Oh, quite some time has passed since I last wrote about Marvel Heroes. I did log in for the rewards most days before firing up some other game but wasn’t really motivated. That has changed a bit since “THE BIGGEST UPDATE EVER” has launched.
So far I’m a bit underwhelmed by the changes. Most annoying is not only coming back after half a year, but also having to respec and reread about (now) 45 characters. I also don’t see a big benefit of the Infinity System – before you had Cookie Cutter builds and now you have them.
I do like that you can just take your skills and use them. I find it a bit weird that you can level 1-60 in like 1h (or was that my XP boosts?) or 3h with only Chapter 1-3 of story mode. Midtown Monday is still nice to level or prestige, ICP only heroic means I’m out while levelling, it worked ok at 60.
That all means I’m not against most changes I guess, but I’m also not thrilled. I’m happy I still like the game (~20h since I started playing again like a week ago, that’s not bad) but it’s definitely a -different game- now. Let’s see when marvelheroes.info will have all the builds for all the heroes I care for and if I can still manage some Cosmic Trials. (I hate figuring out builds on my own these days. I guess I last did this in WoW’s TBC expansion…)
Summary of changes in the roster:
- Doom to 60 and prestiged to Green
- Ultron to 60
- Luke Cage to 60
- Black Cat to 60
- Venom to 60
- Angela to 60
- Iron Man prestiged to Blue (2x)
- 2 new Team-Ups to 60 (Captain America, Ms Marvel) or halfway there (Winter Soldier, Spider-Man) and one at 1 (Miles Morales)
- 4884 Achievement Points
Tentative to do list for the next weeks:
- clean out all those Artifacts
- I have 982 Eternity Splinters, that could be 2 new heroes…
- Cosmic Midtown
- do a few Danger Room runs
- wrap up a few achievements, like 50 Taskmaster kills on Taskmaster
- try to figure out a few “mains”
- do some of my “would be nice” prestiges, or at least advance towards:
- Iron Man to Red
- Spider-Man to Blue
- Gambit to Purple
- Rogue to Green
- Green Goblin to Green
- Cyclops to Blue
PS: I still love their business model of giving you so much nice loot that digital hoarders like me have to buy bank space for money.
Not only did I grind enough Cake Slices in the anniversary event to buy my 39th character (chose Doctor Doom because he’s 600 Splinters), no, I also had 400 Splinters to buy another one, Juggernaut. Already brought that one to 60 this evening.
I also finished my first Cosmic Trial. Of all Heroes it was Spider-Man. Did some equipping for a few days (not really much play time) and with some less than perfect gear I managed it on the 2nd try where I failed spectacularly with Hawkeye and Gambit. Both of those I thought I can play a lot better, having invested quite some time, gear and money.
I also played around 3 hours of Faeria when it was free on Steam. Was a lot more fun than when I tried Hearthstone, but right now I think I don’t want to collect cards, build decks and least of all play against other people. My penchant for PvP in any form seems to have vanished completely. It’s still 30% off (and early access) so maybe I’ll bite tomorrow. I absolutely enjoyed the solo campaign, but as it’s only ~14 games, I managed to finish that already. It reminds me a lot of Magic: The Gathering, but I really like the board game aspect. If only it weren’t for the frustration of other people’s decks with cards you’ve never seen…
So I gave in and bought the Deluxe Advance Pack 3 in Marvel Heroes. I already had Green Goblin, but at least got a new (prettier) Costume. Also got Elektra already and now waiting for the other Heroes and Team-Ups (Heroes: Nick Fury, Ultron, Angela, Black Bolt, TBD and Team-Ups: Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), 2 TBD). I also stopped getting random splinter boxes and instead bought She-Hulk for 400 splinters.
Also there was again some visible progress:
- Cyclops to 60
- Elektra to 60
- She-Hulk to 60
- Nightcrawler prestiged to Purple (3x)
- Jean Grey prestiged to Green (1x)
- She-Hulk prestiged to Green (1x)
So that’s now 38 Heroes and currently 19 missing.
No directly visible progress in Marvel Heroes, but I’ve been doing a lot of achievement hunting and general catch-up in the last weeks.
The ‘Exploration’ category is done, I’ve pushed 33 heroes through Infernal Limbo by now and did most of the ‘Heroes’ achievements that involve running red/green dungeons and story mode. What’s mostly missing is Cosmic runs (many of them in Castle Doom) and a few One-Shot runs. I’ve hardly started on the “kill 1000-2000 enemies somewhere specific, with this or that hero or with some special item equipped”.
I also now own 9 of the 10 Unique Item upgrade recipes.
- 4479/13334 – 33% for achievement points.
- 36 Heroes, all of them at Level 60
- 8 Team-Ups, all of them at Level 60
- 14 Pets
- Prestiges: 1 Cosmic, 1 Red, 4 Blue, 2 Green
- 415 days of Login Rewards
- 26 Hero STASH tabs
- 10 general STASH tabs
Right now I’m unsure if I’m should continue to randomize characters – the chance is only (57-36)/57 (which rougly equals 36%) to get a new hero. I will probably save up until I have 400 and then decide. Or get to 575 and try it once…
Apparently Gazillion thought it would be a good idea to have a Daredevil event this weekend where you’d get +200% XP and another +50% for playing Daredevil or Punisher.
Apparently I thought that it might be a good idea to take advantage of that… So now I have a Red Prestige Daredevil (white -> green on Saturday, green -> blue -> purple -> orange -> red on Sunday) and then continued to nix my poor judgement of not doing story mode for a few chars and thus lacking power points. So Thing went to green and Captain Marvel to blue. My record time (with Daredevil and a ton of buffs – roughly +563% displayed + probably 150% server buff) for a full 1-60 run is 27 minutes, 32 seconds, but mostly it took around 30 minutes. Thing was slower with 40 minutes and with 200% less XP Captain Marvel needed around 50 minutes each for both runs. To end the day on a less grindy note I finally did Chapter 10 for the first time – on Hawkeye.
And then I also lucked out on Splinters again and thus have Cyclops. So that’s 36 characters, of which 35 are max level and 8 Level 60 Team-Ups, plus 20 non-Cosmic prestige runs and 1 Cosmic prestige run in 395 days since I started playing. Apparently that puts me into the top 10 “number of combined character levels” leaderboard already, although it’s only 3400 – whereas the current #1-#3 have 23520, which maybe means they have cosmic prestiged every single hero? I can’t seem to make up the math.
Maybe time for another most-wanted list:
- Kitty Pryde
and the rest is not so interesting right now I guess.
Time to dig out Marvel Heroes again. Lucked out on getting Green Goblin via 175 Splinters and levelled him to 60. Was pretty fun as well. That makes 35 level 60 heroes now.
Second random was a dupe, so Black Panther got an Ultimate Rank, oh well.
Apparently the Team-Up window is bugged at the moment and you get a random level displayed. Not sure if it’s doing any harm or if it’s just a display bug. Glad I’m not doing hard content atm though 😛
I was thinking about getting the Advance Pack but when I wanted to make the final decision, it was pulled from the shop already. Ah well, 60 bucks saved I guess. But I bought 2450 G for 20$.
I really love the Crafting change, as there’s only one level for each of the four elements. Then again I’m not sure it’s pretty hard to get enough of them now if you’re rerolling costume affixes (+crit damage all the way).
Wasn’t in the mood for a lot more Mass Effect after Sunday lunchtime and today, so I decided to do some more prestiging.
Well, actually I had a few Heroes I had originally levelled in Midtown and not in story mode, so they only had 154 Power points (instead of 166 if you do all the important steps of story mode).
Result: Hulk is green (prestiged once) and Star-Lord is blue (prestiged twice). Yes, the colors absolutely do need to fit the characters.
This makes: 33x Level 60 + 12 prestige runs + 1x cosmic prestige.
Plans regarding this for the future: Captain Marvel and Thing still haven’t done story mode.
Plans regarding matching colors: (white -> green -> blue -> purple -> orange -> red -> yellow)
- Scarlet Witch: red – 5x – 😦
- Gambit: purple – 3x – ok
- Captain Marvel: white (this costume) or blue (All-New All-Different costume) – ok
- Ghost Rider: orange – 4x – 😦
- Taskmaster – white/blue – ok
- Deadpool – red – kind of ok
- Iron Man – yellow (cosmic, not gonna happen)/red – kind of ok
- Nightcrawler – blue/purple – kind of ok
- Wolverine – yellow (nope) – not sure what to do
- Rogue – green – ok
- Spider-Man – red – kind of ok
- Daredevil – red – 😦
- Jean Grey – green – ok
The rest is fine in white. And no, I don’t think I’ll deliberately work towards this. But the green is horrendous, so only Hulk and Rogue may stay there, all others must directly go to blue. (Unless I get She-Hulk, Vision, Loki, and maybe Doctor Doom).
At ~273 hours /played on Hawkeye (yes, that includes a lot of idling as I’m still working on the “500 hours on one character” achievement) it’s finally done – my first (and probably last) Cosmic Prestige Level 60 Hero. I threw all the XP pots I had on top of the +100% server XP and -50% needed for Cosmic Prestige, I think I saw 640% XP on my charsheet at one point.
Gaz is also pretty generous with Team-Ups this Christmas, so this is how it looks now:
Gambled for another random hero today as well – no luck. And my free costume box was a “Wolverine X-Men Uniform” one, not sure I’ll use it. After the big finale I started a round of clearing up the STASH by exchanging 4 uniques for lots and lots of relics, this time I was a lot luckier and finally got around 200 Atlantis ones. Captain America, Nova and Squirrel Girl are capped at 1000 Relics, but they don’t use Atlantis ones.
So now I’ll focus on either Thor or Blade, and I still have 463 Splinters and 480 G to spend.
All in all I spent a lot more time in GW2 the last few days, but getting this huge thing out of the way will probably fuel my fun in this game again. Cosmic Prestige is just too much.
Nope, it’s still not done. But thanks to various events (including a 4 day Midtown Madness) and 2 days of vacation I managed to push Hawkeye to 55 – sitting at 11d, 1h, 20min /played for him.
I randomed Blade (very nice) and still have 494 Eternity Splinters left. Omega Points at 2508 – so nearly exactly a third of the 7500 max. THAT is some work left there.
Roster looks like this now, with all Team-Ups at 60, 31 Level 60 Heroes and 2 not yet started. Daredevil wasn’t especially fun while levelling, but I think with some more gear he might be – on bosses. Really horrible at AoE 😦
This weekend it was Marvel Heroes again for the most part – how surprising.
First of all, the roster got another upgrade: Thor via 175 Eternity Splinters, then Daredevil via Black Friday Sale (325G) and lucked out on Silver Surfer via BOGO from Daredevil. \o/
First Magik got to 60 and I’ve been running some Cosmic Terminals already, then finished Doctor Strange and finally brought Silver Surfer from 1 to 60 today. He’s really fun to play, and my first Movement Hero (if you don’t count Nova…)
Captain Marvel, Hulk, Star-Lord and Thing are the only non-Level 1 Heroes that are missing Power points because they were levelled without Story Mode, so that’s something to do once I’m out of non-maxed Heroes. All the others sit at 166 (or 169 with the Limbo quest done) points.
For how much money I spent.. 16 EUR for 2100G in August and November, 980G left – I can really live with that amount of money.
After the STASH changes, I’m sitting at 8 General tabs and 23 Hero tabs – and still running out of space all the time. Curse you, Gazillion 😛