Heimdall was released for the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance in conjunction with the release of Thor 2: The Dark World. He since became a powerful threat in PvP. Alone he isn’t that difficult to defeat, but when paired with the right heroes, he is devastating. Part of what makes him so difficult is that you can’t afford to ignore him, and, at the same time, you can’t afford to ignore his allies. If, like many players in the game, you are losing to him more often than you are winning, the following strategy guide will teach you how to defeat Heimdall in PvP in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
Vigilance – There is a chance this power will do absolutely nothing, but don’t count on it. Initially, the power randomly applies winded and off-balance to opponents. Then, for a full round, Heimdall has a chance of preventing any attack, including those that would normally be stealthy, due to his Far Sight special ability. This power itself counts as an attack, so neither mangle nor blind rage will stop it. It is also a quick action, so he will use it every other round. Exhaustion and depowered are the only effective counters to this. Once it is active, be very wary not to use any attacks with cooldowns for a round, because you have a good chance of wasting the attack completely.
Gjallarhorn – Heimdall almost always uses this on the first round, which is one of the few saving graces you get in a fight against him. This power grants strengthened, agile, focused, and fortified to all his allies. Most Heimdall teams include at least one ally that has a finest hour attack or, alternatively, Hercules, who gains exceptional benefit from this. The good news is that buff removal works on this and since he uses in the first round, you probably haven’t used your buff removal yet. If you don’t immediately remove this, or you can’t, try to apply as many of the opposite debuffs to the team as possible, with weakened being the most valuable debuff to apply. If you don’t, you have to expect to be hit with one or more finest hour boosted attacks during the next round.
Allies – Assuming you can remove the benefits of Gjallarhorn, Heimdall is greatly weakened. Usually, this means that you want to focus your attacks on the other hero on his team. Heimdall can’t use Gjallarhorn again for another three rounds, but the primary heroes he is teamed with, Omega Sentinel and Hercules, can both apply those buffs, the former to the entire team. This makes that hero more dangerous once Gjallarhorn is dealt with. If you can’t deal with Gjallarhorn, focus on Heimdall. Both heroes are roughly equally dangerous, but Heimdall will be using Vigilance every other round, which is generally worse.
Stealth Doesn’t Work – Almost every PvP team uses a few stealthy attacks. In fact, stealthy attacks are so common that you probably incorporate them into your strategy without thought. Against Heimdall, stealthy attacks don’t work. Since Heimdall is almost always paired with at least one protector, you really need to keep this fact in mind. Use area attacks instead when you need to damage him and a protector is in the way.
Havok – If Heimdall is common enough in your metagame or you really can’t beat him, substitute Havok into your PvP team. His Plasma Spheres power applies exhausted and pressure points to all enemies and he is a blaster. Plasma Wave is way too dangerous to use after Vigilance has been used, but if you wait a round, you can use it safely and easily defeat Heimdall if he isn’t protected.