Scarlet Witch has waxing and waning popularity in PvP in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. When a few dominant heroes start to emerge, her popularity waxes, as random chance is one of the best way to defeat a superior opponent. When the metagame varies, she wanes in popularity. Chapter 5 of season 2 increased her popularity a bit due to her new alternate outfit as did the two E-ISOs she received in season 2. 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 Scarlet Witch in PvP in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
Variations – If you run into Scarlet Witch in PvP, you can practically be assured that she won’t be unmodified. She is certain to have at least one E-ISO or her alternate uniform and she is likely to have some combination of the two. Pay very close attention to her variation. With the Transian uniform and the Fortuitous E-ISO, she can potentially perform two counterattacks against any attack. With the Fortuitous and Statistical E-ISOs, her Chaos Shield power might be a quick action and it will never fail. The uniform and Fortuitous ISO grants her a potential preemptive counterattack and a Chaos Shield that doesn’t fail. All three combinations will make you want to use stealthy attacks, but the first one practically demands it. Also, since Chaos Shield never fails in two of the combinations, you need to attack her team with a low damage attack that doesn’t add any status effects, especially not damage over time effects. If you don’t have such an attack, focus on a single enemy and make sure the first attack doesn’t add negative status effects.
Hexed – Hexed is a nightmarish power. It works similar to evasion except that it makes the attack fail and the hero using the attack takes damage. Hexed can kick in on any attack, counterattack, or follow-up attack. When it does activate, the entire attack misses. This even works on catastrophic powers. Your optimal solution is to depower her before she uses this attack. If you can’t, evasion can avoid it if you are lucky and status effect removal works on it, but Hexed can cause the latter to fail if it is part of an attack, like most scrolls are. If you can’t avoid or remove Hexed, minimize the effect. Attack as few times as possible. Avoid using quick action attacks or granting your heroes extra actions. Also, do not attack Scarlet Witch with a Hexed hero if she has any counterattack ability from her empowered ISO or uniform. If she counters, the attack she uses will deal massive damage and add random ongoing damage effects. Hexed will be removed, but that is a weak condolence for the large amount of damage you took.
Avoid Single Target Cooldown Attacks – The Scarlet Witch has a chance to avoid any attack you send her direction. Generally this isn’t too bad, but the last thing you want to do is attack her with a single target attack that has a cooldown. She could avoid the attack and then you won’t be able to use it for a while. It is true that normal evasion means any character might avoid an attack, but there is no reason to tempt fate with her extra evasion.
Two Rounds or Bust – You pretty much have to defeat Scarlet Witch in less than three rounds or lose total control of the battle. Starting in the third round she can use Probability Field. The number of ways this power can completely change the course of a battle is dumbfounding. One moment you could be completely winning and then in the next moment your team could be incapacitated while the opposing team is shielded, regenerating, and super heroic. Always try to defeat her before this happens. It is also best to stun her after her second round action, in order to gain an extra round of leeway. If you know it will be absolutely impossible to defeat her before she uses Probability Field, save any status effect removal you have until she uses it and cross your fingers that the hero with that removal isn’t defeated by this power.