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10 Minute Marvel Episode 45 – Secret Invasion and Age of Ultron

10 Minute Marvel Episode 45 – Secret Invasion and Age of Ultron

We start out with two bits of news, one about a movie, New Mutants, and the other about a potential Disney Plus show in The Secret Invasion which would tie into Captain Marvel 2. Then, for the main topic, I look at the second Avengers…

Marvel Movies on the Move + Thor Early 2000’s

Marvel Movies on the Move + Thor Early 2000’s

Due to Covid-19, we’re seeing a lot of fluctuation in the Marvel movie schedule for Phase 4, plus one of the biggest conventions for Marvel announcements isn’t going to happen in 2020. Then I talk about a late 1990’s and early 2000’s comic book run…

10 Minute Marvel Episode 39: The MCU Timeline and Kraven’s Last Hunt

10 Minute Marvel Episode 39: The MCU Timeline and Kraven’s Last Hunt

There’s actually some new news as Marvel and Disney have adjusted when the movies are coming out. Along with that in the news, a couple of rumors around Ant-Man 3. Plus I take a look at the Spider-Man story, Kraven’s Last Hunt that I just finished on Marvel Unlimited.

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10 Minute Marvel Episode 38: When Will We See Black Widow or The Eternals

10 Minute Marvel Episode 38: When Will We See Black Widow or The Eternals

News is still light with Covid-19 shutting down production sets, production companies, and movie releases, so I talk about some rumors that I’ve heard for Black Widow. Plus, the main topic, I talk about the characters from the following Marvel movie, The Eternals. It’s been…

10 Minute Marvel Episode 37: Marvel Unlimited And The Apocalypse

10 Minute Marvel Episode 37: Marvel Unlimited And The Apocalypse

Even with another light news week for Marvel properties, I have some to talk about in the news, as I talk about the projects had to be paused and Black Widow being delayed. Then I take a look at Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s comic book repository…

10 Minute Marvel Episode 36: Covid-19

10 Minute Marvel Episode 36: Covid-19

News was light this week and probably will be for a few weeks with Covid-19 slowing down filming, casting, and basically anything that causes people to get together in a group in this weeks episode of #10MinMarvel. It’s also pushed back films, notably for Disney, New Mutants, but Black Widow is taking a wait and see approach thus far. I speculate why that might be. Plus, what are some things that you can do Marvel related while practicing social distancing?

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TableTopTakes: Marvel Champions

TableTopTakes: Marvel Champions

Yes, I did just do a Board Game Battle and a Beyond the Box Cover for Marvel Champions, but I’ve had a chance to play it a handful of times now, with a few different heroes and villains, solo and multiplayer, so I think that…

10 Minute Marvel Episode 35: Who is Showing Up Where, and do you want to feel like a Superhero?

10 Minute Marvel Episode 35: Who is Showing Up Where, and do you want to feel like a Superhero?

There’s some movie and Disney+ rumors on characters who might be showing up in other shows. Plus, I talk about a new board game that I found, Marvel Champions, and if you’re a board game fan, is this a good Marvel and superhero experience? Any…

Board Game Battles: Marvel Legendary vs Marvel Champions

Board Game Battles: Marvel Legendary vs Marvel Champions

These two games are going to get compared to each other a lot, so it’s time to duke it out and see who the winner is. Or maybe there will be room for both of them in your collection, but for Board Game Battles, there will only be one game that remains standing, which of these Marvel giants will it be?

There’s plenty of reason that people compared the two. Both of them are card games with deck building elements, though with one you build the deck ahead of time and one you build it through in game purchase of cards. The other obvious thing is that they are both Marvel themed. I could have added some more contenders if I had opened this up to the DC deck building game as well, but I wanted to keep it focused on Marvel, especially with Marvel Champions being a newer game. Both still have a lot of expansions and Champions is getting a regular flow of new heroes and bad guys to add into the game. Generally what you’re trying to do is similar as well, there is a villain who has their own scheme that they are trying to do and as players in the game, you are trying to defeat that villain, though, what that means in the games can be different. Let’s take a closer look at both competitors.

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Marvel Legendary

The older of the two games, it has a ton of content. The content that it has dwarfs that of Champions at this point, though Champions will slowly start to catch up as it is releases more expansions on a more regular basis. In Marvel Legendary you put together a team of heroes and shuffle them together to create your hero deck that you’ll be able to purchase characters from. Each player starts with a basic deck of a few SHIELD agents, some that give you purchasing (recruiting) power to get hero cards into your deck, and some that give you attack power. When you purchase these cards they go into your discard pile, and once you’ve drawn all the cards from your deck, you shuffle up and use the deck with the new cards added to it to try and stop the mastermind and the other villains showing up in town. One thing that I think works well in the game is that you can’t sit back in your deck building and only focus on purchase power until you can really buy a lot of attack power. Because there are always villains coming out, that can mean that you’d potentially screw yourself over with villains escaping town before you’d be able to really deal well with them as you can lose if the hero deck is gone through. Now, there are some downsides, because you are getting a mix of heroes, it’s possible that they won’t synergize that well and you won’t be able to build up the combos that quickly that you need. In fact, I feel like this is very common with the game when I’ve played it.

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Marvel Champions

Whereas you are building your deck in game, in Marvel Champions you are building the deck you’ll play with before the game. Each deck you build is going to be specific to a character, and just out of the base box, you could build a deck for Iron Man, Black Panther, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, or Spider-Man. Then you can send that hero up against the likes of Rhino or Ultron. Beyond just a basic deck construction of it being, for example, just a Spider-Man deck, you can give them a fighting style. You could make Captain Marvel Aggressive style if you want her to deal a lot of damage, on the other hand, you could give her Leader or Defensive for a build that would be less focused on combat. And while certain styles will synergize better with her cards than other styles might, you’ll basically always be able to make a deck that works with any style. Beyond that, your hero deck is going to have a single hero in it, you aren’t going to be combining in a single deck Spider-Man and Iron Man cards, it’s going to be either Spider-Man or Iron Man. There are sidekicks to help that you can call in, like Nick Fury or Hercules, but they aren’t as powerful as your character. Another cool thing is how the characters work, in the comics, you have T’Challa and Black Panther, the alter-ego and the superhero identities. So, in the game, they mimic that and you can flip between the two. When you are the hero, the villain is going to be scheming on their master plan a little bit but mainly going after the hero to knock them out. But if you flip over to alter-ego, the villain won’t be able to attack you, because they don’t know that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, but instead they’ll scheme more. There’s a downside to being flipped in alter-ego form, though, you aren’t able to attack them or thwart their scheme as that might reveal to them who you are. It’s a very clever little thing in the game, but it gives it a good comic book feel. The biggest issue with Marvel Champions right now is keeping up with it and finding what’s already been released. We know that we have Black Widow, Doctor Strange and Hulk being added as characters soon, but I haven’t been able to get my hands on Ms Marvel or Captain America yet, or the Green Goblin villain pack.

Let’s get ready to rumble……..

Ding

This is almost a mirror match, but Marvel Champions gets out to quick advantage where it is younger and doesn’t carry around as much baggage as Marvel Legendary does. But Legendary is able to fight back as it has a weight advantage and tries to bully Champions into a corner with all the different characters that it has. But it’s moves are too slow and lumbering, Champions escapes the corner and is picking up new moves all of the time. It uses the agility of Black Widow to get behind and Hulk smashes Legendary down to the mat. Thor drops Mjolnir on Legendary.

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We have a winnter:

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Marvel Champions

For me, this isn’t all that close, Marvel Champions is a better game, and I was even worried about picking up Marvel Champions because I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. But the game just works better, you don’t end up having combos that don’t work that well, which you do in Marvel Legendary, and the game plays a lot faster. While with more players Champions will add time to it’s game, you are immediately doing something and immersed into the comic book nature of the game as compared to Legendary where you might spend half the game getting to the point where you are able to pull off a combo and that might never happen just because of a shuffle. In Champions, you’re able to play good cards right from the beginning. And I think because of that, you always feel like you have a chance in the game, even though my playing Spider-Man solo against Rhino has been a resounding defeat both times, I always felt like, because I was learning, I knew where I had gone wrong, as compared to Legendary where there are so many variables that it might just be nothing that I did wrong, and I still get stomped. I think that Legendary is fine and I’m willing to play it, but I’d always prefer to play Marvel Champions.

I do want to think about, if you already own Legendary, does Champions do enough different for you to add it to your collection? For me, I’d say yes. I think being able to focus on a single hero and play that hero, plus the superhero and alter-ego sides, it makes the game feel different enough. The deck building and management during the game feels different as well, because you might want to get some powerful cards, but those might also cause you to go through your deck faster, which is a negative in the game but not a negative to the game. If it’s the other way around, I think that maybe the Legendary core set, but if you were to get expansions for one of the games, definitely Champions as with it, it feels like it’s giving you more options versus Legendary where it feels like bloat at times.

Which do you prefer?

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Beyond the Box Cover: Marvel Champions

Beyond the Box Cover: Marvel Champions

I very much love Marvel, clearly, with doing the 10 Minute Marvel podcast. But I’ve held off on getting Marvel Champions for a little while, mainly because a Living Card Game (LCG) like it is, can end up costing a lot. And because, unlike Arkham…