Greetings HeroClix Fans!
Welcome to our inaugural preview article for the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Wolverine and the X-Men set! While the set is not due to release until this August, we just couldn’t wait any longer to start showing off some of the very exciting content in this latest Marvel HeroClix set. Our first article spotlights that most controversial of mutants, the Phoenix Force-infused leader of the X-Men – Cyclops!
The first thing we’ll notice about Cyclops’ (057) dial is that it is a different color (it is not black as the sculptural image may imply), this is due to his chase rarity in the Wolverine and the X-Men set. The second thing we notice is that he possesses two team abilities: predictably, the X-Men team ability and also the Power Cosmic team ability to represent his ascent to a more powerful, cosmic-attuned state.
Cyclops (057) also possesses three different Traits sure to inspire his teammates and make his foes tremble! At 295 points (and full power), Cyclops (057) enjoys the benefits of the Siege Courageous Trait; give Cyclops (057) a double power action and re-position any and all figures with the Phoenix Force keyword anywhere on the map! While Siege Courageous will end your turn after its use, what a way to deny your opponent the ability to retaliate by removing what otherwise would have been a viable target for attack on their turn!
Cyclops’ (057) second Trait, Phoenix Five, grants Leadership to friendly characters with the Phoenix Force keyword and as an additional bonus, if Cyclops (057) is K.O.’ed you can increase any one combat value (not already modified by this effect) on other Phoenix Force keyword characters by +1! Talk about a pyrrhic victory! K.O. Cyclops, but make his teammates more powerful? Cyclops’ foes will have to time their attacks well to avoid retribution from his Phoenix-empowered allies!
Last, and certainly not least, Cyclops’ (057) We’re Beloved, They’re Mistrusted Trait boosts friendly adjacent figures’ attack values by +1 if they have the X-Men keyword. As if that weren’t enough, opposing figures with the Avengers keyword modify their attack value by -1!
As we dive into Cyclops’ (057) we see that he has a healthy amount of move and attack alternating between first Running Shot, and then a spread of Hypersonic Speed. You can then take advantage of Cyclops’ (057) maneuverability by setting up a shot using his Phoenix Force Blast special power! This special power allows Cyclops (057) to target an opposing figure with a ranged combat attack, and include any other opposing characters within two squares of the targeted character in the attack’s area of effect!
Initially, Cyclops (057) can use his cosmic powers to counter his foes’ powers and abilities thanks to two clicks of Outwit. Mid-dial this gives way to first Ranged Combat Expert and then Support (which pairs nicely with his X-Men team ability!)
Mid- to late-dial Cyclops’ (057) offensive capabilities shift somewhat as he trades his Phoenix Force Blast special power for Pulse Wave for a couple of clicks. After than Penetrating/Psychic Blast rounds out the rest of Cyclops’ (057) dial.
Defensively, Cyclops initially reduces damage thanks to the new Invincible power, and then alternates between that, Impervious, and Invulnerability for the rest of his dial.
Playable at either 295 points or 150 points, Cyclops (057) brings a lot of punch to the table for your HeroClix match. Along with the X-Men team ability, Cyclops also possesses the Power Cosmic team ability ensuring that he doesn’t have to worry about pushing damage or his powers being countered.
Almost predictably, Cyclops possesses the Cosmic, Phoenix Force, Ruler, and X-Men keywords, allowing for easy theme builds within the Wolverine and the X-Men set, and beyond!