Marvel Snap Chief Development Officer Ben Brode addresses the “nerf leak” on Twitter, clarifying how it will be rebalancing the character Leader.
The Chief Development Officer of Marvel Snap has explained why a particular card is getting a rebalance.
Posting on Twitter, Ben Brode tried to clear the air about a “nerf leak” involving the character Leader, saying he wanted to provide context as to why the card may be getting a 1-Power reduction. Brode said, “Leader’s effect is proving to be very frustrating to many players, and polarizing in its ability to lock down games and discourage playing some other 6-Cost cards. We are taking a bit of power away from him for now, and exploring further changes to the card in the future.”
The Problem with Leader in Marvel Snap
Brode clarified that the team may or may not change the card in the future, but they were “determining exactly which change to make.” One commenter asked if they could track win percentage and if Leader’s win rate reflected the player base’s frustration, to which Brode replied, “Yes, we track a variety of data to try and triangulate on balance issues.” The CDO did not have that information available for the public.
Leader is a 6-Cost, 4-Power card that has been making waves in the Marvel Snap community due to its reveal ability that allows it to copy all cards played by an opponent on that turn. Players have complained that this lets others destroy their opponents in the game’s final moments, eliminating any potential strategy.
Marvel Snap’s New Season
Marvel Snap recently unveiled its first season for 2023, themed around The Savage Lands. The new season introduces the character of Zabu the Sabertooth Tiger, along with four characters to be released throughout the year. Marvel Snap also added five locations based on iconic areas from the comics, as well as three unique Alex Horley variants, card backs and more. The game’s PvP “Battle Mode” will also launch toward the end of the season.
Marvel Snap is a competitive card game for iOS, Android, and PC. It received largely positive reviews, currently sitting at 85 on Metacritic, with critics praising the game’s mechanics but worrying about its potential for predatory microtransactions. It won Best Mobile Game at the 2022 Video Game Awards and earned over $10 million in revenue in its first month of release.