The Week Ahead in MCOC – August 25-31, 2019

Summoners!

It’s a big week in Marvel Contest of Champions as Old Man Logan and Colossus finally get their Beta, and Season 11 of Alliance War wraps up.

Please note, war rewards are currently locked. If you leave your alliance prior to season rewards being issued, you will not be eligible to receive them.

Furthermore, because AQ starts on the same day as the war season ends, the first day with 100% champion availability (and therefore free movement) after Season 11 rewards drop will be on Sunday, August 31 following the conclusion of war attack.

Full Roster Availability (No AW/AQ): 100% roster availability following the conclusion of war attack on Sunday afternoon, until war attack resumes on Monday afternoon.

Sunday: UMCOC Podcast, Live On Discord, 8pm EST. Dungeon Days end at 1pm. 100% roster availability following the conclusion of war attack.

Monday: 100% roster availability until war attack begins (final war of Season 11). The Beta Test for the Old Man Logan and Colossus champion reworks opens. Round 2 of the Sabretooth and Warlock arenas begin at 1pm.

Tuesday: AQ begins at 3pm EST. Final war of Season 11 ends.

Wednesday: Expected drop for AW Season 11 rewards. Week 5 of the Summoner Showdown featuring PandamanPete, DragonFei, and Royal.Marshall, with guest host Arbitrarium at 4pm EST.

Thursday: 4* Basic Captain Marvel Movie and TBA Featured Arena start at 1pm EST. Alpha arena begins at 6pm.

Friday: The Beta Test for the Old Man Logan and Colossus champion reworks ends.

-Dano357



Around The Battlerealm – August 23, 2019

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Friday, August 23, 2019.

Schedule Notes: Tier 4 basic arena begins at 6pm EST.

Dorky Dave goes completely over the top with his review and 80s inspired theme song for Warlock.

Want to check out all of Warlock’s special moves? Kabam posted their official Warlock teaser trailer.

Seatin pulled a 3* Warlock yesterday, and has a rank-up and gameplay review.

“Should I awaken this champ?” It’s one of the most common questions you’ll see in any MCOC livestream. RichTheMan gives you his top 30 picks for a generic awakening gem.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – August 22, 2019

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Schedule Notes: Warlock officially joins the contest as the featured arena champ. Sabretooth is the basic arena champ. Dungeon Days begin. All three events kick off at 1pm EST.

Congratulations to RoastedBagel, who defeated Deacon and JJW in the Maestro challenge to move on to New York Comic Con in Week 4 of the Summoner Showdown.

A big THANK YOU to RichTheMan for the shout out in the latest episode of MCOC News.

Seatin covers Kabam’s announcement of several exciting September events, including the “Time After Time” side-quest.

Katy Candy is back with a 6 minutes or less character guide, this time featuring Emma Frost.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – August 21, 2019

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Schedule Notes: Week 4 of the Summoner Showdown, featuring JJW, RoastedBagel and Deacon from the UMCOC Podcast, with guest host Arbitrarium, streams live at 4pm EST.

Speaking of the UMCOC Podcast, Episode 89 is now available on Soundcloud.

New Dungeon crystals are out! Katy Candy gives you the breakdown.

Need more T5b? Who doesn’t? RichTheMan has a new guide on how to farm one of the most valuable resources in the game.

Lagacy showcases his Namor vs Korg and Thing bosses in his latest war video.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – August 20, 2019

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

Schedule Notes: Alpha arena begins at 6pm EST.

Kabam highlights JJW, Deacon and RoastedBagel from the UMCOC Podcast, who are all competing in Week 4 of the Summoner Showdown.

Craftygrinding reviews Round 1, and makes predictions for Round 2 of the Cable and Mr. Sinister arenas.

Lagacy tests Warlock against the Variant 3 Kang Boss.

Seatin wrecks Realm of Legends with his brand new 6* rank 2 Thing.

RichTheMan reviews the new synergy with Warlock that grants Magik an extra 50% attack while Limbo is active.

-Dano357

MCOC 101: Combos

MCOC 101 is an ongoing series of posts designed to help players understand the basic mechanics and strategies of Marvel Contest of Champions.

No one loves a good combo more than Star-Lord. Well, maybe Aegon.

Summoners!

Let’s look at the basic attacks available in Marvel Contest of Champions, and the ways they can be arranged into combos to solve the many challenges presented by The Contest.

The Three Basic Attacks

Light Attacks – Are the fastest and are quickly recovered from, but do the least damage.

Medium Attacks – Do more damage and can be chained into a special attack, but may also leave you open to a counter attack, especially from champs with an evade mechanic.

Heavy Attacks – Do the most damage and can’t be blocked/auto-blocked (unless the resist mastery is active). Heavy attacks take the longest amount of time to throw, so they can be high risk.

What is a Combo?

A combo is a series of Medium (swipe) and Light (tap) basic attacks. In general, you can’t combo into Heavy attacks (hold and release), but there are a couple of exceptions below. Utilizing these attacks in different orders creates unique combos, all of which have uses depending on which character you are playing or fighting against. Your second medium attack or your fourth light attack will end your combo.

5 Hit Combos
M-L-L-L-M (Standard Combo) – This is the core combo in MCOC. If there are no other strategic factors in play, this is the combo you’ll do the most damage with and will be your go to. By ending with a medium attack, you can chain your combo into a Special 1 or Special 2 attack.

Standard 5-Hit Combo, chained into the Sp1 & Sp2

M-L-L-L-L – Use this combo when you are concerned that ending with the medium attack, which has a longer recovery time, will leave you open to a counter-attack. Also, there are some characters, such as Ghost-Rider and Nick Fury, that have an ability that triggers by ending a 5-hit combo with a light attack.

Note that Ghost-Rider places a bleed debuff after landing the 4th light attack

M-L-L-L-H – This combo is possible for Wasp, who can passively stun opponents while charging a heavy attack while hitting with a basic attack combo.

4 Hit Combos
L-L-L-L (Korg Killer) – Use the 4 hit light attack combo to break Korg’s Rock Shield without taking any reflected damage.

L-M-L-M (Sentinel Killer) – Use this alternating light/medium combo against Sentinel to prevent it from gaining analysis charges, or against the Tunnel Vision node, which punishes you for using the same action twice in a row.

Notice Sentinel does not gain analysis charges.

M-L-L-L – Use this combo (slowly) when playing against evade champs, as your light attacks are much quicker and will give you time to recover in case your attack is evaded.

Practice slowing down your combo vs auto-evade champs. Don’t button mash!

3 Hit Combos
M-L-M (Standard Corvus Attack) – Use the 3 hit M-L-M to maximize Corvus’s Glaive Charges, as he does not use a charge on the first light attack of a combo. You want to save the charges for the higher damage medium and special attacks.

M-L-L – This combo is useful against champions that gain a lot of power, particularly Hyperion. It seems like the AI is more likely to throw a special when you are cutting off your combo early, particularly if you have just pushed the defender over 1 bar of power.

Shorten your combo open up more opportunities to bait specials.

2 Hit Combos
M-M – Use this combo when playing a character whose medium attacks avoid taking damage back from certain nodes or characters. An example of this is Omega Red, whose tentacle attacks reduce 100% of the damage inflicted by enemy abilities (such as Electro or Korg) that deal instant passive damage when they are struck.

Note: Omega Red is one of the best Korg killers in the Contest because he can safely throw light & medium attacks into Korg’s Rock Shield without taking damage back.

M-H – This is another option for chaining into a heavy attack with Wasp.

-Dano357

MCOC 101: Dungeon Team Building

MCOC 101 is an ongoing series of posts designed to help players understand the basic mechanics and strategies of Marvel Contest of Champions.

Summoners!

Ok, so you don’t have Ghost. What now?

Dungeons return in just a few hours, so now is a good time to review some of the challenges the various Dungeon paths present so you can maximize your runs. For my recommendations I am valuing utility and sustainability over raw damage. Obviously Ghost can handle pretty much anything… as long as you don’t get hit and are ok with refreshing the Quantum Trinity every three days.

Science
Key Issues – Evade (Spider-Verse Champs), Poison (Abomination Mini), Auto-Block (M.O.D.O.K.), Shock (Electro)
Suggested Counters – Corvus w/ Proxima, Venom, Hyperion, Killmonger, Iceman, Omega Red, Blade w/ Ghost-Rider and Sparky

Tech
Key Issues: Auto-Block (Iron Man IW)
Suggested Counters – Corvus, Hyperion

Mystic
Key Issues: Degeneration/Unavoidable Damage (Dormammu, Magik, Mephisto), Bleed (Morningstar)
Suggested Counters – Blade with Sparky & Dormammu/Mephisto, Gladiator Hulk

Mutant
Key Issues: Unavoidable Damage (Domino/Iceman)
Suggested Counters – Sentinel, Darkhawk, Sabretooth, Corvus, Mysterio,

Skill
Key Issues: Reverberation (Killmonger)
Suggested Counters – Blade with Sparky & Ghost Rider, Corvus, any armor break champ

Cosmic
Key Issues: Auto-Block (Medusa), Power Gain (Hyperion)
Suggested Counters – Mephisto with Morningstar & The Champion or Morningstar with Mephisto and Guillotine, Venom The Duck, Hood, Jane Foster, Symbiote Supreme, Killmonger, Corvus with Proxima.

Around The Battlerealm – August 19, 2019

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Monday, August 19, 2019.

Schedule Notes: 100% roster availability until war resumes around 2pm EST. Dungeons return at 1pm EST. Round 2 of the Mr. Sinister and Cable arenas start at 1pm EST. AQ series begins at 3pm EST.

Podcast of Champions is back with a new episode covering Warlock, the Act 6.3 Beta and Variant 3.

Warlock content creator videos are now live. RichTheMan and Killer Beezy weigh in on the latest entrant to the contest.

A 55K medium attack with a rank 3 Hela? Dork Lessons does the Synergy Samba to show you how.

Seatin features his 6* Thing in his latest rank-up and gameplay video.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – August 18, 2019

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Sunday, August 18, 2019.

Schedule Notes: UMCOC Podcast, Live On Discord, 8pm EST. 100% roster availability starting Sunday afternoon following the conclusion of war.

KT1 shows you how to maximize Stark Spider-man’s stun lock capabilities in Variant 3.

Seatin has posted a number of Variant 3 videos, including Nick Fury vs Rogue, Killmonger vs the Evade Path, and Kamala Khan vs Rogue.

Lagacy has also shared his highlights from his Variant 3 exploration.

-Dano357

Around The Battlerealm – August 17, 2019

Summoners!

Here’s your Marvel Contest of Champions news brief for Saturday, August 17, 2019.

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

Kabam posted the official character spotlight for Warlock.

Variant 3 has only been out since Wednesday, but Seatin already has a full guide. Seatin also weighs in on the new premium reward bundle.

No Sentinel? Dork Dave says no problem! Take down that Variant 3 Kang boss with Nebula.

RoyalMarshall has posted the energy requirements for this month’s EQ on The Reddit.

RichTheMan wonders if a recent ban wave is the cause of the low arena scores in the latest MCOC News.

-Dano357