How to build a Mr. Negative deck in Marvel Snap

Negative for your opponent, but positive for your win rate.

In Marvel Snap, a game chock full of unique cards to build around, Mr. Negative still stands far apart from the rest of the card pool due to his incredible ability. While building around cards like Zabu can be pretty straightforward because Mr. Negative has the On Reveal ability to swap the Power and Cost of cards still in your deck, the decks he can create at first seem straightforward but can be quite complex.

Marvel Snap - constructing a Mr. Negative deck

Mr. Negative's effect at first feels straightforward as it increases the power of cards with low power by setting their power to their cost instead. However, not every card with low power fits well into a Mr. Negative deck. For example, Sandman benefits greatly from Mr. Negative's effect, but also greatly hinders the deck's explosive late turns. Morph and Dracula are other great examples, as both will change their power when their effect activates, nullifying the positive power advantage.

Because of this, you have to be selective when choosing the cards that go into the deck, as swapping is not the only thing to consider when constructing.

Related: Marvel Snap – Best Cards to Counter Zabu

The best cards for a Mr. Negative deck

Getting past certain deceiving cards such as the ones mentioned previously, constructing a Mr. Negative deck becomes pretty straightforward. You're going to want to prioritize cards in your collection that become stronger after a Power/Cost swap that also sport powerful effects. Luckily for players, there are plenty of cards in Series One and Two that fit perfectly into a Mr. Negative deck, making it quite affordable to construct:

  • Angela
  • Iron Heart
  • Bishop
  • Nakia
  • Wolfsbane
  • Jubilee
  • Iron Man
  • White Tiger
  • Blue Marvel

Once you get past Series Two, there are several other fantastic cards that push Mr. Negative decks to a much higher power level:

  • Bast
  • Psylocke
  • Mystique
  • Rogue
  • Darkhawk
  • Magik
  • Sera

Lastly, so far, the cards suggested are generically good in Mr. Negative decks, but Silver Surfer also deserves mention. Silver Surfer is a great card, specifically a Mr. Negative deck that wants to build around it, but it forces the deck to prioritize three Cost cards that also benefit from Mr. Negative's effect.

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How to play a Mr. Negative deck in Marvel Snap

Now that you understand what goes into building a Mr. Negative deck, you'll need to understand how to play it. First, there will be games where you do not draw Mr. Negative or draw him at an inconvenient time. Without Mr. Negative, your deck decreases in strength but is far from useless, and as such, if you play your cards right, you can definitely still take games without Mr. Negative activating.

However, in the games you draw Mr. Negative, you need to be mindful of the cards in your deck that have been swapped so that you can plan to draw them. Furthermore, you also need to be mindful that your deck becomes extremely powerful with those swapped cards. The earlier you draw and play Mr. Negative, the stronger your deck becomes, and if you manage to play Mr. Negative on turn four or earlier, your chances of winning a match increase drastically.

Lastly, unless you believe your opponent to be playing the cards Leech or Dr. Octopus, you should save most of the zero and one Cost cards in your hand for the game's final turn. This allows you to devastate your opponent by putting an immense amount of power into play when they least expect it, leading to surprising wins and a ton of Cubes.

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A gamer born and raised, Jaret's first two video games were Contra and Super Mario Bros. 3, two games released before he was even born. He attributes these games to his wide-ranging interest in varying genres, and also credits them with his love of gaming in general. This led him to starting a career in video game writing, and now he can be found freelance writing for Pro Game Guides, spending time with his fiancé, playing video games, or reading a good book.

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