Contest Realm Podcast – Episode 24 – Dev Diaries, Hulkbuster Incursions & The Future of MCOC


It’s Episode 24 of the Contest Realm Podcast! The Road Maps are finally out. Rich and I recap all the news about the future of MCOC and review our experience testing Hulkbuster out in Incursions.

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Around The Battlerealm – July 5, 2020


Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Sunday, July 5, 2020.

Schedule Notes: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST.

Kabam John and Dave present the Champion Deep Dive for Guardian.

RichTheMan has tips for players returning to Marvel Contest of Champions.

Karatemike has a Rank-Up and Game-Play video for his 6 Star Symbiote Supreme.

INK MCOC showcases Magik’s ability to solo Abyss Bishop in only 2 minutes.

Not to be outdone, Swedeah solos the 6.2.6 Champion with Kamala Khan in 2 minutes.


The Week Ahead in MCOC – July 5-11, 2020


Next week in Marvel Contest of Champions Guardian officially joins The Contest as the Featured Arena Champion, Northern Expeditions Week 2 releases, and Alliance War Season 19 kicks off. The Hotel M.O.D.O.K. Gift Shop closes on July 8, so make sure to spend your Gold Coins by then.

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

Alliance Wars Seasons
We are currently in the Alliance War Off-Season. Season 19 will start on July 8. Rewards eligibility for Season 19 locks on Friday, July 24 at 6pm EST, and the Season ends on Tuesday, August 4.

For daily updates and the latest news, please follow @FrontlineMCOC on Twitter or join the Frontline: MCOC LINE Group.

View Full MCOC Calendar

Full Roster Availability (No AW/AQ): 100% champion availability starting at 2pm EST on Friday, July 10 through Saturday, July 11 at 2pm EST.

Sunday, July 5: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST.

Monday, July 6: Round 2 of the 4 Star Squirrel Girl and Sabretooth Featured Arenas at 1pm EST. Summoner Sigil Owners, your Solo Event, Gold Quest, and items on a 7-day timer and the 5 Star Featured Crystal in the Black-ISO Market reset at 1pm EST. UMCOC Podcast, Live on Discord at 8pm EST.

Tuesday, July 7: Incursions Milestones and Top Zone Bonus rewards reset at 2pm EST. Server Maintenance begins at 11pm EST and will last for up to 2 hours.

Wednesday, July 8: The Hotel M.O.D.O.K. Gift Shop closes at 1pm EST, so make sure to spend all your Gold Coins! Northern Expeditions Week 2 opens at 1pm EST. Alliance War Season 19 kicks off with matchmaking at 6pm EST.

Thursday, July 9: Round 1 of the 4 Star Basic Darkhawk and Guardian Featured Arenas begin at 1pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series concludes at 3pm EST. The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Friday, July 10: 100% Roster Availability beginning at 2pm EST.

Saturday, July 11: 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST.

Looking for more content from Frontline: MCOC?

Northern Expeditions – How the Side Quest Works

100% Roster Availability Schedule for July

8 Million Battlechip Opening

MCOC Road Map – Champions – Highlights

Crystal Opening – 1x 6 Star, 3x 5 Star Featured

MCOC Road Map – Alliances

Contest Realm Podcast Episode 23


Around The Battlerealm – July 4, 2020


Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Saturday, July 4, 2020.

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

Kabam released Part 4 of the Road Map – A Contest Evolved. Read the post and check out reactions from Katy Candy, Seatin, and RichTheMan.

MCOC INK pits Symbiote Supreme vs Venom The Duck in Round 2 of the Symbiote Showdown.


2020 July 4th Weekend Cache Deals


Let’s breakdown the July 4th Weekend Cache Deals to see if they represent good value for your hard earned units. If you want see my item values, or to do your own analysis, download the spreadsheet!


5-Star Summoner Bundle

Unit Value: 3,380 (+2,380)

6-Star Summoner Bundle

Unit Value: 867.5 (-132.5)


Greater Awakening Bundle

Unit Value: 10,570 (+6,570)

Greater Rank Up Bundle

Unit Value
: 2,670 (-1,330)


Superior 5-Star Bundle

Unit Value: 26,730 (+16,730)

Superior 6-Star Bundle

Unit Value
: 15,700 (+5,700)

3K 6-Star Nexus Bonus

Item Value
: 2,850 (-150)

6K 6-Star Awakening Gem Bonus

Item Value
: 2,950 (-3,050)

Final Thoughts

Kabam is asking a big premium for 6 Star items, so if you’re still at the point where 5 Star items matter to you, there is much greater value to be had going in that direction. Certainly, for the first two deals, only the 5 Star deals represent good value for your units. For the 10K deals, both represent great value, but the 5 Star deal is better as it isn’t as dependent on RNG. While the 3K 6 Star Nexus deal isn’t great value, it’s close enough to justify, and I’ll likely go for it.


Around The Battlerealm – July 3, 2020


Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Friday, July 3, 2020.

Schedule Notes: July 4th Weekend Deals go live at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability beginning at 2pm EST. The Tier 4 Basic Arena begins at 6pm EST.

UMCOC Podcast Episode #132 is now live on Soundcloud.

RichTheMan prepares for July 4th in Marvel Contest News.

MCOC DroidDoes reviews the July Marvel Insider Bundles.

Katy Candy lists her picks for the Top 5 Skill Champions in the game.

Dave compares old Hulkbuster to new Hulkbuster.

Karatemike shreds the Map 7 Annihilus Mini-Boss with Quake.

Simula67 highlights the power control abilities of Guillotine 2099.

Jason Voorhees has a guide on how to defeat Uncollected Guardian.

RichTheMan and Frontline MCOC will be streaming Incursions at 4pm EST today. Come by as we test out the newly buffed Hulkbuster and talk about everything that happened in game this week.


8 Million Battlechip Opening – 2,000 Basic Arena vs 400 Uncollected Arena Crystals


Big thanks to my Shield Family alliance-mate Vetlegge for grinding out 8 million battlechips for this Arena vs Uncollected Arena Crystal opening.

If you’re just here for the results, don’t worry, I have a spreadsheet handy for you!


MCOC Road Map – Champions – Highlights & Recap


Kabam has just released Part 3 of the Road Map – Champions of the Contest. Once again, this is a pretty long post, and covers the future vision of champion design, balance, and acquisition. It’s worth a read when you have time. With that being said, let’s get into the highlights.


Not all buffs will be created equal. Kabam is looking at 4 categories for champions.

Balanced – No changes needed.
Tune-Up – Just needs a numbers boost.
Update – Needs a numbers boost and minor ability changes.
Overhaul – Needs a full rework.

The general repeating “buff cycle” will be Overhaul – Tune Up – Update.

The first Tune-Up will be Punisher 2099, which is expected in October with v28.2, then Gambit and Falcon will receive Updates in November with v29.0.


Release Date: End of August

Important Notes: Yes, both classic Magneto and Magneto Marvel Now are getting full Overhauls (reworks). There will not be Betas for these reworks.

My Thoughts: What I’m really excited about here is that the buffs will make them different champions. Magneto will be more of a classic villain, and will be designed to take out Metal and Hero champions, while Magneto Marvel Now will be a support champion for Metal and Hero champions. Hopefully they do both Magnetos justice!


Release Date: Late July/Early August

Key Information: Uncollected and Cavalier players will soon be able to purchase a Dual Class 5 Star Basic Crystal for 10K 5 Star Shards. The class pairs will be Mutant/Skill, Science/Mystic, and Cosmic/Tech, and will rotate in the store daily.

My Thoughts: I love this idea, especially because it costs the same as a regular 5 Star Basic. For Summoners targeting a handful of champions, this will be the way to go. I imagine I’ll be just spinning the Science/Mystic one until I pull Doctor Doom and Human Torch for Abyss.


Release Date: Late 2020/Early 2021

Key Information: This idea is early in the development stage, but it may be a Cavalier Crystal where you can select 5 champions from each class to create your own custom pool for a crystal.

My Thoughts: This is a really cool idea, I just hope once the tech is developed, it isn’t restricted to just Cavalier Crystals. I would certainly pay a premium in crystal shards for a 5 Star or 6 Star Wish List Crystal. This idea is quite a ways off, so it is likely to evolve a bit before release.


Release Date: Late August/Early September

Key Information: A big update is coming to Solo Events, including more variation in events, progression appropriate tiers, a new Solo Crystal, and a rewards update. Regarding Signature Stones, one 5 Star Sig Stone Crystal will be added to the Uncollected 22 Hour Solo Event Milestones. Cavalier players will receive an additional 5 Star Generic Sig Stone.

My Thoughts: 5 Star Signature Stones have been an area I’ve talked about a lot, so I’m glad to see we’re finally getting a regular way to grind some. Solo Events have been in need of an upgrade for a while, so hopefully the other rewards are more in line with the needs of Uncollected and Cavalier players as well.

What did you think of the Champions Road Map? Are you excited by the buffs and the new Dual Class 5 Star Crystal? Let me know in the comments below.