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Around The Battlerealm – December 1, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for December 1, 2021.

Schedule Notes: November events end and December events begin at 1pm EST. The Class Catalyst Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Kabam released the official Deep Dive for Kraven the Hunter.

Cavalier Difficulty buffs will be refreshed in December.

A permanent boost for Gold Crystals and Arena Crystals will go live on December 10 at 1pm EST.

Vega takes his R4 Shang-Chi to war when 4Loki battles Salty.

Please note that Hawkeye is currently bugged, so his damage in the initial “buff-review” videos is not accurate.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 30, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Schedule Notes: The v33.1 update will be released today. Hercules is scheduled to enter the Basic Pool at 1pm EST. Please confirm via the in-game banner.

Kabam issued the v33.1 Release Notes, Side Quest Information, and the Champion Spotlight for Kraven the Hunter yesterday. You can view my compilation of all the info here.

RichTheMan looks at the restrictions for the 2021 Gifting Event.

Karatemike reviews Kraven’s abilities.

Simula67 gives a quick run-down of December’s events.

-Dano357

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MCOC Release Notes V33.1 – December 2021 – Sinister Six Side Quest – Kraven – Gifting & More

Summoners!

The final release of 2021, v33.1 is here. December features the Contest debut of Kraven the Hunter, as well as the usual plethora of MCOC Anniversary and Holiday events. There is a lot going on this month, so read on!

QUICK LINKS
Read the Official Release Notes
Side Quest Forum Post
Kraven Champion Spotlight

IMPORTANT DATES
December 1 at 1pm EST – EQ Begins & Chapter 1 of SQ Unlocks
December 8 at 1pm EST – Chapter 2.1 of SQ Unlocks
December 10 – 7-Day Anniversary Calendar Begins
December 10 at 1pm EST – Trade-In Store Opens / 7-Day Shard Arenas Begin
December 15 at 1pm EST – Chapter 2.2 of SQ Unlocks
December 17 at 1pm EST – Trade-In Store Closes
December 20 at 1pm EST – Gifting Event Begins
December 21 – 14-Day Holiday Calendar Begins
December 22 at 1pm EST – Chapter 3.1 of SQ Unlocks
December 24 at 1pm EST – Holiday Gift Card Arrives
December 26 at 1pm EST – Holiday Gift Card Store Closes
December 29 at 1pm EST – Chapter 3.2 of SQ Unlocks
January 3 at 1pm EST – Gifting Event Ends
January 5 at 1pm EST – January EQ & SQ End

V33.1 HIGHLIGHTS
Kings of the Jungle EQ
Kraven the Hunter
Sinister Six Side Quest
Sinister Synergy Crystal
Hawkeye & Joe Fixit Buffs
Trade-In Store
Gifting Event
Special Calendars
Shard Arenas
Fixes & Improvements

KINGS OF THE JUNGLE – EVENT QUEST

In December’s Event Quest, Spider-Man is partnered with one of his deadliest foes, Kraven the Hunter and tasked with exploring the Savage Land by S.H.I.E.L.D. Apparently, some flowers from the Savage Land have begun to spread into other parts of the Battlerealm, causing destruction. Kraven doubts S.H.I.E.L.D.’s motives and takes the opportunity to conduct his own investigation.

KRAVEN THE HUNTER

Kraven the Hunter is a Skill champion. His real name is Segei Kravinoff, and he was known as one of the world’s greatest hunters. Unfortunately, with each successful hunt, his boredom grew, and he decided super-heroes would be the only prey worth his time and skill. He set his sights on Spider-Man and became a legendary member of the web-slinger’s rogues gallery. Unfortunately for Kraven, each unsuccessful attempt drove him more and more insane.

In the main Marvel 616-Universe, Kraven the Hunter first appeared way back 1964 in Amazing Spider-Man #15. He was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Kraven was originally killed off in the “Kraven’s Last Hunt” storyline in 1987, and the character remained sidelined until he was resurrected in 2009. Kraven has over 150 appearances in the main 616 universe but has not yet appeared in the MCU.

It seems that since we’re getting a Skill Kraven, the MCOC version of the character will be based on his classic appearances where he relied heavily on traps and his own skills as a hunter, instead of the mystically-enhanced resurrected version of the character. Kraven is an expert at firearms but favors knives in combat, and is able to tame and train any animal.

Kraven the Hunter will be the only champion released in December and will hit the arenas on December 9.

SINISTER SIX SIDE QUEST

This December you must battle Spider-Man’s foes, the Sinister Six, to complete the Side Quest. This Side Quest is very similar to November, as new quest maps will unlock each week. The Side Quest will be available in Legendary, Epic, Master, and Heroic and there are no entry limits or fees. The energy cost is 1 per tile.

Side Quest Event Schedule:
Chapter 1 Quests 1 & 2 Unlock – Wednesday, December 1 at 1pm EST
Chapter 2 Quest 1 Unlocks – Wednesday, December 8 at 1pm EST
Chapter 2 Quest 2 Unlocks – Wednesday, December 15 at 1pm EST
Chapter 3 Quest 1 Unlocks – Wednesday, December 22 at 1pm EST
Chapter 3 Quest 2 Unlocks – Wednesday, December 29 at 1pm EST

SINISTER SYNERGY CRYSTAL

December’s special crystal features a number of Spider-Man related champions and as usual is available in Cavalier and Grandmaster versions for 4K shards. These shards are available from playing the Side-Quest.

Champion Pool
Abomination
Air-Walker
Ant-Man
Daredevil (Classic)
Daredevil (Hell’s Kitchen)
Darkhawk
Diablo
Doctor Octopus
Electro
Green Goblin
Iron Patriot
M.O.D.O.K.
Mister Fantastic
Mysterio
Night Thrasher
Nova
Old Man Logan
Red Guardian
Rhino
Sentinel
Spider-Man (Classic)
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
Spider-Man (Stark Enhanced)
Spider-Man (Stealth Suit)
Spider-Man (Symbiote)
Venom
Vision (Aarkus)
Vulture

CHAMPION BUFFS

As previously revealed, Joe Fixit and Hawkeye will receive buffs in December. These buffs will go live as soon as you download v33.1.

TRADE-IN STORE

The Trade-In Store returns, and this time you’ll be able to trade-in Class Signature Stones for Generic Stones, and Class Awakening Gems for Generics as well!

GIFTING EVENT

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in MCOC. Gifting kicks-off at 1pm EST on December 20 and runs through 1pm EST on January 3. There will be both Solo and Alliance Events this year.

Note that your account must be at least Level 40, have completed Act 4, and been created prior to November 20, 2021 to be eligible for Gifting.

Remember to only trade crystals with trusted friends and alliance-mates. Please stay out of Global chat and avoid getting scammed!

CALENDARS & HOLIDAY GIFT

There will be an MCOC Anniversary Calendar that runs for 1 week starting on December 10, and a Holiday Calendar that runs for 2 weeks starting on December 21.

Kabam will send a special Holiday “Gift Card” to your inbox on December 24 at 1pm EST. You’ll be able to redeem the Gift Card in a special store, and the item you receive will be progression based. You must redeem your Holiday Gift before December 26 at 1pm EST.

SHARD ARENAS

Special Arenas return as well! The 4-Star and 5-Star Shard Arenas are back, and instead of a 6-Star Arena, there will be a Dethroned Solo Event for Cavaliers and Thronebreakers. If you fight in the arenas with 1-stars and 2-stars (1-stars will give more points) you’ll earn points toward the solo event, which rewards 6-Star Shards, 2% T5CC, units, gold, and battlechips.

BUG FIXES & IMPROVEMENTS

● Cleared up the Buff Descriptions for a number of Support and Challenge Buffs for the Cavalier Difficulty

● Fixed an issue where Goldpool’s “Broken Minds” synergy was indicating a “+1000 Special Attack Rating”, and reverted it back to “+1000 Armor Rating When Stunned”

● Fixed an issue where where trying to view the Alliance Leaderboards could lead to a crash

● Fixed an issue with the True Grit buff where an Attacker was not gaining a Fury when immune to a debuff

● Fixed an issue where Guillotine 2099s cape would become opaque when struck by a special

● Fixed an issue with Guillotine 2099 sword vfx becoming misaligned if her SP2 was blocked

● The War Room chat will now appear in the social hub after reaching the attack phase of alliance war

● Fixed a spelling error in Iceman’s Signature Ability

● Fixed some grammatical errors in the description for Mixed Martial Arts Buff

● Made it clear in the hyperlink description for glancing that Special Attack 3s cannot glance

● Fixed an issue where Ghost was not able to convert Ghost Riders Special 3 DOT Debuff

● Cleaned up Sersi’s “Ham’s Odyssey” synergy description

● Added Doc Ock and Ironman (Infinity War’s) synergies missing hyperlinks

● Fixed an incursion bug that caused players to be unable to advance until their teammate completes a fight

● In incursions, Top zone bonus rewards will no longer get stuck when the user horizontally scrolls them

● Wasp will now correctly call out purify when purifying debuffs

● Informed Iron Man (Infinity War) that he is not bleed immune anymore if Knull’s corruption removes his Armor-up effects

● Airwalkers synergy with Ebony Maw will now let him start the fight Focused

● Autoplay will no longer re-enter an ambush fight after the user backs out of the fight

● Guillotine will now gain soul charges when applying Rupture

● Diablo with the Kingpin synergy will now refresh his passive poisons when using his Sp2

● Diablo with Kingpin synergy will now only apply passive Poisons instead of Debuffs AND passive poisons

● King Groot’s Malice will once again trigger correctly after having his Furys nullified

● Fixed an issue where KO’d characters were able to activate their Pre-fight abilities

● Mysterio will no longer get Powergain when struck by Red Magneto

FINAL THOUGHTS

Wow, as expected, December is going to be a very busy month. Hopefully there is something for every Summoner to get excited about here. Personally I am looking forward to the Special Arenas to add a bit of variety to the grind, and Gifting with friends and alliance-mates.

Happy Holidays to everyone in the Battlerealm!

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 29, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Monday, November 29, 2021.

Schedule Notes: The December Motion Comic, Kings of the Jungle, debuts at 12pm EST. 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 Ultron/War Machine/Ebony Maw Basic Arena and Ikaris Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST.

Vega and 4Loki take on SAS in Alliance War.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 28, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series kicks-off at 3:15pm EST. The Tier 4 Basic Arena begins at 6pm EST.

The December Motion Comic, Kings of the Jungle, debuts tomorrow at 12:00pm EST.

-Dano357

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The Week Ahead in MCOC – November 28-December 4, 2021

Summoners!

Next week in Marvel Contest of Champions brings us the v33.1 update, a reset for Incursions Milestones and Top Zone Bonuses, and the mighty Hercules is scheduled to enter the Basic Pool.

Alliance Wars Seasons
We are currently in the Alliance War Season 30. Rewards eligibility locked on Friday, November 26, and the season will end on Tuesday, December 7.

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, December 3 through Saturday, December 4 at 2pm EST.

Sunday, November 28: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series kicks-off at 3:15pm EST. The Tier 4 Basic Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Monday, November 29: 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 Ultron/War Machine/Ebony Maw Basic Arena and Ikaris Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST.

Tuesday, November 30: Hercules is scheduled to enter the Basic Pool at 1pm EST.

Wednesday, December 1: November events end and December events begin at 1pm EST. The Class Catalyst Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Thursday, December 2: Round 1 of the Purgatory Basic Arena and To Be Announced Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. Incursions Milestones and Top Zone Bonuses reset at 2pm EST.

Friday, December 3: 100% Roster Availability begins with the conclusion of the Alliance Quest Series at 3pm EST

Saturday, December 4: 100% Roster availability ends at 2pm EST when Alliance War attack resumes. The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Looking for more content from Frontline: MCOC?

100% Roster Availability Windows for December 2021

6.75 Years Account Update

-Dano357

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100% Roster Availability Windows for December 2021

Summoners –

If you plan on clearing some difficult content in Marvel Contest of Champions this December, 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.

Friday, December 3 at 3pm EST – Saturday, December 4 at 2pm EST

Sunday, December 5 at 2pm EST – Monday, December 6 at 2pm EST

Sunday, December 12 at 2pm EST – Monday, December 13 at 2pm EST

Sunday, December 19 at 3pm EST – Monday, December 20 at 2pm EST

Tuesday, December 21 at 2pm EST – Wednesday, December 22 at 3pm EST

Tuesday, December 28 at 2pm EST – Thursday, December 30 at 2pm EST


Note: 2pm EST = 6pm GMT.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 27, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Saturday, November 27, 2021.

Schedule Notes: 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST. Alliance Quest Series Enlistment opens at 3pm EST.

RichTheMan covers everything happening in MCOC next week.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 26, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Friday, November 26, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Cyber Weekend deals go live at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 2pm EST. Season Rewards eligibility for Alliance War Season 30 locks with matchmaking at 6pm EST. You must be in an alliance for matchmaking and play a minimum of 5 wars with that alliance to be eligible for Season Rewards.

Karatemike shared his list of the best champs to use Signature Stones on.

MSD solos Abyss Darkhawk with Symbiote Spider-Man.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 25, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Thursday, November 25, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Round 1 of the Ultron/War Machine/Ebony Maw Basic Arena and Ikaris Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series ends at 3pm EST. The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

RichTheMan tests out Hawkeye before he gets a buff next month.

Karatemike and his trusty Hercules battle a High Ground Nova boss when 4Loki takes on RELIC in Alliance War.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 22, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Monday, November 22, 2021.

Schedule Notes: 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 Mister Negative Basic Arena and Void Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST. The Act 7.4 Beta ends at 2pm EST.

Champion Spotlights for the Hawkeye and Joe Fixit buffs are now live. Cat Murdock also posted side-by-side comparisons for Hawkeye and Joe Fixit’s current and new abilities.

RichTheMan reviews everything that happened this weekend in MCOC, including unexpected changes to Alliance Quest.

Lagacy posted his first run through Map 8.

Kam posted his Pros and Cons for Ikaris.

-Dano357

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The Week Ahead in MCOC – November 21-27, 2021

Summoners!

Next week in Marvel Contest of Champions brings us the official Contest debut of Ikaris, the rewards eligibility cut-off for Alliance War Season 30, and, of course, Cyber Weekend.

Alliance Wars Seasons
We are currently in the Alliance War Season 30. Rewards eligibility will lock with matchmaking on Friday, November 26, and the season will end on Tuesday, December 7.

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 2pm EST on Friday, November 26 through Saturday, November 27 at 2pm EST.

Sunday, November 21: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST.

Monday, November 22: 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 Mister Negative Basic Arena and Void Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST. The Act 7.4 Beta ends at 2pm EST.

Tuesday, November 23: No schedule updates.

Wednesday, November 24: Week 4 of Forever Starts Now opens at 1pm EST.

Thursday, November 25: Round 1 of the Ultron/War Machine/Ebony Maw Basic Arena and Ikaris Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series ends at 3pm EST. The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Friday, November 26: Cyber Weekend deals are expected to go live at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 2pm EST. Season Rewards eligibility for Alliance War Season 30 locks with matchmaking at 6pm EST. You must be in an alliance for matchmaking and play a minimum of 5 wars with that alliance to be eligible for Season Rewards.

Saturday, November 27: 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST. Alliance Quest Series Enlistment opens at 3pm EST.

Looking for more content from Frontline: MCOC?

Variant 6 Chapter 3.2 Guide

Sersi & Ikaris Champion Release Dates

How the November 2021 Side Quest Works

100% Roster Availability Windows for November 2021

-Dano357

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Chapter Guide – Variant 6 Chapter 3.2 – Fight At Joe’s – “Belly Bumps & Doom Slaps”

Summoners!

Here’s my guide for Variant 6 Chapter 3.2 “Fight at Joe’s” in Marvel Contest of Champions.

General Thoughts:

There are a few tough fights on this map (post-buff Bishop, Mojo) and you’ll need an Icarus counter, but once again the top villains like Apocalypse, Magneto, and Doctor Doom neutralize most of the difficulty. This quest is a great place to break out Kingpin with The Hood synergy, which I’ll get into in the path breakdowns.

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: Apocalypse, Void, Kingpin, Magneto, Doctor Doom

Restrictions: Only use #Villains on attack. Non-Villains can be brought for synergy purposes.

Global Node:
+400% Champion Boost
SP3 Active
Black ISO Resonance – Attackers increase their attack by 100% but take 5% of their max health as Direct Damage every second. This can not be prevented but attackers are immune to all other sources of damage. Does not apply to #Villain champions.
Malevolence – Non-#Villain attackers are unable to gain power.
Malignance – Non-#Villain attackers are unable to heal.

Boss: Joe Fixit

Boss Notes:
+300% Health
Madness – When triggering an Armor Break Debuff, Villain attackers will also apply a Passive Powerlock to the defender for the duration of the armor break.
Tyrant – Villain Attackers cause 50% of their attack as bonus Energy Damage each time they hit their opponent or their block as long as the defender is suffering from a Weakness Debuff.
Monster – When triggering an Unstoppable or Unblockable Buff or Passive, Villain attackers will grant themselves a non-stacking Passive Regeneration granting 10% of their max health over 5 seconds
SP1 Bias
Superior Specials 2 – Defender starts the fight with an indefinite Passive Prowess increasing special damage by 100%
Strike Back
Heavy Hitter

Joe Fixit is an easy final boss. The key is in playing into the Strike Back Node. As his SP1 deals a lot of chip damage, use the Strikeback Node to your advantage by using specials to push Fixit to an SP2, which is easy to punish. While you can use any Villain for this fight, champions with Ability Accuracy Reductions or Power Control may unnecessarily complicate matters.

Remember you can play into the Tyrant node by running the Resonate Mastery for a chance at placing a Weakness debuff on the opponent.

Lane 1 – Far Left Path

Gate: None

Defenders: Sunspot, Guillotine 2099, Captain America Infinity War, Magneto House of X, Mojo, Old Man Logan, Masacre, Ronin, Diablo

Nodes: Genius, Madness, Energize 1, Enhanced SP2 (Sunspot – Ronin), Henchman, Mastermind, Icarus, Highly Flammable (Diablo)

Team: Apocalypse (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20), Void (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Killmonger (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Doctor Doom (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Magneto (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40)

Tips:

The nodes aren’t a major issue on this lane, but I think the problem people may run into is the Mojo fight. With Human Torch or Spider-Ham unavailable for this quest, you’ll be forced to use a secondary option like Void or Magneto and that can prove tricky.

Other issues to watch out for on this lane are Guillotine 2099, who is completely shut down by Magneto so bring him if possible. If you don’t solo Mojo he’ll only get stronger, so be careful here because this fight can cost you some items.

You’ll need a non-Metal champion for Magneto House of M, and ideally a Power Control champion for Masacre as his Special 2 can one-shot you. There is one Icarus fight on this path, Diablo, who can be countered by working in Heavy attacks to your rotation or cheesed by Ghost or Killmonger with the Void synergy.

Joe Fixit is an easy boss, just use strike back to your advantage and bait the SP2. Personally I used Apocalypse but he doesn’t need a specific counter.


Lane 2 – Left, Right, Left

Gate: None

Defenders: Sunspot, Guillotine 2099, Captain America Infinity War, Thor, Wasp, X-23, Bishop, Mole Man, Diablo

Nodes: Genius, Madness, Energize 1, Enhanced SP2 (Sunspot – Captain America Infinity War), Henchman, Mastermind, Icarus, Highly Flammable (Thor – Diablo)

Team: Apocalypse (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20), Void (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Killmonger (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Venom (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 60), Magneto (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40)

Tips: For this lane I recommend bringing Magneto for Guillotine 2099, an incinerate immune champion for Bishop, and a mutant for Mole Man. Those are your three main issues. Remember that the Icarus Lane can be cheesed with Killmonger and the Void Synergy (and Void is incinerate-immune) or with Ghost.

For my run I used Sunspot to ramp up Apocalypse and then Magneto for Guillotine 2099. After you armor break her she’ll be power-locked so that’s an easy fight. Cap IW and Thor are easy, but the Wasp fight can be tricky. If she catches you once you’re done.

Magneto can also easily take X-23, and he turns off Icarus in that fight. Bishop is a rough fight, unless you’ve got the SP2 dex down perfectly and he isn’t in the mode to throw his SP1. I got him 80% down with Apocalypse before dying. If you have to go in a second time, make sure your champ is Incinerate immune or they won’t last long. I ended up using 1 revive to bring back Apocalypse for Mole Man. You’ll likely want a mutant so you have access to Parry Stun to clear the Icarus Fury buffs. Diablo is an easy last fight, and then I got the Solo on the Joe Fixit boss with Apocalypse.


Lane 3 – Left Right Right

Gate: None

Defenders: Sunspot, Guillotine 2099, Captain America Infinity War, Thor, Wasp, Nova, Terrax, Red Skull, Diablo

Nodes: Genius, Madness, Energize 1, Enhanced SP2 (Sunspot – Captain America Infinity War), Henchman, Mastermind, Icarus, Highly Flammable (Thor – Diablo)

Team: Apocalypse (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20), Void (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Killmonger (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Doctor Doom (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Magneto (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40)

Tips: This is the second Icarus path and it only features three unique fights from Path 2, being Nova, Terrax, and Red Skull. If you have Doctor Doom, he’s the obvious pick here as a Mystic villain. Take advantage of the Highly Flammable node by using Doom’s SP2. My 5/65 took down Nova with one SP2.

Overall, my run was much the same as Path 2, building up Apocalypse early, using Magneto for Guillotine 2099 and Wasp (remember she’s #Metal), then Doom for the Mystics and finishing off Diablo and the Joe Fixit boss with Void.


Lane 4 – Right, Right, Up, Left

Gate: None

Defenders: Kingpin, Karnak, Scarlet Witch, Mister Fantastic, Omega Red, Red Guardian, Iceman, Hulk, Hawkeye

Nodes: Overlord, Tyrant, Aggressive, Heavy Assault, Buff Duration +40% (Kingpin – Scarlet Witch), Monster, Beast, Caltrops, Arc Overload 2.0 (Mister Fantastic – Hawkeye)

Team: Apocalypse (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20), Kingpin (6-Star Rank 2 Sig 0), The Hood (6-Star Rank 1 Sig 0), Sentinel (5-Star Rank 5 Sig Sig 160), Ghost (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 0)

Tips:

The big issues here are dealing with the combo of Caltrops (Bleed on dash-back) and Arc Overload, and having a poison-immune champion for Scarlet Witch. If possible, you want to bring champions that have Unstoppable/Unblockable Heavy Attacks that can play into the Beast Node and reverse the defender’s healing. Magneto, Sentinel, and Kingpin are all useful for this scenario.

Personally, I went with Apocalypse for Kingpin and Karnak, and Sentinel for Scarlet Witch to start things off. I then ran Kingpin for the rest of the way. His Heavy attack grants a .8 seconds Unstoppable Buff, which takes care of the opponent’s regen. I brought The Hood (Joe Fixit would also work) along for the +100% Rage Purify Ability Accuracy. This effectively takes the worry from Caltrops away, and also deals with Iceman’s Coldsnap. Simply Parry and Heavy your way to victory!

I then used Apocalypse for the Joe Fixit boss.


Lane 5 – Right, Right, Up, Right

Gate:

Defenders: Kingpin, Karnak, Scarlet Witch, Mister Fantastic, Omega Red, Doctor Doom, Archangel, She-Hulk, Hawkeye

Nodes: Overlord, Tyrant, Aggressive, Heavy Assault, Buff Duration +40% (Kingpin – Scarlet Witch), Monster, Beast, Caltrops, Arc Overload 2.0 (Mister Fantastic – Hawkeye)

Team: Apocalypse (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20) Kingpin (6-Star Rank 2 Sig 0), The Hood (6-Star Rank 1 Sig 0), Magneto (5-Star Sig 40), Sentinel (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 160)

Tips:

Lane 5 is very similar to Lane 4, but Doctor Doom complicates things because he can resist Heavy Attacks after throwing an SP1, so the Kingpin strategy isn’t as viable. It can be done of course, but you need to wait out Doom’s Aura and the fights will be much longer. If at all possible, you’ll want to use Magneto here as Doom is Metal and Magneto has a Bleed and Shock reduction.

Other than the Doom fight, Lane 5 was basically a repeat of my Lane 4 strategy, using Apocalypse early, Kingpin for the Beast fights strategy.

Lane 6 – Far Right – Easy Path

Gate: None

Defenders: Kingpin, Karnak, Scarlet Witch, Wolverine, Venom, Mordo, Carnage, Hyperion, Hawkeye

Nodes: Overlord, Tyrant, Aggressive, Heavy Assault, Buff Duration +40% (Kingpin – Hyperion), Monster, Beast, Caltrops, Arc Overload 2.0 (Hawkeye)

Team: Apocalypse (5-Mojo (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 160), Doctor Doom (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Void (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Sentinel (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 160)

Tips:

Lane 6 keeps the Tyrant/Heavy Assault lane identity in play until the final Hawkeye fight. Bring champions like Doom, Apocalypse, Sentinel, Kingpin who benefit from using Heavy attacks.

Personally I built up Apocalypse in the first 2 fights, used Sentinel for Scarlet Witch again, and then it was Doom the rest of the way. His “Doom Slap” is in all its glory here. You can just heavy attack until you hit one bar of power, throw an SP1, then repeat. Overlord gives you a crit bonus when you Nullify Buffs, Heavy Assault gives you +500% Heavy Attack, and I was running Resonate so I could get the Weakness debuff for extra damage from the Tyrant node.

I would consider this the Easy Path in general, provided you have a mystic to Nullify Mordo and Hyperion’s Power Gain. If you have Doom it is absolutely the easy path.

For the boss I once again used Apocalypse, and got the 100% exploration for Variant 6!

Recommended Videos:

Seatin – Variant 6 Completion Guide

Jump To:
Variant 6 Chapter 1.1 Guide
Variant 6 Chapter 1.2 Guide
Variant 6 Chapter 2.1 Guide
Variant 6 Chapter 2.2 Guide
Variant 6 Chapter 3.1 Guide
Variant 6 Chapter 3.2 Guide

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 20, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Saturday, November 20, 2021.

Schedule Notes: 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series begins at 3:15pm EST.

RichTheMan explains the Gifting Event.

Karatemike asks if Silver Centurion is underrated.

Vega and 4Loki battle Matrix in Alliance War.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 19, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Friday, November 19, 2021.

Schedule Notes: 100% Roster Availability begins at 2pm EST. The first Alliance Quest Enlistment for Season 9 begins at 3pm EST. The Tier 4 Basic Arena begins at 6pm EST.

RichTheMan has tips and predictions for Cyber Weekend.

Rob vonShoe takes his 6-Star Elsa Bloodstone to Rank 4.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 18, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Thursday, November 18, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Round 1 of the Mister Negative Basic Arena and Void Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST.

RichTheMan reviews the remaining champions not available as 6-Stars.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 17, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Week 3 of Forever Starts Now opens at 1pm EST. Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 3pm EST, following the conclusion of the Alliance Quest Series.

RichTheMan covers a variety of issues including Gifting, Ikaris, a Variant 8 Boss, and more in the latest Marvel Contest News.

Simula67 solos Abyss Darkhawk with King Groot.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 16, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Schedule Notes: The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Kabam has announced that Joe Fixit and Hawkeye will receive buffs with the December update.

Karatemike shared gameplay featuring his new 6-Star Rank 3 Tigra.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 15, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Monday, November 15, 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 Stealth Spider-Man Basic Arena and Sersi Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST.

RichTheMan and I give our first impressions of Variant 8 in the latest Contest Realm Podcast.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 14, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Sunday, November 14, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Sunday arenas begin at 1pm EST.

Karatemike asks if The Overseer is underrated.

MSD soloed Variant 8 Venompool with 2-Star Deadpool X-Force.

Lagacy kicks off Alliance War Season 30 by taking Kitty Pryde vs a High Ground Magneto Boss.

-Dano357

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The Week Ahead in MCOC – November 14-20, 2021

Summoners!

Next week in Marvel Contest of Champions brings us Alliance Quest Season 9, Forever Starts Now Week 3, and Mister Negative’s Basic Arena run.

Alliance Wars Seasons
We are currently in the Alliance War Season 30. Rewards eligibility will lock with matchmaking on Friday, November 26, and the season will end on Tuesday, December 7.

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 Wednesday, November 17 through Thursday, November 18 at 2pm EST. There will be a second window starting at 2pm EST on Friday, November 19 through Saturday, November 20 at 2pm EST.

Sunday, November 14: Sunday arenas begin at 1pm EST.

Monday, November 15: 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 Stealth Spider-Man Basic Arena and Sersi Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST.

Tuesday, November 16: The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Wednesday, November 17: Week 3 of Forever Starts Now opens at 1pm EST. Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 3pm EST, following the conclusion of the Alliance Quest Series.

Thursday, November 18: Round 1 of the Mister Negative Basic Arena and To Be Announced Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST.

Friday, November 19: 100% Roster Availability begins at 2pm EST. The first Alliance Quest Enlistment for Season 9 begins at 3pm EST. The Tier 4 Basic Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Saturday, November 20: 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series begins at 3:15pm EST.

Looking for more content from Frontline: MCOC?

Sersi & Ikaris Champion Release Dates

How the November 2021 Side Quest Works

100% Roster Availability Windows for November 2021

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 13, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Schedule Notes: No schedule updates.

Kabam announced a bug fix for Variant 8 Deadpool X-Force and changes to the final Venompool boss.

Karatemike takes a first look at the nerfed Venompool Boss.

RichTheMan looks at the upcoming events in MCOC.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 12, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Friday, November 12, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series begins at 3:15pm EST.

Kabam announced a fix to Ikaris’ SP1 damage. His incinerates will now only refresh on the final hit of the special.

Vega shows how Sersi can turn off difficult nodes like Kinetic Transference and Stunning Reflection.

Karatemike takes out Variant 8 Venompool with Sabretooth.

For another take on the Venompool fight, check out MSD’s solo with Human Torch.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 11, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Thursday, November 11, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Round 1 of the Stealth Spider-Man Basic Arena and Sersi Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. Alliance Quest Enlistment begins at 3pm EST.

RichTheMan covers the Variant 8 reactions and Kabam’s response.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 10, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

Schedule Notes: 100% Roster Availability all day! Variant 8 Deadpoolooza will be released at 1pm EST. Week 2 of the Forever Starts Now Side Quest unlocks at 1pm EST. The Tier 4 Basic Arena begins at 6pm EST. Alliance War Season 30 kicks-off with matchmaking at 6pm EST.

Simula67 demonstrates the value of Anti-Venom’s signature ability against Labyrinth War Machine.

Kingslayer pits Bishop vs Havok in a Damage Race.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 9, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Schedule Notes: The Golden Wilson Awards Boss Rush ends at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 3pm EST, following the conclusion of the Alliance Quest Series. Server Maintenance is scheduled for 11pm EST and will last up to 4 hours.

Kabam announced the rewards and new buffs for Variant 8 Deadpoolooza, which drops on November 10.

Karatemike discusses combat power rate and the usefulness of Mojo’s offensive power gain synergy.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 8, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Monday, November 8, 2021.

Schedule Notes: 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 Shang-Chi Basic Arena and Doctor Voodoo Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. The Act 7.4 Beta begins at 2pm EST.

MSD solos the 6.2 Champion boss with Daredevil Hell’s Kitchen.

-Dano357

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The Week Ahead in MCOC – November 7-13, 2021

Summoners!

Next week in Marvel Contest of Champions brings us the official Contest debut of Sersi, Week 2 of the Forever Starts Now Side Quest, and the kick-off for Alliance War Season 30.

Alliance Wars Seasons
We are currently in the Alliance War Off-Season. Season 30 is scheduled to begin on November 10.

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, November 9 through Thursday, November 11 at 2pm EST.

Sunday, November 7: Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST. The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Monday, November 8: 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 Shang-Chi Basic Arena and Doctor Voodoo Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. The Act 7.4 Beta begins at 2pm EST.

Tuesday, November 9: The Golden Wilson Awards Boss Rush ends at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 3pm EST, following the conclusion of the Alliance Quest Series. Server Maintenance is scheduled for 11pm EST and will last up to 4 hours.

Wednesday, November 10: 100% Roster Availability all day! Week 2 of the Forever Starts Now Side Quest unlocks at 1pm EST. The Tier 4 Basic Arena begins at 6pm EST. Alliance War Season 30 kicks-off with matchmaking at 6pm EST.

Thursday, November 11: Round 1 of the Stealth Spider-Man Basic Arena and Sersi Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. Alliance Quest Enlistment begins at 3pm EST.

Friday, November 12: Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series begins at 3:15pm EST.

Saturday, November 13: No schedule updates.

Looking for more content from Frontline: MCOC?

Sersi & Ikaris Champion Release Dates

How the November 2021 Side Quest Works

100% Roster Availability Windows for November 2021

-Dano357

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Champion Release Schedule – Sersi and Ikaris

Summoners!

If you are looking to acquire Ikaris and Sersi 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.

Sersi

11/11/21 – 1st Arena
1/11/22 – 6-Star Featured Crystal
2/8/22 – 5-Star Featured Crystal
4/5/22 – Basic Pool (Projected)
4/19/22 – 6-Star Basic Pool
5/5/22 – Basic Arena (Projected)

Ikaris

11/25/21 – 1st Arena
1/11/22 – 6-Star Featured Crystal
2/8/22 – 5-Star Featured Crystal
4/19/22 – Basic Pool (Projected)
4/19/22 – 6-Star Basic Pool
5/19/22 – Basic Arena (Projected)

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 6, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Schedule Notes: No schedule updates.

RichTheMan preps for all the upcoming events in MCOC.

MSD solos Cavalier Sersi with 2-Star Guillotine 2099.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 5, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Friday, November 5, 2021.

Schedule Notes: There will be an AMA with Kabam Boo and Kabam John on the forums at 2pm EST today regarding the Guillotine buff.

Kabam announced a fix to Ikaris’ SP3 Damage.

Old Sarge posted his tips spreadsheet for November’s Cavalier EQ.

Check out Sersi reviews from Karatemike and Kingslayer.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 4, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Round 1 of the Shang-Chi Basic Arena and Doctor Voodoo Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. The Alliance Quest series begins at 3:15pm EST.

Katy Candy posted a breakdown of the November Cavalier EQ Bosses.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 3, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

Schedule Notes: 100% Roster Availability all day! October events end and November events begin at 1pm EST. Alliance Quest enlistment begins at 3pm EST. Server Maintenance is scheduled for 11pm EST and will last up to 1 hour.

Tonight’s Server Maintenance is for Kabam to launch the revamp of Acts 1-4.

A surprise Platinumpool Boss Rush dropped yesterday. RichTheMan shared his best counters picks for the quest.

See MSD solo the Boss Rush with Tigra.

Simula67 solos Abyss Killmonger with King Groot.

Kingslayer pits Nebula vs Black Widow Deadly Origin in a Damage Race.

-Dano357

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How The November 2021 Side Quest Works – Forever Starts Now

Summoners!

After a frustrating September and October Side Quest, November looks to be very straightforward. In addition to an Externals MCU tie-in, MCOC is also celebrating Movember with a special solo event and crystal!

Read the Official Forum Post


EVENT SCHEDULE

Week 1: Wednesday, November 3 at 1pm EST (Guillotine 2099 Boss)

Week 2: Wednesday, November 10 at 1pm EST (Annihilus Boss)

Week 3: Wednesday, November 17 at 1pm EST (Apocalypse Boss)

Week 4: Wednesday, November 24 at 1pm EST (Doctor Doom Boss)

Ends: Wednesday, December 1 at 1pm EST

HOW TO PLAY

This side quest is pretty simple. Much like Love is a Battlerealm or Gwenpool Goes to the Movies, it will feature a new quest that unlocks each week. Each quest will be available in 4 difficulty levels (Legendary, Epic, Master, and Heroic) and have 3 paths. You will be able to run all 4 difficulty levels if you choose, and the quests have no energy costs. You will be allowed to bring three champions into the quest.

Of the three paths in each quest, one will be unrestricted, while the other two will require either Sersi or Ikaris to pass through a champion gate. Luckily, you will receive the 3-star versions of Sersi and Ikaris via your in-game mail on November 3. Unlike with the Summoned Symbiote and Anti-Venom in October, you do not have to do anything to receive Sersi and Ikaris.

REWARDS

Each weekly quest will have completion and exploration rewards. Please note that the rewards below are PER WEEK, so you’ll want to multiply by four to get your monthly total of possible rewards.

In addition to the quest rewards, if you fully explore a difficulty of the side-quest, you will also complete a special Solo Objective.

Finally, rank-up and win fights with your new Sersi and Ikaris to complete another set of objectives which will reward you with special crystal shards, gold, ISO, a special title, and more.


WORLD’S END CRYSTALS

November’s special hero crystal is called the World’s End Crystal. As usual these are available in Cavalier and Grandmaster variations for 4K shards, which can be earned from the Side Quest, Solo Objectives, and Solo Events. There are some pretty good champions in these crystals, including Hercules, Spider-Ham, Captain America Infinity War and Nick Fury.

World’s End Crystal Champion Pool:

Ant-Man
Black Bolt
Black Panther
Captain America
Captain America Infinity War
Captain Marvel
Cyclops New Xavier School (No 4-Star)
Doctor Strange
Drax
Gamora
Groot
Hawkeye
Hercules
Hulk
Invisible Woman
Iron Man
Juggernaut
Nebula
Nick Fury
Rocket Raccoon
Scarlet Witch (No 6-Star)
Spider-Ham
Spider-Man (Stark Enhanced)
Star-Lord
Thor (Ragnarok)
War Machine
Winter Soldier

MOVEMBER CELEBRATION

While that’s everything for the External’s tie-in, we’re not quite done yet as MCOC is celebrating Movember. Use #Bewhiskered (bearded champions) to win quest, arena, and incursions fights and earn points toward a solo event that rewards Bewhiskered shards, which can be redeemed for the Bewhiskered Cavalier/Grandmaster Crystals. There will also be a login calendar that rewards Bewhiskered shards.

Use To Earn PointsBewhiskered Champion Pool
BeastBeast
BishopBishop
BladeBlade (No 6-Star)
Captain America (Infinity WarCaptain America Infinity War
DiabloDiablo
Doctor StrangeDoctor Strange
FalconFalcon
HeimdallHeimdall
HerculesHercules
Hit-MonkeyHit-Monkey
HulkbusterHulkbuster
Iron ManIron Man
Iron Man Infinity WarIron Man Infinity War
KarnakKarnak
KillmongerKillmonger
Luke CageLuke Cage
Mister FantasticMister Fantastic
Mister SinisterMister Sinister
Nick FuryNick Fury
NightcrawlerOdin
OdinOld Man Logan
Old Man LoganOverseer
OverseerRed Guardian
Red GuardianRocket Raccoon
Rocket RaccoonSabretooth
SabretoothSasquatch
SasquatchSentry
SentrySuperior Iron Man
Superior Iron ManThor Ragnarok
Thor RagnarokVoid
TigraWolverine (No 6-Star)
VoidYondu
Wolverine
Wolverine (Weapon X)
Yondu

FINAL THOUGHTS

After a two-month Side Quest experiment, simple is what the players want and simple is what we are going to get. Team construction will be interesting, and the 3-champion limitation with the requirement to bring Ikaris or Sersi into Epic and Legendary difficulty could make for some tricky trade-offs. The Bewhiskered Crystal is a fun addition, and we should be able to earn those points easily enough simply by playing the game. Even the Sersi and Ikaris Solo Objectives don’t seem too bad. Personally I am looking forward to this one! Best of luck to everyone this Movember.

-Dano357

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Around The Battlerealm – November 2, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Schedule Notes: The new Featured 5-Star Crystal debuts at 1pm EST. The featured champions in the crystal will be Hercules, America Chavez, Spider-Man 2099, Peni Parker, Kitty Pryde, and Nimrod. The Overseer is scheduled to join the Basic Pool at 1pm EST. Please confirm via the in-game banner. Incursions Milestones and Top Zone Bonuses reset at 2pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 2pm EST.






Champion Spotlights for Ikaris and Sersi are now live.

Katy Candy tests out Nebula’s buff.

Karatemike showcases Karnak’s new damage potential.

-Dano357

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Contest Realm Podcast – Episode 77 – Enterals Events – Variant 8 – Summoner Showdown

Summoners!

It’s Episode 77 of the Contest Realm Podcast! In this episode Rich & I discuss November’s Eternals Events, Variant 8 Deadpoolooza, and the issues with the Summoner Showdown.

-Dano357

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The Week Ahead in MCOC – October 31 – November 6, 2021

Summoners!

Next week in Marvel Contest of Champions brings us the v33.0 update, a new 5-Star Featured Crystal, and Shang-Chi’s first Basic Arena run.

Alliance Wars Seasons
We are currently in the Alliance War Off-Season. Season 30 is scheduled to begin on November 10.

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 2pm EST on Tuesday, November 2 through Thursday, November 4 at 2pm EST.

Sunday, October 31: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST.

Monday, November 1: The Summoner Sigil Solo Event, Gold Quest, items on a 7-day timer, and the Legendary Crystals in the Black-ISO Market reset at 1pm EST. Round 2 of the Mister Fantastic/Vulture/Black Panther Basic Arena and Knull Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series concludes at 3pm EST. The Tier 4 Basic Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Tuesday, November 2: The new Featured 5-Star Crystal debuts at 1pm EST. The featured champions in the crystal will be Hercules, America Chavez, Spider-Man 2099, Peni Parker, Kitty Pryde, and Nimrod. The Overseer is scheduled to join the Basic Pool at 1pm EST. Please confirm via the in-game banner. Incursions Milestones and Top Zone Bonuses reset at 2pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 2pm EST.

Wednesday, November 3: 100% Roster Availability all day! October events end and November events begin at 1pm EST. Alliance Quest enlistment begins at 3pm EST. Server Maintenance is scheduled for 11pm EST and will last up to 1 hour.

Thursday, November 4: Round 1 of the Shang-Chi Basic Arena and To Be Announced Featured Arena begin at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. The Alliance Quest series begins at 3:15pm EST.

Friday, November 5: No schedule updates.

Saturday, November 6: No schedule updates.

Looking for more content from Frontline: MCOC?

100% Roster Availability Windows for November 2021

-Dano357

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100% Roster Availability Windows for November 2021

Summoners –

If you plan on clearing some difficult content in Marvel Contest of Champions this November, 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, November 2 at 2pm EST – Thursday, November 4 at 2pm EST

Tuesday, November 9 at 3pm EST – Thursday, November 11 at 2pm EST

Wednesday, November 17 at 3pm EST – Thursday, November 18 at 2pm EST

Friday, November 19 at 2pm EST – Saturday, November 20 at 2pm EST

Friday, November 26 at 2pm EST – Saturday, November 27 at 2pm EST

Note: 2pm EST = 6pm GMT.

-Dano357

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Which Variant Should I Complete First? – 2021 Update

Summoners!

One question I see quite often from progressing Marvel Contest of Champions Summoners, usually those in the middle of Act 5 exploration or newly Cavalier, is about when they should start to tackle Variant (Back Issues) content. Variant rewards offer a great way for Summoners to build roster depth. The original version of this article has proven to be one of most popular posts on Frontline, so I’ve decided to update it to cover Variants 6 & 7.

Variant 8 has been teased for a late 2021 release and will focus on Deadpool. Expect to see buffs for the Deadpool family of characters and potentially Mercenaries in general.

Which Variant Should I Do First?

The answer to this will depend on the strength of your roster, as Variants often have specific buffs and restrictions to champions. If you pull a few of the right champs, some of the Variants will be much easier for you to complete or even fully explore.

Another factor is of course rewards. As Variants 5-7 have improved rewards over the first four, they are a good place to focus on first. Overall (assuming a developed roster), I think Variant 6 is the easiest Variant and can be fully explored with the fewest number of champions. If your roster is thin but you have a few quality villains ranked up (Magneto, Doom, Apocalypse), Variant 6 is probably the way to go.

That being said, let’s take a more in-depth look at each Variant to see which could be right for you.

Variant Breakdowns

Back Issues Variant 1 – Ultron’s Assault

Variant 1 is the longest Variant in terms of number of quests (9) and total paths, and it requires high-end roster depth because of the class restrictions in each chapter. Chapter 1 allows only Skill and Mutant, Chapter 2 only Mystic and Tech, and Chapter 3 only Science and Cosmic. The average fight difficulty in Variant 1 is also greater than what you’ll see in the other Variants.

I recommend having two to three 5-Star 5/65 or better of EACH CLASS before attempting Variant 1. Chapter 3 (Science/Cosmic) is particularly difficult if you don’t have the best options such as Void, Thing, Quake, Hulk Ragnarok, Corvus Glaive, Hyperion, and Captain Marvel Movie at a high rank.

Because of overall fight difficulty, and the need for a mature roster, Variant 1 is usually the final Variant you’ll want to tackle.

Back Issues Variant 2Mystery In The Microrealms

Back Issues 2 is all about the XL champs. While you don’t have to play only XL champions, it will make your life a lot easier. If you have multiple XL champions ranked up, ideally at least three at 5-Star Rank 4 or better, this could be a great option for your first clear. Some of the best XL champions for Variant 2 are Venom, Venom The Duck, Sentinel, Red Hulk, Thing, and Warlock. Dormammu and King Groot are useful in the chapters where they receive a unique buff. Newly released XL champions such as Mojo, Sasquatch, Apocalypse, Immortal Abomination, and Dragon Man are also likely to perform well in Variant 2.

If you are looking for a work-around because you don’t have many XL champs, some people have cleared Variant 2 using the Domino-Red Hulk-Masacre Trinity. Blade, Void, and Archangel are useful if you just spam heavy attacks.

In my experience, exploration of Variant 2 was significantly easier than Variant 1, but it is more difficult than the others. Note that like Variant 1, Variant 2 also has 9 Quests.

Visit Auntm.ai for a full list of XL Champs.

Back Issues Variant 3 – Polar Opposites

Variant 3 is all about Tech champions, so it’s a great option if your roster is Tech heavy. All the best tech champions – Guillotine 2099, Stark Spider-Man, Warlock, Ghost, Darkhawk, Star-Lord, and Hulkbuster – are excellent in Variant 3. Additionally, Sentinel receives a fantastic unique global boost. Even a 4-Star 5/50 Sentinel can do a lot of heavy lifting in Variant 3. To maximize the Tech Enhancement nodes, you’ll likely want to run a team with 4-5 Tech champs, and have at least two at 5-Star 4/55 or better.

Starting with Variant 3, the total number of Quests is reduced to 6, making completion runs easier.

Please see my Variant 3 Overview for a full breakdown.

Back Issues Variant 4 – Waning Moon

Variant 4 rewards roster depth, as every chapter is star-level restricted. In general, long-time players will be fine with this, but newer players who skipped over ranking up 1, 2, 3, and 4-Star champions will need to do some roster building before attempting it.

Overall, the difficulty level of the fights is in line with Variants 3 and 5, although the bosses in the first 2 chapters can be tough, and the 1-Star restriction in the final chapter makes the Hulkbuster and Caustic Temper Mordo fights problematic, especially without a 1-Star Hulk.

Please see my Variant 4 Overview for a full breakdown.

Back Issues Variant 5 – Blood & Venom

Variant 5 is restricted to Spider-Verse Heroes, Mystics, and Symbiote champions. Each chapter gives a unique boost to one of these three champion types.

You’ll likely want to load up on Mystics for this Variant. All the top Mystics like Doctor Doom, Claire Voyant, Longshot, Magik, Morningstar, Mojo, Scarlet Witch, Sasquatch, and Sorcerer Supreme can do great work here. Symbiote Supreme has extra value because he is both Mystic and Symbiote. Dragon Man, Mephisto, and Dormammu have increased importance because of their Poison-Immunity for the Scarlet Witch boss. The Mystic boost is also quite beneficial to Guillotine.

Stark Spider-Man and Stealth Spider-Man are the top Spider-Verse Heroes, but don’t be afraid to use Spider-Gwen or even Symbiote Spider-Man. Venom is an overall monster, and Venom the Duck is another fantastic option.

The difficulty of Variant 5 is generally in line with that of Variants 3 & 4. Ideally, you’ll want at least three of the above champs at 5-Star 4/55 or better to run Variant 5.

One final note is that the rewards for Variant 5 are better than those for Variants 1-4, so take that into consideration when deciding what order to clear content. The rank-up gems work for champions released through 2017 and they are generic, so they can be used on many more champions than the ones found in the earlier Variants.

Check out my Variant 5 Guides, starting with Chapter 1.1. Personally, Variant 5 is my favorite Variant in terms of the restrictions, nodes, and fights on the maps.

See Auntm.ai for the full list of Spider-Verse, Mystic, and Symbiote Champions.

Back Issues Variant 6 – Contamination

Variant 6 is the #Villain Variant. Personally, I found this to be the easiest of all the Variants released so far. Magneto is probably the most important champion for Exploration of Variant 6 (there are a few lanes that he is tailor-made for and are quite difficult without him), with Apocalypse, Void, Sentinel, Ghost, and Killmonger also having their uses. You’ll need at least one strong mystic Villain. Hopefully you have Doctor Doom, but Mojo is also very viable. I would say if you’ve got Magneto, Doom, and either Apocalypse or Ghost you should be able to 100% Variant 6 because there are very few niche fights. The Bosses are also quite easy to solo without too many restrictions. Because of the relatively few champions required and the strength of the meta-villains (who you’re likely ranking up anyways) I think Variant 6 is the easiest Variant to start out with.

Note that like Variant 5, Variant 6 rewards 2017 Generic Rank-Up Gems.

Check out my Variant 6 guides.

Back Issues Variant 7 – Arachnid Action

Variant 7 is the opposite of Variant 6, in that the main focus is Heroes instead of Villain champions. Overall, the average fight difficulty in Variant 7 is about the same as Variant 6, but the bosses are significantly more difficult. In particular, I found the last 2 boss fights to be more niche but they were made significantly easier by having Spider-Ham and Human Torch.

Variant 7 does require more roster depth than Variant 6, because in addition to the Hero restriction, there are also limitations on the classes you can bring into the quests. Chapter 1 is Mutant/Mystic, Chapter 2 is Tech/Skill, and Chapter 3 is Science/Cosmic. This means you’ll need significantly more roster depth to efficiently explore Variant 7 vs 5 or 6. As a general guide, it will be much easier if you have 2 or 3 of the top heroes of each class ranked up.

Note that like Variants 5 & 6, Variant 7 rewards 2017 Generic Rank-Up Gems.

Look for my Variant 7 guides coming soon!


Variant MVP’s

One useful rank-up strategy is to focus on champions that can be utilized in multiple Variants, as you can then use them to gain more resources to build-up your roster. Here’s a few champions that are helpful in multiple Variants.

Sentinel – Sentinel is an XL Tech champion, so it can be used in Variant 2, and in many regards is the best champ for Variant 3. As a Villain, Sentinel has some use in Variant 6 as well. Sentinel has double-immunity, and a bunch of utility including Heal Block, Armor Break, Shock, and Incinerate, and as such can be used in a number of different circumstances.

Stark Spider-Man – He’s a Tech Spider-Verse champion, so he can do a ton of work in Variants 3 and 5. In addition to the huge damage at 10 Poise charges, good old Sparky still has a ton of useful utility including a clutch auto-evade, stun on his SP1, shock on his SP2, and power drain on his heavy attack. Until the release of Peni Parker earlier this year, he was the only Tech eligible for Variant 5, making him extra valuable when Domino shows up as a defender.

Venom – Venom is an XL Symbiote, making him a great option for Variants 2 and 5. He can also put in solid work in Variant 6, and there are some lanes where I found him to be the fastest option in my roster. He’s got Regen, huge bleeds, and counters those nasty evading Spider-Verse champs.

Magneto – The only Variant I’ve utilized Magneto in so far is Variant 6, where he was my MVP. His Unstoppable Buff buff gained via Heavy Attack is the clear answer to some of the trickier fights, and there are plenty of #Metal Defenders for him to shut down.

Spider-Ham – As a Spider-Verse hero, Spider-Ham can be used extensively in Variant 5 and was my MVP for Chapter 3 of Variant 7. In Variant 5, he is the clear answer to the Mojo that can otherwise force you to burn through items. In Variant 7 he is a fantastic option for the Venom and Miles bosses in Chapter 3.

XL MysticsDragon Man, Mojo, & Sasquatch – These champs can help in Variants 2 & 5

XL TechsWarlock & Hulkbuster – These champs are great for Variants 2 & 3.

In general, all the above champions are also useful in Variants 1 & 4 for the chapters they are eligible for based on their Star Level/Class.

Best of luck with your journey through the Variants!

-Dano357

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How The October 2021 Side Quest Works – The Mysterious Contest: Part 2

Summoners!

Update 10/7 – If you still need to complete the September Objectives to get your Summoned Symbiote, Marvel Trucos has an event infographic that will help. If you need easily accessible targets for September Week 4 objectives, click here.

Part two of the Mysterious Contest is here, and the Summoned Symbiote is back – this time for good! Grind the Side Quest to rank up your Symbiote so it can take on Knull in the Cosmic Horror Quest for big rewards!

Read the Official Forum Post


EVENT SCHEDULE

Part 2 October Side Quest Begins: Wednesday, October 6 at 1pm EST.

New Solo Objectives: Daily at 1pm EST

Ends: Wednesday, November 3 at 1pm EST

HOW TO PLAY

The first important item to note is that you must have completed the first objective in any level of the final week of the September Objectives to participate in the October Side Quest. This will unlock the October Objectives, as well as send the Summoned Symbiote and a 3-Star Anti-Venom to your inbox.

This month features repeatable, entry-fee based quests like we’ve seen before. The Key for the month is an Antibody, and you can earn 1 Antibody per day by completing the October Daily Solo Objectives.

Note that if you enter a quest, you will lose your Antibody key, so you want to make sure you complete the quest once you start. You are allowed to save up your Antibody keys and run the Side Quest multiple times a day if you choose. The preview button is now available to scout the Side Quest Maps.

There are 6 maps for the Side Quest, all offering different rewards, and they come in Legendary, Epic, Master, and Heroic difficulties. As you can only earn 28 Antibody Keys, you should only run the highest difficulty you can complete.

REWARDS

Each of the 6 Side Quest Maps in October offer different rewards. What is important to note is that they all reward the same amount of Klyntar Katalysts per difficulty level, so you don’t have to worry about losing out on rank-up resources for your Summoned Symbiote by making the wrong choice.

Quick Breakdown (Legendary)
Quest 1 – T4/T5 CC
Quest 2 – T4B/T2A
Quest 3 – 5-Star Sig Stones/6-Star Shards
Quest 4 – 350K Gold
Quest 5 – 5-Star Signature Stones/5-Star Shards
Quest 6 – T5B/T1A

COSMIC HORROR QUEST

After grinding out the Side Quest, you’ll have plenty of Kylntar Katalysts to power up your Summoned Symbiote. Your Summoned Symbiote is the only champion that can enter the Cosmic Horror Quest, which is a special quest with rewards you can only earn once.

Note that the Symbiote Symbiote now has a prefight ability! However, you can only gain charges for the prefight within the Cosmic Horror Quest. At Rank 5, the Summoned Symbiote can gain a total of 6 Evolutions (Charges) which can each be activated once per fight, and stacked for a total of 3 times during the quest. Evolutions persisted until the end of the quest, so your Symbiote will get stronger the deeper into the quest you go.


COSMIC ECLIPSE CRYSTALS

October once again features a special hero crystal. These Cosmic Eclipse Crystals will be available in Cavalier form for Cavalier and up players for 4K shards, and in Grandmaster form for Uncollected and below for 3K Shards. Shards can be earned by completing Daily Solo Objectives.

These crystals have a slightly different pool than last month, but they still contain a chance for 6-Star Hyperion!

Cosmic Eclipse Crystal Champion Pool:
Agent Venom
Carnage
Red Goblin
Spider-Man (Symbiote)
Symbiote Supreme
Venom
Venom The Duck
Venompool
Bishop
Black Panther
Black Widow
Colossus
Cyclops (Blue Team)
Cyclops (New Xavier School)
Doctor Strange
Electro
Emma Frost
Ghost Rider
Hyperion
Iceman
Magneto
Nightcrawler
Professor X
Psylocke
Spider-Man (Classic)
Star-Lord
Storm
***4-Star Cyclops (New Xavier School) NOT INCLUDED

FINAL THOUGHTS

The rewards for this one look good, with plenty of options for players without any hard trade-offs. Best of all, the Summoned Symbiote is back! The only thing that makes me nervous is the Daily Solo Objectives, as Kabam’s track record with objectives hasn’t been good recently.

This is a month to grind, as we don’t know when Kylntar Katalysts will be back – if ever – so if you want to max out your Summoned Symbiote, make sure you put in the work this month, and good luck vs Knull in the Cosmic Horror Quest!

-Dano357

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100% Roster Availability Windows for October 2021

Summoners –

If you plan on clearing some difficult content in Marvel Contest of Champions this October, 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.

Friday, October 1 at 2pm EST – Saturday, October 2 at 2pm EST

Friday, October 8 at 3pm EST – Saturday, October 9 at 2pm EST

Sunday, October 10 at 2pm EST – Monday, October 11 at 2pm EST

Sunday, October 17 at 2pm EST – Monday, October 18 at 2pm EST

Sunday, October 24 at 3pm EST – Monday, October 25 at 2pm EST

Tuesday, October 26 at 2pm EST – Wednesday, October 27 at 3:15pm EST

Note: 2pm EST = 6pm GMT.

-Dano357

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Chapter Guide – Variant 6 Chapter 3.1 – “Mr. Cage” – Bleed Immune Villains Wanted

Summoners!

Here’s my guide for Variant 6 Chapter 3.1 “Mr. Cage” in Marvel Contest of Champions.

General Thoughts:

Chapter 3.1 is bit more of a roster-check, because of the Biohazard node. That being said, if you have Magneto and Apocalypse you should be able to roll through this quest without too much resistance. The Sasquatch fight on Lane 2 is the one that really stands out to me as a potential roadblock on this map. The Daredevil boss is a decent challenge post-buff, and is certainly more difficult than Drax from the previous quest.

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: Apocalypse, Magento, Sentinel, Venom, Void

Restrictions: Only use #Villains on attack. Non-Villains can be brought for synergy purposes.

Global Node:
+400% Champion Boost
SP3 Active
Black ISO Resonance – Attackers increase their attack by 100% but take 5% of their max health as Direct Damage every second. This can not be prevented but attackers are immune to all other sources of damage. Does not apply to #Villain champions.
Malevolence – Non-#Villain attackers are unable to gain power.
Malignance – Non-#Villain attackers are unable to heal.

Boss: Daredevil (Hell’s Kitchen)

Boss Notes:
+300% Health
Mastermind
Henchman
Biohazard
Heavy-Hitter
Dash Vulnerability
Aggressive

Post-buff, Daredevil (Hell’s Kitchen) is actually a fairly interesting and difficult boss. He can shrug debuffs so you have to be very careful stunning him. He also has Biohazard, so you’ll at least want a Bleed-Immune champion, if not a Bleed- and Poison-Immune one, as it is very easy to accidentally hit his block during a long fight. Sentinel was my go-to attacker, as he is double-immune, making him a safe pick. Nimrod, Morningstar, King Groot, Apocalypse, and Ultron are other quality Bleed-Immune Villain options. Ghost is another option if you are comfortable taking Biohazard nodes with her.

After you have picked the right champ, my advice is to play this fight as Stun-Immune, countering Heavy Attacks and baiting Daredevil’s SP1. Of course, his SP1 takes up a lot of space, so don’t get backed into a corner. If you can play the Power-Cycle game well you’ll be able to get a solo.

Lane 1 – Left

Gate: None

Defenders: M.O.D.O.K., Domino, Ghost, Hit Monkey, Iron Man Infinity War, Squirrel Girl

Nodes: Mastermind, Masochism, Power Shield (All Fights)

Team: Sentinel (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 160), Killmonger (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200), Apocalypse (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20), Magneto (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40), Void (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 200)

Tips: When building your team for this lane make sure you have Auto-Block and Domino counters available. Power Shield easily overpowers the Masochism healing, so just play smart and you’ll be fine.

I brought Killmonger for M.O.D.O.K., which is a bit of a slow fight but once you get start throwing SP2s it’s not bad. I’m wondering if Magneto would have been the quicker option. I then took Apocalypse vs Domino for the ramp-up, and he’s great for this fight. Then I used Apocalypse the rest of the way (except for Iron Man IW) as he was ending the fights with one SP2. Magneto dispatched Iron Man IW with a pair of SP2s. The magnetism shuts down his armor-ups so you don’t even have to work about the auto-block. Don’t be afraid to throw a few 5 combos if you get backed into a corner.

For Daredevil I took him down with Sentinel. It might not have been the quickest way to go, but the standard build to 100 Analysis Charges and spam SP2 tactic works just fine.


Lane 2 – Center Left

Gate: None

Defenders: Iron Fist, Spider-Man, Storm, Sentinel, Blade, Cull Obsidian, Sasquatch, Hit Monkey, Iron Man IW, Squirrel Girl

Nodes: Henchmen, Genius, Rising Sun, Biohazard (Iron Fist, Spider-Man, Storm, Sentinel, Blade, Cull Obsidian, Sasquatch), Mastermind, Masochism, Power Shield (Hit Monkey, Iron Man IW, Squirrel Girl)

Team: Sentinel (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 160), Omega Red (6-Star Rank 1 Sig 0), Apocalypse (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20), Magneto (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40), Morningstar (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20)

Tips: So this is a split path in that it features two sets of nodes. You’ll need Bleed-immune champs to account for Biohazard, and you’ll have to work in Heavy Attacks on the regular to clear the Fury Buffs from Rising Sun.

I went with Apocalypse for most of the “Rising Sun” portion of the path. Iron Fist and Storm are easy fights, Spider-Man is a bit tricky because of his SP1 and block penetration. Magneto will smoke Sentinel, Blade is the standard dodge SP1 fight, and Morningstar’s SP2 will decimate Cull. Those fights really aren’t much of an issue.

What is potentially a big problem is Sasquatch. Most of us fight him with Human Torch or Void and those aren’t options. On top of that, Rising Sun and Biohazard further complicates your ability to properly space the fight. Thankfully, Apocalypse was once again up to the task. If you can get to an SP2 and get Concussion on Sasquatch prior to him hitting Wrath of Tanaraq you should be ok here.

After that, I had a little trouble with Hit Monkey, losing Apoc and Magneto. This forced me to roll with Sentinel the rest of the way. Luckily the mutant hunting robot proved more than capable of taking down Iron Man IW and Squirrel Girl. Sentinel’s SP2 does a ton of damage at 100 Analysis with Power Shield mixed in. Then it was another long but safe solo of Daredevil Hell’s Kitchen with Sentinel.


Lane 3 – Center Right – Hard Path

Gate: None

Defenders: Iron Fist, Ultron Classic, Colossus, Heimdall, Magneto, Venom The Duck, Black Widow

Nodes: Henchmen, Genius, Rising Sun, Biohazard (Iron Fist), Henchman, Madness, Chitinous Thorns, Conflictor (Ultron Classic, Colossus, Heimdall), Mastermind, Bleed Vulnerability, Poison Vulnerability (Magneto, Venom The Duck, Black Widow)

Team: Sentinel (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 160), Omega Red (6-Star Rank 1 Sig 0), Apocalypse (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20), Magneto (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40), Morningstar (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20)

Tips: This lane crosses over 3 different path identities, has a few tricky matches, and requires bleed-immune champs so I found it to be the most difficult. I wasn’t able to get to the boss with a bleed-immune champ alive, I had to spend one revive.

When building your team you’ll want Magneto if at all possible, as he’ll make the Ultron and Heimdall fights significantly easier. The other issue I ran into was the Magneto, because my team was 4/5 #Metal champs, and my Magneto was at low-health by the time I got to Magneto. This meant sacrificing Sentinel to Magneto (a brutally long fight, I don’t recommend it) and then running my R1 Omega Red for Venom the Duck and Black Widow. Omega was doing fine but the Widow evade got me at the last second, so I then revived Apocalypse (who died to a turtling Colossus early on) to take down the Daredevil boss.

Looking back I would have switched out Morningstar for a non-Metal villain like Void to have a better matchup for the Magneto boss. Since Magneto is better for Heimdall than Morningstar, she really didn’t have a use on the team.


Lane 4 – Right – Easy Path

Gate: Easy Path

Defenders: Void, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, Star-Lord, Silver Surfer, Magneto, Venom The Duck, Black Widow

Nodes: Mastermind, Poison Vulnerability, Bleed Vulnerability (All Fights)

Team: Sentinel (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 160), Immortal Abomination (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 60), Apocalypse (6-Star Rank 3 Sig 20), Magneto (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 40), Venom (5-Star Rank 5 Sig 60)

Tips: This is the Easy Path, and there are plenty of good Villain options to take advantage of the increased Bleed and Poison potency. Ebony Maw is the most difficult defender on the path, and you’ll want a champion that’s good against Void as well as a non-Metal attacker for the Magneto fight. After that, all the fights are basic for the given defenders.

I played around with Immortal Abomination and Apocalypse at the beginning of the path, but once I got through Ebony Maw I just ran Venom for the rest of the lane. Sometimes simple is best, and he is a monster. Finally, Sentinel once again took care of business against the Daredevil boss for 100% exploration.

Recommended Videos:

Captain Bayeee – Apocalypse vs Daredevil

MSD – Dormammu vs Daredevil

MCOC AlBundyRules – Sentinel vs Daredevil

Jump To:
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Variant 6 Chapter 1.2 Guide
Variant 6 Chapter 2.1 Guide
Variant 6 Chapter 2.2 Guide
Variant 6 Chapter 3.1 Guide
Variant 6 Chapter 3.2 Guide

-Dano357

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Arena Grind Recap – Kitty Pryde

Summoners!

Kitty Pryde has been the number one champion on my wish list for a long time, so once it was announced she was joining the Contest, I knew I needed her on my team. Given the relatively low odds of acquiring her from even 30-40 Cavalier Crystals, I decided to go for the sure thing and grind arena for a 5-Star Kitty. Here are some notes on my experience as well as some stats from the grind.

Overall, the experience wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be. The mental strain was much worse than the physical one. I’m not a huge arena grinder, and the last 5-Star Featured I went for was Green Goblin as a repeat several years ago, so I didn’t have experience with the new arena format going in. One of the first things I had to do was get some practice in. I turned on the “suicide masteries” and got some reps in the preceding Featured Arenas to get a feel for the grind.

Setting Goals

Next, it was important to set a goal for the grind, and then break that down into a daily pace. After reviewing the recent arena cutoffs on Reddit, I decided I needed to get to at least 65m to feel safe. I then broke the 65m into a daily grind target, which you can see below, along with my actual daily point totals. Breaking down the grind into manageable potions is important for managing stress and making sure you are on track!

Day TargetActual
Thursday10m11.7m
Friday10m19.3m
Saturday30m29m
Sunday 15m11.1m
Total65m71.1m

My Grind Pattern

Rounds 1-6 with 4/55 to gain multiplier
Rounds 7-18 with highest PI champs in descending order
Run All 6-Stars
Run 5/65 5-Stars
Run 4/55 5-Stars
Run Top 3/45 5-Stars
Refresh & Boost Top 3 6-Stars
Refresh & Boost Top 3 5-Stars

For this grind I had 56 6-Stars available and 39 5/65 5-Stars. I was able to get in 6 runs with my 6-star roster over the course of 3 days. If you’re interested in seeing my roster, check out a recent account update.

Unit Spend

I ended up spending 3,715 units on this arena grind, and gained 235 units back from arena milestones and event rewards. Based on the 5-Star cutoff, I probably could have gotten away with spending less than 1,000 units. But it’s better to be safe than sorry with arena grinding, and I would likely have spent many more units trying to acquire Kitty via Cavalier Crystals. I don’t feel bad about overshooting. The goal is to get the champ.

Grind Data

RoundPoints
81,018,964
162,050,514
223,019,841
325,002,598
345,238,329
406,027,812
456,415,247
5510,003,085
6911,697,848
8315,040,331
9016,237,607
10018,048,887
10318,283,577
13925,026,041
15028,302,089
17131,064,735
19135,377,421
21440,023,233
23443,709,288
24546,402,322
26049,354,721
27751,541,052
28051,826,133
30055,780,274
33060,013,193
35064,406,645
37569,945,107
38871,172,392

Tips for Featured Arena Grinding

– Keep your mind occupied! Put on long-form content in the background to keep you from thinking too much about the grind.

– Take breaks often. You can’t do it all in one go. Stopping for even 15 minutes when your boosts expire can really help with fatigue management.

– Speaking of boosts, make sure to use them. The Superior Solo Crystals are a great source of 6-Star Boosts.

– Know that you’re going to have moments of despair! This is why breaking up the grind into different milestones is helpful. The final goal will seem unreachable at certain points along the way, so you need to have checkpoints that you can look at and say “it’s ok, I’m on track.”

I hope this information helps you with your next arena grind!

-Dano357