Greetings HeroClix fans!
In today’s Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool preview, we’re taking a closer look at the Split and Merge abilities that our newer HeroClix players may find helpful (though experienced players may find this review a useful refresher as well). To aid us in understanding these somewhat tricky abilities, we’re shining the spotlight on two characters found in the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool set. Please welcome the Daughters of the Dragon, Colleen Wing and Misty Knight!
First, let’s take a quick look at Colleen Wing’s dial:
Colleen Wing comes into play at 55 points and has a trio of keywords (Heroes for Hire, Martial Artist and The Hand) to offer you options when including her on a themed team. Colleen Wing has a no-nonsense dial with no special powers but she packs plenty of punch in close combat with Precision Strike and Blades/Claws/Fangs respectively in her attack slot and Flurry and Charge in her speed slot. Defensively, Colleen Wing starts with Willpower to avoid pushing damage. She then switches to Combat Reflexes to give her defensive value a boost when she’s in close combat.
Now, here’s Misty Knight:
Misty Knight comes into play at 85 points and shares the Heroes for Hire keyword with Colleen Wing. Misty Knight also has the Defenders, Detective and Police keywords. Misty Knight can hold her own when it comes to close or ranged combat as she starts with Running Shot on the front half of her speed slot and Sidestep on the back end. Misty Knight also sports a range of six squares with a single target. On Misty Knight’s first and last clicks she has a special power called Bionic Arm that lets her use Close Combat Expert. Sandwiched between those Bionic Arm clicks are a pair of Incapacitate and Precision Strike clicks.
On the front half of Misty Knight’s dial she has another special power, this time in her damage slot, called Heroes for Hire Dispatcher which lets her use Leadership with a twist: When Misty Knight uses Leadership and succeeds, friendly characters that share a keyword with her and begin that action adjacent to her can use Sidestep this turn. Defensively, Misty Knight starts with Toughness and ends with Super Senses.
So that brings us to the Merge ability. From the 2014 HeroClix Power and Abilities Card, here’s the description for Merge:
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For Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, we have a Duo character available for them to Merge into, #044 Colleen Wing and Misty Knight from the Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man set. To Merge our separate Colleen Wing and Misty Knight characters, they’ll need to be adjacent to one another. Colleen Wing and Misty Knight will also need to have no action tokens on them. Oh, and their names will need to be listed on the Duo character’s character card.
If all three of those criteria are met, our separate Colleen Wing and Misty Knight characters will also need to have a combined point value equal or greater than the point value of the Duo character. The Colleen Wing and Misty Knight Duo have point values of 70 and 140 points. The 140-point value is what we’re looking at here. The Colleen Wing and Misty Knight characters from Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool combine for 140 points, which is equal to the point value of the Duo.
One thing to note about Merge is that game effects assigned to the individual characters transfer to the Duo. Also, the Duo can use the transferred effect provided that it qualifies for it. Our #008 Colleen Wing has The Hand keyword so we can assign The Hand additional team ability to her (found here). The Colleen Wing and Misty Knight Duo also has The Hand keyword so when we Merge #008 Colleen Wing with #009 Misty Knight, they Duo character can use The Hand ATA because it qualifies for its use.
Now that we’ve Merged our Daughters of the Dragon into a Duo, let’s use the Split ability to separate them into individual characters. Again, from the 2014 HeroClix Power and Abilities Card, here’s the description for Split:
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To Split our Colleen Wing and Misty Knight Duo, we’ll need to give is a power action if it has no action tokens already on it. We can then replace the Duo with one or more characters that qualify by name from the entries listed on the Duo’s character card. Remember the point values from our individual from Colleen Wing and Misty Knight characters? To use Split, the replacement characters can’t have a point value greater than the Duo, unless those characters previously used the Merge ability to be replaced by this character.
Want to get our individual Colleen Wing and Misty Knight characters immediately into the fight? Not so fast! When Split has been used, replacement characters are given action tokens and can’t be given an action the same turn they’ve been Split.
Similar to Merge, game effects that are assigned to a Duo character that has used Split are transferred to one qualifying character of the controller’s choice. However, if the game effect was added to the Duo via the Merge ability then the effect doesn’t have to go back to the original figure. So in our previous example of The Hand ATA, you could transfer it to Misty Knight if for some reason you wanted to – but remember that she won’t be able to use it unless she qualifies for its use.
Finally, with Merge and Split the replacement characters begin their dial a number of clicks from their starting line equal to the number of clicks from the Duo character’s starting line. If Misty Knight has taken some damage and is toward the end of her dial but Colleen Wing is still on her first click, give the action to Merge into the Colleen Wing and Misty Knight Duo to Colleen Wing and the replacement character would come into play on its first click. Later, if the Colleen Wing and Misty Knight Duo has taken some damage and you wish to Split them back to the individual characters, then both replacement characters would start on the same number of clicks from their starting lines that the Duo character was on.
Thanks for reading! If you have questions about Split and Merge or any other HeroClix rules, email HeroClixRules@gmail.com, and join us here next week for another exciting peek at Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool where we take a closer look at a former member of the Thunderbolts best described as “fast and furious”. Until then, keep your Clix off their K.O.’s!