The best teams in Marvel Strike Force

The best teams are all about synergy. Here are five of our favorites.

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Marvel Strike Force is home to an exhausting list of Marvel characters. The opportunity to mix and match heroes and villains is part of the fun, and you can come up with some crazy combinations. However, not every combination is going to work.

Synergy is an integral part of Marvel Strike Force. There’s a number of characters that are fine by themselves, but their potential isn’t readily apparent until you team them up with certain classes — usually with members they’re involved with, like an all X-Men team.

We’ve gathered five of the best teams in Marvel Strike Force that are both fun to play, and rock the house in any of the game modes.

X-Men Team: Colossus, Phoenix, Psylocke, Wolverine, Cyclops

For an offensive team in Arena, Blitz, and Alliance War, you can’t go wrong with the X-Men. It’s gone through a few iterations before it became what it is today. While many still hold onto Storm, she’s been replaced with Psylocke. This is due to Psylocke’s impressive ability to transfer negative effects. And when she does, they’re removed from your team, applied to the enemy, and inflict significant damage.

Since Storm isn’t on your team, you can bring in Cyclops. By himself, he’s fine, but alongside Psylocke, Wolverine, and Phoenix, he’s a threat like none other. His debuffs will always apply, if not most of the time, which activates Wolverine and another ally to follow up with attacks.

Colossus is mainly there for tanking and support. He can taunt, counter, deflect, and apply offensive debuffs. However, his abilities are improved if Phoenix is an ally. Phoenix has her own set of supportive abilities and is basically the opposite of Psylocke. Rather than transferring negative effects, Phoenix removes positive effects from the opposing team. But if she dies, she absorbs negative effects and is reborn as Dark Phoenix.

Spooky Team: Elsa Bloodstone, Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, Mordo, Scarlet Witch

The Spooky Team makes use of mystic and supernatural characters, and perform incredibly well in Alliance War as a defensive team. Dr. Strange’s ability to heal and revive fallen allies is already great, but it’s made even better when Ghost Rider punishes the enemy who made the killing blow with negative effects such as bleeding, offensive down, and defensive down. It’s the ultimate stalling tactic.

Elsa Bloodstone is not only great on the offensive, but also provides some excellent support based on the number of Mystics and Supernaturals on her team. Mystic allies are granted increased critical strike, while the presence of Supernatural allies grants Elsa Bloodstone increased damage. The cherry on top is her passive ability, allowing her to punish any enemy that dodges or misses, provided there are at least three Supernatural allies on your team.

Mordo and Scarlet Witch are the champions of negative effects in this team. Scarlet Witch makes up for her lack of heavy-hitting damage for applied random negative effects, redistribution of ally health, and buffs like Deflect. Mordo, on the other hand, can apply random negative effects, blind, stun, and heal block. If an ally Mystic falls, he gets a heal and energy boost.

Ultron Raid Team: Ultron, Invisible Woman, Falcon, Scientist Supreme, Minn-Erva

When you raid, chances are Ultron is a part of your team, and he’s quite flexible, but he’s ultimately the center of the party. He can summon additional Ultron minions, buff defense, has the strongest single-target ability in Marvel Strike Force, and can even revive allies. You build your team around Ultron.

In this team, you can’t go wrong with Minn-Erva; her healing abilities are by far the best in the game. She does this with both targeted heals and a siphon attack that steals health from the enemy and gives it to allies. She too is an integral part of any Raid team, provided you synergize with her.

Scientist Supreme is primarily a support character. She has the uncanny ability to take negative effects from her team and turn them into positives. In fact, other A.I.M. minions apply negative effects on themselves on purpose, which Scientist Supreme can flip it into a positive effect. This leaves room to alter your team for someone like Graviton.

Falcon does well against buff-heavy teams, gaining increased speed for himself and the team while simultaneously removing stealth. His damage isn’t the greatest, but he does get a damage boost from other Power Armor characters like Iron Man. If you so choose, swap Invisible Woman out for Iron Man. However, you are losing a lot of defensive support. Invisible Woman provides shields based on her health, buffs, and removes negative effects. It might be advantageous to swap Falcon out for a member of the Fantastic Four.

The Asgardians: Thor, Loki, Hela, Heimdall, Sif

The Asgardians prove their combat prowess by having an answer for just about any threat. Every member either provides a buff, debuff, support, or deals damage in some manner. It’s further heightened with each member’s ability to synergize with other Asgardians.

For starters, Thor is just a straight-up damage dealer and is the team’s main source of damage. Using both hammer and lightning, Thor deals massive damage to single targets, multiple targets, and can stun them in the process. He works well with Heimdall, granting an Asgardian ally a chance to assist on an attack Heimdall makes, providing another opportunity for Thor to hammer away.

Speaking of Heimdall, while he deals a great amount of damage, his main strength comes from removing stealth from enemies, and from punishing enemies with an AOE attack. This provides an additional effect of removing any heal block to your team, while still having the ability to apply heal block on the opponent.

Loki’s cunning magic exposes weaknesses in the opponent. He can debuff the enemy’s defense, reduce resistances, and even remove effects from the opposition. Additionally, Loki can create mirror images of himself. Hela backs up Loki’s mirror images and negative effects with undead minions and negative effects of her own. Sif then adds the much-needed support by being a massive shield for the team by taunting and deflecting damage. Sif’s ability to counterattack several times in a row is nothing to scoff at either.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Team: Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, S.H.I.E.L.D. Security, Assault, Medic

The S.H.I.E.L.D. Team works really well in any game mode. It isn’t the best team, nor is it anything to scoff at, but its members are easier to obtain than others, making it a great team for early late-game play. This team revolves mainly around Fury and a handful of S.H.I.E.L.D. members, but there are a few variations you can work with depending on what you want and playstyle.

Nick Fury is a real powerhouse. For starters, he can dish out some serious damage that also chains to other enemies. However, most of his power comes from his support abilities. He can heal a moderate amount of health while also buffing his defense. His passive can then apply that defensive buff to the rest of the team. Furthermore, he can summon S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and applies a 20 percent chance for allies to assist when Nick Fury attacks.

You get additional defensive capabilities with S.H.I.E.L.D. Security. He taunts when allies get low and applies defensive buffs. S.H.I.E.L.D. Security has very little damage potential but can provide support through stuns. It’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Assault that provides AOE attacks while also increasing critical strike for the team. To back everyone up, S.H.I.E.L.D. Medic hands out heals like candy and health regeneration. You can swap out S.H.I.E.L.D. Medic for S.H.I.E.L.D. Operative for synergy with Nick Fury.

For the last slot, you can go with Agent Coulson or S.H.I.E.L.D. Trooper. The Trooper’s incredible critical strike chance is deadly when you pair it with his ability to counterattack anytime a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. is attacked. Agent Coulson, on the other hand, is a Tech Controller that primarily causes debuffs to the enemy and buffs for the team.