Chaos War Preview

Multi-Talented Avengers Foe: The Taskmaster!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome to another preview from the Marvel HeroClix: Chaos Wars set.  Are in you in need of cannon fodder for your next nefarious plot? Well, today we check out the top trainer of super villain minions, and a former (?) agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Taskmaster!

Taskmaster has two traits.  First is Still Have the Photographic Reflexes.  With this trait, you can give Taskmaster a free action to use to use any standard power an opposing figure with one or more action tokens, and within 8 squares and line of fire can use, until the end of his turn.   The condition of having action tokens represents Taskmaster having “seen” that figure use a power.  His other trait, You Hold No Surprises, makes sure that opposing figures powers or abilities can’t alter Taskmaster’s combat values.

Taskmaster has a dial full of powers that show off his hours of studying superheroes fighting styles, to increase his own combat abilities, and the weapons he uses to duplicate the feats he has witnessed.  Taskmaster begins play mimicking Black Widow’s infiltration skills to hide in the shadows with Stealth.  To protect himself from counter attack, he uses the Invulnerability of his replica of Captain America’s shield that he carries.  Taskmaster has a few clicks of a special power representing his years of Super-Villain Training that allows him to use Enhancement and Leadership, with the added benefit of adjacent friendly characters modifying their range and attack by +1 on a successful Leadership roll! On his second click, Taskmaster utilizes the bow he carries to duplicate the skill of Hawkeye’s archery as Running Shot.  Toughness represents Taskmaster using Luke Cage’s stance.

Mid-dial, Taskmaster demonstrates his martial arts prowess by using Spider-Man’s reflexes with Leap/Climb and maneuvering around the battlefield with ease.   Combat Reflexes shows his study of Daredevil’s agility when standing toe-to-toe with an opponent.  At this point in his dial, Taskmaster replaces Super-Villain Training showing his ability to plan for a fight and adapt on the go with Outwit. 

At the end of his dial, Taskmaster utilizes Tigra’s ferocity to rush into battle with Charge for a couple clicks.   Taskmaster can do his printed damage or choose to use his trusted sword in the hopes of doing more damage as Blades/Claws/Fangs shows up on his dial.  Toughness returns to Taskmaster’s dial to again provide some damage reduction.  His last click sees the return of Running Shot to make a move and attack.  Ideally, if Taskmaster is targeted by an opposing figure his Energy Shield Deflection will provide protection against range combat attacks as he copies Punisher’s reflexes.

At 139 points, Taskmaster will be a solid attacker on any force you include him on; a generous selection of keywords, including Agency X, Frightful Four, Hydra, Martial Artist, and Thunderbolts, will give Taskmaster plenty of theme team options.  Additionally, his Minions of Doom wildcard team ability only enhances his versatility.

Thanks for joining us for yet another exciting HeroClix preview! Don’t forget that stores everywhere will have Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War boosters for sale next week on July 11th!