The Marvel: Avengers Alliance hero Gamora is described as the ultimate assassin. And the designers at Playdom seem to have taken this to heart. Her entire design seems to be built around PvP. She has powers and abilities that absolutely devastate the most effective PvP builds in the game, yet at the same time are nearly worthless in PvE. If you are looking for a powerful PvP character on either an offensive or defensive team, Gamora is a worth purchasing. If you want a character for PvE play, she is next to useless, making even characters like Mr. Fantastic look moderately good.
Acquisition – You can purchase Gamora for 90 command points.
Special Ability (Deadly Presence) – While the hero is alive, you entire team gains true strike. This is an excellent ability in PvP where most teams use some form of evasion and in many Marvel: Avengers Alliance boss battles, but has little use elsewhere.
Special Ability (Master Assassin) – Master Asssassin grants this character a 20% to avoid and preemptively counter melee attacks. It is a moderately handy ability that is best used in offensive PvP and almost worthless in defensive PvP.
Level 1 Power, Mortal Strike (One Enemy, Unarmed Slashing Melee, 16.6% Stamina Cost) – Mortal Strike deals high damage and applies hobbled, staggered, and doom. Staggered is pretty much meaningless given Deadly Presence, but hobbled is useful for partially negating infiltrators. The most important status effect is doom. It essentially acts like a stun if the enemy chooses to recharge to remove it or deals massive damage otherwise and has the added benefit of punishing an enemy for using a Scroll of Angolob.
Level 2 Power, Whirlwind (All Enemies, Slashing Melee, 27.7% Stamina Cost) – Whirlwind deal rather low damage. The reason to use this attack, though, is the status effects it applies. Each enemy hit is unable to use healing or buffing abilities. Additionally, if an enemy has doom, that status effect is removed and the enemy takes massive damage. There are two good ways to use this. Either attack a blaster with Mortal Strike and follow up with this attack or open with this attack when facing enemies that buff and heal, like Rescue, Omega Sentinel, or the Warriors Three.
Level 6 Power, Execute (One Enemy, Slashing Melee, 33.3% Stamina Cost) – The damage on this attack is a little lower than Mortal Strike, but damage isn’t why you use this attack. You use this attack because it is stealthy and automatically defeats any enemy at 30% or less health. If you pulled off the one-two punch against a blaster, this attack will always finish off that blaster because there was no way to heal between the two rounds. Most of the time that won’t be the case, though and you will simply use this attack as a way to avoid protection or counterattacks.
Level 9 Power, Demoralizing Shout (All Enemies, Debuff, 11.1% Stamina Cost) – Demoralizing Shout applies cower and despair to all enemies. Cower is powerful, but very random and you probably don’t want to be spending your actions applying that status effect without dealing damage. Despair, on the other hand, simply destroys teams that rely on healing, like teams with Wolverine, Sabretooth, Rescue, or the Warriors Three. If you are facing a team with good healing, or just an agent with the Signpost, use this power early.
ISOs – Gamora will be a prime target if you put her in a defensive PvP team and, while she has some very impressive offense, she has essentially no defensive abilities. This makes her delicate. While you will probably want to devote some ISOs to attack, you should definitely build up her health and evasion, too. Her attacks drain so much stamina that a boost there does very little, especially since you already get a massive boost if you are using her in PvP exclusively.
Teammates – She may be a tactician, but she is built like an infiltrator. She is frail and has basically no support abilities of any kind. She desperately needs a healer or a protector, or possibly both. Rescue is an obvious choice, despite doubling up on tacticians, but if you do so, you will want to turn your agent in a serious powerhouse. Her offense is subtle and single target and sometimes you just need high, multi-target damage. Another interesting choice is Valkyrie who can protect her when her health gets low and provide a healing safety net. If you use Valkyrie, equip a weapon on your agent that applies tenderized. Finally, if you have Iron Patriot, you can create an alpha strike that your opponents can’t recover from, especially if you have the Asgardian Tankard equipped on your agent.
PvP – As previously discussed, Gamora is basically nothing but a PvP character. She is weaker in defensive PvP than offensive PvP, but all characters are. If the AI is friendly to you, she is still brutal even in defensive PvP, because she disrupts the plans of the player. In offensive PvP, you can pretty much use her to create a pure offense team that tears apart an opponent in less than two rounds. It is a cheap tactic, but her entire design is cheap tactics, so if you are using her, then use her to her fullest.