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Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP- Thunderbolts Team

Greetings HeroClix fans, and welcome to a team building exercise featuring one of the signature Pro-Registration teams from the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play Event! Today, we’re looking at a group of “reformed” villains intent on working with the government to correct their misguided ways – the Thunderbolts!

There are a lot of options for Thunderbolts characters in this set, and we’ve put together a team for a 300-point constructed game with a good mix of characters and playstyles. Three of these characters were at one-time part of the core Thunderbolts team, with Songbird and Atlas joining at the start, and Radioactive Man coming aboard soon after. As they were all dedicated to improving themselves and leaving their lives of villainy behind, they all share a trait called Justice, Like Lightning, which you may recognize as the tagline of the comic. This trait states that after actions resolve, during which one of those characters damages one or more opposing characters with an attack, roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled. On a result of a 5 or 6, you may remove an action token from a friendly character with the Thunderbolts keyword within five squares. This trait can help the Thunderbolts to keep pursing their targets!

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP - Thunderbolts Team - Radioactive Man

Up first is Dr. Chen Lu – the Radioactive Man! A 70-point piece with 5 clicks of life, Radioactive Man is designed to inflict a lot of damage to characters in close situations. He starts with a special power called Nuclear-Level Radiation that gives him a different take on Poison – as long as he is next to an opposing character at the beginning of the turn, Radioactive Man can deal 2 damage to each adjacent character, or instead deal 1 damage to all other characters within 3 squares! He has a solid mix of standard powers as well, bringing Sidestep, Poison, Toughness, and Invulnerability to the table, along with a range of 3 squares, and a natural 3 or 4 damage value throughout his dial!

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP - Thunderbolts Team - Songbird

Joining him is one of the most iconic members of the Thunderbolts, the former Screaming Mimi, Songbird! Much like Radioactive Man, Songbird is a 70-point character, who is able to attack two targets from 5 squares away. She possesses 1 attack special power, which appears on her first two clicks called Sonic Constructs, which gives Songbird the ability to use Force Blast, Incapacitate, and Telekinesis. Access to these powers makes her a natural board controller that can move, freeze, and place characters. Songbird also has a myriad of standard powers, including Sidestep, Force Blast, Running Shot, Energy Explosion, Pulse Wave, Barrier, Super Senses, and Leadership.

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP - Atlas

Our next team member towers above the rest of the ‘Bolts, and features the Giant Reach, Great Size combat symbol – it’s Atlas! At 90-points, Atlas is a brute force attacker who is suited to bring in the midst of the fight. Like both Radioactive Man and Songbird, Atlas also possesses one special power, appearing on clicks 2 and 3 of his six click dial. Just Like When We Invaded the Mansion grants Atlas the ability to use both Flurry and Sidestep. Additionally, when you use Flurry, after actions resolve, you may place any hit characters adjacent to him! Atlas also has a mix of standard powers suited to his more in-your-face approach, including Charge, Sidestep, Quake, Impervious, Invulnerability, Toughness, and Close Combat Expert.

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP - Thunderbolts Team - Jack O'Lantern

Our final team member was a new recruit during the Civil War, while the Thunderbolts were tracking down and imprisoning unregistered heroes. Jack O’Lantern gave the team another sets of eyes in the sky.  His Improved Targeting – Ignores Hindering Terrain, allows him to see though any Hindering Terrain and so opposing characters trying to hide with Stealth are in trouble. As a straightforward attacker, Jack O’Lantern has a mix of powers that include Running Shot, Sidestep, Energy Explosion, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, Toughness, and Exploit Weakness. Use him to deal some nice penetrating damage near the end of his dial.

And with Jack O’Lantern, we bring to a close our 290 point Thunderbolts squad! There are a lot of options in this set for you to customize your Thunderbolts to suit your needs – swapping in characters like Bullseye, Taskmaster, MACH-IV, Venom, or Jester, can swing this team in any direction to suit your play style.

That’s all for today, ‘Clix fans! Join us next time for more in-depth looks at the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play characters! Until then, visit the WizKids Info Network to find events near you and don’t be afraid to push!

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Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP – Atlas & Goliath

Greetings HeroClix Fans! Civil War is upon us!  Beginning June 1st HeroClix venues all over the world will kick off the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play. Choose your side, whether you stand with Tony Stark on the Pro-Registration side -or- with Captain America on the Anti-Registration side, both teams are equally balanced and ready to play.  It is up to you (and your dice) to decide who is victorious!

Today’s preview of the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP gives you a taste of that balance as we look at team members on each side of the conflict. Two heroes who have to shop the ‘Big and Tall’ section for new suits, Atlas & Goliath!

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP - Atlas

Co-opted by the government as part of the Thunderbolts team of (semi) reformed super powered criminals, Atlas represents the Pro-Registration forces supporting Iron Man.  At 90 points, Atlas provides a strong backbone for your team.  With abilities provided by the Indomitable defense symbol, the Giant damage symbol, and the Masters of Evil team ability, he can keep moving and keep hitting whenever you need to dish out damage. There is a good chance he will always have something close by to hit with the Giant Reach ability. He has movement options at every position on his dial with a starting click of Charge, two clicks of a special movement power Just Like When We Invaded the Mansion that lets him use Flurry and Sidestep, and when using Flurry he can place any hit characters adjacent to him after the action ends, and then he finishes with regular Sidestep.  With some Quake and Close Combat Expert, on attack and damage respectively, he can be useful for hitting multiple targets or singling out just one.  His attack stays at a consistent 10 with a little rise at the end and his damage never drops below 3.  Atlas is also sturdy enough to take some heavy hits with Impervious, Invulnerability, and Toughness for damage reduction on every click.  He also works as a team player with the Justice Like Lightning trait that is also featured on the other Thunderbolts members in this set, which gives him the chance to remove an action token from a friendly character with the Thunderbolts keyword within 4 squares whenever he damages one or more characters with an attack.  Now let’s see who he will likely be grappling with on the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War battlefield.

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP - Goliath

Matching Atlas at 90 points, Goliath sports the Indomitable and Giant Size abilities for Captain America’s Anti-Registration faction.  He also has the Defenders team ability to share his healthy starting 18 defense value with other Defenders or Wild Card characters.  As more of a traditional heavy hitter, Goliath strides ahead at the opposition with Charge and Super Strength, switching over to Sidestep and Close Combat Expert mid dial.  He finishes with higher attack and damage values as a last ditch effort to help his team, with the Get Ready for the Shortest Comeback in History that lets him use Charge without reducing his speed value by half.  If Goliath falls in clix combat just as he did in the comics his trait, A Hero Remembered will trigger and result in a click of healing for the rest of his teammates, and the use of Sidestep if he is KO’d during your opponent’s turn.  His defensive line of Invincible, Invulnerability, and Toughness should keep you from seeing his KO clicks too early though.

That’s all for today, HeroClix fans! Log into the WizKids Info Network to find Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP Events near you starting in June!

Until next time, keep your dice on the table and your eyes on the map!