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Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix Series One: Kinetic Soldier!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Our series of previews for the highly anticipated Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One Gravity Feed set has thus far revealed fantastic creatures such as Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Gate Guardian and Firewing Pegasus.  The Kinetic Soldier, the subject of today’s preview, may be a bit more down to earth but can still pack quite a punch and should find its way onto your gaming tables!

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Coming in at 64 points, Kinetic Soldier hits the battlefield with pretty straightforward dial that features fairly consistent attack values and Energy Explosion on each of his clicks.  In terms of speed powers, Kinetic Soldier starts with a pair of Running Shot clicks that go well with his range of six squares and two targets and the Energy Explosion power.  On Kinetic Soldier’s last two clicks Running Shot is replaced with Sidestep.

On the same clicks as Running Shot, Kinetic Soldier has Energy Shield/Deflection to make him a little more difficult to hit with ranged attacks.  The rest of Kinetic Soldier’s dial features Toughness and a very consistent set of defense values.  Ranged Combat Expert appears on the last three clicks of Kinetic Soldier’s dial to offer an alternative to Energy Explosion.

We’ve saved the best for last:  Kinetic Soldier also comes into play with a trait called Warriors Are Weak, which grants him a +1 bonus to his attack and damage values when he targets a character that can use Blades/Claws/Fangs or Charge with an attack.  Squaring off against a congregation of Alligator’s Swords?  If Kinetic Soldier is on his top click, he’ll enjoy taking aim with an 11 attack value and a damage value of 4!

Kinetic Soldier’s low point cost leaves plenty of room for teammates.  Field a force with multiple Kinetic Soldiers and watch the fur fly as they use Energy Explosion with two targets to deal with clusters of foes.  And if those foes can use Blades/Claws/Fangs or Charge, the Warriors are Weak trait will buff up Kinetic Soldier’s attack and defense numbers!  To help you build a theme team around the Kinetic Soldier, he has the “Alister,” Earth, Future and Soldier keywords.

Thanks for reading!  As a reminder, the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One Gravity Feed features 55 collectible characters in single-figure foil packs for you to duel to your heart’s content!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix Series One: Gate Guardian!

Ho-ho-ho, HeroClix fans!

As our special Christmas Day present to you, we continue our previews for Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One!  Today we take a look at a game mechanic in this set that should be somewhat familiar to Yu-Gi-Oh! fans:  Fusion!  To help us in understanding this trait, we are pleased to present the Gate Guardian!

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The first line of Fusion reads as follows:  “When a listed character is adjacent to all other listed characters and hits an opposing character, after actions resolve it may be given a free action to replace these characters with Gate Guardian from your sideline.”

The three characters needed to fuse into Gate Guardian are Suijin, Kazejin and Sanga of the Thunder, all of which are available in the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One set.  If Suijin, Kazejin and Sanga of the Thunder are adjacent to each other and, for example, Kazejin hits an opposing character, after actions resolve Kazejin may be given a free action to replace all three characters with Gate Guardian from your sideline.  You’ll want to note that you only have to hit an opposing character in order to get the free action; you don’t necessarily need to damage it.

The next line of Fusion reads:  “When Gate Guardian enters the game in this way, it starts the same number of clicks from his starting line as the character given the action and modifies its combat values by +1.”

From our example above, if Kazejin is two clicks from its starting line when the free action is used, then Gate Guardian comes into the game two clicks from his starting line.  Additionally, Gate Guardian’s combat values are modified by +1 when he comes into play.

The last line of Fusion reads:  “This trait is active even when this character is not on the map.”

Although Suijin, Kazejin and Sanga of the Thunder don’t possess this trait on their individual dials, Gate Guardian has it and it’s active if he’s on your sideline and is waiting to be brought into play.

Gate Guardian hits the battlefield at 300 points.  On its first four clicks Gate Guardian has a trio of special powers named after the trinity that fuse into him.

In the speed slot is Kazejin, which lets Gate Guardian use Running Shot.  Additionally, when Gate Guardian hits with a ranged combat attack, the target is knocked back and is given an action token.  Again, you only have to hit with a ranged combat attack in order to knock back the target and to give it an action token.

Sanga of the Thunder appears in the attack slot and grants Gate Guardian use of Pulse Wave.  When Gate Guardian uses Pulse Wave and targets more than one character, his damage value becomes 3 and is locked.  Gate Guardian has the Indomitable combat ability, which grants him the use of Willpower, so feel free to use Sanga of the Thunder on consecutive turns!

Finally, Suijin appears in Gate Guardian’s damage slot and prevents other friendly characters within 4 squares from being attacked unless they are adjacent to the attacker.

As for the rest of Gate Guardian’s dial, defensively he starts with two clicks of Impervious, and then gains a long run of InvulnerabilityGate Guardian’s dial ends with the return of Impervious on his last click.  After the four Kazejin clicks in the speed slot, Gate Guardian picks up standard Running Shot for three clicks, and then ends his dial with three clicks of SidestepEnergy Explosion appears in the attack slot on the same clicks as Running Shot and SidestepEnergy Explosion can cause quite a ruckus with Gate Guardian’s range of 8 squares and three targets and damage values that never drop below 3.  Ranged Combat Expert on clicks 6 and 7 lets Gate Guardian focus his firepower on putting the hurt on a single target instead of spreading the love via Energy Explosion.

For theme team building, Gate Guardian has the “Paradox Brothers” and Dark keywords.  Gate Guardian has an aggressive power set.  At 300 points, Gate Guardian can be an effective one-man army but is also an excellent teammate thanks to the Suijin special power.

Thanks for reading!  Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One releases February 2014 for your dueling pleasure. Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!