- Marvel Snap’s Planet Hulk season introduces two new cards, Skaar and Caiera, with unique abilities.
- Skaar is a powerful card that benefits from high-Cost/high-Power cards in the deck, but is vulnerable to Shang-Chi’s ability to destroy cards with 10 or more Power.
- Caiera is a must-have card to protect Skaar and other 1-Cost and 6-Cost cards from being destroyed, especially against opponents using Shang-Chi in their decks.
Marvel Snap is off to a hot start in 2024 with its Planet Hulk season already introducing two new cards right off the bat. The Season Pass card for the Planet Hulk season of Marvel Snap is Hulk’s son, Skaar, and Skaar’s mother, Caiera, also debuted in the game alongside him. While these cards bring some interesting new abilities to the mobile card battler, Marvel Snap boasts one obvious counter for Skaar that could make players reconsider using the card in their deck without a proper strategy in place to prevent opponents from removing Skaar from the equation.
When Marvel Snap introduces a new card to the game, it tends to be somewhat overpowered until developer Second Dinner can rebalance the card to fit the meta after it has a chance to see some in-game play. Some of the past few Season Pass cards like Ms. Marvel and Elsa Bloodstone have been very powerful at launch, warranting major nerfs in the time since their debut. However, it seems there is already a clear counter for this latest Season Pass card given some recent balance changes that put one card in the perfect position to deal with Skaar decks.
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Marvel Snap’s Shang-Chi is a Clear Counter for Skaar
Costs 2 less for each of your cards that has 10 or more Power.
Ongoing: Your 1 and 6-Cost cards can’t be destroyed.
Much like his father, Skaar is a strong 6-Cost card with a Power of 11 and an ability that reduces the card’s Cost by 2 for every other card with 10 or more Power the player has on their side of the field. This means Skaar benefits from being in a deck with other high-Cost/high-Power cards like Thanos, Giganto, or Magneto. However, filling their deck with these powerful cards opens players up to the threat of Marvel Snap‘s Shang-Chi, who can destroy all cards with 10 or more power at his location.
Even with the recent nerf to Shang-Chi, which increased the Power threshold for cards he can destroy from 9 to 10, Skaar and its supporting cards are at risk due to the nature of Skaar’s ability. There are ways players can prevent Shang-Chi from taking out their 10+ Power cards, such as by using cards like Armor or Cosmo, but these cards are only able to provide protection to cards at one location. Luckily, Marvel Snap‘s Planet Hulk season also includes a card that has great synergy with Skaar and provides the protection needed to prevent Shang-Chi from ruining a player’s strategy.
Caiera is a Must-Have Card for Protecting Skaar
It’s not surprising that Caiera would be a great card to combo with her son, Skaar, since her Ongoing ability prevents all 1-Cost and 6-Cost cards on the player’s field from being destroyed. For a 3-Cost/4-Power card, Caiera’s ability is a fantastic addition to decks that are threatened by both Shang-Chi and Killmonger. As such, players who want to utilize Skaar decks for themselves will want to try and pull Caiera from a Spotlight Cache to ensure they have the extra protection necessary for dealing with opponents running Shang-Chi in their decks.
Another factor to consider when using Skaar and Caiera is the role Shuri decks will likely play in this season’s meta. Many staple cards in Shuri decks, like Typhoid Mary, Red Skull, and Attuma, have a Power of 10 or more, meaning that Skaar can pair well with them in this deck archetype. However, most of these cards’ Costs are below 6, so they won’t gain the protection of Caiera like other 10+ Power cards would, and would ultimately be vulnerable to Shang-Chi.
- August 22, 2023
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