Taskmaster (Tony Masters) (10/1/18)

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  • tiomonotiomono Posts: 1,340 Chairperson of the Boards
    Taskmaster is a cool design for a character. My one slight letdown (aside from the mega letdown of him being Limited) is that he just sort of summons the other characters' animations, so you see D3adpool take A Little Off The Top, rather than doing paintovers of all the animations where Taskmaster would jump in doing Nuts From Above instead. He kind of just comes in looking like Skeletor and contemplates the move, then it plays the other character's animation straight up. Just a missed opportunity for absurdity I guess.

    So much this. I dont care that he is limited but skinning him into the animations should of been required.
  • JaedenkaalJaedenkaal Posts: 3,338 Chairperson of the Boards
    Since these are learned abilities which already exist, there's nothing much to describe except for thinking which three abilities will complement one another. 
    True, although, his versions of the 4* abilities generally do more damage than the original version. The 2* and 3* abilities are, obviously, not easily comparable to their originals, but Sniper Rifle looks particularly good, as does Nuts From Above.
  • jameshjamesh Posts: 1,417 Chairperson of the Boards
    On the bright side, it is easier to get Taskmaster covers than it is to get Taskmaster's support...
  • ThaRoadWarriorThaRoadWarrior Posts: 3,288 Chairperson of the Boards
    edited October 2018
    I will say my single blue covered Taskmaster had one of the easiest un-boosted first node Shield Training battles I've had since that system went live; save maybe Ghost or Chavez. Howard ended up going invisible so I had to use a ragnarok support to finish his final 300 or so hit points. I had loads of hp left, which is unusual.
  • Chrynos1989Chrynos1989 Posts: 96 Match Maker
    Brigby said:
    Hi Everyone,

    "Taskmaster has the extraordinary ability to perfectly replicate any physical performance he has ever seen. He watched a professional football game? Now he can throw like a star quarterback. He saw Captain America on the news? Now he can mimic his combat style flawlessly.

    In Marvel Puzzle Quest, Taskmaster spends his time carefully observing other characters and learning how to use their powers. Explore Taskmaster's Power Details page to choose which powers he should use in battle."

    Check out the brand new 4-Star Taskmaster, and find out how you can recruit him onto your team!

    4-Star Rarity (Legendary)
    Villains
    [Limited Character]
    redtilepng bluetilepng blacktilepng

    (Abilities listed at level 270, Power Level 5)
    Photographic Reflexes: Red
    Choose one of the following six abilities for Taskmaster to take into battle!
    A Little Off the Top - 6 redtilepng AP
    Everyone's wasting their time punching each other, but Taskmaster takes a cue from Deadpool and cuts straight to the chase. Taskmaster slices the enemy with his sword, dealing 40% of their current health in damage (maximum 5531 damage).

    Oldest Trick in the Book - 8 redtilepng AP
    Taskmaster points past his enemy and shouts "Hey! Is that Big Wheel?" before swinging in with a sucker-punch. Taskmaster deals 2739 damage. He deals an additional 1157 damage per friendly Countdown tile (up to 6).

    Grim Efficiency
    - 8 redtilepng AP
    Taskmaster lashes out with dual blades, attacking his enemies' weak points. Deals 2434 damage, then creates 2 strength 199 Red Attack tiles for every 3 Green AP his team has.

    Star-Spangled Avenger
    - 11 redtilepng AP
    Taskmaster hurls his osmium shield into battle. Hits the target for 5311 damage and transforms any chosen tile into a Red 3-turn Countdown tile that returns 6 Red AP.

    Moving Target
    - 12 redtilepng AP
    Taskmaster lobs a grenade towards his opponent and quickly draws his weapon, putting the grenade in his sights. Creates a 4-turn Red Countdown tile that deals 10912 damage. If you match it away, deal 15457 damage instead.

    Buncha Fiddle-Faddle
    - 13 redtilepng AP
    Taskmaster doesn't have time for all this nonsense. Give these knick-knack-paddy-whacks what for! Deals 9836 damage, or 15742 damage if there are no enemy Strike, Protect, or Attack tiles on the board.

    Photographic Reflexes: Blue
    Choose one of the following six abilities for Taskmaster to take into battle!
    Speed Shot - bluetilepng Passive
    Taskmaster nocks multiple arrows and lets them fly. Whenever his team makes a Match-5 or greater, converts up to 4 Blue tiles to 2-turn Countdown tiles that deal 1467 damage when activated.

    Billy Club
     - 9 bluetilepng AP
    Taskmaster ricochets a billy club from target to target, striking his enemies with amazing accuracy. Stuns the target for 2 turns and creates a 3-turn Blue Countdown tile that stuns for 2 turns and creates a new Billy Club Countdown tile. If you match it away, he catches the club and gains 3 Blue AP.

    Nuts From Above
     - 9 bluetilepng AP
    Taskmaster leaps onto unsuspecting enemies from the trees in an unrelenting assault of tooth and nail. Deals 4328 damage to the enemy plus 810 damage for each enemy Protect, Attack, or Strike tile on the board (up to 8 tiles).

    Do as Peggy Says
     - 11 bluetilepng AP
    Taskmaster lands a direct hit with his shield, disabling the enemy team and helping his allies get the drop on their target. Stuns all enemies but the target for 3 turns and places one 3-turn Blue Countdown tile (that deals 5796 damage) for each active ally.

    Ruthless Precision
     - 12 bluetilepng AP
    Taskmaster doesn't futz around. Deals 9925 damage and creates a 5-turn Countdown tile. While this tile is on the board, enemies cannot gain health.

    Twin Pistols
     - 15 bluetilepng AP
    Taskmaster fires two pistols, destroying two selected 3x3 blocks of tiles, dealing 554 damage per tile, and ending the turn. (Does not generate AP.)

    Photographic Reflexes: Black
    Choose one of the following six abilities for Taskmaster to take into battle!
    The Quack-Fu One-Two - 8 blacktilepng AP
    You're messing with a master of Quack-Fu? Prepare to explain the footprints on your face to everyone in your office on Monday! Deals 270 damage for each Green tile on the board, then destroys those tiles. (Does not generate AP.)

    Nightstalker
     - 8 blacktilepng AP
    Taskmaster mercilessly makes a precision slash with his sword, dealing a crippling blow to his enemy. Deals 3221 damage to the target, and then creates a Green Repeater tile that activates every turn, stealing 1 AP from the enemy's strongest color.

    Shadowstep
     - 10 blacktilepng AP
    Taskmaster senses an attack coming and prepares to dodge into the shadows. He converts 5 random basic Black tiles into Trap tiles. If Taskmaster would take damage, the damage is negated and a Trap tile is destroyed, generating AP and dealing 920 damage.

    Skull Cracker
     - 12 blacktilepng AP
    Taskmaster grabs two of his enemies and smashes their heads together before throwing them into a third enemy. Taskmaster deals 2652 damage to the enemy team, and then stuns up to 2 random enemies for 2 turns.

    Moonsilver Blades
     - 12 blacktilepng AP
    Taskmaster flings a handful of razor-sharp blades at his enemies, combining deadly precision with wild abandon. Deals 12881 damage to a random enemy.

    Sniper Rifle
     - 15 blacktilepng AP
    Taskmaster shoots a location on the board, clearing a reticle shaped pattern. Deals damage for each tile destroyed. Piercing ammo does an additional 5861 damage to all enemies. (Does not generate AP.)
    Stay tuned! His full Character Details are coming soon.

    Recruit Taskmaster!

    S.H.I.E.L.D. Training - Heroes for Hire
    • Starts: 10/4/18, 7:00am EST
    • Ends: 10/11/18, 7:00am EST
    • Price: 7000 Hero Points 
    • Contents:
      • Peggy Carter (Captain America) Red cover
      • Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) Yellow cover
      • 16x Elite Tokens
      • 6x Command Points
      • 20,000 Iso-8
    Taskmaster & Foes
    • Starts: 10/7/18, 8:00am EST
    • Ends: 10/12/18, 2:00am EST
    • 80 Item Vault:
      • 1x Legendary Token
      • 3x Beginner Support Tokens
      • 1x random Taskmaster (Tony Masters) cover
      • 2x random 4-Stars from the Call for Backup missions, with an option of the following characters:
        • Emma Frost (Astonishing X-Men)
        • Peggy Carter (Captain America)
        • Wasp (Janet Van Dyne)
      • 21x 3-Stars
        • 3x Featured
        • 18x Random
      • 52x 2-Stars
        • 10x Featured
        • 42x Random

    Event Schedule

    Strange Sights - Story Event
    • Starts: 10/4/18, 7:00am EDT
    • Ends: 10/8/18, 2:00am EDT
    • Taskmaster (Tony Masters) in Placement Rewards
    S.H.I.E.L.D. Training
    • Starts: 10/4/18, 7:00am EDT
    • Ends: 10/11/18, 7:00am EDT
    • Rewards tokens to Strange Sights, random cover of Taskmaster (Tony Masters), and more!
    Watch And Learn - Versus Tournament
    • Starts: 10/7/18, 8am EST
    • Ends: 10/10/18, 2am EST
    • Taskmaster (Tony Masters)) as Progression Reward
    • Rewards tokens to the Taskmaster & Foes Vault
    Webbed Wonder - Story Event
    • Starts: 10/8/18, 7:00am EDT
    • Ends: 10/12/18, 2:00am EDT
    So in the recruit Taskmaster section it says Shield Training Heroes for Hire. Do I get an additional cover if I buy the 7000 hp offer?! Confuses me a bit atm...
  • Chrynos1989Chrynos1989 Posts: 96 Match Maker
    Also sorry for that hellish long quote, iPad messed it up😖
  • DrlexDrlex Posts: 95 Match Maker
    Brigby said:
    Hi Everyone,

    "Taskmaster has the extraordinary ability to perfectly replicate any physical performance he has ever seen. He watched a professional football game? Now he can throw like a star quarterback. He saw Captain America on the news? Now he can mimic his combat style flawlessly.

    In Marvel Puzzle Quest, Taskmaster spends his time carefully observing other characters and learning how to use their powers. Explore Taskmaster's Power Details page to choose which powers he should use in battle."

    Check out the brand new 4-Star Taskmaster, and find out how you can recruit him onto your team!

    4-Star Rarity (Legendary)
    Villains
    [Limited Character]
    redtilepng bluetilepng blacktilepng

    (Abilities listed at level 270, Power Level 5)
    Photographic Reflexes: Red
    Choose one of the following six abilities for Taskmaster to take into battle!
    A Little Off the Top - 6 redtilepng AP
    Everyone's wasting their time punching each other, but Taskmaster takes a cue from Deadpool and cuts straight to the chase. Taskmaster slices the enemy with his sword, dealing 40% of their current health in damage (maximum 5531 damage).

    Oldest Trick in the Book - 8 redtilepng AP
    Taskmaster points past his enemy and shouts "Hey! Is that Big Wheel?" before swinging in with a sucker-punch. Taskmaster deals 2739 damage. He deals an additional 1157 damage per friendly Countdown tile (up to 6).

    Grim Efficiency
    - 8 redtilepng AP
    Taskmaster lashes out with dual blades, attacking his enemies' weak points. Deals 2434 damage, then creates 2 strength 199 Red Attack tiles for every 3 Green AP his team has.

    Star-Spangled Avenger
    - 11 redtilepng AP
    Taskmaster hurls his osmium shield into battle. Hits the target for 5311 damage and transforms any chosen tile into a Red 3-turn Countdown tile that returns 6 Red AP.

    Moving Target
    - 12 redtilepng AP
    Taskmaster lobs a grenade towards his opponent and quickly draws his weapon, putting the grenade in his sights. Creates a 4-turn Red Countdown tile that deals 10912 damage. If you match it away, deal 15457 damage instead.

    Buncha Fiddle-Faddle
    - 13 redtilepng AP
    Taskmaster doesn't have time for all this nonsense. Give these knick-knack-paddy-whacks what for! Deals 9836 damage, or 15742 damage if there are no enemy Strike, Protect, or Attack tiles on the board.

    Photographic Reflexes: Blue
    Choose one of the following six abilities for Taskmaster to take into battle!
    Speed Shot - bluetilepng Passive
    Taskmaster nocks multiple arrows and lets them fly. Whenever his team makes a Match-5 or greater, converts up to 4 Blue tiles to 2-turn Countdown tiles that deal 1467 damage when activated.

    Billy Club
     - 9 bluetilepng AP
    Taskmaster ricochets a billy club from target to target, striking his enemies with amazing accuracy. Stuns the target for 2 turns and creates a 3-turn Blue Countdown tile that stuns for 2 turns and creates a new Billy Club Countdown tile. If you match it away, he catches the club and gains 3 Blue AP.

    Nuts From Above
     - 9 bluetilepng AP
    Taskmaster leaps onto unsuspecting enemies from the trees in an unrelenting assault of tooth and nail. Deals 4328 damage to the enemy plus 810 damage for each enemy Protect, Attack, or Strike tile on the board (up to 8 tiles).

    Do as Peggy Says
     - 11 bluetilepng AP
    Taskmaster lands a direct hit with his shield, disabling the enemy team and helping his allies get the drop on their target. Stuns all enemies but the target for 3 turns and places one 3-turn Blue Countdown tile (that deals 5796 damage) for each active ally.

    Ruthless Precision
     - 12 bluetilepng AP
    Taskmaster doesn't futz around. Deals 9925 damage and creates a 5-turn Countdown tile. While this tile is on the board, enemies cannot gain health.

    Twin Pistols
     - 15 bluetilepng AP
    Taskmaster fires two pistols, destroying two selected 3x3 blocks of tiles, dealing 554 damage per tile, and ending the turn. (Does not generate AP.)

    Photographic Reflexes: Black
    Choose one of the following six abilities for Taskmaster to take into battle!
    The Quack-Fu One-Two - 8 blacktilepng AP
    You're messing with a master of Quack-Fu? Prepare to explain the footprints on your face to everyone in your office on Monday! Deals 270 damage for each Green tile on the board, then destroys those tiles. (Does not generate AP.)

    Nightstalker
     - 8 blacktilepng AP
    Taskmaster mercilessly makes a precision slash with his sword, dealing a crippling blow to his enemy. Deals 3221 damage to the target, and then creates a Green Repeater tile that activates every turn, stealing 1 AP from the enemy's strongest color.

    Shadowstep
     - 10 blacktilepng AP
    Taskmaster senses an attack coming and prepares to dodge into the shadows. He converts 5 random basic Black tiles into Trap tiles. If Taskmaster would take damage, the damage is negated and a Trap tile is destroyed, generating AP and dealing 920 damage.

    Skull Cracker
     - 12 blacktilepng AP
    Taskmaster grabs two of his enemies and smashes their heads together before throwing them into a third enemy. Taskmaster deals 2652 damage to the enemy team, and then stuns up to 2 random enemies for 2 turns.

    Moonsilver Blades
     - 12 blacktilepng AP
    Taskmaster flings a handful of razor-sharp blades at his enemies, combining deadly precision with wild abandon. Deals 12881 damage to a random enemy.

    Sniper Rifle
     - 15 blacktilepng AP
    Taskmaster shoots a location on the board, clearing a reticle shaped pattern. Deals damage for each tile destroyed. Piercing ammo does an additional 5861 damage to all enemies. (Does not generate AP.)
    Stay tuned! His full Character Details are coming soon.

    Recruit Taskmaster!

    S.H.I.E.L.D. Training - Heroes for Hire
    • Starts: 10/4/18, 7:00am EST
    • Ends: 10/11/18, 7:00am EST
    • Price: 7000 Hero Points 
    • Contents:
      • Peggy Carter (Captain America) Red cover
      • Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) Yellow cover
      • 16x Elite Tokens
      • 6x Command Points
      • 20,000 Iso-8
    Taskmaster & Foes
    • Starts: 10/7/18, 8:00am EST
    • Ends: 10/12/18, 2:00am EST
    • 80 Item Vault:
      • 1x Legendary Token
      • 3x Beginner Support Tokens
      • 1x random Taskmaster (Tony Masters) cover
      • 2x random 4-Stars from the Call for Backup missions, with an option of the following characters:
        • Emma Frost (Astonishing X-Men)
        • Peggy Carter (Captain America)
        • Wasp (Janet Van Dyne)
      • 21x 3-Stars
        • 3x Featured
        • 18x Random
      • 52x 2-Stars
        • 10x Featured
        • 42x Random

    Event Schedule

    Strange Sights - Story Event
    • Starts: 10/4/18, 7:00am EDT
    • Ends: 10/8/18, 2:00am EDT
    • Taskmaster (Tony Masters) in Placement Rewards
    S.H.I.E.L.D. Training
    • Starts: 10/4/18, 7:00am EDT
    • Ends: 10/11/18, 7:00am EDT
    • Rewards tokens to Strange Sights, random cover of Taskmaster (Tony Masters), and more!
    Watch And Learn - Versus Tournament
    • Starts: 10/7/18, 8am EST
    • Ends: 10/10/18, 2am EST
    • Taskmaster (Tony Masters)) as Progression Reward
    • Rewards tokens to the Taskmaster & Foes Vault
    Webbed Wonder - Story Event
    • Starts: 10/8/18, 7:00am EDT
    • Ends: 10/12/18, 2:00am EDT
    So in the recruit Taskmaster section it says Shield Training Heroes for Hire. Do I get an additional cover if I buy the 7000 hp offer?! Confuses me a bit atm...
    No, the package says what in it underneath. Peggy and wasp.
  • Chrynos1989Chrynos1989 Posts: 96 Match Maker
    Ah, thanks good to know, I thought there would be maybe something like a hidden bonus or such, you know for 5th celebration...
  • DrlexDrlex Posts: 95 Match Maker
    Unfortunately not, I bought the package and it was what they said it would be.
  • HoundofShadowHoundofShadow Posts: 2,123 Chairperson of the Boards
    I did this just for fun.

    This is how Taskmaster fare against the orignators of the abilities he learned at 5 powers, arranged according to the order of powers and abilities:

    Note: X vs Y = Taskmaster vs that character

    1st power (red):

    1) A Little off the Top: 40% vs 65%
    2) Against 4* Star-Lord: 2739 vs 2793; both countdown tiles have the same damage at 1157, up to 6 cd tiles
    3) Against Nebula: 2434/2*199 attack tiles per 3 green ap vs 2272/180 attack tiles
    4) Star Spangler Avenger: returns 6 red ap vs returns 10 red ap
    5) against 4* Winter Soldier: 10912 or 15457 vs 9773 or 13800
    6) against 4* Luke Cage: 9836 or 15742 vs 8463 or 13541

    2nd power (blue)

    1) Speed Shot: same effects
    2) Billy Club: same effects
    3) Nuts from Above: same effects
    4) Do as Peggy Says: same effects but 5796 vs 5292
    5) Ruthless Precision (Kate Bishop): same effects, same damage at 9925
    6) Twin Pistols (3* The Hood) same effects


    3rd power (black)

    1) The Quack-Fu One-Two: 270 per green tiles destroyed vs 288 per green tiles destroyed 
    2)Nightstalker (3* Blade): steal 1 strongest enemy colour ap vs steal 3 ap
    3)Shadow Step (4* Elektra): same effects but 920 damage vs 925 damage per trap tiles
    4) Skull Cracker: same effects
    5) Moonsilver Blades: same damage
    6) Sniper Rifle: same effect but cost 4 less ap for Taskmaster; 15 ap vs 19 ap

    I don't know how to calculate the damage of 2* and 3* power at level 270, so I skipped the damage comparison for them.


    Generally speaking, Taskmaster deals the same damage or deals more damage against other copied 4* abilities most of the time. Even if he deals lesser damage than other 4*, the difference is not significant at all. 

    When it comes to comparing certain effects of abilities, he doesn't perform as well against 3*. For example, Deadpool, Captain America, Blade.

    Based on the list of abilities available, Taskmaster can be built as a stun-machine, massive tiles destructor, countdown tiles spammer or pure damage machine. Personally, I would build him as a stun-machine 5/5/3 (Peggy's and Gamora's + Luke Cage's for damage). 
  • TPF AlexisTPF Alexis Posts: 3,340 Chairperson of the Boards
    There's a post in the Bugs sub-forum that says that the damage on the abilities learned from 2* and 3* Characters should be higher than it actually is. So hopefully, when they get it fixed, he'll be as good or better than the lower-tier Characters when using their powers.
  • FriarbundyFriarbundy Posts: 99 Match Maker
    I like him.  I think being able to select abilities is a great idea.  I’m motivated to champ him.  Nice job.
  • Daredevil217Daredevil217 Posts: 2,331 Chairperson of the Boards
    I asked this in the anniversary thread but do you all think he’ll have a cover in the next savory taco vault. Dino is in there currently, I’m guessing Howard next, then mayybbee Taskmaster??
  • ThaRoadWarriorThaRoadWarrior Posts: 3,288 Chairperson of the Boards
    @Brigby
    Has anything been revealed about the mechanism for acquiring Taskmaster in the future? How "limited" is he going to be?
  • RickOShayRickOShay Posts: 247 Tile Toppler
    I asked this in the anniversary thread but do you all think he’ll have a cover in the next savory taco vault. Dino is in there currently, I’m guessing Howard next, then mayybbee Taskmaster??
    I greatly expect that he will be since Dino is currently as you noted. If Howard is in the next one, I think that becomes a guarantee for Taskmasteer being included following. Unless it would fail due to oversight of course. 
  • KGBKGB Posts: 804 Critical Contributor
    I have a question I haven't seen answered here.

    Can you give Taskmaster teamups and if so, which of the powers is given? Is it randomly selected from his entire portfolio or just the ones he currently has equipped?

    KGB

    P.S. I *really* wish one of his powers would have been 1* Hawkeye's critical tile placement. That would have nicely helped his power set in the 4* and 4% arena's.

  • ThaRoadWarriorThaRoadWarrior Posts: 3,288 Chairperson of the Boards
    I'm betting he will be un-sendable, since he is basically sending powers that come from other characters. I just requested team ups and asked my alliance to send one, we'll see what happens.
  • JaedenkaalJaedenkaal Posts: 3,338 Chairperson of the Boards
    I've tried, Taskmaster is not able to send any T/U. Ok, I don't have his Blue, but I can't imagine he can send that one either.
  • TPF AlexisTPF Alexis Posts: 3,340 Chairperson of the Boards
    IIRC, powers that have more than one possible form aren't available as Team-ups, which would exclude all of his.
  • BrigbyBrigby ADMINISTRATORS Posts: 7,490 Site Admin
    Brigby
    Has anything been revealed about the mechanism for acquiring Taskmaster in the future? How "limited" is he going to be?
    Good question! I don't have any information about that at the moment, however I'll be sure to ask the team about that, once they're back in the office tomorrow.
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