Battle Realm Roster Stats

The Battle Realm format is being put through its paces. Not only do we have the Xavier Protocols Invitational coming up, but there are currently 71 players taking part in a 4 week league online. They have submitted their rosters, and this is what the stats look like:

Affiliations

One of the recent discussion points about the Battle Realm format has been single vs multiaffiliations. Of the 71 rosters submitted, the overwhelming response has been for multi affiliation:

AffiliationsRosters%
011%
134%
21623%
33245%
41521%
534%

A pretty even distribution around 3 different affiliations, with one brave soul planning always to play unaffiliated.

AffiliationRosters%
Asgard3346%
Cabal2839%
Wakanda2839%
Brotherhood of Mutants2535%
A-Force2332%
Avengers1521%
Criminal Syndicate1319%
Web Warriors1014%
Defenders913%
Inhumans811%
Uncanny X-men710%
Black Order57%
Spider Foes57%
Unaffiliated57%
Guardians of the Galaxy34%

Asgard has proven to be the most popular roster. I can see that off the back of three characters: Valkyrie, Enchantress and Angela. Any one of those characters could make a compelling first pick in the Battle Realms format, so I’m not surprised to see Asgard rank highly. Wakanda has proven repeatedly to be a top tier faction with characters at home in a lot of affiliations, so again there isn’t a big surprise to see them so high.

The current “received wisdom” around Battle Realm rosters is that high overlap is desirable, so it’s not surprising to me to see a lot of rosters that appear to build around either the A-force, Wakanda, Asgard trifector, or the Cabal, Brotherhod, Criminal Syndicate trifector.

This table shows how often an affiliation was chosen with another affiliation. The darker green diagonal line down the middle shows the total number of that affiliation.

You can see a clear clustering around those archetypes I outlined above. Every Criminal Syndicate roster also brought Cabal; nearly every Brotherhood roster did. The most common second affiliations in Wakanda are Asgard and A-force. The most common in A-force and Asgard and Wakanda. This may go some way to explaining the popularity of triple affiliation rosters.

Characters

CharactersRosters%
Okoye5780%
Enchantress5577%
Valkyrie5476%
Angela4665%
Toad4665%
M.O.D.O.K.3955%
Shuri3651%
Taskmaster3651%
Thor Prince of Asgard3651%
Black Panther3549%
Medusa3448%
Baron Zemo3042%
Red Skull3042%
Mystique2941%
Black Widow2839%
Magneto2839%
She-Hulk2637%
Lockjaw2535%
Loki God of Mischief2434%
Hawkeye1927%
Sabretooth1927%
Captain America1623%
Ghost Spider1623%
Killmonger1623%
Kingpin1623%
Wolverine1623%
Crossbones1521%
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)1521%
Venom1521%
Vision1420%
Crystal1318%
Beast1217%
Storm1217%
Doctor Strange1115%
Daredevil1014%
Infinity Gem: Mind913%
Wong913%
Black Bolt811%
Captain Marvel811%
Spider-Man (Peter Parker)710%
Corvus Glaive68%
Doctor Octopus68%
Green Goblin68%
Proxima Midnight68%
Rocket Raccoon68%
Thanos68%
Ant-Man57%
Bullseye57%
Ghost Rider57%
Infinity Gem: Soul57%
Ininity Gem: Time57%
Winter Soldier57%
Cyclops46%
Hela46%
Hulk46%
Infinity Gem: Reality46%
Nebula46%
Punisher46%
Drax the Destroyer34%
Gamora34%
Groot34%
Ronan the Accuser34%
Star-Lord34%
Wasp34%
Black Dwarf23%
Black Widow Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.23%
Infinity Gem: Power23%
Ebony Maw11%
Iron Man11%
Infinity Gem: Space00%
Ultron00%

A whole lot of not-very-many surprises here. The characters we are used to seeing at the top are at the top. The ones we are used to seeing at the bottom are at the bottom. Taskmaster, as the Rogue Agent of choice, has cracked the top 10 however, though his rifle-toting alternate still languishes in just 5 rosters. Possibly unsurprisingly, Corvus Glaive is nowhere near as popular with the potential to stop him using the reality gem, and a commensurate fall for Proxima Midnight is also seen. In their first showing in roster analysis, we get confirmation of the community’s ranking of the Inhumans: Medusa > Lockjaw> Crystal > Black Bolt, with nobody taking Black Bolt without the intention of playing Inhumans. I also shed a single tear for Ultron.

Crises

ExtractsRosters%
Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities5983%
Struggle for the Cube Continues5070%
The Montesi Formula Found4766%
Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown!4361%
Mutant Extremists Target U.S. Senators!3752%
Panic Grips City as Evacuation Efforts Continue!3549%
Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan3448%
Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership2941%
Mystic Wakanda Herbs: Fact or Fiction?2434%

In a complete shock, that nobody could possibly have predicted [/sarcasm] Hammers is the most popular extract. I was a bit surprised to see Montessi third, but I guess it’s the fifth fastest if you want to speed up the scoring and the fifth slowest for those teams that want to slow it down, so a lot of teams may be taking it as the least bad option left. I might be doing it a disservice: Angela is great grabbing a middle book and moving back. Alien Ship also had a high showing: on the back of it’s high threat value, I suspect. Making a team at 20 threat in Battle Realms is a lot harder than at 15, as the dismisses become a lot more powerful if you are forced to pick 5 or even 6 characters.

SecuresRosters%
Infinity Formula Goes Missing!4969%
Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest4665%
Demons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?4462%
Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.03955%
Mutant Madman Turns City Center Into Lethal Amusment Park3651%
Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians3549%
Terrigen Cloud Sweeps Over City3144%
Portals Overrun City with Spider-People!2839%
Mayor Fisk Vows to Find Missing Witnessess2434%
Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Sweeps Across Earth2332%

The main surprise for me here was the lack of popularity of Mayor Fisk, but maybe with unrestricted access to tactics cards, few people (outside of those playing Criminal Syndicate) feel they have have a good advantage on that crisis. We continue to see pay-to-flip/RNG secures polling below the more traditional type.

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