Character Focus – Black Panther (Part 2)

In Part One we took a look at Black Panther and his cards.  In this part we are going to take a deck for each aspect through the gauntlet of scenarios on Expert difficulty and see how we get on.

The scenarios we are playing are as follows:

  • Rhino (Bomb Scare)
  • Klaw (Masters of Evil)
  • Ultron (Under Attack)
  • Mutagen Formula (Goblin Gimmicks)

If we beat a scenario, we’ll move onto the next one.  If we lose to a scenario, we will try that one again until we either beat it or lose three times.  The first aspect that we are going to use is Leadership!


Scenario Module Results Rounds
Rhino Bomb Scare WIN 8
Klaw Masters of Evil WIN 8
Ultron Under Attack WIN 8
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks LOSS 4
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks WIN 9

Surprise, surprise, Leadership was good!  This was nearly a perfect run, with only a slight wobble against Mutagen Formula.

Not really much insight to offer here other than Leadership is good and it works well with Black Panther!  Helpful, I know.


Scenario Module Results Rounds
Rhino Bomb Scare WIN 7
Klaw Masters of Evil LOSS 4
Klaw Masters of Evil LOSS 4
Klaw Masters of Evil LOSS 8
Ultron Under Attack WIN 11
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks WIN 11

Klaw was a thorn in my side, he just kept on scheming!  Until the Hulk pack and the excellent Aggression cards it brings, this aspect is still going to struggle a little bit when it comes to removing threat.

Mean Swing worked out okay at two copies.  Hall of Heroes was excellent in the Ultron and Mutagen Formula scenarios.

I think that Aggression is very good with Black Panther and will only get better with the next hero pack.


Scenario Module Results Rounds
Rhino Bomb Scare WIN 10
Klaw Masters of Evil LOSS 3
Klaw Masters of Evil WIN 11
Ultron Under Attack LOSS 4
Ultron Under Attack LOSS 10
Ultron Under Attack LOSS 8
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks LOSS 1
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks WIN 7

So I went for more of a defence build and if I’m honest I hated it.  Yeah, you don’t generally lose to damage, but threat is still a big issue.  I can’t see myself going for another defence build in this article series.  Instead, I will stick to ally-spam (with Med Team to keep them in play) as it seems to be the only reliable way to deal with threat.

My only surprise in this run was beating Mutagen Formula in 7 rounds (it was my second attempt, as on the previous one I was battered by three Goblin attacks on the first round).


Scenario Module Results Rounds
Rhino Bomb Scare WIN 6
Klaw Masters of Evil WIN 12
Ultron Under Attack WIN 14
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks LOSS 3
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks WIN 9

This was another very smooth run, only tarnished by a defeat versus Mutagen Formula (which can be a very rough scenario depending on your intitial encounter cards).

Followed was a helpful card for a nice bit of a damage boost.  Interrogation Room put in a lot of work, particularly in the Ultron and Mutagen Formula scenarios.  Using Concussive Blow just before flipping back to Alter Ego was really good.

Justice was great with Black Panther.   Combined with his upgrades, it felt like I was in complete control of the state of play.


Rank Aspect Wins Losses
1st Justice 4 1
Leadership 4 1
3rd Aggression 3 3
4th Protection 3 5

Justice and Leadership were his best aspects, no real shock there!  Aggression and Protection managed to beat three of the four scenarios I was facing, so that’s not too bad.

Rank Scenario Wins Losses
1st Rhino 4 0
2nd Mutagen Formula 4 3
3rd Ultron 3 3
4th Klaw 3 4

Clean record against Rhino and Klaw was also the toughest villain to beat again!  Klaw is just a bit too schemey.

Here is my Character Focus league table so far.

Character Focus League Table Overall
Rank Character Best Aspect Wins Losses
1st Captain Marvel Justice 16 9
2nd Black Panther Justice 14 10
3rd Spider-Man Leadership 14 11
4th Iron Man Aggression 13 14
5th She-Hulk Leadership 12 19

So Black Panther entered the table in second place; quite respectable!  Justice and Leadership has the same records for him, but I think that Justice just worked out better.

And here’s my table for character & aspect combo results so far:

Record (W/L) Character & Aspect
4-0 Spider-Man (Leadership)
4-1 Black Panther (Justice), Black Panther (Leadership)
4-2 Captain Marvel (Justice), Captain Marvel (Leadership), Captain Marvel (Protection), Iron Man (Aggression), She-Hulk (Leadership)
4-3 Captain Marvel (Aggression), She-Hulk (Aggression), Spider-Man (Aggression)
3-3 Black Panther (Aggression), Iron Man (Justice), Spider-Man (Justice)
3-4 Iron Man (Leadership)
3-5 Black Panther (Protection), Iron Man (Protection), Spider-Man (Protection)
2-6 She-Hulk (Protection)
2-8 She-Hulk (Justice)

After playing 24 games with Black Panther I have to say that I really quite like the character and his hero cards.  He’s very flexible and is able to deal with most situations.

That’s all the core set characters covered now, time to move on to the first hero pack, Captain America!  Will he dethrone Captain Marvel from the top of my league table?  How many 4-0 aspect runs will he get?  I’m fairly confident that he’ll do well, but we’ll see.  Anyway, that’s all for now!

Cheers,

Tim

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