New Warriors Series: Buyer’s Guide
Updated: Feb 7
Hello Champions! This is a buyers guide, we will update it after each release. The purpose of this is for new players or players with a tighter budget to see what value a pack offers so they can decide what packs they purchase for themselves. Now I will say upfront, scenarios offer better value than heroes. And for heroes generally if you aren’t buying all of them, buy the heroes you are interested in. There’s no one pack that is so insane it outclasses the others buy a huge margin.
Now how I’m ranking these or breaking them down isn’t so much the hero and hero cards but the aspect and additional cards the packs offer to widen the card pool. I looked at each card in the pack for the aspect and each off aspect card and looked at how many “good” cards are in each pack. I’m also going to list prices for each product based on US MSRP. I hope this is useful for some people.
I’m also going to give a quick idea how the hero deck functions then list the cards in the pack worth purchasing for for the aspect and off aspect cards.
-Core set - $59.95
Released Nov 2019
This has to be the first purchase. Not only is it 5 heroes and 3 scenarios but it comes with 2 additional modular sets in addition to the game commended scenario ones. As well as the standard and expert sets, which are needed in every scenario we have except wrecking crew. This also comes with the core aspect cards needed for deckbuilding. This is also the only product to come with a printed rule book, learn to play guide, and the token set for the game. Anyone looking to get into the game needs to start here. Every additional product requires the core set to play as the standard and expert sets have not been reprinted.
Out of the core set Leadership is the strongest aspect and Protection is the weakest so the hero pack rankings are somewhat affected by this fact.
The heroes in the box are Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, She-Hulk, and Spider-Man.
The villains in the box are Rhino, Klaw, and Ultron.
The modular sets in the box are Bomb Scare, Masters of Evil, Under Attack, Legions of Hydra, and Doomsday Chair, as well as the standard and expert modular sets.
-Rise of Red Skull Campaign Box - $39.95
Released Sep 2020
Next up is the first campaign expansion. The Rise of Red Skull comes with 5 new villains and 2 new heroes! The heroes come with pre made decks to play as soon as you open the box. The five new villains and additional modular sets basically doubled the amount of villain scenarios we had to play and great increased replay ability of every pack releases to this point. It also comes with comic panels to drive the story of the campaign.
The heroes in the box are Hawkeye with a Leadership Deck and Spider-Woman with a Justice/Aggression deck.
The villains included are Crossbones, Absorbing Man, Taskmaster, Zola, and Red Skull.
The modular sets in the box are, Experimental Weapons, Weapon Master, Hydra Assault, and. Hydra Patrol.
-Green Goblin Scenario Pack - $19.95
Released December 2019
The first scenario pack releases for marvel champions was Green Goblin. This pack contains 2 separate fully playable scenarios. Risky Business and Mutagen Formula. In addition there’s also 3 modular sets to add to your collection.
Risky Business is an interesting scenario and if played as intended is fun and engaging. However this scenario is easy to cheese and allows you, not a tough time to defeat. It’s one of the weaker scenarios overall.
Mutagen Formula however is an excellent scenarios and still one of the best. It is a harder scenario as you can be overwhelmed by minions easily. A top tier scenario.
The modular sets included are Goblin Gimmicks, A Mess of Things, Running Interference and Power Drain.
This is a great value for $20, 2 scenarios and 3 modular sets!
-Kang scenario Pack - $19.95
Released Oct 2020
Next we have the Kang scenario pack. The Master of Time comes to Marvel Champions. This is The Side Scheme’s favorite scenario in the game and the only reason Green Goblin tops in the rankings is the value of 2 scenarios vs 1 with kang.
Now the Kang scenario adds an awesome mechanic we haven’t seen before where it splits up the heroes as they each fight a version of Kang from throughout time before coming together to take on Kang the conqueror. This scenario is awesome, challenging, thematic and fun. It also comes with 3 modular sets.
The modular sets are the Anachronauts, Master of Time sets, as well as the T-Rex leading Temporal modular set.
-Quicksilver - $14.95
Released Feb 2021
Deck Aspect: Protection
Quicksilver brings a ton of consistency and versatility with his ability to ready multiple times. He plays well in every aspect and I’d a blast to play.
Protection cards included: Warlock, Multipke Man, never back down, side step, nerves of steel.
off aspect cards included: Adrenaline Rush (basic), civic duty(basic), brute force (aggression), sense of justice ( justice), united we stand (leadership), beat em up (basic)
-Wasp - $14.95
Released - Jan 2021
Deck Aspect: Aggression
The wasp pack is really solid. The hero herself has a higher skill cap to play efficiently than doctor strange or captain America, but she is very good and lots of fun.
Aggression cards included: Wasp, Thor, Into the Fray, surprise attack, boot camp, lie in wait.
off aspect cards included: Ironheart (basic), Spider-Man (basic), the power in all of us (basic), quincarrier(basic), running interference (justice), perserverence(protection), all for one (leadership), athletic conditioning (basic),
-Black Widow - $14.95
Released April 2020
Deck aspect: justice
Black Widow is an interesting hero that introduced Preparation cards. Those are a card type you play in the player phase and they stay on the table until a thing happens that triggers them. Very fun and solid hero to play.
Justice cards included are: Quake, Agent Coulson, Stealth Strike, Spycraft, Counterintelligence
Off aspect cards included are: Espionage (basic), Rapid Response (leadership), Counter Attack (aggression)
Released Nov 2020
Deck aspect: Leadership
Ant-Man is all around a great pack. He’s a blast to play and the form change and responses and versatility are great.
Leadership cards are: Ronin, Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Stinger, call for aid, Moxie, power gloves, reinforced suit
off aspect cards: Lay Down the Law(justice), Muster Courage(protection), moment of triumph(aggression), team building exercise (basic)
-Hulk - $14.95
Released. August 2020
Deck aspect: aggression
Next up is Hulk, this hero is very straightforward gameplay wise. However he adds really solid aspect cards to make your card pool more deadly.
The aggression cards are: Drop Kick, Brawn, She-Hulk, Sentry, Toe to Toe, You’ll Pay for That.
The off aspect cards included are: Inspiring Presence(leadership), beat cop(justice), and Electrostatic Armor (protection).
-Ms Marvel - $14.95
Released December 2019
Deck aspect: Protection
Our next hero we recommend purchasing is Ms Marvel, she adds some solid protection cards as well as some really good basic cards. The hero herself is probably the most fun/interesting to play as she’s the most unique.
The protection cards included are Preemptive Strike, Tackle, Nova, Energy Barrier, Get Behind Me
The off aspect cards in the pack are Melee(aggression), Concussive Blow(Justice), Endurance(basic), down time (basic).
-Thor - $14.95
Released March 2020
Deck aspect: aggression
If you are looking for a hero designed around minions then Thor is for you. His hero ability draws you cards when you engage minions. And he has cards in his kit that build on that.
Aggression Cards included are: Hall of Heroes, Mean Swing, Jarnbjorn, Battle Fury, Valkyrie, Hercules
Off Aspect cards included: Under Surveillance (Justice), Teamwork(leadership).
-Captain America - $14.95
Released December 2019
Deck aspect: leadership
Captain America introduced some good allies as well as his Alter-Ego ability reducing the cost of the first ally played each round. And his hero side allows him to ready himself. He’s one of the best all around heroes.
Leadership Cards included: Falcon, Squirrel Girl, Wonder Man, strength in numbers, avengers assemble
Off aspect cards included: Honorary Avenger(basic), Avengers Tower(basic), followed (Justice)
-Doctor Strange - $14.95
Released May 2020
Deck aspect : protection
The first recommended hero pack purchase is Doctor Strange. The reason is the 11 solid aspect cards he adds to the game. The hero itself is fun and powerful and comes with a 5 card invocation deck that you use in addition to your player deck.
The protection cards are: Momentum Shift, Clea, Brother Voodoo, Night Nurse, Unflappable, Iron Fist, SBD Desperate Defense.
The off aspect cards included are: Skilled Strike (aggression), Foiled (Justice), Iron Man(leadership), and Sorcerer Supreme(basic).
Wrecking Crew - $19.95
Released February 2020
Wrecking Crew introduced the wild idea of the heroes fighting four villains at once. It’s a very unique and is well designed. It is easily gaged against as you can control too easily which villain is active. The reason it’s the least recommended is because it has the lowest replay value. You don’t use any modular sets or the standard/expert sets. This restricts the variety you get in the rest of the game with the ability to swap modular sets around.
-Special Consideration : Kree Fanatic
Released August 2020
Kree Fanatic is a free Print and Play modular set they released the last day of GenCon 2020. It’s not something you purchase so im adding this as a footnote because everyone should print this out and put in your collection.
It is my favorite modular set and can be brutal as it introduces Ronan as a legit mini boss gaining 9 health per player! This is a must have for every player!
Best Value - Rise of Red Skull
Best Scenario pack- green goblin
best aggression pack- wasp
best justice pack- black widow
best protection Pack- quicksilver
best leadership pack- Ant-Man
We will update it as releases come. Hope someone finds this useful. Thanks!