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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

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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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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Valindra Shadowmantle: Scholarly Wizard from the Dungeons and Dragons: Tomb of Annihilation set.

W Valindra Shadowmantle, Scholarly Wizard

Ruling – Energy Drain Keyword

WizKids Keywords Page:
Energy Drain: After blockers are assigned, spin each character engaged with a character die with Energy Drain down one level. Character dice at level 1 can’t be spun down.”

Energy Drain will trigger after blockers have been assigned, and before the Global portion of the Attack Step.

Attack Step:
~ Assign Attackers
~ Assign Blockers
~ Energy Drain
~ Active player uses actions (if any)
~ Players use Globals
~ Assign and Resolve Damage

The term ‘engaged’ is defined on the WizKids Keywords page as, “a character blocking or being blocked is engaged with the opposing character.” Any character dice that block or are blocked by Valindra Shadowmantle, are considered to be engaged with her. Multiple character dice can be engaged with a single character at one time.

When a character die is engaged with Valindra Shadowmantle, her Energy Drain will trigger and cause that character die to spin down one level. If a character die is already level one, it can’t spin down. If a character die can’t spin down, Energy Drain has no effect on it. For example: Basic Sidekick dice are level one when they’re in the Field Zone on a character face. If a Sidekick die is engaged with Valindra Shadowmantle, Energy Drain has no effect on it.

After a character die is spun down, there is a chance it could be KO’d if it was dealt damage previously in the turn (or an effect is reducing the defense of character dice). If a character die with three defense has two damage on it already, and is spun down to a side with two or less defense, that character die will be KO’d. If that character was blocking, the blocked die is still considered blocked, but won’t deal or be dealt combat damage by the KO’d character die. This is because the KO’d character was KO’d before the Assign and Resolve Damage portion of the Attack Step.

Energy Drain is not optional and it will spin down each character die engaged with Valindra Shadowmantle.

Ruling – Attune Keyword

WizKids Keywords Page:
Attune: While a character you control with Attune is active, when you use an action die, that character deals 1 damage to target player or character die (no matter how many of that character’s dice are active).”

Attune 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

Attune triggers when you use any kind of action die, whether it’s a basic action die or a non-basic action die. Using a Continuous type action die requires you to place the die in the Field Zone from the Reserve Pool. If you activate a Continuous die’s ability from the Field Zone, this is not considered using it. For example, activating a Captain Cold’s Cold Gun: Frozen “Firearm” after it’s in the Field Zone is not considered to be the same as using it. Using it would be placing the Cold Gun die into the Field Zone from the Reserve Pool.

While a character die with Attune is active, when you use an action die, the character die with Attune will deal one damage to a target character die or player. For example, if you have three Valindra Shadowmantle dice in the Field Zone when you use an action die, your Valindra Shadowmantle will deal only one damage total (not three damage) to a target character die or player.

Attune abilities are mandatory and not optional. When you have an active character with Attune and you use an action die, you must deal one damage to target player or character die, even if you would be forced to target one of your character dice or yourself.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Valindra Shadowmantle is a Mask type character card.
~ She has the Evil affiliation.
~ She has a Max Dice of four.
~ This card is an Uncommon and is #48 of 136.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)
There is not a ruling 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

Someone recently asked me how Energy Drain worked, and I had to go look up the keyword. In my local area, it’s not an ability that’s used much. I thought I would feature a recent card with Energy Drain, just in case there are other folks that don’t use it much and need a refresher on how it works. I also noticed the definition for Energy Drain on WizKids Keywords page is missing a word that’s crucial to how the ability functions. It says, “spin each character engaged with a character die” and it should say, “spin each character DIE engaged with a character die“. I hope WizKids updates their definition.

I like this card for drafts and casual play, but she’s not one I’d pick for a major meta team. If she had a purchase cost of four instead of five, then I would say she’d be worth considering. Her Attune can be useful against troublesome characters or be used to deal damage directly to your opponent. After dealing damage to a die, you can use a force block, like Giant Spider: Greater Beast, to spin a die down to a lower level in order to KO it. This character has many uses and is a great way to introduce some advanced strategy to players that are moving beyond the beginner level.

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The newest set for HeroClix is going to be X-Men Xavier’s School, due out in February of 2018. You can pre-order this set at your FLGS and I highly recommend that you look into it! There are already lots of great pieces that have been spoiled and the set is definitely looking like lots of fun!

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

Preview #1 – Chamber (Rare)

This guy is really cool looking!

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He’s got the Generation X and X-Men keywords and he’s 70 points. He has two star trait abilities. The first is “Generation X – POWER: Move up to 5 squares, then make a close attack.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used an ability, like Sidestep or Charge, and been just out of reach of being able to attack an opposing piece, and then lose those abilities without being able to make good use of them. Well, Chamber has this as a trait, so he won’t get damaged out of it!

If that’s not cool enough for you, how does a traited Poison sound? “A Living Psionic Furnace – Poison. When he uses it, he deals penetrating damage to opposing characters of less points.” This makes him well worth the 70 points because there are lots of popular pieces less than 70 points.

I also like that he has Force Blast on all five of his clicks and he gets Regenerate on his last click. Penetrating/Psychic Blast for three damage on his first three clicks is also nice. I like the idea of using Chamber with some other ranged characters that have Penetrating/Psychic Blast because of his Enhancement ability, which would increase that damage by one if they’re adjacent to Chamber when they attack.

This piece is only a rare and has some really great abilities. I can’t wait to see him in action!

Preview #2 – Dust (Super Rare)

This is a very ‘unique’ character and her sculpt is gorgeous!

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She’s got the Hellions and X-Men keywords and she’s only 50 points. She also has two star trait abilities. The first trait says, “X-Student – When this character’s or an adjacent friendly character’s attack roll includes exactly one [5], modify one target’s defense -1.” I love this trait! I roll at least one five, a lot. But I usually roll a one or two on the other die and sometimes, I’m one short of hitting the target with that roll. Dust’s ability could help me a great deal, because it could be the difference between a hit and a miss!

Her second trait ability says, “Scouring Sands – Smoke Cloud as FREE, but only to place 4 markers. At the end of each opponent’s turn, deal 1 damage to each opposing character occupying or adjacent to a Smoke Cloud marker placed by Dust.” This is a great ability to use against characters that are pushed or characters that your opponent doesn’t want to push. It’s also a great way to box in a piece and force your opponent to waste and action moving a dude that they didn’t want to use that turn. You could also use this ability to possibly encourage your opponent to move a dude that’s adjacent to Dust. This is such a great ability!

Dust also has a special power on her defense for the first three clicks called Swirling Sands. It says, “Swirling Sands – Super Senses. Dust modifies defense +1 for each adjacent Smoke Cloud marker placed by her.” This special power is crazy good, especially since she already has a 17 and 16 for her defense totals. Even with the ‘rule of three’, she’ll still have a 20 and 19 respectively. And let’s not forget that this special power also gives her Super Senses. If an opponent manages a non-critical hit against her massive defense, Dust still has a chance to evade it.

Dust can also use the X-Men team ability, and with Regeneration on clicks four and five, that’s pretty useful! Her Sidestep and Precision Strike are also very useful for a character like this. Her abilities are worthy of her super rare status and I hope I manage to get one!

Preview #3 – Jean Grey (Chase)

You’ll want to ‘chase’ this Jean Grey down for your team!

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Jean Grey has the Age of Apocalypse and X-Men keywords. and she has two different starting clicks at 90 and 60 points. Jean Grey has one star trait ability that says, “Survivor of the Age of Apocalypse… For Now – When Jean Grey is damaged by an opposing character, give that character a Revenge token. When Jean Grey attacks a character with one or more tokens named “Revenge”, modify attack and damage +1. When Jean Grey is KO’d, you may choose an opposing character with a token named “Revenge” and remove all of those tokens and roll that many d6s. For each roll, [5]-[6]: Deal that character 1 penetrating damage.” Wow, that’s a lot to take in. I like this ability because the Revenge tokens increase your chances of hitting, and increase your damage too. I also like that you still have an opportunity to deal damage to characters that have Revenge tokens even if she’s KO’d.

Jean Grey has a special attack power on her first three clicks. If you play her at 90 points, you get three clicks of her special. If you play her at 60 points, you only get one click. Her special attack power says, “Telepathic Tempest – Penetrating/Psychic Blast. Telekinesis, normally or as FREE. If Jean Grey uses Telekinesis as FREE, her range value becomes 3 and replace “6” with “3” in the text of the power.” This power could be incredibly useful because you could use Telekinesis as a free action against an opposing character that’s adjacent to her, and if it succeeds, you can blast them for three or four penetrating damage! This is crazy cool! I don’t mind that the range is reduced, because you only need them far enough away to make ranged attack.

If all that just wasn’t enough, Jean Grey has a special defense power on click four thru six. It says, “Shield Them From Nuclear Winter – Regeneration. Barrier as FREE but only to place 1 marker.” So once she’s beyond the point that she can she throw her opponents around and blast them with her psychic abilities, she can then place a barrier between her and an opposing character that might be shooting at her and heal herself! She could also use that barrier to protect a team mate from being a potential target and still heal herself. And she has the X-Men team ability, so if she takes damage from using the team ability, she can heal herself on her next turn.

Final Thoughts

Jean Grey is a bag full of tricks and I absolutely love it! From what I’ve seen so far, she is likely going to the be one of the pieces I want the most. Not to mention, that sculpt is kinda cool. I could easily use her on her 60 point starting click, but I like the idea of having those extra two clicks of pushing folks around while still being able to blast them with her mind powers! I really like Dust too because of her Smoke Cloud and all the shenanigans she can do because of it. It seems like this set is going to be a lot of fun to play, both in sealed and constructed. Be sure you sign up for the pre-release events that are popping up and hopefully you can get your hands on some of these powerful X-Men!

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Live long, and Prob it!

Greetings Fellow Clix Fans!

 

I’ve decided to introduce a new monthly article series called HeroClix Figure Spotlight! In this article series, I want to showcase a figure that I enjoy playing with and think other players might enjoy as well. I want to keep the choices Modern Age, but I might occasionally throw in an older piece here or there. All the showcased figures will be pieces I’ve used multiple times in various types of games, unless stated otherwise. I want to help fellow players and I’m hoping that this article series is helpful for a variety of players!

Welcome to my first article of HeroClix Figure Spotlight! I had a very difficult time choosing the figure I wanted to highlight for this article. I decided to go with a figure from the Star Trek Away Team: The Original Series set, Lt. Uhura!

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Figure Information

Point Value: 40 points
Dial Depth: 4 Clicks
Keywords: Starfleet

Team Ability
United Federation of Planets:
When this character is given a MOVE action, modify speed +1.

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

Movement
Sidestep: 1, 2, 3, and 4

Defense
Defend: 3 and 4

Damage
Perplex: 4 – Also 1, 2, and 3, but with a special power.

Traits and Special Powers/Abilities
Lt. Uhura has one trait and one special damage power.

Trait:
Communications Officer
At the beginning of the game, you may choose a copyable team ability that an opposing character can use. As long as Lt. Uhura is on the map, adjacent friendly characters and friendly characters with the Starfleet keyword can use that team ability.

Damage Special: 1, 2, and 3
Monitoring All Channels, Captain
Perplex. When Lt. Uhura uses it, she has a range value of 10 and can use [Improved Targeting][Hindering][Blocking][Elevated].

Opinion and Strategy

Back when I did my review of the Star Trek Away Team Starter, I was test playing those pieces against some of the locals and their Modern Age casual teams. The starter plays well on its own, but since the set released, I’ve played several variations of Starfleet themed teams and this Uhura is the usually the first piece I choose. Uhura is only 40 points, which leaves plenty of room on a 300 or 400 point team for plenty of other pieces.

I love using this piece because she can use Perplex with a range of 10 and she can see through almost anything (except characters). She’s easy to keep hidden from the enemy’s line of fire but can still benefit her own team. She has Defend on her last two clicks, which I haven’t found very useful yet. Sidestep is invaluable when trying to move her into a more favorable position.

One of my favorite teams to play using this piece is:
(40) Lt. Uhura (Rare) #29
(100) Captain Kirk (Rare – Title) #26
(45) Dr. McCoy (Uncommon) #20
(15) Nurse Chapel (Common) #9
(50) Mr. Scott (Starter) #103
(50) Lt. Sulu (Chase) #50
(300 points)

I know that some folks think two Support pieces is too many, but I’ve found them to be very useful in my local meta. This is not a team I’d take to a WKO or ROC, but it’s great for our local play. Kirk can pull in Starfleet Security Officers (Common #3) so they can take a KO, or Yeoman Rand (Uncommon #22), whichever I need at the time. I will sometimes substitute Dr. McCoy for Ensign Chekov (Common #7) so I have Probability Control, but it depends on who is playing and what they’re playing. I typically only swap those two if folks say they’re using Prob pieces. I don’t like using Prob when nobody else is in small local games.

Uhura has been invaluable on all my Starfleet builds, because my opponent is usually tied up with Kirk or Sulu or trying to kill my healers and they neglect to pay Uhura any attention. All the while, she’s buffing someone’s combat values and making it that much harder to hit Sulu, or giving that extra bit of damage or attack to Kirk. I’ve even used her to buff McCoy’s speed so he could get in base contact with Kirk, who was one square away from where McCoy would have stopped. I also love that Uhura can use her special Perplex on opposing figures too, because it doesn’t say that she can’t!

She also has the ability to give all your Starfleet dudes a copied opposing Team Ability. That’s pretty handy with ones that give Stealth or Improved Targeting into Hindering terrain, which is really nice to have with Kirk’s first two clicks.

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

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

W Create Food and Water, BAC

Ruling – Ability

“Draw dice from your bag until you draw a non-NPC die or your bag is empty. Prep all dice drawn this way.”

The die for this card is a basic action die. Any card that references an action die could affect this die. When you use this die, it goes Out of Play until the Clean Up Step.

This card makes a reference to ‘non-NPC’ dice. NPC is the term that Dungeons and Dragons cards use for Sidekicks. Non-NPC die means non-Sidekick die.

The ability says that you draw dice until one of two different conditions are met. If the one or both of the conditions are met prior to drawing the first die, you will not be able to use the die because it will not have an effect. For example, if you want to use this die and your bag is already empty, you can’t use it.

If you use this die and begin drawing dice, you will continue to draw dice until you draw a die that’s not a Sidekick, or until your bag is empty, whichever occurs first. If you have five Sidekick dice in your bag when you use this die, you will end up drawing all five of those dice and you will not refill your bag to continue drawing. The dice you draw will go to the Prep Area.

Ruling – Global Ability

“Global: Pay 1. Once per turn, draw a die from your bag. Return it to your bag or add it to your Used Pile.”

Pay 1 means that you can pay one of any type of energy. You may only use this Global once per turn. You can use it once on your turn and once on your opponent’s turn because the Global does not say it can only be used on your turn.

When you pay for the ability, you draw one die from your bag. After you draw the die, you can decide if you want to return it to your bag or add it to your Used Pile.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Create Food and Water is a basic action card with no energy type.
~ It has no affiliation.
~ You must use three dice, which is why it says Use and not Max.
~ This card is an Common and is #4 of 136.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)
There is a ruling for this card, here.

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

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion

So, I’m still not completely sure how I feel about this card. The Global helps prevent a dead roll on the action die, and it’s also useful in that it can be used on your turn as well as your opponent’s turn. But I’m scared to use this card for the same reason I’m scared of using Reclaim – my opponent could steal them and benefit from them too.

I think this die could be beneficial for churn and ramp, but only if you play a team that doesn’t rely on cycling non-Sidekicks a lot. Using this die and then drawing another action or character die just kills the momentum of it. I believe it will see lots of casual play and very possibly some competitive play as well.

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