The battle for Nexus Earth rages on with a new Campaign that could spell D-O-O-M for the members of S.T.R.I.K.E. And if squaring off against the destroyer of worlds doesn’t get your heart rate up, we’ve got Blitzes that are a force of nature, a godly Bonus Event, and a chance to strike gold. But first, we’re lifting up the mask of Hydra’s newest member...
Hydra’s squeeze on the battlefield gets tighter with Baron Zemo! A descendant of a long line of evil, Baron Zemo is one of the leaders behind Hydra and has devoted his life to conquering the world and eliminating his greatest foe: Captain America. He’s a genius tactician, a brilliant scientist, an Olympic-level marksman, and a deadly combatant, especially with a broadsword. Baron Zemo will lend his skills to the Hydra team as their Controller. His attacks can apply negative effects, but where Baron Zemo really shines is against minion teams. His Special ability, “Dominating Blow,” can prevent minions from Reviving. Each turn, when Charged, Baron Zemo attacks all enemies, but does increased damage against minions, in addition to applying Disrupted to them. On War Offense during an enemy minion turn, Baron Zemo applies Evade to himself and adjacent allies. He also enjoys synergies with Winter Soldier, Crossbones, and Hydra Grenadier.
Gaze upon the face of Hydra:
Traits: Villain, Global, Skill, Controller, Hydra
Basic - Targeted Assault
Apply Assist Now to a Hydra Grenadier ally.
Attack primary target for 290% damage.
Special - Dominating Blow
Energy Cost: 2/2
Clear 3 Deathproof from primary target.
Attack primary target for 450% damage. If primary target is a MINION, attack for 900% damage + 20% Piercing instead. MINIONs killed by this attack cannot be revived.
Gain +5,000% Extra Focus for this attack.
This attack is unavoidable and cannot be Blocked.
Ultimate - Premeditation
Energy Cost: 5/5
Attack primary target for 300% damage + apply Ability Block for 1 turn and Slow for 2 turns.
Rebound chain to 4 adjacent targets for 270% damage + apply Slow for 2 turns.
Passive - The True Leader
On Spawn, gain Charged and apply Immunity for 1 turn and Defense Up for 2 turns to self and all HYDRA allies.
On Turn, if Charged, attack all non-MINION enemies for 300% damage and all MINION enemies for 400% damage. Then clear 3 positive effects from all enemies, apply Disrupted for 2 turns to all MINION enemies, and lose Charged.
Gain +40% Speed. Non-MINION HYDRA allies gain +40% Speed.
On WAR OFFENSE, on enemy MINION turn, apply +1 Evade, up to a maximum of 3, to self and all adjacent allies.
To prepare for Baron Zemo’s arrival, several Hydra members have received updates to meet the high standards of their new leader. Winter Soldier, Crossbones, and Hydra Grenadier now all have specific synergies with Baron Zemo via their individual Passive abilities. The trio also underwent base stat improvements as well. And, not to be outdone, Red Skull received a small update to balance his gameplay.
Here’s a complete rundown of the improvements:
Basic - Flak Grenade
Special - Corrosive Grenade
Passive - Hydra Arsenal
Updated: Gain +40% Focus. HYDRA allies gain +40% Focus.
New: If Zemo is an ally, gain +20% Damage.
Special - Relentless Assassin
Updated: Attack primary target for 210% damage + apply Bleed. Bonus attack 2 times for 150% damage + 75% chance to apply Bleed.
Passive - Expert Assassin
Gain +15% Crit chance.
If Zemo is an ally, gain +20% Max Health.
Gain an additional +10% Crit chance for self and all HYDRA allies.
Special - Wrath
Updated: Heal self for 20% of Max Health.
New: If Zemo is an ally, Heal self for 30% of Max Health instead.
Ultimate - Detonate
Updated:If Zemo is an ally, Gain Defense Up.
Passive - Vengeance
On Spawn, if Zemo is an ally, generate Ability Energy for self.
Gain +20% Max Health. If Zemo is an ally, gain an additional +20% Max Health.
Gain +5% Armor. HYDRA allies gain +5% Armor.
Ultimate - Storm Assault
Updated: Now unavoidable and unblockable
Tremble before your next great adventure: Doom War! Join S.T.R.I.K.E.’s fight for survival as they journey home to Nexus Earth and face off against Doctor Doom and his forces. To take on Chapter 1 of the Doom War Campaign, you must have completed Nexus Chapter 8, and you’ll need to assemble teams with these specific traits:
Missions 1-3: Mutant Hero, Inhuman
Missions 4-6: Mystic Hero, Guardian
Missions 7-9: S.H.I.E.L.D., Wave I Avenger, Fantastic Four
The rewards for Doom War will include Superior Gear Pieces required for Gear Tier 14 and character shards for Thor and Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Here’s where you’ll find their shards:
Thor: Doom 1-6
Negasonic Teenage Warhead: Doom 1-9
Start preparing your forces now for this new adventure!
Back again for the first time since our Fun in the Sun Event is Catalyst Cataclysm! For a limited time, earn 3x Basic Catalysts from these select Campaign missions:
Heroes 7-6: Superior Basic Catalyst Part
Villains 7-3 : Superior Basic Catalyst Part
Nexus 8-3: Superior Basic Catalyst Part
Villains 4-6: Improved Basic Catalyst
Villains 6-6: Improved Basic Catalyst
Nexus 1-6: Improved Basic Catalyst
Nexus 2-6: Advanced Basic Catalyst Part
Nexus 6-6: Advanced Basic Catalyst Part
Cosmic 1-3: Advanced Basic Catalyst Part
Cosmic 3-3: Advanced Basic Catalyst Part
Mystic 1-3: Advanced Basic Catalyst Part
Mystic 3-3: Advanced Basic Catalyst Part
Your chance to accelerate your roster progress continues with the Catalyst Blast login calendar. Starting August 11, 12:00AM, log in every day to earn tons of Improved, Advanced, and Superior Basic Catalysts.
Add gear and the elements to your roster with this week’s Blitzes. Upgrade your roster with the upcoming 1-day gear and Gold Blitzes: Orange and Blue gear will be featured on day one, Gold on day two, and Purple gear on day three. Wrapping up the week is Crystal, the Inhuman Blaster, in the Royal Princess Blitz, with rewards that add the power of earth, wind, and fire to your arsenal.
Prepare for the royal arrival of “Unite the Kingdoms,” the Black Bolt Legendary Event, with 4 Asgard! Smite character shards for Asgardians in the following Campaign missions:
Hela: Villains 7-6
Loki: Mystic 3-6
Activate your guns-for-hire, because the Merc Mayhem event is locked and loaded for another round. For a limited time, earn double character shard payouts in Campaign missions featuring Mercenaries:
Korath the Pursuer: Villains 5-9
Mercenary Lieutenant: Villains 3-3
Mercenary Sniper: Nexus 4-6
Bullseye: Heroes 2-6 & Villains 1-3
And after you’ve fortified your Mercenaries, send them into battle in the upcoming Payday event. Don’t miss this chance to stockpile even more Gold.
Legendary Trait Change
In the not-too-distant future, we’ll be adding the trait, “Legendary,” to all of the characters that are acquired through contemporary “Legendary Events,” which includes: Iron Man, Nick Fury, Starlord, Magneto, Shuri, Invisible Woman, Ebony Maw, Phoenix and Black Bolt*. This will make the characters easier to sort in the roster, and identify where their character shards are located for newer players.
For players that have been around since the game launched in March 2018, you may remember that some events were labeled as “Legendary” for the characters of Elektra, Crossbones, Thanos, and Deadpool. As the word “Legendary” has come to refer to a very specific type of event (and related characters), that trait will not be used on any of the aforementioned four characters and will be removed from their event cards. We wanted to announce this ahead of that future change to reduce any potential confusion.
Until next time…
Good luck, Commanders!
*Edit: Added Black Bolt subsequent to publication