The rosters have been submitted for season 3 of the online league. With 131 rosters in three regions, there’s a lot of data here. Here’s a breakdown of what people are taking right now:
|Spider-Man (Peter Parker)||33||25%|
|Infinity Gem: Mind||28||21%|
|Infinity Gem: Reality||26||20%|
|Infinity Gem: Power||19||15%|
|Ronan the Accuser||19||15%|
|Drax the Destroyer||14||11%|
|Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.||13||10%|
|Ininity Gem: Time||9||7%|
|Infinity Gem: Soul||3||2%|
|Infinity Gem: Space||1||1%|
So Venom got popular! Having two brand new shiny affiliations seems to really improve how much a character gets taken. Speaking of which, Miles and Gwen are instant hits too. Looks like a lot of spiders are being taken in season 3. Both Peter Parker and Doc Ock who were languishing down near the bottom also got a shot in the arm. Hawkeye is the other more-recent character that pulls in a good amount of space in rosters. It looks like lots of people are turning on to just how Okoye is. She fully deserves to be as popular as she is. The mind gem just edges out the reality gem for most popular gem.
People didn’t submit the affiliation they intended to play. Instead I’ve looked at their team tactics card choice – an affiliated card indicates they intend to play that affiliation – and the characters – the presence of a Leader and at least two other affiliated characters made me categorise them as potentially running that affiliation.
Of the 131 rosters, 77 (59%) appear to be a dual affiliation roster, with the remaining 54 (41%) as single affiliation. Web warriors features popular character that are new, so it isn’t a surprise to see them topping the charts. Asgard is very high, but this may include the ability to play Asgard without the desire to – there were only 36 Odin’s Blessings after all. Some people may be taking Thor and two other Asgardians without the intention of playing that faction.
Team Tactics Cards
|Brace for Impact||95||73%|
|All You’ve Got||42||32%|
|All Webbed Up||42||32%|
|Usurp the Throne||21||16%|
|Marked for Death||12||9%|
|No Matter the Cost||9||7%|
|Crew of the Milano||8||6%|
|Daughters of Thanos||6||5%|
|We are Groot||6||5%|
|Blood to Spare||5||4%|
|Psychic Shielding Device (P.S.D.)||4||3%|
|Power of the Cosmos||3||2%|
|The Age of Ultron||2||2%|
|Price of Failure||1||1%|
|Till the End of the Line||1||1%|
Well, Medpack appear to have won the battle against Patch Up, and in style – firmly relegating it to the second tier of cards. With a rise in Venom, comes a steep rise in the use of Lethal Protector. A lot of people seem to be drawn in by the lure of All You’ve Got, especially due to its interaction with Field Dressing. This feels like the “Rocket Boots?!” to Field Dressing’s “Drop Off” – it looks really good, but will it last the test of time? Only 15 Rocket Boots?! to 24 Proximas makes it look like that isn’t flavour of the month any more. Disarm saw some clutch plays in big games last season, and it’s seen an uptick in popularity, possibly as a result. It’s a great card against some of the big threats in the game.
|Killmonger||27||Usurp the Throne||21||77.78%|
|Doctor Octopus||31||Well-Laid Plans||22||70.97%|
|Groot||12||We Are groot||6||50.00%|
|Gamora||13||Daughters of Thanos||6||46.15%|
|Ultron||7||The Age of Ultron||2||28.57%|
|Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.||13||Professionals||3||23.08%|
|Thanos||23||Power of the Cosmos||3||13.04%|
|Winter Soldier||8||Till the end of the line||1||12.50%|
News just in – Usurp is really good. In actual news, a lot of the Doc Ock loves might be tied to his tactics card with Green Goblin. That looks big, exciting and game swinging – if a little tricky to pull off. Groot more often brings Deadly Duo than We Are Groot, and around two thirds of Venoms can protect you. Thanos and Bucky are sad. I couldn’t bring myself to include Thunderwave in this – it would just depress everyone.
|Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities||99||75.19%|
|Panic Grips City as Evacuation Efforts Continue!||63||47.85%|
|Struggle for the Cube Continues||56||42.53%|
|Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan||52||39.49%|
|Mystic Wakanda Herbs: Fact or Fiction||48||36.46%|
|Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown!||44||33.42%|
|Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership||33||25.06%|
Hammers stands out as the most popular extract. Everyone loves a hammer. It makes the hitty teams hittier and has four extracts for the teams that want to score fast. I’m still not sure which of those sides is advantaged more. The slower crises are the least popular, though I can see Herbs as an important counter chosen by a lot of rosters.
|Infinity Formula Goes Missing!||102||77.27%|
|Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest||72||54.55%|
|Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.0||66||50.00%|
|Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians||54||40.91%|
|Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Sweeps Across Earth||52||39.39%|
|Portals Overrun City With Spider people||50||37.88%|
A bit like with hammers, everyone feels better with more power, and that’s what Infinity Formula gives. It’s not surprising to see it up high. Gamma remains popular, but the three D shaped crises might be competing with each other a bit. The popularity of Asgard feels like it’s pulled up the representation of Deadly Meteors – they really are good on that crisis.