Since the official release of Marvel Snap, fans have speculated about the inclusion of Ego – the living planet played by Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
In Marvel Snap, Ego takes control of the cards and plays for you, essentially randomizing the outcome. There is no rhyme or reason to the actions of the Ego. his movements are completely arbitrary. So why include the Ego at all?
According to Second Dinner founder Ben Brode, who recently spoke with IGN about the launch of Marvel Snap, Ego’s design stemmed from a simple question.
“What would a sensitive site do? Well, maybe it would play your cards for you. I don’t know,” Brode says. “So it was very much what we call top-down design, where we start with the flavor and the art, and then we design what the hell it would do. And I couldn’t think of anything else that Ego would do.”
I just had the CRAZIEST game of Marvel Snap – he got Ego which autoplays the game for both players, but ended up playing red witch, killing himself and giving control to us, but changing to a location that randomizes every card on the board.WHAT HAPPENS?! pic.twitter.com/3ympdBJwZr— Andy Yen (@known) November 3, 2022
Ego ends up being a change of pace. a chance to laugh as he haphazardly plays your deck, often resulting in disaster. However, says Brode, this does not mean that the Ego lacks strategy.
“What’s really interesting about this location is that they’re amazing skill tests, actually. Just weird, because obviously you’re not making decisions in gameplay. But because of the Snap mechanic, your ability to say, ‘Okay, I’ve got secret information.’ I know where Ego has played my card. It’s either good or bad. And so I have to use that information to decide whether to Snap, double, or retreat,” says Brode.
“And so it focuses so much on the Snap mechanic in a way that changes the game in a really interesting way. So I think it’s really interesting. It’s definitely a very unique location.”
This user puts it best:
When the Ego plays @MARVELSNAP you are bound to pull!
— JR (@DudeDudenstein_) November 11, 2022
Regardless of what fans think of Ego, Marvel Snap continues to be very successful. In our review we wrote, “Marvel Snap elevates the collectible card game genre with some truly fresh ideas, impressive strategic depth, wonderfully stylish presentation and a fantastic use of the Marvel license.
In addition to discussing Ego and other topics in our review, Brode revealed his three favorite Marvel Snap decks, which might be of interest to high-level players with access to a wide variety of cards. If you’re just starting out, be sure to check out some of the best bridges for beginners.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN as well as the co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Do you have a tip? DM her at @the_katbot.