Yet another new card release in Marvel Snap is here and this time it’s the fierce ‘Lady Deathstrike’. This Wolverine villain is not only a menace to the X-men, but to your opponents as well if you know how to use her. This guide will cover the best decks that Lady Deathstrike fits in as well as any unique synergies that could provide for some interesting gameplay combos. Lady Deathstrike is a 5-cost, 3-power card with the effect: On Reveal: Destroy each card here with less power than this. Finally! We have a Dracula counter. Not only that but it can also destroy Iron Man, Mystique, and more. However, there’s more to this aggressive cyborg than just being a handy counterplay.
As mentioned above, the most straightforward use of Lady Deathstrike is to use her to inflict, well, ‘death’. In order to do so, we utilize her as a tool to destroy our own cards. For example, she is able to kill Bucky Barnes, Nova, and The Muramasa Shard. Not to mention that it is a useful card to counter Surfer decks due to its capability of getting rid of Brood and his Broodlings. That being said, the decklist is as follows:
- Nova (or Yondu)
- Bucky Barnes
- Hulk Buster (or Sabretooth, Magik)
- Daken (or Negasonic TW, or Shang-Chi)
- Lady Deathstrike
- Knull (or Taskmaster)
- Death (or Arnim Zola)
Destroy has been one of the best decks in the game recently due to the release of Daken. Lady Deathstrike slots right into this simple destroy deck that focuses on Daken and Deadpool. Of course, there are a number of paths to take when piloting this deck. For example, you can play offensively by trying to outpower your opponent or you can simply have fun trying to get Deadpool as big as possible. All in all, the replacements are all up to personal preference.
If you do not own Knull, a solid replacement is Taskmaster. In that case, your aim would be to play both Deadpool and Taskmaster turn 6. You could include Shang-Chi in this deck to help feed your Knull and win mirror matches. Additionally, including Magik in general is a great choice as it gives you some more time to build up power and set up your big destroy plays.
Another deck that has also been recently dominating the meta is Mister Negative. The buff to Magik in July increased the viability of Mister Negative decks as they can draw the tools they need within that extra turn. This deck aims to turn Lady Deathstrike from a 5/3 to a 3/5 that can destroy cards such as Thor, Klaw, Cyclops, Daken, Captain Marvel, Omega Red, Silk, and more! Here is the deck list:
- Zabu (or Psylocke)
- Ironheart (or Wolfsbane)
- Mister Negative
- Jane Foster
- Iron Man
- Lady Deathstrike
- Knull (or Odin, Black Panther)
- Arnim Zola (or Darkhawk)
There are many ways to utilize Mister Negative decks and now with the inclusion of Lady Deathstrike, the variety increases. Playing Zabu followed by Mister Negative is great already. However, following that play with Wong, Shuri, and then Lady Deathstrike will lead to insane power that destroys the likes of Hulk and Chavez! Granted, it is a difficult combo to pull off, but you also have a lot of alternate plays in case you get stuck.
There is a variation of this deck that utilizes Black Panther and Arnim Zola which is just as effective. In conclusion, Lady Deathstrike is a card that will feed your Knull, get rid of any cards that can spike in power later, and act as a solid inclusion in your Mister Negative decks going forward.
Cerebro is a card that usually isn’t consistent enough to guide you to Infinite. That being said, whenever an opportunity arises to play Cerebro, it’s always a fun time. This deck has a lot of things going on so first, let’s analyze the deck list and see what combos we can pull off.
- Jeff (or Colossus, Luke Cage)
- Jean Grey (or Shadow King, Scarlet Witch)
- Iron Man
- Lady Deathstrike
Played like a regular Cerebro deck, this variation aims to spread 3-power cards all across the board and then boost them up using our robotic friend. Bast’s inclusion is vital as a means to power up Iron Man, Cerbero, and Mystique to ensure they get that extra power boost as well. Additionally, playing Valkyrie then Lady Deathstrike could serve as an option although not too reliable. Valk being played into a lane with Iron Man, Cerebro, and Mystique is the better play pattern.
Series 5 cards are difficult to obtain especially with everyone hoarding their caches for the cards that they want. Therefore, not everyone has Jean Grey and Jeff. Worry not, Luke Cage fits in perfectly in this deck as it ensures that no power loss interferes with the Cerebro boost. However, make sure that you watch out for locations that buff your cards’ power as they can ruin the whole gameplan. Below is a video by content creator Alexander Coccia that showcases a Lady Deathstrike Cerebro build.
Overall, the card doesn’t seem like it’s too overpowered or game-breaking if anything, it’s a bit underwhelming. Hopefully, the developers can release new cards that synergize well with Lady Deathstrike in the future. This is by no means a meta-defining card, but it is a fun one that definitely has a place in some decks such as Cerebro and Mister Negative.
As time passes, the community will have time to experiment and come up with some crazy combos that were maybe previously overlooked. That being said, those were the current best Lady Deathstrike decks in Marvel Snap. For more information regarding the game’s releases, check out our official Marvel Snap article page.