• Team Brew Switcharoo Challenge 2: The Results!

    Every week on The Reserve Pool, I try an experiment. I take ten random cards and, using a randomly selected Meta Rule for guidance, I swap out four of the cards on the team to try and make something reasonably playable. Two weeks ago, however, I threw down the gauntlet. I asked readers to send in their own teams... and I was not disappointed with the results! Before we take a look at what Team Brew Switcharoo'ing you all did, let's review the starting team:

    And the Meta Rule: each swapped in card had to be a Rare version of the character or non-basic action.

    Now, I'm not going to share every entry that I received... but we can at least review some of my favorites to see if any of them spark your creative Team Brewing juices.

    First, let's look at this team from TRP user @pwaa;.

    I like what pwaa has done here. With Ultron Drone in the mix, blockers can be forced to go up against Nightcrawler, and Gamora can all but guarantee another blocker will be tied up with her. Adding Resurrection is a great way to ramp, and Thrown Car will give even more Overcrush opportunities beyond what MJ can give. As pwaa said with this entry, it is "Death by restricting the opponents choice of assigning blockers!" Very nice job.

    Our next team comes from @Mordred414;:

    Mordred414 saw some nice Guardians of the Galaxy, and decided to run with it. Swapping in Starhawk is a good choice, and then getting a strong and cheap Avengers character like Black Widow will trigger Starhawk from the other direction. He laid out the strategy very well in his email: "The plan is thus: get Gamora in the field first, then follow with Starhawk, triggering Gamora's force block. Now the tricky part is that you also want to field Black Widow on the same turn. This will trigger Starhawk, granting +2A to him and Ms. Romanov while also leveling down a defender, making it easier to get rid of it. Then you swing and hopefully get some damage through (potentially a lot of it depending on how many blockers you're up against)." Hey, it's like I always say: If you have Guardians already and can only swap in Rare cards, then swap Starhawk.

    So, blocker manipulation seems to be a popular theme with the entries. Before I highlight the last entry I'll put in this article, I wanted to give a special mention to the team submitted by @StrangeBrew;. Mr. Brew included one of my favorite combos in the game: Venom - Flash Thompson and Ant-Man - The Insect World

    This is an amazing combo, and when paired with Nightcrawler (as he did), then it can be a game winner. Kudos to you sir!

    The last team I'll feature in this article was submitted by @Lasci;:

    This is a very interesting team: Field Black Widow to spin some characters down to the Level 1 and 2 range, then field Umber Hulk to (hopefully) clear the field. Widow is used to working with Hulks, and maybe Umber will be a better partner than the Not-So-Jolly Green Giant she normally has to partner with. Lasci made sure to mention that sometimes, people will bring a problem card for "when fielded" effects (Mister H-E-Double Hockey Sticks Blazer, for example), so Crush Card Virus can help remove any problem children.

    To everyone who took the time to play along and submit a team: THANK YOU! I had a tough time again picking the ones to highlight. Every team that was submitted brought something special and, while several shared similar concepts, no two teams were exactly the same. Which is AWESOME!

    Next week, please be sure to join me as I return to my normal shenanigans and malarkey with a brand new, all original, never before touched by human hands edition of Team Brew Switcharoo!
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. StrangeBrew's Avatar
      StrangeBrew -
      Thanks for the mention. I always enjoy this exercise, and it is very interesting to see the different directions that players take from the same starting point. This feature really does teach me a great deal that I put directly into my gaming. Thanks again.
    1. pwaa's Avatar
      pwaa -
      Oh wow, thanks for the positive feedback! Still very new to competitive deck-building, only been collecting Marvel and a bit of casual play until recently, good to hear that working my way through the back catalogue of podcasts here has been paying off!
    1. gkpon66's Avatar
      gkpon66 -
      Thanks for doing this Oddball, I enjoy how you make me look at different cards and think about them. Keep up the good work.