The culmination of the first big convention is all wrapped up. Here’s what the qualifiers played, and what won.
The invitational was made up from the top 7 player of day one, the top 8 players from day two and one prequalified from a feeder event.
An even 50:50 split on mono vs multi affiliated. The lone triple affiliated roster had Dormammu as their third.
|Guardians of the Galaxy||13%|
|Brotherhood of Mutants||0%|
A lot of Avengers, but that reflects the stats we saw on days one and two. Midnight sons have held up their representation in the earlier stages, as did the Criminals. Black order round out the top four affiliations. Web Warriors weren’t popular in the qualifiers and only one roster brought them: a surprisingly low representation for a powerful and popular affiliation.
|Captain America (Sam Wilson)||19%|
|Captain America (Steve Rogers)||19%|
|Drax the Destroyer||13%|
|Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme||6%|
|Kraven the Hunter||6%|
|Loki God of Mischief||6%|
|Spider-Man (Miles Morales)||6%|
|Black Widow Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.||0%|
|Bob Agent of Hydra||0%|
|Ronan the Accuser||0%|
|Spider-Man (Peter Parker)||0%|
|Thor Prince of Asgard||0%|
Voodoo, Black Cat and Bullseye were all characters I expected to be at the top. I am surprised by Iron Fist being quite that high, but with a combination of Avengers and Midnight Sons seeing high numbers, it makes sense. Ghost Rider is also a surprise to me – he’s clearly a staple in Midnight Sons, but he’s also taken in a Guardians roster which I can see has some great synergy and also in one Avengers roster.
|Research Station Attacked!||56%|
|Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities||44%|
|Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown!||38%|
|Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan||31%|
|Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership||31%|
|Struggle for the Cube Continues||25%|
|Mutant Extremists Target U.S. Senators!||25%|
|Deadly Legacy Virus Cured?||19%|
|Mystic Wakanda Herbs: Fact or Fiction?||19%|
|The Montesi Formula Found||13%|
These qualified players seem to like a brawl. The top three extracts all encourage strong attrition play.
|Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest||50%|
|Infinity Formula Goes Missing!||44%|
|Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.0||44%|
|Demons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?||31%|
|Mutant Madman Turns City Center Into Lethal Amusment Park||31%|
|Intrusions Open Across City as Seals Collapse||25%|
|Portals Overrun City with Spider-People!||25%|
|Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Sweeps Across Earth||19%|
|S.W.O.R.D. Establishes Base on Moon’s Blue Area||13%|
|Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians||6%|
|Terrigen Cloud Sweeps Over City||6%|
|Mayor Fisk Vows to Find Missing Witnessess||6%|
Gamma – the old staple of the competitive scene – has risen to the top once again. Demons, however, is down significantly to what we have become used to seeing at top tables. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in future.
|Brace for Impact (R)||75%|
|Heroes for Hire||63%|
|Deal with the Devil||38%|
|Marked for Death||38%|
|Field Dressing (R)||31%|
|Siege of Darkness||25%|
|Patch Up (R)||19%|
|Helios Laser Bombardment||19%|
|Monkey Brain is Lizard Home||19%|
|All According to Plan||19%|
|Bats the Ghost Hound||13%|
|The Grand Illusion||13%|
|Crew of the Milano||13%|
|No More Mutants||6%|
|We are Groot||6%|
|Cat and Mouse||6%|
|Escort to Safety||6%|
|All Webbed Up||6%|
|Usurp the Throne||6%|
|Can I Borrow That?||6%|
|Pentagram of Farallah||6%|
There’s a clear preference on restricted cards. It’s interesting to see how popular what have been thought to be situational cards like Sacrifice and Marked for Death have become with the widening out of tactics slots.
What was being played
|Struggle for the Cube Continues||20%|
|Mutant Extremists Target U.S. Senators!||15%|
|Research Station Attacked!||15%|
|Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown!||10%|
|Mystic Wakandan Herbs: Fact or Fiction?||10%|
|Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan||10%|
|Deadly Legacy Virus Cured?||5%|
|Fear Grips World As Worthy Terrorize Cities||5%|
|The Montesi Formula Found||5%|
|Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership||5%|
|Demons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?||20%|
|Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.0||20%|
|Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest||15%|
|Infinity Formula Goes Missing!||15%|
|Intrusions Open Across City as Seals Collapse||10%|
|Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Descends on Earth||5%|
|Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians||5%|
|Mutant Madman Turns City Center Into Lethal Amusement Park||5%|
|Terrigen Clouds Sweep Over City||5%|
Low samples sizes and random crisis selection makes this small pool hard to analyse.
17 shows highly again, but 19 was almost as popular.
What was winning
Out of the 21 games played in top cut, the player with priority won 55% of games. This is way to small to draw any specific conclusion about, but I hope to keep track of top cut games over the course of the year to look for trends in priority in top table games.
Mike de Luca won the event with a dual Web Warrior and Black Order roster:
|Black Cat||Advanced R&D||Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown!|
|Black Panther||All Webbed Up||Mutant Extremists Target U.S. Senators!|
|Corvus Glaive||Brace for Impact (R)||Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership|
|Ghost Spider||Marked for Death||Secures|
|Moon Knight||Medpack (R)||Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Sweeps Across Earth|
|Proxima Midnight||Mission Objective||Infinity Formula Goes Missing!|
|Spider-Man (Miles Morales)||Mothership||Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.0|
This roster is really interesting, and it gave some opponents a real headache: it can be unclear whether Mike would drop Web Warriors or Black Order in a specific roster. Lots of people were bringing Marked for Death and Sacrifice for these affiliations respectively. By being fluid about which one he chose, he was able to play a little “list chicken” and make his opponents zig when he was zagging. It only creates a small advantage, but it’s a free advantage that costs him little in roster construction.
His opponent in the final was Hyper Viper:
|Black Cat||Advanced R&D||Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities|
|Black Widow||Avengers Assemble||Mystic Wakanda Herbs: Fact or Fiction?|
|Captain America (Sam Wilson)||Brace for Impact (R)||Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan|
|Captain America (Steve Rogers)||Disarm|
|Doctor Voodoo||Escort to Safety||Secures|
|Hulk||Field Dressing (R)||Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest|
|Iron Fist||Follow Me||Mutant Madman Turns City Center Into Lethal Amusment Park|
|Iron Man||Heroes for Hire||Portals Overrun City with Spider-People!|
|Luke Cage||Ricochet Blast|
A really solid Avengers roster, that can run either leader well.
Rounding out the top three was Nate Horn (Ghostdeer):
|Star-Lord||Field Dressing (R)||Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership|
|Rocket Raccoon||Brace for Impact (R)||Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities|
|Groot||Deadly Duo||Research Station Attacked!|
|Drax the Destroyer||Lovable Misfits|
|Nebula||Crew of the Milano||Secures|
|Angela||Blind Obsession||Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest|
|Gamora||Deal with the Devil||Demons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?|
|Venom||Lethal Protector||Infinity Formula Goes Missing!|
|Bullseye||Marked for Death|
I remain excited to see what revamped Guardians can do, and expect to continue to see them pushing for top placings.
Congratulations to these top 3!