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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Heist: Basic Action Card  from the Dungeons and Dragons: Tomb of Annihilation set.

W 07 Heist, BAC

Ruling Using Action Dice

Heist is a Basic Action Card and it’s dice are Basic Action Dice. If an ability or game text refers to an Action Card or an Action Die, then it could affect Heist. Basic Action Dice can be purchased by either player.

There are two main ways to use an action die. The first is when the die is in your Reserve Pool, you use the ability that’s on the card and then place the die Out of Play. The die will never enter the Field Zone. The second is to move the action die from the Reserve Pool to the Field Zone, but those dice can only be fielded if they have the Continuous keyword, they’re considered to be Gear, or the ability tells you to attach that die to another die that’s in the Field Zone.

Action dice can be used during two different steps, but only on our turn. You can use an action die at any time during your Main Step, or after blockers have been assigned during the Attack Step (referred to as the Actions and Globals portion of the Attack Step).

Action dice cannot be used for no effect. This means, if you can’t legally use the ability of the action die, then you can’t use the die and it remains in your Reserve Pool until the end of your turn. If you do not use an action die, it will go into your Used Pile at the end of your turn.

Ruling – Ability

Target opponent draws 2 dice from their bag. Place one in that opponent’s Prep Area. Roll the other die and place it in your Reserve Pool. At the end of your turn, place the rolled die in your opponent’s Used Pile (regardless of where it is).

You must be able to target an opponent in order to use Heist. If you can’t target an opponent, you will not be able to use Heist because it won’t have any effect. When you use Heist, you place the die Out of Play from your Reserve Pool. The die never enters the Field Zone.

When you use Heist, you target an opponent and they draw two dice from their dice bag. If they can’t draw two dice, they draw as many as they can and then refill their bag from their Used Pile, and finish drawing until they have drawn two dice. If they don’t have any dice in their Used Pile to refill their bag, then they draw as many as they can.

If your opponent can only draw one die and doesn’t have any dice to refill their bag with, they do not take damage. ‘Bag Burn’ is only something that applies during the Clear and Draw Step. Also, if your opponent can only draw one die you complete the remainder of the Heist ability in the order stated on the card. This means you would place that single die in your opponent’s Prep Area and not roll it.

When your opponent draws the two dice, you choose one and it is placed in their Prep Area. You then roll the second die and place it in your Reserve Pool. You now get to use that die on the face it landed on. If you rolled energy, you can use it normally. If you rolled an action face, you use it as intended. For example: A Continuous action die will stay in the Field Zone, but the Heist ability will place it in your opponent’s Used Pile at the end of your turn. You get to use it for that turn. The same would happen with a character die if you rolled a character face. You could field that character and activate any When Fielded abilities, but it would be placed in your opponent’s Used Pile at the end of your turn.

If you have an ability that would allow you to reroll or manipulate the dice in your Reserve Pool after the Roll and Reroll Step, those abilities can be used on the die that was stolen with Heist. For example: If you have Parallax: Source of Terror, you can spend one energy to reroll the die you stole with Heist. You could not use an ability that affects dice during the Roll and Reroll Step for the stolen die because Heist is used after the Roll and Reroll Step has passed.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Heist is a Basic Action Card with no energy type.
~ It does not have an affiliation.
~ Heist has a Neutral Alignment (leaf symbol near the purchase cost).
~ It says Use: 3 instead of Max: 3 because you are required to bring exactly three Basic Action Dice for Heist.
~ This card is a Common and is #7 of 136.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)

There are no rulings for this specific card.

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion

This card is definitely about more than just potentially stealing some energy. This card can seriously disrupt the flow of your opponent’s bag and also turn an action or character against them for a brief moment. This could also deny them the opportunity to draw that big nasty they had coming next turn. They do get a prepped die from Heist, but I feel like the risk is worth it.

If you don’t get an action or character, you still come out with at least one energy that you can use to make purchases, field characters, activate Globals, etc. I don’t see a huge downside to this card, other than potentially pulling two really good dice and having to put one in your opponent’s Prep Area for next turn. Thinning their bag of Sidekicks is a downside, but it’s not a huge one. Again, the risk is worth the potential reward as long as you’re cautious when using this die. Don’t use it when they have four Sidekicks in their bag and a lot of characters and actions in their Used Pile. You need to keep track of your opponent’s purchases and where the dice are when you play with Heist.

I don’t see this card as a major competitive card, but it’s great for all levels of casual games, and even competitive-casual. Competitive-casual is a mix of competitive and casual play – like a casual setting were everyone is playing semi-competitive, but they don’t bring out the big nasty dudes (like Cube+Pureblood). You also might see someone with a Shriek or a DWiz, but not both. This type of atmosphere breeds creativity and is definitely more fun for folks that don’t dig the hyper competitive scenes, but they still want to play with some of the competitive cards.

I have not looked at this card since the set released, until it popped up as a question from someone. They asked if they could field a character if the die they stole rolled a character face. It’s a tactic that I didn’t think of when I first read the card, but I love the possibilities this card can bring – as well as the chaos that could ensue! I owe that reader a big thank you!

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Jarnborn: And My Axe  from the Marvel The Mighty Thor set.

W Jarnborn, And My Axe

Ruling Using Action Dice

Jarnborn is a Non-Basic Action Card and it’s dice are Non-Basic Action Dice. If an ability or game text refers to an Action Card or an Action Die, then it could affect Jarnborn. If the text refers to a Basic Action Card or Basic Action Die, it will not affect Jarnborn. Non-Basic Action dice can not be purchased by an opponent, unlike Basic Action dice.

There are two main ways to use an action die. The first is when the die is in your Reserve Pool, you use the ability that’s on the card and then place the die Out of Play. The second is to move the action die from the Reserve Pool to the Field Zone, but those dice can only be fielded if they have the Continuous keyword, they’re considered to be Gear, or the ability tells you to attach that die to another die that’s in the Field Zone.

Action dice can be used during two different steps, but only on our turn. You can use an action die at any time during your Main Step, or after blockers have been assigned during the Attack Step (referred to as the Actions and Globals portion of the Attack Step).

Action dice cannot be used for no effect. This means, if you can’t legally use the ability of the action die, then you can’t use the die and it remains in your Reserve Pool until the end of your turn. If you do not use an action die, it will go into your Used Pile at the end of your turn.

Ruling – Ability

“Replace target character die’s A with double its printed A (until end of turn).”

In order to use Jarnborn, you must be able to target a character die that’s active in the Field. If there are no legal targets, you can’t use Jarnborn.

When you use Jarnborn, you can target a character die that belongs to either player.

When used, Jarnborn’s ability will replace the targeted character die’s current attack value with a value equal to double its printed attack value. If a character has applied bonuses to its attack value, those will not be added and will be lost. Static bonuses will still apply. For example, if I have a character in the Field Zone with a printed attack of 4, when I use Jarnborn, that character’s attack value will now be 8 until the end of my turn.

This effect will last until the end of your turn. Jarnborn does not alter the character die’s printed attack value.

You can use this die during your Main Step or wait until after your opponent assigns blockers and then use it during the Actions and Globals portion of the Attack Step. You can use the die for one of your characters that are blocked or one that is unblocked. You can even use this die on one of your opponent’s dice, whether they’re blocking or not.

If you use a second Jarnborn on the same character die, it will replace that character die’s current attack value with double its printed attack value. Even if the value is unchanged, the effect still happens.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Jarnborn is a Fist type Non-Basic Action Card.
~ It does not have an affiliation.
~ It has a Max Dice of 4.
~ This card is a Common and is #30 of 136.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)

There are no rulings for this specific card.

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion

I noticed a few players asking about non-basic actions so I thought I’d pick one that I think is a fantastic tactical card. You can wait and use until the Attack Step, after blockers are assigned, to try and maximize your damage against your opponent. Or you can use it on a character die during the Main Step to entice your opponent to block a particular character. You could even use it to help your opponent’s blocker KO one of your attackers with a When KO’d ability.

I love the versatility of this card and I can’t wait to use it more. I’ve been toying around with a few teams and this is a card that might fit nicely on to some of them. One team in particular has the super rare Mister Miracle on it. While he’s active, your action dice gain the Boomerang keyword. I want to use him, Jarnborn, and a heavy hitter or two and I can’t wait to finish that team!

I also love that my opponent can’t buy it, because it’s not a Basic Action. I can bring this card and know that I’m safe from them using it against me – unless they bring it too.

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Crush Card Virus: Basic Action Card  from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Starter set.

W Crush Card Virus, BAC

Ruling – Ability

Knock out one of your monsters in the field to knock out an opponent’s monster up to 1 level higher than yours.

Cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! set use the term monster instead of character. Monster from Yu-Gi-Oh! and character are synonymous.

When you use this action die, you must be able to target an opponent’s character die that is the same level or one level higher than your character die that you KO. If you can’t target an opponent’s character die or there isn’t an opposing character die to KO, you can’t use this action die. You can’t use an action die for no effect.

When you KO one of your character dice to use this ability, it is considered to be part of the cost to using this action die. If you are not able to use the action die, you will not be able to KO one of your character dice. If you don’t have a character die to KO, you can’t use this action die.

When you use this action die, if the character die you KO has a When KO’d ability or a keyword that triggers when the character die is KO’d, those abilities will trigger. If you KO an opponent’s die that has a When KO’d ability or a keyword that triggers when the character die is KO’d, those abilities will trigger as well.

Sidekick dice are considered level one character dice. If you KO a Sidekick as part of the cost to play Crush Card Virus, you can target an opposing character die of level one or level two.

Special note about Regenerate – This is a KO replacement effect. If you attempt to use Crush Card Virus and choose one of your character dice with Regenerate and it regenerates successfully, you will not be able to choose an opposing character die to KO. This is because the additional cost of KO’ing a character die was not paid. The action die would be placed Out of Play and not back into your Reserve Pool, because you attempted to activate it and it ‘fizzled’ due to a replacement effect. There isn’t an official ruling for this.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Crush Card Virus is a Basic Action Card and does not have an energy type.
~ It does not have an affiliation.
~ It does not have a Max Dice number, instead it says Use: 3 which means you must use exactly three dice for this card.
~ This card is an Common and is #112 of 120.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)

You can find a ruling about Crush Card Virus, here.

You can find the Cross-IP Compatibility Wording information, here.

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion

I remember back in the good old days, we would use this card on teams with big When KO’d abilities that we didn’t want to use Blue-Eyes White Dragon on. Bringing BEWD meant we were potentially helping our opponent with the discount Global. Sure, BEWD was way more convenient, but this card could easily tip the scales against players that didn’t bring BEWD but hoped their opponents did.

In the current card pool for Golden Age, I’m not sure if this card would still hold it’s shine against something like BEWD. It possibly could, especially if you’re also using Mister Miracle: Show Must Go On. While he’s active, he gives your action dice the Boomerang keyword, which is really handy at times! It would depend on what other action dice you were using. If you’re using lots of Gear or Continuous action dice, then Mister Miracle probably is not a good idea.

I think it still has some playablility on particular teams, but I believe they need to be specific builds. Also, BEWD Global is still great in Golden Age for its cost reduction and it tends to pull the attention away from these other, more gimmicky type cards. But don’t count Crush Card Virus out completely! If you want a card that can KO your dudes for a When KO’d ability, see if this one works for you.

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The newest set for HeroClix is going to be the Avengers Infinity set, due out May 16, 2018. You can pre-order this set at your FLGS and I definitely recommend you check it out!

WizKids sent me some spoilers to preview and share. Thank you, WizKids! You are super awesome for allowing me to share these powerful and cute new pieces with the Clix community!

I try to cover the awesome Traits and special powers in this article and not focus so much on the standard abilities printed on the dial. If you need to see what a particular power does, you should totally check out the Power and Ability card on WizKids site (if you don’t have one already). You can find it, here.

Preview #1 – Devil Dinosaur & Moon Boy (Rare)

This is a rare opportunity for me to spoil a colossal dude!

G016 Devil Dinosaur & Moon Boy

So, this Colossal piece has three different starting lines, and I like all of them! There aren’t that many differences between them except that his defense powers are appropriately diminished with each starting line and so are his stat numbers. He has an Improved Movement that allows him to move around and through opposing pieces. His Trait, Moon Boy, gives you a FREE range attack, which is also nice to have. Since it’s a FREE action, you can move his speed to get within at least four squares of an opposing piece and then make that range attack against them! I absolutely love his special movement power, Thunder Lizard, because it grants him Charge and Sidestep for the last three clicks all three dial sets. I’m a huge fan of move and attack abilities like Charge.  But that’s not all Thunder Lizard does. Along with Charge and Sidestep, when Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy damage one or more opposing characters with a close attack, you remove an action token from him! That happens after actions resolve, which means you could remove the action token he just got! That’s crazy good, especially since he has Quake at the same time as Thunder Lizard! And because he has Colossal Stamina, you can reach opposing pieces from three squares away, without having to get right next to them where they can punch you back! This guy has lots of standard powers on his dial that make him a great piece to play in sealed or constructed formats!

Preview #2 – Cosmo (Super Rare)

Cosmo is super cute!

039 Cosmo

Cosmo is soooo cute! I love his Origin: Before the Guardians trait! If he’s on a Guardians of the Galaxy theme team, he’s protected from Outwit, and if he’s not, his attack and defense get modified by +1 for the entire game! That’s really good, especially since he already has a 10 attack and 18 defense on his top click. But I love playing theme teams and having a piece that’s protected from Outwit is nice to have. But at least I know I can play him with other teams and he still gets a boost. His special movement, I Am Cosmo. I Am In Brain., is absolutely bananas! He can use Mind Control, and when he targets more than one character with it, his attack gets modified by +1. He can target two characters with a range of six, and he has Improved Targeting, allowing him to see through hindering terrain. He has his I Am Cosmo. I Am In Brain. power on four of his five clicks, which is just awesome! His special damage power, You Have Loud Brain, is even more awesome! It’s a FREE action to use it and you choose an opposing character that’s within range (doesn’t have to be in Cosmo’s line of fire!) and they can’t be given POWER actions until your next turn! That means the chosen piece wouldn’t be able to use anything that requires a POWER action to use, like: Charge, Hypersonic Speed, Running Shot, and lots of other really good abilities that you don’t want used against you! Cosmo has lots of other great abilities right on the dial, but these special powers are just awesome and they’re on more than one of his clicks!

Preview #3 – Tigra (Chase)

I’d chase after this unique Tigra. She’s a Cosmic beauty!

047 Tigra

First off, that Cosmic Entity Trait is awesome. There are lots of abilities that target more than one character for an attack. One of the favorites at my FLGS is Quake. Cosmic Entity would prevent her from being targeted by that type of attack, so long as they were targeting more than one character. And if that wasn’t good enough, her other Trait is even more amazing! The 3rd Virtue of Life: Tenacity grants her Flurry as well as an additional ability. Once per turn, when her attack roll has a three on one die face, friendly characters can use Charge and Blades/Claws/Fangs for that turn. Tigra is a character you want to attack with first, in hopes of getting a three on one of the die faces during one of her Flurry attacks. If you do, after her attacks are finished, your friendly characters can use Charge and Blades/Claws/Fangs! You can activate Blades/Claws/Fangs after you Charge and hit an opposing character, which is one reason I absolutely love this ability! Powers that let a character move and attack are among my favorite kinds of powers, and this power gives you a chance to do massive damage with Blades/Claws/Fangs. On her last click, she has a special Defense power called, Life’s Last Hope. This is what’s called a STOP click. A STOP click will stop the character from taking any remaining damage from a single attack. For example, if Tigra is on click three and is hit for four damage from an attack, she will only take one click of damage because her STOP click is revealed. This special ability also grants her Mastermind. This helps her survive another attack by letting an adjacent friendly character take the hit for her, so long as they aren’t already a target and they’re less points than her or share a keyword with her. Tigra has other great abilities on her dial that enhance her playability. She’s out of this world!

Final Thoughts

The first thing I noticed about these card previews, was how bright the dial colors are on the cards. I like that many of the colors appear to be more distinguishable now. I hope the colors turn out in print as pretty as they are in the files.

I also noticed that all of these pieces have the Animal keyword. I know there have been decent Animal pieces in the past, and I’m hoping these pieces will increase the amount of Animal theme teams. Animal theme teams won’t give you Theme Team Probability Control because it’s a generic keyword, but it could help you get map choice. Being able to choose your battlefield is a huge advantage! Cosmo and Tigra both have the generic keyword, Cosmic. There are definitely lots of great Cosmic pieces for that generic theme team and these pieces could be added to the list.

I had to zoom in on Tigra’s picture, and I’m not really sure if I’m seeing this right or not, but it looks like you can see her tail through her ‘cosmic’ leg. If the sparkly/starry parts are actually semi-translucent, any piece with this treatment is going to be absolutely gorgeous!

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As a casual player, I typically only play certain pieces because I’m familiar with the characters or I really like their abilities. But I’ve suddenly fallen for all three of these pieces! I love Mind Control and Cosmo is adorable, so I need him. Tigra is a character I don’t know much about, but now want to research her because she looks like a great character, with or without her cosmic treatment. Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy is a really awesome colossal dude that I just want to have because his abilities are really cool. I can’t wait for May to get here so I can try to get my hands on some of these awesome new figures!

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Captain America: Superhero  from the Marvel Uncanny X-Men set.

W Captain America, Superhero

Ruling – Keyword

Heroic: When fielded, Captain America may pair up with a different Heroic character until the start of your next turn.”

WizKids Keywords Page:
Heroic: Dice with Heroic can pair up with other dice (different character) that you control that have the Heroic ability. Place paired up dice side by side. Heroic takes place at the same time a character is fielded. Dice may only be paired up with one other die (the new partner replaces the old one). They attack and block separately. 

Heroic acts as a When Fielded ability. When you field a character die with the Heroic keyword, you get to use that ability. Characters can be fielded by paying their fielding cost and moving them from the Reserve Pool to the Field Zone, or by an ability that uses the term ‘field’ instead of swap, move, place, etc.

When you field a Captain America die, you may choose a different character die you control to be paired up with Captain America. The chosen die must also have the Heroic keyword.

If a character die is already paired with a different Heroic character die, the new pairing replaces the previous one, ending any static abilities from the previous pairing.

Each paired die may choose to attack or block and does not require the other die to attack or block (unless the ability would state otherwise).

The Heroic ability will only apply to the two character dice that paired up. Other copies of the same character dice in the Field Zone will not be affected when you use the Heroic ability on a different die. For example: I have two Storm dice with Heroic in the Field Zone. When I field a Captain America die, he can choose one of the Storm dice to pair up with. The Storm die that was not chosen will not get the benefit of being paired.

If one of the paired dice leave the Field Zone, the other die looses any static bonus for being paired up because the paired die is no longer in the Field Zone. Any applied effects would remain.

Unless otherwise stated, the Heroic pairing lasts until the start of your next turn. Using the Heroic keyword is optional.

Ruling – Ability (From Being Paired)

While Captain America is paired up, he and his partner each gain +4A and +4D.

When you field Captain America and choose to pair him with another Heroic character, each of those two dice will have +4A and +4D until your next turn begins. For example: I have a level one Storm die (2A/1D) with Heroic in the Field Zone. I field a level two Captain America (5A/4D) and pair his die with my Storm die. They both gain +4A and +4D until the start of my next turn.

This Heroic bonus is a static bonus. If one of the paired dice leave the Field Zone before the effect ends, the bonus will end.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Captain America is a Shield type character card.
~ He has the Avengers affiliation.
~ He has a Max Dice of four.
~ This card is an Rare and is #100 of 126.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)

You can find a rulings for Heroic, here and here.

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion

I went old-school this week, back to Golden Age stuff! Interesting facts – there are only 13 characters with the Heroic keyword in the entire game and they’re all from Uncanny X-Men.

I realized I had never featured a Heroic character… there’s a reason for that. I know there are folks out there that have tried their hardest to make Heroic work. It’s an ability that sounds awesome on paper but is so very terrible in execution. I wanted Heroic to be cool and I tried so hard… but it’s not good for constructed casual events and certainly not for any Golden Age competitive formats. It’s not even good in an Uncanny X-Men sealed event. But, I’ve had some newer players ask about some older cards and Heroic popped up.

Out of all the 13 Heroic dudes out there, Captain America and Storm are probably the better ones. And for all my trying with Heroic, back in the Uncanny X-Men days, it was never fun to use. This keyword caused me so much frustration and irritation. It didn’t feel worth it to try and make it work because of all the frustration.

But everyone has to try at least once. Go ahead and check out all 13 Heroic dudes and find at least two that you like (because you literally have to have two of them and at least one in the Field to even kick-start this ability). Give them a go and let me know how it turns out!

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Wrecker: Enchanted Crowbar  from the Marvel The Mighty Thor set.

W Wrecker, Enchanted Crowbar

Ruling – Ability

“While Wrecker is active, players can only use the Global Abilities of active characters.”

Wrecker’s ability is a While Active ability. A While Active ability is one that works regardless of how many of the character’s dice are in the Field Zone. While Active abilities are like a light – it’s either on, or it’s off.

while-active-light

While there is at least one Wrecker die in the Field Zone, players can’t use any Global unless it’s on a character that’s active in the Field Zone.

This ability applies to all players, and is not an optional ability. If a Wrecker die is active, his ability is in effect and applies to all players.

Players can not use the Global abilities on Actions. Wrecker specifically states that players can only use the Globals on active ‘characters’. Continuous action dice are not characters.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Wrecker is a Fist type character card.
~ He has the Villain affiliation.
~ He has a Max Dice of four.
~ This card is an Rare and is #128 of 136.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)

You can find a ruling for Wrecker, here.

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion

I understand why folks may have been confused about Wrecker’s ability, given WizKids track record. For example – The Bifrost. I had been putting off featuring Wrecker because I thought they might errata him, and it wasn’t until Mr. DDK brought him up again that I decided to go ahead and feature him – potential errata or no. Luckily for me, WizKids answered a question about him earlier in the week that matches my initial ruling for Wrecker. Now I’m kicking myself for not posting the article sooner.

Wrecker has a really great ability that someone can easily build around. There are lots of popular Globals on actions that would be rendered useless when he hits the Field. Rip Hunter’s Chalkboard, True Believer, Unstable Canister, Villainous Pact, and Resurrection to name a few. Even with rotation that was just announced, most of those are still Modern Age legal, with the exception of True Believer. There is a similar Global on Odin’s Fury. And now, if someone brought Heimdall or Ra’s al Ghul only for their Globals, they’re gonna have to buy those dice and get the characters active in order to use them.

In Golden Age formats, this guy is a beast. He stops BEWD, Red Dragon, PXG, and all those utility type Globals on characters unless the player buys those dice. Wrecker is gonna wreck someone’s day if they aren’t prepared to deal with him. He can be easily dealt with, with a Shriek or DWiz. But, if someone is wasting a control resource on him, they aren’t using it on something more important – like a win condition.

Wrecker’s purchase cost is only four energy, he has a fielding cost of one on all levels, and his lowest defense is three. That’s actually really good for he does and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pop up in a competitive event somewhere. He may not fit every team, but there are teams that he can work well on. And don’t be surprised to see him in casual events either. He’s a great card that’s not getting the love he deserves.

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Welcome to the next installment of my HeroClix Figure Spotlight series! I decided to choose a figure that I’ve recently come to adore from the X-Men Xavier’s School set, Professor X!

Professor X

Figure Information

Point Value: 75/50 points
Dial Depth: 5 Clicks, 1-5 for 75 points and 3-5 for 50 points
Keywords: X-Men

Team Ability
X-MEN: POWER: Choose an adjacent friendly character that can use this team ability and heal that character 1 click and roll a d6. [1] – [4]: This character is dealt 1 unavoidable damage.

Standard Powers/Abilities
They will be listed as Power: Click Number(s). This list does not include traited powers and abilities.

Movement
Mind Control: 1, 2, and 3 (listed with the special power)
Mind Control: 4 and 5

Attack
Incapacitate: 1 and 2

Defense
Defend: 1, 2, 3, and 4

Damage
Outwit: 1, 2, and 3

Improved Abilities, Traits, and Special Powers
Professor X has one Trait, one Improved Ability, and one special movement power.

Improved Ability: Improved Targeting when adjacent to opposing characters.

Trait:
Headmaster: X-Men
Leadership. Perplex, but only to target another friendly character with the X-Men keyword. During force construction, you may include one STUDENT ID card on your force without adding its cost.

(Movement Special)
I Will Not Harm Another If I Can Help It: 1, 2, and 3

Mind Control. When Professor X uses it as a RANGE action, he targets all opposing characters within range, regardless of line of fire, and hit targets can’t make attacks during this action.

Opinion and Strategy

I’ve played with this piece and against this piece in several different formats. In a Battle Royale, it took three players to take down the player with Professor X. He used him and a piece with Telekinesis to move his Professor X around while Professor X just messed up all of our placement and strategy. I’ve played against him in a 300 point sealed event as well, and he was wrecking everyone’s ability to strategical place their pieces. Playing against him in a constructed 300 or 400 point game is just bananas when he’s put on a solid team. He’s a nasty little surprise off of an ID Card too, which I’ve used and had used against me.

Professor X doesn’t need line of fire when he uses his Mind Control as a range action and he has a range of eight. He’s great as a ID call in for competitive games. He’s still good on your main force for a more competitive game, because you can Sideline a free Leech Student ID. If you have the points to add him to your main force, he could be worth it for the assisted strategical placement of your opponent’s pieces.

His trait isn’t bad either since it’s Leadership. If you’re playing other X-Men keyword pieces, you can use his Perplex on them, which makes an X-Men theme team appealing.

Professor X is Indomitable as well, meaning he can mess up someone’s world two turns in a row without taking push damage. He has that cool Mind Control on both starting clicks. At 75 points, he starts with Outwit, Defend with an 18 defense, and Incapacitate with an attack of 12. At 50 points, he starts with Outwit (but only has it on one click), Defend with a 17 defense, and an attack of 11. I don’t have a favorite team build for him because I’ve played him on so many different teams. I can usually fit him in as an ID call in, if he’s not on my main force at his full 75 points.

There are lots of uses for this piece and with me being such a big fan of Mind Control, this Professor X is the piece for me!

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Welcome to the next installment of of HeroClix Figure Spotlight! I decided to go with one of my favorite figures from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Half Shell set, Rat King!

Rat King

Figure Information

Point Value: 100 points
Dial Depth: 6 Clicks
Keywords: TMNT Villain, Animal, Deity, Monster, Mystical

Team Ability
MYSTICS: Each time this character takes damage from an opposing character’s attack, after resolutions deal the attacker 1 penetrating damage. Uncopyable.

Standard Powers/Abilities
They will be listed as Power: Click Number(s).

Movement
Stealth: 1, 2, and 3 (listed with the special power)
Mind Control: 1, 2, and 3 (not standard ability use, see special abilities below)
Phasing/Teleport: 4, 5, and 6

Attack
Poison: 1, 2, 3, and 4

Defense
Super Senses: 1, 2, 3, and 4
Regeneration: 5 and 6

Damage
Perplex: 1 and 2
Probability Control: 1 and 2
Outwit: 3 and 4
Shape Change: 5 and 6

Improved Abilities, Traits, and Special Powers
Rat King has one Trait, one Improved Ability, one special movement power, and one special damage power.

Improved Ability: Improved Movement [Hindering]

Trait: Rats Everywhere… I Am Everywhere
Give Rat King a free action if he occupies hindering terrain. Place him in another square of hindering terrain within 6 squares.

(Movement Special)
Pawns In My Game: 1, 2, and 3

Rat King can use Stealth. He can use Mind Control as if he had a range value of 6 and when he does, he can use [Improved Targeting][Elevated][Hindering][Blocking][Characters].

(Damage Special)
Game of the World: 1 and 2
Rat King can use Perplex and Probability Control.

Opinion and Strategy

Rat King’s ability to use Mind Control is not the same as the standard Mind Control ability. Rat King’s range for Mind Control is six instead of four, and he can target characters without having to worry about line of fire through blocking, hindering, elevated terrain, and even characters. I love using Mind Control and Rat King is my favorite piece for it. Not only is he a great MC piece, but he’s got some of the best mobility for a figure like him, provided there is enough hindering terrain on the map. If the map doesn’t have a lot of hindering terrain, there are plenty of characters that can make use of Smoke Cloud to help Rat King get around the map.

He also has Perplex and Probability Control on his first two clicks. That gives you two really powerful abilities, at once. I can’t tell you how many times his special damage ability has come in handy. If he’s damaged off of his special, he gets Outwit, which is also incredibly useful. If he gets damaged off of his Outwit clicks, he has Shape Change which is just as good as Super Senses. Once he reaches Shape Change, he has also has Regeneration as his defense power. He can potentially heal back up to his more powerful abilities, if the roll is high enough.

While Phasing/Teleport is useful, I’ve only ever used it to help Rat King run away so he can attempt to use Regeneration. I also love Poison, but it has a weakness to damage reducing abilities. Rat King has Outwit on click three and four, so he could Outwit those defensive powers, but I tend to keep Rat King out of close combat.

If Rat King is damaged by on opposing character, they’re likely going to take damage from his Mystics team ability. One damage could be all that’s needed to set your characters on a course to victory.

I enjoy Monster theme teams, even if I don’t get the use of Theme Team Probability Control. One of my favorite teams to play using this piece is:
(100) Rat King (Rare) TMNT2 #24
(75) Batgirl (Rare) HQ #37
(100) Horta (Rare) TrekOS #35
(125) Monsterex (Rare) TMNT1 #22
(400 points)

Rat King has so many tricks up his sleeve that’s he can be difficult for an opposing player to deal with. If you’re able to reduce his mobility and do enough damage to him, he becomes much easier to deal with. You can’t use Outwit on him if he’s in hindering terrain, thanks to his Stealth. You have to get through his Super Senses and hopefully deal five or six damage with one attack to eliminate this threat. He may not be a major meta piece, but he’s definitely worth having and playing on occasion.

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Heimdall: The All-Seeing from the Marvel The Mighty Thor set.

W Heimdall, The All-Seeing

Ruling – Immortal Keyword

WizKids Keywords Page does not have Immortal listed yet. The rule insert has the definition as:
Immortal: When a character die with Immortal would go to the Used Pile (except when it is purchased, swapped, or sent as energy), instead add that character die to its owner’s bag.”

If a character die with Immortal would be placed in the Used Pile, it goes to the player’s bag instead. When a character die with Immortal attacks and is not blocked, it will go Out of Play after damaging the opposing player. But, instead of going to the Used Pile at the end of turn, it will go their owner’s bag instead.

If an ability blanks or removes the Immortal keyword from the character’s card or from the character dice in other areas besides the Field Zone, Immortal will not work.

Immortal is not optional. If a character with Immortal would go to the Used Pile, it will go to the bag instead (except for when it is purchased, swapped, or sent as energy). You cannot choose to leave it in the Used Pile.

Ruling – Ability

“When fielded, draw a die. If it is a character die with Immortal, field it for free at level 1. Otherwise, Prep it.”

Heimdall has a When Fielded ability. A When Fielded ability will only trigger when the die with the ability is considered to have been Fielded and not swapped, placed, moved, etc. There are abilities on cards that will tell you to Field a character die, and those abilities will trigger When Fielded abilities.

Heimdall’s ability says that when his die is fielded, you draw a die from your bag. If the die that you draw is a character die and it has the Immortal keyword, you field it for free at level one. If it doesn’t have the Immortal keyword, you place it in your Prep Area.

If you attempt to draw a die and there are no dice in your bag, you refill your bag from your Used Pile.

If you draw a die and it’s a character die that has the Immortal keyword on its card, or has the keyword granted to it by an ability, you must field that die for free at level one.

If the die you drew is not a character die with the Immortal keyword, you must place it in your Prep Area.

If draw an Immortal character die and it has a When Fielded ability, it will trigger because Heimdall’s ability says to field that die.

These abilities are not optional. When Heimdall is fielded, you must draw a die. If you draw an Immortal character die, it must be fielded at level one. If you draw a die that’s not an Immortal character die, you must place it in your Prep Area.

Ruling – Global

“Global: Pay MASK. Once per turn, on your turn, you may Prep 2 Sidekick dice from your Used Pile.”

A Global is available for both players to use. There is no inherent ability to prevent a player from using a Global, though you may be able to use the ability on a card to prevent the use of a Global. For a player to use a Global on their opponent’s team, they must meet the proper requirements. Globals cannot be used for no effect.

Heimdall’s Global requires that a player spend one Mask energy. A player may only activate this Global one time on their turn, because the Global places those limits on its use. However, if you and your opponent both have the same Heimdall card on your teams, you can use each Heimdall’s Global one time on your turn. This is because each Heimdall is a different card, and each Global belongs to a different player.

During your turn, if you use Heimdall’s Global, you may move two Sidekick dice from your Used Pile to your Prep Area. You can still use this Global even if you only have one Sidekick die in your Used Pile. You cannot use the Global if you don’t have any Sidekick dice in your Used Pile. If you have two or more Sidekick dice in your Used Pile, you must move two of them. You are not permitted to choose one when there are two available, because the Global specifically says ‘Prep 2 Sidekick dice’ and not ‘Prep up to 2 Sidekick dice’.

Character dice with the Ally keyword are not eligible to be selected as Sidekick dice for this Global ability because Ally character dice are only considered Sidekick dice while in the Field Zone.

Sidekick dice that are spent are not available for Heimdall’s Global on that same turn. Spent dice are Out of Play until the end of turn.

You can only use the Global on your turn, and only once for each Heimdall card.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Heimdall is a Mask type character card.
~ He does not have an affiliation.
~ He has a Max Dice of four.
~ This card is an Common and is #24 of 136.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)
There is not a ruling for this specific card.

The Immortal ruling can be found, here.

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

turn-order

Opinion

PXG has returned as HXG! Credit to Andy and Chris (True Mister Six) from the Ministry of Dice for their acronym. Those two have an awesome podcast that I highly recommend. It’s fun and I always enjoy hearing Andy’s new aka.

But, it’s nice to have a form of PXG back in the game. I was never on the ‘Ban PXG’ bandwagon, because I didn’t think he needed to be banned. I felt he needed a hefty errata, but didn’t deserve a ban. HXG is what PXG should have been to begin with. A once per turn, on your turn Global is more than appropriate. The Global is quite useful, though I’m not certain the rest of his common card is all that useful outside of casual events. You could probably build a casual Immortal team using him, but he won’t be played in the competitive scenes for his ability. Players will definitely look at all the rarities of Heimdall, mainly for the Global.

I wanted to feature an Immortal character this week, and I couldn’t resist choosing Heimdall for Immortal and his Global.

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The Exiles are a group of various time displaced characters that are trying to correct issues that have occurred in the various timelines. I’m not a huge fan of time travel, time displacement, etc, but I like many of the characters associated with the Exiles. I know very little about the affiliation or what those characters have done while part of the Exiles.

Participation Prize – Blink: Warp-Powered Crystals

Participation cards are usually given to all players that participate in the event. I usually give out the participation prizes to all players, even if they received one from the previous OP event. This may be different at each venue based on how many players and kits the store has available.

W Blink, Warp-Powered Crystals

This is a direct reprint of the common card from the X-Men First Class set. Blink: Warp-Powered Crystals is somewhat pricey for what her ability does. Her ability requires you to pay a Mask to use it, which is appropriate. I just wish she had a purchase cost of four instead. If her ability didn’t have a cost associated with it, then the purchase cost of five would feel more appropriate.

Her ability makes her a great blocker, because if she’s KO’d, you can bring her right back. You need to keep a Mask in your Reserve Pool for her ability, but it’s not stretch with all the ways there are to manipulate dice. Having her around could make your opponent think twice about attacking. They could lose their character die while yours comes right back. I think she’s a good Participation Prize and I also think she’s a decent card choice for a newer player to experiment with. I don’t think she has the potential to make her way into any major meta scenes at the moment.

Fellowship Prize – Morph: Exile

The Fellowship Prize is an additional prize for a player, usually one that hasn’t won another prize yet. We used to take votes, but that took way too long. Now, we have each player (except the first place player) roll a D20 in the order of their standings and the player that rolls the highest number, gets the Fellowship card. We also require that players be present to be able to roll for the Fellowship Prize. Some stores give the Fellowship Prize to the player in last place and I’ve even seen stores draw names from a bucket. How you determine the Fellowship player is different for each venue so check with your FLGS to see how they choose their Fellowship player. 

W Morph, Exile

Morph: Exile is a brand new card, and you can find his dice in the X-Men First Class set. This guy is a great way to protect your Mimic: Borrowed Talent dice from being pinged out of the Field! Lots of folks like to use Mimic with their Sidekick dice for ramp, but that means Mimic is a 1A/1D die – making him easy to get rid of. With this Morph, that’s no longer as big an issue! Morph can absorb two or three times as much damage as Mimic if he copied a Sidekick die. Not only is he Mimic’s protector, but he can protect your Blink if you don’t have a Mask to bring her back with.

First Place Prize – Sabretooth: Exile

The first place cards are given to the player that wins the event. These cards are typically new cards and not alternate art or reprint cards.

W Sabretooth, Exile

Sabretooth: Exile is also a brand new card and you can find his dice in the X-Men First Class set. I love that he only cost four to purchase, especially since you need him to boost your other Exiles attack and defense. I have never liked expensive boost characters. I like being able a character like this without needing to ramp up for it. Sabretooth is super awesome because he not only boosts your other Exiles, but he gives the bonus to himself as well! It’s a While Active, so only one Sabretooth die is needed in the Field Zone. But, combine him with a card that gives him Overcrush and you’ve got a heavy hitting dude! You could even use Mimic to copy him and then you’ve got more heavy hitting dudes with Morph to protect them.

Conclusion

These cards are all pretty or cool looking, and they all have decent abilities, especially Morph and Sabretooth for an Exiles team. I’m pretty sure you won’t see these cards much in competitive play, but I think they have the best chance to shine in casual. I want to build an Exiles team with Sabretooth, Morph, Mimic, and Sasquatch! But I have to get my hands on Morph and Sabretooth first.

If you want to play with any of these cards, you should check your FLGS for events! I definitely recommend playing to try and get these cards because they are worth having, especially if you like building fun teams!

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