PvE Format Guide

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  • mags1587mags1587 Posts: 1,020 Chairperson of the Boards
    Added sub-event information to Meet Rocket & Groot and Simulator. Added bracket size information to Meet Rocket & Groot, Simulator, and ISO-8 Brotherhood.
  • OldboyOldboy Posts: 452 Mover and Shaker
    Bumping to the top
  • mags1587mags1587 Posts: 1,020 Chairperson of the Boards
    Copy of the previous main post.
    Background: every time a PvE is re-run, I wrack my brain trying to remember the format of the event. Are there subs? How many? How long are the subs? etc. I started writing it down and thought someone else might find it useful. Any input on things I've missed/got wrong/should add is welcome. The developers have changed the format of some of these events; I've noted the differences where I remembered them; otherwise the information below is for the most recent run of the event.

    Episodes

    Episode 1: Unstable ISO-8
    Length of Event: 6.5 days
    Sub-Events? No
    Unique Reward(s): None
    Other Notes:
    • New nodes appear approx. every 24 hours.
    • Most new nodes disappear/appear on the same schedule; one or two nodes disappear/appear at other times.
    • Most nodes refresh on this schedule:
      • 24 hours after event start; 1 day of 6.5 day event completed; 12:00 pm (noon) EST
      • 24 hours later; 2 days of 6.5 day event completed; 12:00 pm (noon) EST
      • 36 hours later; 3.5 days of 6.5 day event completed; 12:00 am (midnight) EST
      • 36 hours later; 5 days of 6.5 day event completed; 12:00 pm (noon) EST

    Episode 2: The Hunt
    Length of Event: 5.5 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? No
    Number of Sub-Events: 3 (x2)
    Length of Sub-Events: 36 hours
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? No
    Unique Reward(s): None
    Other Notes:
    • There are main nodes to open up the sub-events. All but one of these nodes are one-time only nodes. One node will be open and playable for points throughout the event.
    • The three sub-events (Alaska, Florida, Savage Land) are run through twice.
    • The sub-events overlap by 12 or 24 hours. (i.e. The Florida sub starts with 24 hours remaining in Alaska, etc.) See here for a detailed timeline.
    • Some nodes in the sub-events are one-time only nodes. See here for a detailed list of repeatable/one-time only/essential nodes, including node names.
    • Alaska has a total of 12 nodes.
      • One-time only: 3 nodes
      • Repeatable (regular): 6 nodes
      • Repeatable (essential): 3 nodes
    • Florida has a total of 17 nodes.
      • One-time only: 8 nodes
      • Repeatable (regular): 6 nodes
      • Repeatable (essential): 3 nodes
    • Savage Land has a total of 12 nodes.
      • One-time only: 3 nodes
      • Repeatable (regular): 6 nodes
      • Repeatable (essential): 3 nodes

    Episode 2.5: The Hulk
    Length of Event: 4.5 days or 9 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? No
    Number of Sub-Events: 8 (x2)
    Length of Sub-Events: 12 or 24 hours
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? Yes
    Unique Reward(s): Hulk Green Cover - There is a one-time main node that will give a Hulk green cover as a reward. In early runs of the event, there was a global progress bar that unlocked this node. In the most recent run of the event, the node was unlocked mid-event after Hulk joins forces with you.
    Other Notes:
    • Two sub-events run side by side. One sub will have higher points along with higher enemy levels.
    • Subs: Nevada & Canada; Greenland & Romania; Sudan & West Sahara; Amazon & Bolivia
    • There are 2 run-throughs of the subs; once fighting Hulk, once after Hulk has joined forces with you.
    • Main nodes are only playable once after they open and have no rubberbanding.

    Episode 3: Thick as Thieves
    Length of Event: 6.5 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? No
    Number of Sub-Events: 4
    Length of Sub-Events: Family Reunion: 36 hours; Anderson, Inc.: 48 hours; Scotland Yard: 48 hours; The Meeting: 24 hours
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? No
    Unique Reward(s): None
    Other Notes:
    • There is one repeatable node in main that is open throughout the event and gives points.

    Episode 4: ISO-8 Brotherhood
    Length of Event: 4.5 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? Yes
    Number of Sub-Events: 17 total: 4 (x2), 1, 4 (x2)
    Length of Sub-Events: 12 hours
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? No
    Main Bracket Size: 1000 Sub Bracket Size: 1000
    Unique Reward(s): High ISO Reward - In each sub-event, a one-time node with a high ISO reward is unlocked after the other non-essential nodes are completed.
    Other Notes:
    • There are Main nodes to open up the sub-events. These nodes are one time only nodes.
    • All sub-events are 12 hours long. There are 4 rounds of 12 hour sub-events with 2 subs running side-by-side; then one 12 hour sub-event; then 4 more rounds of 12 hour sub-events (2 running side-by-side).
    • Each sub-event has a total of 6 nodes.
      • One-time only: 1 node (the High ISO Reward node)
      • Repeatable (regular): 3 nodes
      • Repeatable (essential): 2 nodes
    • Sub-Events:
      • ISO-8 Lab: Peru & ISO-8 Lab: Nigeria
      • ISO-8 Lab: China & ISO-8 Lab: Namibia
      • ISO-8 Lab: Algeria & ISO-8 Lab: India
      • ISO-8 Lab: Argentina & ISO-8 Lab: Sudan
      • Rescue Mission: Russia
      • ISO-8 Lab: Italy & ISO-8 Lab: California
      • ISO-8 Lab: Colombia & ISO-8 Lab: Canada
      • ISO-8 Lab: Spain & ISO-8 Lab: Indonesia
      • ISO-8 Lab: Saudi Arabia & ISO-8 Lab: New York

    Episode 4.5: Prodigal Sun
    Length of Event: 7.5 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? Yes
    Number of Sub-Events: 7 total: 2, 2 (x2), 1
    Length of Sub-Events: 36 hours
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? No
    Unique Reward(s): Sentry Red Cover - One node in the final sub-event (Thunderbolts Mountain) gives a red Sentry cover as a reward. During the first run of the event this node was unlocked via a global progress bar. During the most recent run of the event, this node was unlocked as soon as the player completed nodes in the sub-event.
    Other Notes:
    • Subs 1, 2, and 7 run on their own. Subs 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 run side by side. Sub 3 (LA) & 5 (Washington DC) have lower points and enemy levels than Sub 4 (Wakanda) & 6 (Hell's Kitchen)
    • Sub-Events:
      • Sub 1: Manhattan
      • Sub 2: China
      • Sub 3: Los Angeles & Sub 4: Wakanda
      • Sub 5: Washington DC & Sub 6: Hell's Kitchen
      • Sub 7: Thunderbolts Mountain

    Episode 5: Meet Rocket & Groot
    Length of Event: 4.5 days or 3.5 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? Yes
    Number of Sub-Events: 3
    Length of Sub-Events: 36 or 24 hours
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? No
    Unique Reward(s): None
    Other Notes:
    • The first run of the event was 4.5 days with three 36 hour sub-events. The second run of the event was 3.5 days with two 24 hour and one 36 hour sub-events (Sub 1: 24 hours; Sub 2: 24 hours; Sub 3: 36 hours).
    • Sub-Events:
      • Sub 1: Welcome to Earth (New York)
        • Enemy Types: Hood, Juggernaut, Maggia Goons
        • Nodes - Repeatable (regular): 7 nodes
        • Nodes - Repeatable (essential): 3 nodes
      • Sub 2: Luck Be a Lady (Madripoor)
        • Enemy Types: Mystique, ISO-8 Goons
        • Nodes - Repeatable (regular): 9 nodes
        • Nodes - Repeatable (essential): 3 nodes
      • Sub 3: Seed of Destruction (Latveria)
        • Enemy Types: Doom, Mystique, Doombots, ISO-8 Goons
        • Nodes - Repeatable (regular): 9 nodes
        • Nodes - Repeatable (essential): 3 nodes

    Episode 6: Enemy of the State
    Length of Event: 6.5 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? Yes
    Number of Sub-Events: 6
    Length of Sub-Events: 36 or 24 hours
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? No
    Unique Reward(s): ????
    Other Notes:
    • The first sub-event is 36 hours; all others are 24 hours. One sub-event runs at a time.
    • There are Main nodes to open up the sub-events. These nodes are one time only nodes.
    • This event introduced "Survival Mode". This is a node with waves of enemies. The number of waves per node and number of enemies per wave varies. Points are gained after each wave.

    Heroics (Note: All Heroic PvEs have a limited roster)

    Heroic Oscorp
    Length of Event: 6.5 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? No
    Number of Sub-Events: 3
    Length of Sub-Events: 36 or 48 hours
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? No
    Unique Reward(s): None
    Other Notes:
    • Sub 1: City - 36 hours; Sub 2: Tower I - 48 hours; Sub 3: Tower II - 48 hours.
    • There are main nodes that can be played for points open throughout the event; only one of these nodes is repeatable.
    • The most recent run of this event had a few additional characters besides the main featured characters available in each of the sub events; these additional characters changed for each sub.

    Heroic Juggernaut
    Length of Event: 2.5 or 3.5 days
    Sub-Events? No
    Unique Reward(s): None

    Heroic Venom
    Length of Event: 3.5 days
    Sub-Events? No
    Unique Reward(s): None

    Heroic Dark Avengers
    Length of Event: 6.5 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? No
    Number of Sub-Events: 3
    Length of Sub-Events: 2 days (48 hours)
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? Yes
    Unique Reward(s): None
    Other Notes:
    • Minimal rubberbanding on the main nodes after sub-events end.

    Other

    The Simulator
    Length of Event: 7-10 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? Varies
    Number of Sub-Events: 3 or 4 (x2)
    Length of Sub-Events: 2.5 days (60 hours)
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? No
    Main Bracket Size: 1000 Sub Bracket Size: 200
    Unique Reward(s): High ISO Reward - In each sub-event, the final node on the left branch has a high ISO reward.
    Other Notes:
    • Total number of sub-events and overall length of the event has varied.
    • The most recent run-through of the Simulator had no Alliance rewards for the sub-events. Prior runs did have Alliance rewards in the sub-events.
    • Normal and Hard subs run side by side. Nodes in the Hard sub give more points than nodes in the Normal sub.
    • Each sub-event has a total of 6 nodes.
      • Repeatable (regular): 7 nodes
      • Repeatable (essential): 3 nodes

    Deadpool vs MPQ
    Length of Event: 2.5 days
    Sub-Events? Yes; Alliance Rewards in Sub-Events? Yes
    Number of Sub-Events: 2
    Length of Sub-Events: Sub 1: 36 hours; Sub 2: 24 hours
    Main Nodes after Sub-Events End? No
    Unique Reward(s): 50 Hero Points; 2500 ISO - The final node in the first sub-event will award 50 Hero Points. The final node in the second sub-event will award 2500 ISO.

    The Gauntlet
    Length of Event: 3.5-4.5 days
    Unique Reward(s): ????
    Other Notes:
    • There are 3 maps in the event. Beating the last non-essential node on each map opens up the next map.
    • There are only individual progression rewards; no placement awards (individual or alliance).
    • **Update: The latest run of the event implemented individual placement awards for fastest completion time in addition to the progression awards. The top 10 players in brackets of 10000 got an event token 10-pack; the rest of the bracket received a Standard token. There were no alliance placement awards.
    • Points are awarded once per node. Nodes are repeatable but only to collect the additional ISO/token/boost awards.
    • Points are fixed; there is no rubberbanding in this event. Scaling is set at the start of the event based on your roster strength. Some individual scaling does still seem to exist as enemy levels have increased during the event for some players.

    Deadpool's Daily Quest
    Length of Event: 24 hours; Refreshes daily
    Other Notes:
    • There are 5 nodes total on two paths.
    • The first path is 3 nodes long; on the first node you can only use 1* characters; on the second node (a survival node) you can use 1* or 2* characters; on the third node you can only use 2* characters. Rewards are ISO and a Taco Token.
    • The second path is 2 nodes long; on the first node, which rewards the player a Taco Token, there is an essential 3* character; the second node (a survival node) will award a single cover of that 3* character. A different 3* character will be the essential/reward each day.
    • Taco Tokens contain all of the 2* characters, one of 5 3* characters, 250 HP, or 1000 HP.
  • mags1587mags1587 Posts: 1,020 Chairperson of the Boards
    Updated with Avengers vs. Ultron info. If anyone has any comments on things that should be added to that section or suggestions on sections that could be clearer, please let me know.
  • jffdouganjffdougan Posts: 718 Critical Contributor
    Two things to note:
    1. Heroic: Oscorp has 3 sub events (IIRC, two of them are The Tower and The City.) Each gets reinforcements who can only be used during that sub.

    2. In AvU, two of the five nodes surrounding the Ultron boss fight require the same character, and remain constant throughout the whole event. The other three will change every time the nodes unlock on the 8-hour schedule.
  • mags1587mags1587 Posts: 1,020 Chairperson of the Boards
    Updated Heroic Dark Avengers and Meet Rocket & Groot. ISO-8 Brotherhood next.
  • mags1587mags1587 Posts: 1,020 Chairperson of the Boards
    Updated ISO-8 Brotherhood.
  • Thanks for giving me the necessary information
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  • mags1587mags1587 Posts: 1,020 Chairperson of the Boards
    Updated Enemy of the State.
  • mags1587mags1587 Posts: 1,020 Chairperson of the Boards
    Updated Hulk PvE. Only one to go (Thick as Thieves).
  • mags1587mags1587 Posts: 1,020 Chairperson of the Boards
    Thick as Thieves updated. All PvE events have been updated with the new formats.
  • jojeda654jojeda654 Posts: 1,161 Chairperson of the Boards
    Since you do have DDQ listed, you may want to include the new Crash of the Titans node. icon_e_geek.gificon_e_wink.gif
  • PloDoloPloDolo Posts: 7 Just Dropped In
    How often do Events occur? Is there a period of time where they rotate? Is there an order to their occurrence or do they just happen at random?
  • QuebbsterQuebbster Posts: 8,070 Chairperson of the Boards
    PloDolo wrote:
    How often do Events occur? Is there a period of time where they rotate? Is there an order to their occurrence or do they just happen at random?
    The PvE week starts on Thursday, and consists of either one seven day event or a fourday event (Thursday-Monday) and a threeday event (Monday-Thursday). I think they try to rotate the events regularly, but since there isn't an equal number of events of each length it may be a while Before certain events are rerun.
  • bob554bob554 Posts: 169 Tile Toppler
    can this thread be stickied? even though some info is out of date, I do like to refer to it before the start of each event or when I'm choosing my time slice.
  • SMZ210SMZ210 Posts: 4 Just Dropped In
    Honor Among Thieves??
  • JasonLikesToTravelJasonLikesToTravel Posts: 11 Just Dropped In
    Just a quick question as a still relative-newbie on the back of the latest PVE missions (Deadpool vs MPQ) but does the optimal scoring work the same way for 48 hour events as it does for 24 hours?

    4/3 with the 3 at the very end of the event or should I be doing the final 3 after 24 hours and then waiting for the points to regenerate again at the end? 
  • SekiliciousSekilicious Posts: 1,098 Chairperson of the Boards
    edited December 2021
    So optimal in 48hr subs is 4 as normal, 1 at 24hrs when the points regenerate,  then final 3 clears as close to 48hrs as you can manage after the points regenerate again. 
  • JasonLikesToTravelJasonLikesToTravel Posts: 11 Just Dropped In
    So optimal in 48hr subs is 4 as normal, 1 at 24hrs when the points regenerate,  then final 3 clears as close to 48hrs as you can manage after the points regenerate again. 
    Thank you! Good to know for this and future events in this format.
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