Returning player - what to do?

morghmorgh Posts: 532 Critical Contributor
edited August 2017 in MPQ Tips and Guides
So I've came back to playing MPQ after being free for 2.5 years and must say that quite a lot of things changed (though a lot stayed unfortunately the same).
I've left around the time championing and LT were introduced - at that time I could pretty much every time place T3-5 in all PvP/PvE events but got terribly sick of having to adjust my life to playing the game - all the shield hopping, announcing shields, announcing unshields, checking for people to avoid hitting them on a hop, having to play through PvE nodes every 8 hours etc. Me being generally able (if I found enough time) to get any high places in PvP actually contributed to the "lack of challenge" feel and taking some time off.

Now that I came back, I found myself a bit on the bottom of the pile which is a strange feeling :) I managed to get to 750 in PvP but it was definitely a bumpy ride (and I refuse to shield at such low rating :) )
I have quite a few 4* but only 1 is fully levelled (X-force), and almost fully levelled (250 Thor) and then there's 195 Xavier.... after that there's 11 other more or less covered 4*

I got my 2* farm going and this aspect of the game I can understand :)
I am only missing 3 3* (unfortunately including Strange and Thanos); I currently managed to champion only 11 3* (and mostly with just a single level).

So now my questions:
1) What should I be doing?
I plan to get to around 750 every pvp - maybe a bit more if possible, but do not plan on shielding for placement since I think it's not worth it at those levels
I will be playing PvE - maybe not religiously according to perfect schedule, but trying to do what I can
I will definitely be doing DDQ

2) Regarding tokens - should I be "hoarding"?
This concept is currently a bit beyond me - if anyone could try to explain I would be really grateful.

3) Bonus hero
What should I choose? I have Thanos as 5* and Strange as 3*.  Should I be choosing bonus for championing purposes or otherwise?

4) Which SCL should I be choosing for PvP/PvE?

Any other tips?
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  • abominatrixabominatrix Posts: 216 Tile Toppler
    You ask many questions, I have many opinions :)

    First, your plan to play PVP to as high a level as you can stomach is a good one, but I would suggest prioritizing PVE progressions rewards. You do not have to play optimally, since the game has changed the reward balance from placement to progression, but you should plan on getting max progression as often as you can manage to. For your trouble you'll get 3 3*, a 4*, 33 CP + 2 CP/day and assorted ISO and HP (assuming SCL 8; SCL 7 is slightly less and the way you describe your roster you can manage this). This is the main driver for building a roster in the current game. 

    For hoarding, there are 2 major reasons people hoard, and I don't think any of them apply to you at the moment. It generally refers to not spending CP or tokens for some period of time for some reason:
    • You don't have sufficient resources if you get lucky on a token pull. For example, you might not have HP to roster a new character, or you might not have enough ISO to champ a character. So, you hold off using these resources until you have what you need. Once you do, you start pulling the tokens until you're in that same boat again.
    • OR, you've made a decision that you want to play in 5* land. I haven't done this, so others can give a better description, but you wait until the Latest Legends both have 3 good 5* and that you have the resources for 300-400 pulls (between LT and CP). By doing this, you'll hopefully get the covers you need to champ those 3 5* characters all in one swoop. Customer Support has been known to swap covers for latest legends (so, if you drew 14 covers for Spidey, but they were 8/3/4, they would make it 6/3/5 for you so you can champ), but this is not official and they could stop doing it at any time
    For Bonus heroes, I'm not the one to ask. I have all 3* champed, so I'm using BH to rush characters to 270. Strange for 3* BH seems pretty reasonable until he's champed; in your boat, I would choose a highly rated 4* like Carol, Peggy, Gamora, Rocket, etc. for the same reason. In 4* land, I use BH to help champ; that's how I champed Peggy, and I'm working on Carnage now (for no reason other than I just want to run the Medusa/Carnage/Mr. F team). 

    Finally, you asked about SCL. For PVP, SCL doesn't matter, but make sure that the first thing you sign up for in any season is SCL 8, since this will set your rewards for the season (and the SCL8 rewards are better). Your opponent pool is the same regardless of SCL, although the group you compare your score against is only the group in the same SCL in the same event. I just always run SCL8 and I can always make 575 or more, which is all I care about. 
    For PVE, it's whatever you can clear quickly. If SCL8 takes too much time, drop to SCL7; the rewards are almost the same. Even SCL6. Below that, I wouldn't do, but as above, I don't think it's worth the time to try for the top progression rewards; others on the boards feel differently about this.

    I hope this helps; beyond that you've hit the basics... Farm the 2*, DDQ every day, Lightning rounds, etc. Just have fun with it.

  • morghmorgh Posts: 532 Critical Contributor
    Thank you very much - that was really helpful!
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