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journeyman2 · 21343

4-Turn Ronan KO!!

Remember the days when all a deck needed was a new combo, determined playtesting, and a youthful outlook on the world? Remember back in 2020, scrolling the database and thinking "hey, that Brian-V guy really finds new uses for these cards", "hey, dr00 is bust-a-gut funny", and also, "is it doctor oo, or drew, or dr double zero?" Remember when you posted a little Hellcat loop that hadn't been noticed yet?

But now for a deck to be noticed, you need a 5-digit reputation score and cold, hard, digital gameplay. We are in the post-Apocalyptic future of the Marvelcdb. If your deck hasn't beaten Ronan on the first try, it might as well be garbage. What's a plucky little upstart deck to do? Marvel Champions isn't about Marvel superheroes fighting supervillains, it's about getting validation about your opinions and promoting your brand! Earth-616? We are in The Boys universe.

"Mom, someone let grandpa out of the nursing home again! Grandpa, 2020 was like 6 waves ago, basically forever! Now, we only look at Marvel Champions decks on TikTok!"

Decks used to be about the game man, the game! It's all just cred now, ponyboy. Sigh...takes drag on candied cigarette


I did 1000 damage in a 4-player game with this deck!*

*It was actually 200 damage, but I'm rounding up to a number that I think will make you click. Check bait noobz

Fully acknowledging I'm part of the problem, here is some


Unlike most Sidekick decks where the combo is obvious from the signature ally's big stats and the hero's access to readies, this one is pretty subtle. And by subtle, I mean it's like when the cashier at Starbucks swings around the iPad and the only tip options are 25%, 35%, and 1000 DAMAGE!!

Here's the breakdown, before I have a breakdown:

Sam Alexander with a 7-card hand size from Symbiote Suit and +1 ATK from Combat Specialist, and Ms. Marvel with Sidekick and Team Training. Nova has a measly 3 ATK and Ms. Marvel only 1 ATK. Surely, Side-by-Side is not worth it here....but here's the thing, every single time you play Side-by-Side, it only costs 1ER!

Since 2/3 of the ER of Side-by-Side are provided by Supernova Helmet and Ms. Marvel, every single other card and resource we have becomes a Side-by-Side. If we start in alter-ego with a 9 hand size (with 2 Connection to the Worldminds) and Side-by-Side under Black Panther, that is 10 uses of Side-by-Side! Add in cards drawn from Combat Specialist and Mission Leader and that is 2 more uses. If you played Unleash Nova Force, every single time you defeat something, you will draw what is essentially another copy of Side-by-Side!


Ms. Marvel has the hp to use the stat-boost option of Side-by-Side 5 times before needing to switch to heals (because we are definitely drawing Innovation at some point in this sequence). This turns Nova into a 6 THW, 8 ATK monster, with Ms. Marvel as a 6/6.

Starting at 3 and then adding 4+5+6+7+8 for each Side-by-Side ready, we're already at 33. Turning the rest of our resources into readies (without further stat boosts), we'll swing for another 8 times X damage, where X is how many cards you have in hand. If Nova manages to Unleash the Nova Force, he turns into a whirlwind of death, clearing the entire board for free, since nothing is standing up to a 6/8 cyclone. The ready from UNF turns into another 8 damage before turning the card drawn into another Side-by-Side. Finally, when the gas runs out, one last Side-by-Side played as a stat boost, but instead of bouncing it back to hand, use Ms. Marvel's last hp for a basic attack of 7, accompanying Nova's 9.

Nova Sidekick is a fusion between the Tasmanian Devil and a pinball machine. As soon as Ms. Marvel+Sidekick are in play, Unleash Nova Force+Side-by-Side will instantly end the game.

Now excuse me while my 1000 alt accounts have a conversation in the comments. Please like, share, and subscribe to my TikTok


Apr 11, 2024 josseroo · 626

All the jokes!

Apr 11, 2024 journeyman2 · 21343

Thank you for commenting @josseroo, or should I say "alt1"?

Apr 11, 2024 theromeo3517 · 1642

Hello it is me, a different person than journeyman2. I liked this deck so much I have engaged with all of its metrics by commenting liking and favoriting

Apr 11, 2024 journeyman2 · 21343

Ah, thank you so much journeyman3! Your engagement is nourishing. @theromeo3517

Apr 11, 2024 josseroo · 626

I swore I was logged into alt7. Having a minor identity crisis over here.

Apr 11, 2024 tjjj · 134

tjjj3 here, it says this deck is beginner but I don't get it. Can you explain how it works?

Apr 11, 2024 daerthalus · 1

hello this is alt6! It's funny ... my friend and I were theory crafting a deck like this just last night. We thought of running R&D Facility to provide a source of +ATK/+TWT that could be setup in advance of the wombo-combo turn, but looking at your version, it might be too slow. I also noticed you are not running all of the usual +draw allies (Nick Fury, White Tiger, Maria Hill). At a minimum, wouldn't Maria Hill be a better Ironheart or does the "Champion" tag matter that much?

Apr 11, 2024 journeyman2 · 21343

@tjjj My toxic trait is always clicking the checkbox for "beginner" despite appealing to a crowd that appreciates complexity. I am indeed, part of the problem

Apr 11, 2024 journeyman2 · 21343

@daerthalus I agree with your conclusion, R&D is outpaced by Side-by-Side, that is essentially 2 R&D's in one! (Since it boosts 2 characters at once). My other linked Nova-L list has all the degenerate recursion Leadership stuff, so feel free to check that out. It is undefeated against Ronan because Nova's Ronan match-up is wild and Leadership is broken. Ironheart is here because she is better on the Go For Champions! turn! When I play this deck multiplayer, I need ways to pull other attacks for my teammates on that turn, which means having champions characters to exhaust (great way to get Ms Marvel exhausted before Side-by-Side). Vivian ally would be the next one I'd consider, and sometimes I throw her in just because. But when Nova is sweeping the board on turn 5, blanking stuff doesn't matter as much, nor does the extra THW from Maria. Both Maria and Ironheart are kind of taboo for me in the first place (too strong to be fun), so if there is a minor difference in efficiency, theme trumps!

Apr 11, 2024 andyr · 5034

I really appreciate the write up and perspective on this. I do wish (and this includes me) that more upstart or low rep deck builders were recognized for cool/fun/interesting (though not perfect) decks.

Also, Nova is my favorite hero to date so it already makes this deck a top tier deck :)

Apr 11, 2024 journeyman2 · 21343

@andyr Yes, I completely agree. I used to look at the new column way more than I do now. Some really neat combos languish at low visibility, and that's primarily what I come to the DB for, new stuff! When someone posts something that is new-to-me, their name instantly lands on my radar, and I've made some really good connections that way.

Other decks just seem completely untested before posting, or functional, but un-interesting, not unique, or not showing a new idea. Which are things I think the private deck function is way more suited for. Except for the Every Hero Every Aspect series, my personal bar to move a deck from private->public is very high, and I attribute any engagement to upholding that standard.

Apr 11, 2024 corbintm · 1176

Didn't read, great deck

Apr 11, 2024 Pickles · 26

Interesting use of "theme"

This is hilarious.

Apr 11, 2024 andyr · 5034

@journeyman2 Me: looks at publish trigger happy finger shocked look into the mirror

Oh $#!^, I’m part of the problem!

But seriously, it is a great callout because while some published decks are well tested. I’ve definitely been guilty of barely testing a deck to get it out there without any hook to why it might be novel or beneficial for the community to see.

I particularly love how you view/determine what is great for private record vs good for public consumption. Thanks for sharing that and this deck!

Apr 11, 2024 Tano Games · 2782

Hey! You're not supposed to come in here and one up my Sidekick deck! ;) this is awesome, I'm finally gonna play Nova hehe

Apr 12, 2024 dr00 · 40709

what are we some kinda clickbait squad??

Apr 12, 2024 Schmendrix · 5104

What about Lead From the Front? Have you considered it? Or maybe Teamwork? Those are blue cards, too.

Apr 12, 2024 PaxCecilia · 17

Super cool combo and awesome video with dr00 and vjakson showing off just how strong it is!

Apr 12, 2024 journeyman2 · 21343

I'll catch up on all these alt comments today hopefully, in the meantime, I have a follow-up video:

Apr 12, 2024 andyr · 5034

There’s no greater compliment on marvelcdb than being called “journeyman2’s alt account.”

Apr 12, 2024 Greg · 335

Clickbait Nova smashes the villain as hard as I smash that Subscribe button and notification bell!

Great deck and videos. I especially liked how you used a voice changer to make it seem like dr00 and Brian-V were different people.

Apr 13, 2024 FunkyMonkeyMonk · 26

Candy cigarettes are for kids. I've got the good stuff. A bubble gum cigar that we cut open and put pixie sticks in. Candy blunts.

Apr 13, 2024 jasonbrown0620 · 237

Really solid deck. I just did 63 damage in a turn to finish a game (plus 10 thwart) with 10 cards still in hand to keep it going. Apparently, Apocalypse had enough and surrendered.

Apr 13, 2024 VJakson · 23

Idk. I don’t think this works. I need to see it first hand to believe it. ;P

Kidding aside, it’s awesome to watch this thing go off! If anyone is looking for some Ms Marvel shenanigans. Can’t do better than this.

Apr 14, 2024 ELFersten · 2

In a four player game against expert Kang tonight, a friend used your deck and we each had leadership sidekick strategies going. Nova was the clear MVP. Once Kang flipped to stage III, my X-23 did 23 damage and then Nova hit the villain for 77 in a single round plus removing all of the minions in play. Very impressive.

Apr 14, 2024 teamcanadahockey2002 · 7105

@journeyman2 Have you ever been able to play Go For Champions dns take the +1 option continuously with Ms. Marvel in any of your games (until you run out of resources?)

Apr 14, 2024 fbracht · 59

Your Chaotic Good energy is impressive.

Apr 14, 2024 daerthalus · 1

Finished a multiplayer game versus Juggernaut with a slightly different version of the deck that used Build Support to put IPAC into play. (2 extra card draw for +1 encounter cards is a steal!)

  • I ended up durdling around for 3 turns or so while Juggernaut beat the stuffing out of us.
  • Then on turn 4, I went HAM and cleared every minion and side-scheme from play, emptied the main scheme and dealt the villain 55+ damage.
  • Was very fun. 100% would play again, but probably not with the same play group.

Apr 16, 2024 journeyman2 · 21343

@corbintm Ha, save the brain cells!

@Pickles Thanks!!

@Tano Games Plenty of sidekick love to go around! Brawn is great for it for sure :)

@dr00 "To Me, My Click-Men!"

@Schmendrix You jest, but the very first draft had Lead, and was quickly cut when it turned out SbS is just infinitely repeatable Lead

@PaxCecilia Thanks Pax! Always happy to have better players come on to help make me look good haha

@andyr Or am I your alt account? Who am I?????

@Greg Love the energy! This is not my other friend Brian-V, but Vjakson-Brian (an actually different Brian with the same last initial). He gets this a lot!

@FunkyMonkeyMonk I was considering a vape joke in there somewhere. Feel like it hits with the younger generations better

@jasonbrown0620 Heck yeah! Love to hear about successful loops

@VJakson Thanks for coming on brotha! Always a pleasure

Apr 16, 2024 journeyman2 · 21343

@ELFersten That tracks with my own experiences haha. I'm considering not packing this to the con, just to not annoy people when our games get cut short by a very, very long turn.

@teamcanadahockey2002 No, the reason being, why spend 4 resources on GFC, when I can play 4 more Side-by-Sides! That's 32 damage left on the table by playing GFC first, if you can even max out your ATK after playing it. We're still limiting by resources, even if we give Ms Marvel infinite health. We're also limited by a finite amount of villain hp and things on the board to clear, which we are way more likely to run out of before running out of Ms Marvel hp+resources. I much prefer UNF on the combo turn, since it gives near infinite ammo to keep it going, while GFC is better early game to get a safe build turn.

@fbracht Thanks! Didn't even consider that, but this is definitely chaos!

@daerthalus The extra 2 cards from IPAC being 2 more Side-by-Sides for a card you never have to reveal is really cool! Great play. Can definitely see a play group getting tired of someone doing this each game haha. I've made a bunch of very fast OTK decks over the years, and when I pull one out for multiplayer, I've had friends try to "race" me to beat the villain before I can get the combo off haha

Apr 16, 2024 journeyman2 · 21343

Truly, the high visibility move would be to reply to each commenter with a new comment to artificially increase my comment count with my own words.

But I think the moral of the story is, the real friends are the alt accounts we made along the way.

Thanks for clicking! I'm sure my marvelcdb royalties will show up any day now...

Apr 17, 2024 myrg · 2

Love this deck idea! I have a question though - how does Mission Leader make it onto the table? It requires that Nova/Sam Alexander have the "Soldier" trait, and I don't see a way to add that to him...what am I missing?

Apr 17, 2024 journeyman2 · 21343

@myrg Mission Leader does not require the Soldier trait! It just costs less if you do have it. Here The Power of Leadership can get it in as if he did have the cost reduction, and it’s great for Player Side Schemes and Unleash Nova Force turns!

Apr 18, 2024 myrg · 2

D'oh! This game is all about the words, isn't it? ;) Thanks for setting me straight!

May 24, 2024 Goatzilla · 95

@journeyman2 See, that's the kind of sales pitch I would need to buy AoA. I've never considered using anything else than aggression with Nova since he wears it so well.