List of S.H.I.E.L.D. Training Essentials

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  • ThaRoadWarriorThaRoadWarrior Posts: 2,487 Chairperson of the Boards
    Who do we think is up next after the 5* release? 
  • jameshjamesh Posts: 1,293 Chairperson of the Boards
    My guess is Peggy + Wasp as two of the essentials.  I've got no idea about the third, since they've been all over the place the last few runs.  Black Panther is a possibility as the oldest recent character not to have been featured, but I wouldn't bet on it.
  • jameshjamesh Posts: 1,293 Chairperson of the Boards
    According to the anniversary thread, it's Peggy Carter, Wasp, and Emma Frost, with Taskmaster as the new character.  So two out of three isn't too bad :)
  • axmossaxmoss Posts: 54 Match Maker
    now that we have 3 limited characters, what's the chances we get a 3 Limited Required SHIELD Training event next anniversary?
  • jameshjamesh Posts: 1,293 Chairperson of the Boards
    Domino's SHIELD Training features Dazzler, Luke Cage, and Gwenpool.  I guess we're back to the bad old days of them picking extremely new characters, rather Spider-Man and Emma Frost being outliers.
  • bluewolfbluewolf Posts: 2,590 Chairperson of the Boards
    I noticed this hadn't been updated with the last two:

    Prowler:  Dazzler, Medusa, and Captain Marvel

    Spider-Ham:  Ghost Rider, Agent Coulson, Riri Williams

    An observation here:  The developers have started to make one of the ST Essentials be the placement reward in the PVE prior.  So Ghost Rider was the PVE placement in HoD, which ran just before The Hunt (Spider-Ham's release event).  Which makes it somewhat possible to predict, possibly, one of the essentials before it is announced, but also makes it possible to earn at least a progression cover for an essential, and possibly a placement one, depending on your luck and ability.

    Also:  The developers have begun to run the PVE rewards in a cycle with the 3 most recent 4's (currently in tokens) being rewards/essentials, followed by 2 Vintage 4's, and repeating that (new releases will interrupt the pattern).  So from the player's perspective, there is a fairly high likelihood (60% or 3/5) that the ST essentials will feature a fairly recent character.  

    Also also:  Since there are now 71 "vintage" 4's, if the developers ran all the 4's in pairs that weren't just in a PVE for the ST (3 ST's occur, on average, every 2 months), that would mean 6 every 2 months, or about 23 months with just the 4's in the game before you saw someone be essential again.  If there were no repeats, but there have been some.
  • bluewolfbluewolf Posts: 2,590 Chairperson of the Boards
    I noticed this hadn't been updated with the last two:

    Prowler:  Dazzler, Medusa, and Captain Marvel

    Spider-Ham:  Ghost Rider, Agent Coulson, Riri Williams

    An observation here:  The developers have started to make one of the ST Essentials be the placement reward in the PVE prior.  So Ghost Rider was the PVE placement in HoD, which ran just before The Hunt (Spider-Ham's release event).  Which makes it somewhat possible to predict, possibly, one of the essentials before it is announced, but also makes it possible to earn at least a progression cover for an essential, and possibly a placement one, depending on your luck and ability.

    Also:  The developers have begun to run the PVE rewards in a cycle with the 3 most recent 4's (currently in tokens) being rewards/essentials, followed by 2 Vintage 4's, and repeating that (new releases will interrupt the pattern).  So from the player's perspective, there is a fairly high likelihood (60% or 3/5) that the ST essentials will feature a fairly recent character.  

    Also also:  Since there are now 71 "vintage" 4's, if the developers ran all the 4's in pairs that weren't just in a PVE for the ST (3 ST's occur, on average, every 2 months), that would mean 6 every 2 months, or about 23 months with just the 4's in the game before you saw someone be essential again.  If there were no repeats, but there have been some.
  • ThaRoadWarriorThaRoadWarrior Posts: 2,487 Chairperson of the Boards
    Ghost Rider may have been out of sequence since that was when he was made a feeder for Gho5t Rider possibly.
  • jameshjamesh Posts: 1,293 Chairperson of the Boards
    Any guesses on the next set of characters?  Given their recent trend of using new characters, I wonder if it'll be Prowler, Mordo, and Iron Fist?
  • BigSoftieFFBigSoftieFF Posts: 266 Mover and Shaker
    General consensus seems to be Prowler as far as new characters.
  • QuebbsterQuebbster Posts: 8,070 Chairperson of the Boards
    Ghost Rider may have been out of sequence since that was when he was made a feeder for Gho5t Rider possibly.

    The feeder came for Halloween, this is for Spider-Ham's release in December. It was not out of sequence.

    General consensus seems to be Prowler as far as new characters.
    Since he is a placement reward in Simulator that seems highly likely.
  • jameshjamesh Posts: 1,293 Chairperson of the Boards
    edited January 9
    Given that the next character release has been pushed out an extra week, I'm less convinced it is Prowler.  One other possibility is Mr F, Invisible Woman, and Thing, to tie in with the FF promotion.
  • Ares76Ares76 Posts: 57 Match Maker
    Newer Essential for the N4mor release is Domino!
    A lot of people were complaining about Emma and Dazzler being regular essentials on the last trainings because they were rather new.  
    Now everybody had enough time to collect Nebula - who would be next due to release order and for whom you could actually earn FOUR extra covers from Sinister 600 alliance progression - and they skip her!
    Personally I am glad because I don't have to spend iso-8 for Nebula. 
    But again you learn that you can't predict nothing in this game. 
  • QuebbsterQuebbster Posts: 8,070 Chairperson of the Boards
    Ares76 said:
    Newer Essential for the N4mor release is Domino!
    A lot of people were complaining about Emma and Dazzler being regular essentials on the last trainings because they were rather new.  
    Now everybody had enough time to collect Nebula - who would be next due to release order and for whom you could actually earn FOUR extra covers from Sinister 600 alliance progression - and they skip her!
    Personally I am glad because I don't have to spend iso-8 for Nebula. 
    But again you learn that you can't predict nothing in this game. 


    It's because of the new fourstar essential pattern. They do the Three most recent fourstar releases (currently Domino, Bishop and Prowler), then two other fourstars, then repeat. One of the SHIELD training Essentials is the fourstar that's essential in the release PvE. Since Three out of five PvEs have a recently released character in that slot they are also overrepresented as SHIELD training Essentials.

    But once Namor is released Domino should be featured a lot less as a PvE essential and thus will not be required in SHIELD training again for a long time.

  • bluewolfbluewolf Posts: 2,590 Chairperson of the Boards
    I'm going to cross post  (somewhat) this here:

    S.H.I.E.L.D. Training - Thanos (Endgame) (4/18/19) *New Update*
    Required Characters:
    4-Star: Thanos (Endgame), Nick Fury, Carnage, Moon Knight

    These 4's are all recently rewarded in PVE.

    Carnage was the 4 for alliance rewards in Come and Get Me, run 2/28/19.
    Moon Knight was just in PVE rewards for the Hunt, run 4/11/19.
    Nick Fury covers were available in his costume vault and, of course, from the current MRG run, and one will be in progression in the upcoming Avengers vs Ultron event on 4/18/19.

    I mean, this is all just super player friendly in terms of not requiring characters who haven't been PVE rewards in a really long time (which is usually the case).  And is a big break from prior patterns.  We'll see if it continues.
  • bluewolfbluewolf Posts: 2,590 Chairperson of the Boards
    edited June 17
    S.H.I.E.L.D. Training - Hawkeye (Ronin) (5/2/19) 
    Required Characters:
    4-Star: Hawkeye (Ronin), Magik, Sandman, Professor X

    S.H.I.E.L.D. Training - Sabretooth (5/23/19)
    Required Characters:
    4-Star: Sabretooth, Thanos (Endgame), Thor (Goddess of Thunder), Wolverine (X-Force)

    S.H.I.E.L.D. Training - Black Cat (6/20/19) 
    Required Characters
    4-Star: Black Cat, Star-Lord (Legendary Outlaw), Hawkeye (Ronin), Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)
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