Friday, February 8, 2013

Marvel Avengers Alliance: PvP Season 5 Patch Notes

PvP Season 5 of Marvel Avengers Alliance is all set to start soon and the patch notes are out.

Up for grabs this time is X-23, also known as Wolverine's clone and she has some nasty abilities, like being able to defeat enemies that have resurrection buffs (i.e. from Phoenix, Odin's Staff, etc.).

Here are the full notes:

Improved PVP Armory:
  • The amount of bonus stats that players get from slotted Armory items has been increased. Players will notice now a considerable difference in character stats between players who have a high armory bonus and those who do not.
  • We also resolved an issue that was preventing players from receiving the full bonus listed on preview screen.

PvP Tournament 5:
  • PvP Season 5 is right around the corner
  • New hero reward for PvP Season 5, X-23
  • Diamond League Reward - Chakra Strike
    • Customized
    • Pressure Points - Has a chance to cause Dizzy, Exposed, Slowed, or Weakened
    • Chance for Follow-up attack
      • Successful Follow-up attacks cause Paragon Exploiter - Dealing extra damage against targets with Bleeding, Burning, Chilled, Combo Setup, Dizzy, Exposed, Poisoned, Slowed, or Stun.
  • Vibranium League Reward - Blueprint: Tactician’s Power Armor
    • A research for characters level 60 and above unlocks the Tactician’s Power Armor
    • This is a trench coat-style uniform with 8 sockets that confers the Tactician class
    • Grants Optic-Camo
      • Agent gains Truestrike
      • 50% chance to trigger Optic-Camo Engaged, making the Agent’s attacks Stealthy for one round
  • Adamantium League Reward - New Hero! X-23

Adamantium Reward Hero: X-23
  • Class: Bruiser
  • Passive - Healing Factor
    • Gradually restores Health during combat
    • Reduces durations for Bleeding and Poison
    • Chance to survive fatal damage
  • Passive - Weapon X Programming
    • Attackers have a chance to gain Trigger Scent
      • Trigger Scent
        • Opposing characters with Berserker Rage must attack this target
    • Grants Berserker Rage when an enemy gains Trigger Scent
      • Berserker Rage
        • Damage increased against enemies with Trigger Scent
        • Chance to perform a follow-up attack against bleeding targets
  • Level 1 - Snikt!
    • Single Target
    • Slashing, Melee
    • Adamantium
      • Attacks ignore the defense stat
    • Bleeding
  • Taking damage every round or after performing hostile actions
  • This effect can be applied 3 times
    • Shred
      • Applies Shred to targets immune to Bleeding
      • Reduces Defense
      • Counts as Bleeding for the purpose of attacks
      • This effect can be applied 3 times
    • Ravaged
  • Takes increased damage from Bleeding
  • Level 2 - Blades of Rage
    • AOE
    • Slashing, Melee
    • Adamantium
      • Attacks ignore the defense stat
    • Hemorrhaging Attack
      • Causes all applications of Bleeding to trigger
    • Bleeding
  • Taking damage every round or after performing hostile actions
  • This effect can be applied 3 times
  • Level 6 - Made For Walking
    • Single Target
    • Slashing, Melee
    • Adamantium
      • Attacks ignore the defense stat
    • Exploit Bleeding
      • Deals extra damage against Bleeding targets
    • High Crits
      • Increased chance of critical hits
  • Level 9 - Assassin’s Strike
    • Single Target
    • Slashing, Melee
    • Adamantium
      • Attacks ignore the defense stat
    • Brutal Strike
      • Damage cannot be prevented by resurrection effects
    • Fatal Blow
      • Defeats normal enemies with less than 30% health
      • Greatly damages bosses with less than 30% health

Limited Edition PVP Items
  • We have removed the Ruby Quartz Fragment for sale this week, but it will be making a return when Season 5 begins along with the Terrigen Crystals.

Bug Fixes:
  • Added mission progress bar back to the mission map screen
  • Magik’s AI has been adjusted so that her other moves are utilized more often in defensive PVP battles
  • Psylocke’s Psionic Shadow no longer allows her opponents to dodge her Mental Coordination attack
  • Psylocke’s Psionic Shadow will no longer dodge Catastrophic or Psychic Energy Attacks
  • Cable’s Distress Call now uses his Bodyslide ability
  • Punisher’s The Migrant is now tagged appropriately
  • Valkyrie’s AI should now allow her to attack Blasters and using her at level one will not result in her recharging
  • Colossus and Kitty Pryde’s Team Up Bonus “Hard and Soft” description text has been corrected
  • Kitty Pryde’s Shadowcat uniform passive description has been corrected
  • Weak Mind should no longer apply on characters with Mechanical Body, Robots, or Magneto
  • Bane no longer procs on healing effects or shield effects


The biggest change is they buffed the Armory, if you look at your PvP bonuses now, heroes count for less.

The change was inevitable as new players are increasingly disadvantaged by the number of heroes that old players have, while it's fairly easy to add to your Armory. The way it was going, it was increasingly harder for someone to pick up the game and do well.

It kinda sucks as someone who grinded out Command Points to collect heroes though...

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