Finding the best decks to play in Marvel Snap? If so, this article will have you answered!
Any card game, whether tabletop or online, thrives on having a metagame with lots of different strategies and decks. Marvel Snap is no different, and is able to support lots of different strategies that are viable thanks to a mix of unique mechanics, as well as a big pool of cards.
Due to the different ways the effects of cards work in Marvel Snap, many decks utilize different cards and have different ways to gain control of two locations by the end of the game. While some are significantly better than others, no single deck is oppressive enough to hurt the game.
Updated on January 18, 2023 by Doruk Kaptan: Marvel Snap has become one of the most popular CCGs, despite its relatively young age. This is largely due to the existing fandom of the subject matter, Marvel Comics. However, the game is also incredibly fun, balanced, and easy to learn.
Since its release, Marvel Snap has been consistently dishing out new cards, locations, and events. Thus, the meta is also ever-evolving, with new decks forming immediately with each new card released. With a very varied playing field overall, here are the best decks currently in Marvel Snap.
15. Buffed up Swarm
This is the deck for you if you want to have tons of cards flood the field and not rely on a singular power card or effect. The primary purpose of this deck is to play lots of low-cost cards with good effects, such as Antman, Hawkeye, and Squirrel Girl, before boosting them all up.
During the second half of the game, you should focus all your efforts on playing cards such as Kazar, Blue Marvel, and Onslaught, buffing your little cards to respectable strength. One of the most significant advantages of this deck is the unpredictability, as you will be playing lots of small cards before making pushes to turn them each into huge threats on your last few turns—an underdog story for sure.
This deck is a little different, as it doesn’t strategize around a singular card and instead opts to use several floodgates (cards that stop your opponent from performing certain actions) and cards that can manipulate the locations themselves.
The deck uses the iconic Spider-Man to prevent your opponent from playing cards at his location, Enchantress to remove ongoing abilities from her location, and Storm to flood the location and put a timer on it. This deck also uses other tools, such as Daredevil and Professor X, to get an almost guaranteed buff on your Gamora, giving you enough power to win key locations.
13. Wong On Reveal
Speaking of on-reveal effects, one of the best support cards for this archetype is Wong himself. This man is beloved due to his appearances in the cinematic universe and is a potent card in the game as well.
Wong has an ongoing effect that triggers your on-reveal effects twice at its location. This, combined with strong on-reveal effects such as Iron Heart, White Tiger, and Black Panther, makes the deck incredibly versatile and competent with not that complicated of a game plan.
12. Lockjaw On Reveal
Lockjaw is one of the best cards to use if you plan to cheat out your big cards for little cost. To get the most benefit from this, you should use lots of high-cost cards with the most powerful on-reveal effects in your collection.
The cards you’re trying to cheat out onto the playfield would ideally include fan favorites such as Dr. Doom, Magneto, Odin, and more. With some supplementary cards that either let you play cards from your deck or debuff your opponent’s side, this strategy is extremely dangerous if your opponent is unprepared.
Deathpool is a deck named after the two cards representing what it does. On the cheap end, we have Deadpool, who is a 1/1; on the upper end, we have Death, who is a 9/12. The deck uses cards that benefit from being destroyed and mainly tries to bust Deadpool to incredible heights and finish the game on a Deadpool with tons of power.
Since the leading two players of the deck benefit from having your cards destroyed, it makes sense that the list also includes some cards with this destruction affects. Characters such as Carnage, Deathlok, and Killmonger fit perfectly in this list of death-loving characters.
10. Zero With Bad Effects
While Marvel Snap uses high costs on strong cards as a way of balancing the game, another way they do so is by giving very cheap but strong cards negative effects. However, there’s Zero, which is a 1/3 that removes the abilities of the next card play.
This ultimately turns the adverse effects that balance cards on their head and gives you the ability to use stronger heroes and villains without worrying about their drawbacks. This combines well with Dracula, gaining the power card’s Power if you fail to find Zero. Some synergistic cards would be Red Skull, Maximus and The Infinaut.
9. Patriot No Effect
As a card, Patriot may not seem too impactful when looked at in a vacuum. However, when you consider how many cards without effects have decent stats for their costs, using Patriot in a deck with lots of vanilla cards becomes very beneficial.
While the core is Patriot and lots of vanillas, due to the deck’s costs and swarming capabilities, it has some incidental synergies as well. Cards like Silver Surfer and Blue Marvel fit this deck nicely. The deck could be named after its power cards, such as Ultron or Sera, but using Patriot as the linchpin makes it a unique strategy, different than similar swarm decks.
8. Destruction Synergy
Destruction, or removal as it’s referred to in many card games, is rare in Marvel Snap. However, destroyer, the namesake of this deck, has the on-reveal effect of destroying all your other cards when it is revealed.
While that may seem detrimental to winning the game, when combined with cards that are either immune to destruction or benefit from it, this becomes a very reliable strategy. If you plan on going for a destruction synergy, some cards to look out for would include Bucky Barnes and Killmonger from Pool 2.
7. Sera Miracle
Sera, the namesake of this deck, has little competition in terms of being one of the best in the current meta. She’s a 5/4 and has the fantastic effect of lowering the cost of cards in your hand by one. That is one of those effects that create archetypes surrounding it.
Therefore, the deck can summon many 2-cost cards as if they were 1-cost. In this deck, you could use many powerful cards, such as Mysterio, Scarlet Witch, and Angela. While Sera is the glue that keeps the deck together, other strong cards like America Chavez also manage to find a place on this list. You could also opt for a 3-cost heavy variant that also includes Silver Surfer to buff them up.
6. Handsize Dino
This deck appears to use a bunch of cards that were seemingly designed to be used as individual draw cards and combines them to create a coherent strategy. With cards like Agent 13, Sentinel, and Moon Girl, the deck has a lot of draw power and can fill up your hand very fast.
This, when combined with cards like The Collector and Devil Dinosaur, can lead to very beefy cards with little effort. The deck has few power cards and thus finds slots for great disruption tools as well, such as Cosmo and Aero.
5. Mister Negative Low Power
Mister Negative is a card that single-handedly makes many low-power cards incredibly better. This 4/-1 card has the On Reveal effect to swap the power and cost of all cards in your deck. This means cards like Adam Warlock, Iron-Man, and Silver Surfer, who are cursed with 0-Power to balance their effects, are now both beefy and still have amazing effects.
Obviously, this deck uses high-cost, low-power cards to take advantage of Mister Negative’s effect. The best variant of this strategy also utilizes Silver Surfer, another card with an amazing effect. Many 3-cost cards are of low power levels and fit the deck perfectly, such as Rogue, Wolfsbane, and Mister Fantastic.
4. Good Stuff Toolbox
While it may seem like building a fine-tuned, dedicated deck is the only way to victory, that’s not necessarily true for Marvel Snap. Due to the chaotic and fast nature of the game, a random assortment of good cards of each cost can actually be very potent. This deck aims to make the most of each turn, using individually powerful cards and flexibility to achieve victory.
There are a lot of cards that don’t necessarily require a deck built around them to be effective, and this deck tries to use them to their fullest. Chang-Chi, Leech, and Aero are amazing disruption tools. Leader can secure a game if you’re ahead on turn five. Magneto has Hulk’s power on top of an effect that could be a great asset. All in all, if you’re lacking a few key cards for any deck on this list, this deck and its variants are more than enough to win many matches.
3. Zabu 4-Cost
Another deck that recently came up in the discussion for best decks out there is the 4-cost Zabu deck. Zabu is the season pass reward for the Savage Land season and is an incredible card. This 3/2 card has the Ongoing ability to lower the cost of 4-cost cards by two. That allows it to be combined with tons of powerful 4-cost cards to make them much easier to spam.
There are already tons of strong cards of the appropriate cost. Cards like Shang-Chi, Moon Girl, and Shuri are all very playable, even in non-dedicated decks. However, when combined with Zabu, the king of 4-cost decks, they become that much more dangerous. There are even some cheeky combos here with Shuri and Absorbing Man or Black Widow and Darkhawk.
2. Sera Surfer
Sera has already cemented herself as one of the best cards in Marvel Snap. With the ability to lower all cards’ cost by one, and a respectable stat line of 5/4, Sera is a powerhouse for sure. This makes it a great combo piece next to Silver Surfer, a relative newcomer to the game. Silver Surfer gives your other 3-cost cards +3 Power.
The game plan of this deck is to build up a field of mostly 3-cost power cards, only to play Sera on turn five and spam three more 3-cost cards on turn six. All these semi-cheap cards get buffed up by Silver Surfer to reach amazing power levels. You also get to use some of the best disruption tools in the game, such as Storm, Killmonger, and Cosmo.
1. Shuri Big Cards
Shuri has become as popular as she’s ever been, thanks to her large role in the MCU. Luckily, she’s just as great a support card here as she is badass in live-action. Shuri is a 4/2 and has the On Reveal effect to double the power of the next card you play. That means she’s a perfect fit for decks with already high-power cards.
To get the most out of Shuri, you pair it with cards that have large stats, whether they have negative effects or not. Some great examples include Red Skull, Typhoid Mary, and Vision. Then on turn six, you play Arnim Zola next to your big beater to copy it to your other locations. This deck can reach incredible powers very quickly and can even take advantage of some other amazing cards like Zero and Zabu.
Source: The Gamer