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How to Prepare for the My Hero Academia Format

The calendar has turned to Fall and the end of year tournament series is upon us! Hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes will be on the line over the next couple months and we will crown the first ever Hero League Champion! With precious time left, let’s go over some key resources, deck building tips and my personal checklist to get ready for Nationals.

First things first, if you’re new to the game, you need to know where to go to get right. Well, you’re reading this article, so you’re already ahead of the game. If you’re looking to get a deck idea or take a closer look at your build, you’re going to need uvsultra.online. Put your deck list on there and take a look at the charts that break down your deck. As a general rule, you should shoot for about 35 percent attacks and try to have an equal amount of blocks in each zone (with a few less low blocks than the rest). Look at other decks with the same Character and/or on the same symbol to get ideas to make it better.

So we have the deck. Now, how do we test it? You’ll find a great community of players in the MHA CCG discord that play over webcam and on PC via Tabletop Simulator. MHA is a game of variety. It’s difficult to climb the ladder without playing against all the competition, so make sure you’re playing in the weekly tournaments hosted in the Discord and playing in your free time. 

If you’re looking for a life point tracker, there are a few options out there. A lot of players just use a physical display, like dice or a 3D-printed life counter. If you want to go digital, you can use the My Hero Calc app on Android; the first damage calculator app designed specifically for Universus. It’s not out yet on iOS, but iOS players can use a variety of MTG life counters that can track life and attack stats at the same time, if you just set it up for a 4-player game and use 2 of the players life totals to track speed and damage. 

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So you’re all set with the basics, time to get a leg up on the competition. When you’re going into an event, you should always check the previous tournaments’ top decks. Look for any cards that would really hurt your play style. If you’re playing a defensive build and plan on building into Deadlock consistently, make a note of the Deadlock cards you’re concerned about and the symbols they’re on. Then, go a step further and look at the decks that tend to main or side them. Predicting your opponent’s deck makeup is a major factor in putting yourself in winning situations.

New cards are a great way to create an advantage on your opponent. As players scramble to memorize effects and game mechanics, if you can create reliable combos that players don’t see coming, you can maximize the potential of your cards. A well-timed Engine Trouble or Nullify could force your opponent into a counting mistake, leaving them without enough Foundations to pass a block or canceling an effect they were relying on, and turn the tide of a match. 

The current format seems to be slowing down. Decks that aim to consistently send two attacks per turn are soaring to the top of the metagame. That’s a big deal for a lot of Characters. This means Tokoyami I is probably even more of a coin flip than he was before; unstoppable early game and hopeless late game. Jiro I and Hatsume I are going to be serious contenders in a format that allows them to make the most of their Character abilities, as these two just get more dangerous every turn that they’re allowed to gather resources and information. 

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The best way to counter decks like that is create a good balance of aggressive lines and defensive walls in your builds. Make sure that you have access to cards that draw, or at least filter, cards to your hand. There’s a reason cards like Frigid Heatwave and Passing the Torch stay at the top tables. Make sure you give more consideration to cards that can do both! Cards that are good on your turn (for pressure) or your opponent’s turn (for defense) help in long tournaments where you need to win 13 games to get a top spot. The obvious example would be a card like Plus Ultra! that makes its way into almost every Set 1 build. Sacrificing cards that might have more potential for cards that have more versatility is a lesson every champion has learned. 

The last lesson is one I can’t teach. From the first format to whatever format we’re in when you’re reading this, the best way to prepare for the format is to play. Snappin’ the cardboard on the mat is the best way to get all the nuggets that I could only hope to give you in an article. Get to your locals, build your team of Heroes and have fun this season! Until next time, I’ll see you on the tables!

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