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Marvel HeroClix Amazing Spider-Man: Blade!

Greetings, HeroClix fans!

Today’s Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man preview brings us to a hero with a crusade against the vampires of the world.  Last seen in the Marvel HeroClix: Mutant Mayhem set, we are pleased to bring back Blade!

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Born while his mother was bitten by a vampire, Blade begins his dial with a trait called Supernatural Tracking.  With this trait, choose an opposing character at the beginning of the game.  That character can’t automatically break away from Blade and, when it does roll to break away, only succeeds on a result of 6.

Blade begins his dial with four clicks of Charge in his speed stat slot as the Daywalker rushes into battle and attacks.  Charge is followed by three clicks of Stealth as Blade’s vampiric side allows him to hide like a creature of the night.

In his attack stat slot, Blade begins with four clicks of a special power called Blade isn’t just a Name that would make even Dracula retreat.  This special power lets Blade use Blades/Claws/Fangs.  When he does, increase damage dealt by 1 for each of the following the target possesses or can use: Monster keyword, Mystical keyword, or Steal EnergyBlade isn’t just a Name is followed by two clicks of regular Blades/Claws/Fangs as his skill with swords makes him a deadly close combatant.  Blade can also make ranged attacks from up to six squares away.

In his defensive stat slot, Blade has the Indomitable combat ability to act without fear of taking pushing damage.  Blade begins his dial with three clicks of Toughness to show his vampiric heritage.  That’s followed by two clicks of Combat Reflexes to show his training with his mentor, the vampire hunter Abraham Whistler.  Finally, on Blade’s last two clicks he picks up Regeneration as his half-vampire status grants him a healing factor.

Overlapping his last two clicks of Blade isn’t just a Name and his first regular click of Blades/Claws/Fangs, Blade gains Exploit Weakness in his damage stat slot as his vampiric clarity help him strike opponents with precision.

Blade comes in at 85 points and makes a viable choice as an attacker, particularly against characters with the Monster or Mystical keywords or Steal Energy, thanks to his Blade isn’t just a Name special power.  Blade himself has a quartet of keywords (Martial Artist, Midnight Sons, Monster, and Soldier) to provide options for team building.

Thanks for reading!  Please join us again for our next Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man preview.  Until then, keep your Clix off their K.O.’s!

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Marvel HeroClix Amazing Spider-Man: Frank Drake and Hannibal King!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome back as we continue to explore the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Amazing Spider-Man set by checking out a couple of monster fighters (with one being the prime figure from the common slot).  We offer a pair of super natural detectives from the office of  Borderline Investigations.   First up is figure #013a, Frank Drake!

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Frank Drake can hide in the shadows with a full dial of Stealth, representing his time with the super natural hunters, the Nightstalkers.  From a protected spot provided by this cover, Frank Drake can attack with a 5 range using “Linda,” a.k.a. “the Exorcist,” his nano-tech weapon capable of disrupting occult energies, represented with nearly a full dial of Penetrating/Psychic Blast.   A closing click of Blades/Claws/Fangs is representative of knives he always keeps on himself.

Frank Drake has a special power that illustrates his training hunting super natural threats called Vampire Hunter.  This special power allows Frank Drake to use Outwit, and when he targets a figure with either the Mystical or Monster keyword, he may use Outwit a second time on that figure.   As he is a descendent of Count Dracula before he turned, Frank Drake has Willpower on both his opening and closing clicks.

At 55 points, Frank Drake will come in handy on a team aiming to deal with mystical monsters, or on theme teams built around the Detective or Midnight Sons keywords.  And speaking of those keywords, who better to team with than a partner, #013b Hannibal King!

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Hannibal King has no wild dial to represent his vampire powers as he’s never consumed fresh human blood, choosing instead to rely on small animals or blood banks to feed.   Hannibal King begins play with a special power called Form of Mist, Form of Wolf that allows him to use Running Shot and Stealth.  This special power also gives him the option at the beginning of his turn to modify his attack or defense by +1 or +2, and decrease the unchoosen power by the same amount until your next turn.  Helping with this special power, Hannibal King has the Flight combat ability to help him navigate the map with ease.   Should an opposing figure choose to base him, Hannibal King has Super Strength on this stretch of his dial, allowing to hold an object to prepare for this to happen.  Toughness will allow him to absorb a bit of damage, and Outwit will allow him to deprive an opposing figure of a key power.

In the middle of his dial, Hannibal King changes into a wolf, a favorite way for him to fight.  In this section of his dial, Charge will allow him to take the fight to an opposing figure.  Once in adjacent to an enemy, he can choose to do his printed 3 or 2 damage, or attempt to do more with Blades/Claws/Fangs.  In either case, he can do penetrating damage with Exploit Weakness.   Hannibal King also puts his heighted senses to work to try to avoid attacks with Super Senses. 

On his last two clicks, Hannibal King can try to heal by making a last ditch close combat attack to heal a click with Steal Energy, or simply roll for Regeneration.  Either way, the Indomitable combat ability will allow him to ignore pushing damage, as it will throughout his dial.

Hannibal King has a couple of solid theme team choices with the Detective, Midnight Son, and Monster keywords.  At 107 points, there is plenty of room to add more to whatever force you include him on.

That’s all the time we have for today, but be sure to join us later next week for more Amazing Spider-Man goodness by spotlighting another member of the Nightstalkers, and next week for another Prime figure preview!