6-10: The best of the rest
6. Black Widow (original): +9, SD 3.75 by Celerity
Let's imagine you took any one of her powers and gave it to Bullseye (ignore color overlap and thematic appropriateness for the moment), who's easily the worst 2* in the game and one of the worst characters overall.
I think these rankings are crafted with the thinking that any character in the game is available. While I have no problem with that as a presupposition, the truth is that most people are playing with 1*'s and 2*'s (and thus AGAINST 1*'s and 2*'s in PVP)...and I think that shifts things around a bit. Thoughts:
OBW's best build seems really dependent on who you run her with. I usually have her paired with 2*Wolverine, and having her at 2/5/5 seems perfect; I'm pretty much guaranteed to get 2 3AP Recon casts out of 4 purple matches, whereas 3/5/5 would mean likely 5 matches for same. There's no good active Black skills in the 1*-2* range (mStorm's is okay, I suppose), so I haven't bothered to use her third cover. Think you need a leveled Punisher or Black Panther before 3 is worth it. There's absolutely no reason to go 5P at this level as Espionage is too good.
Daken is ridiculous at the 2* level, as he counters the two most common 2* heroes, Thor and Wolverine. My defensive team is frequently Thor/Daken/X, and gets more wins then I'd expect.
MHawkeye is better than advertised. For PvE missions that lock out OBW, I use him to cover purple/blue (sometimes Daken for purple/black), and find that I frequently save the day with him when my primary character gets cascaded.
I first wanted to say thank you for putting together this list. I relied on the prior list quite a bit in determining which covers to build with and which to sell.
I am confused about OBW, though. Perhaps this question is better suited to the OBW thread, but I'm not sure what you mean by the fact she double dips with strike tiles. Does she steal more AP of colors which display strike tiles? What am I missing?
Also, I understand the idea of going 3/5/5 on her, but when you have L5 purple, you end up stealing back purple, thus allowing you to get off another steal sooner, and at L5, the steals are pretty devastating to the opponent and greatly beneficial to your team.
By the way, those who are wishing for a 3* Gold mStorm should be careful what you wish for. If you thought Ragnarok Thunderclapping everything into oblivion or facing endless cookie-cutter Thorverine teams was bad for the game, wait until you see what having a bunch of 3.5k health Storms would do.
I have a random character question that probably doesn't deserve its own thread, so I'm going to ask it here--hope no one minds.
I keep reading comments on this board of people asking for third abilities for characters like Daken and Dr. Doom. I'm just wondering if there's any precedent for this--has it ever happened before? I only started playing in January so I'm not very familiar with any character changes that took place before then.
I keep reading comments on this board of people asking for third abilities for characters like Daken and Dr. Doom. I'm just wondering if there's any precedent for this--has it ever happened before?