Marvel Snap July 20, 2023 OTA patch notes nerf Bounce decks

Many other changes came to Marvel Snap this week, but the developers admitted the Bounce deck archetype was far too strong in its recent state.


The latest set of changes have come to Marvel Snap, and this time around, Second Dinner is targeting the Bounce deck archetype. The patch notes for the July 20, 2023 update to Marvel Snap address Bounce decks right at the top of the list, stating outright that the developers think the archetype is a bit too strong in comparison to other archetypes, and it’s not even confined to one or two cards. With that in mind, this update saw a lot of Bounce deck cards get hit with nerfs and adjustments to make it a little less dominant across the meta.

Marvel Snap July 20, 2023 OTA patch notes

Several cards from Marvel Snap's Bounce deck archetype.
Several cards from Marvel Snap's popular Bounce deck archetype have been nerfed to reduce the archetype's effectiveness in matches.

Second Dinner released the July 20, 2023 update and its accompanying patch notes via the game’s website today. The big headliner of this update is a sweeping adjustment of Bounce deck archetype cards like Beast, Falcon, Kitty Pryde, Hit-Monkey, and more. The developers claim that this archetype has been shown to be a little too consistent in winning no matter what combination of its cards are used, so they’re trying out some adjustments across the board. You can check out all the changes below.

Kitty Pryde
  • [Old] 1/0 - When this returns to your hand, +2 Power. Returns at the start of each turn.
  • [Change] 1/0, +2 on return -> 1/2, +1 on return

Kitty is the best-performing card in all Bounce decks, so she's an ideal candidate to target. Her strength has even warped how other decks approach the matchup, pushing combinations like Invisible Woman and Killmonger into the metagame. This adjustment will lower her ceiling substantially–we see Kitty pretty commonly making it to 8 Power, and in that scenario she'd now have only 6. That's definitely a nerf, but the change does raise her floor, adding Power or saving you Energy when drawn on turn 5 or 6.

  • [Old] 2/0 - On Reveal: Gain +2 Power for each other card you played this turn.
  • [Change] 2/0 -> 3/2

The next strongest card in Bounce has been Hit-Monkey, so we're tagging a nerf onto him as well. We're adding an Energy to Hit-Monkey for a few reasons. The first is just to weaken him–very often, you'd spend that Energy to play a 1-Cost on the last turn, which would itself have 2 or more Power in addition to the buff it gave Hit-Monkey, so this is just taking that away. It also makes him much less efficient to play early in the game, mostly eliminating the early Hit-Monkey you Beast back for more value later on. We chose this execution rather than something weirder like -2 Power or buffing +1 Power but adding some base Power because it's more elegant.

  • [Old] 1/1 - On Reveal: Transform the highest-cost card in your opponent's hand into a Pig, keeping its Power and Cost.
  • [Change] 1/1 -> 2/2

Spider-Ham's been a generically strong card in a few decks, so it might surprise you to see it lumped in with Bounce here. However, that's the deck where it's seen the most play, and it's also been the third strongest card in that deck. It has a number of reasonable replacements, so this is our smallest change to Bounce, but we have other motivations for changing the card. We're unhappy with the extent of the damage Spider-Ham has done to a few archetypes revolving around cool high-Cost cards, like She-Hulk, Death, and especially Apocalypse. We'll have a future adjustment down the road to Spider-Ham's behavior that directly addresses that, but for now we're just going to make him a little less efficient and see how much that reduces his play rate.

All right, now that Bounce is out of the way, let's move into more exciting territory–buffs!

Phoenix Force
  • [Old] 5/6 - On Reveal: Revive one of your destroyed cards and merge with it. That card can move each turn.
  • [Change] 5/6 -> 4/5.

It's relatively unusual for us to make a change to a Season Pass card so soon, but Phoenix decks have been a lot weaker than we wanted overall. That may be due to the complexity of its deckbuilding in part, but another reason is that we made a relatively late buff to Phoenix, moving it from 5/5 to 5/6. Unfortunately, that ultimately introduced more weakness than strength to the Multiple Man plan by making him vulnerable to Shang-Chi, which has been seeing plenty of play as a primary answer to Lockjaw locations and Evolved Hulk specifically. This change should heat Phoenix up for players in a big way and return Multiple Man to that sweet spot at 8 Power. If it's a little too much gas, we'll look at cooling her down but keeping the Cost at 4.

  • [Old] 2/3 - On Reveal: The last card you played moves here.
  • [Change] 2/3 -> 1/2

We were a little gun-shy on the strength of some of our recent Move cards, as the deck can be really potent in addition to occasionally melting brains over the sheer number of possible moves you can make. Ghost-Spider was one of those cards, and having seen the dust settle we've decided to push her efficiency a bit. Other than Human Torch, Move isn't a deck historically vulnerable to Killmonger, so this change should ultimately net Power for Move players. It also makes her a more interesting potential companion for Phoenix, letting players curve Shuri into Phoenix + Ghost-Spider efficiently.

Living Tribunal
  • [Old] 6/6 - Ongoing: Split your total Power evenly among all locations.
  • [Change] 6/6 -> 6/9

Living Tribunal has successfully spun up a fringe deck that pushes loads of Power, but that deck could use a little lift. That 3 Power would be a huge buff to most cards, but for Living Tribunal it plays a lot more like 1 Power. This change does open Living Tribunal up to Shang-Chi, but his effect being active from any location helps him stay nimble against that threat. If this buff doesn't get him where he wants to go, we'll be back.

  • [Old] 5/3 - You can't play this on turn 6. On Reveal: Change this location to 'Limbo'.
  • [Change] 5/3 -> 3/2

Ever since the nerf that knocked Magik from her perch defining the metagame into its deepest recesses, we've been looking for a safe time to reintroduce her at a more aggressive rate, since her fantasy and impact on the game are both interesting. This Season seemed ideal to do that, with a hot new variant hitting the streets via the Season Pass. We're actually going to make a small behavior change to Magik in our next patch, restoring her to being playable on turn 6, but disabling just her On Reveal in that case. We're debuting this stat change a little early to celebrate her time as a member of the Phoenix Five in the appropriate season.

The Great Web

After each turn, move one card to the Web for a random player.

  • [Change] We're making this location appear less frequently.

Much like Miles Morales himself, players have been getting roped into a larger conflict than they may have bargained for with The Great Web. We think the location is pretty interesting and especially enjoy how it factors different cards and archetypes in unique ways, but we're sensitive to the frustration being a little higher than we expected. We have a variety of location rarities, and Great Web was one of our most common. We're changing it up to be one of our more rare locations, using the tier second only to the likes of Ego and Worldship.

That covers the patch notes for Marvel Snap’s July 20, 2023 OTA update. Be sure to follow our ongoing Marvel Snap coverage for more updates and news, as well as guides and features about the game.

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