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Marvel HeroClix: The Uncanny X-Men Strategy Article

Marvel HeroClix: Uncanny X-Men – X-Women

Greetings, HeroClix fans! Today, we’re taking another look into the figures from the Marvel HeroClix: Uncanny X-Men set! The X-Men have a long history featuring strong female characters, so we’re putting together a 300-point team with some of our favorite X-Women!

Up first is one of the newer additions to the ranks of the X-Men, but is no less deserving to be on the team – the winged mutant known as Pixie! A 75-point piece, Pixie features both the ­–Mystics and X-Men team abilities. She also features a trait called Pixie Dust, which allows her to use Smoke Cloud as a free action, however, she’s only allowed to place 1 Hindering Terrain Marker. Characters occupying that Hindering Marker modify their defense values by -1, in addition to attack values. Pixie also brings two special powers – the first appears on her first and last click, called TeleportSpell. This ability allows Pixie to use Phasing/Teleport. When she does, she can carry up to 2 characters with the Wing movement symbol; instead, she may carry 4 characters if they all have the X-Men keyword. On the middle three clicks of her dial, on attack, lies the special power Soul Dagger. This power states that Pixie can use Blades/Claws/Fangs and Precision Strike. Her standard powers include the abilities Charge, Sidestep, Super Senses, Energy Shield/Deflection, Perplex, and Support.

Marvel HeroClix: Uncanny X-Men - X-Women - Pixie

Our first X-Women teammate for Pixie is X-23, who – as a clone of Wolverine – specializes in close combat. Laura starts with a trait called Healing Factor, which states that when X-23 clears her action tokens, you may heal her of 1 click of damage. Now, X-23 is Indomitable – so you’re left in a bit of a catch-22 here – do you push her to get an extra attack, or clear her to give her more health? She also brings two special attacks to the fight – first, on her 1st and 4th clicks of movement, is Furious Charge, which states that X-23 can use Charge and Flurry. Her second special power is on her first 3 clicks of attack, and is called Adamantium Claws. This power states that X-23 can use Blades/Claws/Fangs, and when she does, if the result is a 1-2, you may reroll that result once per turn. Her standard powers are no joke either, with Sidestep, Stealth, Blades/Claws/Fangs, Toughness, Super Senses, Empower, Exploit Weakness, and Perplex.

 Marvel HeroClix: Uncanny X-Men - X-Women - X-23

The next member of our X-Women quartet is the uncommon Prime figure from this set, Kitty Pryde! This version of Kitty is from her time with the Guardians of the Galaxy, but she was still a loyal member of the X-Men! Across her entire 6-click dial, Kitty features a special movement power called Phasing Attack, which states that Kitty Pryde can use both Phasing/Teleport and Stealth. Additionally, when she uses Phasing/Teleport, after actions resolve, she may make a close attack targeting all characters whose square she moved through – and, hit characters are given an action token instead of normal damage! Kitty Pryde also has a STOP click on her defense called Injured but Still Here, which states that in addition to the dial stopping, Kitty Pryde can also use Willpower. On top of those powers, Kitty can also use Super Senses, Willpower, and Exploit Weakness.

Marvel HeroClix: Uncanny X-Men - X-Women - Kitty Pryde Prime

Finally, we come to Storm—this common version of the weather goddess brings a lot to the table for a mere 50 points. First is her trait, All-New, All-Different X-Men, which is a unique modifier that states that when Storm is healed by the X-Men team ability, you will also modify her combat values by +1 until your next turn. She also has a special power on her first two clicks of life called Localized Weather, which allows Storm to use Smoke Cloud as a free action – this combos incredibly well with her Flight ability, as well as her own natural Stealth – she can carry in X-23 or Kitty Pryde, land, and then immediately cloak both herself and them in smoke, effectively hiding them from view of your enemies! She also has Sidestep, Pulse Wave, Energy Shield/Deflection, and Perplex on her dial to round herself out.

Marvel HeroClix: Uncanny X-Men - X-Women - Storm

Again, in the world of the X-Men, their long and storied history has provided readers and fans with many incredible, strong female characters and role models. We hope you’ve enjoyed our X-Women themed team – but we’re curious, what would your take on a team of X-Women be? Let us know on social media! Thanks for reading with us, and we’ll see you next time!

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Marvel HeroClix: X-Men - Days of Future Past Preview

Marvel HeroClix X-Men Days of Future Past: Sprite and Ariel!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Today’s preview from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: X-Men – Days of Future Past gravity feed set is 2 of the same character, but one is from the past and one is from the future! The characters we bring you are Ariel and Sprite, let’s take a closer look!

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Sprite starts at a spritely 55 points and possesses Improved Movement ignores hindering terrain, blocking terrain, and characters for movement purposes. This can be potentially useful with her four clicks of Sidestep and her starting click of Exploit Weakness. She also has Willpower for her first 3 clicks so getting into place to push with Sidestep from behind a wall, or character will be a breeze. If she comes up short movement wise she does have a single target 4 range to attack with as well.

Sprite has two traits, we’ll start with I’ve Seen a Future Clouded in Death which states Sprite can use Super Senses. If Sprite was placed on the map through the Battlefield Promotion ability, she can use Outwit and Perplex.  That leads us to her other trait.

Sprite has the trait Sent From the Future to Save the World Battlefield Promotion: When Sprite hits one or more opposing characters, after actions resolve, place a Promotion token on her character card. You may then roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled and add 1 for each Promotion token on her character card; on a result of 6 or higher, you may remove all Promotion tokens and replace this character with DofP #002 Ariel on the same click number. This leads us to our other character, DofP #002 Ariel.

002-Ariel

Ariel also flies in at 55 points as well. She doesn’t have the Improved Movement her counterpart has, but she does start with her 2 first clicks with Phasing and Precision Strike. This is really a great representation of these two same but different characters, both having a lower damage value, but having that X-Men training to cut through defenses! She also has the Transporter foot speed symbol, so not only can she use the Move and Attack ability, but the Carry ability as well to get her teammates in or out of the fray!

On her 2nd, 3rd, and last clicks, Ariel has Support with a 10 attack value, so keeping her away from the main fight could be a good strategy to let her be a support character. She could Move and Attack in carrying an X-Men TA teammate, use Precision Strike to cut through some defenses. Let her teammate do the damage and take the hits then heal the teammate up with the X-Men TA, potentially taking damage to get to her 2nd click with Support.

Ariel gets Stealth and Toughness on click 3, but remember, this one will halve her movement if she moves off of hindering terrain. Putting her in hindering terrain on her 3rd click could be a good support strategy, she has Support still and a 6 range single target with one damage, but only 1 damage, so your opponent may not see her as much of a threat and may leave her alone. Both of these characters have the X-Men keyword and X-Men Team Ability, but Ariel has the keywords Days of Future Past and Future as well.

Ariel has 2 similar traits to Sprite as well. The first trait is I Bring Dark Tidings from the Future states Ariel can use Super Senses. If Ariel was placed through the Battlefield Promotion ability, she can use Probability Control. If this did happen, being able to reroll your Support rolls is a fantastic thing!

Her other trait is Visions of the Past which is a Battlefield Promotion too. It says when Ariel hits one or more opposing characters, after actions resolve, place a Promotion token on her character card. You may then roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled and add 1 for each Promotion token on her character card; on a result of 6 or higher, you may remove all Promotion tokens and replace this character with DofP #020 Sprite on the same click number.

Thanks for reading and be sure to continue to check back as we preview more figures from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: X-Men – Days of Future Past gravity feed set because we are all fired up about the next weeks character!