Best Thanos decks in Marvel Snap for January 2024

The Mad Titan is a Series Five exclusive.
A cast of characters from Marvel Snap.
Image via Nuverse

Thanos is one of the most popular and most powerful cards in Marvel Snap. It’s one of the “Big Bad” cards in the game, meaning it will never leave Series Five. Of course, knowing the best Thanos decks can be really helpful for you to possibly dominate the meta.

It’s been one of the most popular cards in the Marvel Snap meta for months and has been tweaked several times with both buffs and nerfs. Here’s everything to know about Thanos in Marvel Snap, including decks to use it in, how to counter it, and more.

Thanos card abilities in Marvel Snap

The almighty. Image via Snap.fan

“At the start of the game, shuffle the six Infinity Stones into your deck,” is how Thanos’s card text reads. Thanos and his fully-kitted Infinity Gauntlet are a nightmare for both the Avengers and his Snap opponents in the game that was partially named after its actions.

Thanos is a six-energy, 10-Power card, but if you’re able to play out all six Infinity Stones from the deck, it will be buffed to 20 overall Power, making it one of the strongest cards in the game.

But the utility of the Infinity Stones is just as important. Their abilities can turn the tide of battle as well, and you can find an easier time playing all of them combined with certain cards.

Here’s what the Infinity Stones do in Marvel Snap.

The Infinity Stones in Marvel Snap

  • Mind Stone: 1/1 “On Reveal: Draw 2 Stones from your deck.”
  • Soul Stone: 1/1 “On Reveal: Ongoing: Enemy cards here have -1 Power.”
  • Time Stone: 1/1 “On Reveal: Draw a card. Next turn, you get +1 Energy.”
  • Reality Stone: 1/1 “On Reveal: Transform this location into a new one. Draw a card.”
  • Space Stone: 1/1 “On Reveal: Next turn, you can move one card to this location. Draw a card.”
  • Power Stone: 1/3 “Ongoing: If you’ve played all 6 stones, Thanos has +10 Power. (wherever he is)”

Thanos strategy in Marvel Snap

Play. Those. Stones.

The general strategy with most Thanos decks is to play all of your Infinity Stones to buff Thanos as much as possible, all while combining the stones and their abilities with other cards to keep adding Power spread out across the board.

To do so, you will need to fill up your board with Infinity Stones, so you will likely clog up your own side. This means Thanos works well with Destroy cards that will help clear the side of the board once the stones are played, so there’s quite a bit that goes into each Thanos game.

The best Thanos decks in Marvel Snap

Thanos Blob

Marvel Snap deck consisting of Okoye, Psylocke, Jeff, Shang-Chi, Iron Lad, Professor X, Vision, Aero, Alioth, Blob, Thanos, and Magneto.
Power is everything in this Thanos Blob deck. Screenshot via Snap.fan

Players should consider snapping if several of the following cards have been drawn:

  • Blob
  • Professor X
  • Alioth
  • Thanos

This is the most competitive Thanos deck in the current meta. Blob’s presence as a legit game-changer in the late game can be big for your side, especially if you manage to keep some of your high-Power cards in your deck. However, the addition of the stones alone in this deck already gives you a big chance of creating huge Power for Blob.

Professor X and Alioth are your lockdown enablers, while Thanos and Magneto are your guaranteed massive Power sources in this deck. Vision and Aero both utilize the move mechanic while having great Power as five-cost cards.

The deck offers a toolbox of abilities that can be used in different board scenarios. But regardless of how you want to end it, you will always have a high chance of putting out cards with high Power, may it be through abilities or their stats alone.

Tip:

Play Psylocke or the Time Stone on turn three for a possible lockdown play on turn four using Professor X. This can be a surprising move that can disrupt your opponent’s setup as early as possible.

Ongoing Thanos

A deck in Marvel Snap consisting of Ant-Man, Armor, Mister Fantastic, Captain America, Cosmo, Ka-Zar, Iron Man, Blue Marvel, Klaw, Spectrum, Onslaught, and Thanos.
Keep it going. Screenshot via snap.fan

Players should consider snapping if several of the following cards have been drawn:

  • Thanos
  • Onslaught
  • Spectrum
  • Kazar

This deck is focused on Ongoing cards and works well with Thanos, with cards like Kazar and Blue Marvel boosting the low power of any Infinity Stones you have played.

Spectrum is a game-changer in the final turn, as her On Reveal ability provides additional Power to any Ongoing cards you have played, and you have a wide array of options on turn six with Onslaught and Thanos to consider.

With Armor and Cosmo in the deck, you are provided with powerful counters against any destroy deck, or if an opponent is looking to utilize On Reveal abilities, so this well-rounded deck has great defense too.

Thanos Death

Marvel Snap deck consisting of X-23, Yondu, Bucky Barnes, Carnage, Wolverine, Killmonger, Venom, Deathlok, Shang-Chi, Knull, Thanos, and Death.
“I used the stones to destroy the stones.” Screenshot via Snap.fan

Players should consider snapping if several of the following cards have been drawn:

  • Knull
  • Death
  • Killmonger
  • Thanos

The focus in this deck, like every Thanos deck, is getting as many stones played as possible. But there’s the added focus of destroying as many cards as possible to reduce the cost of Death and increase Knull’s power.

In truth, it does mean you’re more than likely to not play Thanos on turn six and instead opt for Knull, but it gives you a choice. If you’ve been unable to destroy cards and Knull’s power is low, then Thanos’ 10 Power is a welcome boost.

Killmonger is a key card in this deck, as his On Reveal ability destroys all cards played in the game with a cost of one, which includes any Infinity Stones that have been played. Using Killmonger can significantly reduce the cost of Death in one fell swoop.

How to counter Thanos decks in Marvel Snap

Killmonger is great against Thanos decks that are looking to fill the board with stones, but it’s a risky play in case they are playing a Thanos Death deck because you’d just be helping them out at that point.

If the opponent is trying to draw stones, you can disrupt them by filling their deck with garbage with cards like Rock Slide. Darkhawk is also strong, considering he gets more powerful with each additional card in your opponent’s deck.

Leech is a catch-all card in Marvel Snap, so play him if you want to suck away any abilities in your opponent’s hand, including the abilities of all stones and Thanos himself, along with any of his combo cards they have waiting in the wings.

And these are the best Thanos decks in Marvel Snap. The Mad Titan may be a plain card without the stones, but the utility it provides can bring out a lot of creativity from players.

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