Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man Strategy Article

Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man – Spider-Man Family Team

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Today we have a team building and strategy article featuring Spider-Man and his allies with the Spider-Man Family keyword from the new Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set.

There are many things that make HeroClix a fun and engaging game for nearly all ages.  Though it involves elements of basic arithmetic, strategic planning and positioning, layers of complex power interactions, chance, and even the unknown; the element that makes it more than just the sum of its parts are the characters.  Character dials are designed in a way that extract comic book flavor by highlighting a character’s powers and personality in order to bring HeroClix to life. Some HeroClix figures have been designed as specialists, offering lower cost options that highlight specific powers for easier team building while other larger point characters are more general perspectives.  Today’s team building article focuses on 4 great examples of characters with these features; 3 brand new dials of classic characters and one character making her Clix debut. Each character demonstrates how dial design follows the source material to play like the characters and not just figures on the map.

Here are our characters of interest today, as a 300 point Spider-Man Family Theme Team:

100      Spider-Man
80        Scarlet Spider
70        Silk
50        Black Cat

300 Total points
+4 to Initiative Map Roll, 3 uses of Themed Team Probability Control

Let’s get to work.

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Throughout the nearly 15 years of HeroClix history, there have been countless versions of Spider-Man.  Sifting through the Golden Age archives of Clixdom there are many Spider-Man figures that represent certain aspects of his comic book powers or periods of his long career but just a few that pack the essence of his character and all his powers.  From his ability to swing from rooftops, his proportional arachnid strength, and snaring foes in his webbing to his distracting smack talking attitude, scientific mind, and his heroic drive to save the day this Spider-Man has it all.  For 100 points Spider-Man leads off ignoring elevated and hindering terrain for movement, using Hypersonic Speed granted by his Unmatched Mobility special to make close attacks, grabbing objects with Super Strength, pushing himself to the limit with Willpower, making free attacks with Last-Ditch Effort, dodging attacks like only he can with enhanced Super Senses from his Trusty Spider Sense trait, Combat Reflexes, and utilizing the Spider’s Web trait to pin foes in place with his Web FX base.  Pepper in some Perplex, Outwit, Sidestep, and Close Combat Expert and you have everything you could ask for in a Spider-Man figure. He can be used as a mobile primary attacker, support, and tie-up figure. Putting it all together with an acrobatically dynamic sculpt, Spider-Man has it all.

Our next two pieces for the Spider-Man Family team can make Spider-Man even better with strategic use of their Call In Help From The Spider-Verse traits.

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From the 1990’s Clone Saga we have Ben Reilly donning the sleeveless blue hoodie and red suit as the Scarlet Spider.  Reilly’s claim to fame was the introduction of Impact Webbing which he used to subdue foes from a safer distance, represented here alongside Running Shot and a two target range of 4. With Impact Webbing, you can choose to give an action token to hit targets or prevent them from moving or being placed for a turn. Additionally, when Scarlet Spider hits a target, you may roll for Call In Help From The Spider-Verse to bring in the original Spider-Man, or other friendly character, to step in and finish the job!

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Making her HeroClix debut, Silk shares a common origin with Peter Parker, but was hidden away for years by a mysterious man named Ezekiel, in order to train her powers and protect her from Morlun and the Inheritors.  As a result of this training, her ‘Silk-Sense’ is even stronger than Peter’s ‘Spider-Sense’, and is represented in game by her special damage power Precognitive Spider-Sense. This power allows her to use Probability Control, with an additional ability of re-rolling her Super Senses roll on an opponent’s turn.  Additionally, her Thin Finger Webs give her the use of Incapacitate with 3 targets, but she cannot give actions tokens to a character that does not already have a token.  This synergizes very well with Scarlet Spider’s Impact Webbing to place tokens on two targets and then follow up with Silk using Incapacitate on up to 3 targets without having to worry about characters with zero action tokens for Thin Finger Webs. This combination can lock down opposing characters, and potentially ping them for 1 penetrating damage if they already have 2 tokens.

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Lastly, making an appearance on our Spider-Man Family theme team, is Black Cat.  As a highly skilled cat burglar naturally she ignores elevated terrain when she moves, but she also has a handy trait; I’ll Just Take That, Thanks. This trait allows her to pick an opposing characters pocket if they have an object equipped to them instead of dealing damage.  To top it off, a full dial of Stealth, Combat Reflexes and her damage special Just Lucky, I Guess, which makes her an ideal tie-up piece. She can easily keep opposing characters occupied while your spiders jump around, pin everyone else down with their webbing, and smash heavy objects over their heads while hurling sarcasm in their general direction.

That’s all we have for you today in our Spider-Man Family team building featuring the new Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set.

Until next time, be ‘that guy’; perplex their damage down!

Announcements Road to Worlds

2015 HeroClix Team World Champions: Fail Boat

HeroClix Fans!

Meet the 2015 HeroClix Team World Champions: Fail Boat! See what they had to say about the event, their experience and the HeroClix community here. Do you have what it takes to take them on next year at the 2016 World Championships?

Name: Tim Bold

WES ID: TheEvilCapitalist

Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Favorite Local Venues: Empire Game Center, Diversions

Name: Nick Peterson

WES ID: NOPeterson

Location: Akron, Ohio

Favorite Local Venues: JC Comics and Cards, Empire Game Center

Name: Derek Thompson

WES ID: JDThompson

Location: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Favorite Local Venues: Empire Game Center

2015 HeroClix Team World Champion: Fail Boat

Q: How does it feel to be named 2015 Team World Champion in HeroClix?

Each of us has been playing for a long time and we have all come close to winning a World Championship, so it was great to finally win one. It’s exciting to have won and a little surreal that we get to design a figure that others will actually get to play.

Q: How did you all meet and come up with your team name?

We have a large group of very good players in Northeast Ohio, but we prefer to fly under the radar so we don’t have an official team name. Instead, we come up with ridiculous team names that make fun of our friends in good humor. We have a friend that we frequently say is “captain of the fail boat”, so the name Fail Boat just stuck around.

Q: How did you guys work out your winning build and what was your main strategy going in as a team?

As a team, we play well together since we all have different play and team building styles. Tim prefers to play a balanced team, while Nick plays very aggressively and Derek tends to play teams more defensively. When you are pulling 6 boosters worth of figures, there are enough figures to go around to fit each of these strategies, so we just let each of us gravitate towards the figures that best fit our play styles.

Q: What were your fellow competitors like?

One of the biggest and best surprises to new players is how great the environment and community are, even in a World Championship setting. You are playing for a big prize yet everyone is relaxed and having a great time. We have been playing for a long time and have met a ton of great people that we look forward to seeing and playing each and every year. Despite the horror stories, the “uber-competitive” guy that ruins the environment is very, very hard to find in HeroClix, even in the competitive scene.

Q: What first brought you to HeroClix and how long have you each been playing it?

Tim has been playing the longest as he started back in Clobberin Time. Derek started back in the Sinister days and Nick has been playing since Avengers.

Q: Do you play together often? If so, where do you all meet to play?

We get together to play very frequently, at least twice a month. When we get together and play, we very rarely play the meta, we generally play fun, thematic teams. There are a ton of venues in Northeast Ohio and a lot of times we will meet up at someone’s house after a tournament to play a few fun games. We alternate where we play, but generally end up at Tim’s “ginger mansion”.

Q: What strategy or aspect of your game play as a team do you believe lead to your victory over the other teams?

Since we spend a lot of time playing fun, thematic teams, we tend to know a lot of different pieces really, really well, not just the ones in the meta. We know most of the dials from these sets which helps when team building. We know which figures are worth fielding from playing them. And, it helps when you play against a piece you have seen many times before since you know what powers it gets and how many clicks their dials have.

Q: Do you plan on fighting for your title and perhaps returning next year?

We are fortunate enough to only be a short 2 hour drive from Columbus, so we will absolutely plan on being at Origins to try and defend our title!

Q: What advice would you give others trying to achieve the Team World Champions title?

We strongly encourage everyone who is even remotely considering trying to play in World’s to give the team championship a try. Everyone is on the same play field since it is a sealed event and you get to play with some of your closest friends. In the end, you will find that the Heroclix community is a truly great group of players and even if you don’t win, you will have a lot of fun.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thanks to everyone in Northeast Ohio that has supported us through the years, we are very proud to bring home a World Championship.