Sleeper Decks of the Week – Revival of Loki, Black Knight Rises, Bounce Hangs On

Check out the best Marvel Snap decks in this column before they become popular in the meta! There are a lot of awesome decks waiting to be discovered that can take your opponent's Cubes by surprise!

Hello everyone and welcome to Sleeper Decks of the Week! I’m Glazer of Snap Judgments: The Official Marvel Snap Zone Podcast, and in this article, I’m going to take you through all of my favorite Sleeper Decks this week. In addition to the podcast (this week’s episode has the Top 10 Decks in Snap with den and GunnyT!), I do my own daily videos where I scour the darkest corners of the net (ahem Twitter and the various Marvel Snap sites) to find the best decks in Marvel Snap before the meta notices.

Remember: Each deck title will take you to a video explanation of the deck, so don’t be shy – check them out!

Loki Doesn’t Die

Loki refuses to die. The card has proven to be an amazing centerpiece and extremely versatile.

Sizer Loki

Sizer Loki
Created by PulseGlazer
, updated 2 months ago
2x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
1x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
3x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
4x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
2x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
2.9
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
3.1
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Deck Thoughts:
Sizer is a top-ranked player, #1 on the December Ladder and currently Top 20.

This deck is built to have an advantage vs. Hela. Loki has very few negative match ups in Snap. By playing Loki on curve, the deck can gain an advantage against most decks, from Bounce to Darkhawk to Annihilus.

The issue now, though, is big combo decks can beat Loki. Hela or Tribunal decks can pile everything in one spot and leave Loki with no recourse. This deck handles that issue by using Juggernaut and Cosmo. If an opponent tries to Hela on Turn 6, a Juggernaut into a Cosmo with priority is a 67% chance of turning it off. Your odds are better, and it’s far easier to stop a Tribunal deck here. Those need to get Onslaught onto Iron Man‘s lane for max power, so Juggernaut can stop that, too. Of course, it helps if you’re a monster of a player like Sizer.

Loki and Zabu are non-negotiable. Snowguard can be Maria Hill or Nico Minoru. Mirage can always be replaced with Sentinel. Ms. Marvel would be Omega Red, and Mobius M. Mobius could be replaced with Rogue or Morph.

Glenn Jones Loki Negative

Glenn Jones Negatively Brewing
Created by PulseGlazer
, updated 2 months ago
3x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
1x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
3x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
2x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
1x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
1x Recruit Season
1x Starter Card
3.3
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
1.6
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Deck Thoughts:
Marvel Snap’s lead game designer got sick of people complaining about Hela, so he built a ridiculously effective Mister Negative deck.

Mister Negative can be wildly inconsistent, but that’s a problem Loki can address. Without Negative or Ravonna Renslayer, your hand can get clunky, so, in those instances, Loki is a new lease on life.

The Mister Negative play line here is fairly obvious, too. Negative gives access to a cheap Professor X, Iron Man, and Mystique, all of which put a ton of pressure on the opponent. The power to win these lanes comes from Havok and Sunspot (with a pinch of Ironheart. Cosmo lets you snipe stuff, and Jane Foster Mighty Thor draws a bunch of cards in the right situation. And suddenly we have a deck!

No high-series card here is replaceable, except maybe Loki.

Bounce Hanging On!

The OTAs and new cards have affected what cards go in the Beast/Falcon package, but it remains one of the most powerful packages in Marvel Snap.

ShuriEnjoyer Bounce Move

Top 20 Bounce – Shuri Enjoyer
Created by PulseGlazer
, updated 2 months ago
4x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
2x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
5x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
1x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
2.6
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
3.7
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Deck Thoughts:
ShuriEnjoyer is a top Ladder player, and also one of the most creative players in Marvel Snap.

Everyone assumed Move was bad, but this Move Bounce deck got to the Top 20 of Infinite Ladder. Its play patterns are simple, but it’s very difficult to actually play. Simply put, you want to get Vulture, Dagger, and Human Torch big with your move enablers, then bounce them and do it again. One trick I’ve found is to bounce the move enablers – not the payoffs – to create multiple threats and help avoid Shang-Chi. The other big trick is to decide when to Heimdall at the end. There’s often an easier win by playing Spider-Man 2099 and a move card or Enchantress.

Ghost-Spider is the only high-series card here, but its only replacement is another high series card (Nico Minoru).

YoWoodyMJ Darkhawk Bounce

YoWoodyMJ Darkhawk Bounce Lives!
Created by PulseGlazer
, updated 2 months ago
1x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
1x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
5x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
2x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
3x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
2.4
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
2.8
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Deck Thoughts:
When everyone thought Darkhawk was dead immediately after its nerf, YoWoodyMJ climbed to the Top 30 of the Infinite Ladder with this list.

The idea here is simple: the 1-Cost cards offer maximum disruption, and the disruption moves around Werewolf By Night. With all that disruption, it’s often the case that the newly [5/4] Darkhawk is the biggest card in the game and a lane winner.

You’re going to need Darkhawk and Werewolf By Night here, but replacing Spider-Ham with The Hood is fine. Iron Lad can be Shang-Chi or, again, The Hood, depending on how much Loki you’re seeing.

Proxima Midnight is Good, but…

Marvel Snap’s newest card is quite good, but not a requirement – even in Discard.

den’s Discard Combo

Den’s Discard Combo
Created by PulseGlazer
, updated 2 months ago
1x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
3x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
5x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
1x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
2x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
4.2
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
6.4
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Deck Thoughts:
Our own brilliant deck builder den figured out how to use Proxima Midnight with Hela and Apocalypse before the card even released!

The combination here is relatively simple. With Lockjaw in the deck, it’s pretty easy to use discards to set up a game-winning Hela. And that card doesn’t take enough space in your deck to require the removal of a simple Apocalypse, Morbius, and Dracula Discard package. Tying the two together is Swarm. A discarded Swarm goes amazingly well into Lockjaw and makes its new cost less of a burden.

Corvus Glaive is needed here, but Proxima Midnight can be anything from Death to Giganto to Hellcow.

Combat Discard Good Stuff

Combat Proxima Good Stuff
Created by PulseGlazer
, updated 2 months ago
1x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
2x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
3x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
4x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
2x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
3.3
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
4.3
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Deck Thoughts:
Combat built one of my dream decks for this season by figuring out how Discard could be a good stuff deck. The lack of tech cards to answer big opponents can be an issue, but, otherwise, this deck sings.

The goal here is to get power and threats all over the board. Almost everything here – Strong Guy, Morbius, Daken, Colleen Wing, Proxima Midnight, Stature, Miek, Swarm – has great stats for its cost. When you combine that with the disruption of Black Bolt and Silver Samurai, as well as the ramp of Corvus Glaive, this deck is really something.

The plan to win is this: Get out good tempo power throughout the game; End with MODOK and Stature; Profit.

You can try Moon Knight over Silver Samurai and Hellcow over Corvus Glaive. I think you need Proxima Midnight, but Wolverine is at least worth a shout for it or Miek. Miek can also feasibly be Blade here. Daken can be Gladiator, Gambit, or maybe even Sword Master after the buff.

Black Knight is the Package Now

Black Knight has become a small package that goes in numerous decks and just wins games.

BigBaby BladeButt

BigBaby – Blade Butt
Created by PulseGlazer
, updated 2 months ago
2x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
2x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
3x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
1x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
4x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
3
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
5.3
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Deck Thoughts:
BigBaby is sitting comfortably in the Top 10 with this deck built around trickery within the Black Knight cards.

Black Knight into discarding The Infinaut is obviously the main play here – especially with Ghost Rider in the deck – but this list can win also by discarding Annihilus. That will often lead to an opponent’s Snap, and then Ghost Rider with another important 4-Cost to end the game is a huge cube stealer. Cull Obsidian also told us just how big a [4/10] is, so discarding Sentry or Cull works pretty well at winning games, too.

Annihilus is a must, as are Zabu and Black Knight. Nico Minoru is replaceable with Iceman or Spider-Ham. Cull Obsidian can be Werewolf By Night or Enchantress.

SafetyBlade’s HelaGlaive

Safety HelaGlaive
Created by PulseGlazer
, updated 2 months ago
3x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
2x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
5x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
2x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
4.1
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
7.7
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Deck Thoughts:
Our own genius deck builder SafetyBlade came up with one of the best ways to play Corvus Glaive without a full Lockjaw deck, and this is it!

Black Knight and Corvus can have anti-synergy here. Blade or Lady Sif are better to target a key card, and they can win games by doing so (especially with Hela in the deck). Corvus, by discarding more, is often better to get a big Hela ready, but it also has the secret ability to allow you to pass Turn 5 and then play both The Infinaut and She-Hulk on Turn 6 and win. This play is even better with Sunspot out.

Black Knight is needed, as is Corvus Glaive. The rest is Series 3 or lower.

Miscellaneous Decks

These decks don’t fit anywhere else, but they’re still great.

Eva Mill

Eva’s Awesome Mill
Created by PulseGlazer
, updated 2 months ago
2x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
1x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
4x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
3x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
2x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
3.7
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
4.5
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Deck Thoughts:
Eva is hanging out in the Top 50, climbing back up after a season off, and he’s doing it in style.

The goal of this deck is to mill out your opponent, ideally so they have no draw on Turn 5 or Turn 6. Cable, Gladiator, Yondu, and, of course, redundancy pieces like Absorbing Man and Iron Lad really help with that, as does Wong to make those cards go off multiple times. Yondu and Gladiator in particular can feed Death and Knull, and your opponent’s hand gets all messed up by Spider-Ham and Doctor Octopus. This deck is not easy to play, but it is an absolute joy.

Zabu has been replaced with Quake in several versions. You need Knull, Gladiator, and Iron Lad. Spider-Ham could be Iceman.

Woodward Zoo

Woodward’s 15k Rank Zoo
Created by PulseGlazer
, updated 2 months ago
1x Collection Level 1-14
4x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
1x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
2x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
2x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
1x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
1x Recruit Season
1.9
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
2.8
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

Deck Thoughts:
Our friend Phil Woodward made my current favorite deck. I’m fairly likely to take this to Infinite next season.

The gist here is simple: you only play Sunspot as a 1-drop early, then you play Strong Guy and Bishop into Ka-Zar. Turn 5 is for Black Swan, then Turn 6 you go entirely off. Wreck the board with a bunch of high-powered 1-Cost cards and Hit Monkey. You usually won’t have priority, so just play Titania last in a lane. Zero is usually used on Martyr, but, if you fill the other two lanes, Martyr and another 1-drop can often steal one. Blade can empty your hand for Strong Guy, although, to be honest, that spot is probably better served as just Gladiator so that certain locations don’t ruin your power output.

Martyr, Black Swan, and Hit Monkey are the high-series cards here, but only Martyr is replaceable. I think Echo or Scarlet Witch would do a lot in that slot.

Closing

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