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Clix It Up Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man

Clix It Up – Doctor Octopus

Greetings once again, HeroClix fans, and welcome to our second Clix-It-Up article from the Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set. Last time, we dove deep on Peter Parker, and this time we’re looking at one of Peter’s greatest foes – Doctor Octopus!

 Clix It Up- Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man - Doctor Octopus 055

Our first version of Doctor Octopus is the 055 Super Rare from the Superior Foes of Spider-Man set. Doc Ock is a six click piece, featuring a pair of spectacular special powers. His first special power, Mentally-Controlled Tentacles, states that when Doctor Octopus makes a close attack, he can use Giant Reach: 3 and Improved Targeting: Ignores Characters. Additionally, you can give Doctor Octopus a power action to make 4 close attacks that deal 2 damage instead of normal damage. After actions resolve, modify the defensive value of any hit characters by this power more than once this turn by -2 until your next turn. His second special power, called Sinister Mastermind, lets Doctor Octopus use both Leadership and Outwit. And, during your turn, up to two adjacent friendly characters with the Sinister Syndicate keyword may be given power actions to use Outwit!

 Clix It Up- Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool - Superior Spider-Man 060

Our next version of Otto Octavius comes from the Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool set, and is the 060 Super Rare Superior Spider-Man! This version of Otto features the Improved Movement power, Web Swinging, granting Superior Spider-Man Ignores Elevated Terrain and Ignores Hindering Terrain. He also has two traits, the first of which is A More Ruthless Spider-Man, which states that damage dealt by Superior Spider-Man can’t be reduced below 1. His second trait is called Spider-Bots, which allows you to give Superior Spider-Man a free action to roll a d6. If the result is higher than the total number of friendly Spider-Bots currently on the map and attached, you may place a Spider-Bot on the map up to that many squares away. You may also give Superior Spider-Man a power action to attach an adjacent friendly Spider-Bot if less than two are attached. Lastly are his two special powers, the first of which is called Savage Beating, granting Superior Spider-Man the ability to use both Charge and Flurry. His second special power is called Ridding Myself of the Weakling Parker, which lets you give Superior Spider-Man a free action to roll a d6. Once per game, on a result of 3-6, for the rest of the game, modify Superior Spider-Man’s attack and damage by +1, and damage dealt by him can’t be reduced below 2.

Clix It Up- Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool - Spider-Bot 099a

Clix It Up- Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool - Spider-Bot 099b

Stepping into the way back machine, we’re sliding all the way back to the Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man set, where we find the 054 Super Rare Doctor Octopus. This version of Doctor Octopus is a support machine, built to sustain and maintain both himself and his Sinister Syndicate teammates. His trait, Sinister Mastermind, states that friendly characters who are adjacent to Doctor Octopus with the Sinister Syndicate team ability can’t have their speed or attack powers countered. He also possesses two special powers, the first of which is called Four Arms and Four Eyes, which allows Doctor Octopus the ability to use Perplex four times during your turn, but only on himself. His final special power, called Tentacles, allows Doctor Octopus the ability to use Flurry.  Couple all that with four of his six clicks of life having Outwit, and this is a great fringe version of Doc Ock to confound and harass your opponents.

Clix It Up- Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man- Doctor Octopus 054

Finally, we come to the Doctor Octopus 001 LE from this year’s Marvel HeroClix: Sinister Syndicate Monthly OP Kit. This version is a lower cost option for your teams, possessing only two special abilities. The first, called My Own Form of Brachiation, grants Doctor Octopus Improved Movement: Ignores Elevated Terrain. His second special ability is his trait, called The Arms of the Octopus. This trait states that at the beginning of your turn, place up to two Tentacle Pair tokens on this card. For every Tentacle Pair token on this card, modify Doctor Octopus’ defense value by +1. You can also give Doctor Octopus a power action, removing 1 or 2 Tentacle Pair tokens from this card.  Until your next turn, Doctor Octopus can use the Giant Reach ability, which locks his damage value at his printed damage value, and can use Flurry once as a free action for each Tentacle Pair token you removed from this card! This is especially beneficial at the top of his dial, coupling his natural Plasticity and Outwit with Flurry to really cause trouble for your opponents!

Clix it Up Marvel HeroClix: Sinister Syndicate Monthly OP Kit - Doctor Octopus

That’s it for this edition of Clix-It-Up, HeroClix fans! We hope you’ve liked this look into Otto Octavius and Doctor Octopus, and we hope it keyed in some ideas on teams to build utilizing Doc Ock. Thanks for joining us, and until next time – Shape Change for the win!

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Clix It Up Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man

Clix It Up – Spider-Man

Greetings HeroClix fans, and welcome to another entry into our Clix It Up series, this time focusing on the titular character from the Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set. That’s right, we’re digging deep on different takes on Peter Parker himself, Spider-Man!

Clix It Up - Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man - Spider-Man 049

Up first, we’ve got the 049 rare version of Spider-Man from the Superior Foes of Spider-Man set, who brings two very powerful traits, as well as two tremendous special powers to the game. His first trait, Trusty Spider-Sense allows Spider-Man to use Super Senses, and he can also evade attacks made by characters using Precision Strike. Additionally, when he’s hit by a ranged attack, you increase the result of this roll by 1! His second trait is called Spider’s Web, which states when Spider-Man hits, after actions resolve, you may attach his Web marker to a hit target, removing it from anywhere else. The character with the Web marker can’t move without breaking away,  can’t automatically break away, and other characters don’t have to break away from that character. Finally, when that character successfully breaks away, remove the Web marker. His first special power that we wanted to look at appears on his movement, Unmatched Mobility, and gives this version of Spider-Man the ability to use Hypersonic Speed, but only to make close combat attacks. Finally, on attack is the special power Last Ditch Effort, which allows him to use Precision Strike – and, in addition to that, you can give him a free action to make a close attack!

Our next version of the Wall-Crawler puts out eyes squarely on one of the most popular iterations of Spider-Man, the 2015 008 LE from the Marvel HeroClix: Symbiote Monthly OP Kit. When he wore the black costume, Spider-Man was a more aggressive, more powerful version of himself – but with some distinct weaknesses, which we’ll get into.

Clix It Up - Marvel HeroClix: Symbiote OP - Spider-Man 008

First, he has a stack of Improved Movement, including Ignoring Elevated Terrain, Ignoring Hindering Terrain, and Ignoring Characters – meaning this Spidey has the most mobility from top to bottom on his dial than any other that we’ll look at today. His first trait, Sonic Sensitivity, plays into the weakness we spoke about earlier – with this trait, Spider-Man can use Toughness. However, when he’s hit by an attack using Energy Explosion or Penetrating/Psychic Blast, after actions resolve, you’ll place an action token on him if he has less than two action tokens. His second trait is called Webbing, which states that when Spider-Man hits with a ranged combat attack and actions resolve, roll a d6. On a result of a 4-6, the hit characters can’t move, be placed, or make ranged combat attacks until your next turn. Finally, to show the power of the Symbiote, we have two special powers – the first is called Aggressive Arachnid, which grants Spider-Man the ability to use both Charge and Flurry. His second special power on defense is called Symbiote-Enhanced Spider-Sense, allowing him to use Super Senses. Additionally, you can modify Spider-Man’s defense value by +1 against ranged combat attacks.

Clix It Up - Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man - Iron Spider 056

Next up is a distinctly different version of Spider-Man, the Iron Spider! The 056 Chase from the Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man set, Iron Spider is a powerhouse – and he gives you a built in set of options! His trait, Morph: Spider Armor, allows him to be given a move or close combat action. After those actions resolve, you may replace him with any other character with this trait, the Morph: Identity Crisis trait, or the Morph: Changing Frequencies trait on the same click number. Iron Spider has two special powers – the first, called Gliding to the Rescue, states that Iron Spider can use the Flight ability and Running Shot. His second special power is called Three “Waldos,which allows Iron Spider to use Flurry or Perplex once per turn, and he can only use Perplex to target himself. Now, at first glance, Iron Spider might seem lesser than the two previous looks of Spider-Man, but where he lacks in traits, he more than makes up for in combat values. With over 70% of his dial being able to naturally break through defenses without the use of any other powers, three targets for ranged attacks, double digit attack values across the board, and his Indomitable nature, this Spider-Man is more than capable of holding his own against any other version!

Clix It Up - Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man - Superior Spider-Man 060

Our final version of Spider-Man is a more… Superior version – the Superior Spider-Man! The 060 Super Rare from the Superior Foes of Spider-Man comes loaded with three traits to show how superior he is to other versions. First up is the trait Superior Spider Arms, which states Superior Spider-Man can use Flurry. When he does, he can use Probability Control, and when he hits, the hit character’s defense value is modified by -1 until your next turn. Up next is the trait Call In Help From The Spider-Verse!, which claims that once per turn, for all characters with this trait, when Superior Spider-Man hits an opposing character and after actions resolve you may roll a d6 that can’t be rerolled. On a result of 3-6, place another friendly character with the Spider-Man Family keyword adjacent to this character. His third trait, Spider’s Web, is identical to the same named trait from our earlier Spider-Man entry – it states that when Superior Spider-Man hits, after actions resolve you may attach his Web marker to a hit target, removing it from anywhere else. The character with the Web marker can’t move without breaking away, can’t automatically break away, and other characters don’t have to break away from that character. When that character successfully breaks away, remove the Web marker. Finally, Superior Spider-Man has one special power, called It’s My Life, I’ll Fight to Keep It, which allows him to use Super Senses, Toughness, and Willpower.

That’s it for Clix-It-Up this go around – a look at  four versions of Peter Parker, one of the most iconic characters in comics.

What’s that? Superior Spider-Man isn’t just Peter Parker, but also Otto Octavius? Huh…imagine that. Stay tuned for our next Clix-It-Up and visit your friendly local game store to get the Marvel HeroClix: Superior foes of Spider-Man set today!