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The Ultimate New Player FAQ for Marvel Snap

Who reveals first? Who wins if we tie locations? There's so many questions when it comes to getting started in Marvel Snap, but HowlingMines is here today to answer them ALL in the ultimate FAQ article!

Welcome to the Multiverse! Marvel Snap has absolutely exploded out of the gates, becoming the number one downloaded game on both Android and iOS in the week following release. Unsurprisingly, we here at Marvel Snap Zone are very excited to have you joining us for deck guides, podcasts, tier lists and more as we head into the future of all things Snap!

We’ve honoured to have been part of your Snap journey so far, and we want to continue helping as the game evolves and more players join us – so we’re creating this “Ultimate FAQ” to hopefully answer any and all the popular questions and concerns that Marvel Snap players have. We intend for this to be a living article, constantly updating with more questions and answers as they appear, so if you’re looking for an answer that you can’t find here, please reach out in our Snap Zone Discord or over at Marvel Snap Zone on Twitter so we can provide you an answer, and then add it to the list for future players to find!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How should I spend my Credits?

Credits should be primarily spent to upgrade cards, but not on Fast Upgrades to buy Boosters unless your Credits are maxed out.

What is the maximum Credit limit?

10,000 is the maximum number of Credits you can hold.

Where should I spend my Gold?

Gold should be either spent refreshing Missions (slightly more efficient than buying Credits directly as you also get Season Pass XP) or purchasing Variants that you love the look of!

If you still want to progress faster, of course, they can be used to purchase more Credits directly.

Who reveals their cards first on each turn of the game?

The person who is currently winning the game overall will reveal their cards first. If it’s a tie, a player will be chosen at random. The one sure-fire way to see who will reveal first is to look for the glowing border around a players name: If you’re glowing, you’re going first.

You can see here that player “ExcelledScaler” is glowing, instead of Stella – this means they reveal first.

Who wins the game if one location is tied?

In this situation, the winner is the player who is winning their location by the most. As an example, let’s take a look at this tied game:

Here, Starlight Citadel is tied exactly, so we go to tiebreakers. Doggert is winning Oscorp Tower by two points ( 17-15 ) but Asteroth is winning Monster Metropolis by eight points ( 11-3 ) , a much larger amount, making Asteroth the winner of this game. If the difference is exactly the same, the game is a tie, and no cubes will be won or lost.

What are card pools?

In Marvel Snap, all the cards in the game are assigned to a “Pool” of cards. Each Pool varies in size, and begins and ends at a different Collection Level (CL) – In order to unlock a card, you must receive it from a Collector’s Cache/Collector’s Reserve that is opened while you have the appropriate Collection Level. You can find your current Collection Level underneath your avatar on the home screen, in a green bar.

Can I unlock specific cards I want?

Through Collector Tokens and the Token Shop, you can try to purchase cards you are aiming for.

How do I increase my Collection Level to begin unlocking all the cards in higher pools?

You upgrade the cards and variants that you currently own! Upgrading cards requires credits and boosters, and does not change what the card does, simply what it looks like and the border around it. Every level of upgrade rewards collection levels, but the amount given depends on the level of upgrade.

Upgrade Level:Credits Required:Boosters Required:Collection Levels Given:
Common to Uncommon2551
Uncommon to Rare100102
Rare to Epic200204
Epic to Legendary300306
Legendary to Ultra400408
Ultra to Infinity5005010
What order do all of the “After The Last Turn” effects resolve in?

Cards and Locations that have these effects will always resolve in the order in which they were played or revealed in game. Let’s create an example:

Dark Dimension reveals itself on Turn Three
• You play a copy of Captain Marvel on Turn Five
• Your opponent plays a copy of Mysterio on Turn Six

In this scenario, the effects resolve in the same order, so:

Dark Dimension will open up, revealing all the cards within (in order of player priority)
Captain Marvel will attempt to move somewhere if it thinks it can win the game
• One copy of Mysterio will gain four power, which may now even win the game after Captain Marvel!

How long do Featured Locations and Hot Locations last for?

Featured Locations usually start on Tuesdays 7 PM PST, lasting for 48 hours with a 40% boost to frequency, and are usually brand new locations.

Hot Locations usually start on Saturdays 7 PM PST, lasting for 24 hours with a 60% boost from the existing locations in the game.

What is card splitting, how is it done, and what happens when I do it?

Card Splitting is an option that is made available to you once you upgrade a card to the maximum rank of Infinity Rarity. The button you previously used to press to upgrade the card now has a notification prompt on it to “split the card” – if you do this, you’ll gain a duplicate of the card in your collection, but it will be back at the uncommon rank, with a brand new different background!

This allows you to upgrade this card to maximum rank and split it again, over and over, creating many new versions of the same card. Some backgrounds, like Inkify or Gold, are much rarer than others, and offer an incentive to keep splitting your cards! Check out our detailed guide on Infinity Splitting.

A “Gold Background” split Angela can be seen here.

How much Season Pass XP do I get when I’m playing ladder games?

You gain ten season pass XP for every location you win, five season pass XP for every location you tie, and one season pass XP per turn of the game.

I didn’t buy a previous season pass – can I still get the card rewards from it?

At time of writing, Second Dinner is introducing season pass promotional cards into Pool 3, but only two months after the end of the the season pass it was part of. This policy is subject to change moving forward.

This often makes the season pass feel like great value!

How do I know when to Snap, and when to retreat?!

There is no “exact science” to this – it mostly just takes practice and familiarity of both you and your opponents plans! Personally, I try to retreat if I’m not 100% confident when my opponent snaps, as some decks such as Sera Miracle tend to save all their big plays until the final turn, and can really catch you out if you’re not prepared.

The best tip we can give you in this regard is to remember that Marvel Snap’s rank progression isn’t tied to how many games you win or lose, but the number of cubes those games are worth. Once you add in the fact that Snap games are so fast, retreating/conceding feels less like a loss in most TCGs and more like folding a hand in Poker: You made a choice to lose a little bit now to keep the rest for another day.

However, snapping aggressively yourself if a different kettle of fish! Our biggest tip to offer here is to Snap before you make what you think is your game-winning play, after all, the more information your opponent has, the more likely they are to retreat instead of giving you those extra cubes! Check out our in-depth guide here.

How does matchmaking find me an opponent?

Matchmaking tries to find you an opponent based on a combination of your Collection Level, Rank, and current MMR (win-loss rate). The exact formula is not revealed at this time.
Check out the dedicated guide here:

If I’m ranked higher at the start of a new season, do I miss out on all the rewards for ranks below mine?

A: Nope, you won’t miss out on any rewards – they’ll be ready to collect from your rank track at start of a new season as soon as you’ve played enough games.

Card Backs 2

You won’t be missing out on any rewards, from credits to avatars and funky card backs!

A card says “Discard the card in your hand with the lowest/highest cost” – If I have multiple cards with the same cost, which one will be discarded?

In these scenarios, the discarded card will be chosen at random – so good luck keeping that Hela safe!

What’s the formula for earning card Boosters?

If you want to earn Boosters for a card, you’ve got to be playing it in your deck! You’ll earn one Booster per turn of each game, randomly awarded to one of the cards in your deck but favoring cards with less than 20 owned Boosters.

Agatha Harkness is the only exception to this rule, where you will only earn Boosters for her if she was in your deck.

How come I did not get any Boosters after the game?

You can earn up to 1000 Boosters per day, which equates to roughly 10 hours of gameplay.

What are the different types of card abilities, and what do they all mean?

Okay, big question! Let’s break them down:

Destroy: Destroying cards causes synergistic effects, such as Carnage and Nova.
Discard: Discarding cards from your hand sometimes causes synergistic effects, such as Apocalypse and Blade.
Move: Some effects cause cards to move between locations such as Vision, and triggers certain abilities such as Kraven.
Ongoing: This card ability stays active throughout the entire game once the card is in play – you can find this keyword on cards such as Wong and Ant-Man.
On Reveal: This card ability activates as soon as you reveal it to your opponent, regardless of if you played it or it ended up in play via an effect like Jubilee – you can find this effect on cards like Scorpion or Thor.
No Ability: Some cards have no abilities – they just have cool flavour text, and can get bonuses from Washington D.C. or Patriot – you can find this on cards such as Hulk or Shocker.

Can I battle against my friends?

Not just yet, but Second Dinner have made it clear they intend to offer this on their Development Roadmap!

Development Roadmap

Some locations say “Cards can’t be added here” and some say “Cards can’t be played here” – what’s the difference?

If a location says that cards cannot be “added”, it’s going to prevent anything from ending up there – you can’t move Nightcrawler there, Squirrel Girl won’t put any squirrels there, and many more. However, if a location says card cannot be “played” here, you simply can’t play cards from your hand there, you’ll still be able to move your Nightcrawler into it, or send a tiger over there with White Tiger.

When the season resets, what happens to my rank?

Once a new season starts, you should see your rank drop by 30 ranks from your CURRENT rank, not your highest. This is always rounded down, so while Rank 100 will fall to Rank 70, Ranks 91-99 will reset to Rank 60.

Why can’t I collect my ranked rewards for ranks I’ve already achieved?

Play 10 games and you’ll be able to claim your ranked rewards.

At what level will I finally have all the cards?

At the moment, most players appear to complete their collections somewhere between CL 2700 and CL 3250. This is subject to change based on new cards being added, and every player having a different progression path.

Is there any safety nets for my rank?

Once you reach Rank 10, or Rank 100, you won’t be able to drop below them again. Everything in the middle is fair game, so may the odds be ever in your favour!

Is there anywhere I can view all the cards and locations?

Absolutely, we’ve got you covered.

• Cards: HERE
• Locations: HERE
• Variants: HERE
• Card Backs: HERE

I want to chat with more Marvel Snap players, how do I get involved in the community?

I’d suggest hopping into both the Marvel Snap Zone Discord Server and the Official Marvel Snap Discord Server – alternatively, hit us up on Twitter @MarvelSnapZone or come and chat with me personally @HowlingMines and I’ll be happy to chat Snap with you!

Closing Thoughts

… I think that’s everything? At least for now!

I’m hoping to keep this article as up-to-date as I can with all questions and concerns for Marvel Snap, so once again, if you find anything missing from this article and you’re looking for an answer, please reach out to let us know! You can comment below, join our Snap Zone Discord or find us over at Marvel Snap Zone on Twitter for more information, content, or just a chat about all things Snap.

Thanks for checking out the article, I hope it helped!

I’ve been HowlingMines, you’ve been amazing.

I’ll see you out there in the multiverse!

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HowlingMines is the Operations Manager of DotGG and many of their sister sites, such as MTGAZone and Marvel Snap Zone!

A TCG Specialist for over a decade, he now looks to share sweet decks, detailed articles, and help upcoming creators grow!

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One comment

  1. Hello! Great article, I have a few suggestions for changes. Most importantly the credit cap has been increased to 10,000, and in the boosters section I don’t understand how Agatha is different so perhaps you could clarify. Also, mysterio is mentioned as having 5, power which isn’t true anymore. Thanks!

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