On June 6th, 2014, Playdom released Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics, a spin-off to the popular Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance. The game has many similar mechanics to the original, but also has many new and unique features as well. One of these new features is your base. Your base has eight buildings, all of which can be upgraded for improved benefits. The following introductory guide to base building in Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics will tell you everything you need to know about using and upgrading these buildings.
Command Center – The core of your base is the Command Center. It serves two primary functions. First, the Command Center limits the level of every other building in your base. No building can be higher level than the Command Center. Second, each level of this building increases your defense when your base is attacked in PvP. The latter benefit isn’t very important, but the former is critical. The level of your Command Center is limited by your agent level. You should upgrade your Command Center as soon as possible after a new upgrade becomes available.
Training Center – The Training Center is used to train your heroes and basic agents. When a character qualifies to increase level, you must train the character. The Training Center limits the level to which a character can be trained. You will want to train heroes to as high a level as possible, so you should always keep this building upgraded to maximum level. One important thing to note is that you can’t train a character while this building is upgrading.
Quinjet Hanger – Each level of the Quinjet Hanger allows you to store extra quinjets. Quinjets are used to send heroes on missions and PvP attacks. Having multiple jets means you can start multiple missions at the same time. This matters a little bit if you want to set up PvP attacks against far away targets, but for the most part you can afford to leave this building at level 1 and never pay attention to it.
Barracks – The Barracks limits the number of heroes and agents your base can hold. Before you build it, you can hold 26 heroes and agents. Since the eight buildings automatically grant you 16 agents, that only leaves room for 10 heroes. That is plenty in the early game. You will need to upgrade this a few times as you get more heroes and agents, but you can ignore it most of the time.
Flight Deck – The Flight Deck is where you deploy agents and heroes on Flight Deck missions in order to gain experience and silver. The level of your Flight Deck limits the number of jets you have. Each level grants you a potential new jet. You don’t automatically get the jet. You still have to staff it, which requires that Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics friends help you out. The first new jet requires three friends. If you don’t have enough friends to staff your jets, there is no purpose to upgrading this facility. If you do, you should upgrade it early to get a steady income of silver.
ISO-8 Refinery – Your ISO-8 Refinery gives you a steady income of refined ISO. You spend refined ISO on various things, including upgrading buildings, buying ISOs, and upgrading hero powers. It is critical to have an income. Otherwise you will be reliant on missions for this resource. Keep this fully upgraded at all times.
Shield Vault – Unlike the original game, in Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics, some of your resources are limited in how much you can store at a time. The two limited resources are silver and refined ISO. The level of your Shield Vault sets this limit. This is another important building to upgrade regularly, though usually you want to upgrade your ISO-8 Refinery before upgrading this building so that you are earning the resources that you intend to store in it.
ISO-8 Workshop – One of the main ways to upgrade your heroes is to augment them with ISO-8. You can find ISO-8 on missions or buy it. The level of your ISO-8 Workshop limits what you can purchase. Higher levels of this building generally unlock better options, but that depends a lot on your preferences. If you are happy with your current selection you don’t need to upgrade this building. Since you can always look at what will unlock, only upgrade this building when there is a future ISO-8 that you actually want to purchase.