The Beast alternate costume Horseman of Pestilence is one of the most challenging PvP enemies in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. The main thing that makes this character so difficult is that the presence of Horseman of Pestilence changes one of the fundamental rules of battle. While this character is on the field, no effect can remove or prevent negative status effects. This affects both teams, but the opposing team is at a disadvantage because it may not be prepared for this. Many players find it very difficult to defeat a team with this version of Beast. The following strategy guide will teach you how to defeat Horseman of Pestilence in PvP in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
Speed – Horseman of Pestilence is almost always paired with two other characters that apply nasty status effects. You have a good chance of being killed by ongoing damage quickly or just being unable to deal damage after a few rounds. Assuming you have any status removal on your team, you want to defeat Beast as quickly as possible. Focus all attacks on him until he falls. If you still find yourself having trouble, switch out gear or heroes to add attacks that exploit negative status effects. You can debuff Beast for a round and then finish him off with a single high damage attack. Once he is gone, your Scroll of Angolob or similar status removal will be useful.
Masque of the Red Death – Beast often uses this power on the first round of combat. When he uses it, it applies ISO Contagion to your team. This status effect counts down from 3 to 0 and when it hits 0, the character it affects gains a lot of random negative status effects. The odd thing about this effect is you can transfer it to an enemy by attacking. This is very dangerous if you aren’t careful. The best way to avoid getting hurt by this is to use a non-attack quick action immediately after a character is affected and then to attack. This will set the timer so that the enemy is affected rather than your hero. If an ally doesn’t have a quick action, use attack that stun and attack enemies that are stunned. If all else fails, focus your attacks on a single enemy to effectively remove some of the ISO Contagion.
Stealthy Attacks – Many teams with Horseman of Pestilence will include a protector character so you can’t quickly defeat Beast. This is particularly effective because as debuffs stack on your heroes, your team will become increasingly less useful in combat. If this is a constant problem, include heroes or equipment in your setup with stealthy attacks. This is always a generally good idea, but nearly essential against Pestilence. Alternately, you can have a hero that applies the cornered status effect. Since it can’t be removed, this will allow you to focus on Beast freely.
Satana / Captain Marvel / Wonder Man – Everyone faces a slightly different metagame based on agent level. If Beast appears in your metagame anywhere close to a majority of fights, you should include Satana, Wonder Man, or Captain Marvel in your team. Satana makes you benefit from the multitude of stat lowering status effects that will affect your team while facing Horseman of Pestilence. Captain Marvel makes your team immune to extra damage from exploit special abilities. Wonder Man is immune to ongoing damage and has a power that buffs his attributes. All three heroes are top end second stringers in PvP, but they easily move to first string quality in a Beast heavy metagame.