Marvel Snap May 4, 2023 OTA Card Balance Updates: Orka, The Collector and, Luke Cage Buffed
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Marvel Snap’s “Over the Air” hotfixes to cards are now live for May 4, 2023 – no need for a game update! Four cards have been changed as part of a weekly balancing cycle. Check out the full details below, as well as an announcement regarding the future of Marvel Snap’s balance.
- Orka – 6/9 -> 6/11
- The Collector – 2/1 -> 2/2
- Luke Cage – 2/1 -> 2/2
For our analysis on these changes, their potential impact on the meta, and some decks you can try on the first day, check out the article embedded below!
[Old] 6/9 – Ongoing: +5 Power if this is your only card here.
[New] 6/11 – Ongoing: +5 Power if this is your only card here.
This isn’t very complicated–Orka released low, consistently one of our least-played cards and weak on winrate. He’s especially vulnerable to “splash” damage in a metagame where being able to counter Galactus has a higher priority for players, so the solve should clearly involve raising his floor, a design term for the card’s weakest outcome. Just buffing his base Power also keeps his Ongoing symmetrical with Namor’s, further focusing on their fishy feud. We don’t expect to see Orka suddenly start tearing up the competitive ranks, but it’s free for us to make him stronger.
[Old] 2/1 – When a card enters your hand from anywhere (except your deck), +1 Power.
[New] 2/2 – When a card enters your hand from anywhere (except your deck), +1 Power.
Those of us who were playing in the beta no doubt remember the glory days of The Collector, and the nerf that was merited then brought him in line as an on-curve play in some Discard and Devil Dinosaur decks. However, he’s been largely squeezed out of those archetypes since, without finding a new home. Hopefully he’ll be a bit more competitive with other 2-Cost cards at this rate, and start earning those slots back or showing up in new decks, like Bounce.
[Old] 2/1 – Ongoing: Your cards can’t have their Power reduced.
[New] 2/2 – Ongoing: Your cards can’t have their Power reduced.
The two most popular decks with Luke are middling performers on the numbers, and the surge in Super Skrull plus the buff to Enchantress have both indirectly weakened him. We actually considered testing 3 Power briefly, but recalled how the Hazmat buff to 2 Power months ago killed a delightful Cerebro-1 deck. This change thus restores that combo as an interesting option for Cerebro-2, since Luke protects that deck from a handful of meddlesome locations as well. The added Power makes Luke more viable as a “tech” card in other decks, which might come in handy if afflict strategies reach a new high in the near future.
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Toxic C2 incoming.
Pretty cool they did 3 buffs and no nerfs.
created a toxic-c2 deck, clicked on play and knew before i saw the first card, that it’ll be a mirrormatch – no deck-related-match-making-my-ass!
yeah, when you make a new deck you are likely to get somekind of mirror match right away and quite some mirror matches after.
btw. i havent bought the battlepass yet. guess what? i havent seen Nebula ingame yet once. ill see how long thatll last, but even when ill see her i bet it wont be often, because it was the same last season as i didnt see hitmonkey untill i bought the pass and played him myself and then it was boom boom boom monkey monkey monkey.
and on the last day of last season i also played in odd hours in my timezone.. played a crazy Negative Wong on reveal deck for 3 hours. didnt care about my rank obviously, it was very fun, but guess what, 60-70% of my opponents also played Wong. normally id see Wong once in a blue moon. very suspicious. then i switched to Discard for another hour and guess what, half my matches were against other Discard players now. where did the Wong gang go?
lmao, no deck/card-based matchmaking, sure, my “confirmation bias” dudes. just open your eyes.