope this piece helped some of you get a better grasp of Angela. Feel free to drop any feedback, or suggestions for future card highlights on our community Discord. As for myself, you can reach out directly on my Twitter page.

Good game everyone.

den
den

Den has been in love with strategy games for as long as he can remember, starting with the Heroes of Might and Magic series as a kid. Card games came around the middle school - Yu-Gi-Oh! and then Magic: The Gathering.

Hearthstone and Legends of Runeterra has been his real breakthrough and he has been a coach, writer, and caster on the French scene for many years now. He now coaches aspiring pro players and writes various articles on these games.

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