Ever since the Horseman of Famine costume was released, Rogue commonly appears in PvP in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. She is considered to be one of the harder PvP enemies in the game, especially in the infiltrator version of this outfit. The wrong strategy against this character practically assures you will be defeated and even the right strategy requires great finesse to pull off. 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 Horseman of Famine in PvP in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
Patience – Defeating Horseman of Famine requires a good deal of timing and patience. If she starts off with the infiltrator power, which she usually will, you can’t afford to attack her in the first round of combat. Her counterattack is brutally powerful, dealing about half a health bar of damage. You have to wait until she uses Absorb Power, usually in the second round of combat, on a character that isn’t an infiltrator. Then you can attack her safely.
Off-Balance – If patience isn’t one of your virtues, you can speed up the process by hitting her with an attack that applies the off-balance status effect. This shuts down her infiltrator counterattack and prevents her Southern Hospitality counterattack as well. This will only be half as effective against the version of her that starts with the blaster power, but that is a much easier fight anyway. Keep in mind that Rogue is technically a generalist at all times, so the disadvantage status effect won’t apply off-balance.
Black Horse – Horseman of Famine will always use Black Horse in the first round of combat. This gives her two buffs: In the Fray and Kree Speed. The former increases her damage for a round and the latter gives her two actions in the following round. You can’t remove the first buff, but status effect removal works on the second. If you have a Scroll of Angolob or other status effect removal, save it until after she uses Black Horse. Two attacks under the effect of In the Fray is absolutely certain to defeat one of your characters and if you let that happen on the second round, you have basically already lost the battle.
Drain Essence – The AI is remarkably intelligent about how it uses Drain Essence. It will wait until Rogue is down to about half her health and then use the power immediately to restore about half her health. If you aren’t ready for this, it will cost you the battle. If you can apply despair, then do so, since that proactively handles the problem. If you can’t, you have two options. Your first option involves disabling Famine quickly. Focusing attacks and taking her out in a single round works, as does stunning her when her health gets low. If you don’t think your team can do either of these things, the second option is to defeat Rogue last. Take out the other two enemies and then simply accept that she has effectively 50% more health than normal. Drain Essence takes two rounds to cooldown. If you can’t reduce her health to 0 in two full rounds, you simply need a more offensive team.