Doctor Strange (Heartless) & Wong
Morgan Le Fay won't be the only sorcerer on the Darkhold team worthy of the Eye of Agamotto, as Doctor Strange (Heartless) and Wong will be joining the Legendary Apocalypse Horseman’s squad. As mentioned in last week's blog, the Darkhold team will be a powerful Arena force and today, you'll see how these two high profile spell-casters bolster their allies. First, let's ponder this question: What if Doctor Strange lost his heart instead of his hands?
Doctor Strange (Heartless)
After picking up his lover, Dr. Christine Palmer, for a dinner party, Doctor Stephen Strange's car was involved in a violent collision that resulted in Palmer being killed. Strange searched for answers to help him with his grief and eventually stumbled upon the Masters of the Mystic Arts, an order of sorcerers committed to protecting Earth from mystical threats. After learning their ways, Strange used the Eye of Agamotto to help save his reality from Dormammu and the Dark Dimension. Following the victory, Strange became obsessed with using the Eye of Agamotto to alter his timeline to save Christine from the accident. But no matter what Strange did or didn't do on the fateful night of the accident, Christine couldn't be saved from her inevitable death. The Ancient One warned Strange that her fate was an Absolute Point in time and altering it could result in the end of the universe, but the desperate doctor ignored the warning and pressed on. Through extensive research, Strange found that he could potentially alter an Absolute Point but first needed to become more powerful. By absorbing the essences of other life forms, he froze himself in time for centuries in order to bring increasingly powerful demonic entities to Earth to take their souls. Strange eventually grew strong enough to resurrect Palmer from the dead, breaking the Absolute Point, but the act created a time paradox, which resulted in the total collapse of Doctor Strange's universe.
Doctor Strange (Heartless) will be arriving on Nexus Earth as a Darkhold Blaster with a particularly high Resistance stat. He specializes in fortifying his Darkhold allies and walloping enemies with hard-hitting attacks. With patience and strategy, his Ultimate ability, "Demonic Embrace," has the capability to do tremendous damage. Doctor Strange (Heartless) also grants Barrier to any Darkhold ally on their turn and once he gains Charged from his Ultimate ability, he'll give massive amounts of Barrier to his entire team, as well as provide himself with some Healing to help him sustain in battle. Doctor Strange (Heartless) is most effective with the Darkhold team, however, he can work with any character that can help set up his Ultimate ability, by giving him Ability Energy, positive effects, or the enemy team negative effects.
Cause your enemy's universe to come crashing down with this Sorcerer Supreme:
Traits: Villain, Cosmic, Mystic, Blaster, Darkhold
Basic - Supreme Blast
- Attack primary and adjacent targets for 280% Piercing + flip 2 positive effects to negative effects.
- This attack cannot be blocked.
Special - Ikonnic Blast
- Energy Cost: 3/3
- Copy and clear 2 positive effects from the primary target.
- Attack for 400% damage, apply Slow for 2 turns, and reduce Speed Bar by 25%.
- If Charged, copy and clear all positive effects from the primary target instead.
- Gain +500% Extra Focus for this attack.
Ultimate - Demonic Embrace
- Energy Cost: 4/7
- Gain 3 Charged.
- Attack all enemies for 300% damage + 50% additional damage per positive and negative effect on self and the primary target.
- This attack is unavoidable.
Passive - Heartless
- On turn, if Charged, Heal for 20% Health + lose 1 Charged.
- At the end of any DARKHOLD ally turn, Barrier that character for 15% of this character's Max Health. If Charged, instead Barrier self and all DARKHOLD allies for 15% of this character's Max Health.
- On enemy Death, gain Offense Up, if this character already has Offense Up, gain Speed Up.
- Gain +50% Crit Chance and Crit Damage.
- DARKHOLD allies gain +50% Crit Chance and Crit Damage.
Wong is a descendant of Kan, an ancient Tibetan warrior-monk who lived a thousand years ago and was a student of the occult. For ten generations preceding Wong, the first-born males in his family aided the Ancient One, the former Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth dimension. Upon turning four, Wong's father brought him to the Ancient One for training at a monastery, where he learned how to assist mystics, as well as the martial arts of Kamar-Taj. When Wong became an adult and his training was complete, the Ancient One sent him to the Sanctum Sanctorum in the United States to assist Doctor Strange, the Ancient One's disciple. Wong's years spent fighting alongside Doctor Strange led to him becoming extremely proficient in the mystic arts, so much so that the Eye of Agamotto considered Wong as Strange's replacement for Earth's Sorcerer Supreme. Alongside Doctor Strange, Wong has faced off against Dormammu, Dracula, and many of the universe's most dangerous mystic threats.
On the battlefield for the Darkhold team, Wong is a Protector with high Health and Resistance. As Protectors go, Wong is extremely powerful and he's vital to the success of the Darkhold team. Not only does he draw enemy attacks with a Taunt, but he attacks any enemy who attacks him or any of his Darkhold allies. His Ultimate Ability, "Portal Barrage," is especially potent, as it manipulates the effects on the primary target, grants Wong Taunt and Barrier, as well as gains Safeguard if Doctor Strange (Heartless) or Doctor Strange is an ally.
Guard the universe's mightiest mystics with Wong:
Traits: Hero, Global, Mystic, Protector, Darkhold
Basic - Arcane Kick
- Attack primary target for 320% damage.
- Clear 1 negative effect from self and all DARKHOLD allies.
Special - Dash Strike
- Energy Cost: 7/7
- Attack primary target for 200% Piercing + Bonus Attack 2 times for 200% Piercing.
- This attack ignores Defense Up.
Ultimate - Portal Barrage
- Energy Cost: 10/10
- Transfer all negative effects from this character to the primary target. Clear all negative effects from self.
- Copy 3 positive effects from the primary target to self. Flip 3 positive effects on the primary target.
- Attack primary target for 300% damage.
- Gain Taunt for 2 turns + Barrier self for 30% of this character's Max Health.
- If Doctor Strange (Heartless) or Doctor Strange is an ally, gain +1 Safeguard, to a maximum of 2.
- This attack cannot be dodged.
Developer Note: if both Doctor Strange (Heartless) and Doctor Strange are allies, Wong still only gains +1 Safeguard - the ability doesn’t stack.
Passive - Guardian of Ancient Knowledge
- On Spawn, apply Defense Up for 2 turns to self and all DARKHOLD allies.
- On Turn, if this character or any DARKHOLD allies have any amount of Barrier, apply +1 Deflect, up to a maximum of 3, to those characters.
- When an enemy attacks a DARKHOLD ally, if this character does not have Ability Block, attack that enemy 3 times for 50% Piercing.
- When this character drops below 30% Health, clear Taunt.
- Gain +30% Armor.
- DARKHOLD allies gain +30% Armor.
Rising up from the shadows on March 17th at 5:00PM (PDT) is one of your first opportunities to recruit Morbius in the Living Vampire Event. Sink your teeth into a vein of Morbius shards, along with other scary good rewards during this limited-time event:
Mystic Assassin Orb
Go monster hunting by earning Mystic Assassin Orb Fragments via the event milestones and then open the orbs to earn shards for select characters with the limited-time Mystic Spirit Slayer trait.
Fangs Out Milestone
Up first, spend Campaign Energy (not including Iso-8 Campaign Energy) and battle in Raids to earn points toward a 4-day milestone that rewards Mystic Assassin Orb Fragments.
Flesh and Blood Milestone
After the Fangs Out Milestone, earn points toward another 4-day milestone that rewards Mystic Assassin Orb Fragments by winning in Blitz with any character, battling in Blitz with Mystic Spirit Slayer characters at a minimum of 5 stars, battling in Alliance War with Dark Hunter characters, and spending Power Cores.
Living Vampire Milestone
Open Mystic Assassin Orbs to drink up points toward an 8-day milestone that rewards Morbius shards, gear, Training Modules, and more!
Primal Thirst Web Exclusive Milestones
Still hungry for rewards? Battle in Arena to earn points toward a daily web-exclusive milestone that runs for 8 straight days and rewards Mystic Assassin Orb Fragments. Limited offers will also be available on the web for Mystic Assassin Orb Fragments and shards for select Mystic Spirit Slayer characters.
Be on the lookout for the following Bonus Events during the course of the Living Vampire event:
- Energy Overload - When refreshing your Campaign Energy, earn 2x the amount
- Raid Frenzy - 20% cost reduction for Raid Energy, Heals, and Revives in Raids
- Quarter Blitz - Cost of reusing characters in Blitz will never exceed 25 Blitz Charges (for the entire team)
Kate Bishop Ability Issue
An issue was discovered regarding Kate Bishop with part of her Passive Ability, "Stubborn Defiance," where she should always attack a random enemy and apply Blind and Slow when an ally drops to less than 50% health, but is currently only happening on War Defense. This action is intended to occur during all game modes and it will be corrected in the upcoming Version 6.0 release.
Legendary Events Updates
Get ready for more chances than ever to bolster your Legendary characters. On March 13th at 5:00PM (PDT), Invisible Woman's Legendary Event, "Now You See Me," will become a permanent addition in the Events section. She'll drop from a 5-Star unlock to a 4-Star unlock, and the Double Trouble Bonus Event will be retired.
On the same day, Doctor Octopus's Legendary Event, "Surgical S.T.R.I.K.E.," will become a Repeating Legendary Event (will run more often). Surgical S.T.R.I.K.E. will run every six to seven weeks with the X-Force Bonus Event proceeding it. The associated login calendar will be retired and instead, you'll receive 3 shards for the required X-Force characters via the Inbox that announces the start of the event.
Improvements to Orange Gear Finder Offers
To help you progress your roster to higher gear tiers, we'll soon be updating the Orange Gear Finder offers with increased amounts of gear and at a reduced price per gear piece. Keep an eye on your Inbox for the start of these updates and be sure to check the Finder for the best available gear offers.
Cloak and Dagger
The Tadano Mac JAPAN celebration calendar rewarding Cloak and Dagger currencies may have ended, but there's still time left to grab their shards. Make sure you spend any remaining Star Credits and Luminous Credits, as they'll be leaving the Store very soon.
Prepare to rise out of a pile of ashes, dive-bomb character shards, and strike Gold with our upcoming Events. For all Bonus Events, filter your roster using the featured trait to find all eligible characters and their corresponding nodes. Remember that this Sunday is daylight savings, so events will start at 5:00PM PDT (instead of the previous 4:00PM PST).
Malicious Manipulators Bonus Event
Start Date: March 13th at 5:00PM (PDT)
Rewards: 2x character shards for Villain Mystic Controller characters from Campaigns
Prep for: Phoenix's Legendary Event, "Phoenix Rising"
Phoenix Rising Repeating Legendary Event
Start Date: March 14th at 5:00PM (PDT)
Rewards: Phoenix character shards
How to Prepare: Malicious Manipulators Bonus Event and an upcoming inbox with 3 shards for up to 7 of the required characters
Requirements: 5 Villain, Mystic, Controller characters at a minimum of 5 Stars to unlock Phoenix
Dark Dimension V Cosmic Poll Winner - S.T.R.I.K.E. Leader Blitz
Start Date: March 14th at 5:00PM (PDT)
Rewards: Kestrel character shards
Deputy Director Blitz
Start Date: March 17th at 5:00PM (PDT)
Rewards: Maria Hill character shards
Merc Mayhem Bonus Event
Start Date: March 17th at 5:00PM (PDT)
Rewards: 2x character shards for Mercenary characters from Campaigns
Payday Flash Event
Start Date: March 18th at 5:00PM (PDT)
Required characters: Mercenary
Raid Frenzy Flash Event
Start Date: March 18th at 5:00PM (PDT)
How it works: 20% Cost reduction for Energy, Heals, and Revives in Raids
Until next time…
Good luck, Commanders!