Greetings HeroClix Fans!
Our series of previews for the Marvel HeroClix: 10th Anniversary set continues with a look at a woman who has been a thief in Cairo, a leader of the X-Men and Morlocks, and queen of the African nation of Wakanda. Please welcome the windrider, Storm!
This 10th Anniversary incarnation of Storm pays its respects to her counterpart from the Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Danger Room starter set and comes into play at 59 points. Like other characters in the Marvel HeroClix: 10th Anniversary set, Storm has a Battlefield Promotion trait that allows her to switch to a Modern Age version of her character. We’ll go into more detail on the trait later; for now, let’s look at Storm’s dial!
Storm starts her dial with two clicks of Stealth to represent her time as young thief in Cairo. On her first click, she also has Ranged Combat Expert to showcase her control over Mother Nature’s fury. Ranged Combat Expert appears on Storm’s first three clicks. On Storm’s last two clicks, she also picks up Force Blast as she summons powerful winds that can move even the most steadfast opponents!
Starting on Storm’s second click, she gains Energy Explosion as she hurls ball lighting at opposing characters within her range of eight. Energy Explosion remains on Storm’s dial until her last click, when she switches to Smoke Cloud and summons a mist to conceal herself and her teammates. Defensively, Storm gains Energy Shield/Deflection on her third click and keeps that power for the rest of her dial.
This version of Storm has the Deity, Morlocks, Ruler, and X-Men keywords to provide options when team building. She also has the X-Men team ability. Her low cost and damage output make her an excellent choice for many forces.
We mentioned earlier that Storm had a trait, Battlefield Promotion: Storm. When Storm hits one or more opposing characters, place a Promotion Token on her character card after actions resolve. You may then roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled and add 1 for each Promotion Token on Storm’s character card. On a result of 8 or higher, you may replace this character with #020 Storm on the same click number.
Our Modern Age Storm comes in at 98 points and begins play with a trait, Royal Duo. If a friendly character named Black Panther is adjacent to Storm, both modify their defense values by +1 if not already modified by this effect.
In comparison to her Golden Age counterpart, #020 Storm has a range of seven and can target two characters with ranged attacks. She begins her dial with three clicks of Running Shot in her movement slot, then follows that with Stealth for two clicks as she once again calls upon her experience as a thief in Cairo. In Storm’s attack slot, Penetrating/Psychic Blast bookend her dial as she throws focused lightning at her opponents. Pulse Wave appears on Storm’s second and third clicks.
Storm’s defensive slot starts with a special power, Windrider, which allows her to use Super Senses. In addition, when Storm has no action tokens she can use Energy Shield/Deflection and may use Force Blast as a free action. Windrider appears on Storm’s first three clicks, then returns on her final click.
Before she became an X-Man, Storm was worshipped as a goddess in Africa’s Serengeti. Thus, Leadership appears in the first click of Storm’s damage slot. That’s followed by two clicks of Ranged Combat Expert. This power also appears on her last click. Storm also defeated Callisto for control of the Morlocks and bested Cyclops in combat for leadership of the X-Men. Against Cyclops, Storm won without the use of her powers. To represent her combat prowess, Storm has two clicks of Close Combat Expert to show her opponents exactly how she earned the right to lead!
Storm has an array of generic and named keywords that offer plenty of options when team building. She also has the X-Men team ability. At 98 points, she still leaves room for other attackers and support characters on a force.
Thank you for reading! Please join us next time when we take a look at a character that shares a lot in common with Storm but often assembles with some of Earth’s mightiest heroes. Until then, keep your Clix off their KOs!