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. Many heroes are immediately dismissed as useless, either due to bad metagame in a PvP season or bad initial design. Even when the game changes, these heroes will often continue to be underrated by players. The following are the top five most underrated heroes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
5. Hogun – Hogun is a shockingly underrated hero. He is clearly top tier when paired with Fandral or Volstagg, yet he sees very little play in the game. Likely the reason for this is simply that a lot of players don’t own him, but that is a shame, since he is one of the best PvP reward heroes ever released. The prevalence of Iron Fist in PvP makes him a poor choice for PvP, but he should still be a top performer in PvE. Oddly, he isn’t. Most likely his star will rise. It is just taking longer than it should.
4. Falcon – Falcon is a hero that is judged too harshly because he is terrible in PvP. There isn’t any doubt of this. But, in the more controlled environment of PvE, he is arguably one of the best buffing heroes in the game, if not the best. He has incredible versatility and can offer some very useful buffs, especially in boss battles. His class is much less of a liability when you can be absolutely certain that there won’t be any scrappers among the enemies. The fact that he doesn’t see more play is more of a statement about how players view buffing heroes compared to attacking heroes than it is about the quality of Falcon himself.
3. Bishop – Bishop is easily a top end second tier hero, yet oddly he is considered to be one of the weakest bruisers in the game. Even acknowledging the large number of excellent bruisers in the game, Bishop certainly stands high among the crowd. He takes massively reduced damage from energy attacks, which generally means he is good against blasters, a rarity for bruisers. Furthermore, he can heal himself and remove debuffs from himself. His potential damage output, especially when fighting energy wielding enemies, is monstrous. He easily compares favorably to Hulk or Thor, especially when an enemy is using energy damage, yet he gets as little respect as Agent Venom.
2. Thane – Thane is a hero that was the absolute star of PvP for about two seasons. Then the metagame changed and he disappeared practically overnight. Everything that made him a good PvP hero is still true, yet he is basically never appears. This made sense when every second team was using shield breaker, but that is no longer the case. On the other hand, every second team is using resurrection abilities, which is something that Thane shines against. He was never really a meaningful PvE hero, but he should always be on deck in PvP, yet oddly he seems to have been permanently placed on IR.
1. Horseman of War – Horseman of War is usually just dismissed as X-23 with the Warbringer ability. This assessment completely fails to recognize that Horseman of War actually has additional abilities beyond that. Her Made for Walking power gains paragon exploiter, Blades of Rage gains ravaged and pain, and Snikt gains pain and blind rage. The last status effect is the most meaningful since it is one of two effects in the game that can prevent an enemy from using buff abilities. This costume is a massive improvement over the base X-23 costume, but that seems to have been lost in the shuffle over the excitement players had over Horseman of Pestilence and Horseman of Famine. An amazing character is being ignored because something more interesting came out at the same time.