Season 8 rosters stats

Picture the scene – the day of roster submission for the largest MCP event in the world. People have submitted their lists or are the brink of pushing that button, revising them right up to deadline, when suddenly Atomic Mass Games announces that there are major changes to the banned and restricted list, introducing a third category: ‘rotated’. The league organisers very sensibly pushed the pause button, and made everyone resubmit their rosters, but in the new, standard legal format.

Health Warning

What that gives us is a unique look at the initial effect that has had on the online meta. Whilst not all the lists were in as the deadline hadn’t been reached, there were 232 rosters submitted before the lists were closed on the old system. Under the new system, we have 298, making this the largest league so far, but raising a slight warning: the two data sets are not just direct changes to individual rosters (but I’m hoping to get to that at some point!), but also 66 new rosters that weren’t previously accounted for. That means the data I present here isn’t a perfect reflection of the changes, but is robust enough to give some good general conclusions. Changes of up to +/-4% will be hard to distinguish from general noise of a larger data set, so significant changes that are larger than that are what I will generally be commenting on below.

Anyway, on to the numbers!

Affiliations

AffiliationsRosters%Change from old rules
122776%-1%
26421%0%
352%1%
400%-1%
521%1%

Mono-affiliated lists remain the vast majority. Two brave soles added an extra affiliation to their rosters, to sport 5 leaders (though these rosters appear to be more Thanos and Friends to my eyes!).

AffiliationRosters%Change from old rules
Criminal Syndicate5017%4%
Avengers4415%0%
Brotherhood of Mutants3411%1%
Guardians of the Galaxy3010%0%
Uncanny X-men248%0%
Black Order248%-3%
Convocation217%0%
Spider Foes217%2%
Cabal207%-2%
Web Warriors207%-1%
S.H.I.E.L.D145%2%
Wakanda124%-1%
A-Force124%-1%
Asgard124%0%
Midnight Sons103%-1%
Defenders103%0%
Inhumans83%1%
Dark Dimension83%0%
Unaffiliated41%0%
X-Force00%-1%

Whilst only a 1% point change, X-force going from 2 to 0 rosters is a full 100% decrease. But otherwise, this change hasn’t had large impacts on what people are choosing to play. You might say that restricting gems has led to a 3% drop in Black Order. This doesn’t meet my threshold but bear it in mind when you look at numbers for Thanos, and especially Corvus and Proxima below.

Characters

CharacterRosters%Change from old rules
Toad10736%-2%
Hood9231%10%
Black Cat8830%1%
Bullseye8428%4%
Winter Soldier8228%4%
Doctor Voodoo7826%0%
Heimdall the All-seeing7726%4%
Black Panther6321%-1%
Rogue5920%0%
Juggernaut5719%0%
Shadowlands Daredevil4916%1%
Mystique4816%0%
Hulk4615%-2%
Iron Man4615%2%
Venom4214%1%
Rocket Raccoon4114%0%
Scarlet Witch4114%3%
Baron Zemo4013%-5%
Lizard4013%-3%
X233913%2%
Luke Cage3913%6%
Thanos3813%-11%
Nebula3712%1%
Quicksilver3612%0%
Vision3512%-1%
Black Swan3512%0%
Captain America (Sam Wilson)3411%-2%
Angela3411%-2%
Magik3411%0%
Wong3411%2%
Black Widow3311%-5%
Iron Fist3311%0%
Loki God of Mischief3311%0%
Magneto3311%1%
Killmonger3311%2%
Captain America (Steve Rogers)3211%-1%
Ghost Spider3110%-3%
Medusa3110%2%
Doctor Strange3110%3%
Groot3010%0%
Star-Lord3010%0%
Ebony Maw2910%-3%
Domino2910%-2%
Okoye2910%-1%
Honey Badger2910%2%
Corvus Glaive289%-4%
Baron Mordo289%-1%
Gambit289%0%
Kingpin289%0%
Moon Knight279%-4%
Shuri279%1%
Ghost Rider279%2%
Mysterio258%-2%
Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme258%0%
Proxima Midnight248%-4%
Enchantress248%0%
Hulkbuster248%3%
Nick Fury248%3%
Green Goblin248%3%
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)238%-1%
Beast227%-2%
Storm227%-1%
Gamora217%-1%
M.O.D.O.K.207%0%
She-Hulk196%-1%
Supergiant186%-2%
Hawkeye186%0%
Valkyrie186%0%
Captain Marvel186%1%
Thor Prince of Asgard186%1%
Ancient One176%1%
Kraven the Hunter176%1%
Ms Marvel176%2%
Red Skull165%-3%
Crystal165%0%
Doctor Octopus165%0%
Amazing Spider-man165%1%
Black Dwarf155%-3%
Ultron145%0%
Lockjaw134%-1%
Blade114%0%
Drax the Destroyer114%0%
Ronan the Accuser114%0%
Ant-Man114%1%
Sin103%0%
Black Bolt103%1%
Omega Red93%-2%
Mister Sinister93%-1%
Dormammu93%0%
Jean Grey93%0%
Skurge93%0%
Colossus83%1%
Carnage72%-1%
Cassandra Nova72%0%
War Machine72%1%
Wolverine72%1%
Cyclops62%0%
Clea52%-1%
Elektra52%-1%
Wasp52%0%
Spider-Man (Peter Parker)52%0%
Black Widow Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.52%1%
Crossbones41%-2%
Bob Agent of Hydra41%-2%
Deadpool41%0%
Taskmaster41%0%
Sabretooth31%0%
Daredevil31%1%
Cable10%-3%
Viper10%-1%
Hela10%0%
Punisher10%0%

The Terrible Toad King! This unsuspecting 2 threat has wormed his way in to 36% of lists. Now that’s not the heady heights Okoye reached in her heyday, but seeing a 2 threat right up there makes you reflect on their value in rosters.

The biggest winner in terms of character selection has been Hood, up 10% from pre-standard Season 8 rosters, at the cost of Thanos, down 11%. Corvus and Proxima are down a bit (-4% each, which may well not just be noise. Luke Cage seems to on the rise maybe partly as he brings with him a truly excellent tactics card.

The “power bottom 10” (to steal a phrase from some podcasters) now features no completely unloved characters, has some usual suspects, but Taskmaster is a surprise to me, maybe a casualty of Winter Soldier making the top 5 most popular.

Voodoo has been displaced from top spot, but hangs around near the top. I think a lot of people were predicting a shift in crises away from single extract crises like Alien Ship and maybe also more pay-to-flip crises like Mutant Madmen. Speaking of which…

Crises

SecuresRosters%Change from old rules
Demons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?12442%5%
Intrusions open across city as seals collapse9833%-2%
Mutant Madman Turns City CenterCentre Into Lethal AmusmentAmusement Park9833%3%
Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest8529%0%
Super-Powered Scoundrels Form Sinister Syndicate!7525%-5%
Infinity Formula Goes Missing!7425%-1%
Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.06823%1%
Portals Overrun City with Spider-People!6321%3%
Terrigen Cloud Sweeps Over City5819%-2%
Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians5318%2%
S.W.O.R.D. Establishes Base on Moon’s Blue Area5117%-2%
Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Sweeps Across Earth3110%1%
Mayor Fisk Vows to Find Missing Witnessess165%-3%

So Madmen in particular did see a growth in popularity since season 7, but Demons is back with a vengeance. Maybe Field Dressing and Medpack both disappearing has egged on the attrition focussed team, along with Shadowlands Daredevil being a New Shiny (and a damn good one at that) maybe being a factor. Since the changes, Demons is up even more, at the expense of Scoundrels.

ExtractsRosters%Change from old rules
Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities18863%1%
Struggle for the Cube Continues12241%9%
The Montesi Formula Found11338%5%
Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan11137%4%
Research Station Attacked!10736%-4%
Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown!8729%-3%
Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership6923%0%
Deadly Legacy Virus Cured?5418%2%
Mutant Extremists Target U.S. Senators!4314%-3%
Mystic Wakanda Herbs: Fact or Fiction?00%-12%

Herbs going away was always going to change the numbers, but I would have been the least popular Extract in S8 under the old rules, boosting Cubes up: it’s quite often the fourth crisis that just misses out when I build rosters, so maybe that’s not a huge surprise on reflection. Hammers continues to be by far the most popular extract, so make sure you have plans for what to do with and against hammer-lovers.

Tactics Cards

I plan to do a bit more delving in to tactics cards in the coming days, but here is a first pass to see the initial effect of the changes:

Tactics CardRosters%Change from old rules
Brace for Impact (R)17960%2%
Patch Up (R)13144%28%
Mission Objective11840%15%
Follow Me10836%18%
Marked for Death10435%17%
Indomitable (R)8529%-40%
Fall Back6120%18%
No Matter the Cost5920%13%
Do You Know Who I Am?5719%2%
Heroes for Hire5619%6%
Escort to Safety5518%12%
Sacrifice (R)5217%-23%
Deception5017%1%
X-Ceptional Healing4214%6%
Lethal Protector4214%2%
Helios Laser Bombardment4114%6%
Advanced R&D (R)4114%-19%
All According to Plan4013%5%
Hood’s Gang3712%5%
Avengers Assemble3712%-1%
Face Me3612%7%
No More Mutants3411%3%
Usurp the Throne3311%3%
Asteroid M3311%2%
Magnetic Refraction3110%1%
Warpath3010%9%
Can I Borrow That?3010%0%
Journey through Limbo2910%2%
Deadly Duo2910%0%
Smash289%5%
Ricochet Blast279%1%
We are Groot279%2%
Deal with the Devil258%3%
Crew of the Milano248%3%
Shhh…238%-4%
First Class238%0%
Mothership227%-3%
To Me My X-Men227%-1%
Lovable Misfits227%2%
Recalibration Matrix227%7%
Inspiring Monologue227%7%
Eyes on the Prize227%3%
Iron Bound Books of Shuma-Gorath217%0%
Versatile Strategy217%0%
Trip Up217%4%
Cruel Tutelage217%4%
Bar with no Doors217%0%
Spider-Tracker196%0%
Execute196%1%
All Webbed Up196%-2%
The Grand Illusion186%-2%
Monkey Brain is Lizard Home186%1%
Sinister Traps186%1%
Plane of Polhldahk176%1%
Jonathan the Unstoppable176%2%
Dark Reign176%-2%
Eye in the Sky176%3%
Blood to Spare176%1%
First of the Black Order165%-2%
Well-Laid Plans165%1%
One-Two Punch155%2%
Wakanda Forever145%0%
Vibranium Shielding145%2%
Gamma Launch145%1%
Cosmic Invigoration145%-2%
Black Onslaught145%0%
The Whims of Chaos134%1%
No Mercy134%2%
Aunt May’s Wheat Cakes134%1%
A.I.M Lackeys134%2%
Disarm(R)134%-11%
Special Delivery124%0%
Odin’s Blessing124%1%
Second Wind124%1%
Shadow Organization124%1%
Cruelty124%1%
Psychic Shielding Device (P.S.D.)124%3%
Sitrep124%3%
Battlefield Medicine124%1%
The Age of Ultron114%-1%
Mental Domination114%0%
Stalwart Determination114%0%
Rainbow Bridge114%2%
Children of the Atom114%2%
Siege of Darkness103%-1%
Last-Minute Save103%0%
Orb of Agamotto103%0%
Wand of Watoomb103%0%
The Shieldmobile93%1%
Kick ‘Em While They’re Down93%2%
Neoenetic Recombinator93%2%
Book of Cagliostro93%0%
Daughters of Thanos93%2%
Doomed Prophecy93%1%
Birds of Prey93%0%
Bats the Ghost Hound93%0%
Astral Ring93%1%
Sibling Rivalry83%2%
Grievous Wounds83%1%
Dark Restoration83%0%
Bane of Damballah83%1%
Psychic Shockwave72%-2%
Reposition72%-1%
Inhuman Royal Family72%0%
Pym Particles72%0%
Seven Suns of Cinnibis72%1%
Elemental Infusion72%0%
Carnage Rules72%0%
Illicit Tech62%-1%
Price of Failure62%0%
Power of the Cosmos62%1%
Uneasy Allies62%1%
Shuriken Arashi62%2%
The Books of Truth62%2%
Dark Past62%2%
A-Force Assemble!62%-1%
Highway to Hell52%0%
Seance52%1%
Meet My Executioner52%1%
Defensive Prototype52%2%
A Better Tomorrow52%0%
Terrigenesis41%-1%
The Cat and the Spider41%-1%
Till the End of the Line41%0%
Red Room Training41%1%
The Initiative41%1%
Fan Club41%1%
Carbonadium Synthesizer41%-1%
Cloning Banks31%0%
Psychic Fortress31%1%
Helicarrier Strike31%1%
Sucker31%1%
Vapors of Valtorr31%1%
Dark Empowerment31%0%
Attilan Rising31%1%
Difficult to Please21%1%
Making a Ruckus21%1%
Pentagram of Farallah21%1%
Weapon X Program21%1%
Chimichangas21%1%
Fastball Special21%1%
Forced Extraction21%1%
Heave Ho21%1%
The Air Force21%1%
Wolverines21%1%
Banishment21%1%
Magnetic Crush10.3%0.3%
Mind If I Cut In?10.3%0.3%
There Will Be Carnage10.3%0.3%
Weapons of Midgard10.3%0.3%
Fearful Symmetry10.3%0.3%
Heavy Firepower10.3%0.3%
K’un-Lun Training10.3%0.3%
Thunderwave10.3%0.3%
Agents of S.M.A.S.H.10.3%0.3%
The Airforce10.3%0.3%
Vendetta10.3%0.3%
Medpack (R)00%-59%
Field Dressing (R)00%-49%
Blind Obsession00%-33%
Climbing Gear00%-22%
Bitter Rivals (R)00%-8%
Tactical Analysis00%-5%
Battle Lust00%-4%
To Ash and Cinder00%-1%
Seeing red00%-1%
Unearthly rage00%-1%
Acute Senses00%-1%
Extreme Conditioning00%-1%
Rocket Boots?!00%-1%
Cat and Mouse00%0%
Charming Thief00%0%
Web Barrier00%0%
No Escape00%0%
Reversal00%0%
Heavy Ordnance00%0%
Anger Management00%0%
Blood Red and Personal00%0%
Bounty Hunters00%0%
Dirty Work00%0%
Hard Reset00%0%
Jean!!!00%0%
Life Model Decoy00%0%
Pardon Me, Sugah00%0%
Pretty Sneaky Sis00%0%
Professionals00%0%
Tactical Maneuvers00%0%
Yoink00%0%

Well, that looks a bit different. Brace on top is predictable. What is more interesting is seeing the real risers. Patch Up saw a huge rise, up 10% points more than any other card. Below that, Fall Back, Follow Me, Marked for Death, Mission Objective, No Matter the Cost and Escort to Safety are the pick of the unaffiliated cards moving up by between 12% points and 18% points compared to before we knew about Standard. A number of Character cards are also up significantly.

Mission Objective is a card worth calling out. It often saves you losing a victory point, and your opponent gaining it, so it can easily be “worth” 2 victory points. It used to languish mid-table in these lists, but now is the highest non-restricted card.

At the bottom end, 4 cards that got rotated weren’t being brought at all anyway: Web Barrier, No Escape, Reversal and Heavy Ordinance.

I’ll be breaking down more of the data as I get a chance to, so keep tuned in to catch all of the impact we are seeing from the Standard changes.

One comment

  1. If I were, let’s say, a professionally casual podcast network, I might also coin the perfect phrase that is Power Bottom 10

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