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Gauntlet Write Up - Pt 2

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    Hera1d_of_Ga1actusHera1d_of_Ga1actus Posts: 2,439 ★★★★★
    @BitterSteel I'm wanting to do a run centered around Ægon but I have a bunch of great mutants and I'm not sure what to do. Ægon is sig 200 and so is Namor

    Doom is R4 and all the champs to Apoc are R3


    Morningstar to Moonknight is R2


    I know I have a R5 Quake but I really don't want to Quake the Gauntlet


    Various R4 5*s that I could rank up if needed.

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    NescioNescio Posts: 88 ★★
    @BitterSteel came here to say thank you for your write up it helped me decide on a team and I completed the gauntlet today. Though it took way more revives than your run.
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    IvarTheBonelessIvarTheBoneless Posts: 1,262 ★★★★

    I was discussiong my team with gogeta91199 on this thread: https://forums.playcontestofchampions.com/en/discussion/311049/gauntlet-conquered🥳#latest

    Pics of my roster are also there. Any thoughts on our discussion? Very curious to hear your input. Last time I did it with aegon and ramped up to 999 combo on wolvieX with 5-10 revives. Hated that and would rather use another team now.

    So I took a look at your post, my recommendation for a team would be

    Torch, Herc 5*, Apoc, warlock, Kitty

    The difficult fights here would be, Doom with Apoc, Ham (he’d be tough with anyone tbh), BPCW with Kitty, Killmonger with Herc/Apoc (could do it with Kitty but you’d have no power).

    But it covers every fight with a perfect or really good counter.
    Thank you for the info! I will make a plan with that team.
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    Wicket329Wicket329 Posts: 3,109 ★★★★★


    I’m feeling pretty good about this team, except for the Mojo fight. Not sure how to play that one. Any thoughts?
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    Hera1d_of_Ga1actusHera1d_of_Ga1actus Posts: 2,439 ★★★★★
    Just did a run centered around Ægon and it was extremely easy. I recommend it for people that don't want to do all this difficult strategizing for fight counters :trollface: Just be sure to bring a Torch and use pre-fight on Sasquatch for the solo
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    StoNerdStoNerd Posts: 179
    Let me know if any champ can do better than them,
    Doom, warlock are r4

    I have AA awakened only as 5*
    I am not sure on effectiveness of stryfe, I am thinking of using him for ham and Gwen,
    Or else I can r3 my Profx.


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    StoNerdStoNerd Posts: 179
    StoNerd said:

    Let me know if any champ can do better than them,
    Doom, warlock are r4

    I have AA awakened only as 5*
    I am not sure on effectiveness of stryfe, I am thinking of using him for ham and Gwen,
    Or else I can r3 my Profx.





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    AverageDesiAverageDesi Posts: 5,260 ★★★★★
    @StoNerd archangel instead of warlock. Even as a 5*
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    BitterSteelBitterSteel Posts: 9,260 ★★★★★
    benhuncho said:

    Hey @BitterSteel, do u think you could look at my roster and let me know what you think? I'm thinking of a namor/doom/apoc/mags/ghost run, but would take any recommendations!


    @benhuncho apologies for the later response, been a little busy lately! Sorry if you've already completed Gauntlet!

    So your team would definitely work, as long as you have Despair 2/3 or higher, you'll need that for Sasquatch using Apoc. If you only have 1/3 then you'll find it hard to block out the regen with your 4 debuffs (20% reduction) + bleeds. You'll also need to use Mags for Mojo, which could be tough if one of the Anti Life fields gets through (odds are it will), and then your prowess all get eaten up. Last potential trouble fight is Weapon X using Apoc, possible for sure I've done it myself, but a tough fight.

    Also, if I'm honest I'm not seeing a need for Doom in the gauntlet, the other 4 champs you have can handle every other fight in there. Doom could be used for Vision, but Mags can handle him. Doom just isn't super valuable in the gauntlet. I'd probably suggest bringing Torch, making Mojo, Sasquatch much easier, and you can use him for Dragon Man which will be a much easier fight too.

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    BitterSteelBitterSteel Posts: 9,260 ★★★★★
    Nescio said:

    @BitterSteel came here to say thank you for your write up it helped me decide on a team and I completed the gauntlet today. Though it took way more revives than your run.

    @Nescio congrats dude, you're welcome - I'm happy it helped! What team did you end up using?

    Hope you got some good rewards too! :)
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    BitterSteelBitterSteel Posts: 9,260 ★★★★★
    Wicket329 said:



    I’m feeling pretty good about this team, except for the Mojo fight. Not sure how to play that one. Any thoughts?

    @Wicket329 I'm not sure if you've done your run yet, but here's my advice.

    1) Push through Mojo with your team, maybe a team revive will be needed.

    or

    2) Swap Overseer for a torch/spidey 2099/Archangel option. You can use them for Mojo, and still for sasquatch. For Doom, use Apoc (long fight, but easily restartable). Use Nimrod for Ibom.

    apart from that, you do have everyone covered with that team. That R4 Nimrod will clean up!
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    BitterSteelBitterSteel Posts: 9,260 ★★★★★

    Just did a run centered around Ægon and it was extremely easy. I recommend it for people that don't want to do all this difficult strategizing for fight counters :trollface: Just be sure to bring a Torch and use pre-fight on Sasquatch for the solo

    Congrats dude! Apologies I didn't get to your post in time, but I'm happy to hear it went really well!
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    BitterSteelBitterSteel Posts: 9,260 ★★★★★
    StoNerd said:

    Let me know if any champ can do better than them,
    Doom, warlock are r4

    I have AA awakened only as 5*
    I am not sure on effectiveness of stryfe, I am thinking of using him for ham and Gwen,
    Or else I can r3 my Profx.

    I see a few problem fights with that team, but if you're good with them then go for it!

    Doom with Apoc can be long, but if you feel good and are ok with restarting a few times if you need to then that's great!

    Spider Ham can be tough but Stryfe could have a good opportunity to ramp up there, it'll be very hard to get to SP3, as Ham will start evading a lot, but if you're ok with burning a few revives there then he can work.

    Dragon Man could be tough without a good counter, Doom can't stun to put staggers on or do Doom Cycle, he will work but will take revives.

    Gwen - I don't know how stryfe works here, but does he counter one eye open? I know he has a -100% passive direct damage counter, but I don't know if that works for one eye open. If it does, then great! You can just parry heavy with him, if not, then Gwen is going to be a nightmare for him and it'll be better to use Apoc.

    Mojo will be tough, you can get through with your team and at this point Stryfe will be a good nuke option so he can probably manage it. It won't be a roadblock, but no ideal counter here.

    Sasquatch, again it won't be a roadblock since Warlock can get him down from 40% by blocking healing, but it's gonna be slow since you can't armour break him. Apoc can get him down a lot easier if you have 2/3 or above despair.


    My advice would be to switch Doom out for Magneto. Mags can take Vision, Dragon Man, Doom and MODOK if you wanted. Doom isn't really needed in the gauntlet, the only fight you're really taking with him is Vision, anyone else can be taken with someone else in your team.

    If I'm honest, I'd consider swapping Stryfe as he is gonna be taking all the same fights that you could take with Apoc - he doesn't bring the ability to take anymore fights except Spider Ham, and Ham is gonna be rough with Stryfe. They do make an incredible team clearly, it is just leaving you with less spots on your team. I'd recommend your 5* Archangel, he can take Mojo easily along with a few other difficult fights.

    You team can definitely work, and if you're set on it then go for it, I just see a few spots where you'll be using items without reason. Hope this helps!
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    MR_61088MR_61088 Posts: 195 ★★
    My team will be

    5/65 Nimgod (maybe ghost, but i feel he is a safer bet without wasp)
    R4 Apoc
    R3 Cable
    R4 Spidey 2099
    R4 Herc

    Will first get the 1k unit deal after Cav completion and will later this month tackle the Gaunlet
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    StoNerdStoNerd Posts: 179


    StoNerd said:

    Let me know if any champ can do better than them,
    Doom, warlock are r4

    I have AA awakened only as 5*
    I am not sure on effectiveness of stryfe, I am thinking of using him for ham and Gwen,
    Or else I can r3 my Profx.

    I see a few problem fights with that team, but if you're good with them then go for it!

    Doom with Apoc can be long, but if you feel good and are ok with restarting a few times if you need to then that's great!

    Spider Ham can be tough but Stryfe could have a good opportunity to ramp up there, it'll be very hard to get to SP3, as Ham will start evading a lot, but if you're ok with burning a few revives there then he can work.

    Dragon Man could be tough without a good counter, Doom can't stun to put staggers on or do Doom Cycle, he will work but will take revives.

    Gwen - I don't know how stryfe works here, but does he counter one eye open? I know he has a -100% passive direct damage counter, but I don't know if that works for one eye open. If it does, then great! You can just parry heavy with him, if not, then Gwen is going to be a nightmare for him and it'll be better to use Apoc.

    Mojo will be tough, you can get through with your team and at this point Stryfe will be a good nuke option so he can probably manage it. It won't be a roadblock, but no ideal counter here.

    Sasquatch, again it won't be a roadblock since Warlock can get him down from 40% by blocking healing, but it's gonna be slow since you can't armour break him. Apoc can get him down a lot easier if you have 2/3 or above despair.


    My advice would be to switch Doom out for Magneto. Mags can take Vision, Dragon Man, Doom and MODOK if you wanted. Doom isn't really needed in the gauntlet, the only fight you're really taking with him is Vision, anyone else can be taken with someone else in your team.

    If I'm honest, I'd consider swapping Stryfe as he is gonna be taking all the same fights that you could take with Apoc - he doesn't bring the ability to take anymore fights except Spider Ham, and Ham is gonna be rough with Stryfe. They do make an incredible team clearly, it is just leaving you with less spots on your team. I'd recommend your 5* Archangel, he can take Mojo easily along with a few other difficult fights.

    You team can definitely work, and if you're set on it then go for it, I just see a few spots where you'll be using items without reason. Hope this helps!
    Thanks for the advice.

    Apoc 6r3
    Profx 5r5/6r2 ( let me know)
    Namor 5r5
    AA 5r5
    Doom 6r4

    How does this team works?
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    Nalak8Nalak8 Posts: 387 ★★★
    edited August 2022
    Thanks for this write up! This is gold! So timely! I plan on doing it tonight.

    My plan is to take:

    R4 Hercules (duped)
    R3 Apoc (unduped)
    R3 Nimrod (unduped)
    R3 Torch (unduped)

    Having trouble deciding on the 5th member but my options are:

    R3 Kitty
    R3 Spider 2099 (mainly for mojo)
    5R5 Red Mag
    R2 Prof X (I have resources to r3 him)

    I don’t have AA. I also run suicide but can turn it off. I’m assuming you did not use suicide on your run.?

    Any suggestions for my 5th member? Thanks!

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    MR_61088MR_61088 Posts: 195 ★★
    Nalak8 said:

    Thanks for this write up! This is gold! So timely! I plan on doing it tonight.

    My plan is to take:

    R4 Hercules (duped)
    R3 Apoc (unduped)
    R3 Nimrod (unduped)
    R3 Torch (unduped)

    Having trouble deciding on the 5th member but my options are:

    R3 Kitty
    R3 Spider 2099 (mainly for mojo)
    5R5 Red Mag
    R2 Prof X (I have resources to r3 him)

    I don’t have AA. I also run suicide but can turn it off. I’m assuming you did not use suicide on your run.?

    Any suggestions for my 5th member? Thanks!

    Spidey.
    He can deal with OG Vision, Mojo, Sassie and nukes the boss
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    SuelGamesSuelGames Posts: 947 ★★★
    My team was:

    R3 Hercules (undupped)
    R3 Apoclypse (undupped)
    R3 Hulk Ragnarok (undupped)
    R5 Ninrod
    R5 Archangel

    i used few revives cause i kept force closing and waiting 15 min so i dont lose 50% hp, best way to save resourses until u get the perfect fight

    Bad side: Since you close game and cant go back in right away in order not to lose 50% HP, its kinda pointless to use revives, cause they expire, so the only line i did right away in 1 go with boosts was line 3. But hey, anything to save revives! I did open 350 4h crystals, so i always healed full HP with lvl 3 and 4 potions.

    Doom - Apoc (tough fight, lost over 80% hp)
    Terrax - Ghulk (easiest fight of the mission, just spam heavies on corner)
    Vision - Hercules (tricky but easy if u use sp3 b4 him)
    Modok - Hercules (easy when force his sp1 and u use urs)
    Ham - Apoc (i wanted the evade charges so i used him and it was a VERY VERY long and boring fight just baiting his sp1 since he s immune do debuffs, got clipped a couple times but willpower had me healing full hp)

    WolvsX - Apoc (took a couple tries to get the hang of it, restarted a lot but it wasnt too hard)
    Thing - Hercules (easy but a bit long, didnt want to stun him by accident with Apoc when hiting his block for rock charges)
    Korg - Apoc (took me a couple tries as well to get the hang of it but it wasnt super tough)
    Dragon Man - Hercules (here s where i first used revives, needed 2 to get him down but it wasnt too hard, he wasnt holding his specials too much)
    BPCW - AA (had to use a revive here as well cause i **** up once, its tricky to get the first neuros, but after u place it, its not that tough)

    NC - Apoc (had all evade charges so it was probably the second easiest fight)
    SGwen - Apoc (same as b4, pretty easy)
    Domino - Ninrod (he tears her apart, not much trouble as well)
    Mojo - Ghulk and AA (dropped 2 revives to this fight, but it wasnt as bad as thought it would be)
    Ibomb - Ninrod (pretty easy tbh, dont recomend AA here)

    Apoc - Ninrod (pretty easy)
    Sasq - Apoc and AA (pretty annoying fight, died with apoc and finished with aa when he was at 40%)
    KM - Apoc (took me a couple tries as well but not much trouble)
    Void - Apoc (1 revive, the weakness debuff is quite annoying against void)
    Fury - AA/ Apoc (2 revives cause i **** up, its not a hard fight tough)

    Thanos - All (he s pretty easy tbh, but i should have watched a video of him to remember his phases before fighting, would have saved me 5-10 revives from stupid deaths)

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    LpooLpoo Posts: 2,215 ★★★★★
    @BitterSteel, I’m planning to go back in soon. Does overseer need the awakening to be as successful as yours? Thanks!

    I’m thinking:
    Kitty
    Apoc
    AA
    Herc
    Some poison immune champ
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    Nalak8Nalak8 Posts: 387 ★★★
    My team was  
    R4 Hercules (duped, max sig) 
    R3 Apoc (unduped) 
    R3 Nimrod (unduped) 
    R3 Torch (unduped) 
    R3 S2099 (sig 20) 
     
    Doom – Hercules, only use medium-heavy combo to avoid glancing; avoid parrying him during his aura;  1 revive 
    Terex – Hercules, keep intercepting, pretty easy and quick, 1 revive 
    Vision – Hercules, solo, push him to sp3 with your sp3 to get the indestructible protection 
    Modok – Hercules, relatively easy, 2-3 revives 
    Spider ham – Hercules, 4-5 revives, tricky but not bad 
     
    Weapon X – Nimrod made it easy; 1 revive 
    Thing – Hercules; easy when you pay attention to his rock stacks, 1 revive 
    Korg – Team/Apoc/Hercules; his block penetration and damage was ridiculous; Apoc kept dying so fast; 10ish L1 revives, 3-4 L2, 1 Team revive, bunch of potions 
    Dragon man – S2099/Hercules, S2099 died pretty quickly, Hercules cleaned up; 2-3 revives 
    BPCW – Hercules, just wait out his unstoppable, it was easy to handle; 1 revives

    Nightcrawler – Nimrod died quickly, not a good match up if you don’t have patience for his evade; finished with Hercules for the rest of the fight, 3 revives 
    Domino – easy, straightforward fight with Nimrod; 1 revive
    Mojo – Team/S2099, Hercules died pretty quick here with the degen and stagger so he can go immortal, so I stuck with S2099 and grind it out; 6-7ish L1/L2 revives
    Ibom – Hercules took him down to 40-ish percent; finished him with Nimrod; not as difficult as I expected 
    Apoc – Nimrod died almost instantly because of the robot degen node from bleed with suicide mastery; used Hercules to finish him; straightforward fight 
     
    Sasquatch – threw the team at him to get him down to about 40%; after not making much headway with S2099 and Torch, I switched off suicide mastery and then max out despair, petrify, pacify, and bumped up assassin to 3 points; this significantly helped reduce his regen with Torch; eventually got him down with Torch by parrying and heavy and let the incinerate kill him off slowly; 10ish L1/L2 and bunch of potions 
    Killmonger – easy fight with Hercules; 1 revive 
    Void – nuke down with Hercules; 3-4 revives
    Nick fury – Apoc/Hercules, straightforward fight; 2 revives 
     
    Thanos – straightforward fight, switch back to suicide mastery, and nuke down with Hercules in 3-4 revives 
     
    Overall, I used about 40 L1, 14 L2, 5 L3, and 4 Team revives and a bunch of health potions. I got a bunch of these items from the Cav 1k unit offer so they were put to good use here. I’m clearly not a very good player but was happy to not reach my unit stash for additional units for doing this challenge. 

    As for the team, I don’t think I would have made any changes. S2099 was great with Mojo but wasn’t as useful with DM and Sasquatch as I expected – most likely due to my poor playing skill. If I had AA I would have switched S2099 with AA. Hercules like many people said nuked through everything with ease. Nimrod made the fights very easy against Weapon X and Domino. I tried Apoc with Sasquatch but it requires a lot of skill to ramp up sp1, sp2, a bunch of heavies and sp3 to make the debuff permanent; that was beyond my ability so I was glad to have Torch as my counter to Sasquatch despite having to change my mastery set up mid fight.  

    I ran suicide mastery from Doom to Sasquatch, turned it off at Sasquatch, and turned it back on at Thanos. 

    The fights that took the majority of my revives were Korg, Mojo, and Sasquatch, so counters for these are a must. Hercules can do the rest. 

    As for the rewards I opened 2 features and got: 


    My nexus I got: 

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    LpooLpoo Posts: 2,215 ★★★★★
    Went back in, I’m on path 3 right now. I’ve used a decent amount of revives, but here were the solos so far.

    Doom - Mags
    Terrax - herc
    Vision - herc
    Modok - herc
    Weapon X - AA
    Night crawler - apoc
    Domino - nimrod

    That’s it for now, but I think I’ll be able to solo mojo, km, and nick with horseman AA. Updates hopefully soon!
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    MoosetiptronicMoosetiptronic Posts: 2,128 ★★★★
    edited August 2022
    Hi everyone in the thread. Has anyone managed to get sasquatch down, with nimrod?

    Working on team composition and if he can do the job, then it will hugely help.

    (Worried about power snack 2 and nimrod's continuous armour buff gains, but equally, it means he's easier to push to sp2)
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    phillgreenphillgreen Posts: 3,762 ★★★★★
    So this is most relevant thread I could find, i'm thinking of having a go at this on the weekend (first time in the Gauntlet) and any further advice or updates on team build is appreciated!

    For a team that seems to fit most of the fights does this look reasonable?

    6r3 unduped Apoc (5/65 sig200 also available)
    6r3 unduped torch (can swap for 5/65 sig200 if required)
    6r4 Nimrod, sig 80ish (or 5/65 sig200) could throw more stones into the 6* if required.
    6r3 Herc, sig 110, could go to 200 if required.
    5/65 AA, sig 130, happy to go 200 if required.

    Question: we all got 3 keys, does that mean 3x the rewards for running it 3x?

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    MoosetiptronicMoosetiptronic Posts: 2,128 ★★★★
    edited March 2023
    Hey Phil / @phillgreen I did aegon and Heimdall for my first two, plus torch. (Corvus on run 1, Nimrod on run 2, think white mags on both for prefight for korg).

    That statement less too a question; who is AA for? Nimrod can do weapon x and sasquatch. Torch can do sasquatch and mojo. Are you thinking nick? Because you have apoc.

    Mainly, because I can't stress enough, how valuable Heimdall is on a run for most mere mortals.

    If you're confident getting solos and look at Swedeah's play and think "amateurish", then your team is great. Porker will be a long fight to ramp up apoc, if that's your plan there, but the rest, once you do him, will be ok, bar korg. He's a horrible fight for everyone. (Except swedeah and MSD!)

    Lastly, yes, you can run through it three times; I've done two before and received one key.
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    willrun4adonutwillrun4adonut Posts: 3,332 ★★★★★
    edited March 2023
    @phillgreen Here is my write-up on all three of my runs. I'm a very average player, but your team looks most like my first run. If do what Moose said though and switch out someone for Heimdall as that's what I did for one of my runs and the revives count went way down.

    https://forums.playcontestofchampions.com/en/discussion/325453/thank-you-for-the-apoc-bug-kabam-and-no-this-isn-t-sarcasm#latest

    I would keep AA on the team as he can handle a ton, but no need to max sig him. I'd personally would max sig Herc because I use him so much, but you'll have to decide if an extra one while second is worth 90 stones.
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    IvarTheBonelessIvarTheBoneless Posts: 1,262 ★★★★
    I'm also thinking of doing my last run sometime in the future. I have no apoc and nimrod so used aegon for my last runs but I remember them being pricey. I should have every other counter available unless I'm missing the obvious.

    I was thinking r3 red mags for doom, r4 tigra, r4 kitty, r4 herc and r3 AA. Anything I'm missing?
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    willrun4adonutwillrun4adonut Posts: 3,332 ★★★★★
    Do you have a 5* Nimrod @IvarTheBoneless ? That's what I used and he was still able to do solos.
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    IvarTheBonelessIvarTheBoneless Posts: 1,262 ★★★★
    edited March 2023

    Do you have a 5* Nimrod @IvarTheBoneless ? That's what I used and he was still able to do solos.

    Yes but I'm not ranking 5 stars anymore, I don't see the value. But I think I can take all the hard fights with the aforementioned team no?

    herc: terrax, spider ham, void
    AA: weapon X, mojo, Ibom, sasquatch
    Kitty: korg, killmonger
    Magneto: doom, apoc
    tigra: can also do terrax, apoc, weapon x
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    willrun4adonutwillrun4adonut Posts: 3,332 ★★★★★
    AA against this iBom isn't a good idea (I can't remember why though, something with the nodes). And it's a mixmaster Korg so as long as you're good with kitty and evaded, you're ok.
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