Greetings HeroClix Fans!
Civil War is upon us! Beginning today, June 1st, HeroClix venues all over the world will be holding Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play tournaments. Choose your side, whether you stand with Iron Man on the Pro-Registration side or with Captain America on the Anti-Registration side, both teams are balanced and ready to play. It is up to you, and your dice, to decide who is victorious!
For all the information regarding the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play events, you can follow this link: http://wizkids.com/heroclix/marvel-heroclix-civil-war-storyline-organized-play-series/
For today’s discussion, let’s focus on the suggested tournament format of how these events will be run and what players can expect for team building prospects.
The first three months of Civil War are single booster draft Battle Royales. Players are seated in groups of four, with two having been declared playing ‘Pro-Registration’ and two for ‘Anti-Registration’. Each brick of Civil War boosters has 8 regular 5-figure boosters and one Prize Support Pack. There are 2 different 2’x 3’ maps included in the Support Pack that have a 2’ x 2’ area on them marked off for a four player setup. Once seating is determined, players open their single booster, check the contents to be sure all characters’ dials are readable and proper cards are included, and then they ‘draft’ their teams. Each booster contains 2 red based Pro-Registration pieces, 2 dark blue based Anti-Registration pieces, and one black based neutral figure. All players take the neutral figure and the two figures that match their chosen faction and add them to their force. The two remaining figures get passed to the next player of the opposing faction (across or to the left, depending on seating). This way every player has 5 figures to play, 4 of their faction and one neutral. Stores will also distribute the ‘Bounty Cards’ found in the Support Pack randomly to players, based on faction. If you are able to defeat the character depicted on your Bounty Card, then ALL players of your faction (even in other Battle Royales!) can heal a friendly character of their choice 1 click at the beginning of their turn! Players then determine who goes first, choose starting areas accordingly, and play goes clockwise around the table.
In Month 1 and Month 3, the format is a standard Battle Royale, so every player for themselves! And Month 2 is a Team Battle Royale, which will have players teaming up with the other player of the same faction! The winner is the player with the most points that they KO’d. After the game is over, all of the figures opened in everyone’s boosters are placed in the middle of the table, along with one of the Prize Foil Packs located in the Support Pack. Then, players ‘snake draft’ what they are going home with, choosing one figure at a time in the order of 1st to 4th place and then in reverse order until all figures have been chosen.
So what can you expect when it comes time to set up your team in your starting area and roll some dice? There are 16 figures for each faction and 9 neutral figures in the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP set. With the way figures are distributed and the range of point values of all the characters, every player will have a team of at least 300 points, but likely between 330 and 370. It is recommended that organizers keep players to 3 regular actions per turn. All the available figures are either 60, 70, 80, or 90 points with equal distribution between factions. For example, both factions only have one 90 point figure available as a common (Hercules or She-Hulk), and only one 80 point uncommon (both versions of Spider-Man) with no 90 point uncommons.
Let’s take a quick look at an example how this will work on game day:
You sit down at a table with three other players, all with your boosters in hand and ready to play. You are playing Pro-Registration, so to your left and right going around the table you have a pair of Anti-Registration players. You open your boosters at the same time, and verify the contents of the booster.
Let’s say your booster looks like this:
Captain America 001 (blue base-common)
Iron Man 002 (red base-common)
Namorita 033 (black base-common)
Spider-Man 014 (red base-uncommon)
Falcon 023 (blue base-rare)
You immediately take out the Namorita (60 points), Iron Man (80 points), and Spider-Man (80 points) and pass the Captain America (80 points) and Falcon (70 points) to one of the Anti-registration players and receive two red based figures from the other Anti-Registration player.
Suppose they hand you:
Radioactive Man (70 points)
Yellowjacket (60 points)
This gives you a 350 point team to go up against three other players with a similar point total. Point totals do not have to be equal to balance out in a battle royale. These battles are a different breed entirely when compared to standard 2-player games. 20 figures, all of the 60 to 90 point weight class, slugging it out on a smaller 2’ x 2’ map setup.
That’s all for today, HeroClix fans! Log into the WizKids Info Network and find Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP tournaments near you, starting in June, and choose your side. We hope you enjoy the new Battle Royale format and wish you luck in your upcoming events!
Until next time, just kick back, relax, and pull your tokens!