MARVEL Strike Force is a game that is perpetually being updated and thus the meta-game (most popular current characters) is constantly evolving. With many new and returning players these days, we want to create a place where players can get essential information on the current state of the game, including advice on how to progress.
We contacted many skilled and veteran players and compiled their recommendations to give you a quick, easy reference guide to plan your progress and achieve your goals in the game.
Best Characters/Teams for New Players
In the early stages of the game, your focus should be on characters that can help you advance through the campaigns and are the requirements to get Legendary characters (through recurring limited-time events). One of the first Hero teams you should assemble is Guardians of the Galaxy as they will eventually let you unlock Star-Lord, who is quite versatile and powerful.
Second on the Hero’s side is the S.H.I.E.L.D. faction, as they are useful in the early game to battle the Defenders in Arena and are viable in the Alliance War mode (unlocked at Player Level 45 and Alliance Level 20). They also are useful in unlocking a Legendary character, Iron Man, who is a member of the formidable Power Armor team and are also excellent for Alliance War.
On the Villains side, the Sinister Six faction are attainable early in the game and will help you unlock not one, but two Legendary characters: Shuri and Invisible Woman.
Best Characters/Teams for Returning Players
This topic is a bit more nuanced as it can vary significantly based on when you last played. If you haven’t started building up your Asgardian team yet, that would be a great place to start as they are currently one of the best teams on defense in Alliance War, and are the required faction to unlock the devastating Legendary character, Black Bolt.
Continuing this route, by unlocking Black Bolt and building up four additional Inhuman characters, you’ll unlock one of the best characters available: Ebony Maw. Thanos & the Black Order are one of, if not the most powerful faction in the game, and wreak absolute terror in Arena and Alliance War.
Depending on when you last played, you might be surprised to hear that the A.I.M. faction got a rework last year and that Scientist Supreme is now one of the top characters in the game; especially useful in the Ultimus 7 Raid. This team can make great progress in Campaign and can be surprisingly good in Alliance War.
If You’re Returning, Is it Better to Start Over?
If you haven’t played for a year or more, you might experience that climbing up the rankings in Arena is more difficult than you remember. But don’t start over just because of this, as Arena is only one of the places to earn Power Cores and there are a lot of other methods, including Daily Objectives and Event Milestones.
Also, there are new Event Campaign missions that happen regularly that require you to use characters with a certain trait. The more expansive your roster is, the better the chance that you’ll have the needed characters to participate in those events and get great rewards.
Starting over would also significantly set you back in terms of Raid progress. Raids are where you’ll earn a lot of resources for gear and Store currency, so you’ll want to jump back into an Alliance that is actively raiding as soon as possible.
The only circumstance in which it might be recommended to create a new account is if you originally started over a year ago and played for less than 30 days. Otherwise, the pros of your established roster outweigh the cons.
The Most Desired Characters
(Credit: Pika from Alternerd Reality)
While this is certainly subjective, it’s fairly representational of the level of a character’s popularity…
How to Use Energy Effectively
Campaign Energy is one of the most important free resources in the game and it refills automatically over time. There are also three times per day when you can claim bonus Campaign Energy, so try setting reminders to ensure that you don’t miss these. It’s also advisable that you buy Campaign Energy every day with Power Cores, at least until the refresh amount shows 100 Power Cores.
Another important resource is Raid Energy and it also refills over time. Participating in Raids is essential to make significant roster progress, so try to find an Alliance that is actively raiding. When possible, try to use as much Raid Energy in each play session and do not to let your Raid Energy sit at the maximum level.
Where to Find More Details: MSF.gg & MSF.gg Bot for Discord
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MSF.gg and MSF.gg Bot are fantastic resources where you can browse all of the game's characters, campaigns, events, gear, maps, and much more. Don’t worry about digging too deep if you’re a brand new player but when you’re ready to take your game to the next level, here are just some of the resources you’ll find there:
Character profiles that show abilities, gear, and stats
Mission details on every Campaign, Challenge, and Event with an Enemy Inspector to help you strategize
Interactive Raid and Dark Dimension maps that provide details on every node, with the ability to create your own Lane Guides that can be shared
Alliance Management tools that let you create Alliance maps, set your War Room layout, display War Defenses, and display the team power values for every member in your Alliance
Thanks to all the content creators and community leaders that contributed to helping players plan their progression.