The Hero School Review: Uniforms for Phoenix, Emma Frost, Colossus and Cyclops

The Hero School Review: New Phoenix Five Uniforms

New Uniforms for Phoenix, Emma Frost, Colossus and Cyclops

Captain America

Credits: Concept by Stan Faryna. Artwork by Tabitha Moon.

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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.  6

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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

Superman, Five For Fighting

Even heroes have the right to bleed.

You can say that again. After a little, rough handling in Playdom’s hands, heroes tend to bleed. All over. [grin]

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Phoenix Five Uniform for Phoenix (Jean Grey)

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Marvel Avengers Alliance: Phoenix: Phoenix Five Uniform

Phoenix Five Phoenix

Class: Tactician or Blaster

Total cost for both uniforms: 137 Command Points (CP)

Passive Powers

Flying

Resistance to Psychic Attacks – just wishful thinking

Phoenix Potential: Fires of Truth

Fires of Truth

Allies have a chance to unleash Phoenix power each turn

Unpredictable and seemingly random

Attacks are guaranteed to hit

I have seen dodges. Bug?

Attacks ignore most Avoidance effects

What the frell does that mean?! Phased, Mirror Image, What?

Yes? No? Or Maybe?

If you fan Phoenix, YES. If not, NOOO!

This uniform makes Phoenix look awesome and scary, but there’s fundamental problems with her core skill set – problems that this uniform does not correct.

Playdom had some interesting ideas about Phoenix that just don’t map to the game. Kind of like Loki’s Sceptre – another thing to ignore.

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Phoenix Five Uniform for Emma Frost (Emma Grace Frost)

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Marvel Avengers Alliance: Emma Frost: Phoenix Five Uniform

Phoenix Five Emma Frost

Class: Tactician or Infiltrator

Total cost for both uniforms: 116 Command Points (CP)

Passive Powers

Diamond Body

Resistance to Psychic Attacks – just wishful thinking

Phoenix Potential: Cosmic Power

Cosmic Power

Allies have a chance to unleash Phoenix power each turn

Unpredictable and seemingly random

Raises all stats for one round

Has anyone paid attention to how much the stats raise?

Removes most debuffs when applied

I have not seen it happen yet.

Yes? No? Or Maybe?

If you fan Emma, YES. If not, YES!

Phoenix Five Emma Frost is already a popular hero on top PVP teams. She does amazing things in PVE too.

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Phoenix Five Uniform for Colossus (Piotr Rasputin)

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Marvel Avengers Alliance: Colossus:  Phoenix Five Uniform

Phoenix Five Colossus

Class: Scrapper or Bruiser

Total cost for both uniforms: 82 Command Points (CP)

Passive Powers

Organic Steel

Steel Fortress – just wishful thinking

Phoenix Potential: Guardian Force

Guardian Force

Allies have a chance to unleash Phoenix power each turn

I’ve seen Guardian Force more than any other Phoenix power, but they will fix this.

Restores Health and Stamina

Fairly decently!

Reduces damage taken by 50% for one round

Seems redundant but heck yeah!

Yes? No? Or Maybe?

If you fan Colossus, YES. If not, YES.

Phoenix Five Colossus is already popular on top ranking PVP teams. He’ll also be useful for Epic Bosses in PVE. I would buy the uniforms for both classes if you are hard core PVPer.

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Phoenix Five Uniform for Cyclops (Scott Summers)

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Marvel Avengers Alliance: Cyclops: Phoenix Five Uniform

Phoenix Five Cyclops

Class: Tactician or Blaster

Total cost for both uniforms: 98 Command Points (CP)

Passive Powers

Double Strike – just wishful thinking on my part

Resistant to Psychic Attacks – more wishful thinking

Phoenix Potential: Flames of Destruction

Flames of Destruction

Allies have a chance to unleash Phoenix power each turn

Blah Blah Blah

All attacks are critical hits and ignore defense

I’m not convinced

Stacking Poison and Burning

No – but I wish

Yes? No? Or Maybe?

If you fan Cyclops, YES. If not, maybe.

This uniform makes Cyclop look good, but I don’t see Phoenix Five Cyclops as a popular hero on a top PVP team – not as is. He might make a good trainer in PVE.

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Meditations

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The Phoenix Five Uniforms did not come with Haste, Counter Attack, and Phoenix Rebirth as the story line heroes have in Spec Ops 3. I also believe the PC incarnations of the Phoenix Five had higher attack and accuracy stats (+50ish).

While that was a bummer and some players had expressed their willingness to pay as much as 120 CP each for EPIC uniforms, it is understandable when we consider that uber uniforms would have potentially created incredible imbalance in both PVP and PVE.

Playdom, however, could have taken the opportunity to fix Cyclops and Phoenix – they continue to remain of questionable value.

Hopefully, Playdom won’t downgrade the procs and probabilities of the passives in the next few weeks. These uniforms are not OP (over-powered)!

Ok, the Guardian Force may (or may not) need a small adjustment. Colossus remains the soft hitter. If Guardian Force could have doubled his damage alone – Colossus would have become as EPIC as Captain America.

Note:

All of the uniforms discussed above were tested in ranked PVP and PVE fights across three days of testing. The performance of the uniforms was quite bad for the first 24 hours of release as the powers did not activate (or not much) during fights. But things got better on day three as updates rolled across the servers.

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What’s in the NEXT issue of The Hero School Review?

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Annihilus Human Torch (Uniform)

How to deal with the Phoenix Flare

Why Cosmic Flame is EPIC in PVP

+ more

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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
07 October 2012
Bucharest, Romania
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“Safe” Playdom.com and other Marvel Avengers Alliance Hubs
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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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5 Responses to The Hero School Review: Uniforms for Phoenix, Emma Frost, Colossus and Cyclops

  1. Eric Hu says:

    P5 Colossus does NOT have the Steel Fortress passive, hence why it’s inferior to his Modern alt if you’re using him as a tank for PvP.

  2. Ruben Castro says:

    Stan, what’s your take on Loki’s Scepter? Can you give a breakdown/analysis of pros/cons and why? Thanks for your blog and for your insight into games and life.

    • Stan Faryna says:

      Loki’s Scepter is an awesome concept. The damage is too low for a 64 Gold purchase, but that would be ok if Mind Control worked better. But as is, Mind Control sucks. Mind Control should have had an 80% chance per attack to make an opponent protect you AND it should have 100% made the effected target unable to attack you for two rounds – beginning from when Mind Control is successfully landed.

  3. yes to phoenix since her stats always hits (bug or not) means you dont need to add any stats to her hit, yes to cyclops because his attacks always crits and ignores def…. maybe to colossus since he’s basically the same the health regen is too low to make a difference when you’re up against bosses

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