Summoners, the Necrosword Crystals (the crystals in the Knull Cavalier Preview Bundle) currently have a higher than intended drop rate of 6-Star Champions.

We will be leaving the crystals as is for the time being, but will be correcting the drop rates before Knull receives his official release on October 28th. To ensure that this does not affect anybody that purchased this preview bundle, we will be auto-opening these crystals before that date, but this means you will not see what you received. To avoid any confusion, please open your crystals yourself ASAP.

Dev Diary: Introducing a new Team Select and Map Preview Screen Flow

Greetings Summoners!

My name is Kabam Zero, and I’m excited to introduce myself and talk to you about our upcoming changes to the team select flow, plus a bit of the current focus of the Genesis team.

At Kabam, my title is Front-End Engineer, meaning that I’m one of many engineers responsible for creating and updating our many screens and user flows in The Contest. Some Features I’ve worked on are Auto-Move, the Restart Quest Button, and Caching Filters in the Arena and Upgrade ISO-8 Stash. I also recently updated the Champions Ability Page UI, allowing you to view Signature Abilities that have yet to be unlocked. Besides that, I’m also an avid Marvel Contest of Champions player currently sitting at Cavalier on the road to Thronebreaker!

If you remember our Roadmap update earlier this year, we mentioned something called “Project Genesis”. Project Genesis is a game-wide modernization initiative to update, refresh and rework huge parts of The Contest bringing it up to the standard we all expect in 2021 and beyond. To that end, we’ve done a lot of user testing and have found that new Summoners especially struggle with what we call “the core-fight-spine.”

This includes everything from when the player selects their team to the point before entering into a fight.

MCoC has a growing number of deep and engaging RPG mechanics which can be punishing for players without prior knowledge of Champions/Nodes or proper planning through Quest Maps. As beginners, I'm sure many of us have shared the same experience-fighting a Champion like Iceman, and being totally unprepared for it. As MCoC evolves, our team is focusing a great deal of energy to make it easier for players to pick up the RPG/Strategy aspects of the game

We’ve got a bunch of changes we’re currently working on to make this better, but something we found that we could get working and out the door to you quickly was what we call “Team Select Preview”. One pain point we’ve noticed is that currently when planning your team for a particular path or quest, the best way to do that is to start the quest, take a look around to figure out who you need then quit out, go back to the team select and finally pick your team. That’s a lot of steps, so starting in v32.2, launching August 30th, we’ll be enabling a preview button for our Event Quests that you can find in the Team Select screen.



Clicking on the preview button will load up the quest while still having the team select screen up, like so.



From here you are able to pan around the map and tap on boss portraits to see buff node information just as if you’re on the map normally. On the right side, there are menu buttons that will help you navigate the map. All of these buttons except the last one existed previously in the quest map but for thoroughness sake, I’ll explain them below:
  • Boost Button - Access your boosts
  • Portals Button - Shows all the portal lines, disabled if no portals exist on the map.
  • Linked Node - Shows all the linked node lines, disabled if no linked nodes exist on the map
  • Center On Player - This existed previously and would center the camera wherever the player is. In preview, however, it centers the camera on the starting location. This button is disabled if camera movement is locked.
  • Center On Boss - New Button that centers on the end boss. If there are multiple bosses, it will center to the end node. This is also disabled if camera movement is locked.

Besides the side buttons and the map now being here, you can still do all the things you could typically do on the team select screen.

While this may not solve every concern or difficulty our players may experience in the “Core Fight Spine”, we believe it’s a nice start, and one we were able to get to you relatively quickly. We’ve got a couple more exciting things coming that I think will be far more impactful but they’ll need a little more time in our metaphorical development oven.

While we are only releasing this initially in our Event Quests, we want to expand further. We are taking it a bit slow to properly handle all the many different types of quests we have and make sure there are no weird edge case scenarios before we let the floodgates open. Our v1 will not show any path-based rewards on the map, but that is something we will be adding in the future.

That’s all for now. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope to do another one of these in the future.

Cheers,
Kabam Zero
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Comments

  • TyphoonTyphoon Posts: 536 ★★★
    Have you guys thought about having a "Loadout node" similar to incursions that allows you to change your team once you're in the map? This would avoid the need for a preview button altogether.
  • Ebony_NawEbony_Naw Posts: 2,567 ★★★★★
    This feature will make a fine addition to my collection.

    Looks great!
  • Fit_Fun9329Fit_Fun9329 Posts: 262 ★★★
    Great ideas and improvements! I still love the auto move feature, it saves so much time! Hyped for more such innovative ideas, keep it up dude ! 😊
  • TyphoonTyphoon Posts: 536 ★★★
    edited August 26

    Typhoon said:

    Have you guys thought about having a "Loadout node" similar to incursions that allows you to change your team once you're in the map? This would avoid the need for a preview button altogether.

    I think there is something similar to that in act 7 but nearer to the boss. Haven't got there yet so not 100% sure. There are a couple of other considerations though,

    1) Moving to that node would cost energy which would somewhat be a waste of energy for many players
    2) On the technical side of things it would involve manually editing all quest maps which is a somewhat tedious task
    Yeah, there's a node in Act 7 before the boss that allows you to change out one champion, and in incursions a node at the beginning that allows you to do the same. Just a thought. Thanks for the response.
  • GamerGamer Posts: 8,231 ★★★★★
    Luck very nice wil help for cavalier node a bit better
  • Colinwhitworth69Colinwhitworth69 Posts: 3,774 ★★★★★
    I specifically asked for the ability to preview maps, as I am sure many did, so I am stoked. Thanks!
  • ErcarretErcarret Posts: 1,159 ★★★★
    This looks really nice. I always have to back out of Cav EQ because I find out that my class loadout was all wrong. Being able to immediately change will be super useful.
  • ChampioncriticChampioncritic Posts: 3,345 ★★★★
    The improvement we never knew we needed so bad, well done. Just gotta make sure there are no bugs and that all features work as intended and we can say kabam did good.
  • X_FactorX_Factor Posts: 36
    How is this going to work in 7.1 where all the bosses are spread out sporadically? There isn’t exactly a center node for those if I’m not mistaken.
  • SiliyoSiliyo Posts: 826 ★★★
    Ladies and gentlemen… Zero

  • StevieManWonderStevieManWonder Posts: 4,487 ★★★★★
    Awesome!
  • Doomsfist79Doomsfist79 Posts: 906 ★★★
    Please no.. this is just going to add onto all the existing problems..
  • Thanks_D19Thanks_D19 Posts: 1,412 ★★★★
    Omg this is so amazing. Thank you good sir doing cav EQ and having to sit through a bunch of load screens to figure out which class I needed to use was such a pain before
  • GhostboytjieGhostboytjie Posts: 1,515 ★★★★
    The Man , The Myth Zer0!!
  • odishika123odishika123 Posts: 4,244 ★★★★★
    Restart button was a 1000 IQ play
    Thank you for your various improvements to the contest
  • Konstant45Konstant45 Posts: 313 ★★★
    Kabam zero employee of the month
  • Real_Madrid_76_2Real_Madrid_76_2 Posts: 1,241 ★★★
    Looks good, @Kabam Zero welcome to the community
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