Cosmic Crucible – Team Counters

When I released the Defensive Team Counters article, your feedback was positive but many of you asked that we divide Counters for Cosmic Crucible and Alliance War. The idea behind that request is that content is more user-friendly and that users don’t have to check if the mentioned counter is good enough for the feature they are playing at the moment.

Since my goal is to help MSF players as much as I can, I’ve decided to do what you asked and divide content as you asked. Some teams have the same counters for both Cosmic Crucible and War and the only way to make it easy for you is to duplicate content for those teams.

In our Cosmic Crucible-best Defense Teams article, I suggested what teams are justified to be put in CC Defense. However, some players do not agree with my offensive tactics, so I will write down counters for all viable defense set-ups per each Room. I will write down battle mechanics for each counter in time, but for a start, I will just list all counters for all rooms.

IMPORTANT – the content on this page is not yet finished. You can see all available counters, but the description and combat tactics are not yet written. I will do it in the next couple of days but for now, you can see counters and punch-ups.

Explanation

The names of the teams for which I will suggest counters will be highlighted. Below you will see the list of viable counters. At the Top of the page, you have a list of Teams and with a simple click on the team’s name, you will be instantly transferred to their list of counters with a brief explanation for each counter. Next to each counter team, you will see a symbol representing Punch Ups.

Here is the list of symbols:

  • 10% Punch Down –
  • Even match up –
  • 5% Punch Up –
  • 10% Punch Up – ▲▲
  • 20%+ Punch Up – ▲▲▲

Stages 1 & 2 

Possible Defensive Teams in rooms 1 and 2 (click on the team’s name to scroll to team):

Hero Asgardian

  • Eternals +3 ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch
  • Wakanda
  • Hero Asgardian
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • X-Force
  • X-Factor

Astonishing X-Man

  • Black Order
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Uncanny X-man +Psylocke
  • Unlimited X-man ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch
  • Darkhold ▲▲

Bionic Avengers

  • Infinity Watch
  • Unlimited X-man ▲▲
  • Wakanda
  • Weapon X
  • X-Factor+Zemo
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Darkhold ▲▲

Black Order

  • Secret Avengers + Kestrel
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • Symbiotes with Skirmisher + Silver Surfer
  • Black Order
  • Infinity Watch ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Man ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲

Brotherhood + Doctor Doom

  • Secret Avengers + Kestrel
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch
  • Darkhold ▲▲

Dark Hunters

  • Bionic Avengers
  • Eternals/New Warriors ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch
  • Wakanda
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Dark Hold ▲▲

Darkhold/Dormhold

  • Dormhold
  • Darkhold
  • Unlimited X-Men + Emma

Dormammu + Heroes for Hire

  • Weapon X + Dormammu/Doctor Doom
  • Infinity Watch
  • Unlimited X-Men
  • Darkhold/Dormhold ▲▲

Dormammu + Young Avengers

  • Darkhold/Dormhold
  • Young Avengers+Dormammu (Cosmic Crucible)

Darkhold with MLF passive level 6 can easily deal with Dorm/YA. Keep Squirrel Girl controlled by Agatha’s Stun in the first turn and Scarlet Witch’s ultimate and focus on Dormammu. You should not have any difficulties and you can allow yourself a punch-up of at least 100k. If you use Dormhold, a punch-up can be significantly higher, and the strategy is the same. You will not have Stun prolonged, but hey there is your Dormammu to say a few things to YA.

In Cosmic Crucible you can use a duplicate team to deal with Dorm/Ya. That is probably the most justified solution regardless of the room.

Dormammu + Hero Asgardian

  • Eternals/Inhumans
  • Dormammu + Hero Asgardian
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Darkhold/Dormhold

With the introduction of Hero Asgardians, many players tried to find a way to boost them up by replacing Heimdall. The most powerful replacement is obviously Dormammu. Not only will he Revive fallen Asgardians, but Valkyrie’s passive will also affect the character that is revived making your killing order significantly trickier.

The best way to deal with them is to combine Eternals with Black Bolt, Yo-Yo, and Crystal. Inhumans’ stats are mediocre now, but Yo-Yo’s presence will significantly increase sustain of your Eternals giving Ikaris enough time to survive and use his ultimate for the second time.

The presence of Crystal grants healing to your Inhumans while Eternals are doing the job and BB is here only to exploit his passive and finish out enemies earlier. Dormammu’s Resistance is insane; therefore, you cannot expect the usual punch-up with Eternals against Hero Asgardians but as long as the odds are not unreal, you should have nothing to worry about.

Eternals + 3

  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch
  • Eternals + Loki + Emma
  • Unlimited X-Men +Emma ▲▲

Heroes for Hire

  • Weapon X ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch ▲▲
  • Wakanda
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Shadowland
  • Black Order
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Doctor Doom + Inhumans/F4 ▲▲
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • X-Factor +1

Infinity Watch

  • Darkhold/Dormhold ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch
  • Unlimited X-Men

Marauder + Emma Frost

  • X-Factor +Zemo/Kestrel
  • Secret Avengers + Kestrel
  • Black Order
  • Young Avengers
  • Marauder + Emma Frost
  • Wakanda
  • Infinity Watch ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • Astonishing X-Men

Pym Tech

  • Brotherhood
  • Web Warriors
  • A-Force
  • A.I.M.
  • Bionic Avengers ▲▲
  • Wakanda ▲▲
  • all other META

Secret Avengers + Kestrel

  • Eternals +3 ▲▲
  • Weapon X
  • Infinity Watch ▲▲
  • Astonishing X-Man ▲▲
  • Uncanny X-Men ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Man ▲▲
  • Wakanda

Sinister Six with Dr.Octopus

  • Astonishing X-Men ▲▲
  • Symbiotes
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Wakanda
  • all other META

Symbiotes

  • Web Warriors ▲▲
  • Brotherhood
  • Bionic Avengers ▲▲
  • Secret Avenger + Kestrel ▲▲
  • New Warriors +3
  • Shadowland
  • all other META

Uncanny X-Men

  • Kestrel + X-Factor
  • Wakanda
  • Infinity Watch ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲

Tangled Web + 2

  • Bionic Avengers
  • Infinity Watch
  • Darkhold
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Eternals + New Warriors

Unlimited X-Men

  • Unlimited X-Men+Emma
  • Dormhold ▼▼
  • Infinity Watch ▼▼

Wakanda

  • Eternals + 3 ▲▲
  • Black Order
  • Infinity Watch
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Weapon X
  • Young Avengers
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Astonishing X-Men
  • Uncanny X-men

Web Warriors

  • Kestrel +X-Factor/Secret Avengers ▲▲
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Uncanny X-Men ▲▲
  • Dark Hunters
  • Weapon X
  • Wakanda
  • Infinity Watch ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Man ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲

Young Avengers

  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Weapon X
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Eternals+New Warriors
  • Young Avengers

Stage 3

Possible Defensive Teams in room 3 (click on the team’s name to scroll to team):

Tangled Web + 2

  • Bionic Avengers
  • Infinity Watch
  • Darkhold
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲

X-Factor + Psylocke

  • Astonishing X-Man
  • Kestrel + X-Factor
  • Unlimited X-Man ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch
  • Tangled Web + 2

Web-Warriors

  • Kestrel +X-Factor/Secret Avengers ▲▲
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Uncanny X-Men ▲▲
  • Weapon X
  • Wakanda
  • Infinity Watch ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Man ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Tangled Web + 2

Symbiotes

  • Web Warriors ▲▲
  • Tangled Web +2 ▲▲
  • Brotherhood
  • Bionic Avengers ▲▲
  • Secret Avenger + Kestrel
  • New Warriors +3
  • all other META ▲▲

Sinister Six

  • Astonishing X-Men ▲▲
  • X-Factor + Kestrel/Zemo/SilverSurfer
  • X-Force
  • Symbiotes
  • Tangled Web +2
  • Web Warriors
  • A-Force +Silver Surfer
  • Eternals +3 ▲▲
  • Weapon X
  • Secret Avengers + Kestrel
  • 8W & Horseman teams ▲▲

Stage 4 

Possible Defensive Teams in room 4 (click on the team’s name to scroll to team):

Unlimited X-Man + Emma

  • Unlimited X-Man + Emma
  • Dormhold ▼▼
  • Infinity Watch ▼▼

Bionic Avengers

  • Infinity Watch
  • Unlimited X-man ▲▲
  • Wakanda
  • Weapon X
  • X-Factor+Zemo
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Darkhold ▲▲

Uncanny X-Men

  • Kestrel + X-Factor
  • Infinity Watch
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲

Wakanda

  • Eternals + 3 ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Weapon X
  • Young Avengers
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Astonishing X-Men
  • Uncanny X-men

Emarauder

  • X-Factor +Zemo/Kestrel
  • Secret Avengers + Kestrel
  • Black Order
  • Young Avengers
  • Marauder + Emma Frost
  • Wakanda
  • Infinity Watch ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • Astonishing X-Men

Hydra Team (Zemo, RS, Crossbones, WS, Grenadier)

  • Unlimited X-men ▲▲
  • Uncanny X-men
  • Astonishing X-Men
  • Inhuman + Baron Zemo
  • Hydra Team
  • Infinity Watch
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Tangled Web + 2

X-Force

  • Bionic Avengers
  • Uncanny X-Man
  • Astonishing X-Man
  • X-Force
  • Dark-Hunters
  • Ravagers
  • Inhumans
  • Tangled Web + 2
  • Wakanda
  • Weapon X
  • 8W+Horseman teams ▲▲

Stage 5

Possible Defensive Teams in room 5 (click on the team’s name to scroll to team):

GAMMA Team + 1

  • Unlimited X-Man
  • Darkhold
  • Tangled Web +2 (without Red Hulk)
  • Uncanny X-Men (Without Red Hulk)
  • Astonishing X-Men (Without Red Hulk)

Unlimited X-Man + Emma

  • Unlimited X-Man + Emma
  • Dormhold

Young Avenger

  • Darkhold
  • Weapon X
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Eternals+New Warriors
  • Young Avengers

A-Force + 1

  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • X-Factor + Kestrel
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • Astonishing X-Men
  • Tangled Web +2
  • Wakanda
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Black Order
  • Eternals + 3 ▲▲
  • Web Warriors

Fantastic Four + She-Hulk

  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • X-Factor + Kestrel/Psylocke/Zemo/Silver Surfer
  • Tangled Web
  • A-Force + Silver Surfer/Doctor Doom
  • Eternals + New Warriors ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲

Symbiotes

  • Web Warriors ▲▲
  • Brotherhood
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Secret Avenger + Kestrel
  • New Warriors +3
  • all other META

Web Warriors

  • Kestrel +X-Factor/Secret Avengers
  • Bionic Avengers
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • Weapon X
  • Wakanda
  • Infinity Watch
  • Unlimited X-Man ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲

X-Factor + 1

  • Astonishing X-Man
  • Kestrel + X-Factor
  • Unlimited X-Man ▲▲
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch
  • Tangled Web +2

Stage 6

Possible Defensive Teams in room 6 (click on the team’s name to scroll to team):

Legendary Custom Team (Bishop, Black Bolt, Jubilee, Phoenix, Yo-Yo/Invisible Woman)

  • Unlimited X-Men
  • Darkhold
  • Infinity Watch ▼▼

Astonishing X-Men

  • Bionic Avengers ▼▼
  • Uncanny X-man +Psylocke
  • Unlimited X-man ▲▲
  • Infinity Watch ▼▼
  • Darkhold ▲▲

Uncanny X-Men

  • Kestrel + X-Factor
  • Infinity Watch
  • Darkhold ▲▲
  • Unlimited X-Men ▲▲

Unlimited X-Men + Emma

  • Unlimited X-Men + Emma
  • Dormhold
  • Infinity Watch ▼▼

Darkhold

  • Unlimited X-Men + Emma
  • Darkhold/Dormhold

Conclusion

This List will be updated constantly. I believe we addressed all viable Cosmic Crucible defensive set-ups, but in case I forgot something feel free to contact me and share your ideas. As you can see some counters for War and Cosmic Crucible are almost the same, but some are totally different.

With upcoming changes and New Horseman teams, the list will need an update definitely, so it is best to bookmark it and check when you need help. Marvel Strike Force is constantly changing so I can’t promise that the list of counters will remain the same for a long time.

Until next time!