Nov 21, 2014

Is the Marvel WOH What If? Venom Card Unreasonably Priced?

As Marvel War of Heroes starts to dwindle in popularity, the prices of cards continue to increase. The ridiculousness of some of the values of the cards leaves one wondering if, to keep up, they need to sell a organ or dip into life savings. The values of some cards can go all the way up to over $1,000 and the end of the card game is nowhere in sight. A few months ago they introduced a new level of cards called Ultra Legendary, which made the regular market plummet but the ceiling for prices increase.

Also with the addition of Odin Decrees, regular cards can be boosted to new attack/defense levels but leaves the chance of theft high because you cannot trade these boosters and are forced to trade your card to a sometimes unknown seller for them to boost your card for you. The company who created the app for smartphones, Mobage, is usually not known for being very customer-friendly, but is innovative in the ways of business. With prices ever increasing, this makes it very difficult to acquire desired cards. Two new cards in particular, What If? Spider-Man and What If? Venom, are the new releases in the card pack known as What If? These new cards seem to be every symbiote geek's who play the game fantasy, but is the price point on these cards hurting Mobage or embracing the business for them?
Play Marvel War of Heroes on iOS and Android mobile devices
Leg+ What If? Venom
Collect your favorite symbiotes in the mobile digital trading card battle game Marvel War of Heroes
Leg+ What If? Spider-Man
The two new cards vary in price due to their rarity. The new What If? Spider-Man is valued around 1200 Power Packs—the currency used outside of card packs in Marvel WOH—and this roughly translates to around $240. The What If? Venom is so hard to find that I could not even find an official price point for it, but it is well over the 3k mark of Power Packs—or $630 dollars. These cards leave the average player high and dry. Hoping and wishing for an incredible pull in a free ultimate card pack is almost futile as the drop rates are low. These cards seem mythical, but who really decides the price points? No one knows, but the people willing to pay these high prices for a digital card with no physical copy leave us stuck in these high markets.

Let's give an example. Building my dream deck in the game with only 5 characters I like in comics would cost:
SS Venom-Villain boost - 650pp
M Magneto-Villain boost -1200pp
PIC Juggernaut-Villain boost -550pp
AN Dr. Doom-Villain boost - 650pp (roughly guessing)
Uleg Ck Thanos- Villain boost - 3500pp

This deck would cost me a total of 6550pp, or $1375.50. (based off $0.21 per Power Pack)
To those with the wealth to spend this much on a cyber card deck, congratulations; but to the common working class, this seems impossible.

What are your opinions on Marvel WOH? Which symbiote cards do you play with, and which ones are you willing to pay for? Let us know in the comments section below and don't forget to follow A Dose of Venom for new content every Friday. Also, if you're looking to get a free Marvel Legends Agent Venom action figure, check out our Symbiotic Holiday Giveaway and enter for a chance to win before November 30, 2014!

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