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Spotlight Cache Tier List – Priority Rankings and Guide (May 14, 2024 to July 30, 2024)

All future announced and datamined Spotlight Caches ranked by PulseGlazer! If you want to know what to spend your Caches on, you need to read this.

Hi! I’m Glazer of Snap Judgments, the official podcast of Marvel Snap Zone. I’ve been playing Marvel Snap since its global launch and never, since the start of the game, has resource planning been a more integral part of the Marvel Snap experience. With Spotlight Caches containing a new card every week, trying to plan to target the cards you want is key.

Today, I’ll be acting as your guide through every Marvel Snap Spotlight Cache rotations currently planned or datamined (keeping in mind the new cards and the cache contents itself can be changed before release), ranking them from most desirable to least. I’m going to put a special emphasis on released cards, since we cannot know how good the unreleased ones are (remember, we mostly thought Loki would be bad, but War Machine would be game-breaking). However, if you’d like to check out the preliminary reviews on all the upcoming cards, check them out:

NOTE: These are updated for the announced Series Drops occurring on June 4, 2024.

Without further ado, here are your Spotlight Cache rankings with an explanation for each of the 12 weeks for which we have information.

TierSpotlight Cache
Tier 11. July 16, 2024
2. June 25, 2024
3. June 18, 2024
Tier 24. July 9, 2024
5. May 28, 2024
6. July 30, 2024
7. July 23, 2024
8. May 14, 2024
Tier 39. May 21, 2024
10. June 4, 2024
11. June 11, 2024
12. July 2, 2024

12. July 2, 2024

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I think Arishem might actually be good. The rise of NoKi decks, decks that basically run the Loki package without the card Loki, gives me a lot of hope here. Add in that Arishem could just throw in Loki for a -1 discount and +1 Energy, and this seems a no-brainer of a strong card.

So why is this last? Arishem is extremely high risk and high reward and probably has the most potential to bust out of any expensive card. It’d be great if he turned out to be Thanos or High Evolutionary, but he could just as easily be Kang.

And the two cards with Arishem have no relevant meta home. February’s Season Pass card, Black Swan, finally comes to Spotlights in July. Luckily, the card never found a great home. It’s in some fun Zoo and Bounce decks, but the versions that run her never really approached high rankings in the game. This should be good one day, but as of this writing that day doesn’t appear to be on the horizon.

Hercules returns to Spotlights almost six months after his release. If you love Move, you should already have him. Move is the hardest archetype to play, though, and there are plenty of great Move decks that don’t require you to spend your precious resources. Hercules will, by the time he arrives in Spotlight Caches, already be a Series 4 card, making him easier to get and less worth aiming for with Spotlight Caches.

11. June 11, 2024

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A month later, neither SafetyBlade nor Roy’s high placement of Sersi still moves me. Making everything you control in a location morph into something one cost higher is potentially dangerous, but also potentially game-winning and back-breaking. A [5/7] stat line can at least somewhat limit the downside. I’m not sold yet, but there’s potential here. Still, there’s a huge chance this is a huge dud, so it had better be coming with great cards…

And instead, it comes with two very good Series 4 cards. is one of the highest win-percentage Discard cards according to Glenn Jones, Marvel Snap’s lead designer. While you can play Discard without Miek, I generally like to have the cards that win the most in my decks. That said, there are Series 5 discard Spotlights galore to save for, so if you do want Miek, you’re likely far better off saving up Tokens.

The Phoenix Force is one of the game’s ultimate build-around cards. It’s a high-skill deck, but one that has spent time as borderline Tier 1, and, well, The Phoenix Force decks very obviously need their titular card. The problem is mill and junk decks sort of ruin Phoenix Force. A simple Yondu or Gladiator or bad pull from Cable can beat the decks, and as long as those are in the meta, it’s hard to recommend Phoenix Force.

10. June 4, 2024

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Every Spotlight from here on out is at least tempting.

Thena is a [2/1] that gets three power at the end of the turn whenever you play two cards. That sounds completely busted—especially if played on curve—and it’s even more busted if more “play exactly two cards” support comes out. Still, it’s an utterly new effect; sometimes those are insane (like Ms. Marvel) and sometimes those fall utterly flat (like Havok).

Speaking of fall flat, Grand Master. This card never found a home. It’s a fun, janky, surprise card sometimes, but, at least so far, it has had just too many requirements and too many incidental counters to even approach being competent, let alone meta. I love Grand Master, but it’s seemingly a bad card right now.

Gladiator is the reason to open here, and he’s one of the best 3-Cost card in all of Marvel Snap, as well as a card deserving of a slot in multiple decks. As one of the best and most important cards in Marvel Snap, he alone could push this several slots up, and in the draft of this list he did. In fact, if you love Baron Zemo mill decks go ahead and bump this to the top of the list. But, for anything else, he’s getting crept up on by other cards like Nocturne and Red Guardian. While those aren’t options here, holding out for Gladiator to either go to Series 4, which he will the same week this Spotlight releases, or those other cards to be in Spotlights with other more desirable cards seems wise.

9. May 21, 2024

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Black Knight is the type of build-around card where having it alone gives you access to a solid, competitive deck. You could chose to use a Hela, Annihilus, or Sera version. As a [1/2], the card is vulnerable, but its package of cards (The Infinaut, Lady Sif, Blade, Ghost Rider, and either Magneto or Giganto) are all Series 3 or below. That’s some great value! And great value it is – but what it isn’t is top of the metagame relevant.

Skaar isn’t considered a meta card, but Skaar is still great if you aren’t seeing a lot of Mobius M. Mobius. There’s the “big dumb idiot” style of deck that was made to take advantage of getting Skaar cheap, but also various Darkhawk and Annihilus builds love the card. I even hit Infinite with a deck built around Skaar this season. It’s not great, but it’s Series 5, it’s very good, and it’s a world better than Grand Master.

I’m not sold at all on Namora. Her ability being an On Reveal is kind of a bummer because you’d really like a more widely developed board on Turn 5. Ramp does exist in Marvel Snap, though, as do Move cards. It’s pretty easy to get cards like Vision or Jeff the Baby Land Shark alone in a lane and still be able to compete going wide. After ramping into Red Hulk or even Orka, playing this with Jeff on Turn 6 is a ton of power. Five Energy for 15 power is worth work, as we know from both Ms. Marvel and Doctor Doom, so this has an incredibly high ceiling (even if it may not work). Namora being great may make this look foolish, but almost no one expects her to be great.

8. May 14, 2024

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This week is for the combo players. The Living Tribunal is in a number of great combo decks, whether they’re Hela Tribunal, Negative Tribunal, Ongoing Tribunal, or Phoenix Tribunal. This is obviously a key card in all of those, and it’s required for archetypes that can and do compete at the highest levels of the game. The Living Tribunal‘s versatility and power in numerous decks that are in and out of tier 1 is the single biggest reason for this ranking. It’s a card that’s not only powerful but irreplaceable. However, with Legion a Series 4 card, the upcoming Series drop to Living Tribunal along with his lack of immediate meta relevance keep this as a lower rated card in the short-term.

Legion is one of my favorite cards. It has, at times, been one of the best cards in Marvel Snap. Right now, though, he has no home and sees little play. I’m sure he’ll be meta again, but there’s no telling when and there’s also no rush to get Legion. He is a Cube stealer though—especially if you’re fond of Conquest.

Sage’s change to a [3/0] really helps the card, in my opinion. It’s now a Silver Surfer card, at least, and far better in Mister Negative shells, as well. Further, like with Arishem, the rise of Noki, Loki-free Loki decks, helps, as those decks really want something 8-10 power to play at the end of the game cheaply. There’s a possibility that this is the new Darkhawk, and if so, this belongs three spots higher… but for now, especially with Leech everywhere, the card keeps the week lower.

7. July 23, 2024

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This week is quite hard to rate, and almost all of that comes down to Thanos. Thanos is, right now, despite popular opinion, a great card, but decks utilizing him need a lot of Series 5 cards, making him hard to recommend. Further, we know there’s a re-work coming for how the Titan interacts with his stones. That’s a lot of uncertainty.

And that uncertainty really hurts Cull Obsidian, too. He’s okay in several decks, but only really great in Thanos. If we don’t know how Thanos works, we can do without Cull, too.

Copycat is the new card this week, and she will be great in one deck in particular. I have little doubt she’ll go into every Baron Zemo mill deck until the end of time, and maybe some Silver Surfer builds, as well. That’s pretty great, as Zemo is a borderline tier 1 deck, and Copycat may take it over the top. But that’s one archetype in an otherwise uncertain week. Like with Gladiator’s week, pump this to the top if you want that deck.

6. July 30, 2024

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This is a seriously exciting week held back by uncertainty about what Cassandra Nova does. Her keyword “drain” has never before been seen in Marvel Snap. I’ve seen a ton of wild speculation about what she does, but rather than just guess, I’m going to assume that she’s a decent card with a high upside and low downside, as most 3-1s tend to be.

Hope Summers is one of the best cards in Marvel Snap. I practically begged people to buy her when she was the Season Pass card, but if you didn’t, and didn’t grab her with Tokens, this is your chance. She’s an enabler in everything from move to Loki to High Evolutionary, and doesn’t seem like she’s going anywhere in the meta.

Proxima Midnight being in Spotlight’s is part of why Miek was so low. She’s more important to the archetype by a good amount and a higher series – thus she’s a better buy for Spotlights, which fundamentally equal out their cost. We haven’t seen a ton of classic discard lately, but the deck is still quite good.

This week is complicated. Cassandra Nova is confusing, Hope is commonly owned, and Proxima is niche. Still, each is quite powerful (Nova, seemingly so) and this week is likely worth going for if you need these cards.

5. May 28, 2024

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If Sasquatch isn’t meta, even just some of the time, I’ll eat my hat. A [6/10] that makes itself cheaper is a story we’ve seen before, whether from She-Hulk or Skaar, and, while those cards aren’t always in the meta, they certainly have their time. Mockingbird showed us the power of a Turn 2 Mysterio. Well, now that play can lead to a Turn 3 Sasquatch and still leave a 2-Cost Mockingbird to be played. And that’s without thinking of Black Swan or other Turn 5 shenanigans that can really help this go off.

Ravonna Renslayer is a Series 4 card that is absolutely pivotal to have. Whether it be with the Goblins, Iron Man, Professor X, or Blob, Ravonna has only become more important in the meta—especially in the absence of Zabu. She doesn’t go in every deck (thankfully), but she is an utterly irreplaceable card in the ones she belongs in.

Havok, another Series 4 card, is both good with Ravonna and fun in a number of other shells. He’s not at all a meta card, but he’s solid, especially with Hope Summers. I would put him at the top end of undesirable cards.

As great as Ravonna is, she’s still Series 4, as is the far less desirable Havok. As good as I think Sasquatch will be, that sets the ceiling for this week.

4. July 9, 2024

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I may be overrating this week because I think Hydra Bob is absolutely amazing. He fundamentally reads that your opponent needs to be ahead by 5 in one of the other two locations to guarantee a win. That’s so difficult to consistently pull off that I can’t help but rate Bob quite highly.

Galactus isn’t very good anymore, but he’s both very fun and still solid. Our friend 6lackDama keeps making off meta Galactus builds that people succeed with, and a ton of people absolutely love the card. If you value that type of card as fun in Marvel Snap, then this is a key card. Galactus also has extra value as a permanent Series 5 Big Bad. His value will never depreciate, meaning this is quite a good grab.

Nebula, however, is just great. She’s one of the best one-drops in the game, amazing in lockdown and clog, great in High Evolutionary, and often just huge for letting you know where an opponent is playing. This rank will go down a spot or two when she Series Drops – she’s a very old Season Pass card, but she is pretty much always in top-tier decks and is absolutely worth owning.

3. June 18, 2024

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Makkari is a [3/3] that puts itself into play like it was M'Baku at the end of the game or Angel if something dies. That two-power was never enough to make those cards good, so let’s see if a free three is more playable. Proxima Midnight as a [4/7] was meta, but that makes a bit more sense since you could direct her by playing cards at certain locations. This does have Silver Surfer synergy, so it’s possible Makkari is good in that deck. We shall see.

Since I’m not sold on Makkari, it’s obvious that the cards coming with it are the reason for this ranking. They’re two of the most important build-arounds in the game. MODOK is the single most important card for Discard decks. You’ll need Proxima Midnight for a Tier 1 version and both Corvus Glaive and Miek for the best versions, but MODOK alone is a means of playing a very high-level deck.

Even better than MODOK, though, is X-23. Without this card, Deadpool Destroy isn’t a deck. The deck absolutely needs either X-23 or Deadpool early to be at its best, and, well, if you don’t have X-23, that part is pretty impossible. The extra Energy allows the deck to output great power consistently.

MODOK and X-23 are absolutely must-own cards, but there are still two weeks that I like better.

2. June 25, 2024

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I’m convinced Phastos is one of the best cards in Marvel Snap, but, again, we’re often wrong. A [3/3] that makes every card you draw from your deck for the rest of the game have either +2 Power or -1 cost feels insane, and it may be enough to bring Thanos back or make Silver Surfer a clear Tier 1 deck. If Phastos is something every deck wants, this week is #1.

But it might not be, and this week includes Spider-Ham. The Ham, well, it sure is a card that fits well into some decks, but it never really is a requirement. Ham can always be replaced by an Iceman, Korg, or Nightcrawler. It’s a good card, but if the opponent has Mobius M. Mobius they get a 0-Cost card. I think that makes this skippable.

A card that’s not skippable, particularly if you like Hela, is Corvus Glaive. Hela and Apocalypse Discard decks are the only real home for Corvus, but he’s incredible in both of these shells. Blink has made Hela more meta than ever, a powerful card that even Leech can’t fully stop. Corvus Glaive is one of the only high Series cards needed for the deck, and so it, combined with Phastos, carries this ranking.

1. July 16, 2024

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Opening this week gives access to three new decks. Darkhawk has been one of the best cards in Marvel Snap since he was printed. Yes, he’s Series 4, but the other cards in his package are all Series 3 or lower, and, no matter how many times he and the surrounding cards have been nerfed, the win rate is through the roof for this card that gets bigger and more deadly the more you disrupt your opponent.

Beta Ray Bill is nowhere near as good as Darkhawk – what is? – but he is another powerful card that opens up the Thors deck. Like Darkhawk, all the surrounding cards here are Series 3 or lower, and like Darkhawk, these Thors package decks have proven to be viable at all meta levels. Unlike Darkhawk, though, Bill is a Series 5 card, and thus even harder to obtain. This is his first appearance in Spotlights since January.

Ajax seems absolutely huge like he’ll be the new Darkhawk. He’ll gain power from your side of the board, and yes, that’s sucking power off your game plan to feed him, but he’s also amazing if your opponent loses power. An early-game Scorpion can make this a [4/8] or late-game Hazmat can make this up to a [4/16]. Luke Cage will be everywhere, and stopping him will become a cottage industry because this card is going to be one of the best in all of Marvel Snap when he isn’t played.

Conclusion

And that’s my ranking of every Spotlight Cache coming to Marvel Snap. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think!

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