Character Focus – Thor (Part 2)

In Part One we took a look at Thor 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 Result Rounds
Rhino Bomb Scare WIN 9
Klaw Masters of Evil LOSS 4
Klaw Masters of Evil LOSS 3
Klaw Masters of Evil WIN 10
Ultron Under Attack LOSS 6
Ultron Under Attack WIN 10
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks LOSS 3
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks LOSS 7
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks LOSS 4

This was quite a grind!  I wasn’t able to beat Mutagen Formula using Leadership; too many minions and too many schemes.

Leadership doesn’t seem particularly great for Thor apart from Rapid Response being pretty effective with Lady Sif and Heimdall.  I think that because Thor needs to spend some time setting up his extra resources and cards that he can’t afford to play many allies early on.


Scenario Module Result Rounds
Rhino Bomb Scare LOSS 7
Rhino Bomb Scare LOSS 5
Rhino Bomb Scare WIN 14
Klaw Masters of Evil LOSS 4
Klaw Masters of Evil WIN 14
Ultron Under Attack LOSS 9
Ultron Under Attack LOSS 4
Ultron Under Attack LOSS 3
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks WIN 11

Almost didn’t defeat Rhino, that would have been embarrassing!  Didn’t manage to beat Ultron, but beat Mutagen Formula first time.

Battle Fury worked very well and I’d definitely recommend it.  Lockjaw was extremely useful in this deck and actually contributed to rescuing a couple of games for me.

Combat Training and Mean Swing both seemed surplus to requirements, and I would probably put Relentless Assault in instead.

Honestly, I think Aggression is going to be in a tough spot until the Hulk hero pack is released.


Scenario Module Result Rounds
Rhino Bomb Scare LOSS 5
Rhino Bomb Scare WIN 9
Klaw Masters of Evil WIN 11
Ultron Under Attack LOSS 5
Ultron Under Attack LOSS 7
Ultron Under Attack LOSS 10
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks LOSS 4
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks LOSS 5
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks WIN 11

Ultron was undefeated again!  Even with Energy Barrier and Lightning Strike, I wasn’t able to stop him, as he continually schemed out.

The Med Teams were great with allies like Heimdall and Lady Sif, allowing me to continually thwart for two.  However, it requires a fair amount of set up.


Scenario Module Result Rounds
Rhino Bomb Scare WIN 10
Klaw Masters of Evil LOSS 3
Klaw Masters of Evil WIN 13
Ultron Under Attack WIN 12
Mutagen Formula Goblin Gimmicks WIN 12

As expected, Justice smashed it!  It nicely complements Thor’s abilities, making up for this lack of threat removal.

Interrogation Room does well with Thor because he is usually using his basic attack to smash enemies.  Concussive Blow was also very handy as it allows you to Confuse the Villain, usually used just before you flip back to Alter Ego form.


Rank Aspect Wins Losses
1st Justice 4 1
2nd Aggression 3 6
Leadership 3 6
Protection 3 6

Justice was the only aspect that managed to defeat all Villains, with all three other aspects managing to beat three of the four (eventually!).

Rank Scenario Wins Losses
1st Rhino 4 3
2nd Klaw 4 4
3rd Mutagen Formula 3 5
4th Ultron 2 7

Rhino was again at the top, but this time with three wins!  Every aspect managed to beat Klaw.  Ultron was the toughest by far.

Here is my Character Focus league table so far:

Character Focus League Table Overall
Rank Character Best Aspect Wins Losses
1st Captain America Leadership 16 7
2nd Captain Marvel Justice 16 9
3rd Ms. Marvel Aggression 15 6
4th Black Panther Justice 14 10
5th Spider-Man Leadership 14 11
6th Iron Man Aggression 13 14
7th Thor Justice 13 19
8th She-Hulk Leadership 12 19

Thor enters the league in seventh place.  To be honest, this doesn’t surprise me as at the moment Justice is about the only aspect that he’s good with in solo.  With Black Widow and Doctor Strange still to come, I think that Thor will only slide further down the table.

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), Captain America (Aggression), Captain America (Leadership), Ms. Marvel (Aggression), Ms. Marvel (Leadership), Ms. Marvel (Protection), Thor (Justice)
4-2 Captain America (Protection), Captain Marvel (Justice), Captain Marvel (Leadership), Captain Marvel (Protection), Iron Man (Aggression), She-Hulk (Leadership)
4-3 Captain America (Justice), Captain Marvel (Aggression), She-Hulk (Aggression), Spider-Man (Aggression)
3-3 Black Panther (Aggression), Iron Man (Justice), Ms. Marvel (Justice), Spider-Man (Justice)
3-4 Iron Man (Leadership)
3-5 Black Panther (Protection), Iron Man (Protection), Spider-Man (Protection)
3-6 Thor (Aggression), Thor (Leadership), Thor (Protection)
2-6 She-Hulk (Protection)
2-8 She-Hulk (Justice)

Despite him not being one of the most powerful character choices for solo play in Marvel Champions, I still like Thor.  I think that once the Hulk hero pack releases it will make Thor a lot better, with good Aggression cards and also access to the basic event To the Rescue!, which will help with threat issues.

I will periodically be revisiting characters as more cards are released, so it’ll be interesting to see how their results change.  Next week it’s Black Widow’s turn.  I think that she’s perfectly capable of getting a top three finish, but we’ll see!

Cheers,

Tim

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