LVO Top Cut stats and results

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.

Affiliations

Affiliations%
150%
244%
36%

An even 50:50 split on mono vs multi affiliated. The lone triple affiliated roster had Dormammu as their third.

Affiliation%
Avengers38%
Midnight Sons25%
Criminal Syndicate19%
Black Order19%
Spider Foes13%
Guardians of the Galaxy13%
Dark Dimension13%
X-Force6%
Defenders6%
Web Warriors6%
A-Force0%
Asgard0%
Brotherhood of Mutants0%
Cabal0%
Convocation0%
Inhumans0%
Uncanny X-men0%
Wakanda0%
Unaffiliated0%

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.

Characters

Character%
Doctor Voodoo50%
Black Cat44%
Bullseye44%
Iron Fist44%
Ghost Rider38%
Luke Cage38%
Lizard31%
Black Widow25%
Blade25%
Hood25%
Hulkbuster25%
Moon Knight25%
Okoye25%
Toad25%
Baron Zemo19%
Captain America (Sam Wilson)19%
Captain America (Steve Rogers)19%
Corvus Glaive19%
Deadpool19%
Iron Man19%
Kingpin19%
Mystique19%
Proxima Midnight19%
Rocket Raccoon19%
Thanos19%
Venom19%
Vision19%
Angela13%
Black Dwarf13%
Black Panther13%
Doctor Octopus13%
Dormammu13%
Drax the Destroyer13%
Gamora13%
Green Goblin13%
Groot13%
Hawkeye13%
Mysterio13%
Nebula13%
Shuri13%
Star-Lord13%
Wong13%
Amazing Spider-man6%
Cable6%
Carnage6%
Crossbones6%
Daredevil6%
Doctor Strange6%
Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme6%
Domino6%
Ghost Spider6%
Hulk6%
Killmonger6%
Kraven the Hunter6%
Loki God of Mischief6%
Quicksilver6%
Scarlet Witch6%
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)6%
Taskmaster6%
Ancient One0%
Ant-Man0%
Baron Mordo0%
Beast0%
Black Bolt0%
Black Widow Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.0%
Bob Agent of Hydra0%
Captain Marvel0%
Cassandra Nova0%
Clea0%
Crystal0%
Cyclops0%
Ebony Maw0%
Enchantress0%
Hela0%
Jean Grey0%
Lockjaw0%
M.O.D.O.K.0%
Magneto0%
Medusa0%
Mister Sinister0%
Ms Marvel0%
Omega Red0%
Punisher0%
Red Skull0%
Ronan the Accuser0%
Sabretooth0%
She-Hulk0%
Sin0%
Spider-Man (Peter Parker)0%
Storm0%
Thor Prince of Asgard0%
Ultron0%
Valkyrie0%
Viper0%
War Machine0%
Wasp0%
Winter Soldier0%
Wolverine0%

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.

Crises

Extract%
Research Station Attacked!56%
Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities44%
Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown!38%
Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan31%
Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership31%
Struggle for the Cube Continues25%
Mutant Extremists Target U.S. Senators!25%
Deadly Legacy Virus Cured?19%
Mystic Wakanda Herbs: Fact or Fiction?19%
The Montesi Formula Found13%

These qualified players seem to like a brawl. The top three extracts all encourage strong attrition play.

Secure%
Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest50%
Infinity Formula Goes Missing!44%
Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.044%
Demons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?31%
Mutant Madman Turns City Center Into Lethal Amusment Park31%
Intrusions Open Across City as Seals Collapse25%
Portals Overrun City with Spider-People!25%
Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Sweeps Across Earth19%
S.W.O.R.D. Establishes Base on Moon’s Blue Area13%
Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians6%
Terrigen Cloud Sweeps Over City6%
Mayor Fisk Vows to Find Missing Witnessess6%

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.

Tactics Cards

Card%
Brace for Impact (R)75%
Sacrifice75%
Medpack (R)63%
Heroes for Hire63%
Disarm50%
Blind Obsession38%
Deal with the Devil38%
Marked for Death38%
Field Dressing (R)31%
Avengers Assemble31%
Climbing Gear31%
Mission Objective25%
Siege of Darkness25%
Advanced R&D19%
Patch Up (R)19%
Lethal Protector19%
Helios Laser Bombardment19%
Monkey Brain is Lizard Home19%
Mothership19%
All According to Plan19%
Deception19%
X-Ceptional Healing19%
Bats the Ghost Hound13%
Follow Me13%
Ricochet Blast13%
Sinister Traps13%
Well-Laid Plans13%
The Grand Illusion13%
Deadly Duo13%
Crew of the Milano13%
Grievous Wounds13%
Lovable Misfits13%
Smash13%
Dark Restoration13%
Bitter Rivals6%
No More Mutants6%
We are Groot6%
Cat and Mouse6%
Escort to Safety6%
Neoenetic Recombinator6%
Seance6%
All Webbed Up6%
Usurp the Throne6%
Spider-Tracker6%
Execute6%
Can I Borrow That?6%
Cruelty6%
Face Me6%
Pentagram of Farallah6%
Seeing Red6%

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

Extract%
Struggle for the Cube Continues20%
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 Manhattan10%
Deadly Legacy Virus Cured?5%
Fear Grips World As Worthy Terrorize Cities5%
The Montesi Formula Found5%
Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership5%

Secure%
Demons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?20%
Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.020%
Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest15%
Infinity Formula Goes Missing!15%
Intrusions Open Across City as Seals Collapse10%
Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Descends on Earth5%
Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians5%
Mutant Madman Turns City Center Into Lethal Amusement Park5%
Terrigen Clouds Sweep Over City5%

Low samples sizes and random crisis selection makes this small pool hard to analyse.

Threat%
145%
1515%
1610%
1730%
180%
1925%
2010%

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:

CharactersTactics CardsExtracts
Black CatAdvanced R&DAlien Ship Crashes in Downtown!
Black PantherAll Webbed UpMutant Extremists Target U.S. Senators!
Corvus GlaiveBrace for Impact (R)Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership
Doctor VoodooDisarm
Ghost SpiderMarked for DeathSecures
Moon KnightMedpack (R)Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Sweeps Across Earth
Proxima MidnightMission ObjectiveInfinity Formula Goes Missing!
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)MothershipRiots Spark Over Extremis 3.0
ThanosSacrifice
ToadSpider-Tracker
Infinity Gems
Reality (Corvus)
Mind (Thanos)
Space (Thanos)

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:

CharactersTactics CardsExtracts
Black CatAdvanced R&DFear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities
Black WidowAvengers AssembleMystic Wakanda Herbs: Fact or Fiction?
Captain America (Sam Wilson)Brace for Impact (R)Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan
Captain America (Steve Rogers)Disarm
Doctor VoodooEscort to SafetySecures
HulkField Dressing (R)Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest
Iron FistFollow MeMutant Madman Turns City Center Into Lethal Amusment Park
Iron ManHeroes for HirePortals Overrun City with Spider-People!
Luke CageRicochet Blast
VisionSacrifice

A really solid Avengers roster, that can run either leader well.

Rounding out the top three was Nate Horn (Ghostdeer):

CharactersTactics CardsExtracts
Star-LordField Dressing (R)Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership
Rocket RaccoonBrace for Impact (R)Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities
GrootDeadly DuoResearch Station Attacked!
Drax the DestroyerLovable Misfits
NebulaCrew of the MilanoSecures
AngelaBlind ObsessionGamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest
GamoraDeal with the DevilDemons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?
VenomLethal ProtectorInfinity Formula Goes Missing!
BullseyeMarked for Death
Ghost RiderSacrifice

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!

Image credit: Omnus Protocol

3 comments

  1. Is it possible to get a report on what was actually played during the final game (Crisis, Characters, Tactics, etc.) Or is there a YouTube link to some footage?

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