Welcome back Marvel Strike Force (MSF) Mondays. Each week we break down one more aspect of the hottest mobile game, Mobile Strike Force! Previous installments:
- Early Player Tips
- Avoiding Early Player Mistakes
- Understanding Alliances
- Building Wide
- Farming Guide and Seed Theory
- Underrated Characters
- Blitz, please!
- Team Positioning Tips
- Daily Objectives
- WAR, what is it good for?
- Expect a Cold Front
- Swarm to the Next Event
- Why Am I Losing at PvP?
- Terms You Should Know – Part 1
Today we will focus on the characters traits and classes. I have talked a lot about synergies and who goes together, but we have never really deep dived the traits and classes specifically.
Marvel Strike Force Classes
Blasters – these are generally your damage dealers and typically they some nice area of effect (AOE) attacks. They also generally have lower armor so you need to protect them
Protectors – which of course brings us to the protectors. These characters can either draw attention away from everyone else by taunting, or shield the others from direct attacks with stealth.
Brawlers – also deal a fair amount of damage but mostly do this up close. These character vary a great deal on how much damage they can take and the more “tanky” brawlers like Wolverine and The Thing can with stand a lot of damage, where Spiderman and Gamora are as they say “squishy.” There are plenty of slang terms like this that you will have to learn to keep up with some of the content providers. Most of these terms you will figure out base on context but every so often you are going to have to ask, and there is no shame in asking. Generally the discords groups I am part of very few people will ever make you feel dumb for asking a question!
Controllers – well, control the match by adding buffs and debuffs to allies and enemies. I broke down the buffs and debuffs in my last post, and to really maximize your controllers you should check out that post!
Support – these characters are generally your healers, and can really sustain a team through longer engagements like in Dark Dimension!
While each character will fit in to one of these classes, there are a variety of traits and team tags which can be attached to a toon.
Marvel Strike Force Traits
First and foremost, every character will fall into either Hero or Villain. Some campaigns will only allow the use of either hero or villains, and other you can merge the two main categories to form your best squad.
The second variation of traits which is important to understand is how the character gains their powers. These will have a direct correlation to what type of gear they need to level up! These categories are: Bio, Mystic, Skill, Mutant, Tech and if you go to your character page in game you can sort by each of these traits.
You can also go to https://msf.gg/characters where you can get a complete breakdown of which characters need what gear. The importance of knowing the gear needed for your characters is so that you can plan accordingly when leveling up characters.
Once upon a time, the game had only a few mutant characters, but in the past 6 months there was a slew of mutants released and all of the sudden mutant gear is at a premium. The current group being expanded rapidly is Bio because of more Sinister Six and Symbiotes coming to the game.
The next trait to be mindful of is where these characters are “from” or can be used in as a designation. These locations are: City, Global, and Cosmic.
There are campaigns for each of these and inside of those campaigns there are nodes that are only for heroes or villains of each. So again, it behooves to build your stable wide, not tall.
Also, as your alliance begins to advance in raids you will start to notice that certain nodes inside the raid are only engaged by specific designations such as global, mutant, city, tech etc.
If your Alliance is really mindful you can have certain people focus on specific teams and then map out your paths to take on the raid. Otherwise if you are a player who is looking to advance and need to get in a good alliance, it would be wise to have a fairly balanced squad so you can contribute as needed!
Marvel Strike Force Team Labels
There are plenty of team labels in the game and for the most part those coincide with the comic book lore in which these characters are from. However, don’t get Clave started on some of the more glaring errors in the lore!
X-Men, Avengers (also Wave I or Young Avengers), Brotherhood, Fantastic Four, Sinister Six, Inhumans, Marauders, Spider-verse, Hydra, Wakanda, Guardians, Ravagers, Hand, A.I.M., S.H.I.E.L.D, Power Armor, and X Force.
Again, these are pretty straight forward when it comes to who gets the tags, and there is also a military tag which at this point is rather random because there aren’t even 5 characters that have it.
There are also form time to time event tags placed on characters, some or more obvious when it comes to the event, like “Valentine” for the valentine’s day event, while others will make more sense once the event is announced, like the rogue agent was for the Swarm event.
Well, I hope this helps you take your Squad from a D+ to a B-, Commander!
Blitzes: Monday Blitz is Carnage, which is great because we need to save WAR store currency for X-23 who will be added this Wednesday! The Thursday Blitz is the first round of Electro. The Sinister Six went from 5 toons to 7 toons, just like THAT.
Events: We have a whole bunch of gold coming this week as we have a Merc Mayhem event as well as double gold on campaign nodes! So be sure to start saving for the next round of the Emma Milestones which should happen in the next month or two!
Legendaries: DOC OCK is coming September 21st which pushes back Phoenix so get your X -Force ready for Doc Ock and you Villain, Mystic, Controllers ready for Phoenix!
- Black Bolt: April 27th, August 17th, December 7th (Requires Asgardians 5-star)
- Shuri: May 11th, August 31st (Requires Spider-verse 5-star)
- Ebony Maw: May 25th, September 14th (Requires Inhumans 5-star with Black Bolt)
- Phoenix: June 8th, September 28th (Requires Mystic Villain Controller 6-star)
- Star-Lord: June 22nd, October 12th (Requires Guardians or Ravagers 5-star)
- Invisible Woman: July 6th, October 26th (Requires Sinister Six 5-star)
- Nick Fury: July 20th, November 9th (Requires Kree Minions 5-star)
- Magneto: August 3rd, November 23rd (Requires X-Men and/or Brotherhood 5-star)