MCP: Is it becoming too hard to make a roster?

There’s been rumblings and complaints that certain models need nerfing (by me, here and here) because they are a) too good and b) it means everybody plays them. The Season 6 Stats back this up as well (here). But maybe this constant picking of the same models isn’t just because they’re good, maybe it’s also because they are familiar AND because there is so much choice it’s hard to know what to pick.

So I’m going to try building a roster without the main meta picks (and ideally without 2nd leaders) and see how easy it is.

I’m going to use Wakanda as a base. I have a core 3 with a threat of 9, which allows for lots of flexibility and Wakanda have dropped down the “picking” order in season 6. Also the Wakanda leadership is good for everyone. At the high threats I will actually need another Wakanda model to be affiliated. I’m choosing Storm, simply because she is less threat and doesn’t require a card.

So…

  • Black Panther
  • Shuri
  • Okoye
  • Storm

9 (or 12) threat, and I’ll take Wakanda Forever. I need 6 more models and 7 more cards. I have a 4, 2 3s and a 2. I think I want another 2 (maybe), a few 3s, a few 4s and maybe a 5 or 6.

Let’s start at the top, 6 threats.

  • Hulk
  • Hulkbuster
  • She-Hulk
  • Magneto
  • Thanos

4 of these are leaders! Right now I don’t want Thanos because I would need gems. Magneto is best under his leadership, as is She-Hulk. Hulkbuster might be fun…but no. And I like Gamma Launch a lot, but I don’t fancy it. So no 6 threats.

5 threats

  • ASM
  • Angela
  • Black Bolt
  • Cable
  • Cassandra nova
  • Dr Strange
  • Doctor Strange, SS
  • Maw
  • Rider
  • Jean
  • Modok
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Thor

First I’m removing the meta picks, so Wanda, Angela and Modok are out. And I don’t really want a Leader as they are really better in their own affiliation so that’s ASM, Cable, Strange1, Thor and Black Bolt out. I also don’t want any gems really, but Strange is already gone. And I may not want to pick the meta models, but I’m also not picking the garbage, so Maw can do one. That leaves:

  • Cassandra nova
  • Doctor Strange, SS
  • Rider
  • Jean

Who goes well with Wakanda? Do I double down on control and take Cassandra? Or take Anti-Control and take Jean. Or the other 2 who do a bit of everything. I prefer the Cassandra Nova option. But straight away this is a model I’ve never played with, and have not painted and I’m filled with doubt.

Let’s jump to the other end and see if there’s another 2 threat I want?

  • Widow
  • Bob
  • Nebula
  • Rocket
  • Toad
  • Wong

Toad is good – but he’s also a meta pick so I can’t have him. I don’t really fancy the others. You know what? If someone throws Sword at me I can take Okoye, Storm and Shuri plus 2 more 3 threats and still be affiliated, just no leader. I can live with that. So no more 2 threats but I need 2 3 threats for sure now.

3 Threats

  • Ant-man
  • Mordo
  • Zemo
  • Beast
  • Black Cat
  • Widow2
  • Bullseye
  • Sam
  • Clea
  • Xbones
  • Deadpool
  • Ock
  • Domino
  • Drax
  • Gwen
  • Groot
  • Hawkeye
  • Hood
  • Iron fist
  • Iron Man
  • Kraven
  • Lizard
  • Lockjaw
  • Cage
  • Magik
  • Moon Knight
  • Ms Marvel
  • Mysterio
  • Mystique
  • Proxima
  • Punisher
  • Quicksilver
  • Sin
  • Spider-man
  • Star-Lord
  • Taskmaster
  • Valkyrie
  • Viper
  • Warmachine
  • Wasp
  • Bucky

That’s a stupidly long list. I’ll take out the leaders (Sam, Miles, Sin) the meta picks (Zemo, Valkyrie, Iron Fist) and the garbage (Bullseye, Star-lord) and see what I’m left with. (Yes I know Mystique is a leader, but I already ditched Mags).

  • Ant-man
  • Mordo
  • Beast
  • Black Cat
  • Widow2
  • Clea
  • Xbones
  • Deadpool
  • Ock
  • Domino
  • Drax
  • Gwen
  • Groot
  • Hawkeye
  • Hood
  • Iron Man
  • Kraven
  • Lizard
  • Lockjaw
  • Cage
  • Magik
  • Moon Knight
  • Ms Marvel
  • Mysterio
  • Mystique
  • Proxima
  • Punisher
  • Quicksilver
  • Taskmaster
  • Viper
  • Warmachine
  • Wasp
  • Bucky

So I’m left with over 30 models. And I want 2. Now we can see why everyone takes Valkyrie. It’s just easier. Do I pick the best model? One with a cool card? Synergy with leadership (that’s everyone)? Someone with a cool play on a specific mission? Someone thematic? It’s very hard to pick someone. No-one is jumping out. So then we go to just picking the new stuff because it’s Shiny. But the newest shiniest stuff isn’t out yet is it? I have ranged attackers and defensive models. And I have control. I want Jank and melee damage. Who fits that bill?

  • Kraven
  • Mysterio
  • Gwen
  • Lockjaw
  • Ant-man
  • Hood

Hood only counts half the time, so no. Lockjaw is too much of a support and I already have Shuri. But the other 4 all fit the bill. I like how both Gwen and Kraven have attacks that do multiple things and some extra powers so they’re in.

4 threats

  • Ancient One
  • Black Dwarf
  • Blade
  • Cap
  • Captain Marvel
  • Carnage
  • Corvus
  • Cyclops
  • Daredevil
  • Voodoo
  • Enchantress
  • Gamora
  • Green Goblin
  • Hela
  • Killmonger
  • Kingpin
  • Loki
  • Medusa
  • Sinister
  • Omega Red
  • Red skull
  • Rogue
  • Ronan
  • Sabretooth
  • Spider-man
  • Ultron
  • Venom
  • Vision
  • Wolverine

Less than 3 threat, way more than any other threat. So Again I’ll remove leaders (Blade, Cap, Cyclops, Goblin, Kingpin, Skull), meta picks (Enchantress, Medusa, Vision), unreleased models (Rogue), models who need gems (Corvus, Loki), and bad models (Ultron, Black Dwarf, Goblin).

  • Ancient One
  • Captain Marvel
  • Carnage
  • Daredevil
  • Voodoo
  • Gamora
  • Hela
  • Killmonger
  • Sinister
  • Omega Red
  • Sabretooth
  • Spider-man
  • Venom
  • Wolverine

That’s a bit more manageable. So I can take 2 or 3 of these. But I’m stuck with same question as last time. Who is going to help my game plan. Voodoo? Isn’t that just like taking Enchantress? Same with Sinister. But does anyone else do something my roster doesn’t do already? I’d like some decent mystic defense…So Voodoo it is. And Omega Red is ok on that and can heal and pull.

So that’s 9 models. Do I take another 5 or another 3? If I have Nova I can take mental Domination, so I think I’ll take Jean.

And that’s the characters done. Removing the meta picks did indeed make picking 10 much harder. Yes they are a bit better, but it’s also quicker to just throw one in! Of course I could have gone dual affiliation and this would all have been easier, but It seemed an interesting experiment none the less.

One comment

  1. […] I didn’t use my non-meta roster that I made (here). Instead I took the base 3 (Panther, Okoye, Shuri) and added Killmonger. I then added Medusa, […]

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