Heroic battles in Marvel: Avengers Alliance are very different from standard threats or boss battles. First, your agent is never a part of these battles. Additionally, you always use the same heroes and always face the same enemies. Furthermore, many of these battles have altered mechanics that require a specific strategy. Finally, these battles offer roulettes for winning that can give both command points and specific Empowered ISOs. The battles range in difficulty from almost trivially easy to nearly impossible. The easiest battles are the ones you want to fight repeatedly, while the harder battles are usually ones you want to avoid at all costs. Particularly difficult battles are so frustrating that you really only want to complete them once ever, regardless of whether you win the Empowered ISO or not. Taking into account the energy required to reach them, the possible rewards, the usefulness of the heroes involved, and the difficulty of the battles, the following are the top five worst heroic battles in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
5. Wolverine vs. Sabretooth – Compared to the following heroic battles, this one is almost bearable. The actual battle between Wolverine and Sabretooth is reasonably easy, though it takes a very long time to complete, because it is three waves long. Also, if you aren’t familiar with the final wave, you can easily lose due to a lack of energy going into it. This is frustrating since this is already the heroic battle that requires the most energy to reach. Additionally, the rewards for this battle are just mediocre. Wolverine gains an almost useless E-ISO, while Sabretooth gets a moderately nice benefit, but only at the cost of his resurrection ability, which makes it almost worthless in PvP. This battle is really just too much effort for too little benefit.
4. Black Cat and Spider-Man vs. Maggia Goons – Except for the low amount of energy required to engage in this battle, everything about this battle is just disappointing. The goons are incredibly overpowered and inflict the bleeding status effect, which is devastating in a heroic battle. Furthermore, both of the heroes deal relatively low damage. And unless you have bought alternate costumes, the fact that they are both infiltrators really punishes you against the scrapper in the second wave. The E-ISO rewards are both sub par as well. The battle is long even when you win and hard enough that you may have to attempt it multiple times, negating the one redeeming value of this battle. It simply isn’t a lot of fun unless you happen to have alternate costumes for both your heroes.
3. Mr. Fantastic vs. Dr. Doom – This is a rather hard heroic battle, mostly because Mr. Fantastic is one of the weakest heroes in the game. It is made even harder due to the fact that you basically can’t win if he isn’t at least level 9. But, assuming he is level 9 and that you have given him some good attack and evasion ISOs, the battle actually becomes rather reasonable, even if long and not fun. The E-ISO that drops for Mr. Fantastic would actually be rather good, if Mr. Fantastic wasn’t so bad that you should never use him in battle unless forced to. But, the battle does have two redeeming qualities. It only requires 30 points of energy to complete and the E-ISO that sometimes drops for Dr. Doom is actually amazing. Because Mr. Fantastic is so useless, this is still a worse battle than the last one, but only by a small margin.
2. Spider-Woman vs. Modok – Spider-Woman has gone through a number of balance changes and mechanical changes. These changes were designed to make her better, but they actually made her worse at completing this heroic battle. In fact, her final incarnation makes this battle nearly impossible. And, assuming you can manage to defeat this battle, the Empowered ISO you win has very low value. Combine all that with the fact that this heroic battle requires 50 points of energy to complete and you have a battle that you want to win once and then never fight again.
1. Sif vs. Enchantress – The Spider-Woman battle feels easy compared to this painfully hard heroic battle. Sif should have every advantage against Enchantress, but a few key mechanics actually makes the opposite true. Furthermore, the entire battle is heavily reliant on luck, with basically no meaningful skill component. You have to spend just as much energy to engage in this battle as you do to face Modok and, surprisingly, the Empowered ISO you win is even worse, despite the fact that Sif is ever so slightly more useful than Spider-Woman, in general effectiveness. Except for mastering the chapter and completing covert operations, there is no justifiable reason to engage in this heroic battle.