On The Road: 2012 HeroClix Nationals Result

Published on July 4th, 2013

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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