Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three

Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three- Team Building Strategy Article

Greetings HeroClix Players and Duelists!

With Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three released, let’s discuss some of the great combinations available with all of the new figures!

Team 1:

Buster Blader (YGO3#018) 150 pts

Revival Jam (YGO3#003) 52 pts

Kamion Wizard (YGO3#002) 57 pts

Hayabusa Knight (YGO3#012) 35 pts

Total: 294 pts

Yu-Gi-Oh! Series Three: Kamion wizard Yu-Gi-Oh! Series Three: Hayabusa Knight

First up, let’s take a look at a 300-point team centered around Buster Blader! Buster Blader will serve as our main attacker, so we will concentrate on filling out the team with figures that will compliment Buster Blader. First, we’ll add Revival Jam as a tie-up figure. Tie-up figures are incredibly helpful when your team is based around close-combat oriented figures. As a tie-up figure, Revival Jam’s role will be to move adjacent to opposing characters (particularly, dangerous ranged combat figures like Dark Magician or Blue-Eyes White Dragon). By moving adjacent to opposing characters, the tie-up figure can prevent those characters from making ranged combat attacks and escaping Buster Blader. Further, Revival Jam is capable of holding its own in combat due to its Incapacitate as well as a few 3 damage clicks.

Next, we are going to add Kamionwizard, who brings support powers including Probability Control and Perplex in addition to offensive powers such as Penetrating/Psychic Blast and Precision Strike. Whenever possible, your team should include Probability Control so you can ensure that your attacks go as planned. Penetrating/Psychic Blast can help get through opposing damage reducers until Buster Blader picks up Exploit Weakness mid-dial.

Finally, with only a few points left, we can add Hayabusa Knight as another close combat attacker who would also benefit from Revival Jam tying up other characters, and can deal some damage using both Flurry and Blades/Claws/Fangs.

This team is very close combat oriented, but we can further improve the team’s performance by selecting a favorable map. If you win the roll to go first, try selecting the “Zeppelin” map from the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series 2 OP Kit, or the “Broken Sphinx” map from the Battle of the Millennium OP Event series which has plenty of blocking terrain to provide cover while Buster Blader approaches.

Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Team 1

Team 2:

Seiyaryu (YGO3#011) 112 pts

Wingweaver (YGO3#005) 98 pts

Petit Angel (YGO3#008) 43 pts

Happy Lover (YGO1#027) 63 pts

Blade Knight (YGO1#020) 82 pts

Total: 397 pts


Yu-Gi-Oh! Series Three: Seiyaryu  Yu-Gi-Oh! Series Three: Wingweaver  Yu-Gi-Oh! Series Three: Petit Angel

Our next team is a 400-point Light themed team. To begin, we’ll add Seiyaryu and Wingweaver as larger point investments. Seiyaryu has 7 range, the carry ability, and Indomitable. Although Earthbound/Neutralized is typically seen as a major drawback for characters by removing any special movement symbols (like Wing, Transporter, or Dolphin), attack symbols (like Duo and Sharpshooter), defense symbols (like Indomitable), and damage symbols (like Tiny Size, Giant Size and Colossal Size), Wingweaver can actually benefit from the Earthbound/Neutralized on its first click that cancels the Wing movement symbol, thereby allowing it to be carried. While being carried around, Wingweaver may use Defend to share its 18 defense between adjacent characters, and it even has some Support to heal characters when they get hit. Wingweaver can push onto its later clicks and become a great close combat character. In addition to Seiyaryu and Wingweaver, we have Petit Angel and Happy Lover, who both offer extra offensive support in the form of Enhancement. Petit Angel can be carried by any of your other friendly characters due to its Tiny Size, and Happy Lover can carry others with Phasing/Teleport in addition to Incapacitate with 3 Targets! To round out the team, we’ll add Blade Knight from Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One, who is capable of dealing some damage with Blades/Claws/Fangs, moving around by itself with Sidestep and Charge, and durable with full dial Toughness.

In addition to the synergy among figures, remember to fully utilize the benefits of having a Themed Team. By having a 400 point Named Themed Team with 5 characters, you get +5 to the roll for Initiative (the roll to go first and pick map), as well as 4 uses of Themed Team Probability Control. With the high number of figures with either Flight and mobility via movement powers, this team can capitalize on multiple elevations to provide coverage while setting up attacks and to help make the critical first strike! To that end, try selecting the “Millennium Puzzle” map from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle of the Millennium OP Event series if you win the Initiative roll.

Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Team 2

Team 3:

X-Head Cannon (YGO3#014) 120 pts

Y-Dragon Head (YGO3#015) 105 pts

Z-Metal Tank (YGO3#016) 85 pts

Spirit of the Harp (YGO3#004) 60 pts

Magician of Faith (YGO3#013) 60 pts

Key Mace (YGO1#028) 65 pts

Total: 495 pts


XY-Dragon Cannon (YGO3#017)

XYZ-Dragon Cannon (YGO3#019)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Series Three: Spirit of the Harp

Finally, we have a 500-point Light themed team utilizing all three of the XYZ monsters! X-Head Cannon, Y-Dragon Head, and Z-Metal Tank synergize well together with abilities like “Cover Fire” from Z-Metal Tank. They can also use Fusion to bring out either XY-Dragon Cannon or XYZ-Dragon Cannon. Remember, each of these powerful Fusion monsters brings its own benefits and drawbacks. XY-Dragon Cannon may be helpful if you need the help of some powers like Precision Strike, Poison, and the Flight symbol, and the brutal stats and damage output of XYZ-Dragon Cannon may be important when facing down stronger figures. The next addition to the team, Spirit of the Harp, is particularly useful with the XYZ monsters, offering Enhancement to bolster ranged combat attacks, Barrier to protect against opposing ranged attacks, and the “Soothing Music” trait, which offers Willpower to the XYZ monsters. All three XYZ monsters benefit from Willpower, but X-Head Cannon’s special power, “Double-Barreled Cannon,” which requires a Double-Power action that he would normally take pushing damage for. Next up, we have Magician of Faith for some Probability Control, some Penetrating/Psychic Blast, and Stealth to protect itself as well as block potential lines of fire to other characters. To round out our team, we are adding Key Mace from Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One. Key Mace is another Tiny Size character which can be carried by a larger character for free, and when it use its Charge and Precision Strike to get into close combat, it ties-up opposing, but does not prevent your friendly characters from drawing Line of Fire over it. In addition to that, Key Mace has Super Senses to attempt to dodge attacks and a +1 to its defense during a ranged combat attack from Tiny Size.

Overall this team thrives in a ranged combat environment, but is very capable of handling close combat as well. Like our 400-point team discussed above, this Themed Team benefits from bonuses to the roll for Initiative as well as several uses of Themed Team Probability Control. The benefit to the Initiative roll may be used to increase your odds of selecting map, allowing you to pick a map that maximizes the effectiveness of this team. For a range-focused team like this one, wide open spaces will benefit you. To that end, you may want to try selecting the “Egypt River map from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle of the Millennium! OP Event series with plenty of water terrain to potentially hinder opposing movement and be clear for ranged attacks.

Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Team 3

Thank you for joining us for Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three! These are only a few of the many combinations to be used with Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three, so be sure to try out your own teams and strategies as well!

Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three

Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three- Buster Blader

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome back to our Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three previews! The set released last week so make sure to visit your Friendly Local Game Store.  Today we are going to look at the mighty Buster Blader!


Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three- Buster Blader

Buster Blader clocks in at 150 points with 8 clicks of up close and personal power! Buster Blader starts off with great stats and close combat powers, as well as Indomitable for Willpower! On its first two clicks, Buster Blader has Charge and Quake to move in and break up opponents’ formations on top of a solid 18 defense with Impervious. Buster Blader also has Battle Fury, which makes it immune to Incapacitate and Mind Control, and allows it to ignore opposing characters’ Shape Change.

In the middle of his dial, Buster Blader moves on to its special attack power “Dragon Sword,” which allows it to deal heavy damage to characters with “Dragon” in their name. Whenever Buster Blader uses Blades/Claws/Fangs from the “Dragon Sword” power while attacking a character with “Dragon in the name, you can roll 2 d6 instead of 1, and choose one result to replace its damage value with. This gives you a better chance for  Blades/Claws/Fangs to hit for some more damage. If Buster Blader gets hit onto one of these clicks, it can use Blades/Claws/Fangs combined with Exploit Weakness to really slay some “Dragons”!

Using “Dragon Sword,” Buster Blader has a 30.6% chance of dealing the maximum 6 damage using Blades/Claws/Fangs, nearly double the chance compared to rolling just one die! Also, it moves up from a 50% chance to a 75% chance of dealing at least 4 damage! “Dragon Sword” can also be used to selectively deal damage, making sure not to hit your opponent’s figures onto really dangerous clicks. The rest of Buster Bladers dial has synergistic powers including Sidestep and Close Combat Expert, “Agile and Durable” for Combat Reflexes and Invincible while in close combat, and a stat spike back to 18 defense and 4 damage on its last click.

For team building, Buster Blader can be used as a main attacker on many teams, and he can be a real power house with a little support. Some supporting elements to team it with would be a good ranged combat attacker like Dark Magician from the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Starter Set to keep some pressure off of Buster Blader while he gets into battle, as well as a character that can use Telekinesis to get Buster Blader into play quickly such as Cannon Soldier from Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series 1. Buster Blader can also be teamed with other “Yugi Muto” characters like Sangan to remove action tokens with its Fiendish Support Trait, and Beta the Magnet Warrior to pull in opposing characters with “Magnetic Pull.” Some “Earth” characters to team up with include Morphing Jar for Probability Control and Perplex, or Little Red Riding Hood for Perplex and her Trait to give friendly characters that share a keyword with her +1 attack for the rest of the game when she is KOd.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! scenario games, Buster Blader also has a Trap/Spell effect that can added to your Trap/Spell pool for 3 points when building your force or when Buster Blader is KOd. Its Spell, “Horn of the Unicorn,” allows a set character to take a power action to give itself +1 attack! Another interesting point, unlike the Spells from previous sets, “Horn of the Unicorn” doesn’t remove itself when used and can be used multiple times. Also, “Horn of the Unicorn” is placed back into your Trap/Spell pool when the assigned character is KOd and able to be assigned to another character. Buster Blader’s Trap is Torrential Tribute”, which must be assigned to a character that is not on its first click and activates when the set character is KOd, assigning all opposing characters within 6 squares an action token.

That is it for this Series Three preview, but be sure to join us next time when we look at some helpful Spellcasters!