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Marvel HeroClix: Captain America – Twenty-First Century Blitz Strategy

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

We’re back with another team building exercise, featuring characters from the Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. set!  Today, however, we’re taking a different approach to team building and will be highlighting characters from writer Ed Brubaker’s and artist Steve Epting’s critically acclaimed run on Captain America.  Specifically, we’re looking at the “Twenty-First Century Blitz” story arc from Captain America issues 18 to 21!

Marvel HeroClix: Avenger vs. X-Men- Captain America

Our story brings Captain America across the Atlantic to England in his search for the Winter Soldier, who has traveled to London to kill the head of the mysterious Kronas Corporation, Aleksander Lukin.  To start out our team, we’ll add Captain America from the Avengers Starter Set of the Marvel HeroClix: Avengers vs. X-Men Storyline Organized Play event.  We’ll use Captain America at his 100-point starting line, which features Running Shot, Empower, Invulnerability and his Take Down special power.  Captain America also has an Improved Movement ability which lets him ignore hindering terrain and characters when he moves.

While in London, Cap is met by two old friends, Joseph Chapman (aka Union Jack) and Jacqueline Falsworth (aka Spitfire).  The three heroes split up to investigate Kronas Corp’s activities, with Cap and Union Jack checking out a freighter loading and unloading crates marked with the Kronas logo while Spitfire has gone beneath the city to see what the corporation is building there.

Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.- Union Jack

We’ve previously shown you the next two members of our team, Union Jack and Spitfire from the Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. set, so you can check out what they bring to the battlefield by reading their respective previews.  Union Jack and Spitfire come in at 90 and 95 points, respectively, and have the Invade Your Territory trait so you won’t have to deal with moving around opposing Barrier and Smoke Cloud markers.  Union Jack is solid as a ranged and melee combatant while Spitfire makes a great hit-and-run attacker.

Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.- Spitfire

Eventually, our trio of heroes close in on Lukin (who is secretly the Red Skull), which means the Winter Soldier is nearby.  Winter Soldier has Lukin in his crosshairs of his sniper rifle and is about to pull the trigger when he notices that Cap is in peril, so he drops his weapon to save Cap.  The distraction allows Lukin to activate The Sleeper, one of the Red Skull’s giant deathbots!

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We’ll round out our team of heroes by adding the uncommon Winter Soldier from the Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. set.  Winter Soldier comes in at 95 points and, appropriately, has a special power called Deadly Sniper which lets him use Outwit and Ranged Combat Expert from 10 squares away.  Winter Soldier also has an Improved Targeting ability called Ultimate Infiltrator that lets him ignore hindering terrain and characters when he shoots.  Finally, Winter Soldier also has the Invade Your Territory trait, just like Union Jack and Spitfire.  With his Deadly Sniper special power, Winter Soldier is definitely suited to be your force’s ranged attacker.

All four characters share the Invaders and Soldier keywords and come to a total of 380 points, which leaves plenty of points left over for bystanders, special objects or resources.

Twenty-First Century Blitz ends with Captain America and Winter Soldier defeating The Sleeper, with Cap’s former sidekick slipping away into the shadows shortly after.

If you’re looking for some thematic villains to play against this team, the Twenty-First Century Blitz storyline also features Red Skull, Crossbones and Sin.  You might want to consider the Red Skull from the Avengers Assemble set and the Sin and Crossbones duo from the Invincible Iron Man set.  Both characters come to 358 points, which leaves lots of flexibility for rounding out the rest of your force.

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Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury- Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.- Invaders Team

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

We’re back with another team building exercise, this time utilizing characters from the Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. set!  We previously highlighted Union Jack, a prime character in the set and member of the Invaders.  Today, we’ll shine the spotlight on Union Jack’s allies by building a team around the Invaders keyword!

Up first on the team and making her HeroClix debut is Radiance, whose grandmother (the costumed adventurer known as Golden Girl) fought alongside the Invaders as a member of the Kid Commandos!  Radiance comes in at 65 points and has the Invade Your Territory trait possessed by other Invaders characters in this set that lets them ignore and remove opposing Barrier and Smoke Cloud markers when moving through them.

Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.- Radiance

Radiance has the Wing speed symbol, which means she can use fly and carry teammates with her – a handy ability when combined with Invade Your TerritoryRadiance’s usefulness as a teammate doesn’t stop there.  On Radiance’s first and last clicks she has a special power called Shimmering Invasion, which lets her and adjacent teammates use Shape Change to potentially avoid attacks.  So you can fly Radiance into position while carrying a teammate and ignoring and removing Barrier and Smoke Cloud markers, then protect both characters from attacks by using Shape Change!  The rest of Radiance’s dial is rounded out by some useful standard powers, like Running Shot, Sidestep, Incapacitate, Pulse Wave, Willpower, Energy Shield/Deflection, and Super Senses.

Our next team member is the Blazing Skull!  Coming in at 70 points, Blazing Skull has a trait called Immune to Fire which limits an attacker’s maximum damage value to its printed value when they shoot at him.  Blazing Skull also has a special power called Ghastly Flame that can help him against opponents who get too close by letting him use Poison to damage adjacent enemies and Super Strength to grab objects and use them in attacks.  Blazing Skull is built primarily for close combat so the rest of his dial features appropriate standard powers like Charge, Sidestep, Poison, Toughness, Combat Reflexes, Regeneration, and Shape Change.

Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.- Blazing Skull

The third member of our team is Lady Jacqueline Falsworth (aka Spitfire), the lightning-quick heroine whose father and brother also were members of the Invaders as the first and second incarnations of Union Jack, respectively, and whose uncle is the vampiric villain Baron Blood.  Coming in at 95 points, Spitfire is built to hit-and-run and has a special power called A Bright and Blazing Trail which lets her use Hypersonic Speed and gives her a defensive boost if opponents try to shoot her.  That’s backed up by another special power called Legacy of Baron Blood’s Bite, which lets Spitfire use Flurry to attack twice and Blades/Claws/Fangs – but with a maximum damage of 4.  Spitfire’s standard powers are Charge, Precision Strike, Smoke Cloud, Toughness, Super Senses, Regeneration, and Perplex.

Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.- Spitfire

Radiance, Blazing Skull and Spitfire make a fun Invaders team that comes in at 230 points and features a solid trio of ranged and close combat attackers.  To bring the team closer to 300 points, you can add the 60-point Union Jack that we recently revealed on our Instagram page!

Thanks for reading!  Join us again as we reveal more exciting characters and highlight strategies and team builds from the Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D set!