TTS Season 4: The Numbers

Season 4 of the Table Top Simulator League is here! And…the numbers are in! The Strike Better Team has analysed the data from the public release of the 168 lists from across all regions to give you a snapshot of the current Marvel: Crisis Protocol Meta. Let’s get into it.

The Regions:

The player base has selected 4 different time zones, which have all shown some good participation:
1. East (GMT and CET timezones): 58 Players
2. Central (CST and EST timezones): 57 Players
3. Oceania (AEST time zone): 29 Players
4. West (PST and CST timezones): 24 Players

The Affiliations:

1. Asgard: 38 – 22%
2. Brotherhood of Mutants: 30 – 18%
3. Defenders: 27 – 16%
4. Criminal Syndicate: 25 – 15%
5. Web Warriors and Wakanda: 24 – 14%
6. Uncanny X-Men and A-Force: 21 – 12%
7. Avengers: 15 – 9%
8. Guardians of the Galaxy: 14 – 8%
9. Cabal: 13 – 8%
10. Black Order: 7 – 4%
11. Spider Foes: 6 – 3%

1. Double Affiliation: 79 – 47%
2. Single Affiliation: 78 – 46%
3. Triple Affiliation: 8 – 5%
4. Quad Affiliaiton: 1 – 1%

Despite Morgan Reid taking Black Order to the Top Table last season, they have only appeared in 7 rosters. The new characters available to the Asgard affiliation could be the reason for their top tier status in the data, with the new shiny stuff in Brotherhood of Mutants, and X-Men and A-Force getting good representation at 17.86% and equal 12.5% respectively. Dual affiliation seems to be the preferred option for players this year, although only just. Recent seasons have shown focussing on one affiliation to enable flexibility in strengthening your squad has proven quite effective.

The Characters:

The characters are listed in appearance order, with numbers in rosters followed by the percentage overall.

1. Valkyrie, 100 – 60%
2. Okoye, 95 – 56%
3. Angela, 67 – 40%
4. Enchantress, 64 – 38%
5. Shuri, 62 – 37%
6. Toad, 56 – 33%
7. Taskmaster, 50 – 30%
8. M.O.D.O.K., 49 – 29%
9. Mystique, 47 – 28%
10. Ghost-Spider, 45 – 27%
11. Wolverine, 44 – 26%
12. Thor, Prince of Asgard, 44 – 26%
13. Spider-Man (Miles Morales), 37 – 22%
14. Black Panther, 35 – 21%
15. Hawkeye, 34 – 20%
16. Doctor Strange, 33 – 20%
17. Magneto, 32 – 19%
18. Sabretooth, 28 – 16%
19. Wong, 28 – 16%
20. Black Widow, 27 – 16%
21. Infinity Gem: Mind, 26 – 15.%
22. Beast, 26 – 15%
23. Kingpin, 26 – 15%
24. Infinity Gem: Soul, 25 – 15%
25. Loki, God of Mischief, 25 – 15%
26. Storm, 25 – 15%
27. Venom, 24 – 14%
28. She-Hulk, 24 – 14%
29. Vision, 23 – 14%
30. Infinity Gem: Reality, 21 – 12%
31. Thanos, The Mad Titan, 21 – 12%
32. Nebula, 20 – 12%
33. Crossbones, 19 – 11%
34. Killmonger, 19 – 11%
35. Rocket Raccoon, 19 – 11%
36. Baron Zemo, 18 – 11%
37. Spider-Man (Peter Parker), 18 – 10%
38. Proxima Midnight, 17 – 10%
39. Cyclops, 17 – 10%
40. Daredevil, 16 – 9%
41. Drax The Destroyer, 15 – 9%
42. Star-Lord, 15 – 9%
43. Ant-Man, 15 – 9%
44. Captain America, 15 – 9%
45. Hulk, 14 – 8%
46. Red Skull, 14 – 8%
47. Black Dwarf, 13 – 7%
48. Captain Marvel, 13 – 7%
49. Hela, Queen of Hel, 13 – 7%
50. Green Goblin, 13 – 7%
51. Infinity Gem: Time, 12 – 7%
52. Corvus Glaive, 12 – 7%
53. Ronan the Accuser, 12 – 7%
54. Infinity Gem: Power, 11 – 6%
55. Wasp, 11 – 6%
56. Bullseye, 10 – 6%
57. Gamora, 10 – 6%
58. Groot, 10 – 6%
59. Punisher, 8 – 4%
60. Doctor Octopus, 8 – 4%
61. Ghost Rider, 6 – 3%
62. Infinity Gem: Space, 4 – 2%
63. Ebony Maw, 3 – 2%
64. Winter Soldier, 3 – 2%
65. Iron Man, 3 – 2%
66. Black Widow Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, 2 – 1%
67. Ultron, 2 – 1%

Valkyrie and Okoye are clearly in a league of their own. The players in this season obviously see the value they provide for their point cost, and their rankings show that they are valuable pieces in any affiliation. Angela and Enchantress are a very popular addition to the game, which reflects the affiliation rankings well. It will be interesting to see if their numbers are the same at the 3 week roster change point. Looking at the bottom, I am surprised to see Black Widow Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D so low. Perhaps placing Doomed Prophecy on the restricted list has resulted in this poor showing. Other usual suspects of Iron Man and Winter Soldier down there in the salt mines, with Ebony Maw not appreciated either. With the other 5 threat characters in the game, it’s hard to argue the data. 

The Crises

Extracts:


1. Fear Grips World As “Worthy” Terrorize Cities, 98 – 58%
2. Panic Grips City As Evacuation Efforts Continue!, 76 – 45%
3. Mutant Extremists Target U.S. Senators!, 66 – 39%
4. Struggle for the Cube Continues, 64 – 38%
5. Spider-Infected Invade Manhattan, 54 – 32%
6. Alien Ship Crashes in Downtown!, 39 – 23%
7. The Montesi Formula Found, 38 – 22%
8. Skrulls Infiltrate world Leadership, 36 – 21%
9. Mystic Wakandan Herbs: Fact or Fiction?, 33 – 20%

Secures:

1. Gamma Wave Sweeps Across Midwest, 91 – 54%
2. Demons Downtown! Has Our Comeuppance Come Due?, 73 – 43%
3. Infinity Formula Goes Missing!, 67 – 40%
4. Mutant Madman Turns City Center Into Lethal Amusement Park, 62 – 40%
5. Deadly Meteors Mutate Civilians, 57 – 33%
6. Riots Spark Over Extremis 3.0, 50 – 29%
7. Mayor Fisk Vows to Find Missing Witnesses, 38 – 22%
8. Portals Overrun City With Spider-People!, 35 – 21%
9. Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Descends on Earth, 31 – 18%

Turns out people like throwing more dice than normal with “Hammers” being top dog in the Extracts. The slow playing Skrulls and Wakandan Herbs proving that players prefer a faster game. The numbers also show that players like to be close on those E Shape secures, with Gamma and Demons Downtown represented well. Wide crises and the new Mayor Fisk proving to be the least popular secures.

Tactics Cards:


1. Medpack, 130 – 77%
2. Brace for Impact, 85 – 51%
3. Field Dressing, 79 – 47%
4. Hired Muscle, 77 – 46%
5. Advanced R&D, 69 – 41%
6. Disarm, 51 – 30%
7. All You’ve Got, 49 – 29%
8. Deception, 47 – 28%
9. Climbing Gear, 44 – 26%
10. No Matter the Cost, 42 – 25%
11. Odin’s Blessing, 37 – 22%
12. X-Ceptional Healing, 37 – 22%
13. Rainbow Bridge, 33 – 20%
14. Asteroid M, 26 – 15%
15. Wakanda Forever, 23 – 14%
16. All Webbed Up, 21 – 13%
17. Special Delivery, 21 – 13%
18. Grievous Wounds, 20 – 12%
19. Pentagram of Farallah, 20 – 12%
20. A.I.M, 18  – 11%
21. Lethal Protector, 18  – 11%
22. Patch Up, 18  – 11%
23. Magnetic Refraction, 17 – 10%
24. Stalwart Determination, 17 – 10%
25. Extreme Conditioning, 16 – 10%
26. First Class, 14 – 8%
27. Lovable Misfits, 14 – 8%
28. Usurp the Throne, 14 – 8%
29. Avengers Assemble, 13 – 8%
30. Battle Lust, 13 – 8%
31. Cosmic Invigoration, 12 – 7%
32. All According To Plan, 11 – 7%
33. Cruelty, 11 – 7%
34. Doomed Prophecy, 11 – 7%
35.Crew of the Milano, 10 – 6%
36. Dark Reign, 10 – 6%
37. Blind Obsession, 9 – 5%
38. Recalibration Matrix, 9 – 5%
39. Seven Suns of Cinnibus, 9 – 5%
40. Sibling Rivalry, 9 – 5%
41. Deadly Duo, 8 – 5%
42. Tactical Analysis, 8 – 5%
43. Execute, 7 – 4%
44. Mothership, 7 – 4%
45. Rocket Boots?!, 7 – 4%
46. Shadow Organization, 7 – 4%
47. Blood to Spare, 6 – 4%
48. Children of the Atom, 6 – 4%
49. Deal With the Devil, 6 – 4%
50. Gamma Launch, 6 – 4%
51. A-Force, 5 – 3%
52. Face Me, 5 – 3%
53. Mission Objective, 5 – 3%
54. Weapon X-Program, 5 – 3%
55. Well-Laid Plans, 5 – 3%
56. One-Two Punch, 4 – 2%
57. Agents of S.M.A.S.H., 3 – 2%
58. Blood Red and Personal, 3 – 2%
59. Daughters of Thanos, 3 – 2%
60. Follow Me, 3 – 2%
61. Marked for Death, 3 – 2%
62. Shhh…, 3 – 2%
63. The Books of Truth, 3 – 2%
64. To Me My X-Men, 3 – 2%
65. Trip Up, 3 – 2%
66. Uneasy Allies, 3 – 2%
67. We Are Groot, 3 – 2%
68. Highway to Hell, 2 – 1%
69. Inspiring Monologue, 2 – 1%
70. Power of the Cosmos, 2 – 1%
71. Price of Failure, 2 – 1%
72. Pym Particles, 2 – 1%
73. The Age of Ultron, 2 – 1%
74. Unearthly Rage, 2 – 1%
75. Vibranium Shielding, 2 – 1%
76. Acute Senses, 1 – 1%
77. Heave Ho, 1 – 1%
78. Heavy Firepower, 1 – 1%
79. Magnetic Crush, 1 – 1%
80. Professionals, 1 – 1%
81. Psychic Shielding Device (P.S.D.), 1 – 1%
82. Ricochet Blast, 1 – 1%
83. Sacrifice, 1 – 1%
84. Smash, 1 – 1%
85. Till the End of the Line, 1 – 1%
86. Web Barrier, 1 – 1%
87. Anger Management, 0 – 0%
88. Escort to Safety, 0 – 0%
89. Heavy Ordinance, 0 – 0%
90. No Escape, 0 – 0%
91. Psychic Fortress, 0 – 0%
92. Reversal, 0 – 0%
93. Second Wind, 0 – 0%
94. Seeing Red, 0 – 0%
95. Sucker, 0 – 0%
96. Thunderwave, 0 – 0%
97. Vapors of Valtorr, 0 – 0%

Big take away from the Tactics Card selection is that Medpack is apparently really good…didn’t see that coming…Hired Muscle is a card that we have spoken about before that can lead to some negative play experiences. It will be interesting to see if Hired Muscle is being brought for legitimate play, or as a safety net and counter if it’s in an opponent’s roster. Time will tell. Finally, the Pentagrams are out in force with the potential for devastating round 1 plays. Be on the lookout if this is in your opponents 8 and be sure to posture your characters accordingly.

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