Greetings HeroClix fans!
Prepare to duel again as we bring you another preview from the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Two set. Today we take a look at a character in the set that has more than a trick or two up its magical sleeves. Please welcome the Magician of Black Chaos!
Magician of Black Chaos comes into play at 180 points, has a range of 8 squares, and hits the battlefield with an ability that may be familiar to Yu-Gi-Oh! fans but makes its debut in HeroClix. We’re talking about the Ritual ability!
The text of the Magician of Black Chaos’ Ritual ability reads: “When Magician of Black Chaos is on your sideline and at least 90 points of friendly characters have been KO’d, you may give any friendly character with the “Yugi Muto” or Dark keyword a free action. When you do, KO that character and place Magician of Black Chaos on its starting click in a square that character occupied. A player may only use the Ritual ability once per game.”
We’ll break down the Ritual ability in a bit, but first let’s take a look at Magician of Black Chaos’ dial!
Now let’s take a closer look at the Ritual ability!
Remember that when using the Ritual ability, Magician of Black Chaos comes into the game from your sideline. To get Magician of Black Chaos into the game through the Ritual ability, we’ll also need up to 90 points worth of friendly characters to be KO’d. If we’re going to lose some characters then we may as well KO or at least deal some damage to an opposing character or two in return, right? So let’s make sure our force includes a pair of #045 Kuriboh from the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One set!
Kuriboh comes in at 45 points, so two of them give us the 90 points we’ll need for the Ritual ability. Kuriboh also has a trait, Explosive Body, which reads, “When Kuriboh is KO’d, all adjacent characters are dealt 2 penetrating damage.” With Explosive Body, we’ve got something to deal back some damage when Kuriboh is KO’d. If we’re lucky, the penetrating damage from Explosive Body may be enough to KO an opposing character or two.
Now let’s add a pair of #023 Sangan, also from the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One set!
Like Kuriboh, the 30-point Sangan has Plasticity on its opening clicks to help keep most opposing characters from fleeing. Also like Kuriboh, Sangan has the “Yugi Muto” and Dark keywords which are necessary for the Ritual ability. Unlike Kuriboh, Plasticity is on each of Sangan’s clicks. Sangan also has a trait that activates when it is KO’d. The trait, Fiendish Support, reads, “When Sangan would be KO’d, remove all action tokens from up to 3 adjacent friendly characters whose total point value is 150 or less.”
Once at least 90 points of friendly characters have been KO’d, you may give any friendly character a with the “Yugi Muto” or Dark keywords a free action. The next sentence of the Ritual ability reads, “When you do, KO that character and place Magician of Black Chaos on its starting click in a square that character occupied.” So you’ll want to hold back a Sangan in order to give it the free action needed to KO it and place Magician of Black Chaos on the map.
Finally, let’s add #101 Dark Magician from the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One starter set! Dark Magician comes in at 150 points and opens its dial with Probability Control, Impervious, Running Shot, and Energy Explosion. Dark Magician also has a range of 8 squares and a damage value of 4. That should be plenty of back up once you’ve KO’d your Sangan and Kuriboh to use the Ritual ability and bring in Magician of Black Chaos, right?
Oh, Dark Magician also has the “Yugi Muto” and Dark keywords to keep your force themed. However, we don’t suggest choosing Dark Magician for the free action to bring Magician of Black Chaos into play unless you have no other options.
There you have it! Magician of Black Chaos makes a viable choice for your force with its aggressive power set. In smaller-point matches, bringing Magician of Black Chaos into play through the Ritual ability may be tricky but it’s definitely worth trying if you’re playing in a larger battle.
Thanks for reading! Join us next week for another look at the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Two set, and be sure to come back later this week for more previews from other upcoming HeroClix releases!