Greetings HeroClix Fans!
For today’s Marvel HeroClix: Galactic Guardians preview, we focus on the Universal Church of Truth, an intergalactic religious order that has placed its faith in the teachings of Adam Warlock’s evil alter ego from the future, the Magus! First, we take a look at the Cardinal of the UCT!
Very little can deter the Cardinal of the UCT from its mission to convert the entire universe into worshippers of the Magus! With this in mind, the Cardinal begins play with Phasing/Teleport in its speed slot. Defensively, the Cardinal relies upon holy armor (Toughness) to protect him from harm while Close Combat Expert represents the holy weaponry!
Starting on his second click, the Cardinal gains a long run of a Minion special power, Belief Battery, which represents its empowerment by its fellow believers! If a friendly character named Magus or Cardinal Raker is within eight squares, Belief Battery charges the Cardinal of the UCT with the Flight ability! Belief Battery works in combination with the Cardinal’s new movement ability, Charge, and his damage ability, Exploit Weakness, both of which appear for two clicks. On those same two clicks, the Cardinal’s boost in power is represented defensively in the form of Invulnerability. Mid-dial, the Cardinal regains Toughness and Exploit Weakness to smite any unbelievers. On his last click, the Cardinal’s belief that the Magus will sustain him is represented via Regeneration.
The Cardinal of the UCT has a range of four. At 66 points, the Cardinal is a viable option for your crusading strike force – particularly one that includes Magus or the mysterious Cardinal Raker!
Cardinal Raker was a high-ranking member of the Universal Church of Truth who has clashed directly with Adam Warlock and the Guardians of the Galaxy. As one of the more powerful warriors in the Universal Church of Truth, Cardinal Raker clocks in at 132 points and has a range of six.
Like the Cardinal of the UCT, Cardinal Raker begins play with Phasing/Teleport as his preferred mode of movement. Unlike the Cardinal of the UCT, Cardinal Raker possesses Impervious on his opening click to help him absorb all or some damage dealt to him. In his damage slot, Cardinal Raker possesses a Minion special power, Our Immortal Deity! This power, which appears on every one of Cardinal Raker’s clicks, modifies his attack value by +1 if a character named Magus is within eight squares. In addition, if Magus is on his first click, all of Cardinal Raker’s combat values are modified by +1 and he can use Willpower.
Starting with Cardinal Raker’s second click, he begins the use of Blades/Claws/Fangs for the majority of his dial. This run of Blades/Claws/Fangs is interrupted on the back half of dial when he switches to Penetrating/Psychic Blast for two clicks! Also on Cardinal Raker’s second click, he picks up Charge, which can be used in combination with Blades/Claws/Fangs to really put the fear of Magus into those who oppose the Universal Church of Truth! As a follow-up, Charge makes way for two clicks of Flurry. Defensively, Cardinal Raker switches from Impervious to Invulnerability as his damage reducer of choice. Mid-dial, he then switches to Toughness for three clicks before ending his dial with Regeneration. Phasing/Teleport reappear on Cardinal Raker’s last two clicks to help him regroup and heal with Regeneration.
Both the Cardinal of the UCT and Cardinal Raker have the Universal Church of Truth and Warrior keywords. Cardinal Raker makes for a viable leader on most forces or can be an empowered zealot if used with Magus!
That’s all we have for today! Please join us on join us on Monday as we continue our previews of the Marvel HeroClix: Galactic Guardians Annihilators Fast Forces pack with a hero last seen in the Captain America expansion. Speaking of Cap, be sure to return on Wednesday when we explore the Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Movie expansion and visit with the sentinel of liberty’s greatest enemy!