Daredevil217's 5* Character Ranking and Analysis (Updated 6/23/2020)
Daredevil217 Posts: 2,877 Chairperson of the Boards
edited 23 June 2020, 08:41 in MPQ Character Discussion
First off, I would like to welcome everyone to my 5* character ranking guide. Some of my fondest memories on these forums were the character polls, discussions, and ranking guides back when the 4* tier was the best in the game. I used to love the countdown to see who is #1, and the debates that came about as a result. I always wanted to make a 4* guide since champing them all, but that seemed like a huge endeavor to start from scratch with the sheer number we have now, and honestly, I’m over a year removed from the tier and can’t really speak to it any more. So I decided to try my hand at this instead.
So, I made this guide as a labor of love. I complain about the developers a lot but really truly love this game and this community. So, this is my way of giving back (consider it a “sorry” to everyone I hit in PVP since I don’t look at names). If well received, I plan to continue updating it.
Before getting into the rankings, I think it’s important to understand my perspective and purpose. Know that I’m just one player and you can feel free to disagree with my opinions (I encourage it!). Also know that I can “get it wrong”, as I don’t have every character champed. For ease of use, I put an asterisk next to every character I have unchamped, so there is transparency around where I’m coming from.
Also know that if I have champed a character, I’ve likely played them a lot. I make frequent contributions to the “fun teams” thread, and am constantly looking for different uses for all my characters. I don’t just play the best of the best. I don’t engage in “coordination” and am not in any shield check rooms or buy clubs. All my champs are low 450s-460s. So that’s my MMR and experience. Finally, know that I’m relatively new to the tier, which can be good and bad. I think sometimes people hold onto what a character used to be and rank them too highly (or too low if they were nerfed badly), so someone with a fresh perspective can be good in this way.
So how did I ultimately determine these rankings? It was a combination of factors ultimately, including (in no order):
Speed- Since both PVE and PVP reward winning fast over just winning, does this character win fast?
Efficiency- What do their powers do for the cost?
Versatility- Can this character play on a number of teams and/or amplify others?
Specialization- Does this character do something few or no one can do? Do they fill a unique niche?
Defense- How scary is this character to face in the AI’s hands?
Sustainability- Does this character help you climb/save health packs?
Fun Factor- Quite simply, are they enjoyable to play?
Roster Importance- When really stuck between ranking two characters I simply asked, who would I rather have on my roster?
This guide skews way heavier toward PVP and CL10 PVE than CL9 and below PVE where most 5* combos work well enough. However, if someone is just beyond exceptional in the latter, expect them to be ranked highly. This guide is also skewed way more toward established 5* players than those looking to transition. Though hopefully this guide helps them too. With a few notable exceptions (Bishop/Worthy/Grocket), I mostly stick to talking about 5* pairs that could work with each character, because that’s mostly what I play.
So without further ado...