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Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron- Ultron Week!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome to another article from the Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline Organized Play! This week it is going to be all Ultron, all week long leading into next week’s start to the previews of the characters coming in the Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Booster Brick 2! Let’s start with a belated Father’s Day wish to Dr. Hank Pym and his robotic first born son, Ultron-1

Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron SLOP- Ultron-1

Dr. Hank Pym began experimenting with artificial intelligence and built a crude robot to house the A.I. Pym used his own brain patterns for the basis of its thinking patterns. This gave the robot great intelligence, but also Pym’s mental instability. When first activated, the robot had a capacity for emotion, and most of that was hatred for its “father” Hank Pym. Naming himself Ultron, he then “hypnotized” Pym into forgetting his existence.

Ultron-1 has a point cost of 120 points and is a super-rare. He has a single target 5 range, Indomitable, and Improved Movement: allowing him to ignore hindering terrain for movement. He also has 2 traits, the first is Total Mind Wipe. It states once per game, when Ultron-1 hits an opposing character, you may give that character a Mind-Wipe token. A character with a Mind-Wipe token can’t attack Ultron-1 unless that character and Ultron-1 are the only characters on the map. If you manage to land a hit on your opponent’s main attacker, this will prevent that character from being able to attack Ultron-1 until the rest of your team (or their team) has been KO’ed.

Ultron-1’s second trait, Ultron-1.x, allows you to modify Ultron-1’s combat values by +1 for each Upgrade Token on this card. This trait can be utilized using Ultron-1’s only special power, Self-Upgrade. It says Ultron-1 can use Impervious and Regeneration. When he uses Regeneration and the die result is 5 or 6, place an Upgrade Token on this card. While rolling 5 or 6 three times in one game is tough to pull off, the potential of attaining a +3 to all combat stats is is a great feat if you can do it!

Ultron-1’s dial is strong as well. Top dial he starts with Sidestep, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, Invulnerability, and Outwit. 2nd click he transitions to Toughness. His 3rd click he trades Outwit for Perplex. Mid-dial he changes to Mind Control, Energy Explosion, and his special power Self-Upgrade.

Up next Ultron-1 (Drone)!

Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron SLOP- Ultron-1 Drone

Ultron-1 (Drone) has a range of 6 with a single target, Improved Movement: ignores hindering terrain, and he has 2 traits as well. The first trait is Autonomous or Drone Mode and it says Ultron-1 costs 60 points, or costs 30 points and begins on the click #1 after the orange KO. Until KO’d, Ultron-1 is considered 60 points.

Ultron-1 (Drone) has a 2nd trait called Basic Programming and it states when Ultron-1 has no action tokens, its actions don’t count against your action total. When Ultron-1 begins or ends a non-free action adjacent to a friendly character whose name includes Ultron, it can use Willpower that action.

Ultron-1 (Drone)’s does have 2 point costs, but the top 2 clicks at either point cost are identical. He starts with Sidestep and Invulnerability. 2nd click is Charge, Blades/Claws/Fangs, and the special power The True Creator of Me is… Myself. It states when a friendly character with the Autonomous or Drone Mode trait is KO’d, you may roll a d6 that cannot be rerolled. On a result of 4-6, place that character in your starting area on its first click after the orange KO. Depending on how your dice are rolling that day, you could have an unending supply of drones!

Click 4 of Ultron-1 (Drone)’s dial see Charge replaced with Sidestep and he gains Exploit Weakness for the remainder of his dial as well.

That’s all there is for today you pitiful human, but I command you to return tomorrow for another review of myself, Ultron-?

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Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline OP- Robot Strategy Article

Greetings, HeroClix fans!

Welcome once again to a further look into the depths of the first wave of booster bricks from the upcoming Age of Ultron Storyline OP event. Today, we’re going to continue our look into Team Building by focusing in on a Robot themed team – which is probably the second most common keyword in the set after Avengers.

Up first on our team is a character that debuted very recently in the Age of Ultron event from Marvel Comics, Alexis! While her dial is fairly straightforward, Alexis brings a bevy of support powers and board control to the table that makes her an incredible value at 65 points. On the first two clicks of her five click dial, Alexis can fly in and out of combat by making use of Phasing/Teleport, to ensure that she’s strategically positioned to use either Precision Strike or Probability Control. Towards the end of her dial, she picks up Sidestep, and on her final two clicks brings Perplex and Defend with an 18 and 17 defense to help her team.

Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron SLOP- Alexis

Next, we have Ultron-1, an indomitable automaton bent on destruction. To begin, Ultron-1 starts with Improved Movement: Ignores Hindering Terrain, as well as two traits. The first, Total Mind-Wipe, which allows Ultron-1 to give a hit opposing character a Mind-Wipe token once per game. This token indicates that the character with the Mind-Wipe token cannot attack Ultron-1, unless that character and Ultron-1 are the only characters on the map. Along with that trait, there are a series standard powers that make Ultron-1 a dangerous member of your team, including Mind Control, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, Outwit, and Perplex. He also possesses a special power on his final three clicks of defense called Self-Upgrade, which states that Ultron-1 can use Impervious and Regeneration. When he does use Regeneration, and the result is a 5 or 6, you’re able to place an Upgrade token on his character card, which ties directly into his second trait, Ultron-1.x. For each upgrade token on his card Ultron-1’s combat values are modified by +1.

Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron SLOP- Ultron-1

The final member of the team is the Vision, the indomitable Avenger created by Ultron. As he’s being run on a team featuring an Ultron, Vision can take advantage of his trait, Hidden Programming. This trait states that when a friendly character whose name includes Ultron is given a move action and actions resolve, Vision may be given a move action as a free action. Vision also possesses two special powers, with the first appearing at the top of his dial on movement. This power, called He’s Coming…Through the Wall! grants Vision the ability to use Sidestep. In addition, when he uses Sidestep or takes a move action, he can use Improved Movement: Ignores Blocking Terrain. His second special power, present on his final three clicks, is called Must…Rebuild…Father, an ability which grants Vision the usage of Support, but only to target characters whose name includes Ultron – he may do so even if he or the target is adjacent to an opposing character. Coupled with those special powers are numerous other basic powers, like Super Strength, Precision Strike, Exploit Weakness, and two clicks at the top of his dial that utilize the always effective combination of Super Senses and Shape Change.

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That’s it for today’s team building exploration – and I don’t know about you, but I for one welcome our new Robot overlords. Be sure to join us next time for more exciting team options from the Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron SLOP Event!