The Hero School Review: PVP, Infernal Contracts and Catch 22s

The Hero School Review: PVP, Infernal Contracts and Catch 22s

Creation of the Hero

Creation of the Hero by Michelangelo, Stan Faryna and Madalina Cristea

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T H E   H E R O   S C H O O L   R E V I E W     I S S U E   NO.  8

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The Review for Gold Gear, Heros, Uniforms and Loot in Playdom’s Marvel Avengers Alliance Game for Facebook and Playdom.com

Edited by Stan Faryna and White Buffalo

Depeche Mode, Walking In My Shoes

Marvel Avengers Alliance DeadPool Season

Editor’s Note:

The last two weeks have been hell. I’ve been working like a mad man on my science fiction story about the end of the world (and everything) while trying to keep up with the Marvel Avengers Alliance game – shooting for DeadPool and doing Spec Ops for two accounts. And then there are all the other appointments I kept – as a father, lover and friend, as a member of the Omega guild, various blogging communities, and online strategy discussions, AND, last but not least, as a techno-bohemian.

Oh – I also turned 43. Feel free to congratulate me in the comments…

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The Infernal Contract of PVP

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Marvel Avengers Alliance: Heroes: Deadpool

200+ man (or woman) hours

It has been estimated by seers, accountants, and Kafkanesque bureaucrats 200 hours is the average number of hours that the non-gold using players among the 1% put into getting DeadPool, the infiltrator schematics, and all the other goodies as advertised for the nearly completed DeadPool PVP Season. That is [bleeping] insane!

An infernal contract, indeed.

Also infernal is the Spec Ops gear – all junk.

What you do with a Catch 22

The word, Catch 22, describes a FUBAR paradox in which you are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

As most Marvel Avengers Alliance players currently find themselves unable to make ground or hold ground in the current PVP tournament, it seems appropriate to drag out the word, Catch 22.

Here’s some suggestions:

1. Level up three heroes in the same class of a PVP hero – in a single day

2. Level up your agent four levels in a single day

3. Change the uniforms of your agent and heroes in a manner that provides some advantage against the classes of the opponent’s team

4. Your PVP heroes are not level 12 (get them there) and you should have at least 4 heroes (Level 9 or higher) for each class represented by your PVP heroes

5. If you don’t have Quantum Jumper (Level 65+), buy it. Yesterday.

6. If you don’t have Cosmic Flame, buy the Ankle Biter.

7. If you don’t have a protector (Captain America, Colossus, or Thing) on your PVP team…

8. Don’t fall asleep on the job! Pay attention!

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Cosmic Flame

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Marvel Avengers Alliance: Gear: Cosmic Flame

Looking at the stats of the Cosmic Flame leaves one underwhelmed. But it turned out to be one of the epic gears for PVP – if you knew how to use it properly.

Soulfire may be the only debuff that forces protector’s to drop their special protection buffs including:

Captain America, Shield Guard
Colossus, Steel Fortress
Thing, Stone Wall

If you don’t have something to do the same thing in PVP, hopefully you have Cosmic Flame in your inventory and you’ll equip it immediately (regardless of it’s power level) – if you have not already done so.

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Anklebiter

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Marvel Avengers Alliance: Gear: AnkleBiter

Is it worth 64 Gold?

If you don’t have Cosmic Flame, Anklebiter is worth 64 Gold. And if you are a subscriber to The Hero School Review, you know that I rarely say things are worth 64 Gold.

Remove Buffs works like Soulfire without the DOT (Damage Over Time). It removes “special protect” buffs – so you can kill that agent faster.

November 5th Update:

In the last hours of the DeadPool PVP Tournament, Anklebiter’s Remove Buffs sometimes failed to remove Shield Guard. That is a bummer for all those players desperately trying to hold on to their league. Yet another Playdom bug that cause considerable grief. Players who recently purchased Anklebiter should request a Gold refund from Disney-Playdom.

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Exploits

Unintended glitches happen and may make gear better (or worse) than intended by Playdom-Disney. If you discover an uber exploit that will make us all think twice about a seemingly unwise purchase, please let us know in the comments.

Previous Hero School Reviews

Issue No. 1: Traumatic Post and Future Foundation (FF) Spiderman Uniform

Issue No. 2: Transcranial Stimulator and Techno-Organic Endoskeleton

Issue No. 3: Omni-Fury, Crystal Shiv, and 4 more additional gear slots

Issue No. 4: Spec Ops 3 Epic Boss Rewards – Arc Reactor and Cosmic Flame

Issue No. 5: Eric Hallford should be banned from the Playdom.com forums

Issue No. 7: PVP Rewards and Gangnam Style: DeadPool by the numbers

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Play Marvel Avengers on Playdom.com with more energy, more UISOs and a lot more RAH!
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Stan Faryna
04 November 2012
Bucharest, Romania
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“Safe” Playdom.com and other Marvel Avengers Alliance Hubs
Marvel Universe Group (FB)
Omega Guild (FB)
If you want your Marvel Avengers Alliance FB group, forum or website added to this list, let’s arrange a walk through.
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10 Responses to The Hero School Review: PVP, Infernal Contracts and Catch 22s

  1. happy birthday i wish i was as smart as you ,when i was 43. i’m 50 now.

    • Stan Faryna says:

      Thanks Douglas – you’re very kind to say so. I still eff up and often. Working on improving that – just as I am sure you are.

  2. Happy birthday Stan! Thanks for the advice, too bad I can’t buy the Anklebiter right now. What’s your opinion of Hercules, o techno-bohemian master?

    • Stan Faryna says:

      Thanks Oscar. Hercules is almost epic. Something needs to be fixed, but I haven’t decided what. Ghost Rider, on the other hand, may be worthy of PVP.

  3. Ben Lee says:

    Happy Birthday, dude. I enjoy reading your blog for the specific advice on how to improve my MAA game and the thoughtfully written and philosophical musings / entries. Keep up the good work.

  4. Tanya Cox says:

    1st~ Happy Birthday. 2nd~ I love your taste in music, DM is Epic! :) 3~ I am stuck in a battle against Mephisto with only Human Torch left and NOTHING I do will take him out. I have him at 35 HP and even though I am hitting him for points and points of damage, he won’t DIE! HELP! What can I do? This seems to be a glitch that I can’t see a way out of! Agent Tatiana

    • Stan Faryna says:

      Agent Tatiana,

      Mephisto and the Epic Boss will sustain some damage after their health is gone. Just keep your heroes alive a little bit longer.

  5. Thank you for your previous entry on PvP tourney. I play MAA since May and i have been very scared and annoyed on PvP topic.
    Your take on PvP is a good wake-up call for me. When PvP tourney start, i think at most i can only finished on Diamond League but after i read your post, i can stand up and fight on PvP despite my less-than-average resources(all player on my level already have most hero recruited and at minimum lv of 10 while mine is only about 3/4 of all hero and at maximum lv of 10).
    I was able to finished on Vibranium league.
    Congratulations on your birthday and once again, thank you.

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