How To Play The Thanos Lockjaw Deck In Marvel Snap

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Marvel Snap is a fast-paced card game that has a surprising amount of card effects and deck archetypes to try out. One of the strongest decks featuring the Mad Titan himself is the Thanos Lockjaw deck. This deck involves cycling through your cards to activate the powerful effects of the Infinity Stones.


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Despite its popularity in the rankings, Thanos Lockjaw is not the easiest deck to play, but it can be extremely powerful in the right hands. Below we’ll take a look at some of the most popular cards to use in this deck, what they do, and some tips on how to play.

Updated May 10, 2023: The Thanos Lockjaw deck has recently been nerfed with changes to key cards like Quinjet and Lockjaw. Despite this, the deck still has above-average performance in the meta, so we’ve updated this guide with everything you need to know about the latest Thanos Lockjaw deck.

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Thanos and the Infinity Stones

thanos card

Thanos is a series five card and characteristic of this set. If this card is in your deck, it is at the start of the match six infinity stones will be shuffled into your deck. You can check out the effects of each of the infinity stones below.

Card

Costs

Power

Ability

Mind Stone

1

1

On Reveal: Draw 2 stones from your deck.

A stone of power

1

3

Ongoing: If you have played all 6 stones, Thanos has +10 power. (wherever it is)

Soul Stone

1

1

On reveal: Draw a card. Ongoing: Enemy cards have -1 power.

Reality Stone

1

1

On reveal: Change this location to a new one. Draw a map.

Space Stone

1

1

On Reveal: You may move one card in that location next. Draw a map.

The Time Stone

1

1

On reveal: Draw a card. Next step you get +1 energy.

Despite their low power, Infinity Stones are very effective and when combined with Lockjaw, they allow you to go fast circulate your deck and play your higher pricestronger cards like Devil Dinosaur, Magneto and Thanos.

List of decks

lockjaw card

Below you can find a list of the best cards to use in a Thanos Lockjaw deck. Some of these cards are essential picks, while others can be safely swapped out for others. In these cases, we have listed some substitutes below.

Card

Costs

Power

Ability

Sunspot

1

0

At the end of each turn, you gain +1 power for each unused energy.

Lockjaw

3

2

When you play a card here, replace it with a card in your deck. (once per turn)

Shang-Chi

4

3

When Revealed: Destroy all enemy cards in this location that have 9 or more power.

Blue Marvel

5

3

Ongoing: Your other cards have +1 power.

Damn dinosaur

5

3

Ongoing: +2 power for each card in hand.

a leech

5

3

At the start of turn 6, remove all abilities from cards in your opponent’s hand.

A vision

5

7

You can move this every turn.

Aero

5

8

On Reveal: Move the last enemy card played this turn to this location.

America Chavez

6

9

It starts at the bottom of your deck. Draw this on turn 6.

She-Hulk

6

10

It costs 1 less for each unused energy in the last round.

Thanos

6

10

At the start of the game, shuffle the six Infinity Stones into your deck.

Magneto

6

12

On reveal: Move all opposing 3- and 4-cost cards to this location.

As the name suggests, the two main cards of this deck are Thanos and Lockjaw. Ideally, you’ll want to play Lockjaw as early as possible, then play an Infinity Stone in its location each turn to trade it for a higher power card. In general, you shouldn’t worry too much about playing all six Infinity Stones to increase Thanos’ power, as this scenario happens very rarely.

Instead, you’ll be looking to land tons of powerful cards on the board while using the utility of Infinity Stones to turn the early game in your favor.

But Leech can remove the abilities of your opponent’s cardswhich allows you to evading opponents who may have them, like Killmonger to destroy your stones, Shang-Chi to destroy Thanos or Magneto, or Aero to disrupt your Lockjaw cycling. Overall, Leech is a great inclusion and is especially good when summoned to the board via Lockjaw.

Substitutes

doctor doom card

You can swap out a few cards from this deck, either to counter a popular card you see a lot, or simply because you don’t have one of the cards listed above.

Magneto is one of the most versatile cards in this setand they can be exchanged for a few different options. Doctor Doom is a good choice that allows you to he competes in closed locations with his Doom Botssuch as the Sanctum Sanctorum or Death’s Domain.

Although Doctor Doom takes up valuable board space, it can be great for fight against these locations or applying equal pressure to all three locations.

Another option for Magneto is Kang. Kang the Conqueror really can fit any deckand provides a strong capability for look at your opponent’s move before rewinding time to the previous move. This allows you to see where your opponent is likely to play cardsand use Aero to move them or compete in different arenas with Thanos or the Devil Dinosaur.

If you can’t play cards in the early game, try trading an expensive card like Magneto or Vision for something like Armor to protect your powerful cards, or Kitty Pryde for a consistent, cheap card.

Playing the deck

Marvel Snap Retreat Leech

The general idea of ​​the Thanos Lockjaw deck is play as many infinity stones as you can if you want to draw all your key cards, use Lockjaw to trade them for higher power cards, then invest in another location to win.

Keep this in mind Lockjaw can only trade one card per turn, so playing another card in its location on the same turn will not replace it. This can be useful on turn six, for example if you want to trade an Infinity Stone and then play Devil Dinosaur or Aero on the same spot.

To power up Thanos from the Power Stone, Infinity Stones only need to be played once. After that, if you return them to your deck with Lockjaw or destroy them with Killmonger or Elektra, Power Stone will still count them as played. The Power Stone is the only card that must remain on the board to give power to Thanos.

reality stone card

The reality stone is perfect for exchange of unfavorable locations. You’ll usually have a lot of cards in your hand because most infinity stones draw a card, so give it a shot switch locations that add cards to your hand like Lechuguilla or Orchis Forge.

Locations that prevent you from playing cards there or destroy your cards, e.g Plunder Castle, Death’s Domain or Shattered Bridgethey are also good targets for the reality stone.

Due to the amount of card draw with this deck, Damn dinosaur is an obvious inclusion which it almost always has 13 or more power, making it extremely cost-effective. This card, along with Thanos, can they themselves compete on two separate tracks.

There are many different factors to consider every turn when you play your cards. Leech is one of your best counters against many cards that can mess up your game plan like Killmonger, Aero, Wave or Sandman.

If you remove the abilities of these cards, they become effectively useless in the enemy’s hands, giving you a huge advantage. To make up for this effect, Leech has a high cost and lower power, which means you’ll want it cheat Leech with Lockjaw. Additionally, this ability it only works on the sixth turnso you’ll still be vulnerable to those counters before then.

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