Greetings HeroClix Fans!
We are pleased to bring you another exciting preview from our upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline Organized Play series, which begins in June and runs for the next four months! The Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline Organized Play series features 56 figures distributed between two waves of tournament boosters. For today’s preview we take a look at a founding member of the Avengers and the first of several costumed identities he’s used during his heroic (and not-so-heroic) career. Please welcome Hank Pym and Ant-Man!
First up is Hank Pym, who can be played at either 100 or 50 points and has a range of five squares with one target. Hank Pym’s 50-point starting line begins on his fourth click. At both point values Hank Pym hits the battlefield with a pair of traits, Morph: Many Identities and Ultron’s Father.
Morph: Many Identities let’s Hank Pym switch to his other costumed identities and reads, “Give Hank Pym a move or close combat action that deals no pushing damage. After actions resolve, replace him with any character with this trait on the same click number. If this character started the game on its 50 point starting line, the character it is replaced with can’t be healed past its 50 point starting line.” Multiple characters from the Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline Organized Play series possess the Morph: Many Identities trait, so choose Hank Pym’s replacement wisely!
Hank Pym’s second trait, Ultron’s Father, grants friendly characters a +1 modifier when attacking a character with “Ultron” in their name. Additionally, opposing characters with “Ultron” in their name can’t target Hank Pym unless all friendly characters on the map are named Hank Pym.
Moving to Hank Pym’s six-click dial, he has fairly steady defense values and a full run of Energy Shield/Deflection to make him a difficult target against ranged attacks. In his speed slot he starts with a click of Sidestep, then drops that for Running Shot on his next two clicks. Sidestep returns for two more clicks before Hank Pym’s dial ends.
Offensively, Hank Pym starts strong with a three-click run of Pulse Wave, with the last two clicks pairing nicely with Running Shot. The Pulse Wave run is followed by two clicks of Incapacitate. On his damage track, Hank Pym alternates between a special power called Temporal Fixes for the Age of Ultron and Outwit. Temporal Fixes for the Age of Ultron lets Hank Pym use Outwit and Probability Control.
Hank Pym’s Morph: Many Identities trait and dual point costs makes him a fun and easy addition on any force, particularly those which also share either or both of his keywords, Avengers and Scientist.
One of the Morph: Many Identities options available to Hank Pym in the Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline Organized Play series is his first costumed persona, Ant-Man!
Like Hank Pym, Ant-Man has point values of 100 and 50, respectively, and the Avengers and Scientist keywords. Additionally, Ant-Man has an Improved Movement ability called Where’d He Go? which lets him ignore hindering terrain and characters when he moves.
Ant-Man’s power set makes him a close combat annoyance, and the Tiny damage symbol makes him difficult to hit from range for opposing characters and easy to tote around for his teammates. In close combat, Ant-Man boasts a full dial of Combat Reflexes.
Ant-Man starts his dial with Poison in his attack slot and Exploit Weakness in his damage slot. This combination of power reappears on clicks 3 and 6. In Ant-Man’s speed slot is a special power called Temporary Pym Particles which lets him use three popular standard speed powers: Charge, Sidestep and Stealth. Are you just a bit out of reach of an opposing character at the start of your turn? Use a free action to activate Sidestep and move adjacent to that character before triggering Poison. Additionally, Temporary Pym Particles lets Ant-Man use a free action to help adjacent teammates with the standard damage symbol by giving them either the Tiny or Giant damage symbol until your next turn.
The rest of Ant-Man’s dial is suited for pinging away at opposing characters a click at a time. On his non-Poison/Exploit Weakness clicks, Ant-Man has Precision Strike and Perplex. When Ant-Man isn’t using Temporary Pym Particles, he has standard use of Stealth.
That’s all for this sneak peek at the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron SLOP! Stay tuned as we reveal more exciting characters in the days and weeks to come!