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EVENT: OPERATION OMEGA (AND SOME COSMIC CHAOS)

The Omega Event has returned once again!

During Operation Omega, the first time you complete a Shared Quest each day will reward double Omega Orb rewards as wel as Omega Files.

Omega Level Buffs!: XP, RIF, and SIF increase by 24% every day.

Omega leveling is 24% faster during Operation Omega. This works well with the Omega-Level buffs to experience.

Agent Coulson offers a mission during Operation Omega week. Each day, you can complete five or more waves in the S.H.I.E.L.D.
Holo-Sim to receive a reward from him. This will help hone your skills to be prepared for Omega-Level threats.

During the event, any enemy can drop a powerful artifact called The Omega Drive.

S.H.I.E.L.D. OMEGA ACCESS FILES

During Operation Omega, players can earn up to 100 Omega Access Files each day. Omega Access files are not random drops, they may be specifically earned:

10 Omega Access Files for logging in each day.

30 Omega Access Files for completing Coulson’s training mission each day.

60 Omega Access Files for completing the Shared Quests each day. (20 each)

The Cosmic Event is going to continue through the weekend until 3/1 at Midnight PST, at which point Midtown Madness Monday will begin. The Omega event will continue until the next patch.

BUG FIXES

Various issues with A-Sync loading have been fixed. This should result in a better experience moving through the world and loading the game in general. Please let us know how it feels.

Fixed an issue where Emma Frost's Diamond Form was not granting the intended Defense or Physical Damage to Melee Attackers.

Fixed an issue where Cap's "On Your Left" power did not scale spirit cost with additional points.

Arachne is now on the Eternity Splinter vendor (as intended).

Arachne is no longer hidden in the roster if you do not own her.
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The Marvel Heroes 2015 servers will be coming down at 6AM PST for a game update.
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The Marvel Heroes 2015 servers will be coming down at 5AM PST for a game update.
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The Marvel Heroes 2015 servers are coming down at 6AM PST for a small fix to the Carnival event.
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The Marvel Heroes 2015 servers will be coming down at 6AM PST for Game Update 1.35 featuring the Carnival event!
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Event: Odin’s Bounty Loot Rotation

We’ll be running an Odin’s Bounty Loot Rotation starting tomorrow afternoon! Details to come!

New Hero: Winter Soldier

Though most of the intelligence agency doesn’t even believe he exists, The Winter Soldier has joined the Marvel Heroes 2015 roster! Voiced by the iconic David Hayter, Bucky Barnes is locked and loaded with a deadly arsenal, his powerful bionic arm, and tactical espionage skills that allow him to get in, take down the target, and get out!

Captain America Design Review

The Sentinel of Liberty himself, Captain America has received a design review! With this review, the design team focused on improving Cap’s damage, mechanics and general feel. This is not a full update or rework such as a 52 review, but simply a pass on all of his mechanics and a few new powers (with some being reworked).

Here are the changes:

Power Condensation & Master of Team Buffs

All three of Captain's toggled Shout powers are being migrated into his passives. Much like Cyclops, Captain America is an iconic team leader, and as such, provides permanent benefits to his team. Additionally, his Patriotic Challenge power is being merged into a passive/active, reducing his total passive point necessity.

Signature Improvement

Finest Hour is gaining the former animation from Airborne Assault, along with its large AoE damage packet. The cooldown is reduced to 28 seconds, but the spirit restoration and personal buffs will be remaining. The Team Buffs are no longer applied, since Cap always applies them via passives. To still represent Cap's inspiring battle cry, Finest Hour now resurrects up to one fallen ally.

Cleaner Cooldown Mechanics - Super Soldier Serum

Cap players currently find themselves watching their power bar a bit too often to watch for those cooldown reduction procs, which is hindering some of his gameplay. We're altering his cooldown reduction mechanics to not require bar-watching, and allow a power rotation to be smooth and simple. To do this, we've revived and reconstructed Captain's secondary resource, now called Super Soldier Serum. Here's the rundown:

- Serum is a bar of 10 pips, and is gained through various methods, including Blocking and attacking with certain powers.

- Shield Bash and Torqued Shield Throw's base cooldown are being increased to match Airborne Assault (and are gaining increased damage accordingly). When any of these powers are activated, if any Serum is available, one pip will be consumed to cut the cooldown in half, down to 4 seconds. All existing cooldown reduction mechanics will be removed in favor of this method.

Better Defensive Profile

Combat Prowess is being re-themed as Super Soldier Stamina, gaining increased health and health regeneration.

Additionally, the active of Indestructible Shield is going all the way to 100% mitigation for the duration, by way of blocking all incoming attacks.

Better Offensive Profile

In addition to getting a powerful Signature, Cap's Shield Expertise is gaining some new mechanics to bump up his outgoing damage capabilities, and provide new customization options for players who want to enhance their base shield throws.

- Passively, Shield Expertise increases the damage of cooldown powers by 5%. This effect increases another 5% when he uses a cooldown power, stacking up to 4 times.

- Shield Expertise offers a toggle, which when toggled off, adds a bleed effect to Shield Bounce and Shield Toss. While toggled on, instead, these two powers gain significantly increased damage, and have 8 second cooldowns (and are reduced with Serum pips like his other cooldowns)

New Travel Power: On Your Left /

Based on Captain America:The Winter Soldier, Cap now features a sprint that allows him to cover long distances over a short period of time. Great for traversing Midtown and similarly large zones without having to constantly dash!

Other Changes

Cap's passives have received an overhaul.

Athletic Leap and Stunning Backflip are migrating into the Super Soldier tree, emphasizing that tree's identity as Steve's incredible stamina and agility as a result of his Serum.

Shield Strike is being altered to a single target spirit spender alternative to Vibranium Bash, and will increase Cap's block chance by an extra 8% on hit and grant bonus Serum when attacks are blocked for a brief duration.

Meteor Kick is an entirely new power in the Living Legend tree - this power grants 5 Serum when used without any Serum available, but when used at or above 5 Serum it deals double damage and gains an Execute bonus.

Shield Bash no longer has the Execute bonus, instead gaining bonus damage based on your Defense rating.

Airborne Assault will consume an additional 4 pips of Serum if available to deal double damage.

Avengers Assemble now grants the Empowered team buff, and deals entirely Physical damage.

Captain America’s items have also been reviewed as well.

Mr. Fantastic Change

All component’s of Mr. Fantastic’s Ultimate attack now deal Physical damage.

X-23 Changes

Bleed effects have been restructured to no longer require points in Cleaving Claws. Each source of bleed now fuels its own damage with ranks in its own power. Bleed effects still stack up to 3 times with any application methods, which are now referred to as 'Grievous Wounds' effects.

Dancing Blades has been altered to move directly behind a target if you have a target under your mouse cursor, and now allows the hotkey to be held for repeat activations. This will allow the power to be smoother to use against single targets, while keeping its functionality similar when used with no target under the mouse cursor

Lethal and Cleaving Claws now both restore 75 Wrath per hit.

Capoeira Wrath cost reduced to 50.

Rogue's version of Crimson Sweep now applies Vulnerability, to more accurately mimic X-23's.
Twirling Lunge now restores all of its base Wrath cost if you hit an enemy.

Heart of a Beast now revives X-23 if she would be defeated.
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The Marvel Heroes 2015 servers will be coming down at 6am PST for Game Update 1.34 featuring Winter Soldier!
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The Marvel Heroes 2015 servers will be coming down at 6AM PST for the release of Venom, Gifting, the March to Axis One-Shot, and more!
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The Marvel Heroes 2015 servers are coming down at 12PM PDT for Game Update 1.16.
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ROGUE

The southern belle X-Man herself, Rogue has joined the cast of Marvel Heroes 2015! One of our most frequently requested heroes, Rogue boasts the most diverse powerset in all of Marvel Heroes history.

Able to steal powers from friend and foe alike, players can build Rogue as they see fit with access to over 90 stealable powers (which will increase with each Hero, Supervillain, and Team-Up Hero released!) in addition to her iconic super strength and flight powers that she had stolen from Ms. Marvel.

For her Signature and Ultimate abilities, Rogue recalls multiple stolen powers at once from iconic mutants - with her Signature resulting in a deadly, screen-wide blast and her Ultimate transforming her physical form into an amalgamation of other mutants!

ODIN'S BOUNTY EVENT

Odin’s Bounty has returned and with it, a game mode rotation (with a new twist)!

In order to give player’s choice over when and where they want their lootsplosions and avoid slowdowns, buffed game modes will drop new Chests of Odin’s Bounty!

These chests contain numerous pieces of gear, XP, a chance at Odin Marks and even a very small chance at the Mysterious Crimson Box containing boss-specific artifacts.

These Chests of Odin’s Bounty have a short 5 cooldown to prevent players from using too many boxes and causing performance issues.

An additional very rare "jackpot" loot bonus can trigger during the Odin's Bounty event. This loot bonus is know as "Odin's Gift" and can contain a large pile of loot. As a bonus, the Odin's Bounty boost will provide an additional chance of receiving this Odin's Gift in addition to the Odin Mark benefits.

Schedule here with multiple time zones:

http://forums.marvelheroes.com/discussion/131532/odins-bounty-schedule-s#latest

In addition, a daily mission has been added for the event: Deliver Odin’s Wrath!

Serve as Odin’s champion and deliver Odin’s own wrath to the enemies of Asgard for a special reward! Head to Lady Sif in Avengers Tower (located near the waypoint) to receive this mission. This mission can be completed once per day during the course of the event and will return for each subsequent Odin’s Bounty.

CYBERNETICS SYSTEM

Cybernetics is a new system for Marvel Heroes that gives you something to do with all the loot that you earn in the world, but isn't an specifically upgrade for your hero and would otherwise just stay on the ground and provide no benefit.
With the Cybernetics feature you can turn those items that would otherwise be worth nothing into Cybernetic Upgrades for your cosmetic pets or into a bit of cash for yourself.

We expect to iterate and expand on this system in the coming months, with various options for players to select and personalize their Cybernetic Vacuum experience. This feature is very much a game changer for an ARPG like Marvel Heroes and we're all pretty excited to launch it and keep working to improve it.

For a detailed FAQ, click here.

Note for next week: We have a slight radius increase the width of the Cybernetics Vacuum and we’ve removed the confirmation box when donating Cosmic Items

NEW CURRENCY UI TAB

By popular demand, we have added a new UI element (found on your character sheet) known as the Currency Tab a few weeks earlier than we initially expected.

We have converted our first batch of currency types so that you’ll be able easily view them on one page, in addition to them no longer taking an inventory slot.

We'll be adding additional currency types in the coming weeks to the currency tab to cover as much as possible.

JEAN GREY - LEVEL 52 DESIGN REVIEW

Jean Grey has received her 52 Design Review! With stunning new visuals and powers that offer unique mechanics depending on which form she is in, players are free to play Jean Grey as they see fit: as the powerful X-Man in control, or the raging Phoenix!

For more details, please see @TheArtofRawr’s in-depth write up here.

SHE-HULK TEAM-UP HERO

Jennifer Walters, otherwise known as She-Hulk is now available as a Team-Up Hero! With her brawling abilities and briefcase of legal documents (for real), She-Hulk is a force to be reckoned with both in the courtroom and the battlefield.

We’re aware this didn’t have enough legal jokes.

EMMA FROST

Emma Frost’s Diamond Form is now visible in all costumes!

Emma Frost’s Marvel NOW! costume’s coat is now animated with her run.

SILVER SURFER

Silver Surfer's Electromagnetic Flux shipped with greatly mistuned damage and has been changed to follow the same relative balance formula as other powers in the game.

We apologize for letting this slip through the cracks in initial Surfer testing last month. Several players did report it before launch but due to the unusual nature of the power and lack of strong precedent in tuning tags, it did not get the attention it deserved. That has been corrected for future powers of a similar nature.

The changes are:
  • Base Damage per hit has increase very slightly.

  • Damage ‘ramp up’ is 50% each phase instead of 75%

  • Power Cosmic cost halved from 250/s to 125/s

  • Power Cosmic cost increases +25% each ramp up, so +50% total at max channel

  • Natural Power Cosmic regeneration is paused while channeling

Additionally, a bug was fixed in which the “micro-beams” were sometimes able to hit the main target. These beams are intended to “swat the flies” away rather than dealing additional damage to a boss or other lone target.

THE POWER COSMIC - LEGENDARY ITEM

The Power Cosmic Legendary Item has been changed so that users can now gain 1500 damage rating to each damage type instead of allowing a three-damage type hero to gain 3000 total.

Heroes will still receive multiple stacks of +1 to all attributes, one for each damage type that they hit with (up to +3).

Only the raw damage affixes were affected (levels 2-4) to prevent a large disparity with Rogue, who can easily rotate 3 damage types. No other heroes are affected in any way by this change.

COSMIC PRESTIGE & DOOP RUNE

Due to unfortunately being omitted last week, Cosmic Prestige XP has been doubled this week and a Gifted Doop Rune will be granted as a free login gift for five days in a row, starting with this patch.

QUEENS ZONE CHANGES

The Queens Intro Zone has been changed to be a single player, more easily navigated instance to prevent new players from becoming lost or confused.

This is one of the many small upgrades we're making to the new player experience to keep things simple and understandable.

We have a high volume of new players to Marvel Heroes - if you would like to suggest adjustments to early parts of the game, please see the thread in the Developer Feedback section of the forums. We've already received solid feedback that has resulted in some planned improvements.

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