Here’s some info to get you prepped for what’s happening in Marvel Contest of Champions next month. Expect to see the v28.0 update available for download around August 3. Read the Full Release Notes.
A former member of the Nova Corps, Gabriel Lan is now infused with the Power Cosmic (thus making him a Cosmic Champ) as Air Walker, Herald of Galactus. As with many Cosmic Champions, Air Walker becomes more powerful by gaining Buffs, in his case Power Cosmic Buffs, which actually act as Persistent Charges. He starts the quest with 1 Power Cosmic Buff, and gains one for each fight he wins, up to a max of 3. What is unique about Air Walker is that he doesn’t have access to his SP3 until he has 3 Power Cosmic Buffs. He also has a Dark Tide Debuff which will cause damage to the opponent when they are also suffering from Armor Break. Additionally, if the opponent has 10 Dark Tide Debuffs, they are combined into a passive effect that lasts for the remainder of the fight, and the next two fights that champion participates in (making it a cross-fight ability). Air Walker has a number of synergy partners, including Silver Surfer, Terrax, Nova, Green Goblin, Phoenix, Ebony Maw, Mr. Fantastic, Thing, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, and a “coming soon” Herald of Galactus.
Dragon Man is an android brought to life by Diablo, and has often been a pawn of both Heroes and Villains of the Marvel Universe. He is a Mystic Champion that relies on Power Gain and Unblockable to spam specials and deal big damage, making him sound a bit like a mystic Hyperion. He also has a new feature called Ineptitude, which inverts the potency of Fury, Armor Up, Cruelty, and Precision Buffs. He is a robot so he is immune to Bleed and Poison, but he is also immune to Armor Shattered. If he suffers from Armor Break, he can Degen the opponent, with an extra bonus against Cosmics so be careful bringing Medusa against him. Dragon Man has synergies with Diablo, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Tigra, Punisher, Punisher 2099, and Elsa Bloodstone.
In August’s Event Quest, the ever helpful H.E.R.B.I.E. needs your assistance to track down Dragon Man before the ISO-8 of the Battlerealm corrupts him and returns him to a monstrous state. H.E.R.B.I.E. is also investigating who or what has been mentally controlling so many in the Battlerealm over the past few months.
This month there will be a special login calendar that will grant you “Galactus’ Favor” which will allow you to enter the Side Quest. Rewards change from shards to catalysts on alternating days. If you wish to acquire just one of these resources, you can save your entries and run the same quest multiple times on a single day.
For the most powerful Summoners, Canadian Difficulty makes way for Herald Difficulty. You must be Level 55 or higher to enter, and Cavalier players will have the chance to unlock special Solo Objectives that contain T5CC fragments.
BACK ISSUES #5 – BLOOD AND VENOM
We’ve waited a long time, but it’s finally here. Take on the classic version of Blood and Venom, or try the new Variant difficulty. As always, Variants have a theme. Blood and Venom requires you to bring Mystic, Spider-Verse, and Symbiote Champions, and each chapter will have a difficult Global Buff enhancing one of these three groups.
NEW FEATURES & UPDATES
Daily Quest Auto-Complete is here! Once you have explored a given difficulty of a Daily Quest, you can auto-complete the quest going forward in exchange for energy.
The changes for the Act 6.2.6 Champion fight are set to go live. As previously announced, No Retreat is being removed, The Champion’s Block Penetration is being reduced from 25% to 2%, Nullify Damage is being reduced from 10% to 2% of Modified attack, and the number of Dexterity charges in the final phase is being reduced from 5 to 3. Further changes to Act 6 are still to come.
The fix for split-map Alliance Quest ticket cost will go live, allowing Alliances to share the entry cost of Maps 6 & 7.
The Inequity Mastery will now use the defender’s modified attack instead of base attack.
Platinumpool is dropping hints that he may finally become available as a playable character, if we can just put the pieces together. Read the Platinumpool Champion Spotlight now!
Air Walker and Dragon Man are two champions I have barely any knowledge of from the comics, so I can’t say I’m excited for them, but I’m looking forward to testing them out all the same. While there is a lot of content coming in August, for me it’s all about Variant 5. I’ve been waiting for Blood and Venom for a long time, and hearing about buffs that may make Symbiotes, Spider-Verse champs, and Mystics potentially OP for this piece of content has certainly raised my level of excitement. It will also give me a reason to make more guides, so I’m looking forward to that as well.