Around The Battlerealm – August 12, 2019


Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Monday, August 12, 2019.

Schedule Notes: Round 2 of the Featured Sunspot and 4* Basic Blue Cyclops arenas begin at 1pm EST.

Seatin smashes through Variant content with his new 6* Thing, showcasing a high-risk, high-reward strategy in his latest rank-up and gameplay video.

Katy Candy teaches you how to maximize your Ghost Rider in 6 Minutes or Less.

Need rank-up advice? KT1 has thoughts on how progressing players should determine who should be their first 5/65 champ.


Around The Battlerealm – August 11, 2019


Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Schedule Notes: UMCOC Podcast, Live On Discord, 7pm EST. Alpha arena begins at 6pm EST. AQ series begins at 3pm EST. 

RichTheMan looks at the comic book source material for Sunspot and Warlock, the two New Mutants who joined The Contest this month.

Having trouble with Sinister Labs? Don’t think your champs are strong enough? KT1 is here to help.

Contest Champions posted a war recap of 4L0ki -vs- •SAS•, featuring his Omega Red vs a 5/65 Havok boss.

Seatin continues to test out Sunspot by running him through Realm of Legends.


The Week Ahead – August 11-17, 2019


Two very important items to take note of for this week. Back Issues #3 – Polar Opposites drops this Wednesday at 1pm EST. On Friday, the Alliance War lockout period begins. You must be in an alliance before matchmaking begins at 6pm EST on Friday to be eligible for season rewards.

Full Roster Availability (No AW/AQ): 100% roster availability following the conclusion of the AQ series at 3pm EST on Friday, until the beginning of AW attack on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday: UMCOC Podcast, Live On Discord, 7pm EST. Alpha arena begins. AQ series begins.

Monday: Round 2 of the Featured Sunspot and 4* Basic Blue Cyclops arenas.

Tuesday: Server Maintenance at 11pm EST.

Wednesday: Back Issues #3 Polar Opposites is released. Tier 4 Basic arena begins. Week 3 of the Summoner Showdown, featuring CaptainBayeee, AtreiuMontoya, and DTMelodicMetal with guest host Brian Grant at 4pm EST.

Thursday: Round 1 of the 4* Mr. Sinister Arena. Featured champ is TBD.

Friday: 100% roster availability following AQ attack conclusion at 3pm EST. AW season rewards lockout begins with matchmaking at 6pm EST.

Saturday: 100% roster availability until AW attack resumes around 2pm EST.


Around The Battlerealm – August 10, 2019


Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Saturday, August 10, 2019.

Bug Note: Sinister Labs did not reset yesterday. Kabam posted the following statement on the forums – “We are aware of an issue affecting some users where the Sinister Labs may not have reset from yesterday. We are working on a fix for this right now. Thank you all for your patience.”

An Android only update has been released – 24.1.1 – to help solve crashing issues.

Schedule Notes: 100% roster availability until AW attack resumes around 2pm EST today.

Seatin continues to drop more videos, covering the Variant 3 announcement and highlighting gameplay from his new 5* Sunspot.

Craftygrinding has arena predictions for Round 1 of the Sunspot and Blue Cyclops arenas.

Lagacy tries to make it through an Epic Sinister Lab without using any randomizers.

Katy Candy asks if the $5 unit card is worth the money.

Contest Champion posted a war recap of 4Loki vs x-BOU.

KT1 shows how to release the full offensive potential of Havok.


Grind Recap – 50 Fights For a 2 Star

As a way help players get through the champion gate requirements for the Class Trip event, Kabam released solo objectives in the final week of the event which granted a 2* version of a Spider-verse character after defeating that character 50 times. As I already had all the champions needed to get through the gates, I wanted to see if the 50 fights was something an active player would naturally accomplish or if it would require a targeted grind. Here’s how I did:

As you can see, I got nowhere close to completing the objectives. My best result was 19/50 on Stark Spidey, and I didn’t defeat a single Vulture in seven days! That’s really incredible.

How active was I during this timeframe? I put up 3.3m in the 4* Havok arena and finished all milestones in the Alpha and the T4 Basic arenas. I also finished the last 3 levels of normal EQ as well as multiple daily catalyst quests.

The only way to get to 50 kills was targeted, mindless grinding. I hope if Kabam decides to continue with gates in the future, there will be a less time consuming way to acquire the needed champs, especially in temporary content.


Around The Battlerealm – August 9, 2019


Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Friday, August 9, 2019.

Schedule Notes: 100% roster availability following the conclusion of AW attack.

Kabam announced Back Issues #3 – Polar Opposites will be released on Wednesday, August 14. Tech champions appear to have a major advantage in the variant quest, especial the mutant hunting robot Sentinel. 2015 and 2016 champs will be eligible for the special 3-4 rank up gems this time.

Kam and Star review Sunspot in the latest episode of Podcast of Champions.

If you haven’t fought Sunspot yet, Kabam released a highlight video of his special attacks.

Seatin has a rank-up and gameplay review of 3* Sunspot, and is optimistic about the new champion balancing initiative.

Also, Lagacy released a full Content Creator review of Sunspot featuring 5* rank 3 sig 200 gameplay.

Katy Candy gives her thoughts on the Variant 3 announcement.

RichTheMan asks something a lot of us are thinking right now, are Sinister Labs worth the time?


Around The Battlerealm – August 8, 2019


Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Schedule Notes: Sunspot officially joins the contest and is the featured arena champ. Blue Team Cyclops is the 4* basic arena. AQ series ends.

Marvel Insider: Activities for X-Machina are live. This month complete Easy, Normal, and Heroic for points, as well as the 5th chain of the “Win Fights with a Mutant Champ” solo objective. Unfortunately, instead of a 2 or 3 star Warlock or Sunspot as rewards, only X-Men crystal themed bundles are available, so this might be a good month to save your points.

Kabam announced that starting in October, balancing for recently released champs will be announced prior to them hitting the basic pool. There will then be approximately 3 months of testing before the balancing goes live in-game.

Furthermore, Kabam announced both Annihilus and Human Torch will be receiving buffs.

Speaking of the Human Torch buff, you know no one in the community is more excited than Lagacy.

Congrats to BigBlue807, who took down Cade & Frojo34 in week 2 of the Summoner Showdown to earn a spot in the NYCC Tournament.

Seatin shows you how to put Uncollected Warlock in the bin.

Contest Champion shares his first Alliance War video Season 11 – 4Loki vs KenOB.

Via Twitter, it has been confirmed by Kabam Miike that he has pulled his dream champ as a 5*.

Finally, new mutant themed objectives are live.


Around The Battlerealm – August 7, 2019


Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

Schedule Notes: New EQ begins. Sinister Labs Open. Cade, Frojo34, & BigBlue807 compete in Week 2 of the Summoner Showdown at 4pm EST. Dorky Dave is the guest host this week.

Kabam put up the official forum post on the X-Machina Event Quest. According to Kabam Miike “…one thing you’ll find this month is that the difficulty has come down. We’ve chosen less punishing path and Boss Buffs.”

UMCOC Podcast Episode #87 – Cry Havok! And Let Slip The Ducks Of War has been released.

Contest Champion may not pay-to-play, but if you offer him a free trial of the Summoner Sigil you know he’s going to grind out some value from it.

While Brian isn’t going to subscribe, Katy Candy didn’t waste any time signing up.

We’re still waiting for the full Colossus and Old Man Logan buffs, apparently Colossus’ new move-set has gone live with v24.1. Check out Ciq’s video breakdown so you don’t have to explain in your line chat why you died to Colossus next war.


Early Team Building Tips For The Sinister Labs


Mr. Sinister appears to following in M.O.D.O.K’s tiny, mutated footsteps and is opening his own Laboratory. Here’s a quick rundown on the format.

Time: Wednesday, August 7 to Wednesday, September 4. Resets every 24 hours (28 times).

Format: 4 difficulty tiers, each with 2 paths. 6 fights per path. Total of 8 paths per day. You have 10 entries per day, so you get two opportunities to back out if needed.

What’s New: In addition to the randomizers you can use to re-roll the buffs, you can also select Sensory Boosts which give your champions different benefits. Some of these benefits are increased for, or only apply to mutant champions.

Team Selection Advice: We don’t know what we’re dealing with in terms of new buffs, champs in the labs, or opponent PI. Best bet, especially early, is to cover as many bases as possible in terms of immunity and utility.

Mutant champions gain added bonuses from the Sensory Boosts, so champs such as Iceman, Emma Frost, and Omega Red may have increased value in this event as they are immune to multiple damaging debuffs.

When putting together a team, I recommend bringing at least one champion that can overcome the following nodes/forms of damage: Bleed, Poison, Incinerate, Power Gain, Auto-Block, Auto-Evade, Caustic Temper and Reverse Controls.

An example of such a team would be Iceman, OG Vision, Killmonger, Hyperion, & Emma Frost.

Other non-mutant champs to consider as they could be useful in multiple scenarios:
Science: Void, Quake, Gladiator Hulk, Cap IW
Skill: Blade, Korg
Tech: Darkhawk, Ghost, Sentinel, Iron Man IW, Mysterio, Sparky
Cosmic: Captain Marvel Movie, Corvus, Medusa
Mystic: Magik, Mephisto, Morningstar, Dormammu, Ghost Rider, Symbiote Supreme

Need help selecting your team? can help you sort through the options.

What nodes are you most worried about seeing in the Sinister Labs? Leave a comment below.


Around The Battlerealm – August 6, 2019


Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

Schedule Notes: Final Dungeon session concludes (estimated return August 19). 7-Day Summoner Sigil trial begins when you upgrade to 24.1, which is expected to hit the App store today.

Kabam dropped the X-Machina Motion Comic, showcasing Warlock and featuring a voice cameo by MCOC Creative Director Gabriel Frizzera!

Summoner Showdown Week 2 Duel Targets have been announced.
MCoC CADE (Champion: Morningstar)
MCoC BigBlue807 (Champion: Human Torch)
MCoC Frojo34 (Champion: Domino)

Dork Lessons addresses the Summoner Sigil and shares tips on what to do when you’re Short On Gold.

Contest Champion pulls his 5* Red Skull off the bench to take down 6.2.5 Havok in his itemless adventures series.

Lagacy is all-in on Human Torch, and offers his thoughts on why the youngest member of the Fantastic Four is a God-Tier champ.

Craftgrinding covers Round 1 results, and offers Round 2 predictions for the Iceman and Havok arenas.