DC HeroClix: Superman/Wonder Woman

DC HeroClix: Apokolips Team Building

Greetings Heroclix players!  Now that the DC Comics HeroClix: Superman/Wonder Woman set has released, let’s take a look at an Apokolips Team Building Strategy featuring some of the exciting new figures in the set.   A hero can only be as strong as the challenges they face; and few have challenged Superman and Wonder Woman more than the villains from Apokolips!

There are four figures in the set with the Apokolips keyword that can be played together at an even 300 points.

Steppenwolf   135
Brutaal   100
Parademon   45
Brimstone  20
Total points:  300

Apokolips Keyword Theme, +4 map roll bonus, 3 uses of Theme Team Probability Control

Apokolips Team- Steppenwolf

This Apokolips team has a significant amount of synergy if played aggressively.  Both Steppenwolf and Brutaal have traits that provide benefits to themselves and any friendly characters that are closer to an opposing player’s starting area than your own.  In this case, Brutaal gains Willpower and other friendly characters with the Apokolips keyword get +1 to their attack values and can remove an Action Token after damaging an opposing character.  This is made even easier by the fact that Brutaal has a 9 speed value and the Flight ability, the Parademon has 10 movement and Flight also, and Steppenwolf has a 13 speed value with Phasing.

Apokolips Team - Brutaal

Your two main attackers are fairly hearty and hard to damage but one of the problems that usually goes with an aggressive strategy is risking your figures without having enough back up.  This is exactly what Brimstone is here for!  At 20 points, he starts the game on his Colossal Indifference and Colossal Retribution powers.  If you rush Brutaal or Steppenwolf towards the opposing team and take an early hit, then the next turn Brimstone can join the action.  With Colossal Retribution, Brimstone can bring down his giant flaming sword on anyone who damages an friendly character or targets him with an attack.  When he does, you may place him such that he can make a close combat attack targeting the opposing character and then makes a close combat attack dealing a d6 damage against all characters in the direct between him and the target. Since he is a Colossal figure with Giant Reach: 3, he may be placed up to 3 squares from the opponent and hopefully catch some other opposing characters in his swing.  Place him right and he’ll also get a +1 to his attack value from Brutaal’s trait.  For added defense, the Parademon generic can grant your other friendly characters Mastermind to deal damage to itself, which is a good way to keep Brutaal alive and make those 5 clicks last a little longer.

DC HeroClix: Superman/Wonder Woman- Parademon

If you want to increase this to 400 points, you can play Brutaal at his full 175-point level instead and have some room to add a Power Battery resource of your choice with a few constructs.  A Catapult construct would really help you get across the map fast.

Apokolips Team - Brimstone

Remember to use your Theme Team Bonus to make the most of your map roll.  For this Apokolips Team, a map that limits the opponent’s range but lets you place Brimstone effectively and that has starting areas that are offset in opposing corners will work to your advantage.  Try the House of Mystery map or the new Mount Olympus map to get the most of this team and let your opponent feel the might of the Apokolips Team!  Until next time, keep those dice rolling and those dials turning!


Three Parademons Walk into a Bar…

Last Friday, I previewed one example of our new execution of REV which featured Damian Wayne using two different identities.  Today, rather than focusing on two versions of one character, my Brave & The Bold sneak peak features  different, thematically related characters that allow for a variety of new force-building options.

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Before we dive into the pics, I have to confess that I am huge fan of Apokalips and the Jack-Kirby New Gods storylines.  Darkseid, his minions, and his enemies stand out to me as a compelling mythology that spans the DC Universe.  When we compiled potential characters to include for the ‘Minion’ mechanic in Brave & The Bold, Parademons, the rank-and-file of Apokalips, seemed like a natural fit.  Having no version of them in HeroClix since Cosmic Justice, they were long-overdue for a triumphant return.

While incorporating the literally grunt-level Parademons into the set, we were split on whether to include a handful of Apokalips characters directly into Brave & The Bold or leave the Parademons simply as pieces that interact with past sets (like Lashina from Arkham Asylum).  We ultimately decided to split the difference and include a Parademon officer to help amp up army building, while still leaving the Apokalips cast as grist for a future set (maybe as a powerful counterbalance in a Superman-themed set?).  For the Parademon Sergeant, I especially like the “Darkseid’s Motivational Techniques” power that was submitted by our R&D team.  It’s flavorful and adds an interesting tension to the game.

In addition to the awesome army of Apokalips, many HeroClix fans have asked us to continue building the Secret Six.  I really admire Gail Simone’s innovative work with the Six (and Birds of Prey, too!), and when we knew that the minion Parademon Grunt would be included in the set, it was natural to add “The Parademon” using our new version of REV.  With “The Parademon,” there’s another great, flavorful example of a special power with “Motherbox Detonation.”

All in all, the Parademons provide three dynamic takes using the new twist on REV.  Brave & The Bold features quite a few interesting experiments, and I’m curious to see what players respond to and what interests people going forward.  With Hammer of Thor, we tried a variety of new ideas, garnering some definite hits that we plan to continue  in future sets.  We’re keenly interested to hear your feedback following the release of B&B.  Each set is like a mosaic tile that allows us continue the great, growing vision of what HeroClix is.  Will the picture ever be complete?

Well, with the amount of awesome new content that our licensors release (Blackest Night, anyone?), I think not.  We’ll certainly continue to show off classic figures from comics history and also showcase interesting new characters as they debut.

Expect more exciting Brave & The Bold previews this week!