NashCon 2022 Roster Stats

NashCon is one of the larger real life events, held in Nashville this year they attracted 63 players, with 5 rounds of swiss, followed by a cut to top 8, with locked lists from the previous day. Here are what was being played.

Affiliations

The event was run in Longshanks, which has (mostly) freeform roster submission and self-reported affiliations – which is what these stats show.

AffiliationsRosters%
14267%
21930%
323%

Dual affiliations seem a lot more popular than in the recent Season 8 of the online meta (21%), but 6 of the duals are with Cabal, which may be a reflection of the popularity of a certain tiger-rider.

AffiliationRosters%
Avengers1625%
Cabal1016%
Criminal Syndicate711%
Black Order610%
Guardians of the Galaxy610%
Convocation58%
Brotherhood46%
Defenders46%
Web Warriors46%
Winter Guard46%
Asgard35%
X-men35%
A-force23%
Dark Dimension23%
Midnight Sons23%
Wakanda23%
X-force23%
Unaffiliated23%
Inhumans12%
Spider Foes12%
S.H.I.E.L.D.00%

Avengers are popular in this set of lists. Two good leaders, popular characters and a big green affiliated beat-stick adds up to a lot of rosters. The lack of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a bit of a surprise, but there isn’t much difference between zero rosters and a handful: I’m not reading anything in to this.

Characters

CharacterRosters%
Black Cat2438%
Toad2235%
Hulk2133%
Winter Soldier1930%
Black Panther1727%
Malekith the Accursed1727%
Doctor Voodoo1625%
Juggernaut1625%
Hood1321%
Wong1219%
Baron Zemo1117%
Lizard1117%
Loki God of Mischief1117%
Luke Cage1117%
Mystique1117%
Bullseye1016%
Captain America (Sam Wilson)1016%
Ghost Rider1016%
Iron Man1016%
Vision1016%
Baron Mordo914%
Captain America (Steve Rogers)914%
Shadowland Daredevil914%
Rogue914%
Corvus Glaive813%
Domino813%
Nebula813%
Rocket Raccoon813%
Angela711%
Enchantress711%
Iron Fist711%
Medusa711%
Ronan the Accuser711%
X-23711%
Black Swan610%
Ghost-Spider610%
Groot610%
Killmonger610%
Magik610%
Okoye610%
Proxima Midnight610%
Scarlet Witch610%
Star-Lord610%
Thanos, the Mad Titan610%
Thor Prince of Asgard610%
Ancient One58%
Black Dwarf58%
Black Widow58%
Crimson Dynamo58%
Doctor Strange58%
Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme58%
Ebony Maw58%
Heimdall, The All-Seeing58%
Hulkbuster58%
Red Guardian58%
She-Hulk58%
Amazing Spider-man46%
Captain Marvel46%
Gamora46%
Hawkeye46%
Kingpin46%
Moon Knight46%
Ms. Marvel46%
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)46%
Supergiant46%
Ursa Major46%
Valkyrie46%
Ant-Man35%
Bob Agent of Hydra35%
Darkstar35%
Gambit35%
Magneto35%
Skurge the Executioner35%
Storm35%
Beast23%
Blade23%
Cable23%
Clea23%
Crossbones23%
Deadpool23%
Dormammu23%
Green Goblin23%
Honey Badger23%
Mysterio23%
Punisher23%
Red Skull23%
Sabretooth23%
Shuri23%
Taskmaster23%
Ultron23%
Venom23%
War Machine23%
Black Bolt12%
Black Widow, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.12%
Colossus12%
Crystal12%
Doctor Octopus12%
Drax the Destroyer12%
Hela Queen of Hel12%
Kraven the Hunter12%
Lockjaw12%
M.O.D.O.K.12%
Nick Fury12%
Omega Red12%
Quicksilver12%
Daredevil12%
Sin12%
Viper12%
Carnage00%
Cassandra Nova00%
Cyclops00%
Elektra00%
Jean Grey00%
Mister Sinister00%
Spider-Man (Peter Parker)00%
Wasp00%
Wolverine00%

Black Cat tops the charts for the first time. This feels to me like a reaction to expecting a lot of Malekith; not only does she help out the extract game, but acting as a stagger-bot on big beaters like Malekith, Hulk or a Reality Thanos can swing games. Toad is not a surprise in second, but Hulk has really rocketed up. Partly that’s due to all the Avengers, but there are 11 Hulks not in Avengers – so 5 Avengers players didn’t opt for him – so that’s not all of it. Winter Soldier is finding his way in to more and more lists.

Some people were expecting a LOT of Malekiths, as he is an exciting model, both in what he can do on the table and how he looks there. 17 isn’t crazy levels, but it is high up: joint 5th with Black Panther.

Wong is a bit of a surprise. More popular than Zemo, Lizard or Bullseye? I doubt many would have predicted that!

I know the guys over at the Professional Casual Network look at these sort of stats, and one of their number, Tim, was at NashCon playing a number of the “Power bottom 10” under Cable’s leadership; well he’s going to have to write a new list using the new power bottom 9 from here, maybe featuring a core of Cyclops, Jean and Wolverine. If only they had an unpopular tactics card…

Crises

There may be slight biasing towards certain crises in real life events where you are limited to the crises from the packs you buy. In particular, its pretty safe to assume everyone owns the core crises, but they may not have access to all of the crises they might want.

SecureRosters%
Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest2235%
Demons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?2133%
Intrusions open across city as seals collapse2133%
Mutant Madman Turns City Center Into Lethal Amusement Park2133%
Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.01727%
Super-Powered Scoundrels Form Sinister Syndicate!1625%
Portals Overrun City with Spider-People1422%
Infinity Formula Goes Missing1321%
S.W.O.R.D. Establishes Base on Moon’s Blue Area1219%
Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians1016%
Terrigen Clouds Sweep Over City914%
Mayor Fisk Vows to Find Missing Witnesses711%
Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Descends on Earth610%

Gamma, Demons, Intrusions: looks like attrition is on the menu in Tennessee. Madmen also features, with a lot of people thinking they have good game on that or that it helps to stymie certain lists (Tall beaters or Kingpin led criminal syndicate might be in their minds).

ExtractRosters%
Fear Grips World as “Worthy” Terrorize Cities3352%
Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan3352%
Research Station Attacked!2235%
The Montesi Formula Found2235%
Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown1829%
Skrulls Infiltrate World Leadership1829%
Struggle for the Cube Continues1829%
Mutant Extremists Target U.S. Senators1727%
Deadly Legacy Virus Cured?813%

Hammers has always been popular, but Spider-Infected is right up with it. This may be an element of the core-set bias, but it’s possible this is a real meta response to beater lists: they provide a lot of extracts to score giving good scoring tempo to score out before the attrition can weigh too heavily but, vitally, the beatstick can only hold one of them. Legacy Virus is significantly less popular than anything else.

Tactics Cards

The rosters weren’t submitted in a standardised way, which made cleansing the data a time intensive task; of the 630 tactics cards I was able to account for all but 3 of them, so there are a small number missing from this analysis, but it’s almost complete.

Brace continues to shine out amongst the restricted cards. A number of people have wondered about Follow Me joining it on the restricted list in the not-too-distant future, but mission objective is more popular than it in this event. People are seeing what fall back offers in this attrition heavy meta

Brace for Impact4775%
Mission Objective3149%
Follow Me2844%
Patch Up2438%
Fall Back2235%
Marked for Death1930%
Heroes for Hire1727%
Avengers Assemble1625%
Do You Know Who I Am?1625%
Midnight Phantasmagoria1625%
Indomitable1625%
Escort to Safety1422%
Deception1117%
Recalibration Matrix1117%
Advanced R&D1016%
Smash1016%
Deal with the Devil914%
Face Me813%
Ricochet Blast813%
X-Ceptional Healing813%
Sacrifice711%
All According to Plan610%
Bar with no Doors610%
Dark Reign610%
Deadly Duo610%
Execute610%
Helios Laser Bombardment610%
Journey through Limbo610%
The Black Bifrost610%
Usurp the Throne610%
Versatile Strategy610%
Warpath610%
Blood to Spare58%
Comrade’s Keeper58%
Crew of the Milano58%
First of the Black Order58%
Inspiring Monologue58%
Monkey Brain is Lizard Home58%
Mothership58%
No Matter the Cost58%
Shhh…58%
Trip Up58%
We are Groot58%
Iron-Bound Books of Shuma-Gorath58%
All Webbed Up46%
Aunt May’s Wheat Cakes46%
Cruelty46%
Disarm46%
Hood’s Gang46%
No More Mutants46%
One-Two Punch46%
Spider-Tracker46%
Asteroid M35%
Black Onslaught35%
Eyes on the Prize35%
First Class35%
Gamma Launch35%
Magnetic Refraction35%
Meet My Executioner35%
Odin’s Blessing35%
Rainbow Bridge35%
Seance35%
Second Wind35%
Sovereign Strike35%
The Whims of Chaos35%
Till the End of the Line35%
Wand of Watoomb35%
Winter Rush35%
Plane of Pohldahk35%
Bats the Ghost Hound23%
Cosmic Invigoration23%
Dark Restoration23%
Doomed Prophecy23%
Grievous Wounds23%
Jonathan the Unstoppable23%
Kick ‘Em While They’re Down23%
Lethal Protector23%
Lovable Misfits23%
No Mercy23%
Orb of Agamotto23%
Pentagram of Farallah23%
Price of Failure23%
Pym Particles23%
Sibling Rivalry23%
Siege of Darkness23%
The Age of Ultron23%
The Grand Illusion23%
Wakanda Forever23%
Psychic Shield Device P.S.D.23%
A-Force Assemble!12%
Attilan Rising12%
Astral Ring12%
Bird of Prey12%
Can I Borrow That?12%
Cat and Mouse12%
Chimichangas12%
Cruel Tutelage12%
Dark Aura Manifestation12%
Dark Empowerment12%
Dark Past12%
Heave Ho12%
Highway to Hell12%
Illicit Tech12%
Inhuman Royal Family12%
K’un-Lun Training12%
Last-Minute Save12%
Mind If I Cut In?12%
Pretty Sneaky Sis12%
Professionals12%
Psychic Shockwave12%
Special Delivery12%
Stalwart Determination12%
Terrigenesis12%
Thunderwave12%
To Me My X-Men12%
Vibranium Shielding12%
Well-Laid Plans12%
Shadow Organisation12%
Fusion Caster12%
A Better Tomorrow00%
A.I.M Lackeys00%
Agents of S.M.A.S.H.00%
Anger Management00%
Bane of Damballah00%
Banishment00%
Battlefield Medicine00%
Bear Hug00%
Blood Red and Personal00%
Book of Cagliostro00%
Bounty Hunters00%
Carbonadium Synthesizer00%
Carnage Rules00%
Charming Thief00%
Children of the Atom00%
Cloning Banks00%
Daughters of Thanos00%
Defensive Prototype00%
Difficult to Please00%
Dirty Work00%
Elemental Infusion00%
Eye in the Sky00%
Fan Club00%
Fastball Special00%
Fearful Symmetry00%
Forced Extraction00%
Hard Reset00%
Heavy Firepower00%
Helicarrier Strike00%
Jean!!!00%
Life Model Decoy00%
Making a Ruckus00%
Magnetic Crush00%
Mental Domination00%
Neoenetic Recombinator00%
Pardon Me Sugah00%
Power of the Cosmos00%
Psychic Fortress00%
Red Room Training00%
Reposition00%
Scientific Method00%
Seven Suns of Cinnibis00%
Shuriken Arashi00%
Sinister Traps00%
Sitrep00%
Sucker00%
Tactical Maneuvers00%
The Air Force00%
The Books of Truth00%
The Cat and the Spider00%
The High Council00%
The Initiative00%
The Shieldmobile00%
There Will Be Carnage00%
To Ash and Cinder00%
Uneasy Allies00%
Vapors of Valtorr00%
Vendetta00%
Weapon X Program00%
Weapons of Midgard00%
Wolverines00%
Yoink00%

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