Happy Second Anniversary to 'Marvel Contest of Champions'
Published Dec 16, 2016
By Ben Chabala
The Marvel mobile hit celebrates two years of excellence!
The end of the year looms nigh over “Marvel Contest of Champions” and all of Battlerealm. The Kabam crew’s been hard at work crunching the numbers to pull some awesome data for their two-year anniversary. Wondering how many hours players around the world have been duking it out? Or how many heroes Taneleer Tivan’s collected since the game started? Let’s dig in!
First, how much time do you think you’ve spent playing “Contest of Champions”? One hour? Two? Maybe 10? Well across the globe players put in some serious time cracking skulls, with a whopping 957 million hours logged. And in that time players opened 7.3 billion—that’s right billion with a “b,”—crystals and unlocked everything from gold to catalysts to Champions.
Speaking of Champions, the Kabam team has released 80 butt-kicking heroes and villains over the past two years, including everyone from the Uncanny X-Men to the Inhumans to the Avengers to cosmic threats like the Mad Titan Thanos. We’ve even seen entirely original Champions hit the battlefield. No doubt somewhere The Collector’s smiling.
Marvel Contest of Champions fun facts
With 574 thousand alliances containing Summoners from 243 countries, you can bet those Champions get their exercise—24 billion battles-worth to be more precise. Spider-Man’s swung into 1.45 billion different battles on his lonesome, dispensing killer one-liners and web-fisted justice. Captain America slung his shield in 575 million fights, while the feisty Rocket Raccoon blasted bad guys in 309 million melees. Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans, made sonic mincemeat of 547 million offenders while Storm brought the lightning down on just as many.
While you probably haven’t sent your Champions into a million fights, I bet you have a go-to hero, a fighter you can rely on to get the job done even with the chips down. For players getting busy with the 5-Star heavy hitters, Scott Summers, Cyclops, proved the Champion serving up the pain most often. Doctor Strange got called into action most for the 4-Stars, with Colossus, Wolverine, and Spider-Man (Classic) rounding it out for the 3, 2, and 1-Star fighters respectively.
Whew! It’s been an awesome two years in “Marvel Contest of Champions” and I can’t wait to see what Kabam brings us next year! See you on Battlerealm folks!
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Asgardians Ride the Bifrost into 'Marvel Future Fight'
Published Dec 14, 2016
By Justin Snyder
An exciting assortment of new characters join the mobile hit!
When The Enchantress puts a new evil plot into motion, your team needs the aid of Asgardian heroes like Ulik, Volstagg, Fandral, and more to take her on in the latest update for “Marvel Future Fight.” Alongside all the new Asgard-centric content, players will discover new endgame activities, a new multiplayer mode, and a new level cap to climb to.
We grabbed Doo Hyun Cho, Dev Director for “Marvel Future Fight,” to get a full rundown of all the new stuff we’ll see as Enchantress makes her move.
Marvel.com: “Marvel Future Fight” is getting a plethora of Asgardian content. What new heroes and villains will players be able to recruit for their teams?
Doo Hyun Cho: As a developer of “Marvel Future Fight,” we hope that our players play all the characters. We don’t want to see any particular character go to waste, since each character has their own advantage and was created with much effort and thought. If we have to choose some favorites, I would say it’s Odin, Enchantress, and Volstagg. When it comes to game balance, Odin is definitely one of the strongest. Even though it is difficult to find and upgrade him, he is definitely one of the most satisfying to have in the long run. For Enchantress, we gave her a skill called “Fatal Illusion” to design her as close to the comics as possible. “Fatal Illusion” is a skill that is very satisfying to use because it is very versatile and befits her character as it enables her to charm and incapacitate her enemies for a short duration. We had a lot of fun with Volstagg as we wanted his animation to really fit his looks. Not only is he fun to watch, but he also has excellent skills that will surely entertain the players.
Marvel.com: What new missions will these heroes be able to participate in once they’ve joined the fight?
Doo Hyun Cho: Chapters 11 and 12 were added to the story missions and are based around Asgard and will showcase Asgard and their heroes, including Malekith—who is already in game—Ulik, Volstagg, Fandral, Hogun, Hela, and many more. Also, if you clear the final chapter of the new story mission, you will be able to acquire one of the strongest characters in the game, Odin. A new lineup of big boss enemies including Ymir, Surtur, Midgard Serpent, Fenris Wolf, and more will give the players another avenue of entertainment in these new story missions.
Marvel.com: What is Enchantress hoping to accomplish amidst the interdimensional chaos?
Doo Hyun Cho: Enchantress is a greedy character who desires to take control of all things. Her goal is the destruction of the world, but to do this she manipulates the likes of Asgardian heroes such as Odin, and villains such as Ulik, and Loki, and powerful mythic giants including Ymir and Surtur. If everything goes her way, the world will be destroyed, so players must fight to stop her.
Marvel.com: Alongside the new story content, there’s also a new multiplayer mode and some new endgame activities. How did you design the new three-player raids?
Doo Hyun Cho: It’s already been about a year since “Marvel Future Fight” was launched. There’s been a lot of changes since then, and we’ve been adding a lot of ways for our long-time players to constantly find new entertainment. Looking back, we realized that the restrictions on the level caps and other restrictions prevented these users from fully enjoying the game.
The goal of the new game mode, World Boss Invasion, was to enable all players regardless of rank and level to cooperate and enjoy new content together. Players, regardless of their character’s rank or mastery can join in a World Boss Invasion and collect rewards.
By playing in World Boss Invasion, players will be able to check out what skills their characters are capable of and experience the power of their characters. We are confident that players of “Marvel Future Fight” will enjoy being able to play together.
Marvel.com: The Extreme Challenge mode seems like a great way for max-level players to work toward the new level cap. What challenges await everyone in this new game type?
Doo Hyun Cho: When Alliance Battles were first added to the game, the variation in the upgrade level of the players’ characters made it entertaining. However, the longer the game was in service and as more characters were max upgraded, it was difficult to find any variation to the existing Alliance Battles. Entertainment plateaued, and therefore we added Extreme Mode. The rewards that result from Extreme Mode will depend not only on the character’s level, but also by how well the player controls his characters. We expect that this newfound form of entertainment will encourage players to play and raise their level.
Marvel.com: What rewards will players find as they climb to the new level cap of 70?
Doo Hyun Cho: With the lifting of the S.H.I.E.L.D. level to 70, there was also a change in gear items. Now, Uru, which can be collected in the Asgard story missions, can be equipped to gear. These enchanted Urus can be equipped on all slots once you reach level 70. Also, when five Uru are equipped on one piece of gear, they can be amplified to make the character even stronger.
Celebrate Two Years of Marvel Contest of Champions with Howard and Hyperion's Holiday Hijinks
“Marvel Contest of Champions” turns two! We’ve gotten two years of repulsor blasts, Hulk smashes, Asgardian thunderbolts and the stray chimichanga on Battlerealm and it’s been a wild ride. The team at Kabam, Art Director Gabriel Frizzera, Marketing Associate Vincent Huynh, and Game Designers Dominic O’Grady and Simon Cameron, dropped by to tell us what’s in store for players to celebrate the big two year anniversary
Marvel.com: Hey gang you’ve got some fun stuff coming up for players. An anniversary, a new character, and some special rewards for Marvel Insiders. Can we get a tl;dr?
Vincent Huynh: That’s right, we’ve got lots going on this year for our two-year anniversary! This Thursday, Hyperion will be entering “The Contest.” You can also take a look at him in our new quest that’s up and running, Howard and Hyperion’s Holiday Hijinks that goes until January 4, 2017. By completing this quest, you will earn Marvel Insider points based on what difficulty setting you play at. Use these points to redeem a limited time exclusive in-game reward! (See below for more details).
For our Two Year Anniversary, we’re also teaming up with Marvel to give out a FREE month of Marvel Unlimited! Explore the Marvel Universe with thousands of digital comics including the entire Contest of Champions comic book series! This offer is only valid from December 9 to the 11 so make sure to check your in-game mail for details on how to redeem it. The Collector also wants to celebrate this big milestone and will be handing out some gifts to players as well including a 3-Star Groot! Log in this Saturday to claim your gifts!
Marvel.com: How does it feel having hit the big two-year mark? That’s an awesome milestone! Congrats!
Dominic O’Grady: It feels really, truly awesome. To be able to work on a game this popular and special for this long, to see it grow and transform and expand its audience more and more is a very special and humbling feeling. We’re so grateful to all our players for coming on this crazy ride with us, and we’re not planning to stop it any time soon.
Gabriel Frizzera: It’s really unbelievable how fast we have grown in only two years. I still remember sitting in a room with a few more people to work on the pitch for the game, and thinking “It’s Marvel! Don’t screw this up!” It feels like ages ago when I think of everything but it’s only been two years ago since we launched. We still have so many plans and stuff we want to create… We’re having so much fun and can keep doing this for years to come!
Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the new quest players will get a crack at?
Gabriel Frizzera: It’s called Howard and Hyperion’s Holiday Hijinks (yay for alliteration), and it’s a buddy road trip featuring a very odd couple indeed. The Collector gave everyone a holiday break, except for Howard the Duck, who’s organizing the Collector’s crystal collection… Needless to say, he’s not thrilled about it. That’s when Hyperion shows up. He needs Howard’s detective skills to help him find his home dimension, which might still exist in the Battlerealm. Hijinks ensue!
Marvel.com: Ok now onto Hyperion. The guy’s a seriously heavy hitter and an extremely rare specimen. Elder of the Universe or not, has the Collector bit off more than he can chew picking up one of the last Eternals?
Gabriel Frizzera: Hyperion is one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe. I’ve always been a fan since that original Avengers story where they met the Squadron Sinister. Since then, the character has gone through many incarnations and the recent comic run focused on his soul-searching gave more depth to a character that could easily be only defined by his powers. I think he’s a mighty addition to The Contest.
Marvel.com: Let’s talk about Hyperion’s look. He’s sporting his current comic outfit right? Any special “Contest of Champion” details here?
Gabriel Frizzera: He’s inspired by the current look, but we added some trims and details to break the spandex a bit. I think one of the strengths of his costume is the Silver Age look, symbol of the innocence and high morals Hyperion has at his core (until he gets angry, then he can be very morally dubious indeed). So I insisted we had some old-fashioned details like strongman bootlaces, and the boy scout well-kept hair.
Marvel.com: Can we get an ability breakdown for this guy. What can he do? What’s his play style like?
Simon Cameron: As an Eternal, Hyperion’s incredible powers come from his body’s ability to store and convert cosmic energy, which gives him a very high natural resistance to Energy based attacks. It also makes him extremely powerful if his charge is high. But he can be weakened (relatively speaking) if you can make him drain his charge. To reflect this in game, Hyperion generates Cosmic Charges, which he will convert into Power Gain buffs.
However, if his Power is already full, Hyperion instead keeps his Cosmic Charges, gaining passive bonuses to both Attack and Physical Resistance. His third Special Attack also allows him to enter Cosmic Overcharge. While he’s overcharged he constantly gains power, allowing him to access his first and second Special Attacks, while keeping all three possible Cosmic Charges active!
Marvel.com: And can you tell us a little about the Marvel Insider rewards players can earn?
Vincent Huynh: Players who are also part of the Marvel Insider loyalty program can earn points for completing our latest quest, Howard and Hyperion’s Holiday Hijinks! From December 7 to January 4, players can earn 2,500 points completing the Beginner difficulty, 5,000 points for completing the Normal difficulty and 7,500 points for completing the Heroic difficulty!
All players have to do is sign into Marvel Insider and enter their player name into the corresponding activity. Once the quest wraps up, points will be awarded in the following weeks! On the rewards side, we’re also launching an exclusive in-game reward that can be redeemed for 125,000 points.
The reward will consist of:
1x 3-Star Memory Lane Crystal (this will give you one of the Champions released in 2016!)
10x Crystal Shard Crystals
2x Energy Refills
2x Champion Boosts
5x Level 3 Health Potions
For those who are not yet part of the program, there’s still time to join to get your points!
Marvel.com: Anything else that we need to know?
Vincent Huynh: We just want to take the time to thank all our fans for playing the game. We wouldn’t be able to get to this special two-year milestone if it weren’t for our loyal fans. We’re working everyday to try and make this game better so it can be enjoyed for more years to come. We have a lot in store for the future so stay tuned!
New Heroes (for Hire) and Villains Join ‘Marvel Tsum Tsum’
Published Dec 6, 2016
By Justin Snyder
Utilize Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and more!
In the latest update for “Marvel Tsum Tsum,” NHN has gone all out. We’ll see a few new heroes and villains and some set up for the game’s next big event beginning next week. Not to mention they expanded the game’s social features, allowing players to interact more often and with even more friends than before!
One of Marvel’s greatest crimefighting couples, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, start off this month’s batch of new Tsum Tsum heroes. Even more Defenders will join their two teammates throughout December, and you’ll definitely want to recruit them. Every new hero added this month will have a special advantage against the new villains wreaking havoc.
Speaking of new villains, the first two of December’s three villains already stalk our Tsum Tsum heroes: Chemistro and Cottonmouth! Take them on with Luke Cage or Jessica Jones leading your team for the best chance of bringing them down and setting your best high scores.
Meanwhile, in a new event, the Heroes for Hire storm “Marvel Tsum Tsum!” Tackle the new stages to earn a special event-only Tsum Tsum before the hired heroes disappear. To help better equip players to take on these stages, NHN has also expanded the “Marvel Tsum Tsum” social features. Now, syncing with Facebook expands your total possible friend slots to 50! More friends mean more energy gifts, making it even easier to focus on the new stages. Plus, you can quickly and easily add all your Facebook friends who play Marvel Tsum Tsum with a new “request all” button.
Gear up now to join the Heroes for Hire and battle December’s new villains with your friends in “Marvel Tsum Tsum”!
Malekith Brings Eternal Winter to 'Marvel Avengers Academy'
Published Dec 6, 2016
By Justin Snyder
The dark elf provides the catalyst for an awesome A-Force event!
With Dormammu dealt with, the Sorcerer Supreme takes up his new post among the students of “Marvel Avengers Academy.” Our heroes prepare to enjoy the start of winter as snow begins to fall on campus.
But they’re forced to cut their celebration short, as they learn this snow isn’t natural. Malekith has unleashed the power of an ancient mystical artifact to bring eternal winter to Earth and create a new kingdom for the Dark Elves and Frost Giants. Luckily, a number of new faces—including some Asgardian warriors—pour into the Academy to help our students fight the villain and his armies and prevent this new ice age.
Marvel.com: While our heroes were focused on battling Dormammu, Malekith has quietly gathered new power and now threatens the world. What evil will the Avengers Academy students and faculty be up against as the first snow falls on campus?
Allen Warner: There have been mentions of the Casket of Ancient Winters being somewhere in New York going all the way back to our Spider-Man event, and during our Doctor Strange event, we learned that the evil Dark Elf ruler Malekith had finally gotten his hands on it. Marvel fans know that it’s one of the most powerful artifacts in the universe, and can be used as a weapon of mass destruction to unleash infinite icy storms across the world. Malekith wants to use its powers to plunge our world into the next ice age, so that the Dark Elves and Frost Giants can take over. The Avengers Academy students not only have to defend their campus from Malekith, his minions, and angry Frost Giants, but they also need to deliver supplies around the world to help people survive the storms, and fight back against the Dark Elves.
Marvel.com: Malekith has generally been considered an enemy of Asgard and its warriors; will any of them be traveling to Midgard to aid our heroes? And will anyone else come to the Academy’s rescue as the winter semester begins?
Allen Warner: We learn that Thor (Jane Foster) has been defending Asgard in Odin’s absence, and he asked her to come to Midgard to help battle Malekith and the Frost Giants. Her designs and animations are great, and I really liked exploring a dynamic for them that’s unique to the world of our game. He personally asked her to take on the mantle of Thor when Thor Odinson was missing in the timefog, and there are some fun and interesting aspects to their shared history, how there came to be two Mjolnirs, and watching her meet Loki and that “other” Thor for the first time. We also learn that Angela has been hunting down Malekith on her own for some time. I’m really excited about having her in the game. She and Odin also have a unique dynamic in our world, and I think people will be blown away by her designs and animations. We’ll also be reintroducing Sif, who was one of our most popular characters during the Civil War event, and fits in perfectly with these other Asgardian warriors.
The Asgardian warriors have crossed paths with other heroes on their respective journeys, and they call on some of their most powerful allies from A-Force, including She-Hulk, Singularity, America Chavez, and Captain Marvel. They’re all incredible characters who bring something completely unique to the event, and the world of “Avengers Academy.” I’m really excited about this lineup because we’ve been waiting to introduce them for a long time, and our talented art and animation teams have done some amazing work for all of them. I think players who aren’t familiar with some of these characters are going to fall in love with them, and fans of these characters are going to be thrilled. Sticking to the awesome female hero theme, we’ll also be giving players the chance to get some of the great female heroes they may have missed in previous events.
A-Force in “Marvel Avengers Academy”
Marvel.com: How will Malekith’s unleashing of eternal winter set the scene for our event district? What new outfits will we see our heroes sporting?
Allen Warner: This is the first time we’ll be changing the look of our entire playspace, and covering the ground in snow. It looks great, and makes the event feel really special, festive, and different from anything we’ve done before. The event district itself is one of my favorites. It’s an icy landscape with Malekith’s ship dominating the scene. The open Casket of Ancient Winters releases a constant blizzard, our new heroes are trapped in ice, and massive Frost Giants stand guard on either side. Outside of the event district, there’s also a really cool Ice Palace where a lot of animations will happen, and some great holiday themed buildings and decorations, including a series of awesome animated holiday scenes featuring our hapless helper robots.
We decided to really embrace the classic fantasy aspect of battling elves and giants, so the outfits are based around fantasy archetypes that will be immediately recognizable to anyone who’s familiar with fantasy games, shows, and literature. Characters like Spider-Woman and America Chavez will transform into fantasy archetypes like a rogue, a paladin, an archer, a blacksmith, a healer, a huntress, and more. There will also be some really cool fantasy inspired creatures, decorations, and animations.
All of the fantasy outfits are amazing, but my favorite outfit in this event has to be Lady Loki. Loki adopts her female persona to infiltrate A-Force and befriend the influx of female heroes. Her intentions are mischievous and malicious at first, but she ultimately fits in better than expected. I think it’s one of the best looking outfits we’ve ever made, the animations are fun and dramatic, and I think her story turned out really hilarious and heartwarming.
Marvel.com: How will our heroes—new and old—battle Malekith and his Dark Elves to put a stop to his plans?
Allen Warner: Our heroes will battle Malekith, Dark Elves, and massive Frost Giants. The Frost Giant fights in particular are really cool because all of the event heroes will be able to attack the giant at once, so it makes for these great scenes with everyone showcasing their powers. Heroes will also pilot Sleigh-Cycles, delivering supplies to citizens around the world to help them deal with the blizzards, and defend themselves against invading Dark Elves.
Marvel.com: While dealing with this new threat is the big focus here, will players be able to see any signs that will prepare them for the next enemy on the horizon?
Allen Warner: Two characters we’ve been teasing since the beginning of the game are finally about to enter “Avengers Academy.” One is an angry robot with a grudge, and an endless army of followers. The other is a guy with a whole bunch of arrows.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Unveiled
Published Dec 2, 2016
By Ben Morse
Everybody's favorite cosmic adventurers come to console, PC, and mobile in 2017!
Revealed LIVE on stage at The Games Awards, today we can officially announce a previously-top-secret project we’ve been quietly working on behind the scenes…an interactive episodic game series based on Marvel’s iconic Guardians of the Galaxy!
Titled Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, you can expect to see the first episode of this new five-part adventure premiere digitally in 2017 on home consoles, PC, and mobile devices.
What did Telltale and Marvel have to say about the project in the official announcement? Read on…
“The energizing blend of humor, emotion, teamwork, and full-on sci-fi action-adventure of the Guardians provides an enormously satisfying space to explore through Telltale’s unique style of interactive storytelling,” said Kevin Bruner, Co-Founder and CEO of Telltale Games. “In Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, players will take on multiple roles within the ragtag band of heroes, and take the pilot’s seat in directing their escapades around the universe. We are always honored to be working with the best creative partners and storytellers in entertainment, and working with Marvel on this series leaves us excited to share what we’ve been developing when it premieres in 2017.”
“With story at the core of everything that Marvel creates, who better to team with than master storytellers Telltale Games,” said Jay Ong, Senior Vice President, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series fully showcases Marvel and Telltale’s rich legacy of storytelling, and fans will find themselves immersed in an original, character-driven narrative. As part of our strategy to establish a new standard for Marvel games, this is certainly among the great titles to come.”
The series will also hit retail as a special season pass disc, which will include the first episode in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. We’ll have more specific platform details to announce in the coming year.
Join the fight against AIDS with a special promotion!
It’s not every day you get to kick super villain butt and help out an awesome charity, but Kabam and the “Marvel Contest of Champions” team are making it easy by teaming up with (RED)®.
We got a chance to talk to the entire “CoC” crew about (RED)® and the cool things they have in store for players.
Marvel.com: Before we start talking about all the in-game content for (RED)®, can you tell us a little about Kabam’s involvement with (RED)® and what it means to the team?
CoC Game Team: We were very honored Apple invited us to this effort and to contribute to (RED)®’s mission to deliver an AIDS free generation. At Kabam, our job is to bring people together to share great experiences in the games we make.
We’re excited to leverage that social power and direct it at such a great cause. In the game, our player community perseveres over tough battles and quests every day. This week, together with Apple and (RED)®, players can contribute to defeating a real-world enemy.
Marvel.com: Players who pick up the (RED)® IAP will get access to a special quest? 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Global Fund?
CoC Game Team: That’s right. All proceeds from the (POWER PACK)RED go to the Global Fund, and it’s full of some great stuff including: 3-Star Daredevil (Classic) and Elektra, a (POWER PACK)RED TICKET to the exclusive quest, and some ISO-8 to level up these Champions.
Marvel.com: And making it through the gauntlet nets us a special (RED)® character right?
CoC Game Team: You bet! In addition to the (POWER PACK)RED prizes, mastering it 100% will land players a guaranteed special 3-Star (CRYSTAL)RED which will give players Elektra, Daredevil (Classic), Iron Man, Red Hulk, Hulkbuster, or Guillotine. This is a great line-up of some favorite red-donned Marvel characters.
Marvel.com: So basically players that take part in the initiative are helping out an awesome charity and setting themselves up for a solid in-game reward?
CoC Game Team: Yep, it’s that easy. Together if we act now, we can deliver an AIDS free generation by 2030!
Marvel.com: Anything else we should know about the event? Dates, times, things like that?
CoC Game Team: From November 30-December 6, 100% of the proceeds from your (POWER PACK)RED purchase goes to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, counseling, and testing in sub-Saharan Africa. Find out more information in game or on the App Store. If you’ve never played the game, the (POWER PACK)RED is a great reason to jump in and get a leg up adding some powerful Marvel characters to your roster.
The Queen of the Inhumans rules over a new kingdom!
Make way for royalty people! Medusa’s about to rock “Marvel Puzzle Quest” using her luscious locks to entangle her enemies and serve up some serious pain.
We had a chance to talk to D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about the Queen of the Inhumans and everything she’s got in store for the common rabble who dare disturb her rule.
Marvel.com: Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans, may be my favorite member of the Royal Family outside of Black Bolt. Why’d we get Medusa over say Gorgon, or Karnak, or some of the young guns like Flint or Naja?
Josh Austin: Medusa won the Marvel NOW! Poll that we conducted over the summer and the players really wanted her [so] we were more than happy to add the Queen of the Inhumans to the roster! Who knows what the future holds for Gorgon, Karnak, Flint and/or Naja in “Marvel Puzzle Quest,” but any character is possible. Besides, she’s a queen and we already added the king, so let’s start at the top.
Marvel.com: Concentrating her abilities on just her prehensile hair feels like it’d be too easy. What’d the team focus on to make the Queen come to life?
Josh Austin: Medusa was designed as a great support character that when used well can cause a lot of damage while healing the team. Her hair shakes things up on the board generating health, causing damage, gaining additional AP or swapping random tiles and stealing any swapped enemy special tiles.
Marvel.com: Ok let’s talk about her abilities. Mind breaking them down for us?
Josh Austin: Medusa’s first ability, The Resolute Queen, is a Yellow Passive (0 AP). No matter the situation, Queen Medusa protects and leads her people with unwavering loyalty and determination. Whenever an Attack, Protect, or Strike tile is matched, if it was a friendly tile, it gives a burst of health to the team. If it was an enemy tile, it gains AP in Purple, Blue, or Green.
Medusa’s second ability is another Passive called Entanglement and this one is Red (0 AP). Medusa sends her hair out to grab and whip opponents. Every turn, if one does not exist, the player can create a Countdown tile that deals damage every turn. If the tile gets destroyed, it creates two strength Attack tiles.
Medusa’s last ability is called Hair Meddle and costs 10 Purple AP. Medusa’s hair wriggles its way through enemy defenses, causing chaos and confusion. The ability swaps 16 pairs of random tiles, stealing any swapped enemy Strike tiles; upgrades add Protect, Attack and even buffing stolen tiles.
Marvel.com: From what I can tell she’s all about wrecking the opponent’s tiles and making sure they can’t play their game. Getting rid of Falcon/Captain America’s Protect tiles, Blade’s Strike tiles, using Thing’s protect ability against him—that sound like a fair assessment?
Josh Austin: Definitely! She will be able to turn the battle around if the player feels overwhelmed with a ton of enemy Special tiles on the board. She would have been great against the Mindless Ones in the Doctor Strange event earlier this month!
Marvel.com: On paper she sounds a lot like Loki, shaking up the board and taking control of special tiles. What sets her apart from characters like the God of Mischief and Doctor Octopus?
Josh Austin: Loki’s ability just moves around colored tiles and Doc Ock will destroy enemy strike tiles, but Medusa will steal any tile that is touched by her hair transforming it from an enemy tile to a friendly tile. While Loki and the good doctor provide utility, Medusa brings it in spades.
Marvel.com: Looking at her kit I’m really liking her with Carnage, who’ll be giving us friendly and enemy attack tiles to play with, possibly giving us AP and healing in a good cascade. Who else benefits from the help of the Queen?
Josh Austin: The popular choice here seems to match Medusa with Quake and Kamala Khan. The combination of Quake negating some damage while Kamala Khan heals along with Medusa’s healing ability can be pretty fun, but of course adding Carnage in there with all the tile creation is a great choice too!
Marvel.com: When do we get to recruit the Queen?
Josh Austin: Medusa will be available starting on December 1 and she will be featured in Hearts of Darkness event scheduled for the same day. Medusa’s Vault will start on Sunday, December 4 and go through December 9 with the Venom Bomb event and finally the Medusa PVP event will be titled the Big Bangs Theory and go from December 8 through December 12.
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We’ve got a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel to get you through the long holiday weekend!
Ben and Ryan take a look at this week’s comics, including STAR WARS, ULTIMATES 2, and more! Christine gives an update from the west coast! Blake and Ben interview Drumma Boy. Plus, Ryan and Ben chat NOVA in #TWIMURC!
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Entering Marvel Contest of Champions: Doctor Voodoo
Published Nov 23, 2016
By Ben Chabala
Jericho Drumm casts a spell on Battlerealm!
Jericho Drumm breaks out the spells, potions, and hocus pocus ready to take on all-comers in “Marvel Contest of Champions.” No stranger to the weird and wild and the things that go bump in the night, Doctor Voodoo’s appearance in the Contest means there’s still some magic madness players will need to deal with.
We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Simon Cameron about Doctor Voodoo and all his incredible abilities.
Marvel.com: The Collector and his crew are all about the magical masters right now! For the players that haven’t heard, what’s going on right now in Battlerealm?
Gabriel Frizzera: The Collector has created a brand-new challenge, the “Arcane Arena,” where Summoners are invited to fight against all the best Mystics in the Contest. In the course of this challenge, Doctor Strange approaches you to help you in a much more urgent matter: he’s investigating the upcoming threat of Thanos, and needs you to help recruit some of the most powerful magic practitioners to join in a dangerous spell circle to find answers.
Marvel.com: And Doctor Voodoo—why has he been called to fight it out with the rest of the heroes?
Gabriel Frizzera: Jericho Drumm, aka Doctor Voodoo, is one of the most powerful mystics of a very unique tradition. His powers reach the inscrutable frontiers of life and death, territories where many mystics are afraid or incapable to tread. He is an invaluable part of the Sorcerer’s Conclave summoned by Doctor Strange.
Marvel.com: Ok let’s talk about Voodoo’s moveset. Brother Daniel sounds like an incredible ability. It sounds like it gives the sorcerer either increased strength, or allows him to control the enemy for a short time?
Simon Cameron: Yes, Brother Daniel operates in one of two “modes” either Buffing Doctor Voodoo with increased Ability Accuracy and Buff Duration, or Debuffing his opponent with decreased Ability Accuracy and Debuff Duration. Brother Daniel moves back and forth based on Doctor Voodoo’s combo counter each time he triggers a Special Attack.
Marvel.com: And how do Spirit Venom, Power Burn, and Power Steal all round out Doctor Voodoo’s kit?
Simon Cameron: Spirit Venom is Doctor Voodoo’s bread and butter; not only does it Nullify Buffs, but causes quite a bit of damage over time as well. However, without Buffs to target, it loses much of its potential. Power Burn and Power Steal don’t have this limitation. Doctor Voodoo’s Power Burn ability comes from a Buff, meaning Brother Daniel can extend its duration if he’s currently possessing Doctor Voodoo. It grants the ability to Burn Power with basic attacks, doing extra damage while reducing the amount of power generated by the opponent.
Finally, Doctor Voodoo’s Power Steal functions as an over-time Debuff, meaning Brother Daniel on his opponent will extend its duration. The continual draw of Power from his opponent gives Doctor Voodoo a significant advantage both in his ability to use extra Special Attacks, and reducing the number his opponents can use back.
Marvel.com: How does Voodoo play? How will players find most success with the Haitian mystic?
Simon Cameron: Doctor Voodoo can be played in a couple of different styles, and which one is most effective will depend on who his opponent is. Against an opponent who triggers lots of Buffs, he can rely heavily on Spirit Venom, and keeping Brother Daniel on himself, to both remove those buffs from his opponent as well as do good damage. However, against stronger opponents, as well as those who don’t trigger many Buffs, Voodoo can focus more on shutting his opponent down, keeping Brother Daniel on his opponent to reduce the effectiveness of their abilities, and turning their own Power against them by blocking, burning, and stealing away.
Marvel.com: When can we recruit Jericho to our team?
Simon Cameron: Some of our Summoners have already recruited Jericho Drumm through Marvel Insider! If you missed your chance with that, don’t worry as he’ll be available this week. Keep an eye on in-game messages and arena announcements to know when you can add Doctor Voodoo to your roster!