If you have problems with any iOS COG not registering stat changes, try deleting it and re-downloading. I had a similar problem when Way Walkers updated recently, so I did it for Heroes Rise as a matter of course.
Also, I think legend points may have been rebalanced to take into account the upcoming sequel. Not sure, I also noticed lower legend points throughout the story but I still got a few legend bonuses. I ended up with 50 legend making the same choices as a pre-patch game that ended me with high 70s.
Anyway, I appreciated the new options to dislike Black Magic right away. I find his behavior pretty objectionable almost right away (invading the main character’s mind without permission was a huge flag to me, let alone you know what scene later). I’ll probably carry a save game into the sequel with a Black Magic romance to see how it develops, but I currently find him to be about on Jury’s level. Well, maybe worse. Jury’s a weirdo creeper but he hasn’t assaulted my character.
Really appreciated the new option to flirt with Jenny at the end. Although I’m not actually sure if it’s new or if I just had trouble lowering my score enough with Black Magic before the “I don’t like this guy” options were put in. I also loved being able to throw away Prodigal’s manifesto without reading.
All these little touches helped me enjoy the game more the second time around. There are still a few things that bother me, like how if I choose to save the reporter at the end the game assumes I did it because I’m a fame seeking attention grabber. My actual reasoning was more along the lines of combatant vs. noncombatant. The reporter, Sonja, is a civilian in the whole mess while my sidekick has seen a couple of combat situations with me and at least has a shot at self-defense. I also don’t understand how the original hero nominated for the hero award was disqualified by having his legs broken. Heroing is a pretty dangerous business, I don’t see why broken limbs would take anyone out of the running. I would have liked to donate at some or all of my Hero of Tomorrow award money to that guy. I also don’t really like that being a team-oriented hero makes me a shoe-in for the Millennial Group. I don’t like Black Magic or Jury and I would have rather tried out for the other team that was mentioned, the Everymen. But I understand that writers have to keep things manageable and writing a new team option in the next game is probably not going to happen.
So all that said, I appreciated the changes in the patch and will keep an eye out for the sequel, when or if it comes.