Greetings HeroClix Fans!
We hope you are ready for today’s preview of the very X-citing upcoming Marvel HeroClix: The Uncanny X-Men 5-figure booster set! Starting us off is one time X-Men foe-turned-team leader Emma Frost!
Changing up her usual white wardrobe to dress in all black, Emma can be a strong addition to your team at 80 points. If you are into keywords, Emma Frost has 4 options for themed building; Generation X, Hellfire Club, Hellions, and X-Men. We’ve seen a very similar set of powers and distribution of stats for several versions of Emma over the years, starting with a 5 range single target Mind Control and Super Senses. This time she brings her head mistress status at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters to the battle, and puts those keywords to work, with her special damage power Teaching the Next Generation; letting her use Perplex but also allowing her to choose a combat value other than damage, and modify that value on all friendly characters within range that share a keyword with her regardless of line of fire.
After 3 clicks of those powers with 10 attack and 3 damage she goes from being persuasive with her mental powers to being an offensive force dealing penetrating damage with 3 clicks of Penetrating/Psychic Blast, the first of which coupled with Running Shot. She’s not coy or naïve in the least and keeps her defenses up with Energy Shield/Deflection and Shape Change.
If she gets knocked low don’t lose your cool, with the X-Men TA she can benefit from some healing from a friendly fellow X-Men… or you may have noticed her Costed Trait Switch to Diamond Form in the Nick of Time. For an additional 5 points when building your force, you may activate this trait with a sidelined Emma Frost 005b prime. When Emma Frost 005a would be KO’d you may instead replace her with the prime Emma on click #6! Speaking of the prime Emma Frost, let’s take a look at her card and dial.
You’ll notice right away this version of Emma Frost has her diamond skin form when her secondary mutation manifests. She drops her keywords to Hellfire Club and X-Men but keeps the X-Men Team Ability. Emma’s secondary mutation drops her mental powers in favor of physical strength and durability and in being the ‘diamond in the rough’ of close combat. Her trait Diamond Form keeps her safe from being heavily damaged by range focused opponents limiting her to taking a maximum of 1 damage from ranged attacks (Take that Cyclops! Emma has your number!) and Indomitable keeps her leading your team by example from the front.
For all 6 clicks of her 125 point dial she’ll be teaching some hard lessons opening with Charge and Super Strength combined with Impervious to help keep her safe. Her top dial Outwit sets her apart from most close combat ‘brick’ type figures. Later in her dial, her defense power changes to Invulnerability and she gains Sidestep to be able to maneuver into a position to deal penetrating damage with her Exploit Weakness.
Class isn’t over yet! On her last click, Emma is graced with a STOP click that grants Invulnerability and she returns to the same combination of Charge, Super Strength and Outwit that she had on has on her top two clicks. This is also the click you land on if you pay the 5 points for the common 005a Emma Frost to use her Costed Trait.
That’s all for today, HeroClix fans! Stay with us as we continue to preview more of everyone’s favorite mutants and their villains over the next month leading up to the debut of The Uncanny X-Men set. Remember to sign in or sign up on the WizKids Event System to find local tournaments, including the Uncanny X-Men prerelease tournaments at select venues.
Until next time, just push ‘em all!