The online league has had it’s mid-point roster change. Of the 130 odd players, 104 submitted a new roster. Here’s the breakdown of what people are taking right now.
First: affiliations. For the first time, people were asked which affiliations they classified their rosters as, giving us much more surety on how players are viewing their own rosters. There is still a split between single and dual affiliation roster, with a strong preference for dual. A few have chosen to try triple affiliation rosters.
|Number of affiliations||%|
The Defenders are out and people are playing them! Web warriors are still riding the wave of their recent release, and Avengers are relatively evergreen. The others are in a very tight band of similarity.
|Guardians of the Galaxy||10%|
That high popularity of Defenders has had a big effect on the spread of characters. Valkyrie, already a popular choice, is now by far the most taken character, followed by Hawkeye and Dr. Strange. Miles is also up high, above evergreen characters alike Thor and Shuri. Vision saw a decent bump up, possibly from people wanting to put out a Mystic Hex Beam from the Defender’s leadership. Hulk has rocketed up too. Suddenly the Soul Gem is by far the most popular gem, due to Dr. Strange, no doubt. Ant Man seems to get the nod a lot over Wasp from the other new pack. The only option nobody took was the Space Gem.
|Spider-Man (Miles Morales)||39%|
|Infinity Gem: Soul||30%|
|Spider-Man (Peter Parker)||21%|
|Infinity Gem: Reality||14%|
|Infinity Gem: Mind||13%|
|Drax the Destroyer||11%|
|Ronan the Accuser||10%|
|Infinity Gem: Power||9%|
|Ininity Gem: Time||3%|
|Infinity Gem: Space||0%|
For team tactics cards, there aren’t many surprises at the top. All You’ve Got appears to be becoming a new staple, and Advanced R&D has become a bit more popular too. Despite having a huge range of possible team tactics cards, only 9 of them were never taken.
|Brace for Impact||82%|
|All You’ve Got||50%|
|Deal with the Devil||27%|
|All Webbed Up||24%|
|Seven Suns of Cinnabons||15%|
|Pentagram of Farallah||14%|
|Usurp the Throne||11%|
|No Matter the Cost||10%|
|Highway to Hell||8%|
|Crew of the Milano||7%|
|Blood to Spare||6%|
|Marked for Death||5%|
|We are Groot||4%|
|Psychic Shielding Device (P.S.D.)||3%|
|Daughters of Thanos||1%|
|Power of the Cosmos||1%|
|Price of Failure||1%|
|The Age of Ultron||1%|
|Vapors of Valtorr||1%|
|Escort to Safety||0%|
|Till the End of the Line||0%|
Some cards are tied to specific characters, so it can be interesting to look at how often that character is taken with that card. Where more than one character is needed, the least popular character is chosen. Killmonger leads the pack, being most closely tied to his card. Ghost Rider, Hulk, Groot and Venom are tightly bunched just below, though I expect Ghost Rider to creep even higher in coming days.
|Killmonger||Usurp the Throne||92%|
|Ghost Rider||Deal with the Devil||78%|
|Groot||We are Groot||50%|
|Ultron||The Age of Ultron||50%|
|Gamora||Daughters of Thanos||11%|
|Thanos||Power of the Cosmos||6%|
There has been a big change in secures. With access to a new secure, Infinity Formulas has been dethroned. That, again is likely to be linked to the popularity of Defenders. Defenders lend themselves to crises that tend to bunch up, like the most popular: Gamma Shelters. Demons is also pretty popular and I expect it to be played a lot.
|Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest||57%|
|Infinity Formula Goes Missing!||51%|
|Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.0||51%|
|Demons Downtown! Has our Comeuppance come due?||51%|
|Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians||38%|
|Portals Overrun City With Spider-People!||29%|
|Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Sweeps Across Earth||24%|
In extracts, Hammers still rules the roost, followed by evacuees, with the others quite tightly bunched, with Skrulls as a slight outlier. The new “spell books” crisis is as popular as cubes. It is on the slower end of extracts and has a bias towards damage dealing. The beam it gives is great in Defenders, which again may be skewing the results up slightly.
|Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities||68%|
|Panic Grips City as Evacuation Efforts Continue!||50%|
|Struggle for the Cube Continues||36%|
|The Montesi Formula Found||36%|
|Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown!||30%|
|Mystic Wakanda Herbs: Fact or Fiction?||30%|
|Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan||29%|
|Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership||22%|