Greetings HeroClix Fans!
The strongest bonds of love are sometimes forged through adversity. The subject of today’s Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War preview knows this all too well and originally married Ronan the Accuser as a show of unity between the Inhumans and the Kree. Please welcome the mistress of the elements, Crystal!
Crystal begins play with a trait, Tornado, which allows her to take a power action and select an unoccupied square of clear terrain within her range and line of fire. She can then use Quake as a free action as if she occupied the chosen square. Tornado combines with three special powers found on Crystal’s dial, but we’ll get to those soon.
Crystal was once married to the mutant Quicksilver and the two have a daughter, Luna. To represent Crystal’s time with Quicksilver, she begins her dial with Running Shot and a speed value of nine in her movement slot. In her attack slot, Crystal’s control of fire is represented as Penetrating/Psychic Blast. Crystal’s range of seven gives her a decent reach with her ranged attacks.
After Skrulls attacked Attilan, the home of the Inhumans, Crystal and the Inhumans’ royal family traveled to the Kree homeworld to broker an alliance. Ronan agreed to the union but only if it included marriage to Crystal, who initially was repulsed by the idea. Eventually, however, the two developed true feelings for one another. Defensively, three clicks of Barrier at the start of Crystal’s dial represent her romance with the Kree Accuser.
As we move off Crystal’s top click, Running Shot is replaced by two clicks of a special power, Twin Elements: Firestorm. This power allows Crystal to deal 1 penetrating damage after actions resolve to each character hit by the Tornado trait. In her damage slot, Crystal gains a run of Exploit Weakness that appears on all but three clicks of her dial.
Mid-dial, Force Blast replaces Twin Elements: Firestorm to show Crystal’s mastery of water. In her defense slot, her control over earth is represented via Toughness. Crystal also gains two clicks of a special power in her attack slot, Twin Elements: Waterspout, which again works in combination with the Tornado trait. When Crystal uses Tornado, characters that are hit and have no action tokens are given one after actions resolve.
At the end of Crystal’s dial, she drops Twin Elements: Waterspout in favor of two clicks of Poison, and Exploit Weakness is shelved for a third special power, Twin Elements: Sandstorm. When Crystal uses the Tornado trait, Twin Elements: Sandstorm scrambles the defensive powers of hit characters so that they use Toughness for the rest of the turn instead of Invulnerability or Impervious.
Crystal has a point value of 105 and a handful of keywords that make team building a snap. With her trait and trio of special powers, Crystal makes a viable secondary attacker for many forces.
Thank you for joining us! Please come back next time when we explore more secrets from the Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War set. Until next time, keep your Clix off their KOs!