Categories
Assassin's Creed Preview

Assassin’s Creed HeroClix: Prince Ahmet!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome back as we continue to explore the Assassins Creed HeroClix setThis time, we look at a character who in the game was the mastermind of the Templar plot to open Altaïr’s library, Prince Ahmet.

 

Prince Ahmet has a trait called Blood Will End Bloodshed, allowing him to use Enhancement. Also, as a free action, you may choose an adjacent friendly character, roll a d6, and on a result of 6, that character’s ranged combat attacks deal penetrating damage this turn.  With the boost from Enhancement, this could be quite deadly.

Prince Ahmet begins play hiding in the shadows with Stealth.  Along with his trait, he has many good reasons to keep a couple of range attackers adjacent to him.  Leadership can potentially add an action to your action pool, as well as remove a token from an adjacent figure, making his trait that much more useful.  Prince Ahmet also has a special power in his defense slot called I Will Shatter Your Plans–and You Will Take the Blame, that lets him use both Mastermind and Outwit.  This special power Outwit lets him roll a d6, and deal 1 damage to a different opposing character adjacent to the target on a result of 4-6.

Adding to his ability to get the most out of adjacent friendly figures is his team ability, the new TEMPLARS team ability.  If Prince Ahmet (or anyone using this TA) has one or more action tokens at the beginning of your turn, as a free action he can modify the attack or defense value of an adjacent friendly character by +1 until your next turn.  Making sure Prince Ahmet has action tokens often without fear of pushing is easy with his Indomitable combat ability.

After his opening click, Prince Ahmet trades Leadership for a run of Exploit Weakness, which will allow him to damage anyone he can hit who tries to base him and neutralize his trait.

Mid-dial, Prince Ahmet becomes a bit more formidable as a close combat figure as he gains Flurry for the rest of his dial.  The first click of Flurry may only have a printed 1 damage, but any hits will count as he sees his last click of Exploit Weakness.  After this, Prince Ahmet goes back up to a printed 2 damage, and sees his highest attack values.  As Prince Ahmet will most likely be in close combat, this end of his dial not only sees his highest defensive numbers, but also the inclusion of Combat Reflexes will make him harder to hit up close.

Prince Ahmet has two options for theme team build with the Ruler, and Templars keywords. Clocking in at 80 points, Prince Ahmet has some good stats and powers in his own right, but will particularly shine on a range based team, especially those with the Sharpshooter combat ability.

That’s all for now.  As always, thanks for reading, and be sure to check back soon as we bring you more previews of upcoming figures from more exciting HeroClix sets.

Categories
Assassin's Creed Preview

Assassin’s Creed HeroClix: Ezio Auditore de Firenze!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Today we start of our previews of our 12-figure HeroClix: Assassin’s Creed micro-set.  Based on the popular video game series this set will feature 12 all new sculpts in a Gravity Feed display,  and we start our previews with one of the most prominent protagonists in the series, Ezio Auditore de Firenze!

Ezio Auditore de Firenze possesses a new team ability called Assassins, which will allow him to use Stealth.  In addition, if an opposing character misses a close combat attack against this figure with doubles, you may place an action token on this character and deal the attacker 1 damage.

Ezio Auditore de Firenze begins play using Leap/Climb to get where he will be most useful on the map, and with the protection of his team ability, he will have little trouble hiding once he gets there.    Ezio can either attack with his 4 range and 2 damage, or get close to a foe to attempt to use Blades/Claws/Fangs.  A good stretch of Leadership can provide an extra action for your force as well as pull a token off an adjacent friendly character of fewer points.  An added bonus of adjacent friendly characters of less points is the Mastermind granted by his Blend special power.  When Ezio uses Mastermind to transfer damage, 1 of the damage dealt may instead be dealt as unavoidable damage to an adjacent opposing character that has not attacked him this turn.  Ezio in hindering terrain with adjacent support figures will be tough to deal with.

Mid-dial, Ezio Auditore de Firenze sees his powers slowly change over the next few clicks.  First, Blades/Claws/Fangs is replaced by Poison, which can be useful in his close combat position.  On his next click, Ezio  loses Leap/Climb, and Leadership is replaced by Close Combat Expert, as he pulls out his hidden blade.

End-dial, Ezio Auditore de Firenze continues to have Close Combat Expert for the rest of his dial.  Click 6 sees the last click of Poison, and at this point Invulnerability replaces his Blend special power.

Ezio Auditore de Firenze has only one keyword, Assassin, and this will appear on other figures in this set.  For 100 points, Ezio brings aggressive combat abilities, a solid close combat power set, and a team ability that will make any figures on your force using a Wildcard team ability very happy.

That’s all the Assassin’s Creed excitement we have for this week.  Be sure to come back next week as we continue our exciting previews from the HeroClix: Assassin’s Creed set.