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May’s Marvel Snap bundles may be the most controversial ones we’ve ever seen. As you might know, I’m usually very positive about the economy and the steps Second Dinner is taking to make the game both profitable for the developers and good for the players. But this time we need to have a serious talk. Keep in mind that contents, costs, and dates are yet to be confirmed and are not final until announced or released.
May 2023 Bundle List
The above chart compares the upcoming Bundles in May 2023. More information can be found on their individual pages:
|Bundle||Start Date||End Date||Cost||Collector’s Tokens||Credits||Gold||Boosters||Cosmetics|
|Token Tuesday 1||May 2||May 3||450 Gold||400||15|
|Beautiful Beyond Compare||May 3||May 21||$99.99||10,000||500||500||310 The Collector||• Variant: The Collector Flaviano|
• Avatar: The Collector Flaviano
|I Am Groot||May 5||May 17||2,900 Gold||4,000||465 Groot||• Variant: Groot Dan Hipp|
• Avatar: Groot Dan Hipp
Title: I Am Groot
|Booster Pack 1||May 6||May 7||300 Gold||250||65|
|Token Tuesday 2||May 9||May 10||850 Gold||800||65|
|Spoonful Of Sugar||May 10||May 13||$9.99||500||500||Mystery Variant|
|Booster Pack 2||May 13||May 14||300 Gold||250||65|
|Token Tuesday 3||May 16||May 17||650 Gold||600||35|
|Chibi Guardians Of The Galaxy||May 17||May 25||5,900 Gold||6,500||• 310 Star-Lord|
• 310 Gamora
• 310 Drax
|• Variant: Star-Lord Chibi|
• Avatar: Star-Lord Chibi
• Variant: Gamora Chibi
• Avatar: Gamora Chibi
• Variant: Drax Chibi
• Avatar: Drax Chibi
• Title: … Who?
|Booster Pack 3||May 20||May 21||300 Gold||250||65|
|Artist Showcase: Ivan Tao||May 21||Jun 6||5,000||3,000||• 155 Thor|
• 155 Lady Sif
|• Variant: Thor Venomized|
• Avatar: Thor Venomized
• Variant: Lady Sif Venomized
• Avatar: Lady Sif Venomized
|Token Tuesday 4||May 23||May 24||450 Gold||400||15|
|Trash Panda||May 25||Jun 6||$29.99||1,000||3,000||310 Rocket Raccoon||• Variant: Rocket Raccoon Chibi|
• Avatar: Rocket Raccoon Chibi
|Get A Leg Up||May 25||May 27||2,000 Gold||1,000||500||Mystery Variant|
|Booster Pack 4||May 27||May 28||300 Gold||250||65|
|Token Tuesday 5||May 30||May 31||850 Gold||800||65|
A comparative analysis of the current April bundles can be found here:
1. How the chart works
The key visual principles of information display on the chart remained unchanged compared to the March chart:
- The price in dollars, next to the price in gold is calculated based on the conversion of 700 gold to 10 dollars. The reasons for this have been described earlier.
- The total number of Collector’s Tokens in the bundle is calculated by adding the Collector’s Tokens from the bundle to the tokens you get when you contribute all of the remaining currency to increase the Collection Level. The basic gold-to-credit conversion rate of 1.25 is taken as the basis.
- The number of Collector’s Tokens per 1 gold is calculated by dividing the total number of tokens by the bundle price in gold (for bundles sold for dollars the conversion ratio of $10 to 700 gold is used again).
- Progress value means how many times more profitable it is to get currencies used to increase the Collection Level (gold and credits) by buying a bundle, than to get the same resources through a standard currency conversion through the store.
- Сosmetic value means how many times more advantageous it is to buy cosmetics from a bundle (avatar, title, variant) by buying it than to buy similar items in the store. The price for avatars and titles is based on a price of 350 gold. The reasons for this are also described in the first guide about bundles.
- The total value is calculated by adding the two above.
- As for the Token Tuesday bundles, the calculations were done on average, since their value is extremely similar. They were combined so they do not take up much space on the chart individually.
- Boosters are not included in the calculations because they have no real value due to how easy it is to get them later in the game.
The chart uses the following color coding:
- For the “Collector’s Tokens per one gold” row, a value less than or equal to 0.5 is considered bad (red highlight) since it’s quite close to the standard value of 0.3 and there are usually much better offers. A value in the range of 0.51 to 0.7 remains white and indicates a good value. This is the value of the best bundles that were in the in-game store before Token Tuesday bundles appeared in the game. The most profitable bundles are highlighted in green and have a value above 0.7. These are the bundles we advise players to buy if they want to get as many Collector’s Tokens as possible in the long run.
- In all three of the bottom rows of values, a red highlight is used to display bundles with a value below 1, which means that it is more profitable to get the same resources through standard conversion methods. The base white color is for values between 1 and 2 and indicates the offers are slightly above average. A green highlight is used for values greater than 2; these are extremely profitable offers in their categories (cosmetics, collection progress, or all together) and should be target by players seeking the most value.
Answers to other possible questions about Marvel Snap’s in-game economy can be found in the following article:
2. May’s biggest disappointment for F2P players
Let’s start with the fact that ALL of May’s gold bundles, except for Token Tuesdays, have very poor value and none of them perform well in any category: Tokens per gold, the progression value, and the cosmetic value are just awful. Remember when we advised you to consider buying the Deadpool bundle because its value was slightly lower than other similar Token bundles? Even the Birthpool Bundle would look good now. Thus, we cannot recommend any of the May bundles except Token Thursdays.
In previous months we saw an alternation of expensive and inexpensive bundles with good value. The logic was simple: players can only accumulate from 6000 to 7000 in 2 months, so it makes no sense to offer such expensive bundles in two consecutive months. However, both in April and in May and June, quite expensive offers await us. They can seem pretty lucrative and similar to what we’ve seen before and contain Tokens, credits, variant for such a high price. However, in fact their value is very low, as you can see from the chart.
For example, the cheaper I Am Groot bundle is hardly higher in value than the usual similar purchase of resources and cosmetics in the shop – it has progression value of 1.1 and total value of 1.6.
The Chibi Guardians Of The Galaxy bundle is worse than buying currency in the store, unless you really need cosmetics! It has a progression value of 0.9, which means that for 5900 gold you actually get less credits than using conversion through missions or the in-game shop.
The Get A Leg Up bundle is slightly better than the previous ones in terms of progression value, but still not enough to call it a good Gold investment – it offers only 2.2 times as many resources as a similar purchase in the shop and 0.56 Tokens for every Gold spent, which is pretty average.
3. Cheap and unnecessary
The Team Dog or Team Cat bundle, while offering a good progression value for 700 gold at 1.9, is probably not worth it, since we have seen better offers many times before. Note that apparently you will only be able to buy one of two bundles, either the Team Cat bundle or the Team Dog bundle.
Also, starting in May, there will be a new recurring type of bundle – the Booster pack bundle. It will always cost 300 gold and offer 250 credits and 65 random boosters, which are so useless that we don’t even add them to the chart. I’m pretty sure this could be called the worst bundle we’ve ever seen. Just look at the chart and realize that it’s never worth your gold. Even being so cheap.
4. The best go to the rich
We all remember the Pro Masterpiece bundle first introduced in January. At the time, the community was perplexed as to why there was such a high price for such disappointing content with a value of 1.4 for $100.
Well, Second Dinner made a second attempt, this time trying to sell not a large number of credits for $100, but a ton of Tokens. I suggest we take another look at the chart. Yes, you got that right, the total value of this bundle is not only over 5, but the amount of Tokens per gold (in equivalent terms) is 1.47, which is twice as much as any other solid Token bundle. What can I say? The price is high, but the content at least try to match this price.
A Tokens for Gold value of 0.94 and a total value of 4.1 make The Spoonful Of Sugar bundle a really good choice. One Mystery Variant, 500 Gold and 500 Collector’s Tokens. Simple and straightforward. It’s essentially the twin brother of the Token Tuesday bundles (in terms of its value), but sold exclusively for real money with a price of $10 with a free variant on top of that.
The Trash Panda bundle costs $30, offers a little bit of everything except Tokens. The value of this bundle is average, so there’s nothing special to say about it. Probably, if you like this variant, you might consider buying it, but you won’t get a significant increase in Collectiol Level with it.
5. Artist Showcase – Ivan Tao
In April, a bundle dedicated to the artwork of Dan Hipp was on sale. In May we will have something similar again: two variants from Ivan Tao will be sold in a bundle for 5,000 gold. Yes, there are 3,000 credits in addition to the variants, but even that doesn’t make this bundle valuable. It has an extremely low Tokens per gold value of 0.15, a cosmetic value of 0.4, a progression value of 0.5, and an overall value of 0.9. Thus, similar contents of this bundle are actually 10% cheaper to buy in the in-game shop. So this bundle is not recommended for anyone to buy.
I poined this out last month, and I’ll say it again: I wish that all variants, regardless of artist, were judged in terms of their value not by Second Dinner, but by the players themselves. I wouldn’t want to get to a situation where one artist’s variants would sell for an incredibly high price, while other variants would sell for almost nothing, just because another artist made them.
It seems to me that Artist Showcase shouldn’t be about the artist’s variants hidden behind the paywall, but instead should be about players being able to buy variants made by their favorite artist for a decent price. But right now such bundles are significantly inferior in value to “regular” bundles with variants, which doesn’t help players to enjoy their favorite artists, but rather discourages them.
All of the problems described above make it impossible to talk about May as a good month for buying bundles. Yes, Token Tuesdays are still good, but the rest of the store’s content for the entire month doesn’t look good at all.
To summarize the above, here are the main areas where improvements are needed:
- Artists showcase bundles are too expensive and not worth it.
- Too few low-priced bundles have good value.
- The best bundles cost real money.
- There are still not enough Tokens in the game for players to feel free to choose which cards to buy.
- Boosters, especially random boosters, cost almost nothing. Perhaps if the player had a choice of what specific boosters he wants to buy and the price of such an offer wasn’t high – such a bundle would make sense.
The only improvement worth mentioning is that at least now such an expensive $100 bundle has more or less appropriate content in it. But that doesn’t change the fact that this is the ONLY such good bundle in all of May. I can only hope that the next few months will be much better, and that Second Dinner will hear the players and not let a situation like the one in May happen again.
Have fun and stay safe everyone!