Back Issues #2: Mystery in the Microrealm

Once upon a time, an intrepid thief followed the trail of mysterious happenings in The Battlerealm. Little did he know this tiny curiosity would lead to some of the biggest changes in all of The Contest!

Introducing, Back Issues #2: Mystery in the Micro-Realms!

As the Contest has grown and evolved we’ve introduced many Event Quests, each with their own unique stories, and many that have expanded on the mythos of The Battlerealm and The Contest of Champions. We want to give Veteran Summoners a way to relive those moments, and newer ones that weren’t with us at the time a chance to experience the stories of the Contest that they had missed out on!

This Event Quest is available in TWO difficulties:

CLASSIC difficulty is a recreation of the original quest. While not completely 1:1, the layouts, difficulty, and dialogue are all the same as you remember. Take a stroll down memory lane and see how far you've come, or experience a quest you never got the chance to play!

VARIANT difficulty is a new spin on the quest, available for Summoners level 40 and up. This version features extreme challenge, new opponents, updated map layouts, and new combat effects for the boss fights. This quest will test even the mightiest of Summoners, so be prepared! You can find out more about the challenges you will face in Variant Difficulty in our latest Dev Diary post here: https://playcontestofchampions.com/dev-diary-added-difficulty/

The Variant Challenges!

Variant Difficulty will test not only your skills, but your knowledge of Champion abilities, immunities, resistances, and counters! Those who rely on only a few Champions will find the need to diversify.

Unlike Back Issues #1, there will not be explicit gates (like Class or Rarity), but instead we’ll be applying Global Buffs that strongly encourage the use of certain Champions. In this case, it’s XL Champions. All quests will make use of Micro-Reflect, Size Matters, and Particle Protector; effects you might remember from Evangeline Lily’s Champion Challenge last year. (But appropriately souped up.) On top of this, the new Runaway Express and Cultivating Mass Buffs will give XL Champions further advantages beyond their ability to ignore Particle Protector. Finally, Quests 1-3 through 3-3 will also feature Buffs that will benefit bringing in certain XL Champions!

Take a look at the new Buffs you’ll be combating or benefiting from:



Remember Summoners, Variant Difficulty is going to be HARD! The good news is that Back Issues are permanent content, so if you’re not able to take Variant Difficulty on right now, take all the time you need and come back to it when you feel you are better equipped!

Rewards:

For completing and mastering all of the Classic quests, you earn:

Tier 2 Basic ISO x4
Tier 3 Basic ISO x22
Tier 4 Basic ISO x6
Gold x12250
Units x225
Tier 1 Alpha Catalyst x1
Premium Hero Crystal x3
3-Star Hero Crystal x1

For completing and mastering all of the Variant quests, you earn:

5-Star Rank 2 → 3 Gem Crystal x3
5-Star Rank 3 → 4 Gem Crystal (2015 Champs Only) x3
5-Star Rank 3 → 4 Gem Crystal x1
5-Star Rank 4 → 5 Gem Crystal x1
5-Star Awakening Gem Crystal x1
5-Star Crystal x1
Tier 5 Basic Catalyst Fragments x27000
6-Star Crystal Shards x2250
5-Star Signature Stone Crystal x48
Gold x2,100,000
Units x360

This Quest will be available starting Wednesday, April 10th at 10 am PST! Remember, this is permanent content, so you can take your time completing this throwback!
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Comments

  • choseNchoseN Posts: 29
    so its the same as variant #1 for rewards unless im missing something?
  • Amino_89Amino_89 Posts: 5
    Can’t wait !! 😍😍
  • will-o-wispwill-o-wisp Posts: 6,316
    About the "Heavy Machinery" node, it describes "armor up and force field buffs".
    In the case of Hulkbuster, it's fine. But Modok's force field isn't a buff, and Sentinel does not trigger any armor up buff (he just triggers a passive armor up on his sp3).

    I guess the wording here is wrong. It should read "... and an armor up or force field effect is active ..."
  • GamerGamer Posts: 3,661
    IKON said:

    These rewards are the same as last round.... which means they're fantastic.

    Can't wait. Bring it on.

    Ther good but it definitely not fair it 2015 gym yet again that anoying me make them ger or 2016.
  • Variant #1: For completing and mastering all of the Variant quests, you earn:

    5-Star Rank 2 → 3 Gem Crystal x3
    5-Star Rank 3 → 4 Gem Crystal (2015 Champions Only) x3
    5-Star Rank 3 → 4 Gem Crystal x1
    5-Star Rank 4 → 5 Gem Crystal x1
    5-Star Awakening Gem Crystal x1
    5-Star Crystal x2
    Tier 5 Basic Catalyst Fragments x21600
    6-Star Crystal Shards x2250
    5-Star Signature Stone Crystal x48
    Gold x2,100,000
    Units x360

    So the difference with this Variant is that were going to lose 1 5 basic crystal in exchange for 5,400 more T5B fragments?
  • GoreGore Posts: 77
    Again 2015 champs. U could just advance at least 1 year for the rank up gems .
    Is very nasty as I got 3 skill from first variant if I get another 3 skill I won’t have champs to rank. What will I do then ? U can’t invent champs for 2015 right ? It should be more flexibility for a competition that hard.at the same time it take lots of resources to bring a 2015 champ to r3 in the first place and to make him r4 for what purpose since they are “almost” useless .
  • GamerGamer Posts: 3,661
    Hav to agerd it shuld be 2015 gym. Why make them 2015 when most of them not even one for 5 star.
  • GamerGamer Posts: 3,661
    It shuld be 2016 if it shuld be any
  • INTEGRALINTEGRAL Posts: 616
    Why 2015 champions again? I don't have another 2015 year options to r4 anymore. This is stupid
  • BendyBendy Posts: 466
    I wish gems would be different than 2015 as I have 2 tech cant use and a mystic which cant use please make them for random and then the random any year to generics as don't want more useless gems I cant use when I would like to rank up quite a few also loving the buffs being implemented seems to be better than last nodes but will see what combos will be used with them to make it annoying
  • GamerGamer Posts: 3,661
    IKON said:

    Antman quest is from 2015, so we get 2015 gems

    As ultron was ther need to thinking most end game hav already rank them op with make them worth less. Hav to said ther neither lising or just trow it out of the windows. Like ther didt with act6 4 ban.
  • V1PER1987V1PER1987 Posts: 2,953
    There aren’t enough good 2015 champs to make the rewards for them worthwhile. Also there are some that you refuse to add, like SW, Thor, DS, etc. Plenty more that need buffs/reworks.
  • IKONIKON Posts: 231
    Gamer said:

    IKON said:

    Antman quest is from 2015, so we get 2015 gems

    As ultron was ther need to thinking most end game hav already rank them op with make them worth less. Hav to said ther neither lising or just trow it out of the windows. Like ther didt with act6 4 ban.
    I have a bunch of options for those gems, and I'm an end game player. The beauty of these gems is being able to take up a guillotine or a Hawkeye without wasting resources.
  • Lizer0119Lizer0119 Posts: 17
    I’m confused, why 2015 champs again? Is that a typo or is that intended?
  • RotellyRotelly Posts: 264
    What happens if I pull a 5* 2-3 or 4-5 rank-up gem and have taken all champs of that class already to the the rank that the gem supports. At that point the gem is of no value to me.

  • V1PER1987V1PER1987 Posts: 2,953
    Also I can’t help but wonder why there are buffs for specific champs that aren’t readily available higher than a 4* like Abom and Joe Fixit. I hope this, along with the 2015 repeat rewards is a sign that 4* and lower exclusive champs are about to be added.
  • 2015 rank up gems??? Surely u r kidding me
  • Cranmer00Cranmer00 Posts: 416
    They came out with this quick, they didn’t like the money they got from variant one and now want to see what it’s like without the unit loaders

    Funny stuff, not even increased rewards, they’re just like, let’s run it again! 😂😂😂
  • TsunaniTsunani Posts: 173
    No 5 star rank 5 gem?
  • Ace_03Ace_03 Posts: 593
    edited April 5
    2015 champ options for the 2015 exclusive rank up gems, in case anyone needs the info (as it has been stated, some are not available in the 5* variant)

    Captain Marvel
    Drax
    Ms.Marvel
    Spider-Man (Symbiote)
    Venom
    Ronan
    Gamora
    Groot
    Superior Iron-Man
    Thor
    Black Bolt
    Storm
    Cyclops (Red Team)
    Colossus
    Magneto
    Deadpool
    Wolverine
    Magneto (Marvel Now!)
    Deadpool (X-Force)
    Magik
    Guillotine
    Iron Fist
    Juggernaut
    Thor (Jane Foster)
    Dr. Strange
    Scarlet Witch
    Unstoppable Colossus
    Luke Cage
    Electro
    Ant-Man
    Yellowjacket
    Spider-Man
    Captain America
    Spider-Gwen
    Rhino
    Hulk
    Abomination
    Joe Fixit
    Captain America (WW2)
    Black Panther
    Moon Knight
    Elektra
    Punisher
    Daredevil
    Winter Soldier
    Hawkeye
    Black Widow
    Daredevil (Classic)
    Rocket Raccoon
    Hulkbuster
    Ultron
    Iron Patriot
    Star-Lord
    Kang
    Iron-Man
    Vision (AoU)
    War Machine
    Vision
  • CoatHang3rCoatHang3r Posts: 2,085
    IKON said:

    Is there a list available somewhere of XL champions?

    This site has a lot of useful info including tags. http://www.dunres.sk/mcoc/tags/size-xl
  • GamerGamer Posts: 3,661
    IKON said:

    Gamer said:

    IKON said:

    Antman quest is from 2015, so we get 2015 gems

    As ultron was ther need to thinking most end game hav already rank them op with make them worth less. Hav to said ther neither lising or just trow it out of the windows. Like ther didt with act6 4 ban.
    I have a bunch of options for those gems, and I'm an end game player. The beauty of these gems is being able to take up a guillotine or a Hawkeye without wasting resources.
    I’m talk abudt the big spender I’m don’t think you one of them I’m a end game to and the gym stil wort for me. I’m just thinking that a bad to make all rng depden. Let said you hav all 2015 update from science and ther do t exist more that my problem now it only as a fx
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