Around The Battlerealm – January 14, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Round 1 of the 4-Star Basic X-23 and Jubilee Featured Arenas begin at 1pm EST. The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Lagacy & 4Loki take on x7v in Alliance War.

Katy Candy has tips on how to farm Tier 1 Alpha Catalysts.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – January 13, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Schedule Notes: The second set of Arcade Tokens (8) arrives at 1pm EST.

Simula67 tests out Dragon Man on the Variant 5 Arcance Torrent node.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – January 12, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Professor X is projected to enter the Basic Pool at 1pm. Please confirm via the in-game banner. The new 5-Star Featured Crystal debuts at 1pm EST. The featured champions in the crystal are Apocalypse, Red Goblin, Cosmic Ghost-Rider, Immortal Hulk, Immortal Abomination, and Spider-Ham. The remaining 18 champions in the pool will be revealed when the crystal goes live. The Alliance Quest Series begins at 3pm EST.

Lagacy rips through Realm of Legends in record time with Cosmic Ghost-Rider.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – January 11, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Monday, January 11, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Summoner Sigil Owners, your Solo Event, Gold Quest, and items on a 7-day timer and the Legendary Crystal in the Black-ISO Market reset at Noon EST. Round 2 of the 4-Star Deadpool X-Force and Colossus Featured Arenas at 1pm EST. Incursions Milestones reset at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST when Alliance War Attack resumes. UMCOC Podcast, Live on Discord at 8pm EST.

Episode 46 of the Contest Realm Podcast with RichTheMan is now live.

Lagacy & 4Loki take on OMNI in Alliance War.

Karatemike reviews Horseman Jubilee.

-Dano357

Contest Realm Podcast – Episode 46 – MCOC Bugs & Jubilee | MROC Matchmaking

Summoners!

It’s Episode 46 of the Contest Realm Podcast! In this episode Rich and I discuss the bugs that cropped up with the v29.2 update, give our thoughts on Jubilee, and talk about where we are at with Realm of Champions.

-Dano357

Chapter Guide – Act 4.1.4 – Symbioids – Level 39 & 1st 6-Star

Summoners!

Here’s my guide for Act 4.1.4 “Symbioids” in Marvel Contest of Champions.

General Thoughts:

Act 4.1.4 has 6 paths and some hidden nodes, so be sure to check the path info below. There is always an Adaptoid ambush of around 2.1K PI on the first node. The mini-boss rotates between Punisher, Star-Lord, and OG Vision.

During my run through Act 4.1.4 I reached Level 39 and added a third point in Petrify. I used an Awakening Gem on Black Widow Deadly Origin, and brought 4-Star Killmonger and Aarkus to Rank 4. I also pulled my first 6-Star Champion, Red Skull. He’s not the best tech champ by any means, but he will be able to help my progress. My Top 10 champs are now over 3K PI, another sign of my steadily maturing account.

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:

Restrictions: You will need 1 champion of each class to 100% explore this map. Please see individual lanes for requirements.

Global Node: None

Boss: Colossus

Boss Notes:
Heavy-Handed
+50% Attack & Health

This is just a Colossus with some extra Attack and Health. Nothing special to worry about.

Lane 1 – Far Left

Gate: Need 1 Skill & 1 Cosmic Champion

Defenders: Magneto, Wolverine, Elektra, Storm, Drax, Cyclops New Xavier School, Yellowjacket, Unstoppable Colossus, OG Vision

Nodes: +50% Attack & Health on 2nd and 4th Hidden Nodes (Storm, Cyclops New Xavier School)

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

Tips: The hidden defenders (Elektra, Storm, Drax, Cyclops New Xavier School) aren’t much to worry about unless you get tagged by a special.


Lane 2 – Left Center

Gate: None

Defenders: Magneto, Wolverine, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Daredevil, Yellowjacket, Unstoppable Colossus, Punisher

Nodes: None

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

Tips: I did a little testing with my new 6-Star Red Skull here. Any 6-Star is OP against this content but it was interesting to test out his Power Drain and Shock abilities. He’s not a highly regarded champion but I think he will be able to help be going forward. Overall this is a very vanilla path, so there isn’t much to worry about.


Lane 3 – Center Left

Gate: Need 1 Tech Champion

Defenders: Hulk, Iron Patriot, Gamora, Magneto House of X, Magik, Ronan, Star-Lord

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 5-Star Psylocke, 4-Star Sentry, 4-Star Sorcerer Supreme, 4-Star Guardian,

Tips: This is another Easy Path option. There are no nodes or hidden defenders to deal with.


Lane 4 – Center Right

Gate: Need 1 Mutant Champion

Defenders: Hulk, Deadpool, Rocket Racoon, Magneto, Spider-Man, Ronan, Punisher

Nodes: None

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

Tips: As long as you bring at least one non-Metal champ and can block or out-damage Deadpool’s regeneration you’ll be good for this path.


Lane 5 – Right Center

Gate: None

Defenders: Spider-Man, Black Panther, Daredevil, Cyclops New Xavier School, Iron Man, Iron Patriot, Gamora, Storm, OG Vision

Nodes: None

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

Tips: I did some more Red Skull testing here and just steamrolled all the defenders. Once again, nothing much to worry about if your parry is on point.


Lane 6 – Far Right

Gate: Need 1 Science and 1 Mystic Champion

Defenders: Spider-Man, Black Panther, Juggernaut, Wolverine, Captain America, Magneto, Gamora, Storm, Punisher

Nodes: +50% Attack & Health on 2nd and 4th Hidden Nodes (Wolverine & Magneto)

Team: 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 4-Star Sorcerer Supreme, 4-Star Sabretooth, 4-Star Guardian, 4-Star Sentry

Tips: The biggest thing to remember here is that the final hidden defender is Magneto so you want to bring in a non-Metal champion for that fight. The hidden Juggernaut is awakened.

My Roster:

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-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – January 10, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Schedule Notes: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 2pm EST, following the conclusion of Alliance War Attack.

Seatin takes Spider-Ham down the Cavalier Diss Track Lane.

Katy Candy looks back at the Best & Worst Champs of 2020.

Karatemike & 4Loki take on SAS in Alliance War.

MetalSonicDude solos Abyss Hulk Ragnarok with She-Hulk.

-Dano357

Chapter Guide – Act 4.1.3 – Incognito – Hidden Nodes

Summoners!

Here’s my guide for Act 4.1.3 “Incognito” in Marvel Contest of Champions.

General Thoughts:

The curveball with Act 4.1.3 is the appearance of hidden nodes. I have revealed the hidden defenders in the path notes below. None of them pose any significant matchup issues. There are 5 paths in this quest.

During my run through Act 4.1.3 I pulled 4-Star Gwenpool, and once again duped by 4-Star Man-Thing, upping his Signature Level to 40.

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:

Restrictions: Need 1 Cosmic Champion

Global Node: None

Boss: Superior Iron Man

Boss Notes:
Arc Overload 2.0
+50% Attack and Health

Superior Iron Man isn’t that big of a threat, but you can make your life easier by bringing a Mystic champion who can nullify his buffs, particularly his regeneration.


Lane 1 – Left

Gate: Need 1 Cosmic Champion

Defenders: Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Iron Patriot, Cyclops New Xavier School, Rhino, Star-Lord, War Machine, OG Vision

Nodes: None

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

Tips: Cosmic and Mystic champions will do very well as attackers for this lane. I mostly used Black Widow DO and Man-Thing. There are several versions of Iron Man to deal with, so either Armor Break or Buff Nullification is handy to have.


Lane 2 – Left Center

Gate: None

Defenders: Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers, Hulk, Daredevil, Elektra, Captain Marvel Classic, Star-Lord, War Machine, OG Vision

Nodes: None

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

Tips: With only one hidden node, this is a straightforward path. Don’t get hit and you’ll be fine.


Lane 3 – Center

Gate: None

Defenders: Black Bolt, Captain Marvel Classic, Drax, Scarlet Witch, Captain America, Hawkeye, War Machine, OG Vision

Nodes: None

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

Tips: Of the three hidden fights, Scarlet Witch is the only one that might be a problem. The novelty of the hidden nodes aside, this is a pretty Easy Path.


Lane 4 – Right Center

Gate: None

Defenders: Black Bolt, War Machine, Spider-Man, Gamora, Captain America, Punisher, Ronan

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 5-Star Psylocke, 4-Star Sorcerer Supreme, 4-Star Killmonger, 4-Star Guardian

Tips: With my top champs tied-up in Alliance War, I used this path as a testing ground for Sorcerer Supreme. Her buff suppression and heal-on-block abilities are handy, particularly against War Machine and the Superior Iron Man Boss.


Lane 5 – Right

Gate: Need 1 Cosmic

Defenders: Black Bolt, War Machine, Black Panther, Captain Marvel Classic, Daredevil, Captain America, Punisher, Ronan

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 4-Star Aarkus, 4-Star Sorcerer Supreme, 4-Star Killmonger, 4-Star Guardian

Tips: This path has three hidden nodes. Thankfully the defenders are only Black Panther, Captain Marvel Classic, Daredevil. It’s another longer path but there isn’t much you need to specifically plan for. Once again I played a lot of Sorcerer Supreme and Aarkus to get a handle on those champs, and they did fine.


My Roster:

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-Dano357

The Week Ahead in MCOC – January 10-16, 2021

Summoners!

Next week in Marvel Contest of Champions brings us a new 5-Star Featured Crystal and Jubilee’s official Contest debut as the Featured Arena Champion.

I hope you and your family are staying safe during these difficult times.

Alliance Wars Seasons
We are currently in the Alliance War Season 23. The rewards cut-off date was January 8 at 6pm EST, and the season ends on January 19.

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 Sunday, January 10 through Monday, January 11 at 2pm.

Sunday, January 10: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 2pm EST, following the conclusion of Alliance War Attack.

Monday, January 11: Summoner Sigil Owners, your Solo Event, Gold Quest, and items on a 7-day timer and the Legendary Crystal in the Black-ISO Market reset at Noon EST. Round 2 of the 4-Star Deadpool X-Force and Colossus Featured Arenas at 1pm EST. Incursions Milestones reset at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST when Alliance War Attack resumes. UMCOC Podcast, Live on Discord at 8pm EST.

Tuesday, January 12: Professor X is projected to enter the Basic Pool at 1pm. Please confirm via the in-game banner. The new 5-Star Featured Crystal debuts at 1pm EST. The featured champions in the crystal are Apocalypse, Red Goblin, Cosmic Ghost-Rider, Immortal Hulk, Immortal Abomination, and Spider-Ham. The Alliance Quest Series begins at 3pm EST.

Wednesday, January 13: The second set of Arcade Tokens (8) arrives at 1pm EST.

Thursday, January 14: Round 1 of the 4-Star Basic Arena (champion to be announced) and Jubilee Arenas begin at 1pm EST. The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Friday, January 15: No schedule updates.

Saturday, January 16: Incursions Milestones reset at 1pm EST.

Looking for more content from Frontline: MCOC?

January 2021 Roster Availability Windows

Stryfe & Jubilee Champion Release Schedules

How the January 2021 Side Quest Works

Book 2 Act 7.1.1 Chapter Guide


Who Is Coming to MCOC in 2021?

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – January 9, 2021

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Saturday, January 9, 2021.

Schedule Notes: The Holiday Store closes at 1pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series concludes at 3pm EST.

The latest episode of Podcast of Champions covering the Arcade Side Quest and Jubilee is now live.

Lagacy takes his 6-Star Rank 3 Cosmic Ghost-Rider against The Maestro.

-Dano357