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The Living Tribunal Guide and Best Decks: Everything You Need to Know

Who is The Living Tribunal? How do you use the card? What are the best synergies and decks? This guide will answer all of these questions and more!

Welcome to our new series of Marvel Snap guides, where we feature a Series 4 or 5 card and analyze how to use it. The goal is to give you a tutorial on how to use the card most effectively in an everchanging meta, as well as help you decide if the card is worth the tokens or if you should pick it up during a Spotlight Cache week!

We will aim to revise this guide each time it becomes featured in a Spotlight Cache. If the card becomes rebalanced or the meta has changed a lot, please let us know in the comments and we will look to update it based on demand!

Series 5 cards can be purchased for 6,000 Collector’s Tokens from the Token Shop initially as a Weekly Spotlight card, or opened as one of the featured cards in the Spotlight Caches that are found every 120 Levels on the Collection Level Track after Collection Level 500 (until the next new card releases the following week).

Who is Living Tribunal?

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The Living Tribunal is a God-like being who maintains order across the multiverse. His power comes from The One Above All and he acts as his judge, jury, and executioner. Despite multiple universes, there is only 1 Living Tribunal. He can exist in multiple universes at the same time though to keep order. His power is difficult to quantify, though he is able to deactivate infinity stones at will, a feat unmatched by other beings.

Tribunal has three faces: Equity, who’s face is partially covered and is generally the voice that speaks. Necessity, who’s face is fully covered. Vengeance, who’s face is most exposed of the three. In order to enact judgement, all three faces must agree on how to intervene and if necessary. One such example is when Living Tribunal intervened after Adam Warlock gained control of the Infinity Gauntlet in one universe, stating he wielded too much power.

How to Use Living Tribunal

Tribunal keeps his lore accurate ability of maintaining balance. By equalizing all of your Power to each of the locations, he maintains balance across the multiverse. He works best in decks that put a ton of Power into one location and need to spread it out to win multiple locations. His balance allows players to put Power into difficult to access locations, redistribute over-committed locations, and even add Power to full locations.

Best Synergies

Tribunal’s most basic, yet effective synergy is with Iron Man and Onslaught. By placing all three cards into one location, you can get a quadruple Power multiplier on one location, that then spreads your Power evenly across the board! These three cards alone add up to 16 Power. With the quadruple Power from Iron Man and Onslaught, you can reach 64 Power, or 21 Power on each location. Adding any Power in the location’s 4th can further this combo’s Power!

Tribunal’s other benefit of balancing an over-committed location comes into play with Hela! If Hela revives a bunch of cards, but they land in unfavorable locations, The Living Tribunal can balance out their Power to equalize any bad RNG. If, for example, Hela revives Magneto, The Infinaut, Giganto, and Red Hulk all into 1 location, Tribunal can fix that bad RNG by splitting all of that Power equally!

Best Deck

The Living Hela
Created by CanadianAlfredo
, updated 8 days ago
1x Collection Level 18-214 (Pool 1)
2x Collection Level 222-474 (Pool 2)
4x Collection Level 486+ (Pool 3)
1x Series 4 Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 4)
3x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
1x Starter Card
4.9
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
6.9
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

This deck aims to double dip into Tribunal’s best synergies. You can play Invisible Woman, Iron Lad, MODOK, and Hela into one location to discard your entire hand and revive it with Hela! Tribunal can then even out any bad RNG (Assuming you draw him or Iron Lad copies him).

Option two is to play Magik, Iron Man, Onslaught, and Tribunal for a more direct line of play. This deck is the glass cannon deck of Snap. You have basically no interaction with your opponent, but just aim to win by sheer Power overload.

Fun Off-Meta Deck

The Living Torch
Created by CanadianAlfredo
, updated 8 days ago
2x 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)
4x Series 5 Ultra Rare – Collection Level 486+ (Pool 5)
2.3
Cost
0-
1
2
3
4
5+
3.6
Power
0-
1
2
3
4
5+

This deck is my favorite to surprise opponents with. It is functionally a combo deck that aims to grow Human Torch to as large of a Power as possible! You can achieve this with Beast and Falcon to allow multiple attempts of moving him with key cards like Iron Fist and Ghost-Spider.

Through cost reduction in Black Swan and Beast, you can play your Human Torch and move cards for free, while also playing the surprise The Living Tribunal to equalize your massive Power output! The deck obviously will auto lose games where you fail to draw Human Torch and Living Tribunal. This deck isn’t meta, but it is an absolute blast to play!

You can also take a safer route by removing combo pieces like the bounce package and add Vulture and Dagger for alternate move targets. You could also slot in Task Master or Arnim Zola for alternate ways to copy your massive Human Torch! The deck has plenty of card substitutes available. This list is just the one I am currently having the most fun with.

Weaknesses and Things to Avoid

Since Tribunal is Ongoing, he is vulnerable to the usual counters of Ongoing. This includes Rogue, Enchantress, Echo, and Red Guardian.

While Tribunal dodges being punished by Shang-Chi, he is still very vulnerable to Junk decks. Any card with negative Power that is on your side of the board means you will equalize that negative Power. This can be extra detrimental if placed onto your Iron Man location.

Series Drop

Please note, with the June 4, 2024 patch The Living Tribunal will be undergoing a Series Drop from 5 to 4, costing 3,000 Collector’s Tokens.

Closing Thoughts

The Living Tribunal is an extremely unique card that opens up a new archetype for players. The best decks can absolutely be competitive against the games best decks. Tribunal decks will have a hard time only when you draw poorly or when your opponent has counters to stop your combo. The card is definitely worth having, though he isn’t required to stay meta relevant.

Is The Living Tribunal worth using Collector’s Tokens?

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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