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Marvel Snap August 2023 (Big in Japan) New Card Guide: Review and Decks

This season brings us tons of fun and interesting tools for two archetypes that might need a bit of a boost: Discard and Destroy! The four new cards are versatile and exciting, and den has offered you the best decks to try them in on the day they release.

Destroy has been one of the most used synergies in the last few months in Marvel Snap. After Wave was changed (and DeathWave was dismantled as a result), the archetype actually evolved into several archetypes built around the Carnage, Venom, and Deathlok trio trying to abuse Deadpool, Nimrod, or Knull, depending on the deck.

However, the Destroy synergy never managed to become a real force in Marvel Snap since the DeathWave days; instead, it’s remained a solid synergy that’s never at the top of its class. Cards like Cosmo and Armor are very limiting, standing at the ready to be slotted into every deck whenever Destroy becomes the archetype to beat.

Check out the full details for the upcoming season here!

As a result, there are usually two sides whenever Destroy receives new cards: those who can’t wait to build around them and anticipate a lot of shenanigans available around the new cards, and those who are more down to earth and see yet another reason for Destroy to be countered.

August’s Season should not be any different from this usual dichotomy. Indeed, the new cards definitely look good enough to build around and test in various Destroy oriented synergies (with a pinch of Discard as well). Still, if they happen to be excellent, we all know how to limit their power and punish those who thought they could abuse their deck with no consequences. In the end, isn’t that the sign of nicely designed cards?

Cards

CardSourceRelease Date
DakenSeason PassAugust 8, 2023
Lady DeathstrikeSeries 5August 15, 2023
X-23Series 5August 22, 2023
Silver SamuraiSeries 5August 29, 2023
You will also be able to find the full card release schedule here for past, current, and upcoming months in our dedicated guide!

Daken: The Destructive Thor

Daken is the Season Pass card.

Strengths:

  • Eight power for a 3-Cost is huge, and that doesn’t account for your ability to boost Daken before using the Muramasa Shard.
  • Tons of cards are already in place to discard or destroy the Muramasa Shard.

Weaknesses:

  • 3-Cost cards are extremely competitive in Marvel Snap.

Featured Deck:

Daken
Created by den
, updated 2 months ago
5x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
2x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
4x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
1x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
3
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1
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5+
3.4
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1
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5+

As the Season Pass card, we can expect Daken to be the most popular card to release in August. Fortunately enough, Daken also appears to be the most flexible card of the bunch; it’s easy to slot into a multitude of decks where discarding, destroying, or even duplicating the Muramasa Shard is part of the game plan. In the end, if you don’t have a strong Turn 3 in your deck already and can fulfill that simple condition, Daken is probably worth giving a shot, the same way Thor and Jane Foster Mighty Thor have become staples alongside Lockjaw.

As for the deck itself, I decided to look a bit outside the box (but Dracula Discard should probably fit the bill when it comes to a deck to test Daken in). Here, we have multiple ways to abuse the Muramasa Shard, even adding a little synergy with The Collector. However, the Shard itself also becomes a part of the game plan since destroying it will help reduce the cost of Death. Plus, duplicating the Shard with Moon Girl can lead to a 16-Power Daken. Need I say more?

Lady Deathstrike: A Precise and Lethal Weapon

Lady Deathstrike will release into Series 5.

Strengths:

  • Wong, Iron Man, and Brood are incredible targets, all of which are popular in Marvel Snap.
  • There are plenty of synergies, including destroying our own cards when the opponent does not have any worthy targets.

Weaknesses:

  • You are also affected, so you need to adapt your deck accordingly.
  • Turn 5 is plenty of time for the opponent to set up a counter card such as Armor or Cosmo.
  • Very weak power if we can’t abuse the On Reveal ability.

Featured Deck:

Lady Deathstrike
Created by den
, updated 2 months ago
2x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
8x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
1x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
1x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
2.8
Cost
0-
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2
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5+
2.6
Power
0-
1
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5+

If the metagame remains similar to what it is now, I could see Lady Deathstrike becoming a decent tech card to counter low power cards that have a big impact on the game. Granted, most of these cards are Ongoing based (Iron Man, Wong, Mystique…), so it might sound unnecessary to spend Spotlight Caches on a card for the same use as Enchantress. However, there are a few decks, such as the one featured here, where we could use Lady Deathstrike to help our own deck, and that is where the card can gain a lot of value.

Once again, you could tell me to simply play Valkyrie if I wanted to get value from my Rocks and The Void, which might be the right call. Still, if we can manage to find that sweet spot where Lady Deathstrike combines both Enchantress and Valkyrie‘s abilities, we should have a very playable card.

X-23: Your New Favorite Destroy Target

X-23 will release into Series 5.

Strengths:

  • Energy cheating is among the strongest things to do in card games because it opens play patterns that would otherwise be impossible.
  • We could potentially destroy X-23 every turn and basically get an Electro-like ability.
  • We also boost cards like Carnage, Morbius, and Venom while gaining extra energy when X-23 is destroyed or discarded.

Weaknesses:

  • The competition among 1-Cost destroy cards is fierce, which could lower the interest in investing into X-23.
  • It looks much stronger in Destroy decks than in Discard builds.

Featured Deck:

X-23
Created by den
, updated 2 months ago
5x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
1x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
4x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
1x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
1x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
3.6
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
3.7
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

If left unchecked, I see X-23 as the future best 1-Cost card in the game. But we all know that won’t happen, unless Armor gets nerfed to a point that it doesn’t feel like a good idea to run in a wide variety of decks. As such, X-23 should be seen as an incredible tool, and probably the best card Destroy has received in recent memory. I mean, you could theoretically get an extra energy during four different turns. With that, you can pair Deadpool plus Knull together, or play Knull on Turn 5 and use Taskmaster during the next turn. It also gives two extra power to your Venom and Carnage in the process of generating energy.

I picked Deadpool as the first deck to try X-23 in because it probably is the easiest way to gauge how good it is to abuse – especially considering it makes Deadpool free in a way. Of course, there are several other ways to build the deck, but going greedy with both Taskmaster and Knull should allow us to see if we can get some impossible patterns done regularly.

Silver Samurai: Disruption at Its Finest

Silver Samurai will release into Series 5.

Strengths:

  • 4-Cost cards have a great ally in Zabu, opening several synergies (like Good Cards Stature at the very least).
  • Solid synergy with Wolverine and Swarm while also disrupting the opponent.

Weaknesses:

  • Five power is on the lower end of 4-Cost cards.
  • Without at least one synergistic card in the deck, Silver Samurai doesn’t look like enough as a standalone tool.

Featured Deck:

Silver Samurai
Created by den
, updated 2 months ago
2x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
2x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
1x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
3x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
4x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
3.3
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
3.5
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

This is Black Bolt with an upside and Zabu synergy. I don’t think it gets any better than this to see how impactful Silver Samurai can be. I mean, if we can go DakenSilver Samurai to discard the Muramasa ShardStature plus a 4-Cost → double 4-Cost thanks to Zabu, that sounds like an incredible pattern for both points and flexibility.

Similar to Daken, Silver Samurai is probably much more flexible than the other two cards joining the game this month, especially regarding their ability to join the Discard synergy. I could certainly imagine a Discard Dracula deck built this way if you don’t enjoy the Good Cards archetype with Wong as the flexible slot:

Samurai Discard
Created by den
, updated 2 months ago
3x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
2x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
3x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
2x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
2x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
3.5
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
3.9
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Closing Words

I love the cards we are getting in August, simple as that. All four feel like they’re worth trying to get in a deck, as they hold insane value when played in the right scenario. However, all four of these cards can also be countered quite efficiently, leading to inefficient use of energy more than anything else. Overall, I don’t see any card that feels easy too simple solve just by looking at it, except for maybe X-23. It’s an insane card against no counters, but it’s pretty disappointing in an Armor and Cosmo metagame. That’s exactly what spotlight cards should be; players are required to save their precious caches to target the right cards, so it is important to get as much playing time with them as possible.

Let’s discuss which card to go after, which is honestly tough. I’d say Daken is great as a Season Pass card, and it’s totally worth the purchase in my book. As for the three spotlight cards, Lady Deathstrike would unfortunately be my skip for the lack of enough caches this month. As for X-23, I think it holds the most potential, but it could also be extremely frustrating if it just ends up being massively countered. Maybe don’t go for it Day 1 and read how the situation develops first. Last is Silver Samurai, my personal favorite card of the month. I think it has the most versatility, and it is much more difficult to counter. However, the card will need to be slotted in certain decks (i.e. Discard or Stature), so make sure you enjoy that sort of game play. Otherwise, we already have solid disruption in the form of Spider-Ham and Iceman, as well as other cheap, flexible tools if you wish to play a large variety of decks.

Also be sure to check out our schedule and guide to the Spotlight Caches for the Big in Japan Season!

I hope this piece helps you plan ahead in August, and I can’t wait to see what everyone builds around these new cards. To show off your wildest creations, you can find me on the Marvel Snap Zone community Discord, or on my Twitter page where I share decks and biased opinions about the game.

Good Game Everyone.

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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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One comment

  1. Seems like Thanos-Death will be Big in Japan. Almost all the cards will work in that deck. LDS on the soul stone lane would ruin Invisible Woman-Hela, she also spares the purple stone. Silver Samurai even contributes because Darkhawk is powerful against the size of a Thanos Deck.

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