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Chapter Guide – Book 2 Act 7.1.6 – Remix – Return of Ice Phoenix

Summoners!

Here’s my guide for Act 7.1.6 “Remix” in Marvel Contest of Champions.

General Thoughts: It’s the final chapter of Act 7.1. This chapter features 3 more “Mash-Up” Bosses, including the return of Ice Phoenix. While long-time players may still have nightmares from her debut, she’s actually the easiest of the three since there are so many counters for her Coldsnap now. Overall, this quest is a fun conclusion to Act 7.1.


Best Champs: Magneto, Colossus, Sunspot, Void, Archangel, Venom, Warlock, Falcon

Restrictions: 5-Star & 6-Star Champions Only

Global Node: Star Power, Adrenaline Rush, Hold The Line

Boss: Ice Phoenix

Boss Notes:
+150% Attack
+500% Health
Cold Fusion
Encroaching Stun
Power Axis 1
Power Buildup
Power Overflow

Ice Phoenix wears the costume of Dark Phoenix but has the abilities of Iceman. She will place a Coldsnap on you at the start of the fight, so you need a Coldsnap-Immune champion because otherwise you won’t survive the initial damage. Another thing to remember is there are two timers in the fight. The timer on you is the Encroaching Stun timer. The timer on Ice Phoenix is for the return of her Ice Armor. Remember you are basically fighting Iceman here, so be careful because the Ice Armor will eat your attempt to stun her.

If you have Colossus, he’s probably your best bet. Bring in Omega Red if you can for the synergy bonus, and just play the normal Colossus Heavy Spam until you can cancel into a SP2. Colossus has long specials, especially his SP1, which is great for Encroaching Stun.

Other options for this fight include Corvus Glaive, Warlock, Silver Surfer, and Sig 200 Namor.

Boss: Spider-Witch

Boss Notes:
+150% Attack
+500% Health
Backblast
Staggering Beauty
Power Buildup
Power Overflow

Spider-Witch is my favorite of the mash-up bosses. She has Spider-Gwen’s look with Scarlet Witch’s abilities. This fight has a lot to deal with. Poison- and Incinerate-Immunity are helpful but not required. Evade is also an issue, so you need to fight carefully. Falcon is a fantastic option, especially as a 6-Star. I also used Void, Sunspot, Iceman, and Archangel successfully in this fight.

Boss: Gwenperion

Boss Notes:
+150% Attack
+500% Health
High Energy Diet
Selective Timestream
Indomitable
Power Buildup
Power Overflow

Gwenperion is a mash-up of Gwenpool and Hyperion, and with the combination of nodes on her, she can be a real problem especially because of Selective Timestream. What I did is use Magneto with the “My Brotherhood” synergy (Juggernaut, Magik, Scarlet Witch, Sabretooth), which places a 12 second passive Heal Block on the opponent because Gwenpool is #Metal. Remember you can always swap one of the synergy partners in for the boss fight since you likely don’t need the synergy for the main path. If you are playing the normal Parry-Heavy Magneto style she should be Heal Blocked the entire fight so you don’t have to worry about Regeneration. Then just fire off some Sp1s for the Bleed damage and you’re set.

Another great option for this fight is Ronan, as his “Stun-Cheese” works because she builds Prowess.

Lane 1 – Down & Right – Gwenperion Boss

Gate: None

Defenders: Drax, Blade, Hulk,Guillotine, Night Thrasher, Captain America

Nodes: Recharge, Power Shield, Bubble Shield, Perforate

Team: Blade (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Hyperion (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 73), Stark Spider-Man (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Sabretooth (5-Star Rank 3 Sig 60), Magneto (5-Star Rank 5 Rank 21)

Tips: This is actually a fairly interesting path. Recharge will slow you down compared to the normal Power Shield experience, but can also help you. Look for champions with Passive Power gain (Hyperion, Blade, Dragon Man, Mephisto) to help speed things up. Hyperion is usually my go to for Power Shield, but with Recharge, Blade is actually the superior option in my opinion. With Recharge, he can heal and gain power at the same time!

You don’t need any specific counters for the path. Damage over time from the specials or big damage specials is the key. Because of the block restrictions, champions that you are more comfortable special intercepting with are good options. Of course, you can always just hold block until you get to an SP3.

For the Gwenperion boss I used Magneto with the Sabretooth Passive Heal Block synergy. She’s a tricky boss but at least she doesn’t have an SP3. The trick is to spam Heavy Attacks and launch Magneto’s SP1 right after her purify timer resets so she takes full damage from the SP1 Bleed. Be very careful with her timer. It will Purify all Debuffs, so if you’re about to attack her while stunned, she may suddenly wreck you. It took me a few tries, but I was about to get her down. Big thanks to Karatemike for tipping me off on the Magento/Sabretooth synergy.


Lane 2 – Down & Left – Gwenperion Boss

Gate: None

Defenders: Ronan, Longshot, Nick Fury, Human Torch, Elsa Bloodstone, Morningstar

Nodes: Biohazard, Acclimation, Coolant Leak, Combo Lock

Team: Sunspot (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Iceman (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Colossus (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40), Magik (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40), Magneto (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 21)

Tips: I don’t think the Acclimation node is actually much help here (maybe if you have Omega Red or Old Man Logan) so it’s better to just bring Bleed-Immune Mutants. Ideally I would say a Colossus synergy team with Emma Frost and Omega Red, with Magneto and one of his synergy partners (Magik, Sabretooth, Scarlet Witch, or Juggernaut) for the Gwenperion Boss. These are really just standard Biohazard fights when it comes down to it.

I used Colossus for Ronan, Nick Fury, and Human Torch, Iceman for Longshot and Elsa Bloodstone, and Magneto for Morningstar. It’s great that both Iceman and Colossus are also Incinerate-Immune as that takes significant risk off the table in the Longshot and Human Torch fights.

For the Gwenperion boss I swapped in Doctor Doom to give Magneto an extra synergy boost and it was Parry-Heavy-SP1 all the way to the KO.


Lane 3 – Center & Lower Lane – Spider-Witch Boss

Gate: None

Defenders: Ebony Maw, Mr. Sinister, Scarlet Witch, Venompool, Doctor Doom, Archangel

Nodes: Clapback, Eat Crow, Buffet

Team: Thing (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Sunspot (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Void (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Human Torch (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 21), Nick Fury (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 21)

Tips: Sunspot and Human Torch receive a huge bonus from the Clapback node, and if you have both you’re set for this lane. Ebony Maw is neutered by the Eat Crow lane, so he can’t Degen you. It helps to have a Poison-Immune for Scarlet Witch, but you should be able to get through that fight with any 5/65 Science champ.

For my run I used Void for Maw and Scarlet Witch, Sunspot for Sinister, Venompool, and Archangel, and Thing and Human Torch for Doom.

If you do bring Thing with Human Torch, remember you can’t use Thing’s SP1 as you’ll trigger the Clapback node with the Incinerate Debuff added by the synergy.

Beyond that, these are pretty standard fights for the given defenders, so just go in with the right team.

I threw the whole team at Spider-Witch. Sunspot actually did the most damage, and I finished with Human Torch and his Nova Flames. Since Spider-Witch is a Mystic she doesn’t fair too well against Torch.


Lane 4 – Center & Up – Spider-Witch Boss

Gate: None

Defenders: Sunspot, Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers, She-Hulk, Aegon, Nebula, Doctor Strange

Nodes: Footloose, Transducer, Stun Vulnerability, Aggressive

Team: Void (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Iceman (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Sunspot (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Human Torch (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 21), Falcon (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 34)

Tips: This lane is very easy as long as you just wait out the Footloose Evade and Unstoppable timers. You can just bring your heavy damage dealers like Sunspot and Archangel (mine was in war, or I would have brought him) to make quick work of the fights, or someone like Void that does damage while you are waiting out the timers. I ended up taking the Void route and using him for all the fights except She-Hulk, who I used Sunspot for.

I gave everyone a chance against Spider-Witch. Iceman is slow but safe. Falcon, as expected, did huge damage with his Lock On Ability.


Lane 5 – Up & Left – Ice Phoenix Boss

Gate: None

Defenders: Ant-Man, Kingpin, King Groot, Sabretooth, Howard The Duck, Sasquatch

Nodes: Particle Protector, Micro-Reflect, Size Matters, Bulk Up

Team: Void (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Warlock (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 0), Venom (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40), Sentinel (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 157), Colossus (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40)

Tips: For this lane you want to avoid triggering the Micro-Reflect node. The easiest way to do this is by bringing XL champs and playing into the Size Matters node. You can bring smaller champs if they are primarily dependent on their Heavy attack, such as Archangel.

Once you’ve got your team this is a very easy lane. Sasquatch is the only difficult fight, but the King Groot and Kingpin fights do take a while.

I used Venom for Ant-Man and Howard The Duck, Sentinel for Kingpin, King Groot, and Sabretooth, and Void for Sasquatch. I think for the Kingpin and King Groot fights, you really need a XL champ so you can 5-combo and keep cycling the opponent’s SP1 to get openings, since Parry isn’t always an option with those two. Sentinel can do this just fine, but they are long fights. Of course, he is a fantastic matchup for the Sabretooth fight that follows.

For Sasquatch, you can just Parry/Heavy with Void until the fight is over. Save your special in case you get backed into a corner during his Wrath of Tanaraq. I then soloed Ice Phoenix with Colossus.

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Lane 6 -Up then Right – Ice Phoenix Boss – Hard Path

Gate: None

Defenders: Darkhawk, Gambit, Warlock, Thor Ragnarok, Punisher 2099, Killmonger

Nodes: Destructive Feedback, Impatience, Small Arms, Cosmic Wrath

Team: Corvus Glaive (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Warlock (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 0), Venom (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40), The Champion (6-Star Rank 2 Sig 20), Colossus (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40)

Tips: Cosmic champions get attack bonuses on this path so they are some of your best options. With this lane you’ve got the normal “keep-away” issue to avoid Destructive Feedback, and a few fights with an extra timer or bit of utility that you have to also counter.

Starting out is Darkhawk, one of the tougher fights, particularly if you don’t have a ranked Medusa or Aarkus. Ideally, you want to bait Darkhawk’s SP1 and avoid specials to keep him out of a mode. If he goes into a mode, that really limits your available attack windows and makes it a much longer fight.

Gambit is an easy fight, as is Warlock with a buff-heavy Cosmic. Thor Ragnarok is another semi-tricky fight, as you do have to account for this Power Gain and time your specials correctly while you’re also balancing the Destructive Feedback timer. Ideally, you want to push him over 20 hits right after the Destructive Feedback timer expires so you have plenty of time to complete your special attack.

Punisher 2099 isn’t too bad, but with his specials you have to be really careful with Destructive Feedback as it is so easy for him to transfer the damage. Killmonger also has the issue of his Reverberation, so having access to armor break in that fight is critical.

Personally, I used The Champion for Darkhawk, Gambit, and Thor Ragnarok, Venom for Warlock and Punisher 2099, and then Venom and Corvus for Killmonger. The Armor Break on Corvus’ Parry takes away most of the difficulty in the Killmonger fight, it was just pretty slow going since I wasn’t able to gain charges earlier in the path. I used the Champion early on mostly to tank damage in the Darkhawk fight, but he was doing pretty well so I continued on with him for a few fights.

For the Ice Phoenix boss I swapped in Omega Red to give Colossus the extra synergy boost and again got the solo.

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Joel MCOC Gaming – Warlock / Corvus / Torch VS Ice Phoenix

The Grind – Ice Phoenix Best Counters (Namor/Silver Surfer)

Joel MCOC Gaming – Human Torch vs Spider-Witch

The Grind – Gwenperion Boss Counters (Ronan/Magneto)

Jump To:
Act 7.1.1 – “Reboot” – So This Is Actually Fun
Act 7.1.2 – “Break Out” – Return of Archangel
Act 7.1.3 – “Recycle” – Blazing Along
Act 7.1.4 – “Usurp” – Weapon X
Act 7.1.5 – “Mashup” – They’re Back
Act 7.1.6 – “Remix” – Return of Ice Phoenix

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – April 19, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Monday, April 19, 2021.

Schedule Notes: The Summoner Sigil Solo Event, Gold Quest, items on a 7-day timer, and the Legendary Crystal in the Black-ISO Market reset at 1pm EST. Round 2 of the 4-Star Basic Punisher 2099 and Jabari Panther Featured Arenas at 1pm EST. UMCOC Podcast, Live on Discord at 8pm EST.

Contest Realm Podcast Episode 58 with RichTheMan is now available.

Need more for Rich? Check out today’s Marvel Contest News.

-Dano357

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Contest Realm Podcast – Episode 58 – Variant 7 | The Falcon & The Winter Soldier Ep 4 | MROC v3.0 Teaser

Summoners!

It’s Episode 58 of the Contest Realm Podcast! In this episode Rich and I discuss Variant 7, Episode 4 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the teaser for v3.0 of Realm of Champions.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – April 18, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series begins at 3pm.

MetalSonicDude Immortal Hulk smashes Realm of Legends Wolverine in 60 seconds.

-Dano357

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The Week Ahead in MCOC – April 18-24, 2021

Summoners!

Next week in Marvel Contest of Champions brings us a new Featured 5-Star Hero Crystal and Cosmic Ghost-Rider’s first appearance in the 4-Star Basic Arena.

Alliance Wars Seasons
We are currently in the Alliance War Off-Season. Season 26 is expected to begin on April 28.

For daily updates and the latest news, please follow @FrontlineMCOC on Twitter.

View Full MCOC Calendar

Full Roster Availability (No AW/AQ): 100% Champion Availability starting at 3pm EST on Friday, April 23 through 2pm EST on Saturday, April 24.

Sunday, April 18: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series begins at 3pm.

Monday, April 19: The Summoner Sigil Solo Event, Gold Quest, items on a 7-day timer, and the Legendary Crystal in the Black-ISO Market reset at 1pm EST. Round 2 of the 4-Star Basic Punisher 2099 and Jabari Panther Featured Arenas at 1pm EST. UMCOC Podcast, Live on Discord at 8pm EST.

Tuesday, April 20: Spider-Ham is scheduled to enter the Basic Pool at 1pm EST. Please confirm via the in-game banner. The new Featured 5-Star Crystal will be released at 1pm EST. The Featured Champions are Jubilee, Stryfe, Psycho-Man, Super-Skrull, Mangog, and Odin. Server Maintenance is scheduled for 11pm EST and is expected to last up to 2 hours.

Wednesday, April 21: Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST.

Thursday, April 22: Round 1 of the 4-Star Basic Cosmic Ghost-Rider Arena and To Be Announced Featured Arenas begin at 1pm EST.

Friday, April 23: 100% Roster Availability at 3pm EST, following the conclusion of the Alliance Quest Series. The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Saturday, April 24: 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm when Alliance War attack begins.

Looking for more content from Frontline: MCOC?

Contest Realm Podcast Episode 57

Chapter Guide – Act 4.2.6

How The April 2021 Side Quest Works

MCOC v30.2 Release Notes

100% Roster Availability Windows for April 2021


-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – April 17, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Schedule Notes: 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST when AW attack resumes. The Tier 4 Basic Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Is Cosmic Ghost-Rider over-rated? Kam doesn’t think so.

-Dano357

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Contest Realm Podcast – Episode 57 – MCOC v30.2 – MCOC | The Falcon & The Winter Soldier Ep 3

Summoners!

It’s Episode 57 of the Contest Realm Podcast! In this episode Rich and I discuss the April Side Quest, Jabari Panther, the Variant 7 announcement, Episode 3 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, the Zemo Cut, and the Loki Trailer.

-Dano357

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Chapter Guide – Act 4.2.6 – Defiance – Hidden Roadblock

Summoners!

Here’s my guide for Act 4.2.6 “Defiance” in Marvel Contest of Champions.

General Thoughts:

This map features a Joe Fixit boss, but the big defender to watch out for is actually a hidden Magneto on Lane 7 with permanent regen. Make sure you have a counter for him on your team as he can be a roadblock otherwise.

During my run through Act 4.2.6 my 5-Star Luke Cage reached 3/45, 5-Star Venom The Duck went to Rank 3, and I pulled a 5-Star Gwenpool from the Boss Rush. The Mastery Point from 100% Act 4.2 went to a third point in Greater Strength.

If you have questions about the basic attack moves and combos in Marvel Contest of Champions, please check out my MCOC 101: Combos guide.


Best Champs: Any

Restrictions: None

Global Node: Stun (Ronan), Gambler’s Fate, Double or Nothing (Iron Man), Fury (Colossus)

Boss: Joe Fixit

Boss Notes:
Stacked Deck
+50% Attack & Health
Heavy-Hitter

Lane 1 – Far Left

Gate: None

Defenders: Ronan, Winter Soldier, War Machine, Deadpool, Hawkeye, Hulk, Colossus, Iron Patriot, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Hawkeye, Deadpool, War Machine, OG Vision, Hulk, War Machine, Iron Man

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Luke Cage, 4-Star Emma Frost, 4-Star Mole Man, 4-Star Dragon Man, 4-Star Black Widow Deadly Origin

Tips: There aren’t any really difficult fights here, but it is a very long lane to run.


Lane 2 – Left, Right to Hidden Nodes

Gate: None

Defenders: Ronan, Winter Soldier, Storm, Deadpool, Hulk, Colossus, Iron Patriot, Moon Knight, Elektra, Colossus, Iron Fist, Punisher, Gamora, Iron Man

Nodes: +300% Attack, +100% Critical Damage, +28% Critical Rate (Storm)

Team: 6-Star Red Skull, 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 5-Star Luke Cage, 4-Star Black Widow Deadly Origin, 4-Star Aarkus

Tips: The hidden Storm has a 12.7K PI. She doesn’t have a lot of health but don’t get hit.


Lane 3 – Left, First Right to Punisher

Gate: None

Defenders: Ronan, Punisher, Punisher, Black Bolt, Colossus, Iron Patriot, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Colossus, Iron Fist, Punisher, Gamora, Iron Man

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Luke Cage, 4-Star Sentry, 4-Star Mole Man, 4-Star Dragon Man, 4-Star Black Widow Deadly Origin

Tips: Just watch out for chip damage from the double Punishers.


Lane 4 – Center Left

Gate: None

Defenders: Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers, Black Bolt, Rocket Raccoon, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Colossus, Iron Fist, Punisher, Gamora, Iron Man

Nodes: +50% Attack & Health, +200% Attack, Enhanced Special 2, Energize 2 (Spider-Man)

Team: 5-Star Luke Cage, 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 4-Star Man-Thing, 4-Star Emma Frost, 4-Star Black Widow Deadly Origin

Tips: Heading down the middle leaves up all the Global Nodes until you hit the Iron Man Mini-Boss. The Spider-Man linked fight is easier if you force him to a SP2.


Lane 5 – Center Right

Gate: None

Defenders: Cyclops New Xavier School, Deadpool, Hawkeye, OG Vision, Rhino, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Ronan, Wolverine, Black Bolt, Iron Patriot, Iron Man

Nodes: +50% Attack & Health, +200% Health, Enhanced Special 1, Power Drain (Rhino)

Team: 6-Star Red Skull, 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 5-Star Luke Cage, 4-Star Aarkus, 4-Star Black Widow Deadly Origin

Tips: The linked fight alternates between Spider-Man and Rhino, so be careful if it’s Spider-Man with Unblockable Special 1.


Lane 6 – Right, 1st Left to Gamora

Gate: None

Defenders: Colossus, Iron Fist, Gamora, Wolverine, Black Bolt, Punisher, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Ronan, Wolverine, Black Bolt, Iron Patriot, Iron Man

Nodes: None

Team: 6-Star Red Skull, 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 5-Star Luke Cage, 4-Star Black Widow Deadly Origin, 4-Star Man-Thing

Tips: Nothing big to worry about here.


Lane 7 – Right, 2nd Left Hidden Lane

Gate: None

Defenders: Colossus, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Magneto, Hawkeye, Winter Soldier, Punisher, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Ronan, Wolverine, Black Bolt, Iron Patriot, Iron Man

Nodes: +300% Health, Regeneration (Magneto)

Team: 6-Star Red Skull, 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 5-Star Luke Cage, 4-Star Black Widow Deadly Origin, 3-Star Void

Tips: It is very important to bring a champion that can reverse healing like Void for the first hidden Magneto, as he has a massive Regeneration. You can also use Heal Block, but many of those champions are #Metal so that may be an issue. This fight can be a roadblock if you aren’t prepared.

Lane 8 – Far Right

Gate: None

Defenders: Colossus, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Rocket Raccoon, OG Vision, Hulk, Winter Soldier, Punisher, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Star-Lord, Winter Soldier, Black Panther, Rocket Raccoon, Deadpool, Iron Man

Nodes: None

Team: 6-Star Red Skull, 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 5-Star Luke Cage, 4-Star Black Widow Deadly Origin, 4-Star Aarkus

Tips: Nothing much to worry about here.


My Roster:



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Champion Release Schedule – Jabari Panther & Silver Centurion

Summoners!

If you are looking to acquire Jabari Panther and Silver Centurion in Marvel Contest of Champions here are some important dates to mark on your calendar. Please note that Kabam can make changes to the Arena and Basic Pool release schedules, and all these dates are based off my understanding of their champion release process.

Jabari Panther

4/15/21 – 1st Arena
6/29/21 – 6-Star Featured Crystal
7/27/21 – 5-Star Featured Crystal
8/31/21 – Basic Pool (Projected)
10/5/21 – 6-Star Basic Pool
10/21/21 – 4-Star Basic Arena (Projected)

Silver Centurion

4/29/21 – 1st Arena
6/29/21 – 6-Star Featured Crystal
7/27/21 – 5-Star Featured Crystal
9/14/21 – Basic Pool (Projected)
10/5/21 – 6-Star Basic Pool
11/4/21 – 4-Star Basic Arena (Projected)

-Dano357

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How The April 2021 Side Quest Works – Contest of Realms

Summoners!

Since Deadpool isn’t in Realm of Champions, he’s decided to start a Contest of his own! Complete Daily Solo Objectives to earn Keys which will allow you to run the Contest of Realms quest for randomized rewards and earn points toward Monthly Solo Objectives. Thankfully, this quest seems much easier to navigate than the Odin’s Gauntlet Side Quest.

Read the Official Forum Post

EVENT SCHEDULE

Begins: Wednesday, April 7 at 1pm EST

Ends: Wednesday, May 5 at 1pm EST

The Daily Solo Event Target should be released at 1pm EST.

IMPORTANT EVENT STATS
Total Keys (entries) – 28
Legendary Runs Needed to Earn All T5cc – 25

QUICK STEP GUIDE
Complete the Daily Solo Objective
Get Key
Run Side Quest
Profit
Repeat

TARGETS
“Strange Recruiter” = Mordo
“Green Lawyer” = She-Hulk
“Superior Metal Suited Man” = Superior Iron Man
“Original Gwen” = Spider-Gwen
“Wildman of the Woods” = Wolverine
“Bad Kitty” = Killmonger
“Cap’s Compadre” = Winter Soldier
“Steven” = Doctor Strange
“Guy You Wouldn’t Like to Make Angry” = Hulk
“Tech Billionaire” = Iron Man
“Friendly Neighborhood Hero” = Spider-Man (Classic)
“Mutant With a Cloud Over Her Head” = Storm
“Original Big Black Cat” = Black Panther

HOW TO PLAY

Contest of Realms is another “entry-fee” type Side Quest, just like last month. This month we have Keys instead of Feathers, and you’ll get your Keys by completing a Daily Solo Objective instead of from a calendar.

You can earn 28 Keys over the course of the event. Once you use a Key to open the Side Quest, it is gone. If you back out of the quest, YOU WILL NOT GET YOUR KEY BACK.

The actual Side Quest is the Contest of Realms, which has 4 difficulties: Heroic, Master, Epic, and Legendary. Remember you only get 28 Keys (attempts) at the Side Quest, and Keys are good for all difficulties, so you can’t do all difficulties. You should focus on the highest difficulty you can explore to maximize your rewards.

You are allowed to save up your Keys during the month and run the event multiple times in a single day, just like Odin’s Gauntlet.

The Side Quest costs 0 energy to run.

The quest map has 1 main path to the Boss with 7 “detours” along the way. Each detour contains random path rewards, so the more detours you take, the more rewards you earn. Each detour has a different Realm of Champions House themed defender, so expect to see a lot of Captain Americas, Iron Mans, Black Panthers, etc.

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PATH REWARDS

The path rewards for Contest of Realms are randomized each time you enter the quest. Because backing out costs you a Key, you can’t simply close out the quest and wait until you get the rewards you want. You have to work with what you get. Due to the random nature of the rewards, you can’t truly “maximize” the path rewards, but your best bet is to run the difficulty level you can successfully complete all 7 fights on.

While it’s impossible to know exactly what your rewards will be, Clobberin_Time has put together a great forum post on what you should expect on average if you can run the Legendary Difficulty 28 times and do all 7 fights every time (28 x 7 = 196 total path rewards available). You should check out the full post for the math, but in general you can expect a bit more than 5K 6-Star Shards, 13K 5-Star shards, 1.4M Gold, and 25% of a T5b, among other rewards.

If you have to quit the Path, you will get to keep any path rewards you have earned along the way, but you will lose your Key of course.

SOLO OBJECTIVE REWARDS

The Solo Objectives are actually where the big rewards are, so you’ll want to focus on this section. The good news is you’re likely to earn all the Solo Objectives by playing the quest over the course of the month.

The Solo Objectives are completed either by completing the quest or for winning fights in the Side Quest.

If you run the Side Quest on Legendary difficulty 25 times and do at least 5 fights each time, you will complete all of the Solo Objectives, which include a 5-Star Featured Hero Crystal, 11,250 T5B shards, a 5-Star Awakening Gem Crystal, five 2% T5CC, fragment crystals, and one 10% T5CC fragment crystal.

If you are a progressing player and Legendary is too difficult for you, try to complete Epic 20 times and win 100 fights (average of 5 per run). This way you will still earn the Featured 5-Star Crystal and the Awakening Gem Crystal, which are likely quite meaningful to your progression. Remember you can track your progress on the Solo Objective screen over the course of the month.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This event seems much simpler than last month, which I’m sure is welcomed by many players. There are a solid amount of 6-Star shards available for Cavalier players, but it does seem to be more of a “rank-up month” for rewards. I do like that we’re getting 20% total T5cc from the Side Quest two months in a row, as that is a promising trend.

As always, I highly recommend that you hold off from jumping into the Side Quest at launch in case there are any bugs that need to be sorted out. Once we get the all-clear, it should be a fairly straightforward experience for everyone to enjoy.

-Dano357

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Release Notes – MCOC v30.2 – April 2021

Summoners!

Battleworld once again invades the Battlerealm as we have a Realm/MCOC crossover event in April. We’ll also see the release of Variant 7, buffs for Nova, Crossbones, and Howard The Duck, and the new Auto-Play feature! Expect to see v30.2 available for download on April 5 or 6, with monthly events beginning April 7 at 1pm EST.

Read the Official Release Notes

V30.2 HIGHLIGHTS
EQ – Clash of Champions
SQ – The Contest of Realms
Jabari Panther
Silver Centurion
Buffs: Howard The Duck, Crossbones, & Nova
Variant 7 – Arachnid Action
Auto-Fight Update
Bug Fixes & Improvements

EVENT QUEST

In April’s Event Quest, “Clash of Champions,” team up with Howard the Duck and fight your way out of the Blue Area of The Moon.

Where is the House of Pool in MROC? Deadpool is not pleased…

THE CONTEST OF REALMS

Deadpool has learned that he isn’t in Realm of Champions, and he is not happy about it. Wade has taken matters into his own hands and designed a contest of his own. Defeat Platinumpool’s Realm of Champions themed targets and earn your entry into a special quest that will have random rewards on the path detours.

I’ll have a full Side-Quest breakdown as always out early next week, but for now you can check out the Official Forum Post.

JABARI PANTHER

Jabari Panther is one of the Black Panther designs playable in Realm of Champions. This Skill champion uses a spear in battle, and dresses in Jabari armor to impress the Gorilla God Ghekre. In MROC, the Black Panther is a quick strike champion that can do a ton of bleed damage but is a bit of a glass cannon. It will be interesting to see if the MCOC design is similar.

SILVER CENTURION

The Silver Centurion is based off the Iron Legionnaire in Realm of Champions. As you might expect with an Iron Man suit, this is a Tech Champion. This particular version of the Iron Man suit is worn by Harry Rhodes, a descendant of the original War Machine. The armor itself seems to be inspired by the Armor Wars era Iron Man suit and features two attack drones.

CHAMPION BUFFS

There are three champion buffs going live with the April Update: Howard The Duck, Crossbones, and Nova. Howard The Duck is the full rework, while Crossbones and Nova will receive smaller scale improvements. Look for new Champion Spotlights coming soon!

VARIANT 7

Oh yes, we’re getting another Variant, but it’s not the one you were expecting. Instead of Rocket and Groot’s Holiday Special we’re receiving Arachnid Action. The original quest was released in January of 2016 and featured the Contest debut of Miles Morales.

This Variant will limit the damage of all non #Hero champions, although you will be allowed to take #Mercenaries and #Villains into the quests. Each #Hero on your team will boost the Ability Accuracy of #Hero champions. There will also be class-based Champion requirements for each quest. Look for more details and a release date coming soon!

AUTO-FIGHT UPDATE

Auto-Fight is now Auto-Play! When Auto-Fight is turned on, you will now automatically continue to move forward down the path. You will only stop if you reach a fork that requires you to manually choose a path. This is a much-requested feature and should be a great timesaver when running low-level Event Quests.

BUG FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

● Agent Venom: Updated Special 1 and Special 2 to ensure the correct tagging (contact/non-contact or physical/projectile) on all hits.

● Civil Warrior: Fixed issue where Special 2 would whiff if intercepting the opponent.

● Collector (Abyss): Updated info page to specify the Purify bypasses Purify reduction.

● Doctor Octopus: Updated the Chemistry Research Heal Block to allow this Heal Block to interact with more areas of the game such as the Infectious Wrath Buff.

● Killmonger: Updated Info page to specify that counterattack causes Killmonger to become Unstoppable.

● Kingpin’s Bane of Hell’s Kitchen Synergy: Fixed an issue where the opponent was still able to passively evade.

● Magneto: Updated Info page to specify the correct max Prowess charges from charging a heavy.

● Magneto (House of X): Fixed issue where Magneto was considered to be Bleedable even though he is immune to Bleed.

● Odin: Battle of Realms Synergy updated info page to specify each “living team member” signifying that Odin counts within this synergy.

● Omega Red: Fixed an issue where Death Field Degen would not deal the correct damage when Spore count increased, and now interacts correctly with Immortal Abomination and Spider-Ham’s abilities.

● Psycho-Man: Increased slide back distance on Heavy attacks to prevent looping Heavy attacks in a corner.

● Ronan: Fixed issue where Rocket Raccoon’s Signature ability was displayed in Ronan’s Info page.

● Do You Bleed Buff Node: Updated description to state the defender takes 100% less damage from any sources except for blocked attacks and bleed effects.

● Starburst Buff Node: Fixed issue where Starburst did not inflict any damage.

● X-ercise Dominance Buff Node: Fixed issue where any Unblockable Special Attack would trigger the Fury instead of the Unblockable Buff from this node.

FINAL THOUGHTS
The is another Realm crossover month, which will likely be divisive amongst the community. Storm Pyramid X and Sorcerer Supreme turned out alright, so hopefully we’ll be able to say the same about Jabari Panther and Silver Centurion. Variant 7 is a welcome piece of permanent content for players, and I’m super excited by the quality-of-life improvement that Auto-Play will bring.

-Dano357

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The Week Ahead in MCOC – March 28-April 3, 2021

Summoners!

Next week in Marvel Contest of Champions brings us Red Goblin’s first run in the 4-Star Basic Arena and the Rewards Eligibility Cut-off for Alliance War Season 25.

Alliance Wars Seasons
We are currently in Season 25. The Rewards Eligibility cut-off date is April 2 at 6pm EST, and the season ends on April 13.

For daily updates and the latest news, please follow @FrontlineMCOC on Twitter.

View Full MCOC Calendar

Full Roster Availability (No AW/AQ): 100% Champion Availability starting at 3pm EST on Tuesday, March 30 through Thursday, April 1 at 2pm EST.

Sunday, March 28: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST.

Monday, March 29: The Summoner Sigil Solo Event, Gold Quest, items on a 7-day timer, and the Featured Crystals in the Black-ISO Market reset at 1pm EST. Round 2 of the 4-Star Basic Magneto and Odin Featured Arenas at 1pm EST. UMCOC Podcast, Live on Discord at 8pm EST.

Tuesday, March 30: 100% Roster Availability begins at 3pm EST, following the conclusion of the Alliance Quest Series. The Tier 4 Basic Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Wednesday, March 31: 100% Roster Availability all day!

Thursday, April 1: Round 1 of the 4-Star Basic Red Goblin Arena and To Be Announced Featured Arenas begin at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST.

Friday, April 2: The Alliance Quest Series begins at 3pm EST. The Alliance War Season 25 Rewards Eligibility locks at 6pm EST. You must be in an Alliance for matchmaking and play 5 wars with the Alliance you end the season with to be eligible for rewards.

Saturday, April 3: No Schedule Updates.

Looking for more content from Frontline: MCOC?

100% Roster Availability Windows for April 2021


Chapter Guide – Act 4.2.5

Contest Realm Podcast Episode 54

How The March 2021 Side Quest Works – Odin’s Gauntlet



-Dano357

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100% Roster Availability Windows for April 2021

Summoners –

If you plan on clearing some difficult content in Marvel Contest of Champions this April, you’ll need to know when all your champs will be available. Here is the full schedule of 100% Roster Availability Windows (no AQ/AW) for the month. All times are EST, 2pm is based off of the approximate end of AW attack.

Tuesday, March 30 at 3pm EST – Thursday, April 1 at 2pm EST

Wednesday, April 7 at 3pm EST – Thursday, April 8 at 2pm EST

Friday, April 9 at 2pm EST – Saturday, April 10 at 2pm EST

Friday, April 16 at 2pm EST – Saturday, April 17 at 2pm EST

Friday, April 23 at 3pm EST – Saturday, April 24 at 2pm EST

Sunday, April 25 at 2pm EST – Monday, April 26 at 2pm EST

Note: 2pm EST = 7pm GMT.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – April 16, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Friday, April 16, 2021.

Schedule Notes: 100% Roster Availability at 2pm EST, following the conclusion of AW attack. Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST.

Lagacy and 4Loki take on PBT in Alliance War.

Katy Candy lists her MVPs for the Mutant & Mystic quests in Variant 7.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – April 15, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Round 1 of the 4-Star Basic Punisher 2099 Arena and Jabari Panther Featured Arenas begin at 1pm EST.

RichTheMan has an easy path guide and tips for Variant 7.

Kam highlights Ability Accuracy interactions in Variant 7.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – April 14, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Back Issues 7: Arachnid Action will be released at 1pm EST. The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

RichTheMan has done his homework on Variant 7. Check out his recommended Heroes for each quest.

Lagacy & 4Loki battle 2-1-1 in Alliance War.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – April 13, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Alliance War Season 25 concludes with the end of today’s war attack.

Jnik and XMN take on SYNRG in Alliance War.

Karatemike and 4Loki battle 2-1-1 in a war that features Mike’s Mole Man vs a Spider-Ham mini-boss.

-Dano357