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Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man Strategy Article

Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man – Spider-Man Family Team

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Today we have a team building and strategy article featuring Spider-Man and his allies with the Spider-Man Family keyword from the new Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set.

There are many things that make HeroClix a fun and engaging game for nearly all ages.  Though it involves elements of basic arithmetic, strategic planning and positioning, layers of complex power interactions, chance, and even the unknown; the element that makes it more than just the sum of its parts are the characters.  Character dials are designed in a way that extract comic book flavor by highlighting a character’s powers and personality in order to bring HeroClix to life. Some HeroClix figures have been designed as specialists, offering lower cost options that highlight specific powers for easier team building while other larger point characters are more general perspectives.  Today’s team building article focuses on 4 great examples of characters with these features; 3 brand new dials of classic characters and one character making her Clix debut. Each character demonstrates how dial design follows the source material to play like the characters and not just figures on the map.

Here are our characters of interest today, as a 300 point Spider-Man Family Theme Team:

100      Spider-Man
80        Scarlet Spider
70        Silk
50        Black Cat

300 Total points
+4 to Initiative Map Roll, 3 uses of Themed Team Probability Control

Let’s get to work.

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Throughout the nearly 15 years of HeroClix history, there have been countless versions of Spider-Man.  Sifting through the Golden Age archives of Clixdom there are many Spider-Man figures that represent certain aspects of his comic book powers or periods of his long career but just a few that pack the essence of his character and all his powers.  From his ability to swing from rooftops, his proportional arachnid strength, and snaring foes in his webbing to his distracting smack talking attitude, scientific mind, and his heroic drive to save the day this Spider-Man has it all.  For 100 points Spider-Man leads off ignoring elevated and hindering terrain for movement, using Hypersonic Speed granted by his Unmatched Mobility special to make close attacks, grabbing objects with Super Strength, pushing himself to the limit with Willpower, making free attacks with Last-Ditch Effort, dodging attacks like only he can with enhanced Super Senses from his Trusty Spider Sense trait, Combat Reflexes, and utilizing the Spider’s Web trait to pin foes in place with his Web FX base.  Pepper in some Perplex, Outwit, Sidestep, and Close Combat Expert and you have everything you could ask for in a Spider-Man figure. He can be used as a mobile primary attacker, support, and tie-up figure. Putting it all together with an acrobatically dynamic sculpt, Spider-Man has it all.

Our next two pieces for the Spider-Man Family team can make Spider-Man even better with strategic use of their Call In Help From The Spider-Verse traits.

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From the 1990’s Clone Saga we have Ben Reilly donning the sleeveless blue hoodie and red suit as the Scarlet Spider.  Reilly’s claim to fame was the introduction of Impact Webbing which he used to subdue foes from a safer distance, represented here alongside Running Shot and a two target range of 4. With Impact Webbing, you can choose to give an action token to hit targets or prevent them from moving or being placed for a turn. Additionally, when Scarlet Spider hits a target, you may roll for Call In Help From The Spider-Verse to bring in the original Spider-Man, or other friendly character, to step in and finish the job!

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Making her HeroClix debut, Silk shares a common origin with Peter Parker, but was hidden away for years by a mysterious man named Ezekiel, in order to train her powers and protect her from Morlun and the Inheritors.  As a result of this training, her ‘Silk-Sense’ is even stronger than Peter’s ‘Spider-Sense’, and is represented in game by her special damage power Precognitive Spider-Sense. This power allows her to use Probability Control, with an additional ability of re-rolling her Super Senses roll on an opponent’s turn.  Additionally, her Thin Finger Webs give her the use of Incapacitate with 3 targets, but she cannot give actions tokens to a character that does not already have a token.  This synergizes very well with Scarlet Spider’s Impact Webbing to place tokens on two targets and then follow up with Silk using Incapacitate on up to 3 targets without having to worry about characters with zero action tokens for Thin Finger Webs. This combination can lock down opposing characters, and potentially ping them for 1 penetrating damage if they already have 2 tokens.

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Lastly, making an appearance on our Spider-Man Family theme team, is Black Cat.  As a highly skilled cat burglar naturally she ignores elevated terrain when she moves, but she also has a handy trait; I’ll Just Take That, Thanks. This trait allows her to pick an opposing characters pocket if they have an object equipped to them instead of dealing damage.  To top it off, a full dial of Stealth, Combat Reflexes and her damage special Just Lucky, I Guess, which makes her an ideal tie-up piece. She can easily keep opposing characters occupied while your spiders jump around, pin everyone else down with their webbing, and smash heavy objects over their heads while hurling sarcasm in their general direction.

That’s all we have for you today in our Spider-Man Family team building featuring the new Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set.

Until next time, be ‘that guy’; perplex their damage down!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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HeroClix Rules Addendum- Visible Dials

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Dear HeroClix Players,

The Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set is the first HeroClix set to utilize the new design for character cards that feature the stats and powers from that character’s combat dials printed on its character card.  One of the major goals is to provide information for the player that is piloting their character so they can see what is in store for them as they click down their dial.  Please see this article for more information as to the background of why it was implemented:  HeroClix Design Insight- Visible Dials.

The combat dial information is printed on the back of the card to keep the combat dial information hidden from your opponent. As indicated in the original article, we would require new rules to be made in order to keep the combat dial information a secret from opposing players while still allowing opposing players to see the rest of the information contained on the character’s card (which is public information).  Below are new rules that take effect immediately and will be added to the next edition of the HeroClix Core Rules as well as Tournament Rules:

HeroClix Core Rulebook Addendum- Character Cards with Visible Dials

Some game elements will have the information that is contained on their combat dial printed on their cards.  When using such a card, the face of the card with the combat dial information (typically the back face of the card) is only able to be viewed by the game element’s owner.  An opponent may view any other face of the card (including the interior faces on a fold-out card).

Official HeroClix Tournament Rules Addendum- Character Cards with Visible Dials

A player may ask to view another player’s card at any time but may never view the face of the card that contains the combat dial information.  If the player flips over a card to the face of the card containing the combat dial information a penalty may be given to the player at the judge’s discretion.  This may be a warning, game loss, disqualification, or another form of penalty depending on severity of the infraction and if the player has been given previous warnings/penalties for the same infraction.

In addition to and related to the above, the following rules regarding the Sideline are effective immediately for the HeroClix Core Rules and Tournament Rules. This addition is intended to keep the Sideline limited to elements that have a distinct purpose in a team build and to prevent the Sideline from being used as a “library” of figures for intent of being able to have access to their combat dial information.

HeroClix Core Rulebook Addendum- Sideline

A game element can only be added to your Sideline if there is a game effect on your force that can make use of that game element.

Official HeroClix Tournament Rules Addendum- Sideline

If a game element is on a Sideline and there is no game effect on that player’s force that can make use of that game element, the player must remove the game element from their Sideline. A penalty may be given to that player at the judge’s discretion.

We hope you enjoy the new Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set and we look forward to all of the exciting new sets to come!

Sincerely,

– The WizKids Team

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man – Frog-Man

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

It’s time for a final HeroClix preview from the Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set, releasing today!  We have a character who donned the suit of his once criminal father to redeem his name and help Spider-Man as an ally, Frog-Man!

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Weighing in at a very affordable 35 points, he sports a minimalist’s dial with few powers and modest attack and damage values, but Frog-Man has a couple tricks to help you get a jump on the competition.  He has Leap/Climb for his entire dial and a high movement value to get him exactly where you need him on the map to make use of his pair of traits.  His first trait, Sorry, Bounced Into You Again, Sorry, states that Frog-Man is not dealt knock back damage and he can also, as a free action, knock himself back 4 squares in a straight vertical or horizontal line. If his path is stopped by another character, that character is then knocked back two squares.  When using this trait Frog-Man himself is not being knocked back from a particular direction like he normally would be when attacked, instead you just pick which direction and go from there.  His second trait, Uh….I Meant To Do That.  Don’t Look So Astonished makes his ability to knock back characters at will very useful.  When a character is KO’d by knock back damage from knock back generated by Frog-Man, after actions resolve all opposing characters within 4 squares of where the KO’d character last occupied are given an action token.  Remember, characters are dealt 1 knock back damage for hitting a wall or blocking terrain and are dealt 2 for being knocked off of elevated terrain.  So this Spider-Man Family keyword ally can hop around the map, knocking characters back at will and adding action tokens to foes when he causes a character to be KO’d with his haphazard leaping shenanigans.  Alternatively, you could use his knock back to bump friendly characters into better positions for attack or out of danger from opposing characters.   Defensively, Frog-Man has Toughness to start with and switches over to Super Senses after taking a hit to keep him jumping for a long as possible.

That’s all for today, HeroClix fans! Stay tuned as we continue to showcase Spider-Man’s allies and villains from the Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man!  And look to the WizKids Info Network (WIN) to find tournaments and Release Day events near you!

Until next time, prob those snake eyes!

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Marvel HeroClix: Spider-Man and His Greatest Foes Fast Forces – Part II

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome to part two of our preview of the Marvel HeroClix: Spider-Man and His Greatest Foes Fast Forces Pack, which we are releasing in connection with the Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set.  If you haven’t seen part one of our Fast Forces preview, click the link here.  Don’t worry, we’ll wait for you.  Done already?  Okay then, let’s jump right in!

First up, we have a villain who is arguably at the top of the list of people who Spider-Man will not be inviting over for dinner.  We’re talking about the Green Goblin!

Marvel HeroClix: Spider-Man and His Greatest Foes Fast Forces Pack - Green Goblin

With a point value of 75 points, Green Goblin has a dial that features only standard powers, but what he does with those powers on each click makes him worthy of your attention if he’s on an opposing force.  On three of his six clicks, he has the combination of Running Shot and Energy ExplosionGreen Goblin can also shoot two targets up to six squares away, which adds some punch to his use of Energy Explosion.  On those same clicks, Green Goblin also has Enhancement to help boost the damage value of teammates next to him.  In between his Running Shot/Energy Explosion clicks, Green Goblin can switch to a close attacker and use Sidestep, Combat Reflexes, and Close Combat Expert.  In terms of combat values, Green Goblin’s numbers are a bit erratic but they should be enough to help him take ol’ Web Head or his allies out of a fight.

Up next is one of the most feared crime lords in the Marvel Universe, Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin)!

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Don’t let Kingpin’s short, four-click dial fool you, his trait and special power make him an interesting figure for characters with the Sinister Syndicate team ability and/or keyword.  His trait, My City, My Rules, lets Kingpin and teammates within 8 squares use the Sinister Syndicate team ability to share their attack values as if they were adjacent.  You can let other Sinister Syndicate teammates fight on the front line while Kingpin hangs back within eight squares and shares his attack values.  If that’s not enough, Kingpin’s special power, Overlord of Crime, lets him use Leadership and OutwitKingpin has a point value of 50, which may seem low for a character with Leadership.  However, Overlord of Crime changes things so that when Kingpin uses Leadership, he can remove an action token from characters with the Sinister Syndicate keyword regardless of point value.  Finally, on Kingpin’s last two clicks, he has Close Combat Expert and Combat Reflexes, making him a tough foe to tackle when fighting up close.

Wrapping up our look at the Marvel HeroClix: Spider-Man and His Greatest Foes Fast Forces Pack is an enemy of Spider-Man who has fought alongside the Web Slinger when such a team-up was needed.  We’re talking, of course, about Venom!

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Venom’s dial features a mix of standard powers that include Charge and Blades/Claws/Fangs, Flurry, and Steal Energy.  However, it’s his two specific traits that make him a viable choice for your force.  Symbiote, which should look somewhat familiar to players, grants Venom the use of Plasticity and Shape Change, and lets him break away automatically.  Symbiote’s Web lets Venom attach a Web marker token to a character he hits.  That character can’t move without breaking away and can’t automatically break away.  However, other characters don’t have to break away from the character with the attached Web marker.  Symbiote’s Web is an ideal trait for those times when you want to hold an opponent in place but don’t want to be stuck next to them once you move in for an attack.

Thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to sign in or sign up on the WizKids Info Network to find local tournaments near you.  Until next time, may all your Probability Control rolls be ever in your favor!

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Marvel HeroClix: Spider-Man and his Greatest Foes Fast Forces – Part I

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Today we are pleased to bring you part one of a two-part look at the Marvel HeroClix: Spider-Man and His Greatest Foes Fast Forces Pack, which we are releasing alongside the Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set.  The Spider-Man and His Greatest Foes Fast Forces Pack features six figures, a ClixFX base, and a rules sheet.

Leading off our look at the Fast Forces Pack is the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler himself, Spider-Man.

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Coming into play at 75 points, Spider-Man’s Protect the Innocent trait lets him use the Carry ability but only to carry a character with a lower point value.  As for special powers, Spider-Man can use Web Slingshot, which allows him use Hypersonic Speed.  When he does so, you may place him in a square of higher elevation within four squares and line of fire, before moving.  Web Slingshot should come in handy for those times when an opponent is trying to use map terrain to hide, essentially letting Spider-Man reposition and launch from a square of higher elevation, when he uses Hypersonic Speed.

Up next is one of Spider-Man’s biggest critics, former Daily Bugle publisher and editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson.

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Jonah Jameson has a point value of 25 and has a short dial that features Sidestep, Willpower and Outwit. What makes J. Jonah Jameson really interesting is his special power, The World Needs to Know: Your Reckless Actions, which permits him choose an opposing character within four squares and line of fire at the beginning of your turn.  The chosen character cannot be given power actions until your next turn.  The World Needs to Know: Your Reckless Actions is a great power for limiting an opponent’s options by preventing them from acquiring power actions.

Finally, we’ve come to one of Spider-Man’s oldest foes, the diabolical Doctor Octopus!

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Like Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus can be added to your force by paying 75 points.  Doctor Octopus’s dial is highlighted by a special power in his speed slot that represents his mobility through the use of his iconic robotic arms.  His special power, Arm Walk, lets him use Sidestep and Improved Movement that lets him ignore elevated terrain, hindering terrain, and allows him to move through squares adjacent to opposing characters (but he’ll still need to break away normally).  The rest of Doctor Octopus’s dial is highlighted by standard powers befitting his scientific genius:  Flurry, Willpower, Energy Shield/Deflection, Combat Reflexes, Outwit, and Perplex.

Thanks for reading!  Join us again when we bring you the second half of our preview of the Marvel HeroClix: Spider-Man and His Greatest Foes Fast Forces pack, and be on the lookout for upcoming team building and strategy articles highlighting characters from the Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set!  And don’t forget to sign in or sign up on the WizKids Info Network to find local tournaments near you!

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Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man – Devil Dinosaur Champion Figure

Greetings HeroClix Fans,

The Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set is almost here! Today, we continue to reveal another figure found in the set, designed by the 2015 HeroClix Team World Champions, Tim Bold, Nick Peterson, and Derek Thompson. This former partner of Moon Boy, hails from the Savage Land, was an enemy of Nextwave, a member of H.A.T.E., and…ok, look, let’s cut to the chase – he’s a gigantic talking red tyrannosaurus wearing a smoking jacket and carrying a revolver. We are excited to introduce Team Fail Boat and their new figure, Devil Dinosaur! 

Name: Tim Bold

WES ID: TheEvilCapitalist

Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Favorite Local Venues: Empire Game Center2015FailBoat

Name: Nick Peterson

WES ID: NOPeterson

Location: Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Favorite Local Venues: Empire Game Center, Critical Hit

Name: Derek Thompson

WES ID: JDThompson

Location: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Favorite Local Venues: Empire Game Center

What first brought you to the world of HeroClix?

Most of us were either comic book fans or enjoyed strategy games and this is a great combination of both.

How long have you been playing HeroClix? 

Tim has been playing the longest, as he started back in Clobberin’ Time. Derek started back in the Sinister days and Nick has been playing since Avengers.

How often and where do you play HeroClix?

 We get together to play frequently, at least twice a month. When we get together and play, we very rarely play the meta; we generally play fun, thematic teams. There are a ton of venues in Northeast Ohio and for most of the big events, we all play at Empire Game Center. A lot of times we will meet up at someone’s house after a tournament to play a few fun games. We alternate where we play, but generally play at Tim’s “ginger mansion”.

What is your favorite thing about HeroClix?

 HeroClix as a game is incredibly deep and flexible. Players can build highly competitive teams, to compete at Regional, National, or World Championships, but also build a lot of thematic teams, to play casual games with friends. As a group, we take advantage of both aspects of the game.

What inspired you to choose the character you designed?

Nextwave is one of our favorite comics and we were disappointed that Devil Dinosaur was never created from that series. We also liked all of the minion characters from Nextwave and wanted to find a way to incorporate both into HeroClix. 

Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man - Devil Dinosaur Champion Figure

What were the challenges or considerations you faced while conceptualizing your dial design?

We have been talking about creating this dial for years now, so most of the groundwork was already in place. The hardest part was making a dial that is fun so everyone can enjoy, but balanced so that it isn’t game breaking.

Please walk us through your dial design.

Devil Dinosaur is the mastermind behind Beyond Corp and S.I.L.E.N.T, but is also the fierce final fight against the heroes. We wanted to incorporate both of these aspects into the dial.

For the first three clicks of the dial, Devil Dinosaur is working behind the scenes sending out “waves” of minions to attack. There are so many minions to choose from in Nextwave, that it took some time to decide on the drop bears, Rockabilly M.O.D.O.K., and homicide crabs. The drop bears are iconic from the series and our favorite, so that was an easy choice. The Rockabilly M.O.D.O.K. almost won a fan poll a few years back, so we felt like we had to add them. For the last bystander, we decided on homicide crabs over broccoli men simply because we thought we could design a more enjoyable bystander dial for the crabs.

The defensive special ability is representative of the heroes finally approaching Devil Dinosaur so that he goes on a long winded monologue that they can’t stop. From a gameplay standpoint, we wanted to incorporate this with the bystander ability in order to give players an opportunity to bring most of the bystanders into play instead of having the opponent quickly hit Devil Dinosaur past that ability.

For the final four clicks of the dial, the stop click represents Devil Dinosaur losing control and transforming into an aggressive dinosaur that attacks. We didn’t think it would be appropriate for him to go back to working behind the scenes after becoming enraged, so we put the can’t heal past this click into the power. The rest of the dial is simply an out of control dinosaur attacking the heroes with charge, flurry, B/C/F, and battle fury.

Devil Dinosaur can’t carry because he has tiny arms and he no longer wants to carry another after eating Moon Boy.

Any parting thoughts?

We wanted to thank the WizKids team for giving us this opportunity and for being great to work with throughout the process.

Hopefully we get another opportunity to design a figure again. We came close again this year, placing third in team world’s and with Derek placing second in singles. We have a few other ideas in store for some unclixed characters, so hopefully we get another shot at making a figure in the future.

 

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Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man – Mephisto Champion Figure

Greetings HeroClix Fans,

The Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set not only features the friends and foes of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but also includes three HeroClix designed by past HeroClix Champions. Yesterday, we introduced you to Chameleon, designed by the 2014 World Champion. Today we have the figure designed by the 2015 HeroClix World Champion. Introducing Paris Gordon and his figure design of Mephisto!

Name: Paris Gordon

WES ID: mourir

Location: Houston, TX

Favorite Local Venues: Fat Ogre Games & Comics, Bedrock City, Swords & Superheroes, 8th Dimension Comics and Games

What first brought you to the world of HeroClix?
My dad brought home some boosters when the game first came out, and we’ve been collecting and playing ever since.

 How long have you been playing HeroClix?
I’ve been casually playing at home and collecting since the first set, Infinity Challenge. I’ve been going to tournaments and playing competitively since Giant Sized X-Men.

How often and where do you play HeroClix?
I play pretty often with my teammates at home, especially my dad. For tournaments, I go to at least one OP event per month and try to attend some bigger tournaments about once a month. Locally, I mainly play at Bedrock City Comics and Fat Ogre Games and Comics.

What inspired you to choose the character you designed?
I’ve always been a fan of Mephisto in the comics, and for such a cool, powerful, and important character in the Marvel Universe, I felt like he didn’t have enough representation in HeroClix. There have only been two versions previously, and while they were both cool in their own ways, I didn’t feel that either figure was depictive of the way I would imagine a Mephisto figure.Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man - Mephisto Champion Figure

What were the challenges or considerations you faced while conceptualizing your dial design?
I wanted to show Mephisto manipulating things from the background, while also showcasing his power. Balancing this was probably the hardest challenge, but also the most fun part.

Please walk us through your dial design.
Like I said, I wanted to showcase both his background manipulations and his overwhelming power. To do this I gave him the Unseen Manipulator power and Perplex on the opening two clicks. He can also be played with just these clicks, as there are times where Mephisto gets his feet wet, but leaves before ever taking things into his own matters. However, playing him at full shows Mephisto getting tired of playing games and taking things into his own hands (with the stop click showing how he chose to unleash his power). Of course, he also has the contracts (at either dial) he can make with any character…for a price. He has power over others (-1 defense) and will collect his debt (healing).

Any parting thoughts?
I’m really happy with the way Mephisto turned out. I’m glad I got this opportunity and enjoyed working with WizKids. Hopefully I get another chance to do so! Shout out to everyone in Team Ragnarok for helping me play and improve, and being all around awesome people!

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Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man – Chameleon Champion Figure

Greetings HeroClix Fans,

The Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set features the Spider-Man Family, Sinister Syndicate and more friends and foes of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Also included in the upcoming set are three HeroClix designed by HeroClix Champions. To introduce these new figures, we spoke with the champion designers about how they came up with their HeroClix. First up is Chameleon, designed by the 2014 World Champion, Patrick Yapjoco.

Name: Patrick Yapjoco

WES ID: Spawn

Location: Orange, CA

How long have you played: 8+ years

Favorite local venues: Majestix (Orange, CA), Uncle Red’s Pizza (Bellflower, CA), The Realm Games and Comics (Brea, CA)

What first brought you to the world of HeroClix?

I used to collect action figures and comics, and play other table top games. When I saw this at my local comic shop, I was intrigued.  The rest is history.

How long have you been playing HeroClix?

I’ve played since Infinity Challenge, but I took a break from Ultimates to Arkham Asylum.  When Hammer of Thor was released, I was hooked again.

How often and where do you play HeroClix?

I play almost every day if I can, since I run a Heroclix-only store, Majestix.  It’s in Orange, California and we are one of two stores that I know are dedicated purely to this great game.

What is your favorite thing about HeroClix?

From a gaming aspect, I love the team-building and the synergies that can be discovered while playing the game.  The designers are always pushing the envelope on new game elements and rules, which makes for a dynamic and FUN game.  The other aspect I love is the community.  Being part of many other gaming communities, I can definitely say that the HeroClix community is BY FAR, the best gaming community I have been a part of.

What inspired you to choose the character you designed?

I am first and foremost a Spider-Man guy.  I love his rogues gallery, especially the Sinister Six storylines.  Chameleon was the first Spider-villain, too! We haven’t had a Chameleon in 6-7 years and it’s about time the Master of Disguises gets his spotlight again!

Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man - Chameleon Champion Figure

What were the challenges or considerations you faced while conceptualizing your dial design?

The hardest part was keeping his point value low enough so he didn’t take up a lot of space on a team, since he is mainly a background guy doing undercover work.  My initial design came back at well over 100 points (I’m greedy)!

Please walk us through your dial design.

I wanted to showcase Chameleon’s mastery of the art of disguises.  I wanted to see what we could do with it, and the Stan Lee figure gave me inspiration on how it could be done.  I also wanted him to be the definitive Shapechange guy, which is why he has the trait that prevents others from using Shapechange or being replaced. He is an integral part of the Sinister Syndicate, so he needed that team ability, but since he could be anyone, he could be a part of any team, too.  So, we decided that making him a wild card would suit both needs. Being a Spy, he should have some influence/knowledge, which is where Perplex and Outwit come in.  Lastly, he is tough to track down due to his disguises, which is why he has Stealth, Shapechange, and Super Senses.On his last click, he has Regeneration, which is meant to show he is trying to create a new disguise.

Any parting thoughts?

It was a fun process designing this figure.  Chameleon went through a couple of different iterations, but I am happy with the outcome.  Scott was very open and helpful in what I wanted to accomplish with this figure and I am glad that he is 70pts, as it will give teams more flexibility in team-building.  I hope everyone enjoys the Disguise trait and I am excited to see which Disguises Chameleon will be using.  Oh, and remember, when in doubt, Perplex the Attack (Chameleon can help with that)!

That’s all for today HeroClix fans. Tune in tomorrow to learn about another of the champion figures included in the Marvel HeroClix: Superior Foes of Spider-Man set.