Marvel Champions: The Card Game Expansions Guide 2020

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All of the living card games from fantasy flight are incredibly well made tabletop games. However, if you’re looking to get a super-hero fix, the Marvel Champions LCG is the obvious choice.

Like the other living card games that Fantasy Flight makes, there is a boatload of expansions that can keep this game fresh for a long, long time. There are so many expansions that it can be difficult to figure out which one will be best for you (if you’re playing solo) or your group. We’ll go over how the expansion system works and give a quick summary of each expansion.

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What Order Should I Buy Them?

Unlike a lot of the expansion buying guides we write, this expansion set really does not have any particular order that works best. The best hero expansion pack for you or your group will be the character that you like best. There are 3 types of expansions: Hero Packs, Scenario Packs, and Campaign Expansions. Each of them is explained in detail in their own sections.

Here are all of the expansions, just click on one to go to it’s section:

There are also 2 scenario packs available: The Green Goblin, The Wrecking Crew, . It’s a toss-up as to which one of these will work best for your group. From here, we’ll jump into what comes in each expansion.

Marvel Champions Expansions

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Hero Packs

Hero Packs come with, you guessed it, a new hero as well as a complete deck built around a particular characteristic of the hero. The pack also comes with an assortment of cards with other aspects. These aspect cards can be mixed into other hero decks.

Just to recap, here are the two reasons to buy a Hero Pack:

  • Gives you a complete starter deck to play the game with a new hero
  • Includes more cards to choose from when deckbuilding with other hero’s

#1: Captain America

Captain America is a really nice hero pack to pick up. He’s pretty versatile and easy to learn so it’s especially good if you’re newer to the game. Of course, being a Marvel staple doesn’t hurt.

He gets more defense points since he has his shield. On top of this, he doesn’t have to build as carefully as some other heroes which make him a little easier to play.

Here’s what comes with this expansion:

  • 15 Hero Cards
  • 17 Leadership Aspect Cards
  • 8 Neutral Cards
  • Nemesis Set

#2: Thor

Of course, Thor is an obvious choice for one of the first Hero Packs. The Asgardian god of thunder is a staple to the Marvel universe and also another character that is forgiving for newer players but is also fun to play for experienced players.

The main playstyle of this deck involves an engine based on engaging and eliminating enemies. The Loki nemesis set is a nice touch as well.

There are 4 things that this hero pack comes with:

  • 15 Thor Hero Cards
  • 17 Aggression Aspect Cards
  • 8 Neutral Cards
  • Loki Nemesis Set

#3: Black Widow

Black Widow was introduced to the Marvel universe in August of 1940. Ever since she has been one of the central female superheroes in the universe.

Well rounded stats are at the core of this hero. On top of that, there are a great set of Preparation cards which gives you a ton of flexibility when responding to the unexpected.

Here are the 4 parts of this expansion set:

  • 15 Black Widow Hero Cards
  • 17 Justice Aspect Cards
  • 8 Neutral Cards
  • Taskmaster Nemesis Set

#4: Doctor Strange

This pack was released in July of 2020. It has been regarded as a pretty powerful hero pack by the Marvel Champions community.

The Doctor strange deck focuses on bending the rules of the game with Doctor Strange’s Invocation deck.

Here’s what comes with this expansion:

  • 15 Doctor Strange Hero Cards
  • 17 Protection Aspect Cards
  • 8 Neutral Cards
  • Baron Mordo Nemesis Set

#5: Ms. Marvel

This is a decent addition to the game but a pretty difficult one to play. It takes a lot of hand management and focusing on combining cards to do some big damage.

This is a good pack once you’ve played the game for a bit and your group is familiar with it. It’ll be hard for newer players to learn with Ms. Marvel.

Here’s what comes with this expansion:

  • 15 Ms. Marvel Hero Cards
  • 17 Protection Aspect Cards
  • 8 Neutral Cards
  • 6 Thomas Edison Nemesis Cards

#6: Hulk

The Hulk is kind of a tank. That’s been his story since he debuted in the comics. It makes him a super fun character to play and definitely worth checking out if you like to run in and smash stuff without thinking too much about it.

Here’s what comes with this expansion:

  • 15 Hulk Hero Cards
  • 17 Aggression Aspect Cards
  • 8 Neutral Cards
  • Abomination Nemesis Set

#7: Ant-Man

This expansion pack is fresh off the presses. It came a few days before writing this update, so not a whole lot is known about it

Here’s what comes with this expansion:

  • 15 Ant-Man Hero Cards
  • 17 Aspect Cards
  • 8 Neutral Cards
  • Yellow Jacket Nemesis Set

The Doctor strange deck focuses on bending the rules of the game with Doctor Strange’s Invocation deck.

#8 (Unreleased): Wasp

This expansion isn’t released yet but it will be based around the elite assassin Nadia van Dyne, also known as The Wasp. Here’s what we know so far about what will be introduced in this expansion pack.

  • 15 Wasp Hero Cards
  • 17 Aggression Aspect Cards
  • 8 Neutral Cards
  • The Larcenous Beetle Nemesis Cards

#9 (Unreleased): Quicksilver

This is another expansion that is yet to be released. Of course, this one is based around the hero Quicksilver. The character appears in the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

There isn’t much known about this pack, so we’ll have to wait for release for more info.

Here’s what comes with this expansion:

  • 15 Quicksilver Hero Cards
  • 17 Protection Aspect Cards
  • 8 Neutral Cards
  • Unknown Nemesis Set

#10 (Unreleased): Scarlet Witch

Here’s what comes with this expansion:

  • 15 Doctor Strange Hero Cards
  • 17 Protection Aspect Cards
  • 8 Neutral Cards
  • Baron Mordo Nemesis Set

The Doctor strange deck focuses on bending the rules of the game with Doctor Strange’s Invocation deck.

Scenerio Packs

These packs introduce new villains, encounters, and narratives to navigate. This is the primary way to extend the gameplay past the core set.

Currently, there are 2 scenerio packs available:

  1. The Wrecking Crew
  2. The Green Goblin
  3. The Once and Future Kang

#1: The Wrecking Crew

If you’re not aware, The Wrecking Crew is a team of fictional supervillains (Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball, and the Wrecker) which were introduced to Marvel in 1974.

Each member of the crew has their own side schemes they are trying to accomplish as well as a common goal to break out of prison. This group is focused on power in numbers, so trying to take them out as a unit is a huge challenge.

Here’s what comes in this pack:

  • 4 New Villains
  • 73 New Cards
  • New Side Schemes

#2: The Green Goblin

It makes sense that this would be one of the first scenarios introduced into this game. The Green Goblin is a classic Marvel villain and one of the most recognizable.

This is another challenging scenario with some regenerative healing and damage aversion mechanics.

This pack comes with:

  • Green Goblin Villain
  • 73 New Cards
  • New Scheme

#3: The Once and Future Kang

Now, this is a pretty intense addition to the base game. This scenario pack is based on Kang the Conqueror, who is usually a villain in The Avengers and has also appeared in the Fantastic Four as well.

The scenario pack is the toughest in the game so far. Which is a good thing if you’ve gone through some of the other scenario packs, you’re probably pretty good at the game at this point.

This pack comes with:

  • Kang the Conqueror Villain
  • 73 New Cards
  • New Scheme

This scenario pack challenges the standard by having several phases that represent time travel. On top of that, the four-player version is even more difficult than the two-player version. So if you have a group that is skilled at this game, this is the pack to get!

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Campaign Expansions

These expansions for Marvel Champions include a lot more than the scenario or hero packs. Of course, there are scenarios added with these as well as a couple of new heroes and some new player cards.

Although these expansions cost a little more, I would consider them to be more like a traditional expansion would be instead of the mini-expansion style in the scenario or hero packs.

#1: The Rise of Red Skull

This one gets first for a very simple reason: It’s the only one available right now. However, even when more of these are available, I expect this one to be high on the list. It’s a fantastic first campaign expansion to the game and has been reviewed very well by the Marvel Champions community!

The new heroes in this expansion are Spider-Woman and Hawkeye. The villains are Crossbones, Absorbing Man, Taskmaster, and Zola. Each villain also has unique schemes that are new to the game.

This pack adds quite a few new components to the game:

  • 2 New Heroes
  • 5 New Villains
  • 5 Villain Scenario Packs

Here is a link to Fantasy Flights summary of the campaign expansion.

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