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HeroClix 2015 Convention Exclusive Figures!

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Greetings HeroClix Fans!

We are very excited to announce the Convention Exclusive figures that will be available at 2015 Conventions and tournament events!

As with previous years, we’ll be offering three all-new Marvel HeroClix Convention Exclusive prize figures for HeroClix events at select 2015 shows:

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We will also be offering for sale two Marvel HeroClix Convention Exclusives in 2015:

This year’s Marvel HeroClix colossal figure is Supreme Intelligence, who will be available for $50 at select shows, and Doctor Strange (with d20) who will be available for $15. Look for previews of these figures soon.

We are also offering three all-new DC HeroClix Convention Exclusive prize figures for HeroClix events at select 2015 shows:

We will also be offering for sale two DC HeroClix Convention Exclusives in 2015:

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This year’s DC HeroClix colossal Convention Exclusive figure is the Brainiac Skull Ship, who will be available for $70 at select shows, and Felix Faust (with d20) who will be available for $15. Look for previews the DC HeroClix 2015 Convention figures soon!

At each and every show these figures appear, supplies will be limited!

The first 2015 event these figures will be available at will be Wizkids U.S. Nationals Event to be held in Maryland this April. Please see the Save the Date information below date and location— more details about the event will be posted soon.

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Wizkids U.S. Nationals Event

Hosted by: Games And Stuff
Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 11 & 12
Location: Cromwell Field Shopping Center
7385 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

(NOTE: event will be held in a location within the Cromwell Field Shopping Center separate from the Games And Stuff store)

More announcements will be coming soon, including more event details for the Wizkids U.S. Nationals Event, figure previews, and more! Prepare HeroClix fans, your 2015 Road to Worlds is here!

As a special bonus to this article— we are pleased to offer a print and play ATA for the Squadron Supreme. Starting with Hyperion (IIM #041b) in the Marvel HeroClix: Invincible Iron Man set, we have released a number of the team members of the Squadron Supreme as Prime figures—normally Prime figures would be limited to one Prime figure per force, but this Squadron Supreme ATA allows these figures to be played together!

You can go to our print and play page here to print the Squadron Supreme of Earth -712 ATA

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2014 Canadian HeroClix Championship Update!

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Greetings HeroClix Fans!

A couple of weeks ago we announced that the Road to Worlds 2014 would include a Canadian HeroClix Championship event and we promised more details to come.  Well, here they are!

HeroClix players in Canada should mark their calendars for 26-27 July 2014 for this tournament event aimed at celebrating HeroClix in the Great White North and crowning the 2014 Canadian HeroClix Champion!!

Here are the event particulars:

When: July 26 (Saturday) and July 27, 2014. (Sunday)
Where: 
Carta Magica Ottawa
Address: 1179 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, Ontario K1K 2B7
Phone number: +1 (613) 746-9099
Email: cartamagica@videotron.ca
Register here:
Canadian HeroClix Championship registration

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Check out this video advertising the event! 

 

The full schedule of HeroClix events for the 2014 Canadian Championship Qualifier event is below:

Main Events:

HeroClix Canadian National Championship Constructed Qualifying Event: Want to play in HeroClix Canadian Nationals and prove you’ve got what it takes to be the BEST? This constructed event will be run for at least 3 rounds and the top 8 players will qualify for the HeroClix Canadian Nationals Finals on Saturday. Build a 300-point HeroClix Modern Age team to compete.

There will be two separate Constructed Qualifying events on Saturday (see below) so you have two chances to play!   Each Constructed Qualifying event will be limited to the first 32 players to sign up so be sure to secure your place early.

Cost for this event will be $15 (CAD).
Availability/Schedule: Saturday at 9 AM (Registration begins at 8 AM); Saturday at 3 PM (Registration begins at 2 PM)

 

HeroClix Canadian National Championship Sealed Qualifying Event: Want to play in HeroClix Canadian Nationals and prove you’ve got what it takes to be the BEST?

There will be two separate Sealed Qualifying events on Saturday (see below) so you have two chances to play! Each sealed event will be run for at least 3 rounds and the top 8 players will qualify for the HeroClix Canadian Nationals Finals on Sunday. This sealed event will utilize two HeroClix boosters to build a 300-point team. Each Sealed Qualifying event will be limited to the first 32 players to sign up so be sure to secure your place early.

Cost for this event will be $30 (CAD).
Availability/Schedule: Saturday at 12 PM (Registration begins at 11 AM); Saturday at 6 PM (Registration begins at (5 PM)

 

HeroClix Canadian National Championship Final Event: THIS IS IT! You’ve battled through the events on Saturday and victory is in sight! Build the best 300-point Modern Age force! Fight it out with the rest of the top players and see who emerges victorious as the 2014 HeroClix Canadian National Champion! The 2014 HeroClix Canadian National Champion will be awarded an assortment of prizes, and a seat in the 2014 World HeroClix Championship Finals, that will take place at Gen Con Indy later this year.

Cost for this event: $0 (Participation is limited to the 32 qualifying players from Saturday)
Availability/Schedule: Sunday at 10 AM

For players participating in the HeroClix Canadian National Championship events, there is a map menu for what maps you can use in these events. These maps will be used for the qualifiers on Saturday and the final event on Sunday. The maps are:

Marvel:

1-2 Avengers vs. X-Men Latveria/Drowned Wakanda
3-4 Avengers vs. X-Men Kun’Lun/Moon
5-6 Wolverine and the X-Men Danger Room/Canadian Wilderness
7-8 Captain America The Winter Soldier Triskelion Helibay Indoor/Helicarrier Outdoor
9-10 Deadpool Fast Forces Thunderbolts/Submarine

DC:

1-2 Teen Titans N.O.W.H.E.R.E.: The Crucible/ Teen Titans Tower: Great Hall
3-4 Teen Titans Fast Forces N.O.W.H.E.R.E.: Arctic Base/Teen Titans Tower: Tower Ground
5-6 Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Apokolips/ Legion Plaza
7-8 Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Fast Forces Hall of Doom/Slaughter Swamp
9-10 War of Light Ranx/Oa Plaza

Prizes for the above events will be selected from a pool of the 2014 Convention Limited Edition prize figures: Amazo, World’s Finest and Jonah Hex for DC HeroClix and Hulk and Red She-Hulk, Whiplash and Doop for Marvel HeroClix.

 

Side Events:

HeroClix Battle Royales: Interested in fast and furious HeroClix play? Want to prove you’re the best no matter what team you draft? Then this event is for you! The HeroClix Battle Royales will have groups of 8 players that will be randomized into four-player pods and will utilize boosters from a HeroClix expansion. The winner of each 4-player pod will receive a 2014 Convention Limited Edition HeroClix figure as a prize.

Cost for this event will be $15 (CAD)
Availability/Schedule: Saturday: 11 AM – 9PM (Last event will begin at 8 PM)
Sunday: 10 AM – 9 PM (Last event will begin at 8 PM)

 

HeroClix Meteorite Scenario Event: Bring a 300-point HeroClix Modern Age team that contains no tactics with you and determine who can survive a deadly meteorite swarm while emerging victorious over your opponent. This event will be limited to 16 players so be sure to secure your place early.

Cost for this event will be $15 (CAD).
Availability/Schedule: Sunday at 1 PM (Registration begins at 12 PM)

 

HeroClix Golden Age Team-Up Constructed Event: You and a friend each build the best 250-point HeroClix Golden Age team with no tactics that you can and team up to take on another pair of opponents. Band your heroes together and lead them to glory! This event will be limited to 16 teams (32 players) so be sure to secure your place early.

Cost for this event will be $30 (CAD).
Availability/Schedule: Sunday at 4 PM (Registration begins at 3 PM)

 

HeroClix Duelist Sealed Event: Get ready to d-d-d-d-duel as never before! Each player will utilize four (4) Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix single-figure foil packs to build the best 300-point team they can and battle for victory! This event will be limited to 16 players so be sure to secure your place early.

Cost for this event will be $15 (CAD).
Availability/Schedule: Sunday at 5 PM (Registration begins at 4 PM)

 

Prizes for the above events will be selected from a pool of the 2014 Convention Limited Edition prize figures: Amazo, World’s Finest and Jonah Hex for DC HeroClix and Hulk and Red She-Hulk, Whiplash and Doop for Marvel HeroClix.

For any questions regarding this HeroClix Road to Worlds event, please email Carta Magica at cartamagica@videotron.ca

Thanks for all of your support! We’ll see you on the Road to Worlds – Canada in Ottawa later this month!

 

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HeroClix 2014 Set-Rotation Schedule

Greetings HeroClix Fans,

On July 1, 2014, the below sets will rotate from Modern Age to Golden Age.

5 Figure Booster sets
DC HeroClix: Superman
Marvel HeroClix: Incredible Hulk
Marvel HeroClix: Galactic Guardians
Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War

OP Sets
Marvel HeroClix: Infinity Gauntlet

Micro Sets
Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Movie
DC HeroClix: The Dark Knight Rises
DC HeroClix: Justice League New 52

Fast Forces
Marvel HeroClix: Giant Size X-Men
DC HeroClix: War of Light
DC HeroClix: The Dark Knight Rises
DC HeroClix: Superman
Marvel HeroClix: Incredible Hulk
Marvel HeroClix: Galactic Guardians
Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War
DC HeroClix: Justice League New 52

Thank-you for your continued support,
The WizKids team

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2012 HeroClix World Champ Alex Avila and DC HeroClix Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes: Stargirl!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Every year, HeroClix players assemble at Gen Con Indy to play through a gauntlet of worthy opponents and challengers, all with the aim of proving they’re worthy of the mantle of HeroClix World Champion! Today we check in with 2012 HeroClix World Champ Alex Avila, who is nice enough to give us a peek behind the curtain and tell us what it was like to participate in the HeroClix design process.

WizKids: Hello Alex, thank you for joining us today! 
Alex Avila:
Hello, thank you for having me! 

WK: It’s entirely our pleasure.  We’re very excited to have this opportunity to speak with you.  So, what was it like to win HeroClix Worlds 2012?
Alex: Worlds 2012 was a lot of fun.  Great staff at the WizKids booth and excellent competition.  I had 3 members of Immortal Team Rubicon there, so I had wonderful support, scouting, and brainstorming in my corner. The last chance grinder I slipped in through was grueling and I’ll always remember the razor thin margin I beat Hair10, an excellent player, by. Day 2 was no less exhausting, but the surreality of being up against those players and those amazing teams distracted me from the mental strain.

WK: Did you enjoy the competition?
Alex: 
The competition was one of the greatest experiences of my life.  In a local tournament or casual game, one can usually make a placement mistake without much trouble.  At worlds, your opponent will capitalize on any mistake you make.  In my first game of day 2, I forgot my perplexes first turn and my speedster opponent one shotted scarlet witch.  It’s just a different level of play, and I love it.

WK: What sort of strategies impressed you?
Alex: 
The strategies were fantastic.  “Build me a doomsday weapon” was a popular option along with “HSS is KING!” teams. My favorites were Patricia Lam’s evasive Eradicator, and George Massu’s Black Adam cannon.  Both showed incredible movement potential and synergy, though they weren’t quite my style. The best thing about the teams was the variety.  No two teams were the same and, with the exception of the (Infinity) Gauntlet, no element was on more than half the teams.

WK: How long have you been playing HeroClix?
Alex: 
I’ve been playing since Secret Invasion/Arkham Asylum.

WK: What first brought you to the world of HeroClix?
Alex: I actually played MechWarrior for a bit back in the day.  My brother Jon really got me into HeroClix though.  Specifically when he showed me how to TK 73 pt Gamora at vet Icons Superman and Exploit (Weakness).  Rolled one 6 for blades and I was hooked.

WK: How often do you play, and where do you play HeroClix?
Alex: 
I play at two venues most weeks: Comics and Gaming in Gainesville and Fairfax.  I judge at a shop in Vienna called Game On! Comics.  The real work gets done in my buddy’s garage, which we call the Lab.

WK: So, we know you’re probably eager to talk about your 2012 Championship figure.  With all of the characters available out there, what finally nudged you towards Stargirl?
Alex: 
There was never a doubt in my mind that my choice was Stargirl.  She’s my favorite super hero and has been an inspiration to my life.  Kudos to Geoff Johns for creating a character his sister would be proud of.

WK: What were the challenges or considerations you faced while conceptualizing such a high-profile figure?
Alex: Well, I didn’t want to go completely fanboy and give her monster combat values and crazy powers.  However, I had reason to suspect that this is the only shot Courtney (Whitmore, Stargirl) will have for a redux, so I figured I’d make a definitive version.  In all honesty I wanted to make a tribute to the JSA (Justice Society of America) comics that had such a huge impact on me.

WK: I can only imagine what it feels like to have this opportunity.  What’s your favorite aspect of the finished piece?
Alex: 
My favorite aspect is her playability at both point values.  She can be a team leader or a brutally efficient support piece/secondary attacker.  Her gadgets keep her fairly well protected and with some JSA buddies or a nice wildcard, she is nigh untouchable.

WK: What did you think of Stargirl’s sculpt when you first saw it?
Alex: I just couldn’t believe it.  The digital sculpt looks just like me and every detail from the shot I wanted was present.  They even got my belt and beanie perfect.  Of course, Stargirl looks incredible and is the centerpiece to the whole sculpt.

WK: Well, we’ve kept folk waiting long enough, we should probably show everyone Stargirl now.  Any parting thoughts before we do so?
Alex: 
Yes, I just want to thank the people who helped me along the way.  Shout outs to the members of Team Rubicon: Andre Robinson, Paul Briggs, John Compton, Scott Lovelady and Jacob Whitlow.  Thank you to the honorary members as well: Jon Avila, Jim Mattingly, Kelsi Lynn and Alex Rothschild.  And, thank you to my friends, family, judges, and the incredible staff at WizKids.

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WK: Thank you Alex.  You’ve been a gentleman and a scholar.  Now, would you mind taking us through Stargirl’s dial?
Alex: Thanks, I would be happy to! Wow, so there’s a lot going on on this card.  Let’s take a look at the traits first.  Student and Teacher gives Stargirl’s teammates a little extra “oomph!” if they are a lower point value, share a keyword, and are adjacent by modifying their attacks values by +1.  Conversely, if she is played at 75, Stargirl gains the +1 AV when adjacent to a higher point friendly character with a common keyword.

Her second trait, Cosmic Belt or Cosmic Rod, allows her two options which give her access to different powers and abilities.  Stargirl will always have +2 defense, but depending on her die roll it will apply to either close or ranged combat attacks.  If you roll/choose the Cosmic Rod, Courtney can use Ranged Combat Expert, allowing her to deal 4+ damage down her dial.  If you roll/choose the Cosmic Belt, Stargirl can use Incapacitate, has two targets and a range of 4, and gains access to the Sharpshooter combat ability.

Now to the special powers.  Stargirl starts the game with either of two special powers, depending on her point value.  At 110, she begins the game with Stunning Blow.  Just like the old feat, which featured her on the card art, this special power allows Stargirl to deal her printed damage value whenever she uses incapacitate.  At 75, she shows her discipular aptitude in the form of Star Pupil.  With this power, Stargirl can be given a free action to “copy” a standard attack or damage power from an adjacent higher point friendly character with a common keyword.

The combat values and standard powers on Stargirl’s dial make her pretty decent attacker at either point cost.  At 110, she sports Running Shot, giving her a threat range of 12, and Leadership to boost her teammates’ effectiveness even further.  At 75, Ms. Whitmore has a range of option for attacking or support.  She retains Running Shot, though she loses Leadership, and tacks on Barrier and Telekinesis to cut off lines of fire or deliver an attacker into the right position.  At the back of her dial, Stargirl has two clicks of close combat expert to finish out a fight.  Throw in a smattering of Toughness and Charge, and Stargirl remains a threat through most of her dial.

Now with capabilities as an attacker and support piece, plus aptitudes at close or ranged combat, the real question is who to pair Stargirl with.  For a JSA team, you might want to throw on 93 pt Green Lantern (#011) and 86 pt Flash (#018) from DC10th Anniversary.  Plenty of 18 defense to share, and GL gives Stargirl access to Ranged Combat Expert even when she rolls/chooses Sharpshooter.  With 11 pts or 46 pts to spare, depending on a Stargirl’s cost, there’s room plenty of room for ATAs and Resources.

In the case of Justice League, there are a lot of options.  A simple choice for high defense shenanigans is 150 pt Superman Fast Forces Superman and 75 pt DC TabApp (D-003) Wonder Woman.  This team sports two potential 20 defenses from range, 3x 11 Attack Values, and two Probability Controls with Stargirl at 75 pts.

If generic Keywords are more your style, Martial Artist has always been an excellent option.  Paired with 76 pt Streets of Gotham (#038) David Cain, Stargirl becomes a powerhouse of a disciple.  Thanks to both Cain’s and Stargirl’s traits, she can shoot with a 12 Attack Value for 6 Damage!  Add 148 pt Teen Titans (#037a) Deathstroke to copy the JSA team ability, and Courtney can have a 20 defense for close or ranged combat, plus two chances to take action tokens off of her.

Well, it’s been a pleasure showing this piece, but all good things must come to an end.  Tune in next time for more exciting HeroClix previews!

WK: Thanks again Alex! Stargirl will be available once DC HeroClix: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes hits stores this February! Thanks for joining us today, and like the man says, come back soon for more exciting previews!

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Congratulations to the HeroClix European Champion: Stefano Cestari!

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Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Last week thousands of game enthusiasts converged upon the Messe Essen for Essen Spiel 2013.  Fans, manufacturers, designers, industry journalists and more all gathered for the annual show celebrating all that is fun in the world of Euro-gaming, as well as perhaps sneak a peek or two at some of the upcoming hotness to come!

WizKids Games was present for the action, spotlighting the premiere of two long-awaited games, The Hobbit: Journey to the Lonely Mountain Strategy Game and Trains and Stations, as well as the release of the latest expansion for the Mage Knight Board Game, the Krang Character Expansion.

However, if one were to stop by the WizKids booth during the show, not only would they see board game enthusiasts demo’ing these great games, they would also see a very happy and fun group of players enjoying HeroClix!

That’s right! Essen Spiel 2013 was the host of the 2013 HeroClix European Championship! With more than 40 players from nine different countries in attendance, the European Championship event took place over three days with constructed qualifiers on Thursday and Friday and the Championship event itself taking place on Saturday of the show.

Eight players from three different qualifiers (one on Thursday, two on Friday) plus the French HeroClix National Champion, Andrea Lupo, participated in the event on Saturday.  The players assembled with nervous excitement early in the day, and play commenced with all the intense strategizing one would expect from an event of this caliber, but it was hard to miss the atmosphere of camaraderie and goodwill the players had for each other at this inaugural event.  Missing character cards? Did one of your figures break in the harried move to take your seat? No problem, your fellow players had your back and were happy to help.

Over five rounds of play, with a brief break after round three for lunch, one player emerged to take first place as the undefeated winner of the event.  It is our great pleasure to announce the 2013 HeroClix European Champion, Stefano Cestari from Italy!

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Once the initial excitement and heartfelt congratulations had quieted some, we had a few moments to sit with Stefano and talk about winning the Championship, HeroClix-at-large, as well as his philosophy for the game.

WizKids (WK): Tell us about yourself Stefano; how long have you been playing HeroClix?

Stefano Cestari (SC): I’ve been playing the game since Infinity Challenge! In fact, I bought one of the first Infinity Challenge starters in all of Italy! I was in my first year at University at the time, and I bought the starter at the local Comic Book Shop.  You could say the store and I started HeroClix together; a few of us bought HeroClix and the store started running events.  Even though I’ve since moved away, the owner of that shop and I remain good friends to this day.

WK: What attracted you to HeroClix?

SC: I played Mage Knight a great deal, and enjoyed a lot about that game like Dungeons.  But when WizKids announced a new game using the same mechanics and super heroes? That was for me! I loved the strategy of Mage Knight and the figures, but super heroes are a greater love for me so I knew I had to try the game.

WK: So it was all downhill from there, right?

SC: (laughing) Yes.  HeroClix is the game of my life.  I love it.  It’s the best game in its field.

WK: What do you like most about HeroClix?

SC: It is a game of intellect.  In HeroClix, you get to compete using tests of memory, forethought, statistical evaluation and more!

WK: How long have you been playing competitively?

SC: Almost since the beginning.  I remember going to the first HeroClix event hosted at the Torino Comic Book Fair! There were only a few players back then, but I was completely destroyed by the opposition!

WK: That seems to have only ignited a desire to be a better player, no?

SC: Oh, absolutely!

WK: Where do you play now?

SC: It’s name translates to “The Sleeping Dragon”.  It’s a store in Torino, Italy.  We have a Facebook group for over 50 players that frequent the shop, though only 15-16 players usually show up for any given event.

WK: How many players from your area came to Essen Spiel?

SC: Four players and myself came to the event.  We were all very excited to attend an official WizKids HeroClix event in Europe.  I also participated in the French HeroClix National Championship and placed seventh.

WK: What can you tell us about your team? Why the New Mutants team base over, say, some of the other popular strategies out there?

SC: Shortly after Dragon Con, we began reviewing the footage and editorial from the Realms Open Championship.  In my opinion, the teams to beat were Spiral teams, The X-Men – Blue Strike Force teams, and Bat-Mite teams.  New Mutants won that event and while a little clunky, there was smart use of Solo Adventure with this Team Base.

WK: You played the same team in the Qualifier; were you afraid that someone would come up with a means to defeat your strategy?

SC: I looked at the competition and while there were a LOT of very good players here, I was confident in my strategy with the New Mutants.  This team base can absorb a lot of hits; most of the teams out there have one, maybe two, tricks but once those are done or gone, that’s it for the team.  One of the things I’ve noticed in HeroClix is the evolution of Aggro and Control in the Meta.  Control is, in my opinion, an under-valued strategy in HeroClix.  I prefer it over Aggro and the New Mutants fit that perfectly.

WK: You’re a very confident player, which is good of course.  Was there ever a moment when you were worried you may lose?

SC: (laughs) Yes of course! During the final round, when I played Patricia [Lam, of Canada], she was very meticulous – counting out her movements and planning her actions very carefully.  She is a really good opponent and challenging.  Well, at one point she one-shot’ed my Shatterstar.  Well, at that point a single bead of panic-sweat trickled down my forehead!

WK: What did you do?

SC: I did the only thing I could do! I played on and did not let it shake me.  As I say before, there are lots of options with the New Mutants Team Base and I was going to use them! Sunspot and Magik soon evened up the score for me!

WK: So, now that you’ve won the European Championship, next up is Worlds in August.  If you should win, do you know who you would be interested in helping to design?

SC: I like the more obscure characters.  I think my first pick would either be the Phil Urich Green Goblin or maybe Thunderstrike.  We haven’t seen him in a long time!

WK: Thank you Stefano.  If you don’t mind, we just have a few more questions.  Marvel or DC?

SC: (laughs) Marvel.

WK: Favorite Marvel character(s)?

SC: As you can probably guess, my absolute favorite is Captain America (Editor’s note: Stefano wore a variety of Cap-themed shirts over the course of the weekend).  I am also a fan of the Phil Urich Green Goblin, Thunderstrike – anything by Tom DeFalco really.

WK: If you don’t mind our saying, Captain America is an interesting choice given that you’re from Italy.

SC: Yes, it is true! I like Captain America because of the ideal he represents.  Captain America is not about government or politics; he is about the people and doing the best you can, that you can make a difference with no powers.  When you think about it, Captain America has strong roots in European myth, which has then been sublimed into an ideal we can all understand and appreciate.

WK: We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  How about a favorite team?

SC: Why, the Avengers of course!

WK: Any particular era or lineup?

SC: I particularly enjoyed the Heroes Return Busiek/Perez era.  I also enjoy all of the Secret Avengers lineups so far, especially Venom and Valkyrie.

WK: Anything not already in HeroClix that you would like to see in the game?

SC: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! (laughs) Also, perhaps Mortal Kombat.

WK: (laughs) Yes, we hear that a lot.

SC: Oh, and the Mystery Men! They would make a perfect Fast Forces pack!

WK: Ok, we gotta say that’s probably the first time we’ve heard that one! (laughing) Well, we never say “Never” in the office, so you never know.

WK: Last question, any words of advice for the HeroClix players out there, looking to improve their game?

SC: Yes! Of course! Build a team! Be a part of a community and play a lot! Share your strategies! Organize! You cannot be a winner if you do not play with anyone! Elevate the players around you and help them to get better, because that will make you a better player! And don’t hide yourself; get out and play as much as you can!

WK: Thank you Stefano, and congratulations again on your hard-fought victory.

SC: Thank you again for coming to Essen!

Stefano Cestari’s 2013 HeroClix European Championship team:

New Mutants Team Base (WaX T004) – 200 pts

  • Magik
  • Mirage
  • Sunspot
  • Warlock
  • Cannonball
  • Wolfsbane
  • Magma

Shatterstar (WaX 010, with the Utility Belt; five belt slots and one Costume slot) – 86 pts (73 pts for Shatterstar, 13 pts for the Utility Belt)
Tourist Bystander Token – 3 pts
Superfan Bystander Token – 3 pts
New Mutants Additional Team Ability (ATA) – 8 pts (4 pts each for Team Base and Shatterstar)

The Remaining Top 6 Players

Patricia Lam, 2nd Place

Ghost Rider (ASM 046, with the Utility Belt; six slots and one Costume slot) – 159 pts. (145 pts. for Ghost Rider, 14 pts. for the Utility Belt)
Loki (FI 101) – 30 pts.
Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Protester Bystander Token – 3 pts.
Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability (ATA), 8 pts (Ghost Rider)

Maillard Romuald, 3rd Place

Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Iron Fist (FI 007, with Utility Belt;  six slots and one Costume slot) – 94 pts. (80 pts. for Iron Fist, 14 pts. for the Utility Belt)
Batcycle; piloted (SoG V001) – 50 pts.
GCPD Motorcycle; autopiloted (SoG V004) – 19 pts.
Shatterstar (WaX 010) – 73 pts.
Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability (ATA), 8 pts (Iron Fist)

Olan Bureau, 4th Place

Spiral (WaX 041) – 106 pts
Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Astral Doctor Strange (GG 014b) – 13 pts.
Loki (FI 101) – 30 pts.
Iron Fist (FI 007, with Utility Belt;  five slots and one Costume slot) – 93 pts. (80 pts. for Iron Fist, 13 pts. for the Utility Belt)
Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability (ATA), 8 pts (Iron Fist)

Steve Boudart, 5th Place

Spiral (WaX 041) – 106 pts
Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Astral Doctor Strange (GG 014b) – 13 pts.
Loki (FI 101) – 30 pts.
Iron Fist (FI 007, with Utility Belt;  five slots and one Costume slot) – 93 pts. (80 pts. for Iron Fist, 13 pts. for the Utility Belt)
Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability (ATA), 8 pts (Iron Fist)

Vianney Vimeaux, 6th Place

Spiral (WaX 041) – 106 pts
Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Astral Doctor Strange (GG 014b) – 13 pts.
Loki (FI 101) – 30 pts.
Iron Fist (FI 007, with Utility Belt;  five slots and one Costume slot) – 93 pts. (80 pts. for Iron Fist, 13 pts. for the Utility Belt)
Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability (ATA), 8 pts (Iron Fist)

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Heroclix HeroClix Nationals HeroClix Worlds

On The Road: 2012 HeroClix Nationals Result

June 13-15 saw HeroClix players from around the country gather at Origins Game Fair to participate in the 2013 US Nationals. The winner will pre-qualify for August’s 2013 World Championship being held at GenCon later this year.

While it was no surprise to see the Justice League taking up 2 seats out of the top 8, with 4 teams sporting the Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability, it looked to be a fascinating event right from the get-go.

The strategy of the Justice League team is brute force to the nth degree. Using the new Team Base mechanic, forces are able to gain board position and attack with ease. For weeks prior to this event, you’d think that it was so strong, that nothing could beat it. Well, Ross Yudis and his Heroes for Hire team demonstrated that the same first-strike capability could be achieved with a more diverse team and though he lost one game during the Swiss portion of the day, went on to win the day, defeating the very same player who had given him a loss earlier in the day.

The Heroes for Hire team is very effective against the Justice League and, in fact, is very effective against many forces, especially those that sink most of its points into a primary attacker and use what’s leftover for support of that piece. That’s because, with the HfH ATA, you can essentially give a single character 2 actions in a single turn. Mind you, it’s not a trick you can pull off often – Ross’s team only had one HfH character on it, so it was something he could only do once – but as long as you are executing that action judiciously, you will see tremendous results.

The question now becomes what will dominate at GenCon. There are only a handful of Modern Age figures that will be legal that have not been released yet, so you can expect that your opponents are all looking at the meta game. Teams with one primary attacker have always had a glass jaw and now there’s a one-two punch that can address. Will that be the team to beat? Will JLA still be the most common team played? Or is there a team being played by one of you, hidden from the rest, that will come out and shine?

Origins Game Fair – 2013 HeroClix Nationals Top 8

WINNER

Player: Ross Yudis
Team:
ASM 046 Ghost Rider
CWFF 006 Scarlet Witch (50)
CWFF 006 Scarlet Witch (50)
FI B002 Skadi’s Warbot
ATA: Heroes for Hire (*1)
Resource: Utility Belt (14 points – Ghost Rider)

RUNNER-UP

Player: John Rowe (2011 Nationals Winner)
Team:
TT T002 Justice League
Sideline:
TT 067 Batman
TT 015 Aquaman
TT 025 Cyborg
TT 066 Superman
TT 050 The Flash
TT 069 Wonder Woman
TT 033 Green Lantern

SEMI-FINALISTS

Player: Calvin Truvillion
Team:
ASM 042 Nightmare
ASM 017b Brother Voodoo
JL 016 Enchantress
TT 007 Jinx
ATA: Heroes for Hire (*1)
Resource: Utility Belt (14 points – Nightmare)

Player: Brad Mason
Team:
ASM 046 Ghost Rider
ASM 017b Brother Voodoo
CWFF 006 Scarlet Witch (50)
ATA: Heroes for Hire (*2)
Resource: Utility Belt (10 points – Ghost Rider)

REST OF TOP 8

Player: Michael Byers
Team:
ASM 046 Ghost Rider
ASM 017b Brother Voodoo
CWFF 006 Scarlet Witch (50)
ATA: Heroes for Hire (*2)
Resource: Utility Belt (10 points – Ghost Rider)

Player: George Massu (2010 World Champion)
Team:
ASM 031b Aloysha Kraven
DC75 014 Beast Boy
BAT 019 Beast Boy
ASM 014 Werewolf
ASM 014 Werewolf
DC75 102 Gleek
BAT 099A Flock of Bats (Black)
Resource: Utility Belt (14 points – BAT 019 Beast Boy)
Sideline:
DC75 055 Beast Boy
DC75 055 Beast Boy
DC75 014 Beast Boy
BAT 019 Beast Boy
TT 038 Changeling
DC75 015 Beast Boy
DC75 016 Beast Boy

Player: Alex Avila (2012 World Champion)
Team:
ASM 046 Ghost Rider
ASM 017b Brother Voodoo
CWFF 006 Scarlet Witch (50)
ATA: Heroes for Hire (*2)
Resource: Utility Belt (10 points – Ghost Rider)

Player: Noel Torres II
Team:
TT T002 Justice League
Sideline:
TT 067 Batman
TT 050 The Flash
TT 033 Green Lantern

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Conventions Gen Con Indy HeroClix Worlds

On the Road: GenCon Indy 2013

Greetings WizKids Fans and Supporters!

After all of the fun and excitement of the HeroClix Nationals at Origins Game Fair, the convention season turns to Gen Con Indy on August 15-18 2013.  Players will have the chance to play in many tourneys at GenCon Indy this year between HeroClix Worlds, Battle Royales, and many, many different exciting side events.  These events at Gen Con Indy will be the first WizKids run events that will use the updated HeroClix Comprehensive Tournament Rules which includes new map rules and the update to HeroClix Ages.

HeroClix Worlds returns to Gen Con Indy but with a new format and twice the excitement.  This year will see the crowning of two HeroClix World Champions – Modern Age and Golden Age!  Do you have what it takes to win both championships?  Win the HeroClix Worlds Finals in either Modern Age or Golden Age and claim the top prize of designing a figure in addition to other prizes.  Or prove you are the best in both formats and design 2 figures!

The excitement isn’t limited to the Tournament area however! Stop by the WizKids Games booth on the show floor and try out some spectacular new games! Does the Final Frontier beckon? Then take a look at the all-new Star Trek Attack Wing, available in both standard demos and LARGE, oversized demos! Want to live large as a Rail Baron? Then try out the all-new railroad-based dice-building game, Trains and Stations! Do you want to claim the city of Gotham for your own?  Then demo the Batman: Gotham Strategy City Game.   Can’t have enough dice?  Then demo Quarriors! for all of the dice you could ever want.  Want to bring home a tentacled new friend? Then purchase the Marvel HeroCilx convention exclusive, Shuma GorathOr purchase the as-of-yet unrevealed DC HeroClix convention exclusive! It would be a sin to not take something home with you!

The full list of events for Gen Con Indy is below and we look forward to seeing you there!

HEROCLIX BATTLE ROYALE (MARVEL or DC)

Game Play:  Four players sign up and four boosters go into the pool.  Each player opens a booster, drafts a character for their force, and passes the rest of the booster to the next player.  Once all figures have been drafted, game play begins.  While the rules have every player for themselves, watch out for alliances and choose any partners carefully.  After an hour of play, time is called.  The winner is the player with the most points.

Prizes:  Once the match is over, all characters are returned to the center and the judge will add a 2013 Convention Limited Edition figure to the pool from the correct universe.  For DC, these prizes will be Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, or Superman and Wonder Woman.  For Marvel, these prizes will be Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.  A snake-draft is then used to distribute the figures.  The winner drafts a figure from the pool (this time, to keep), followed by whoever placed second, then third, and then fourth.  As a snake draft, the next draft round starts with the fourth player, then third, then second, and then first.  And so it goes until all figures are in someone’s possession.

Cost:  $12 (6 Generic tickets for each player).  This year, in addition to generic tickets, we are selling 100 tickets for Battle Royals on the even hours (10 AM, Noon, 2 PM, 4 PM, and 6 PM).  At those times, we will be placing the on-demand line on hold, calling for ticket holders and seating them.  Once the reserved ticket-holder line is complete, we will go back to running the on-demand line.  If you have a Battle Royale ticket for a particular time and you miss that particular call, have no fear as those tickets will be honored as a generic ticket for another event, whether it’s a Battle Royale at a different time or a different WizKids event.

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday-Saturday 10 AM-Midnight & Sunday 10 AM-4 PM or as long as we have product.

HEROCLIX WORLDS: MODERN AGE & GOLDEN AGE

Modern Age Game Play:  Players have 2 opportunities to qualify – once on Thursday and once on Friday.  Undefeated players from these events will qualify for Saturday’s finals.  This event will have a 300 point build total and all Modern Age game effects are permitted.  This event will use the new updated HeroClix Modern Age and will use the following Map Menu:

01 – Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War European Castle

02 – Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War Quinn Jet Hangar

03 – Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War Avenger’s Mansion

04 – Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War Negative Zone Prison

05 – Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man Dr. Strange Mansion

06 – Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man The Bell Tower

07 – DC HeroClix: Justice League Gotham Rooftops

08 – DC HeroClix: Justice League Paradise Island

09 – DC HeroClix: Batman Lazarus Pit

10 – DC HeroClix: Batman Bat Cave

11 – DC HeroClix: Streets of Gotham Gotham Clock Tower

12 – DC HeroClix: Streets of Gotham Crime Alley

13 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Wayne Manor

14 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Post-Quake Wayne Manor

15 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Robinson Park

16 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Post-Quake Robinson Park

17 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Blackgate Prison

18 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Post-Quake Blackgate Prison

19 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Gotham Power Plant

20 – DC HeroClix: No Man’s Land Post-Quake Gotham Power Plant

Golden Age Game Play:  Players have 2 opportunities to qualify.  The event will have a 300 point build total and all Golden Age figures – including Lord of the Ring, Hobbit, Gears of War, Street Fighter, Halo, etc. – are permitted.  What is restricted are “Tactics”.  Tactics are defined in “Part 4” of the rule book and include:  Special Objects, Resources, Feats, Battlefield Conditions, Event Dials, Bystander Tokens, and Themed Teams.  Your team can’t make use of any of these mechanics.  Some helpful clarification for you:

Does this mean I can’t use keywords, like if my character has a special power that activates when he’s near someone with a particular keyword?  No.  Keywords are still a part of the game and can be used.  It is ONLY themed team rules that are not used.  Heck, your team can even have a group of figures with an exclusive keyword.  It just isn’t considered a “themed team”.

What about characters that have special objects or bystander tokens – can I use those? Well, you can certainly use those characters on your force.  However the “No Tactics” rule still applies.  So, for example, you can play with Falcon (from Captain America), and he even begins the game with Redwing attached, however, since the game does not allow bystander tokens, you can’t detach Redwing and play the bystander.

The Golden Age event will use the new map rules included in the updated HeroClix Comprehensive Tournament Rules (or just to clarify, the map menu is not part of the Golden Age event)

All 4 qualifiers have been carefully scheduled so as to allow you to play in all 4, should you want to try for the ultimate championship.

Game Play:  Undefeated players from these events will qualify for Saturday’s finals in the corresponding format.  There will be some pre-qualified players who will already have seats from events like the US Nationals, last year’s World Champion, etc.  After these folks are seated, we will start looking at the 2-day overall record of people in the qualifiers and seat based on rating and who is present.  We will keep going down the list until we’ve seated 32 people.  Those 32 players will play until we get ourselves a champion.

As with the qualifiers, the Saturday finals are scheduled so that you can play in both events.

Prizes:  The top half of players in each qualifier will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

World Championship Prize:  A complete set of the 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures, Shuma Gorath, DC Convention Purchase Exclusive, a Teen Titans factory set, and many more prizes and, of course, Design-a-Fig.

Cost:  $12 Event Ticket (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

Availability/Schedule:  Modern Age: Thursday 11 AM, Friday 6 PM, and finals Saturday 10 AM.  Golden Age: Thursday 6 PM, Friday 11 AM, and finals Saturday 5 PM

HEROCLIX SUPER BOOSTER/CONSTRUCTED EVENTS

Game Play:  With all those Battle Royale events, we’re going to need to do SOMETHING with the extra Super Boosters!  Bring a 200 point Modern Age force and receive a Teen Titans Super Booster.  Build a 400 point force from that and battle your way to victory!

Prizes:  The top half of players in this event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Cost:  $24 Event Ticket (or 12 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday 7 PM, Friday 7 PM, and Saturday 1 PM

HEROCLIX SUPER BOOSTER/CONSTRUCTED UBER MAP EVENTS

Game Play:  Eight players are all playing on one GIANT sized map.  Players bring a 200 point Modern Age force and receive a Teen Titans Super Booster.  Build a 400 point force from that and you’re ready to take on all 7 opponents!

Prizes:  The top half of players in this event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Cost:  $24 Event Ticket (or 12 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday 1 PM & 6 PM; Friday Noon, 4 PM, & 8 PM; Saturday 11 AM, 3 PM, & 7 PM.

The winner of each event is invited to play in an Uber Map play-off on Sunday at 11 AM.  Playing in this event will reward you with additional prizes and the winner gets to go home with the map itself! (Runner-ups will be determined based on points earned in a single individual Uber Map battle)

HEROCLIX SCENARIOS

Game Play:  Every day brings a variety of HeroClix games to play.  See the scenarios described below for more details.

Prizes:  The top half of players in these event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Availability/Schedule:

Thursday Noon:  Golden-Golden Age – Build a 200 point Golden Age force using characters only. All standard HeroClix rules apply EXCEPT: (1) A character may be given a non-free action after it has been carried and (2) Fliers are not restricted from being carried!  Play HeroClix like you used to way back in the day!

Friday Noon:  Magnificent Seven – Bring a 1,000 point force (Modern Age) with exactly 7 characters.  The characters must all share a named keyword.

Will my force get a Themed Team bonus? No. At 1,000 points, a themed team would need to have 10 characters on it.
Can I use other game elements besides characters?  No.  Game elements that cost points may only be characters.

Saturday Noon:  Build a Bigger Army – This event starts out as a 300 point Golden Age force (no tactics allowed – that means no special objects, no themed teams, no resources, no relics, etc.). After the first round you add another 100 points to your build total.  And after the second round?  Another 100 points!  And so on.  Players should be prepared for this event to go up to 7 rounds (that’s 1000 points).

If my starting force is 295 points, can I add 105 points of characters in the next round? Yes.  However, as each round begins, you may not have more than 25 points leftover.

Saturday 2:00 PM:  HeroClix Mashup – Build a 500 point Golden Age force (characters only, no ships).  The only catch is that each character must come from a different HeroClix brand.

Sunday is “Scenario Day”: All events begin at 11:00 AM

Meteor Shower – This event is a 400 point Modern Age force.  But whatever map you choose, a swarm of meteors is falling.  During the event, the judge will call out map coordinates where the meteors land!

  • If a character occupies square, they are dealt 3 unavoidable damage.
  • If a character is adjacent to that square, they are dealt 2 penetrating damage.
  • If a character is within 2 squares of that square, they are dealt 1 damage.

What happens with a multi-base character? Characters are only dealt damage once and they are dealt damage based on the square closest to the “impact” square.

Choose Your Enemy – For this event, build two 300 point Modern Age forces.  Each force can’t have any game elements that exist on the other force.  As you are seated to play, you will review your opponent’s 2 forces and choose which one they are to play in the coming battle.  Choose wisely!

Golden-Golden Age – Build a 200 point Golden Age force using characters only.  All standard HeroClix rules apply EXCEPT: (1) A character may be given a non-free action after it has been carried and (2) Fliers are not restricted from being carried!  Play HeroClix like you used to way back in the day!

Protect the Boss – Build a 300 point Modern Age force with at least 5 characters.  The character with the highest point value is “The Boss”.  Game plays as normal, with one twist.  If the Boss is KO’d, all other characters on that force are immediately KO’d as well.

Cost:  $12 Event Ticket (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

If you like playing HeroClix with some of the other licenses, we have a full roster of events available!

LORD OF THE RINGS/HOBBIT

Game Play:  Only figures and objects from the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit are legal in these events.  The Middle Earth epic battles grow and grow as each event ups the build total a little more!

Prizes:  The winner of the event will get a Hobbit factory set plus the top half of players in this event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday 1 PM – 400 point force

Friday 7 PM – 600 point force

Saturday 11 AM – 800 point force

Saturday 5 PM – 1,000 point force

Cost:  $12 Event Ticket (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

STAR TREK TACTICS

Game Play:  Only figures and objects from Star Trek Tactics are legal in these events.  Can you captain a starship to victory!

Prizes:  The winner of the event will get a Star Trek Tactics II factory set plus the top half of players in this event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Availability/Schedule:

Thursday 6 PM – Bring a 300 point force!

Friday 1 PM – 500 point force that must be a Themed Team!

Saturday 11 AM – “Uneasy Alliance” 400 point force but you may not have more than 1 ship with any given team ability.

Saturday 5 PM – 500 point force
(updated 6/9 to correct “1,000” to the actual build total of “500”)

Cost:  $12 Event Ticket (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

VIDEO GAMES PROPERTIES

Game Play:  For those who enjoy the video game challenge in HeroClix!

Prizes:  The winner of the event will get a factory set (TBD) plus the top half of players in this event will choose from a pool of 2013 Convention Limited Edition figures that will include Bat-Mite, Gentleman Ghost, Superman and Wonder Woman, Death Mask, Obnoxio the Clown, or Old Man Logan.

Availability/Schedule: 

Thursday 7 PM – Bring a 400 point force using game elements from Assassins Creed, Gears of War, Halo, or BioShock HeroClix sets.  Your force must either be a Themed Team with a shared named keyword OR all characters on your force must share a team ability.

Friday 6 PM – Halo – Bring two 500 point Themed Teams.  One must use the Covenant keyword, the other must use the UNSC keyword.  Whichever player goes second chooses which force they will use while their opponent must then play the force with the other keyword.

Since I will have two themed teams, what would I add to my dice roll when rolling to see who goes first?  For this event, there is no Themed Team bonus to rolling for first.

Saturday 1 PM – Street Fighter – 400 point build total.

Cost:  $12 Event Ticket (or 6 generic tickets but seating will go to those with an event ticket first).

For questions regarding any of these events, please email us at: HeroClixConventions@gmail.com

Thanks for all of your support, and we’ll see you at Gen Con Indy!

 

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Conventions HeroClix Worlds

On the Road Gen Con – UPDATE

Greetings HeroClix Fans and Supporters!

With less than a week to go until Gen Con Indy 2012, we have an important event update that we wanted to share with all of our attending players.

In our previous event descriptions posting (On the Road – Gen Con 2012) we listed that Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War would be used for the sealed Grinder qualifiers.  This was in error and we will be hosting the sealed Grinders with product provided from Marvel HeroClix: The Incredible Hulk instead.  We apologize for any confusion this change may cause.

We hope that this is not cause for inconvenience and thank you all for your continued support.  We all look forward to seeing you at Gen Con Indy!

Best regards,

The WizKids Games team

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Chaos War HeroClix Worlds Preview Special

2011 HeroClix World Champion Figure: Mr. Sinister!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

With convention season ramping up as we speak, we took a moment to chat with 2011 HeroClix World Champion Daniel Joynes about his HeroClix Worlds experience.  We discussed his recollections from last year’s Worlds event and what it was like to participate in the design process.  Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.

Hello Dan, thank you for joining us.  First of all, what was it like to win HeroClix Worlds 2011?

Hello! I was actually a bit of a wreck. After I won the first two matches I was pretty excited, and then I won the third and started to get super nervous. By the time the 4th match started I was sweating like a pig. Once I won? It was just awesome; I was super happy and excited. I am normally a super nervous flyer, but on the flight home all I did was smile. It was an incredible experience and I hope to do it again.

Did you enjoy the competition?

The competition was good, very high level. All my opponents were super friendly, especially my round 3 opponent Rob. It was also hell on my nerves as there were no bad players there and I had to be super focused the entire time.

Overall a very good time though.

What sort of strategies impressed you?

There was one guy who was playing a Professor X and a Gleek. I would have loved to see his team in action to see how he was getting around the -1 gleek was giving him but we never played.

There was also a soldier team with 2 of the double based Captain America’s that did well. I would have liked to have seen that.

How are you preparing for HeroClix Worlds 2012?

Same as I did last year. Watching the major cons and what wins them, playtesting some things I think will do well and watching the newest sets. This year is a bit harder, there’s so much coming out and so many new mechanics that it’s throwing a bit of a monkey wrench into things. That’s not a bad thing though, just makes things more interesting.

So, I know you’re probably eager to talk about your 2012 Championship figure.  With all of the characters available out there, what finally nudged you towards Mr. Sinister?

At this time last year I had Horsemen on the brain. WizKids had given out Horsemen at Origins and I had traded for a set of them and was looking for pieces to use them with. My local venue often holds an end of year as many points as the year event so I was thinking of using Apocalypse and a ton of Horsemen. Then I saw Mr. Sinister and I saw that he was awful. I wondered why he wasn’t remade in GSX (Giant-Size X-Men) because he really did need a remake and figured that if I won Worlds I’d redo him. I was also a big fan of him from the old 90’s X-Men cartoons. The rest is history

We can’t help but admit that we’re dismayed to hear the X-Men cartoons from the 90’s are now considered “old”.(laughs)  What were the challenges or considerations you faced while conceptualizing such a high-profile figure?

Mr. Sinister has a pretty nebulous power set and sometimes he suffered from the 90’s EXTREME comic mentality. The marvel database says Sinister has superhuman strength and can lift 2-10 tons but that’s not a power I’d say he’s known for. The Sinister I knew was a geneticist, who’d manipulate things from behind the scenes until he would do his grand reveal. He was also a capable of extreme shapeshifting and could regenerate from just about anything. So I started from there. First off, trait Shape Change was easy, he needed shapechange and I wanted to do other things with his damage slot. His I Can Rebuild You, Mutant was another one I was always aiming for. Mr. Sinister has cloned the Marauders so many times it made sense for him to be able to do it in clix. Complete cellular regeneration was also another one. Originally it was much more complex, but it was stripped down for simplicity. I wanted him to be like Sinister; you blow a hole in him and he laughs at you while he heals and then blasts you back while reminding you how futile it was to attack him, hence free-action Regeneration. I suggested the -3 subtraction as I thought that it would be too powerful to have straight free action Regen.

The Create New Marauders Trait was a later idea that added so many options for Sinister and made it easier to put him on teams.

Beyond that it was tweaking and finding cool quotes from the character to use as their names.

I can only imagine what it feels like to have this opportunity.  Are you excited for folk to see it?

Absolutely! I really want to talk about it and say things beyond “Sorry NDA”. I really do hope that people like it. I didn’t want to make something that would break the game or something that would be underpowered. I also tried to do some cool things with him that I hope people like.

What do you think of Mr. Sinster’s sculpt?

I first saw this sculpt on Halloween 2011 when it was emailed to me by design and I have the same reaction now as I did then. WOW.

By the way, that’s me he’s cloning in that tank! (A thinner, greener me but he does improve on the original)

We LOVE the Maruaders Trait.  Were you a big fan of the Mutant Massacre storyline way back in the Uncanny X-Men?

I found that story later on through trade paperbacks and I always enjoyed it. I’ve always been a fan of the somewhat darker stories and comics that are out there so it stuck with me.

The Create New Marauders trait is one of the coolest things about this piece and it came on late in the cycle. I can’t take full credit for it as it was suggested during playtesting. I really liked the idea and gave two enthusiastic thumbs up to it. The playtesting team did a great job. 

Thank you for saying so Dan, we’ll definitely pass that along to the Team.  Well, we’ve kept folk waiting long enough, we should probably show everyone the figure you designed.  Any parting thoughts before we do so?

I want to see him played. I want to see reports of his usage in the strategies forum. Play the hell out of him. I hope you guys like him!

Thank you for joining us Dan.  Without further ado, please welcome Mr. Sinister

Available as a super rare figure in Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War, Mr. Sinister is the 2011 HeroClix Worlds Champion piece.  Sinister begins play with two Traits, the first being Create New Marauders which allows Sinister to  add the Marauders keyword to any figure on your revealed force that possesses either the X-Men or Brotherhood keywords or team abilities! That’s right, simply pair Mr. Sinister up with some of your favorite mutants from either of these teams and you have the makings of a potential theme team!

Sinister’s second Trait is more straightforward.  Skinshifting allows Mr. Sinister to use Shape Change throughout his entire dial! Not sure about that neighbor that just moved in next door to the Jean Grey School? Wonder why he spends so much time in his greenhouse? It could be Mr. Sinister!

Known for operating from the shadows and behind the scenes, Mr. Sinister begins the game with Stealth as well as his I Can Rebuild You, Mutant special power.  I Can Rebuild You, Mutant grants Sinister the use of Perplex, as well as the ability to potentially keep his Marauders on the battlefield! When a friendly Marauder is K.O.’ed, Sinister allows you to roll  die and if your result is a 6, you then place the Marauder in question within 6 squares of Sinister, turn its dial to its last non-K.O. click, roll another die and heal the figure half the resulting number.  Talk about a versatile geneticist!

Sinister possesses punch beyond his incredible support capabilities; early-dial Penetrating/Psychic Blast coupled with aggressive attack values and an 8 Range value makes Sinister too dangerous to ignore! Two opening clicks of Impervious, and then four of Invulnerability help protect Mr. Sinister from harm should your opponents dare to face him in battle!

After his initial click, Sinister alternates between his I Can Rebuild You, Mutant special power and Outwit (great for Brilliant Tactician teams in Golden Age!) and towards his mid-dial Sinister emerges from the shadows with first Mind Control, and then Force Blast while Penetrating/Psychic Blast is replaced by Energy Explosion!

Mid- to late-dial, Mr. Sinister demonstrates his mobility with Phasing/Teleport.  Pulse Wave allows Sinister to dispatch any unworthy test subjects and his Complete Cellular Regeneration special power represents Sinister’s uncanny resiliency! Complete Cellular Regeneration allows Sinister to use Regeneration, Toughness, and Willpower! Even better, if Sinister doesn’t have any action tokens on him, he may use Regeneration as a free action (but then substitutes 3 from the result and not the normal 2).

Mr. Sinister possesses the Horsemen of Apocalypse, Marauders, Scientist, and Weapon X keywords.  At 225 points, with a host of useful support and offensive powers as well as competitive combat values, Mr. Sinister is every bit the master manipulator and aggressor the X-Men have come to fear.

Thank you for joining us for this very special preview, and our congratulations again to Daniel Joynes, our 2011 HeroClix Worlds Champion!

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On the Road – HeroClix Nationals & Prizes at Origins Game Fair 2012

Greetings WizKids Fans and Supporters!

Are you a competitive player?  Want a chance to prove you’re the best? Then the HeroClix National Championship at Origins Game Fair 2012 is for you, and your first step is to compete in a HeroClix Grinder event!

A Grinder is a sealed 300 point event where you build the best team to compete with 7 other players.  Each round is single elimination and only one winner will emerge undefeated from each Grinder.  By winning the Grinder, you will get your choice of an Apocalypse or Dr. Fate convention exclusive and passage into the HeroClix National Championship finals on Saturday.  Second place in a Grinder gets you the other convention exclusive not picked by the winner.  On Saturday, join the other 32 Grinder winners in a 300 point Modern Age constructed event.  The first 2 rounds will be Swiss and then a cut to the top 8 players who will play in a single elimination bracket to determine the HeroClix National Champion.  As the winner of the HeroClix National Championship, you will get a badge for Gen Con Indy 2012, and a seat in the HeroClix World Championship Finals on Sunday at Gen Con Indy 2012.  In addition, the National Champion will receive a factory set of Galactic Guardians, a set of 2011 convention figures (Moonstone, Wonder Woman, Famine, Pestilence, and War), Apocalypse, and Dr. Fate.  Finish in the top 8 for Nationals and get to pick a prize from a pool of Apocalypse, Dr. Fate, or one of the 2011 convention figures.

Not playing in HeroClix Nationals? Then check out the prizes in our other events:

A Marvel HeroClix Battle Royale will get the winner an Apocalypse as a prize.

A DC HeroClix Battle Royale will get the winner a Dr. Fate as a prize.

The Lord of the Rings Epic Event will get the winner an Apocalypse and Dr. Fate.  The top half of the players in this event will select a prize from a pool of Apocalypse, Dr. Fate, or one of the 2011 convention figures.

The Star Trek Tactics Event will get the winner an Apocalypse and Dr. Fate.  The top half of the players in this event will select a prize from a pool of Apocalypse, Dr. Fate, or one of  the 2011 convention figures.

The Street Fighter Brave Team-Up Event will get the winner an Apocalypse, Dr. Fate, and a set of the 2011 convention figures.  The top half of the players in this event will select a prize from a pool of Apocalypse, Dr. Fate, or one of the 2011 convention figures.

The Galactic Guardians SuperBooster Event will get the winner an Apocalypse, Dr. Fate, and a set of the 2011 convention figures.  The rest of the players in this event will select a prize from a pool of Apocalypse, Dr. Fate, or one of the 2011 convention figures.

Lastly, as a special treat, all HeroClix event participants will receive official Print and Play materials for playing!

The Quarriors! Quorlds Qualifying Event will get the top 4 players the Quarmageddon expansion, a Quarmageddon promo card, and a pass into the Quorlds Semi-Finals at GenCon Indy 2012.  The rest of the players in this event will receive a Quarmageddon promo card as a prize.

The Quorlds Qualifier Event at Origins Game Fair will be run using the same format as the Quorld Championship Event in August at Gen Con Indy.  This format incorporates the Advanced Capture and Expert Culling rules as indicated in the Updated Rulebook included with the Quarmageddon Expansion Set.  The rulebook is available for download from the Quarriors “How to Play” page on the WizKids Games website. (The specific rules mentioned above can be found on Page 11 of the rulebook.)

So, you’ve now know the battleground, you know the stakes, and most importantly, you know the prizes that await you! Do you have what it takes to punish those who stand in your way of winning?  Find out in the WizKids Games event area at Origins Game Fair 2012.  Join us again next week when we preview the next 2012 convention figure that will be first available at GenCon.

For questions on any of these events, please email:  HeroClixConventions@gmail.com