Shang-Chi

Like most of you, I was only properly introduced to Shang-Chi through the badass new movie that Marvel Studios released. Created in the 1970’s as an obvious expy of Bruce Lee, Shang-Chi was definitely a product of his time in both positive and negative ways. Marvel is trying their best to set a new status quo for him, and that’s a good thing, especially as Iron Fist continues to be a problematic property in its own right. Since Unmatched has a great take on Bruce Lee, I considered just transferring that over to Shang-Chi (and one card is definitely a tribute.) But I also thought about how in the comics, Shang-Chi is most famous for teaching bigger names like Spider-Man and Wolverine their enhanced martial arts skills. That brought to mind Geektopia’s Cin Drallig deck, and after some brainstorming, I came up with this fun and unique deck for Marvel Epic Duels.

Shang-Chi PDF

Shang-Chi: 16 Hit Points, Melee, Purple Deck

3x CHI STRIKE: A5 The next time Shang-Chi attacks, increase the attack value of that attack by 2.

2x JIAN SWORD: A7 Place this card on Shang-Chi’s Life Card. When this card is on a character’s Life Card, they may discard it to attack with it.

2x NORTHERN SHAOLIN: Move Shang-Chi up to six spaces, then place this card on Shang-Chi’s Life Card. When this card is on a character’s Life Card, they may discard it to move 6 spaces.

2x TAI CHI: Draw 2 cards. Heal 2 damage. Then place this card on Shang-Chi’s Life Card. When this card is on a character’s Life Card, they may discard it to heal 2 damage and draw 1 card.

2x BAQUAZHANG: D6 Place this card on Shang-Chi’s Life Card. When this card is on a character’s Life Card, they may discard it to defend with this card.

2x EBB AND FLOW: D9 Search your discard pile for any card and put it onto your Life Card.

1x NUNCHAKU: Until the end of your turn, increase the attack values of Shang Chi’s cards by 3. Playing this card does not count as an action.

1x MASTER OF KUNG FU: A7/D7 As long as this card is on Shang-Chi’s Life Card, when his other cards are removed from his Life Card, you may place them on an ally’s Life Card. You may only attack or defend with this card by discarding it from Shang-Chi’s Life Card.

Theme: The martial arts master teaches his skills

Strengths: Incredible defense, good attack power, incredible movement and healing abilities, can pass on his useful effects to team members

Weaknesses: Low hit points, just okay drawing power, needs set-up for big damage

Complexity – Advanced: Shang-Chi’s core mechanism involves a lot of bookkeeping and knowledge of the rules, so he’s not great for beginners

Path to Victory: NUNCHAKU + CHI STRIKE + JIAN SWORD/MASTER OF KUNG FU

Playing as Shang-Chi: Shang-Chi is all about getting the absolute most out of his cards by recycling them. Most of his unique cards go onto his life card to be used later; TAI CHI and NORTHERN SHAOLIN can be used right away to give him unmatched single turn movement, since discarding them doesn’t count as an action. Note that JIAN SWORD and MASTER OF KUNG FU do trigger attacks, which count as actions. MASTER OF KUNG FU is this deck’s big secret weapon, as it allows him to pass these cards onto his teammates, often giving those characters the buffs they need to be extremely competitive. However, note that the first time you play it, it can’t be used as an attack or defense. You just play it onto your Life Card and discard it later when and if you need to.

Playing Against Shang-Chi: Shang-Chi has a lot of tools at his disposal that make him a threat in his own right, although he’ll struggle against decks with big power defense. Even on a perfect offensive turn, he’s capping out at 20 damage over two attacks. But that doesn’t mean you should take him lightly; being able to pass on extra movement, defense, offense, and healing to his teammates with MASTER OF KUNG FU makes him one of the best support decks in the game. The best solution is to target his low hit points with direct damage.

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