There are nearly 100 playable heroes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. While some of those heroes are undeniably amazing and others are absolutely terrible, most fall into a gray area. Heroes will be lauded as top tier one week and then decried as useless the next. It is not uncommon for a hero to gain popularity and then continue to remain high in the opinions of players, even after the game has changed to make the hero much less useful. The following are the top five most overrated heroes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
5. Psylocke – Especially since her X-Force uniform was released, Psylocke has become a favorite among Marvel: Avengers Alliance players. The general consensus is that Mental Coordination is one of the best powers in the game, but in practice, it is less than useful. You need to reactivate it every round and since it applies a buff to the team, it can be removed with buff removal. Area buff removal is incredibly common in PvP and single target buff removal is increasingly common in PvE. Additionally, in PvP, the prevalence of Iron Fist actually makes Psylocke more of a liability than a benefit. She definitely has value, just not as much as is being attributed to her.
4. Emma Frost – Emma Frost is a hero who used to be the absolute star of the game and has lost value as the game evolved. The perception of the value she has lost has not kept up with the reality of that lost value, though. Players still tend to think of her as a top tier hero, when she is actually closer to the top of second tier. More heroes are immune to psychic attack in PvP and the ability to remove or prevent buffs and debuffs has increased notably since she was released. In PvE, her psychic attacks are a liability in about a third of battles and you quickly realize that she doesn’t actually deal much damage. She hasn’t fallen to the bench, but you need to be cognizant of her weaknesses and you should never put her on a defensive PvP team.
3. Wonder Man – This is a hero that is rated high almost entirely based on his PvP value. Immunity to attrition is incredibly helpful in PvP where attrition damage is one of the most common ways to defeat enemies. His inability to turn off his protection ability is actually less of a liability in PvP because stealthy attacks are much more common. If he were judged on PvE and PvP, he would barely rate. Protection that can’t be turned off is a huge liability in PvE and usually leads to a dead character. Also, ongoing damage is much less common in that setting. He is almost perfectly comparable to Thundra when you ignore those two special abilities, and in that case she performs better.
2. Horseman of Pestilence – Horseman of Pestilence is another hero rated high almost entirely due to PvP. He has a special ability that prevents debuffs from being removed from any character as long as he is alive. Many players try to take advantage of this to build teams that apply nasty status effects. The flaw with this hero is that his advantage is actually a double edged sword. Since you can’t remove negative status effects while he is around, most teams built around him don’t even have that ability. Then an enemy team inflicts a bunch, kills him, and leaves your team to rot. There are combinations that are powerful with this hero, but he is too often treated as being perfect when he actually has dangerous flaws.
1. Taskmaster – Taskmaster became the darling of the Marvel: Avengers Alliance community after he was released. If you look through his power list, he has an amazing set of powers and the fact that he basically always has a class buff is extraordinary. Despite that, he has a massive drawback that hinders him greatly. You can’t directly control what class he will be, so you don’t know what powers you will have available on any given turn. This makes it impossible to efficiently pair him with synergistic team members. You are effectively putting a lone wolf on your team and that is rarely a good decision, unless you can be absolutely certain what class he will end up as.