Chapter Guide – Act 2.4.5 – Nearer – Emma Frost to 4/40

Summoners!

Here’s my guide for Act 2.4.5 “Nearer” in Marvel Contest of Champions.

General Thoughts:

There are three paths here, and nothing much new to worry about from a difficultly standpoint.

I have my first 4-Star 4/40 on my account! Emma Frost is also now at the top of my profile.

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


Best Champs: Any

Restrictions: Need 1 Tech & 1 Mutant

Global Node: None

Boss: Abomination

Boss Notes: If you can, bring a Poison-Immune champion.


Lane 1 – Left

Gate: None

Defenders: Colossus, Vision Age of Ultron, Howard The Duck, Ant Man, Omega Red, Joe Fixit, Archangel

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Hulk, 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 4-Star Emma Frost, 3-Star Guardian, 3-Star Elsa Bloodstone

Tips: Do not bleed Omega Red or stand near him for long periods of time because it will activate his Death Field, which, as the name implies, is not good for your champion’s health.


Lane 2 – Left Center

Gate: 1 Tech

Defenders: Colossus, Ghost, Red Hulk, Ant Man, Rhino, Green Goblin, Archangel

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Hulk, 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 4-Star Emma Frost, 3-Star Guardian, 3-Star Elsa Bloodstone

Tips: Green Goblin’s specials are tricky to dodge, so you’re probably safer blocking unless you’re experienced fighting him.


Lane 3 – Right Center

Gate: Need 1 Mutant

Defenders: Colossus, Nebula, She-Hulk, Beast, Ultron, Namor, Archangel

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Hulk, 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 4-Star Emma Frost, 3-Star Guardian, 3-Star Elsa Bloodstone

Tips: The biggest worry here is Ultron’s evade, which usually tends to trigger when you try to punish his SP1.


Lane 4 – Left

Gate: None

Defenders: Colossus, Nebula, Hulk, Sentry, Ultron, Namor, Archangel

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Hulk, 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 4-Star Emma Frost, 3-Star Guardian, 3-Star Elsa Bloodstone

Tips: See Ultron note in Path 3.

My Roster:

Jump To:
Act 2.3.6 – “Whispers” – Rhino Charge!
Act 2.4.1 – “Benefactor” – Level 28
Act 2.4.2 – “Purpose” – Class Gates
Act 2.4.3 – “Revealed” – 4-Star Emma Frost to Rank 4
Act 2.4.4 – “Two Maniacs” – Mighty Colossus
Act 2.4.5 – “Nearer” – Emma Frost to 4/40
Act 2.4.6 – “Conquered” – Kang Defeated
Act 3.1.1 – “A New Foe” – Thanos

-Dano357

The Week Ahead in MCOC – November 8-14, 2020

Summoners!

Next week in Marvel Contest of Champions brings us Round 1 of the Summoner’s Choice Champion voting and the kick-off for Alliance War Season 22.

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 22 will begin on Wednesday, November 11 and the Season Rewards eligibility cut-off date is Friday, November 27 at 6pm EST. The season will conclude on Tuesday, December 8.

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, November 8 through Monday, November 9 at 2pm EST.

Sunday, November 8: Sunday Arenas begin at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability begins at 2pm EST.

Monday, November 9: Round 2 of the 4-Star Basic Black Widow Deadly Origin and Pick 1 of 4 Hulks (Joe Fixit/Hulkbuster/OG Hulk/Hulk Ragnarok) Featured Arenas at 1pm EST. Summoner Sigil Owners, your Solo Event, Gold Quest, and items on a 7-day timer and 5-Star Featured Crystal in the Black-ISO Market reset at 1pm EST. 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. The Alliance Quest Series begins at 3pm EST. UMCOC Podcast, Live on Discord at 8pm EST. Vote in the Summoner’s Choice Champion starting today!

Tuesday, November 10: Server Maintenance begins at 11pm EST and will last up to 3 hours.

Wednesday, November 11: Alliance War Season 22 begins with matchmaking at 6pm EST.

Thursday, November 12: Round 1 of the 4-Star Hawkeye and Immortal Hulk Featured Champion Arenas begin at 1pm EST. Incursions Milestones reset at 2pm EST. The Alpha Arena begins at 6pm EST.

Friday, November 13: No Schedule Updates.

Saturday, November 14: The Alliance Quest Series concludes at 3pm EST.


Looking for more content from Frontline: MCOC?

100% Roster Availability for November

MCOC November 2020 Road Map Update

How The November Side Quest Works

Champion Release Schedules – Immortal Hulk and Immortal Abomination

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – November 7, 2020

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Schedule Notes: 100% Roster Availability ends at 2pm EST. Incursions Milestones and Top Zone Bonus Rewards reset at 2pm EST.

Read the highlights from the Update to the Road Map.

Kingslayer showcases gameplay from a 6-Star Rank 3 Gamora.

-Dano357

MCOC Road Map Update – November 2020

Summoners!

Kabam has just posted an update to the Road Map. While much of it is a review of items that have already been added to the game, there are many important updates. Here’s a quick look at what’s in development.

CONTENT

Book 2 Chapter 1 – Confirmed release on December 9

Summer of Pain – Delayed, potential Spring 2021 Release

Variant 6 – More info coming soon

Note that Variant 6 is expected to be the Luke Cage/Jessica Jones/Netflix Daredevil Event Quest, and that Netflix Daredevil has been confirmed as the December champion buff.

ALLIANCES

The news here is Kabam is working toward a big revamp of both Alliance Quest and Alliance War, so this is delaying some of the individual items on the Road Map

Path Assignments – Delayed until AQ/AW Revamp

Defender Placements – Delayed until AW Revamp

AQ Officer – In development – No ETA

Undo Button – In Development – No ETA

Help All – Delayed – We will likely see Help 8 / Help 16 – No ETA

Alliance Quest – Link Node Rework & Energy Rework In Design – No ETA

Raid Bosses – Still Early In Design Phase – No ETA


CHAMPIONS

Wish Crystal – In Design – Late 2020/Early 2021 Timeline

Champion Buff Schedule:

December – Daredevil (Devil of Hell’s Kitchen) – Overhaul

January – None

February – Two Tune-Ups & Two Updates

March – Two Tune-Ups & Two Updates

April – Two Overhauls

The February-April schedule will be the three month cycle for champion buffs going forward.


A CONTEST EVOLVED

Duel Target “Fight Again Button” – Paused – Still coming but other items have been prioritized,

Volume Trigger Gameplay Mechanic – In Development – Volume Triggers (sometimes called “Area of Effect”) are expected early in 2021,

Fight Replays – Paused – Early tech for this is in place, but other features have been prioritized. Expected sometime in 2021.

Strikers – In Development – Still in early design stage, need to figure out how Strikers will work and interact with existing game systems. Possible sneak peak in the works.

Incursions Hacks Update – In Design – Next 2-3 Months Based on Original Timeline.

Incursions Firewalls/Matchmaking Zone Targets/Champ Refresh & No Cooldown – In Development – No ETA

Incursions Friendships Benefits/Abilities – Not Started – No ETA

Arena PI Differentials – In Design – Looking at further improvements after the October Arena Update.

Arena Auto Help/Boosts/Auto Select Team – In Design – No ETA

Arena 2.0 – In Design – No ETA – More to come on what exactly this is.

Social Progression – Paused – Prioritizing current features for now.

Solo Competitive Mode – In Design – No ETA – Exploring potential competitive gameplay options.

-Dano357

Chapter Guide – Act 2.4.4 – Two Maniacs – Mighty Colossus

Summoners!

Here’s my guide for Act 2.4.4 “Two Maniacs” in Marvel Contest of Champions.

General Thoughts:

There are three paths in 2.4.4 with the gated center path being the most difficult. That being said, I don’t think there is too much that will trip you up here.

I didn’t reach any account milestones during my run through 2.4.4.

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


Best Champs: Any

Restrictions: Need 1 Mutant & 1 Skill Champion

Global Node: None

Boss: Colossus

Boss Notes: Colossus isn’t a difficult Boss, but he is immune to most forms of Damage-over-Time Debuffs and is also Armor Break-Immune. Keep that in mind when choosing your attacker.


Lane 1 – Left

Gate: None

Defenders: Sabretooth, Nick Fury, Doctor Octopus, Archangel, Psylocke, Vulture,

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 5-Star Hulk, 4-Star Emma Frost, 3-Star Guardian, 3-Star Elsa Bloodstone

Tips: Nick Fury isn’t awakened, so you don’t have to worry about his second phase.


Lane 2 – Center

Gate: Need 1 Mutant & 1 Skill Champion

Defenders: Sabretooth, Old Man Logan, Ronin, Archangel, War Machine, Moon Knight

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 5-Star Hulk, 4-Star Emma Frost, 3-Star Guardian, 3-Star Elsa Bloodstone

Tips: This is the hard path, as the defenders have their awakened abilities active, and some of them have specials that are difficult to dodge.


Lane 3 – Right

Gate: None

Defenders: Sabretooth, Iron Patriot, Namor, Archangel, Kingpin, Beast

Nodes: None

Team: 5-Star Captain America Infinity War, 5-Star Hulk, 4-Star Emma Frost, 3-Star Guardian, 3-Star Elsa Bloodstone

Tips: This is the easiest of the three paths.


My Roster:

Jump To:
Act 2.3.6 – “Whispers” – Rhino Charge!
Act 2.4.1 – “Benefactor” – Level 28
Act 2.4.2 – “Purpose” – Class Gates
Act 2.4.3 – “Revealed” – 4-Star Emma Frost to Rank 4
Act 2.4.4 – “Two Maniacs” – Mighty Colossus
Act 2.4.5 – “Nearer” – Emma Frost to 4/40
Act 2.4.6 – “Conquered” – Kang Defeated
Act 3.1.1 – “A New Foe” – Thanos

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – November 6, 2020

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Friday, November 6, 2020.

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

RichTheMan has your guide to the Gamma Store.


-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – November 5, 2020

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Thursday, November 5, 2020.

Schedule Notes: Round 1 of the 4-Star Basic Black Widow Deadly Origin and Pick 1 of 4 Hulks Arena (OG Hulk/Hulkbuster/Joe Fixit/Hulk Ragnarok) Featured Champion Arenas begin at 1pm EST.

Here’s my full breakdown of the November Side Quest with rewards spreadsheet.

RichTheMan tests out Root on the first Shadow Base Raid.

Katy Candy uploaded her Cavalier Boss Fights.

Karatemike showcases Ghost’s damage with the Foresight node.

-Dano357

How The November 2020 Side Quest Works – Shadow Base Raids & Joe Fixit’s Fine Goods

Summoners!

My favorite meme-tier champion, Joe Fixit, has quite a Side Quest in store for us this month. As always, my full breakdown is below, and you can also DOWNLOAD THE REWARDS SPREADSHEET.

The goal for this month is to earn as much Gamma Radiation as possible during the event, so that you can trade it in at Joe Fixit’s Fine Goods Store for rewards. Gamma Radiation can be found in events throughout the Contest, including the monthly Event Quest, Solo Objectives, a 7-Day Calendar, Arenas, and Shadow Base Raids

EVENT SCHEDULE

The November Side Quest runs from Wednesday, November 4 at 1pm EST until Wednesday, December 2 at 1pm EST.

HOW TO PLAY

The Side Quest for this month is called Shadow Base Raids. You need a Gamma Gauntlet to enter a Shadow Base, and you’ll receive one Gamma Gauntlet per day from a login calendar for a total of 28 Gamma Gauntlets.

You can use a Gamma Gauntlet to open a Shadow Base Raid, and from that point you’ll have only 30 minutes to get as far as you can in the quest. The further you get, the more Gamma Radiation you earn!

There are a total of 10 defenders on the path in the Shadow Base Raid, and 7 different iterations of the map. The map will change to the next variant after 24 hours – similar to the Heralds of Galactus Side Quest.

Courtesy of Cat Murdock. Support Cat’s Art on Redbubble.

There are 4 difficulty levels: Heroic, Master, Epic, and Legendary. Since you only get 28 Gauntlets, you can’t play them all. Instead, you need to focus on the difficulty level that earns you the most Gamma Radiation.

Because you earn Gamma Radiation each fight – not by completing the path – there is a cutoff point where it makes sense to move up to the next difficulty. For example, completing all 10 fights in Epic may not net you as much Gamma has completing 6 fights in Legendary. Once we have that information, I’ll update the post.

Like with past Side Quests, you can save up your Gamma Gauntlets and run Shadow Base Raids multiple times a day.

However, unlike the last few events, once you open the event you are committed to it, so do not back out or you will lose your Gamma Gauntlet!

GAMMA RADIATION

So at this point you’re wondering how much Gamma Radiation you can earn. The maximum amount of Gamma Radiation a player can earn during the event is 1.9 million.

Here’s where the Gamma Radiation is:

Event Quest (Completion Runs)
Normal- 6,000
Heroic- 50,000
Master – 150,000
Uncollected – 450,000

Solo Objectives – 130,000
7-Day Calendar – 112,000
Arenas – 152,000

Shadow Base Raids
Heroic – 20,000 *
Master – 110,000 *
Epic – 350,000 *
Legendary – 850,000 *

* – Remember, because Gauntlets are limited, you can’t earn all the Shadow Base Raid Gamma.

JOE FIXIT’S FINE GOODS

Once you have all that Gamma Radiation, head over to Fixit’s Fine Goods to buy catalysts, crystal shards, and signature stones. Rewards are offered by title, with the highest level being Cavalier, so don’t worry, there are no Thronebreaker only rewards, at least for this month.

Here’s the big question – can I buy everything in the store? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

There is 2,372,500 Gamma worth of items in the store, so you can’t get them all. Make sure to prioritize your most desired items!

GAMMA GALORE SPEND EVENT

The more Gamma you spend, the more rewards you earn! As you spend Gamma Radiation you will contribute to a special solo event. You need to spend at least 1.5m Gamma (remember you can earn up to 1.9m) to complete the event. This event includes a 5-Star Awakening Generic Gem and a 5-Star Featured Hero Crystal.


ROOT MECHANIC

Finally, there is a new game mechanic being introduced in this event called Root.

When Rooted, a champion can’t move. They can still attack, Dex, parry, and use specials, but there will be no lateral movement from those actions. Each day in Shadow Base Raids, Root will be paired with a Global Buff to test interactions. Legendary will be more difficult and has an extra layer added to the buff.

Share your thoughts on Root on the official forums.

FINAL THOUGHTS

We’ll have to see how difficult the Shadow Raids are for the rewards, and the impact of the Root Mechanic could be huge on how well the month goes. That being said, store-based events are usually very popular because players love to choose their own rewards. I’m also a big fan of putting the special currency in content we’re already doing like the EQ and Arenas, to give players more options to feel rewarded. The Solo Event adds a nice touch to the event, especially because the Generic Awakening Gem will be accessible to Uncollected players.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – November 4, 2020

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Schedule Notes: October events conclude and November events begin at 1pm EST.

Kabam shared the details and announced the participants for the Summoner Showdown Semi-Finals.

Seatin shared a CCP preview of Immortal Hulk.

Karatemike tests out the newly buffed Gambit.

-Dano357