Greetings HeroClix Fans!
We’re excited to bring you another preview from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble set coming to your local game store May 2015! In today’s preview we have siblings Abyss and Ex Nihilo, first up, let’s look straight into the abyss!
Abyss is one of the Abyss’ that accompany Gardeners who are created by the Builders to help shape the universe. An Abyss is in charge of judging the work of the Gardener including that of her brother.
Abyss is 139 points but is she worth it, or is she just some vast chasm of non-worthiness? She has the Power Cosmic team ability, the Flight symbol, and a single target 4 range. She also has the trait, Invulnerable Gaseous Form. It allows Abyss to use Invulnerability. Her dial has 6 clicks of life, and for all of them she can use Invulnerability because of her trait.
On her top click she starts with Phasing/Teleport, Energy Shield/Deflection, and the special power Molecular Lockdown that says give Abyss a free action and target a character within range and line of fire. Until your next turn, the chosen character can’t use Shape Change or have its combat values modified. So on her top click, Abyss can taxi a friendly character close to the action and use her special power to help friendly characters attacks hit.
On her 2nd click, she gains Mind Control, Shape Change, and the special attack power Creeping Darkness. It states Abyss can use Poison. When she does, deal each adjacent opposing character damage equal to its printed damage value, instead of 1. So on this click she can potentially Mind Control an opposing character with high damage to attack another opposing character having them end their attack next to Abyss. Then on your next turn use her special attack power to Poison them for high damage.
Abyss’s 3rd and 4th clicks are similar to her first 2 clicks sans the Energy Shield/Deflection, just remember to use her traited Invulnerability. Her last 2 clicks change significantly. She has Sidestep, penetrating/Psychic Blast, and Super Senses on both clicks, Shape Change on her 5th click, and her special damage power Molecular Lockdown on her last. So is she worth her points? In the end it’s your decision, but we definitely think so.
Up next, he ain’t heavy, he’s her brother.
Ex Nihilo is one of the Gardeners that were created by the Builders. He stands at 190 points, and like his sister has the Power Cosmic team ability. He has Improved Movement: ignores hindering terrain and a single target 8 range. His trait Origin Bomb states that once per game give Ex Nihilo a double power action and place an Origin Bomb marker anywhere on the map. At the beginning of your next turn, deal 3 damage to each character and destroy each object, wall, and square of blocking terrain within 3 squares of the marker and then remove this marker from the game.
Ex Nihilo has a dial that is 8 clicks deep and it is a creative dial at that. His top click he possesses Invincible, Outwit, and 2 special powers. His special movement power, Chlorokinesis, says to give Ex Nihilo a power action and place up to 3 hindering terrain markers in distinct, adjacent squares. The first marker must be within line of fire and all markers must be within range.
His special attack power Terrain Manipulation allows Ex Nihilo to use Telekinesis. If he uses it to place an object, he can immediately use Quake as a free action as if he occupied the square of the placed object. Use his Outwit on an opposing character before using this power to make sure it sticks.
Click two brings a change in tactics, Sidestep, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, Invulnerability, and Perplex which is going to hurt your opponent’s characters where they can feel it. Click four and five brings him the ability to hide from opposing characters with his Stealth and if that’s not enough to protect him, his Barrier on both clicks should do the trick. Clicks six and seven show up with Defend along with the special damage power Create Life From Flora. It says to give Ex Nihilo a power action. Make a close combat attack targeting each opposing character that’s occupying or adjacent to hindering terrain, dealing 3 damage to each hit character. How well could this work with a Stealth based team? Conceivably you could deal 3 damage to entire teams with this power! Team him up with a character with Smoke Cloud and your opponent may have to spend a few minutes clicking damage on dials. On his last click he gains Regeneration so he can heal up to half of his dial.
Paired up together Abyss and Ex Nihilo are 329 points, so to play them together you’ll need a 400 point or greater build. Both of them have the Avengers and Cosmic keywords so a theme team shouldn’t be a problem. In addition, Ex Nihilo has the Builders keyword. Except for Sidestep, neither character has the ability to move then attack. You’ll need to take into account their lack of mobility, but Abyss can taxi Ex Nihilo around the map for attack setup for later turns.
That’s all for this week’s Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble preview, be sure you come back later this week for another exciting preview!