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Hello everyone, and welcome to Deck of the Day! I’m Glazer of Snap Judgments: The Official Marvel Snap Zone Podcast, and every weekday I’m going to be highlighting a different deck for you to try out!
Today’s deck is for all you Sera fans who are feeling left out without Hit Monkey. Well, you’ll still need two Series 4 cards for this list – it’s Darkhawk and Zabu again, what a shocker – but the only other above Series 3 card is the always-replaceable Jeff the Baby Land Shark. In fact, I think there might be one other card that’s even better than Jeff for this list. We’ll go over that and all the other possible changes in the appropriate section.
Intro + Disclaimers
Peaceful Sea hit Infinite with this deck last season, but it’s no worse now. Peaceful Sea is an excellent creator and streamer – someone worth both knowing and following! This is a real top-level deck, by the way.
Sometimes the decks featured in this article will be Tier 1, the most competitive decks in the metagame. Sometimes they will be fun tier. Often, they will feature Series 4 and 5 cards (which is hopefully less of an issue with the Card Acquisition change), but sometimes they will be Series 3 or even lower.
Additionally, these decks can come from anywhere – they could be homebrews, a really cool idea from your favorite content creator, a tried and true meta deck, and sometimes, well, we won’t really know where the deck came from. We endeavor, however, to credit original deck creators whenever possible, so if we miss one, please do let us know! Want to submit a deck for consideration? Email me [email protected].
How the heck have we not talked about Sera yet?
Disclaimer: I didn’t play in the Marvel Snap beta, but here’s my understanding. In the beta, Sera was one of the best, if not the very best deck for a period. At this point, Sera is associated with control, but then, there were enough high-power two-cost cards that Sera was a point slam deck. The entire idea was to just flood the board and then drop cards like the then two-cost Hellcow. The legendary Den was kind enough to make a sample deck of what it used to look like:
Yes, almost all of those cards cost 2 at the time!
Torikun found one that has all the previous costs!
Over time, all of these cards were nerfed – they changed cost or lost power, and Sera had to become a control deck in order to survive. Luckily, thanks to Shang-Chi and Enchantress, that was a viable way to win games, as the curve would go something like Angela into Bishop into two 2-drops (Sentinel and Lizard for example) then Sera. Sera would be followed by either Shang-Chi or Enchantress for 3, then 3 2-cost cards, one of which was usually Mysterio for the huge pump on Bishop.
Now, we often have Sera at the top of our Tier Lists for both Ladder and Conquest. This is largely thanks to the rise of two cards- Hit-Monkey and Kitty Pryde. Both of these cards in combination allow for an explosive last turn akin to the beta days without requiring the removal of key tech pieces like Shang-Chi.
But what if you didn’t buy Hit Monkey?
How to Play
You might think it strange to see Killmonger in a Kitty deck, but you control when and where you play the card, so just don’t kill your own Kitty. Nova adds extra value to the Killmonger and helps make up for the potential of killing your own Korg.
You end the game by playing Sera, ideally, after Zabu is out, and then going off with your 4-cost cards, now reduced to 2. A typical last turn could include Kitty Pryde, Darkhawk, Shang-Chi, and Korg.
If you miss Sera or Zabu, you aren’t dead, but you typically will need to hit one to compete with top-level decks. Zabu is a great play on turn 5 without Sera, allowing for a double play of Darkhawk and Rockslide or Darkhawk and Shang-Chi. Sera without Zabu leads to different turns where Shang Chi will join Killmonger and Kitty to close the game.
Here are the play lines:
- Turn 1: Kitty Pryde is absolutely the card you want most, but you aren’t sad to play a Korg or Nova.
- Turn 2: Angela vs. Zabu is the question here. If you have Kitty, play Angela. If not, play Zabu. I’d play Kitty next over anything else, then Korg, then Jeff the Baby Landshark, then Nova. Jeff moves up in priority if there’s already a location you want him to reach.
- Turn 3: If you played Angela, Kitty on Angela and Zabu elsewhere is the play. If you played Zabu, this turn is ideal for Rockslide. Rockslide on 3 is so strong it’s debatable based on match-up whether it’s worth doing on 2-3 over the Kitty Angela combo. If your opponent is playing, for example, Lockjaw, then this is also a fine turn to Darkhawk, but it’s usually better to hold him for later and just play cheaper cards.
- Turn 4: Rockslide, if you haven’t played him, goes here. The same caveat as earlier applies for Darkhawk. You can burn Enchantress here, as well, if you recognize an opposing deck with no Ongoing cards. If you had Zabu out, then one of these cards and a 1-drop is absolutely great.
- Turn 5: The Sera turn, so long as you have her, and she isn’t a Pig. Without Sera, you’d like to play Zabu and cheap cards here. If you already have Zabu, grow Kitty Pryde and pick a good 4-coster.
- Turn 6: Go as tall and wide as you can. If Darkhawk and Shang Chi cost 2, play them, usually with Kitty Pryde, unless, of course, you’re against bounce without priority – then Killmonger replaces either Darkhawk or Kitty pending the size of each. This deck goes OFF!
Jeff the Baby Land Shark is the card I’d most like to change, which is fitting since he’s the most expensive card in the deck. I think in this meta, Invisible Woman is likely better. She offers priority protection for Enchantress, Shang-Chi, and Killmonger while providing a safe end-of-game landing spot for Kitty Pryde, as well. If you don’t like the way she fits, Spider-Ham is always good, and Sentinel is a generally very good Sera card. You could also do worse than Beast.
Other Sera Decks
If you want to try other decks with the new season pass card, check out these great videos right on my YouTube! Two were linked in the Tier list above, as well!
- W_Los’s Sera Iron build is awesome but expensive.
- Turbo Sera – My Secret Favorite Sera Deck!
- You can find me talking about this deck in video form, too!
Conclusion + Video
Sera Miracle is at worst a Top 5 deck in the game, and this deck is absolutely a way to compete at the highest levels and win your way to Infinite and Infinity.
If you’d like a video discussion of this deck, check my page out. Watch Peaceful Sea‘s video on the deck here:
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