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or... AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED!

For fans of the game, not familiar with the mythos of the series, about 9 years ago, Marvel ran "Avengers Disassembled" which also involved Fantastic Four and a few other comic series. In a nutshell, the storyline regarded the demoralization of our favourite heroes and the breakdown of the teams. The storyline gave readers an amazing look into the character flaws of their favourite heroes and the scenarios that would destroy them. It even had Magneto admitting that he really screwed up when raising Scarlet Witch.

I had written up this rather amazing breakdown of some of the heroes I've recruited thus far, only to be foiled by the *****ness of Firefox, which decided to freeze and then crash. Suffice to say, that post was beautiful in its simplicity, coverage and critical take on the heroes I chose to dissect.

[EDITORIAL NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS LARGELY TONGUE-IN-CHEEK AND IN SOME RESPECTS SCATHING. IT IS BY NO MEANS A 'WHAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED IN THE GAME'. MY COMMENTS ARE MERELY ASSESMENTS REGARDING WHERE I THINK PD MESSED UP WITH CHARACTERS AND HOW IT APPEARS THAT THEY ONLY SKIMMED THE SURFACE FOR SOME OR COMPLETELY SCREWED THEM UP. AND IN SOME CASES, I AM MAKING FUN OF THE CHARACTER WHOLESALE]

Because I am angry and annoyed still, having lost the good part of an hours work, I will not replicate the original post in the same way. I will however, do a quick breakdown of why each character sucks - or where Playdom got them wrong.

WHO Black Cat
CLASS Infiltrator
WHY THEY SUCK

Poor version of "Wolverine Light" - Has bleeding and ravaged debuffs, but you only get the 3x with the Alt uniform. BC is a thief and so, should have thieving as part of her debuffs. She could easily steal abilities or even items - or rather, cause a drop each time she attacks.

WHO Black Widow
CLASS Infiltrator
WHY THEY SUCK Combo setup but no exploit; lacks stealthy; should have a rotating attack like Hawkeye does.
WHO Colossus
CLASS BRUISER
WHY THEY SUCK Steel Curtain/Fortress should be a proper passive. His debuffs also share the name of his moves (lack of creativity much?). Applies exposed and exploits it, but applies slowed and does NOT exploit that. Biggest flaw: He doesn't throw anything. He's a tosser! Where's the fastball special damnit?
WHO Cyclops
CLASS Tactician
WHY THEY SUCK First costume should be a Blaster - HE SHOOTS ENERGY BLASTS OUT OF HIS EYES! As a tactician, he lacks Strategic Analysis or Critical Thinking, both attributes he's famous for in the comics, so why not the game?
WHO Hawkeye
CLASS Tactician
WHY THEY SUCK No debuffs on first two abilities in Classic or Avengers alt. Heroic Age has Loaded Quiver and tonnes of different arrows/debuffs. Loaded Quiver should be on all three costumes.
WHO Human Torch
CLASS Blaster
WHY THEY SUCK

Two words: Nova Blast - quite possibly the worst attack in the game. That slot is wasted and could've been given to something like...

RAGING INFERNO - Attacks all enemies; Uses 50-60% stamina; Applies burning, combustible, catastrophic and shield-breaker; Hits Crit (90%)

WHO Invisible Woman
CLASS Infiltrator
WHY THEY SUCK

Does not start phased; Invisibilty passive never works; Has one of the most bizarre poses in the game (looks like she's a back-up singer, singing "stop in the name of love"). Force field and Force Cage are pretty much the same thing, just different targets.

(In all seriousness, I do love her. She is one of the best heroes as far as CPs go)

WHO Iron Fist
CLASS Scrapper
WHY THEY SUCK Where do I begin? IF is supposed be trained in the mystical arts and for all intents and purposes, is a ninja. So why doesn't he any phased/invisibility type buffs? The fact that he has debuffs that work together save him, but just barely
WHO Iron Man
CLASS Blaster
WHY THEY SUCK

He should be a tactician from the start, AFAIC. His alts are cool but the good ones are no longer available. Isn't IM3 still in the theatres? What gives?

The only reason why I don't care for IM much is that his usefulness has decreased heavily for me.

WHO Kitty Pryde
CLASS Infiltrator
WHY THEY SUCK Should start phased. Lockheed's cooldown is way too long. Shadow kick is not a stealthy move. Minor points to an otherwise often overlooked character.
WHO Luke Cage
CLASS Scrapper
WHY THEY SUCK Should be a Bruiser. Unbreakable skin can be burned. Should be immune to fire and ranged gun-type attacks. Exploits combos but doesn't set them up. Applies Slowed, but doesn't exploit it.
WHO Mr Fantastic
CLASS Tactician
WHY THEY SUCK More like Mr Craptastic. Has two moves that should be the same (stretch punch + Multistrike). One move that just plain sucks (Tumble). And does not have the most obvious debuff for him to have - constricted. The man is a walking, talking, giant pair of rubber handcuffs! Playdom really dropped the ball on him. 
WHO Ms. Marvel
CLASS Blaster
WHY THEY SUCK

Photon Blast and Brawl should have debuffs - they don't.

Absorb energy seems to act differently in PvE and PVP. Why is that?

WHO Phoenix
CLASS Blaster
WHY THEY SUCK Should be called Jean Grey in the original costume. I can't think of anything else.
WHO She-Hulk
CLASS Bruiser
WHY THEY SUCK Her hit/crit numbers are kind... crap. What gives? As a distaff counterpart to Hulk, she should have similar numbers and effects. What she has, is good enough, but not enough to make her as Savage as she should be.
WHO Spider-woman
CLASS Scrapper
WHY THEY SUCK Why is she a scrapper? She only has 2 attacks. Fear Pheromones could've easily been tied into the other attacks and maybe made a passive.
WHO Storm
CLASS Blaster (or Tac via Alt)
WHY THEY SUCK

As a Tac, should have Strategic Analysis or Critical Thinking.

As a Blaster, she's pretty good.

I really want to rip her apart, but I can't, due to the fact that she's one of the few characters Playdom has gotten right, IMHO.

WHO THING
CLASS Bruiser
WHY THEY SUCK After getting Colossus and Luke Cage, I found him to be largely redundant. He exploits slow and combos, but only applies slowed. He also applies Stun but doesn't exploit that. His crit % is just plain awful - isn't he supposed to be one of the most powerful melee characters in Marvel?
WHO War Machine
CLASS Tactician
WHY THEY SUCK The difference between his classic form and alts is shocking. The Alts are WAY better and that's not cool, because the Iron Patriot alt is not available anymore.
WHO MAGNETO
CLASS Tactician
WHY THEY SUCK OH MY GOD, WHAT THE HELL PLAYDOM? HOW COULD YOU SCREW UP A CHARACTER THIS BAD? WHY DOES MAGNETO HAVE ELECTRICAL ATTACKS? HE'S THE MASTER OF MAGNETISM! THAT MEANS HE CAN MOVE METAL WITH HIS MIND, NOT SHOOT LIGHTNING BOLTS FROM HIS HANDS.
WHO DEADPOOL
CLASS Scrapper
WHY THEY SUCK He should be a generalist if you think about it. but the most disappointing factor is his lack of catchphrases like "Bea Arthur!" "Chimichangas!" and "Ooh my common sense is tingling". A weak attempt at Fourth Wall interaction (via Laptop) also hurts Deadpool's status as "The Merc with the mouth"
WHO RESCUE
CLASS Tactician
WHY THEY SUCK

Applies a lot of buffs/debuffs but has some of the weakest attacks i've ever seen in this game. I get the need for a healer and what not, but by giving her only one real attack, playdom has introduced a character that runs counter to the entire concept of the game, which is to have these marvel characters beat the pulp out of each other.

See what I did there...

This is just the beginning. As I recruit more heroes I'm sure I'll find even dumber flaws to their abilities. The above should not be considered as an exhaustive list nor should it be considered as reasons to not recruit or train a hero. A lot of this is tongue-in-cheek style ranting. Or maybe just regular ranting.

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