MARVEL SNAP Explained: Who Is Stegron?
Find out his comic origins and best strategies for playing in the hit game MARVEL SNAP!
One of the most effective strategies in MARVEL SNAP is to move an opponent’s cards to locations that are disadvantageous for them. Currently, there are several cards that serve this function, and the newest addition to that line-up, Stegron, promises to be one of the most efficient yet, with an ability drawn straight from the comics. Here’s what you need to know about using Stegron in MARVEL SNAP and his history in the comics.
Playing Stegron in MARVEL SNAP
A 4-Cost, 5-Power card, Stegron has an On Reveal ability that moves a random enemy card at the location he’s played elsewhere. Functionally, Stegron resembles Juggernaut and Aero in that he moves opposing cards. However, those cards must be played at the same time as what they’re moving, making them a bit more of a gamble. That’s not the case for Stegron, which gives him more utility.
There are a lot of different ways to synergize Stegron with a player’s deck, but the archetype he best fits are those centered more on controlling how an opponent plays their cards. Two strong pairings with Stegron are Zabu and Sera, who reduce the Cost of other cards in a player’s hand, making it easier to get him out while making other advantageous moves.
From there, Kingpin is an excellent choice for decks featuring Stegron, as he destroys any cards moved to his location. When paired with Wong, who has an Ongoing ability that doubles the On Reveal effects of cards played at his location, Stegron and Kingpin can easily disrupt an opponent’s side of the board.
There are several locations that pair exceptionally well with Stegron. Kamar-Taj doubles On Reveal effects, meaning Stegron can potentially clear two cards from that location and send them to be destroyed by Kingpin. Additionally, Fisk Tower destroys any cards moved to it, essentially giving players an extra Kingpin. Stegron can also be used to push a weak card into Space Throne, or a strong one onto the Bar With No Name, effectively locking those locations up for his player.
Despite his utility, Stegron does have some key vulnerabilities. In general, Stegron won’t work well against decks based around move effects, as he could end up buffing those cards by accident. As for specific cards, Cosmo, who prevents On Reveal effects from happening at his location, is a pretty standard counter and can cause problems for an incautious player. Leech can also take Stegron’s ability away while he’s still in his player’s hand, ruining any potential combos in the process.
In terms of disadvantageous locations, Stegron’s ability won’t work at Deep Space or Knowhere, which prevent On Reveal effects from happening at them. Additionally, Stegron should be played with caution when there are locations on the board that restrict what can be played directly on them, such as Death’s Domain and the Sanctum Sanctorum, to avoid giving an opponent an easy location win.
Stegron in the Comics
Created by Len Wein and Gil Kane, Dr. Vincent Stegron debuted in MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #19. Originally, Stegron worked with Dr. Curt Connors and created a modified version of the formula that turned that character into The Lizard. This new iteration of the formula contained dinosaur DNA and, when taken, turned Stegron into a Stegosaurus-like monster.
When in his dinosaur form, Stegron possesses incredible strength and durability, in addition to a powerful tail and claws. In the comics, he’s often used these powers to knock characters out of the way an almost unusual amount. MARVEL TEAM-UP #19 and #20 alone, for example, see Stegron knock Spider-Man off a single floating platform twice and use his hordes of dinosaurs to push New York City civilians out of his way. The connection to his ability in MARVEL SNAP is then pretty clear.
As for his design, Stegron has had a lot of different looks since the ‘70s. Most have depicted him with a uniformly colored torso and chest. The version in MARVEL SNAP, though, comes from his appearance in SPIDER-MAN & THE X-MEN (2014), where Stegron had lighter colored pectorals and a stripe going up the center of his body.
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