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Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix: Celeborn!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome back as we spotlight another figure from the upcoming Fellowship of the Rings HeroClix set!  Today we bring you a ruler of Lothlorien and husband to Galadriel, Celeborn!

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Celeborn has the ability to invite friendly figures into his homeland and offer them Sanctuary, an Epic Ability that allows Celeborn and friendly figures within 3 squares to use Stealth until your next turn.

Celeborn begins play with a couple of clicks of Leadership, giving him the potential to add an action token to your action pool as well as clear a token from an adjacent friendly figure.   For the front half of his dial, Celeborn will be able to try to avoid attacks with Super Senses.   He also has a special power called Farsight, that will allow him to manipulate dice rolls to his benefit as well as modify a combat value by plus or minus one, as he can now use both Probability Control and Perplex. 

Around the middle of his dial, Celeborn begins to shift his power set a bit as Leadership is replaced with a good run of Outwit, allowing him to deprive an opposing figure of a key power once per turn.  Another click into his dial, and he gains a run of Mind Control.

On the back end of his dial, Celeborn can attempt to heal back up into better support powers as well as live longer, as he has Regeneration, for the rest of his dial.  One click at a time, Celeborn will lose the rest of his powers, first losing Outwit, and finely, Mind Control.

As a unique figure, Celeborn can be play in theme with his fellow Elves, or with other leaders on a Ruler theme team.  No matter what force you choose to include him on, Celeborn brings a plethora of useful support powers to your force, with most occurring simultaneously.  At 100 points, his useful power set, as well as his Epic Ability, will be useful on many team builds.

Thank you for joining us for our latest Fellowship of the Ring preview.  Be sure to stop by your friendly local game or comic store on release day this Wednesday, June 19th! Until then, keep the Ring secret, and keep it safe!

 

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Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix: Legolas Greenleaf!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome to another preview from the upcoming Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix set. When last we left the Fellowship they were in Isengard and in perilous battle with Saruman. Now they must traverse the Misty Mountains and travel through Gladden Fields to seek refuge at Mirkwood, the home of their traveling companion, Legolas Greenleaf.

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Legolas Greenleaf has Improved Movement and ignores elevated terrain; this shows how agile is it for Elves to get around.

Go For the Weak Points in Their Armor!” is Legolas Greenleaf’s epic action and will allow him to choose up to 1 opposing character per 200 points of the game’s build total. Until your next turn, when a chosen character is dealt damage by a close combat attack, roll a d6; on a result of 2 – 6, the damage dealt can’t be reduced to less than 1.

Legolas Greenleaf has a trait called “Whirlwind of Blades.” When Legolas Greenleaf or an adjacent friendly character KO’s an opposing character with a close combat attack, after actions resolve, Legolas Greenleaf may immediately use Charge as a free action.

This is a different version of Legolas Greenleaf from what we have seen in the past and it really showcases that he is more than just a great bowman but quite handy with the steel as well. Legolas Greenleaf could easily be paired up with a couple of Elven Warriors to take full advantage of his epic action and trait.

Legolas Greenleaf starts out with his top 3 clicks having Charge, Super Senses and Exploit Weakness. His next 3 clicks have Flurry and Combat Reflexes. The Combat Reflexes will help him during close combat attacks by modifying his defensive value by +2 and giving him the ability to ignore knock back.

Legolas Greenleaf has a special attack power called “Thinning the Ranks.” Once per turn, when a target opposing character takes damage from a close combat attack made by Legolas Greenleaf, you may place an action token on the target after the attack resolves. With this special power overlapping with Flurry, Legolas Greenleaf would not only have two attacks in which to deliver damage to his target but if either attack is successful in dealing damage he could then place an action token on the target.

After the use of Combat Reflexes, Legolas Greenleaf switches back to Super Senses and the use of Exploit Weakness, while stilling being able to use “Thinning the Ranks.

Legolas Greenleaf has an 8-click dial for 125 points with a lot of options. Let us not forget that Legolas Greenleaf still carries his bow and can make ranged attacks against two targets from 6 squares away as long as he has line of fire. He can also use Willpower through the combat ability Indomitable.

Legolas Greenleaf has Elf, Fellowship, Martial Artist, and Warrior as his keywords to build around, if theme building is your thing.

Thanks for reading! Please join us for more upcoming and exciting Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix previews. Until then, Shape Change for the Win!!

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Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix: Saruman!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome back to “Mordor Monday” as we spotlight another preview from the upcoming Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix set. Today we travel near the Gap of Rohan to Isengard and set our gaze upon one who has traded reason for madness; the wizard of “many-colors”, Saruman.

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Arguably the most powerful of the Maiar, this version of Saruman demonstrates his ability to exert considerable control over others on the battlefield thanks to his special power, The Power of Isengard.  This special power allows Saruman to use Mind Control as if he possessed a range of 10 (replacing his more standard 6 range for other attacks) but that’s not all; Saruman may also ignore elevated and blocking terrain for line of fire purposes! Maneuver Saruman to an elevated position or behind a wall while running interference with your Orc Warriors and Orc Archers, or reach back to the Lord of the Rings HeroClix set and team Saruman up with some of his Uruk-Hai like Shagrat or Ugluk for more muscle!

Being able to hide -er, position Saruman behind blocking terrain or out of reach on a different elevation from his Mind Control target is not to be underestimated.  Saruman can Mind Control a key support piece and command it to maneuver closer to one of your pieces for an attack, or re-position an opposing heavy-hitter to attack another opposing piece or simply further away from your pieces.  With some good positioning and the right map, Saruman can easily dominate the battlefield with little fear of retribution!

However, if you prefer Saruman to be more openly aggressive, or if an opposing figure happens to base Saruman where’s he hiding-er, positioned, his Palantir special power allows him to use Outwit and Probability Control (similar to the version of Saruman found in Lord of the Rings HeroClix)!

If I Go, He Dies” is Saruman’s epic ability. You may choose up to 1 opposing character per 200 points of the game’s build total that’s marked with an action token and roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled; if the result of the roll is 4 – 6, deal each of the chosen characters 1 penetrating damage.

“What is an Epic Action?” you may ask? Firstly, epic actions only come into play if the build total of the event is 400 points or more. An epic action is a type of power action, but each player may only use one epic action per turn. Unlike a typical power action, an epic action does not count against your action total.

Saruman has the Indomitable combat ability which will grant him the use of Willpower which pairs nicely with both his epic ability and his The Power of Isengard special powers, allowing Saruman to go on the offensive without fear of pushing.

A healthy run of Shape Change affords some protection for Saruman early- to mid-dial while a strong run of Penetrating/Psychic Blast ensures that Saruman can cut through his opponents’ defenses with ranged attacks (be careful when challenging Saruman to a Wizard’s duel!)

At 130 points, Saruman will make up almost half of your force in a standard 300 point event, but paired with good support and attack pieces (see above), he will easily cause a headache or two for the opposing force thanks to strong, consistent combat values and power selection.  Saruman also has the familiar Forces of Sauron and Mystical keywords, and the all-new Maiar keyword for theme team construction.

Thanks for reading! Please join us for more upcoming and exciting Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix previews. Until then, Shape Change for the Win!!

 

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Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix: Frodo Baggins!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

We travel to the Shire for today’s Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix preview and pop in unexpectedly on one of the residents of Bag End, Frodo Baggins, as he prepares for a long journey to Mount Doom!

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Frodo Baggins comes into play at 55 points and has an Epic ability called Hide! Over Here!, which reads: “Give Frodo Baggins an epic action; until the beginning of your next turn, up to 2 friendly characters per 100 points of the game’s build total who occupy the same area of hindering terrain as him or are adjacent to him can use Stealth until your next turn.

During his quest to destroy the One Ring, Frodo Baggins received several gifts from the elves Celeborn and Galadriel.  One of those gifts was a Lothlorien Cloak, which is represented on the Frodo Baggins’ first three clicks as Stealth.

Frodo Baggins’ uncle, Bilbo Baggins, gave the young Hobbit a protective Mithril Shirt when the two briefly reunited in Rivendell.  Starting on his second click and staying for the remainder of his dial, Frodo Baggins gains a special power called Mithril Shirt in his defense slot.  When Frodo Baggins is hit by an attack, roll a d6.  On a result of 4 to 6, he can use Invulnerability until the end of the turn.  Frodo Baggins’ extraordinary resilience is also shown defensively via the Indomitable combat ability, which allows him to use Willpower.

Another gift Frodo Baggins received from Bilbo Baggins was the sword Sting, which is represented as a short run of Exploit WeaknessFrodo Baggins’ damage slot begins with two clicks of Probability Control, which recalls Galadriel’s prediction that the time would soon come when Hobbits would shape the fortunes of all.

Frodo Baggins makes a viable choice for forces that are built around any of his three keywords: Fellowship, Hobbit, and RingbearerFrodo Baggins brings attack values that only dip below 10 on his first and last clicks, and damage values that are bolstered on the majority of his dial by Probability Control and Exploit Weakness.

Thanks for reading!  Please join us for our next Fellowship of the Ring HeroClix preview when we travel to the protected realm of Lothlorien.  Until then, may the light of Eärendil illuminate your way to victory!