MSF: Dread The Darkness Live Blog – Mission #12

MSF - Dread The Darkness Mission 12

Dark Dimension III: Dread The Darkness is the ultimate endgame content in Marvel Strike Force, and I begin fighting the 12th mission after about 20 days of fighting the 11th mission. This mission again requires Cosmic characters, and Invisible Woman has proven to be a very important piece to this puzzle give the survivability she adds to any team. Below I am going to live blog my daily attempts as I look to defeat the Dark Dimension and earn a 5-Red Star Ultimus.

My Dread The Darkness eligible Cosmic characters:

Here are the starting stats for my Cosmic characters fighting this mission, a little more than a week after the initial release of Iso-8.

  • Captain Marvel – 112,037 power, Level 75, Gear 14, Abilities Levels 7-7-7-5 – 7 Stars, 5 Red Stars – Skirmisher Level 3
  • Minn-erva – 116,160, Level 75, Gear 14, Ability Levels 7-7-7-5 – 7 Stars, 6 Red Stars – Healer Level 3
  • Black Bolt – 104,718 power, Level 75, Gear 14, Ability Levels 7-7-7-5 – 6 Stars, 5 Red Stars – Striker Level 3
  • Invisible Woman – 98,857 power, Level 75, Gear 14, Ability Levels 7-7-7-5 – 7 Stars, 4 Red Stars – Healer Level 3 (major power updat 10.20.20)
  • Thanos – 96,836, Level 75, Gear 14, Ability Levels 7-7-6-5 – 7 Stars, 4 Red Stars – Fortifier Level 3

Dread The Darkness – Mission 12

Stryfe (3.73m power), 36.5m total enemy health

10.07.20 – The 12th mission has 36 enemies, and 8 on-screen to start, and my team checks in with 528k power. These enemies come out strong and the two Stryfe enemies will prove to be a real problem. I start this battle over  a few times to get a better start given the importance of a good start, and in doing so I find that any scenario where I have all 5 characters alive at my first attack is a good start. I literally get a single attack in, a basic from Captain Marvel, and nothing more, resulting in a little over 200k damage.


10.08.20 – Hoping for a better second attack, I now have Black Bolt at level 4 on his Iso-8 mods. My team as a whole checks in at 531k now.


To the battle, I take a couple of hits before I take a turn and I am stuck hitting a Stryfe to begin. I survive through the second wave of enemy attacks, thanks to Minn-erva reviving IW and her barrier then being added, and now Black Bolt has his ultimate to use on the 8 enemies for the first significant attack of this mission. After this attack I only get two more hits in before I am finished. For tomorrow, I will have 34.846m health remaining.

10.09.20 – Today my team is even stronger at 537k – both Black Bolt and Minn-erva are now at level 4 of their Iso-8 enhancements and Invisible Woman has added health and armor from crystals upgrades to level 4, although she is still level 3 overall.

Battle time and I have 34.8m health to clear across 36 enemies. I take two hits, from Stryfe and Vulture, then CM lands her ultimate on the taunting Stryfe. IW gets killed and Minn-erva heals, draining the enemies a bit, BB gets two hits on Stryfe, the second being a Iso bonus attack, then Thanos taunts. I hear a lot of attacks and look down from my typing and my otherwise well-performing team is dead… Yeah, so that is that. 32.954m health remain moving forward.


10.10.20 – A quick battle sees me do very little, landing a few basics and getting killed much too fast. Nothing to report on that will help anyone in any way.


10.11.20 – After a busy day with the family saw me not get an attack in, I am back again with a full five some of level 4 Iso-8 characters. With 32.1m health to go my team now checks in at 542k power. I am facing 35 enemies and they have weakened me nicely by the time CM take her turn. Her basic does next to nothing against Stryfe and Thanos dies immediately afterwards. I am able to get a Black Bolt ultimate in and weaken the enemies, but that is all of the progress I can make as my team dies off far too quickly. Tomorrow will begin with 35 enemies and 31.1m health to go.


10.12.20 – Checking in again at 542k power, even another level across the board in Iso-8 is not going to matter at this point. These battles are just crazy hard. Thanos is dead before I even take a turn, so two hits later I return the favor killing Vulture. My Minn-erva gets killed by Pyro, who Black Bolt then eliminates and the enemy count is now 33. Reinforcements arrive that’ll make this even tougher, which is laughable at this point. I choose to save the Captain Marvel ultimate for tomorrow so that it can last two turns with the AoE and lay a hit on a weakened Stryfe, but Namor’s ultimate kills my team off and that is it. Tomorrow will see me face 33 enemies with a total of 30.848m health remaining.


10.13.20 – Starting with 30.848m health to go, there are two taunting Stryfe enemies on the screen and one in red health who I will be attacking mercilessly until he is dead. While I can accomplish this goal, I can do little else.

10.15.20 – After forgetting to battle yesterday I start today with my 542k power team facing 32 enemies totaling 29.747m health. After CM’s basic does next to nothing hitting a taunting Stryfe, the enemies go crazy with a Namor ultimate and the other Namor’s special killing CM. A basic from Minn-erva is followed by Deadpool killing Thanos and BB and this is about to be over with little to no progress. I get a basic in from IW and ME to end it and made about 70k progress for the day.


10.16.20 – Starting at 29.6m health on the 32 enemies and I focus my efforts on Scarlet Witch until I kill her off. In the process I end up severely weakening both Namors, Cable and Wasp thanks to ultimates by Minn-erva and Black Bolt, but I die leaving 4 of the 7 enemies on-screen in red health.


10.17.20 – Starting with 25.5m health on the enemies, I just realized how well I did yesterday on this board. Odds are I will not repeat the same success. My team checks in again at 542k power and before I take a turn I have 3 of my characters at half health with Ability Block on them. I decide to restart until I have a better result and get that, where Stryfe’s attack only hits CM and BB before CM self-heals before her turn. She kills Cable, then dies at the hands of Namor, but I use ME to revive her before Sabretooth and Deadpool land multi-attacks on my team. BB finished off Wasp, then Ant-Man and the other Namor kill off my team. While I eliminated two enemies, I only took about 400k health off the whole.


10.18.20 – Now at 543k power after upgrading a Iso-8 crystal to level 5 for both Minn-erva and Black Bolt, I have 29 enemies left to defeat. CM takes the first turn and hits Deadpool, then Stryfe taunts and I choose to rest the battle a few turns later.

Now my second time around, I have CM hit Stryfe first, marking him Vulnerable, and while it takes me a lot longer to finish Stryfe off than I would have preferred, I take him out just after losing Minn-erva. A few hits later Thanos is down, and I kill off Sabretooth as well. Now down to 27 enemies remaining, reinforcements arrive placing 9 enemies on-screen with Black Bolt’s ultimate up. That turns out to be a well-timed hit given 9 enemies are impacted, then Captain Marvel is up with her ultimate, which I choose to save for tomorrow since my team is not going to last much longer. I hit one of the two Namor enemies, both of whom are in red health, but that is all I can do today. Tomorrow I will start with the enemies having 23.55m health remaining.


10.19.20 – Again at 543k, I start with 27 total enemies to go and 9 on-screen, 3 of which are in red health. I place CM’s ultimate on one of two Namor enemies and kill him, leaving a Deadpool and another Namor in red. After Namor uses his ultimate on my team BB uses his special to finish off Deadpool and we are down to 25 to go. I hit Namor twice then lose ME, Thanos and BB allowing CM and IW to use basics on Namor, killing him just before they are killed as well. I will have 24 enemies to go and 22.78m health remaining tomorrow.


10.20.20 – 22.78m health remains across 24 enemies, but the low-hanging fruit has been picked. The 8 enemies on-screen are all in high green health as I start. One notable difference for my team is Invisible Woman is now 120,160k power after upgrading her from 4-red stars to 6-red stars last night. A lucky pull after I saved up my 5-Red Star credits pulled a 6-RS version and improves this team by 18k power.

I start with CM’s basic on Stryfe since I have her as a Skirmisher still (mainly for this game mode).I take some hits and IW places barrier on my team, then ME heal drains the enemies. My Striker, Black Bolt, land two hits on Stryfe and removes his taunt, and I use the Thanos AoE. A few hits later I start my focus on Doctor Strange as I hate healers and revivers in the DD, as he and Pyro are the first enemies to yellow health on the screen. IW adds stealth to all but Thanos, a nice bit of RNG, and I continue to hit DS adding Vulnerable, then having BB hit his 3 times thanks to his now red health. CM finishes him off to take us to 23 enemies left, and now I start placing hit on Pyro as we trade attacks. BB is up with his ultimate and lands it, then I take a few more hits. CM finishes Pyro with a basic, and I lose Thanos shortly thereafter. I pass on ME’s revive and instead use basic attacks on Cable, as my team will not withstand much more, and I prove myself correct as a few hits later I am done. Tomorrow will see me facing 23 enemies with a combined 20.08m health.


10.21.20 – Day two with my newly super-powered Invisible Woman, and I start off facing 6 on-screen enemies. I save Captain Marvel’s ultimate for today so that the AoE after effect would have more impact, so I start with that one, targeting the always annoying Ant-Man which puts him in yellow health. After seemingly their whole team takes a turn, IW uses a basic and Ant-Man attack me making it Minn-erva’s turn with her ultimate heal available and much-needed if I plan to survive long. The heal drain leave Ant-Man in the red and Stryfe, Deadpool and Cable in the yellow, and Black Bolt finishes off the Vulnerable Ant-Man with the Iso bonus attack. Now reinforcements arrive and I am in trouble as 10 of the final 21 enemies are now on-screen.

I continue targeting the weaker enemies as no healer or reviver is in this mix of new enemies, and I place a hit on Cable to get this rolling then revive Thanos. IW stealths the team but then Namor hits me with an AoE which stinks. Now Stryfe is taunting and I have to use attacks on him, but BB dispels and I still, miraculously, have all five alive. Barely. CM’s special is well-timed hitting Cable and dispelling his counter attack buff, then I lose BB. Both Minn-erva and IW land attacks on Cable and kill him off, but that is all that is in store for me today.


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