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Congratulations to the HeroClix European Champion: Stefano Cestari!

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Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Last week thousands of game enthusiasts converged upon the Messe Essen for Essen Spiel 2013.  Fans, manufacturers, designers, industry journalists and more all gathered for the annual show celebrating all that is fun in the world of Euro-gaming, as well as perhaps sneak a peek or two at some of the upcoming hotness to come!

WizKids Games was present for the action, spotlighting the premiere of two long-awaited games, The Hobbit: Journey to the Lonely Mountain Strategy Game and Trains and Stations, as well as the release of the latest expansion for the Mage Knight Board Game, the Krang Character Expansion.

However, if one were to stop by the WizKids booth during the show, not only would they see board game enthusiasts demo’ing these great games, they would also see a very happy and fun group of players enjoying HeroClix!

That’s right! Essen Spiel 2013 was the host of the 2013 HeroClix European Championship! With more than 40 players from nine different countries in attendance, the European Championship event took place over three days with constructed qualifiers on Thursday and Friday and the Championship event itself taking place on Saturday of the show.

Eight players from three different qualifiers (one on Thursday, two on Friday) plus the French HeroClix National Champion, Andrea Lupo, participated in the event on Saturday.  The players assembled with nervous excitement early in the day, and play commenced with all the intense strategizing one would expect from an event of this caliber, but it was hard to miss the atmosphere of camaraderie and goodwill the players had for each other at this inaugural event.  Missing character cards? Did one of your figures break in the harried move to take your seat? No problem, your fellow players had your back and were happy to help.

Over five rounds of play, with a brief break after round three for lunch, one player emerged to take first place as the undefeated winner of the event.  It is our great pleasure to announce the 2013 HeroClix European Champion, Stefano Cestari from Italy!

Stefano Cestari

Once the initial excitement and heartfelt congratulations had quieted some, we had a few moments to sit with Stefano and talk about winning the Championship, HeroClix-at-large, as well as his philosophy for the game.

WizKids (WK): Tell us about yourself Stefano; how long have you been playing HeroClix?

Stefano Cestari (SC): I’ve been playing the game since Infinity Challenge! In fact, I bought one of the first Infinity Challenge starters in all of Italy! I was in my first year at University at the time, and I bought the starter at the local Comic Book Shop.  You could say the store and I started HeroClix together; a few of us bought HeroClix and the store started running events.  Even though I’ve since moved away, the owner of that shop and I remain good friends to this day.

WK: What attracted you to HeroClix?

SC: I played Mage Knight a great deal, and enjoyed a lot about that game like Dungeons.  But when WizKids announced a new game using the same mechanics and super heroes? That was for me! I loved the strategy of Mage Knight and the figures, but super heroes are a greater love for me so I knew I had to try the game.

WK: So it was all downhill from there, right?

SC: (laughing) Yes.  HeroClix is the game of my life.  I love it.  It’s the best game in its field.

WK: What do you like most about HeroClix?

SC: It is a game of intellect.  In HeroClix, you get to compete using tests of memory, forethought, statistical evaluation and more!

WK: How long have you been playing competitively?

SC: Almost since the beginning.  I remember going to the first HeroClix event hosted at the Torino Comic Book Fair! There were only a few players back then, but I was completely destroyed by the opposition!

WK: That seems to have only ignited a desire to be a better player, no?

SC: Oh, absolutely!

WK: Where do you play now?

SC: It’s name translates to “The Sleeping Dragon”.  It’s a store in Torino, Italy.  We have a Facebook group for over 50 players that frequent the shop, though only 15-16 players usually show up for any given event.

WK: How many players from your area came to Essen Spiel?

SC: Four players and myself came to the event.  We were all very excited to attend an official WizKids HeroClix event in Europe.  I also participated in the French HeroClix National Championship and placed seventh.

WK: What can you tell us about your team? Why the New Mutants team base over, say, some of the other popular strategies out there?

SC: Shortly after Dragon Con, we began reviewing the footage and editorial from the Realms Open Championship.  In my opinion, the teams to beat were Spiral teams, The X-Men – Blue Strike Force teams, and Bat-Mite teams.  New Mutants won that event and while a little clunky, there was smart use of Solo Adventure with this Team Base.

WK: You played the same team in the Qualifier; were you afraid that someone would come up with a means to defeat your strategy?

SC: I looked at the competition and while there were a LOT of very good players here, I was confident in my strategy with the New Mutants.  This team base can absorb a lot of hits; most of the teams out there have one, maybe two, tricks but once those are done or gone, that’s it for the team.  One of the things I’ve noticed in HeroClix is the evolution of Aggro and Control in the Meta.  Control is, in my opinion, an under-valued strategy in HeroClix.  I prefer it over Aggro and the New Mutants fit that perfectly.

WK: You’re a very confident player, which is good of course.  Was there ever a moment when you were worried you may lose?

SC: (laughs) Yes of course! During the final round, when I played Patricia [Lam, of Canada], she was very meticulous – counting out her movements and planning her actions very carefully.  She is a really good opponent and challenging.  Well, at one point she one-shot’ed my Shatterstar.  Well, at that point a single bead of panic-sweat trickled down my forehead!

WK: What did you do?

SC: I did the only thing I could do! I played on and did not let it shake me.  As I say before, there are lots of options with the New Mutants Team Base and I was going to use them! Sunspot and Magik soon evened up the score for me!

WK: So, now that you’ve won the European Championship, next up is Worlds in August.  If you should win, do you know who you would be interested in helping to design?

SC: I like the more obscure characters.  I think my first pick would either be the Phil Urich Green Goblin or maybe Thunderstrike.  We haven’t seen him in a long time!

WK: Thank you Stefano.  If you don’t mind, we just have a few more questions.  Marvel or DC?

SC: (laughs) Marvel.

WK: Favorite Marvel character(s)?

SC: As you can probably guess, my absolute favorite is Captain America (Editor’s note: Stefano wore a variety of Cap-themed shirts over the course of the weekend).  I am also a fan of the Phil Urich Green Goblin, Thunderstrike – anything by Tom DeFalco really.

WK: If you don’t mind our saying, Captain America is an interesting choice given that you’re from Italy.

SC: Yes, it is true! I like Captain America because of the ideal he represents.  Captain America is not about government or politics; he is about the people and doing the best you can, that you can make a difference with no powers.  When you think about it, Captain America has strong roots in European myth, which has then been sublimed into an ideal we can all understand and appreciate.

WK: We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  How about a favorite team?

SC: Why, the Avengers of course!

WK: Any particular era or lineup?

SC: I particularly enjoyed the Heroes Return Busiek/Perez era.  I also enjoy all of the Secret Avengers lineups so far, especially Venom and Valkyrie.

WK: Anything not already in HeroClix that you would like to see in the game?

SC: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! (laughs) Also, perhaps Mortal Kombat.

WK: (laughs) Yes, we hear that a lot.

SC: Oh, and the Mystery Men! They would make a perfect Fast Forces pack!

WK: Ok, we gotta say that’s probably the first time we’ve heard that one! (laughing) Well, we never say “Never” in the office, so you never know.

WK: Last question, any words of advice for the HeroClix players out there, looking to improve their game?

SC: Yes! Of course! Build a team! Be a part of a community and play a lot! Share your strategies! Organize! You cannot be a winner if you do not play with anyone! Elevate the players around you and help them to get better, because that will make you a better player! And don’t hide yourself; get out and play as much as you can!

WK: Thank you Stefano, and congratulations again on your hard-fought victory.

SC: Thank you again for coming to Essen!

Stefano Cestari’s 2013 HeroClix European Championship team:

New Mutants Team Base (WaX T004) – 200 pts

  • Magik
  • Mirage
  • Sunspot
  • Warlock
  • Cannonball
  • Wolfsbane
  • Magma

Shatterstar (WaX 010, with the Utility Belt; five belt slots and one Costume slot) – 86 pts (73 pts for Shatterstar, 13 pts for the Utility Belt)
Tourist Bystander Token – 3 pts
Superfan Bystander Token – 3 pts
New Mutants Additional Team Ability (ATA) – 8 pts (4 pts each for Team Base and Shatterstar)

The Remaining Top 6 Players

Patricia Lam, 2nd Place

Ghost Rider (ASM 046, with the Utility Belt; six slots and one Costume slot) – 159 pts. (145 pts. for Ghost Rider, 14 pts. for the Utility Belt)
Loki (FI 101) – 30 pts.
Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Protester Bystander Token – 3 pts.
Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability (ATA), 8 pts (Ghost Rider)

Maillard Romuald, 3rd Place

Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Iron Fist (FI 007, with Utility Belt;  six slots and one Costume slot) – 94 pts. (80 pts. for Iron Fist, 14 pts. for the Utility Belt)
Batcycle; piloted (SoG V001) – 50 pts.
GCPD Motorcycle; autopiloted (SoG V004) – 19 pts.
Shatterstar (WaX 010) – 73 pts.
Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability (ATA), 8 pts (Iron Fist)

Olan Bureau, 4th Place

Spiral (WaX 041) – 106 pts
Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Astral Doctor Strange (GG 014b) – 13 pts.
Loki (FI 101) – 30 pts.
Iron Fist (FI 007, with Utility Belt;  five slots and one Costume slot) – 93 pts. (80 pts. for Iron Fist, 13 pts. for the Utility Belt)
Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability (ATA), 8 pts (Iron Fist)

Steve Boudart, 5th Place

Spiral (WaX 041) – 106 pts
Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Astral Doctor Strange (GG 014b) – 13 pts.
Loki (FI 101) – 30 pts.
Iron Fist (FI 007, with Utility Belt;  five slots and one Costume slot) – 93 pts. (80 pts. for Iron Fist, 13 pts. for the Utility Belt)
Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability (ATA), 8 pts (Iron Fist)

Vianney Vimeaux, 6th Place

Spiral (WaX 041) – 106 pts
Scarlet Witch (CWFF 006) – 50 pts.
Astral Doctor Strange (GG 014b) – 13 pts.
Loki (FI 101) – 30 pts.
Iron Fist (FI 007, with Utility Belt;  five slots and one Costume slot) – 93 pts. (80 pts. for Iron Fist, 13 pts. for the Utility Belt)
Heroes for Hire Additional Team Ability (ATA), 8 pts (Iron Fist)

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On the Road Gen Con – UPDATE

Greetings HeroClix Fans and Supporters!

With less than a week to go until Gen Con Indy 2012, we have an important event update that we wanted to share with all of our attending players.

In our previous event descriptions posting (On the Road – Gen Con 2012) we listed that Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War would be used for the sealed Grinder qualifiers.  This was in error and we will be hosting the sealed Grinders with product provided from Marvel HeroClix: The Incredible Hulk instead.  We apologize for any confusion this change may cause.

We hope that this is not cause for inconvenience and thank you all for your continued support.  We all look forward to seeing you at Gen Con Indy!

Best regards,

The WizKids Games team

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On the Road – Gen Con 2012 Update or What’s on the Menu?

Greetings WizKids Fans and Supporters!

So in the interest of letting the players know how the tourneys are going to run at Gen Con and what the prizes are going to be, it’s always good to have a little breakdown.

For players in the Worlds Championship events, there is a map menu for what maps you can use in these events.  The maps are:

01 – Infinity Gauntlet Month 1 – Soul World

02 – Infinity Gauntlet Month 2 – Nexus

03 – Infinity Gauntlet Month 3 – Tamaria

04 – Infinity Gauntlet Month 4 – The Garden

05 – Infinity Gauntlet Month 5 – Space Racetrack

06 – Infinity Gauntlet Month 6 – the Collector’s Ship

07 – Infinity Gauntlet Month 7 – Mental Plane

08 – Infinity Gauntlet Month 8 – Shrine to Death

09 – Galactic Guardians – Blue Area of the Moon

10 – Galactic Guardians – Realm of Death

11 – Annihilators Fast Forces – Knowhere

12 – Annihilators Fast Forces – Alien City

13 – Incredible Hulk – Gamma Range

14 – Incredible Hulk – Shadowland

15 – Incredible Hulk: Fast Forces – Sakaar

16 – Incredible Hulk: Fast Forces – Gamma Base

17 – Battle for Smallville: Fast Forces – Smallville

18 – Battle for Smallville: Fast Forces – Bizzarro World

19 – Superman – Metropolis

20 – Superman – Fortress of Solitude

This map menu is only for players in the Worlds Championship events, which includes the sealed and constructed grinders on Th/Fri, semi-finals on Sat, “last chance” grinder on Sat, and the Finals on Sunday.  If you are playing in the other events during the course of GenCon, you can use any legal 2×3 map in those events.

Worlds Grinders will get the winner a seat at the World Semi-Finals on Saturday and his choice between 2 random figures from a pool of Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, Superman & Superman, Apocalypse, Punisher, and Venom and his opponent in the third round gets the other figure.  This event lasts approximately 3 hours and the last event on Thursday and Friday will start no later than 9 PM on those days.

World Semi-Finals will get the top X players a prize from the Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, Superman & Superman, Apocalypse, Punisher, and Venom prize pool and a spot in the World Finals on Sunday.  (X will be determined by the number of seats available in the Worlds Finals after seating has been given to the 2011 World Champion, 2012 National Champion, etc.)

Worlds “Last Chance” Grinder will get the top 4 players a prize from the Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, Superman & Superman, Apocalypse, Punisher, and Venom prize pool and the winner will get a spot in the World Finals on Sunday.

World Finals will get the winner a prize package to include designing your own figure in an upcoming set (subject to licensor and WizKids approval).  In addition the winner will get a set of the 2012 Convention figures and other fabulous prizes including a factory set of Chaos War.  The rest of the top 16 players from Worlds will get prizes from amongst the Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, Superman & Superman, Apocalypse, Punisher, and Venom prize pool.

Marvel Battle Royales will get the winner a random figure from a pool of Apocalypse, Punisher, and Venom.  Since this event lasts 1 hour, the last event for the day will start no later than 11 PM on Thursday Saturday and 2 PM on Sunday.

DC Battle Royales will get the winner a random figure from a pool of Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, and Superman & Superman.  Since this event lasts 1 hour, the last event for the day will start no later than 11 PM on Thursday-Saturday and 2 PM on Sunday.

The HeroClix Lord of the Rings events will get the winner a factory set of Lord of the Rings and the top half of the players a prize from a pool of Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, Superman & Superman, Apocalypse, Punisher, and Venom.  Of note, this event is limited to only figures from the Lord of the Rings set.

The HeroClix Street Fighter Tag Team events will get the winner a factory set of Street Fighter and the top half of the players a prize from a pool of Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, Superman & Superman, Apocalypse, Punisher, and Venom.  Of note, this event limits your team to 4 figures and no tactics other than standard objects in this format (this includes bystander tokens, special objects, resources, themed teams, etc.).

The HeroClix Star Trek Tactics events will get the winner a factory set of Star Trek Tactics and the top half of the players a prize from a pool of Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, Superman & Superman, Apocalypse, Punisher, and Venom.  Of note, this event is limited to only figures from the Star Trek Tactics set.

The HeroClix Golden Age event will get the winner a Giant Man figure and the top half of the players a prize from a pool of Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, Superman & Superman, Apocalypse, Punisher, and Venom.

The HeroClix “Run the Gauntlet” 1-4 events will get the winner a set of the 2012 Marvel or DC convention figures and the top half of the players a prize from a pool of Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, Superman & Superman, Apocalypse, Punisher, Venom, and the Infinity Gauntlet monthly prizes.

The HeroClix “Run the Gauntlet” 5 event will get the winner a Thanos Colossal figure and the top half of the players a prize from a pool of Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, Superman & Superman, Apocalypse, Punisher, Venom, and the Infinity Gauntlet monthly prizes.  Of note, this event states that figures must be from the Incredible Hulk, Galactic Guardians, and/or Chaos War sets.  Resources or special objects that do not come from these expansions are not allowed in this event.

Quarriors! events will get all of the players a promo card.  Winners of the Semi-Finals will get a Quarriors! Rise of the Demons expansion and the Finals winner will get a Quarmageddon expansion.

In addition to the above prizes for the events, all players in a WizKids event will get a random Print and Play card as a participation prize.  Please also remember that it’s while supplies last for the tourneys on each day of the convention.

The Battle Royale rules, current retirement schedule, and other tourney rules are available for download in the HeroClix Comprehensive Tournament Rules document on the HeroClix.com website.

As you can see, there are lots of wonderful prizes for our players at GenCon this year!  We hope to see all of you there!

For questions on any of the conventions, please email:  HeroClixConventions@gmail.com

 

 

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HeroClix on the Road 2012 – Dr. Fate

Greetings WizKids Fans and Supporters!

Do you sometimes feel that Fate is against you?  Often when playing HeroClix, I feel that my dice are fated to roll 1 less than the number I need to hit.  Other times, the dice are in my favor when I roll that 5 or 6 that I need to avoid a big hit with super senses.  What better way to ensure that fate is on your side then by playing with our second 2012 HeroClix convention preview, none other than Dr. Fate. (Click on image to enlarge)

Kent Nelson would have died from poison gas but fate intervened when he put on the Helmet of Nabu and became Dr. Fate.  As an Agent of Order, Dr. Fate used his powers to fight back against those who would cause chaos in the world.  The Agent of Order trait allows Dr. Fate to shut down any actions that opposing characters would take to use special powers if they are within 6 squares.  With this trait, Dr Fate forces HeroClix to return to a more orderly era when special powers were not the norm.

If the dice are against you, you can use The Cloak of Destiny (Probability Control) so that you get a second chance at making good on your attack roll or to ensure that your opponent doesn’t land an attack on Dr. Fate.  If anyone manages to damage Dr. Fate, they will take a click of unavoidable damage from his Mystic team ability.  If this isn’t enough to deter your opponent, then Dr. Fate can blast through even the toughest of defenses with his Mystic Bolt (Penetrating/Psychic Blast) power.  At just 100 points, you can build a theme team around Dr. Fate with other Mystical keyworded characters like the members of the Justice League Dark or team him up with his classic teammates from the Justice Society.

Origins Game Fair is the first convention that this figure will be available at as a prize but don’t worry this figure will also be available at Gen Con Indy.  With Dr. Fate on your side will you punish your opponents on your way to becoming the next HeroClix National Champion?  Tune in on May 9th for another exciting preview!

For questions on any of the conventions, please email:  HeroClixConventions@gmail.com

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On the Road – Origins Game Fair 2012

Greetings WizKids Fans and Supporters!

Another year, another convention season is about to begin.  Last year, WizKids and HeroClix returned to the show and this year will be no different as WizKids will once again be at Origins Game Fair  (link) on May 30 – June 3, 2012.

Players will have the chance to play in many tourneys at Origins this year between HeroClix Nationals, Battle Royales, a Galactic Guardians Colossal event, a Star Trek event, a Lord of the Rings event, a Street Fighter Team-up event, and even Origin Game Fair’s first Quarriors! event.  HeroClix National grinders return and we’ve doubled the number of them from last year.  Can you battle it out with the other players and emerge as the winner while claiming a LE prize and entrance into the National’s Final Event on Saturday?  At the Nationals finals, emerge as the top player and you get a badge to GenCon as well as additional prizes.  Do you have what it takes to be the HeroClix National winner?

In addition to all of these tourneys, you can now do demos in the WizKids tourney hall as well.  Want to learn Quarriors! so you are up to speed for the Quarriors event on Saturday?  Do you want to claim the one ring for yourself, then demo the Lord of the Rings Nazgul board game.  These and many more games will be available for demo at the show.

In the coming weeks, we’ll talk about the special LE prizes for these events and also update all of you on the GenCon list of events.   Can you survive another convention season or will fate be against you?

The full list of events for Origins is below and we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Origins 2012 Event Descriptions

 

Marvel HeroClix Battle Royale:  Interested in fast and furious HeroClix play?  Want to prove you’re the best no matter what team you draft?  Then this event is for you!  The Marvel HeroClix Battle Royales will be offered in four-player pods and will utilize boosters from the Galactic Guardians expansion.

Cost for this event will be $12.

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday-Saturday from 10 AM-6 PM

DC HeroClix Battle Royale:  Interested in fast and furious HeroClix play?  Want to prove you’re the best no matter what team you draft?  Then this event is for you!  The DC HeroClix Battle Royales will be offered in four-player pods and will utilize boosters from the Superman expansion.

Cost for this event will be $12.

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday-Saturday from 10 AM-6 PM

HeroClix Lord of the Rings Epic Event:  Are you ready to claim the one ring and rule over all of Middle Earth!  Bring a 400 point constructed Lord of the Rings team and lead it to victory.  This event will be limited to 16 players so be sure to secure your place early.

Cost for this event will be $12.

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday at 1 PM

HeroClix Star Trek Tactics Event:  Who will win the day in space?  You decide by bringing a 300 point constructed Star Trek Tactics team and battle your opponents until they scream your name in defeat!  This event will be limited to 16 players so be sure to secure your place early.

Cost for this event will be $12.

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday at 1 PM

HeroClix Modern Age Street Fighter Brave Team-Up Event:  Build the best 300 point Modern Age team but each force may only have three figures!  One must be from Street Fighter, one from Marvel HeroClix, and one from DC HeroClix.  Band your heroes together and lead them to glory!  This event will be limited to 32 players so be sure to secure your place early.

Cost for this event will be $12.

Availability/Schedule:  Friday at 1 PM

HeroClix Galactic Guardians SuperBooster Event:  Join us for this very special sealed event!  Purchase 1 Galactic Guardians SuperBooster and bring 400 points of Galactic Guardians with you.  Use the contents of your superbooster and the 400 points you brought with you to construct a 600 point force.  Build the best team and tower over the competition!  This event will be limited to 32 players so be sure to secure your place early.

Cost for this event will be $40.

Availability/Schedule:  Saturday at 1 PM

Quarriors! Quorlds Qualifying Event:  Do you have what it takes to qualify for Quorlds at GenCon?  Join us for this very special event and battle it out with other Quarriors for 4 rounds.  Compete for glory in the eyes of Empress Quiana and prove you can be one of the first 4 Quarriors to qualify for Quorlds!

Cost for this event will be $2.

Availability/Schedule:  Saturday at 1 PM

HeroClix National Championship “Grinder” Qualifying Event:  Want to play in Nationals and prove you’ve got what it takes to be the BEST?  “Grinders” are sealed qualifiers made up of 8 people.  Players can participate in as many sealed qualifiers as they want in order to try to earn one of the slots in the finals.  Each sealed event will be run for 3 rounds and the winner will qualify for the finals.  This event will utilize 1 booster from the DC Superman expansion and 1 booster from the Marvel Galactic Guardians expansion.  Only 16 grinders will be run per day on Thursday and Friday (for a total of 32 grinders).

Cost for this event will be $24.

Availability/Schedule:  Thursday-Friday from 10 AM-6 PM

HeroClix National Championship Final Event:  THIS IS IT!  You’ve battled through the grinders and victory is in sight!  Build the best 300 point Modern Age force!  Fight it out with the rest of the Top 32 and see who emerges victorious as the 2012 HeroClix National Champion!

Cost for this event will be covered by Wizkids.

Availability/Schedule:  Saturday at 10 AM

For questions on any of these events, please email:  HeroClixConventions@gmail.com