Season 6 Roster Stats

Season 6 is here and rosters are in. This is the largest season yet at 197 rosters and there are some very surprising things and some… not so surprising things. Let’s see who is leading the meta:

Affiliations

We’re seeing yet more skew towards single affiliation – though I expect that to change when we are allowed 10 tactic cards in the near future:

AffiliationsPlayers%
113468%
25628%
374%

Suddenly with a not just viable but great leader, Avengers have come roaring back to be top dog in terms of affiliations:

Avengers3920%
Midnight Sons3317%
Brotherhood of Mutants2312%
Web Warriors2211%
Spider Foes189%
Defenders189%
Criminal Syndicate179%
Uncanny X-men158%
Dark Dimension147%
A-Force137%
Cabal126%
Unaffiliated95%
Asgard95%
Inhumans95%
Black Order95%
X-Force84%
Convocation74%
Wakanda63%
Guardians of the Galaxy53%

So Sam Spam and the new Midnight Sons aren’t surprises: the new stuff always gets a popularity bump as people want to try it out. But there are some surprises in there. Most people agree that Wakanda and Black Order are the top in terms of competitive advantage, but with only 7 and 9 players respectively (and one of them a dual Black order/Wakanda), they aren’t seeing the play you might expect.

Once you account for the recency skew of the new shiny, it’s really pleasing to see a really good spread of affiliations.

Characters

Okoye continues her reign as queen: no one is surprised. But seeing how high some other characters are is somewhat of a surprise. Iron fist in second wasn’t one I expected, but he’s great in Avengers and Defenders. He was also taken quite a lot in some other affiliations: Cabal (58% of Cabal lists), Convocation (57%), Dark Dimension (44%) and Web Warriors (42%). The fact he brings with him an excellent tactics card doesn’t hurt either.

Enchantress and Medusa are often held up as top quality pieces, but they have both slipped a bit in popularity, whilst despite a reduction in Brotherhood players, both Scarlet Witch and Toad have climbed up the rankings. There are a number of quality 3 threats that are in the top 11 (Zemo just missed out on top 10), which shows a really good diversity at that threat level, with genuine options for out of affiliation 3 costs.

CharacterRosters%
Okoye12463%
Iron Fist7739%
Enchantress6935%
Toad6734%
Scarlet Witch5528%
Medusa5528%
Valkyrie5528%
Black Cat5427%
Moon Knight5327%
Lizard5327%
Doctor Voodoo4724%
Ghost Spider4322%
Baron Zemo4221%
Doctor Strange4121%
Nebula4020%
Venom3719%
Black Widow3518%
Blade3417%
Quicksilver3317%
Captain America (Sam Wilson)3116%
War Machine3116%
Mysterio3116%
Domino3015%
Hawkeye3015%
Mystique2915%
Angela2915%
M.O.D.O.K.2714%
Luke Cage2513%
Magneto2412%
Amazing Spider-man2312%
Carnage2312%
Lockjaw2111%
Vision2111%
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)2111%
Baron Mordo2010%
Wong1910%
Beast1910%
Kingpin1910%
Infinity Gem: Soul179%
Storm168%
Kraven the Hunter168%
Shuri168%
Crystal158%
Cable158%
Omega Red158%
Ghost Rider147%
Dormammu137%
Ant-Man137%
Captain America (Steve Rogers)137%
Hood137%
She-Hulk137%
Bob Agent of Hydra126%
Crossbones116%
Deadpool116%
Rocket Raccoon116%
Thor Prince of Asgard116%
Corvus Glaive105%
Proxima Midnight105%
Wolverine105%
Black Panther105%
Infinity Gem: Mind105%
Infinity Gem: Reality95%
Infinity Gem: Time95%
Loki God of Mischief95%
Red Skull95%
Jean Grey95%
Black Bolt84%
Killmonger84%
Cyclops84%
Thanos84%
Ancient One74%
Clea74%
Green Goblin74%
Hulk74%
Sin74%
Taskmaster74%
Doctor Octopus63%
Ronan the Accuser63%
Sabretooth53%
Captain Marvel42%
Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme42%
Drax the Destroyer42%
Groot42%
Star-Lord42%
Mister Sinister32%
Cassandra Nova32%
Gamora32%
Hela32%
Infinity Gem: Power32%
Iron Man32%
Wasp32%
Black Widow Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.21%
Black Dwarf21%
Daredevil21%
Ultron21%
Punisher11%
Viper11%
Winter Soldier11%
Bullseye00%
Ebony Maw00%
Infinity Gem: Space00%
Spider-Man (Peter Parker)00%

Ultron avoids the ignoble fate of no picks; something not avoided by Bullseye, Ebony Maw, the Space Gem or, in a bit of a surprise, core set Peter Parker. With the release of Amazing Spider-Man, it’s understandable given the Alter Ego rule currently, but I’m sure he’ll come bounding back once that gets changed. One last suprise: Mysterio was taken more than M.O.D.O.K. 26th in the rankings, the giant head is going to be seen a lot less than previously!

Crises

SecuresRosters%
Demons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?9247%
Infinity Formula Goes Missing!8041%
Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest7840%
S.W.O.R.D. Establishes Base on Moon’s Blue Area7438%
Mutant Madman Turns City Center Into Lethal Amusment Park5930%
Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.04925%
Portals Overrun City with Spider-People!4322%
Terrigen Cloud Sweeps Over City3819%
Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Sweeps Across Earth3216%
Mayor Fisk Vows to Find Missing Witnessess2412%
Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians2211%

Gamma continues to slip in popularity: down to third, with Demons taking the top spot. S.W.O.R.D. has a good showing, so make sure you have your 14 threat team worked out!

ExtractRosters%
Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities11759%
Research Station Attacked!10051%
Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan7639%
Struggle for the Cube Continues6131%
Deadly Legacy Virus Cured?5327%
Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown!4925%
The Montesi Formula Found4322%
Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership2915%
Mutant Extremists Target U.S. Senators!2915%
Mystic Wakanda Herbs: Fact or Fiction?2211%
Panic Grips City as Evacuation Efforts Continue! (R)126%

Hammers stay popular, but Research Station is right up there with it, ahead of the pack. 13 rosters though spending a restricted slot on Panic Grips would pan out for them. 6 of those are in Midnight Sons, so watch out for janky round 1 plays in that matchup.

Tactic Cards

So there’s this card, that probably needs to be looked at…

Tactics CardRosters%
Bitter Rivals12563%
All You’ve Got (R)11056%
Advanced R&D10855%
Field Dressing (R)9950%
Heroes for Hire7237%
Brace for Impact (R)6533%
Medpack (R)6030%
Blind Obsession4623%
Avengers Assemble3819%
Climbing Gear3819%
Disarm3618%
No More Mutants3317%
Siege of Darkness3116%
Lethal Protector3015%
Deception2814%
Sacrifice2714%
Asteroid M2111%
Bats the Ghost Hound2111%
All Webbed Up2010%
Can I Borrow That?1910%
Carnage Rules1910%
Doomed Prophecy (R)179%
Mission Objective168%
Patch Up (R)168%
The Grand Illusion158%
Sinister Traps158%
Spider-Tracker147%
First Class137%
Dark Restoration126%
Pentagram of Farallah126%
No Matter the Cost126%
Follow Me126%
Special Delivery126%
All According to Plan105%
Deal with the Devil105%
Warpath95%
Stalwart Determination95%
The Whims of Chaos95%
Dark Reign84%
Hood’s Gang84%
Magnetic Refraction84%
Mothership84%
Shadow Organization84%
Birds of Prey74%
Usurp the Throne74%
X-Ceptional Healing74%
To Me My X-Men74%
Odin’s Blessing74%
Seance63%
A-Force Assemble!63%
Bar with no Doors (Moons of Munnopor side only)63%
Execute63%
Grievous Wounds63%
Mental Domination63%
Second Wind63%
Neoenetic Recombinator63%
Dark Empowerment53%
Tactical Analysis53%
Cat and Mouse53%
Illicit Tech53%
A.I.M Lackeys53%
Cosmic Invigoration53%
Iron Bound Books of Shuma-Gorath53%
Last-Minute Save53%
Seven Suns of Cinnibis53%
Well-Laid Plans53%
Eyes on the Prize53%
Rainbow Bridge53%
Wakanda Forever53%
Difficult to Please42%
Attilan Rising42%
Astral Ring42%
Deadly Duo42%
Lovable Misfits42%
Orb of Agamotto42%
Cruelty32%
Smash32%
Aunt May’s Wheat Cakes32%
Banishment32%
Blood to Spare32%
Book of Cagliostro32%
Carbonadium Synthesizer32%
Extreme Conditioning32%
Gamma Launch32%
Heave Ho32%
Plane of Polhldahk32%
Terrigenesis32%
Children of the Atom32%
Battle Lust32%
Marked for Death32%
Cloning Banks21%
Elemental Infusion21%
Escort to Safety21%
Inhuman Royal Family21%
Inspiring Monologue21%
Jean!!!21%
K’un-Lun Training21%
Magnetic Crush21%
One-Two Punch21%
Pretty Sneaky Sis21%
Psychic Shielding Device (P.S.D.)21%
Pym Particles21%
Sibling Rivalry21%
The Books of Truth21%
The Cat and the Spider21%
Thunderwave21%
Wand of Watoomb21%
Acute Senses21%
Crew of the Milano21%
Forced Extraction11%
Agents of S.M.A.S.H.11%
Anger Management11%
Daughters of Thanos11%
Face Me11%
Kick ‘Em While They’re Down11%
Power of the Cosmos11%
Professionals11%
Recalibration Matrix11%
Reversal11%
Ricochet Blast11%
Seeing Red11%
The Age of Ultron11%
The Air Force11%
There Will Be Carnage11%
Till the End of the Line11%
To Ash and Cinder11%
Trip Up11%
Vapors of Valtorr11%
Weapon X Program11%
Web Barrier11%
Bane of Damballah11%
Blood Red and Personal00%
Chimichangas00%
Dirty Work00%
Fearful Symmetry00%
Heavy Firepower00%
Heavy Ordnance00%
Highway to Hell00%
Monkey Brain is Lizard Home00%
No Escape00%
Price of Failure00%
Psychic Fortress00%
Red Room Training00%
Rocket Boots?!00%
Shhh…00%
Sucker00%
Tactical Maneuvers00%
Unearthly Rage00%
Uneasy Allies00%
Vibranium Shielding00%
We are Groot00%
Yoink00%

Character Specific Cards

It’s always interesting to see which characters come with cards stapled to them

CardTakenCharacterTaken%
Deception28Mystique2997%
Special Delivery12She-Hulk1392%
Usurp the Throne7Killmonger888%
Heroes for Hire72Luke Cage, Iron Fist8585%
Carnage Rules19Carnage2383%
Lethal Protector30Venom3781%
Deal With the Devil10Ghost Rider1471%
Cloning Banks2Mister Sinister367%
Hood’s Gang8Hood1362%
No More Mutants33Scarlet Witch5560%
Can I Borrow That?19Quicksilver3358%
Cosmic Invigoration5Red Skull956%
Mental Domination6Jean Grey, Cassandra Nova1155%
The Age of Ultron1Ultron250%
The Grand Illusion15Mysterio3148%
Illicit Tech5Crossbones, Sin1145%
Gamma Launch3Hulk743%
Forced Extraction1Mister Sinister333%
Magnetic Refraction8Magneto2433%
Last-Minute Save5Lockjaw2124%
Birds of Prey7Captain America (Sam Wilson)3123%
Carbonadium Synthesizer3Omega Red1520%
A.I.M Lackeys5M.O.D.O.K.2719%
The Whims of Chaos9Scarlet Witch5516%
Pym Particles2Ant-Man, Wasp1414%
Anger Management1Hulk714%
Elemental Infusion2Crystal1513%
Seance6Doctor Voodoo4713%
Power of the Cosmos1Thanos813%
To Ash and Cinder1Crossbones, Sin119%
Magnetic Crush2Magneto248%
Weapon X Program1Wolverine, Sabretooth138%
There Will Be Carnage1Carnage234%
Vapors of Valtorr1Doctor Strange412%
Blood Red and Personal0Punisher10%
Psychic Fortress0M.O.D.O.K.270%
Monkey Brain Is Lizard Home0Lizard530%
We Are Groot0Groot40%
Highway to Hell0Ghost Rider140%
Seven Suns of Cinnibus0Doctor Strange410%
Chimichangas0Deadpool110%
Yoink0Deadpool110%
Shhh…0Ebony Maw0N/A

Combo Cards

Again, certain pairs (or trios) of characters have cards that tend to come with them. Sample sizes tend to be small, but it gives a bit of insight in to what the community thinks of these “team up” cards.

CardTakenCharactersTaken%
Till the End of the Line1Winter Solider, Captain America1100%
The Air Force1War Machine, Captain Marvel1100%
Deadly Duo3Rocket Racoon, Groot3100%
Agents of S.M.A.S.H.1Hulk, She-Hulk1100%
Well-Laid Plans5Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus5100%
Sibling Rivalry2Thor, Loki367%
Execute6Proxima, Corvus967%
Daughters of Thanos1Gamora, Nebula250%
Thunderwave2Thor, Captain America140%
Difficult To Please5Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Magneto1828%
Jean!!!2Jean Grey, Cyclops/Wolverine825%
The Cat and the Spider2Peter Parker, Black Cat1613%
Professionals1Natash Romanoff, Clinton Barton157%
Uneasy Allies0Spider-Man, Venom150%
Fearful Symmetry0Kraven, Peter Parker0N/A

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