Greetings HeroClix Fans!
One week closer to release and we continue to X-plore the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Wolverine and the X-Men set. Today we conclude our travel abroad as we look at some heroes from across the pond. Captain Britain, Meggan and Nightcrawler are all part of the Excalibur Team Dial, but let’s see how they fare when they stand on their own, shall we?
We start with the proclaimed leader of Excalibur, the stoic Captain Britain. He has a trait called Britannia, My Home, which modifies his combat values by +1 when he is fewer squares from his own starting area then any opposing character’s starting area.
Captain Britain is a flier who has an eight-click dial for 110 points. The first half of his dial has Charge, Super Strength, and Toughness. Captain Britain also has a special power called Merlyn’s Chosen Leader, which allows him to use Leadership. When Captain Britain does and removes an action token from a friendly character that shares a keyword with him, that character can use Willpower this turn. Captain Britain’s keywords are Avengers, Excalibur, Hellfire Club, Mystical, and Scientist.
As we turn to the second half of Captain Britain’s dial, he gains Hypersonic Speed, Invulnerability, and Close Combat Expert. On click 7, Hypersonic Speed turns into Phasing/Teleport and on click 8 Captain Britain gains the use of Regeneration.
If Captain Britain is showing on the Excalibur Asset Dial, when the team would be given an action token, instead no action tokens are given. When this team character takes damage, after actions resolve, roll a d6 and turn the asset dial that many times to the left.
Next, we look at Captain Britain’s beloved, the shape-shifting Excalibur alumna Meggan! Meggan is a flier who can use the Mystics team ability and a trait called Empathic Metamorph. This allows Meggan to use Shape Change. When she does and succeeds, choose one of the following to last until the end of your next turn: Meggan can use Impervious and Super Senses; Meggan can use Battle Fury and Blades/Claws/Fangs; Meggan can use Penetrating/Psychic Blast as if she had a range value of 5.
Meggan has a six-click dial for 90 points. Meggan starts with two clicks of Flurry, followed by two clicks of Sidestep and then ending with two clicks of Stealth. For defense, Meggan starts with a click of Toughness and then in her late dial picks up some Combat Reflexes and Perplex.
If Meggan is showing on the Excalibur Asset Dial, the team character can use Shape Change.
Next on the Excalibur roster is a swashbuckling mutant who, like Shadowcat, joined the team after recovering from severe injuries he suffered at the hands of the Mauraders. Make way for the acrobatic adventurer known as Nightcrawler! Nightcrawler has an Improved Movement ability called A Flash of Brimstone which allows him to ignore hindering and elevated terrain during movement.
The first of Nightcrawler’s two traits is called Heroic Rescue. This allows Nightcrawler to use the Carry ability and carry up to two characters if they each share a keyword with him. The second trait is called Teleporting Is Not As Easy As It Looks. Once per turn, Nightcrawler may ignore a wall or square of blocking terrain for movement purposes. If he does, after actions resolve, deal Nightcrawler unavoidable damage equal to the number of characters he carried this turn.
Nightcrawler has a few different ways in which to help him move around the battlefield, starting with Hypersonic Speed. He also can use Sidestep and Charge at various points in his dial. Nightcrawler’s mid-dial has the use of Blades/Claws/Fangs which on click 3 overlaps with the use of Exploit Weakness for a deadly combination.
Nightcrawler has a defensive special power called Not Where You Think I Am, which allows him to use Energy Shield/Deflection and Super Senses. Nightcrawler’s late dial defense is covered by Combat Reflexes, which also helps him ignore knock back.
Nightcrawler is 93 points and has the keywords Excalibur and X-Men and would be a valued member on any team. When Nightcrawler is showing on the Excalibur Asset Dial, the team character can use Combat Reflexes.
Thanks for reading and although that is all the Marvel HeroClix: Wolverine and the X-Men we have for today, be sure to come back neXt time as we look at a villain instrumental in the creation of the Reavers, as well as Psylocke’s eyes. Until then, Shape Change for the Win!!