Holiday Magik
November 19, 2021

Greetings Commanders,

We hope you're hungry for knowledge because this week we're serving up a double order of events and details -- two weeks' worth -- to hold you over while our studio takes a short break for the American Thanksgiving holiday. Read on to dig into details on a new member of the X-Men, big events to satisfy your character shard cravings, two Legends, four Blitzes, and a cornucopia of Bonus and Flash Events. Read on if you believe in Magik...


Illyana Rasputin is the Mutant younger sister of Piotr Rasputin, the X-Men member known as Colossus. Before her mutant powers manifested, Illyana was abducted by the Sorcerer Belasco and taken to a splinter realm of Hell, known as Limbo. In Limbo, Balasco corrupted a part of Illyana's soul and forced her to study dark magic as part of his scheme to appease his dark lords. But when Illyana's mutant powers manifested, she found she now had the ability to teleport across time and space. Now able to return home, Illyana battled and defeated Belasco by using her dark sorcery to manifest the Soulsword -- a mystical sword composed of Illyana's life force that's devastating to magical beings and spells. After returning home, Illyana rejoined her brother and eventually became a member of the X-Men, operating under the codename: Magik. Her mystical might grew so powerful that Magik not only defeated the likes of the Marauders and Dormammu, but she also became the Sorceress Supreme of Limbo.

Magik is a powerful Support who deals high damage in battle and provides aggressive support for Uncanny X-Men allies. And although her Health is modest, her Passive ability provides additional Armor and Drain to help her survive attacks. To take full advantage of Magik's abilities, be sure to slot her into an Uncanny X-Men team -- specifically alongside Storm, Cyclops, Phoenix, and Colossus. Magik synergizes with her brother, Colossus, and allows Storm and Cyclops to use their Ultimate ability quickly. Also of note is Magik's ability to ensure that Dark Phoenix can enter the battlefield if/when Phoenix is eliminated. Magik can spawn Dark Phoenix after Dark Phoenix is eliminated and also if Kestrel blocks Dark Phoenix's spawn during battle. Dark Phoenix's power scales based on the stats of the character that summoned her, so take note if Phoenix or Magik is the one who did the summoning.

Cast a spell on your enemies with Magik:

Traits: Hero, Cosmic, Mutant, Support, Uncanny X-Men

Basic - Soulsword Strike

  • Attack primary and adjacent targets for 230% Piercing.
  • Clear 2 positive effects from the primary target.

Special - Demonic Might

  • Energy Cost: 7/7
  • Attack all enemies for 300% Piercing + flip Immunity.
  • Reduce the Speed Bar of the primary target by 30%.
  • Apply +10 Charged, up to a maximum of 20, to self and all CHARGEABLE UNCANNY X-MEN allies.
  • This attack cannot be counterattacked.

Ultimate - Limbo Strike

  • Energy Cost: 1/3
  • Barrier self and all X-MEN allies for 20% of this character's Max Health.
  • Clear Disrupted and Ability Block from self and all X-MEN allies.
  • Attack primary target for 450% damage + Drain 25%.

Passive - Darkchild

  • On Spawn, Barrier self for 30% of this character's Max Health.
  • When an enemy attacks an X-MEN ally, gain +2 Charged. If that ally is Colossus or Kitty Pryde, instead gain +3 Charged, up to a maximum of 20.
  • At the end of any turn, if this character has 20 or more Charged, attack the enemy with the highest Damage for 500% damage, then lose all Charged.
  • On Turn, if an ally Phoenix has died and Dark Phoenix is currently not an ally, summon Dark Phoenix. This can only trigger once per match.
  • Gain +20% Drain. X-MEN allies gain +20% Drain.
  • Gain +30% Armor. UNCANNY X-MEN allies gain +30% Armor.

Infinity Feast

Coming out of the oven on November 21st at 4:00PM (PST) is an opportunity to devour delicious rewards and Black Friday deals: Infinity Feast! Here are the details on this inevitable opportunity:

Thanosgiving Blitz

Carve through enemies during this limited-time 8-day Blitz to earn Thanos character shards and Thanosgiving Orb Fragments, which you will earn like a currency and not a typical orb fragment. So, don’t worry when you don't see any Thanosgiving Orb Fragments in the Supplies Store. This Blitz will run alongside our regularly scheduled Blitzes and share the same Blitz Charges.

Infinity Feast Milestone

Collect Thanosgiving Orb Fragments in Thanosgiving Blitz to earn points toward a 8-day milestone that rewards Prestige Orb Fragments, gear, Gold, and more. The main reason to collect the Thanosgiving Orb Fragments is to make progress toward the milestone, but opening the Thanosgiving Orb will also reward various small prizes, with an extremely slight chance for a jackpot. So collect Thanosgiving Orb Fragments all week for milestone points, save them up for Thanksgiving Day when the orb releases, and then open the orbs to feast on the rewards! Don't wait too long to open these Orbs, as they'll be permanently removed from the Store on December 2nd at 4:00PM (PST).

Prestige Orb

Bust out the good plates for these rewards: Earn Prestige Orb Fragments exclusively via the Infinity Feast Milestone, and then harvest high-value rewards with every open to transform your roster for the holidays.

1 Power Core Thank You Bundles

Every day during the Infinity Feast event, be sure to visit the Offers section to grab your Thank You Bundle for the cost of ONLY 1 POWER CORE! Each day’s bundle is different and will contain awesome prizes as a way for the MARVEL Strike Force team to thank the community for all of your enthusiasm and support this year. Each Thank You Bundle will only last for 24 hours so be sure to grab yours every day. And don’t worry: We’ll remind you with an inbox message so you won’t miss out!

“Black Order” Friday Deals

Save room for a real treat: “Black Order” Friday deals. Be on the lookout for exclusive savings on items and resources for some of the best deals of the year!

Eternal Connections

Going live on November 22nd at 4:00PM (PST) is the Eternal Connections Event. This is your first chance to recruit Ikaris, the second half of the Eternal one-two-punch:

Eternal Spirit & Event Store

Earn Eternal Spirit Event currency via the Gift of the Celestials Milestone and Endless Power Milestone Leaderboard rewards, and then spend your Eternal Spirit on items in the Event Store. Included among the items are Yellow Flash Bits, which you can use to purchase Hawkeye's "Hawkguy" costume. Items in the Event Store may differ each day or in between Store refreshes, so check back often.

Gift of the Celestials Milestone

Cut down enemies in Blitz, Alliance War, Raids, and Arena to earn points toward a 2-day milestone that repeats for 14 days. You'll earn more points in Blitz by battling with characters who possess the limited-time "Eternal Connections" trait. Milestone rewards include Eternal Spirit event currency, Teal Catalyst Parts, and Orange and Purple Gear. Here's a breakdown of how points are earned:

  • Win/Lose War Battle - 50pts
  • Win/Lose Arena Battle - 30pts
  • Win/Lose Raid Battle - 20pts
  • Win Blitz Battle with Eternal Connections characters - 8pts
  • Win Blitz Battle - 16pts
  • Win Blitz Battle Sim with Eternal Connections characters - 7pts
  • Win Blitz battle Sim - 12pts

Endless Power Milestone & Leaderboard

Spend Campaign Energy to rack up points toward the Endless Power Milestone and earn Ikaris character shards. The milestone lasts 7 days and will run twice for a total of 14 days. Keep spending Campaign Energy to climb higher on the ranks of the Endless Power leaderboard which rewards Eternal Spirit event currency.


The Eternal Connections Event is your first opportunity to add Hawkeye's "Hawkguy" Costume to your roster using Yellow Flash Bits. Unused Bits will be converted to Costume Credits on December 13th at 4:00PM (PST) at a conversion rate of 60%.

Availability Updates

The Weapon X team is already having an impact on the battlefield and now one of their members is ready for even more power. On November 24th at 4:00PM (PST), Lady Deathstrike is entering the Elite Store, so head there for her direct Red Star Promotions.

If you're looking to spend Gold Phase Bits on one of the costumes available during the As Seen on TV Event, make your purchase in the Costume Store before November 28th at 4:00PM (PST), as Gold Phase Bits will be converted to Costume Credits at that time.

Legendary Events

We have a repeating and a returning Legendary Event heading your way during the break. Attracting your attention first on November 22nd at 4:00PM (PST) is Asteroid M, where you can attempt to recruit Magneto using a top team composed of 5-Star X-Men and Brotherhood characters. Then on November 25th at 4:00PM (PST) the Black Order's general, Ebony Maw, lands for his Legendary Event, Black and Ebony. You'll need a team consisting of Black Bolt and four other Inhumans at a minimum of 5 Stars to recruit Ebony Maw, so start prepping now.

Upcoming Blitzes

Dig into character shard rewards in the Blitzes featured over the next couple of weeks. The first two Blitzes will run parallel to the Thanosgiving Blitz and use the same Blitz Charges to refresh characters. On November 22nd at 4:00PM (PST), pester enemies in the Stinger Blitz, where you can earn tons of Wasp character shards. And then on November 25th at 4:00PM (PST), we're rolling out the red carpet for the Mutant Queen Blitz, featuring Polaris shards. The Web-Slinger Blitz swings into action on November 29th at 4:00PM (PST) with an opportunity to earn shards for your friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. And then on December 2nd at 4:00PM (PST) the First Responder Blitz arrives with a crash cart full of Night Nurse character shards for you to inject into your roster.

Bonus & Flash Events

Rack up character shards, Gold, and Training Modules with our upcoming Bonus and Flash Events. For all Bonus Events, filter your roster by the featured trait to see all eligible characters and their corresponding Campaign nodes.

Out of the gates first on November 21st at 4:00PM (PST) are two Bonus Events to help you recruit Legends. Prep for Magneto with the Gifted Gathering Event, which rewards double shards in Campaigns for X-Men and Brotherhood characters and get ready for Black Bolt with 4 Asgard, which rewards 2x shards for Asgardian characters.

And if you're going to recruit Black Bolt, you should bolster his Inhuman team with the Terrigen Storm Bonus Event on November 24th at 4:00PM (PST), which doubles Inhuman shard payouts in Campaign nodes.

The next events are for all you bullion enthusiasts out there. The Pay Day Event returns on November 26th at 4:00PM (PST) for your shot at restocking your Gold supplies using your top Mercenary team. Bolster your soldiers of fortune on November 25th at 4:00PM (PST) with the Merc Mayhem Bonus Event, which rewards 2x Mercenary shards in Campaigns. 

And the final course of this two-week MARVEL Strike Force meal arrives on December 3rd at 4:00PM (PST) with the Back to Bootcamp Flash Event, where you can send your top Skill Military team into battle to restock your supply of Training Modules. Fortify your soldiers on December 2nd at 4:00PM (PST) with the Double Time Bonus Event, which rewards 2x shards in Campaigns for Skill Military characters.

As we mentioned above, our studio will be observing the American Thanksgiving holiday, so our next blog will be on December 3rd. Until then…

Good luck, Commanders!

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