Greetings HeroClix Fans!
Today’s preview from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: X-Men – Days of Future Past gravity feed set is 2 of the same character, but one is from the past and one is from the future! The characters we bring you are Ariel and Sprite, let’s take a closer look!
Sprite starts at a spritely 55 points and possesses Improved Movement ignores hindering terrain, blocking terrain, and characters for movement purposes. This can be potentially useful with her four clicks of Sidestep and her starting click of Exploit Weakness. She also has Willpower for her first 3 clicks so getting into place to push with Sidestep from behind a wall, or character will be a breeze. If she comes up short movement wise she does have a single target 4 range to attack with as well.
Sprite has two traits, we’ll start with I’ve Seen a Future Clouded in Death which states Sprite can use Super Senses. If Sprite was placed on the map through the Battlefield Promotion ability, she can use Outwit and Perplex. That leads us to her other trait.
Sprite has the trait Sent From the Future to Save the World Battlefield Promotion: When Sprite hits one or more opposing characters, after actions resolve, place a Promotion token on her character card. You may then roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled and add 1 for each Promotion token on her character card; on a result of 6 or higher, you may remove all Promotion tokens and replace this character with DofP #002 Ariel on the same click number. This leads us to our other character, DofP #002 Ariel.
Ariel also flies in at 55 points as well. She doesn’t have the Improved Movement her counterpart has, but she does start with her 2 first clicks with Phasing and Precision Strike. This is really a great representation of these two same but different characters, both having a lower damage value, but having that X-Men training to cut through defenses! She also has the Transporter foot speed symbol, so not only can she use the Move and Attack ability, but the Carry ability as well to get her teammates in or out of the fray!
On her 2nd, 3rd, and last clicks, Ariel has Support with a 10 attack value, so keeping her away from the main fight could be a good strategy to let her be a support character. She could Move and Attack in carrying an X-Men TA teammate, use Precision Strike to cut through some defenses. Let her teammate do the damage and take the hits then heal the teammate up with the X-Men TA, potentially taking damage to get to her 2nd click with Support.
Ariel gets Stealth and Toughness on click 3, but remember, this one will halve her movement if she moves off of hindering terrain. Putting her in hindering terrain on her 3rd click could be a good support strategy, she has Support still and a 6 range single target with one damage, but only 1 damage, so your opponent may not see her as much of a threat and may leave her alone. Both of these characters have the X-Men keyword and X-Men Team Ability, but Ariel has the keywords Days of Future Past and Future as well.
Ariel has 2 similar traits to Sprite as well. The first trait is I Bring Dark Tidings from the Future states Ariel can use Super Senses. If Ariel was placed through the Battlefield Promotion ability, she can use Probability Control. If this did happen, being able to reroll your Support rolls is a fantastic thing!
Her other trait is Visions of the Past which is a Battlefield Promotion too. It says when Ariel hits one or more opposing characters, after actions resolve, place a Promotion token on her character card. You may then roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled and add 1 for each Promotion token on her character card; on a result of 6 or higher, you may remove all Promotion tokens and replace this character with DofP #020 Sprite on the same click number.
Thanks for reading and be sure to continue to check back as we preview more figures from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: X-Men – Days of Future Past gravity feed set because we are all fired up about the next weeks character!