Ever since the Predictive Empowered ISO was released for Mockingbird, she has returned to being one of the most difficult PvP enemies in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. The ISO causes her to switch classes before being attacked, which means she is always a counter class when being attacked, if possible. This is even more dangerous if you attack her with multiple classes in a round, because she can combine class benefits. If, like many players in the game, you are losing to her more often than you are winning, the following strategy guide will teach you how to defeat Mockingbird in PvP in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
Generalists – The simplest solution to dealing with Mockingbird, if you are having difficulty with her, is to pack your team with generalists. Rogue is a solid choice for such a team, because she is a generalist and gains the benefits of a class as well. Mockingbird is not quite as good a choice because even one character with a class on the other team can cause both Mockingbirds to start class switching. Similarly, Taskmaster has the same problem, but he also has a trick to counter that problem. Either he or Angel is probably your best choice for a second character if you choose to make an all generalist team.
Generalized – When you can’t fill your team with generalists, the next best choice is to prevent Mockingbird from gaining class benefits. Only a few heroes in the game can apply generalized and most of them aren’t particularly good at PvP, though the Horseman of Pestilence version of Beast is a notable exception. If you don’t have that costume or don’t want to use him, you can acquire the Savant’s Spear from incursions, which is a solid PvP item.
Disadvantage – Since you know what class each of your heroes is, you can also simply choose heroes that can apply the class specific debuff that protects against the hero’s counter class. Disadvantage obviously works, but so will more specific status effects. For example, Havok can apply exhausted with Plasma Spheres and Rescue can apply off-balance with Flyby Attack. Taskmaster is especially interesting here, because each of his classes has a power that negates the counter class of that class.
Bruisers – If you can’t put together a team with any of the previous options, your best bet for a single class is bruisers. Mockingbird already gets one free critical hit each fight due to Critical Intel, so the pain of critical hits is reduced slightly. And bruisers are the one class that won’t increase her stats, give her counterattacks, give her follow-up attacks, or give her an extra action, all of which is worse than a free critical hit each round.
Exhausted – Even if you aren’t fighting her with blasters, you really want to apply exhausted to Mockingbird. This is a generally useful status effect for PvP anyway, but darn near critical against Mockingbird. Her Tactical Insight special ability activates 50% of the time, which is brutal during anything but the shortest of battles.