Free to play games are often the most popular providing players with many hours of content for no cost. However, what decides a games lifespan depends on whether the competitiveness is impacted by your wallet or not. Marvel Snap is a free to play card game which offers players the chance to play their favourite superheroes. But is marvel snap pay to win and F2P player friendly?
There is no competitive advantage to spending money. Marvel Snap is ‘pay for a variety of cards faster’, not pay to win.
Why Marvel Snap Is Not Pay To Win
Ben Brode and the team at Second Dinner Studios has confirmed they want to ensure ALL cards can be unlocked for free. The season pass includes 1 card when purchased which can only be obtained by the season pass until its added to card Pool 3 two months after the season has ended.
Once the card has been added to the pool it can be unlocked for free. However this could be a problem if a particular season pass card is overpowered as F2P players would need to wait 2 months to unlock it.
Unlocking cards in Marvel Snap is very unique and ensures each player is evenly matched. Players are only matched against other players that are in the same card pool.
The Marvel Snap pools are based on a player’s collection level and are split as follows:
Start Pool: Level 1-14
Pool 1: Level 18-214
Pool 2: Level 222-474
Pool 3: Level 474+
Each pool has a set amount of cards in each. Players unlock the cards at random as they level up their collection level. However, players are only matched against other players that are in the same pool.
This means as a pool 1 player you will only be matched against other pool 1 players. Both players might have different card collections because everyone unlocks the cards randomly via their collection level. But a pool 2 player who has access to more cards will never be matched against a pool 1 player.
Marvel Snap Is ‘Pay For Variety’
Purchasing gold with real money allows you to purchase credits to upgrade your cards faster (upgrading does not meet stronger). Upgrading cards levels up your collection level which therefore unlocks more cards. Therefore the only thing real money gets you is a more cards faster.
But the way the matchmaking works means even if you have more cards you will always be matched against a player with a similar collection level so there is no advantage to spending money.
Paying money only means you will reach a full collection faster.
What are card variants in Marvel Snap, are they stronger?
Card variants are purely different versions of the same card. They are only cosmetically different and provide no advantage
Can I buy cards with real money in Marvel Snap to gain an advantage?
You can only buy variants of cards that you already own.
What is gold used for and can I use it to buy better cards?
Gold is used for purchasing variants, credits and daily mission resets. You cannot use gold directly to buy new cards. Gold can only be used to purchase variants of cards you already own. Gold can allow you to buy credits which means you can upgrade more cards to unlock new cards faster.