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Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP – Tournament Format

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP Month 1

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Civil War is upon us!  Beginning today, June 1st, HeroClix venues all over the world will be holding Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play tournaments.  Choose your side, whether you stand with Iron Man on the Pro-Registration side or with Captain America on the Anti-Registration side, both teams are balanced and ready to play.  It is up to you, and your dice, to decide who is victorious!

For all the information regarding the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play events, you can follow this link:  http://wizkids.com/heroclix/marvel-heroclix-civil-war-storyline-organized-play-series/

For today’s discussion, let’s focus on the suggested tournament format of how these events will be run and what players can expect for team building prospects.

The first three months of Civil War are single booster draft Battle Royales.  Players are seated in groups of four, with two having been declared playing ‘Pro-Registration’ and two for ‘Anti-Registration’.  Each brick of Civil War boosters has 8 regular 5-figure boosters and one Prize Support Pack. There are 2 different 2’x 3’ maps included in the Support Pack that have a 2’ x 2’ area on them marked off for a four player setup.  Once seating is determined, players open their single booster, check the contents to be sure all characters’ dials are readable and proper cards are included, and then they ‘draft’ their teams.  Each booster contains 2 red based Pro-Registration pieces, 2 dark blue based Anti-Registration pieces, and one black based neutral figure.  All players take the neutral figure and the two figures that match their chosen faction and add them to their force.  The two remaining figures get passed to the next player of the opposing faction (across or to the left, depending on seating).  This way every player has 5 figures to play, 4 of their faction and one neutral.  Stores will also distribute the ‘Bounty Cards’ found in the Support Pack randomly to players, based on faction.  If you are able to defeat the character depicted on your Bounty Card, then ALL players of your faction (even in other Battle Royales!) can heal a friendly character of their choice 1 click at the beginning of their turn!   Players then determine who goes first, choose starting areas accordingly, and play goes clockwise around the table.

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In Month 1 and Month 3, the format is a standard Battle Royale, so every player for themselves! And Month 2 is a Team Battle Royale, which will have players teaming up with the other player of the same faction! The winner is the player with the most points that they KO’d.  After the game is over, all of the figures opened in everyone’s boosters are placed in the middle of the table, along with one of the Prize Foil Packs located in the Support Pack. Then, players ‘snake draft’ what they are going home with, choosing one figure at a time in the order of 1st to 4th place and then in reverse order until all figures have been chosen.

So what can you expect when it comes time to set up your team in your starting area and roll some dice?  There are 16 figures for each faction and 9 neutral figures in the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP set.  With the way figures are distributed and the range of point values of all the characters, every player will have a team of at least 300 points, but likely between 330 and 370.  It is recommended that organizers keep players to 3 regular actions per turn.  All the available figures are either 60, 70, 80, or 90 points with equal distribution between factions.  For example, both factions only have one 90 point figure available as a common (Hercules or She-Hulk), and only one 80 point uncommon (both versions of Spider-Man) with no 90 point uncommons.

Let’s take a quick look at an example how this will work on game day:

You sit down at a table with three other players, all with your Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP Clashboosters in hand and ready to play.  You are playing Pro-Registration, so to your left and right going around the table you have a pair of Anti-Registration players.  You open your boosters at the same time, and verify the contents of the booster.

Let’s say your booster looks like this:

Captain America 001 (blue base-common)
Iron Man 002 (red base-common)
Namorita 033 (black base-common)
Spider-Man 014 (red base-uncommon)
Falcon 023 (blue base-rare)

You immediately take out the Namorita (60 points), Iron Man (80 points), and Spider-Man (80 points) and pass the Captain America (80 points) and Falcon (70 points) to one of the Anti-registration players and receive two red based figures from the other Anti-Registration player.

Suppose they hand you:

Radioactive Man (70 points)
Yellowjacket (60 points)

This gives you a 350 point team to go up against three other players with a similar point total.  Point totals do not have to be equal to balance out in a battle royale.  These battles are a different breed entirely when compared to standard 2-player games.  20 figures, all of the 60 to 90 point weight class, slugging it out on a smaller 2’ x 2’ map setup.

That’s all for today, HeroClix fans! Log into the WizKids Info Network and find Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP tournaments near you, starting in June, and choose your side. We hope you enjoy the new Battle Royale format and wish you luck in your upcoming events!

Until next time, just kick back, relax, and pull your tokens!

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Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP – Captain America & Iron Man

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

We’re pleased to kick off our series of previews for our latest Storyline Organized Play event, Marvel HeroClix: Civil War! The Storyline OP begin this June so be sure to visit the WizKids Info Network to find stores hosting official Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP events near you.

These Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP events will be different from previous OP events as the set was designed and tailored to the characters and their factions . Each Civil War five-figure booster pack contains characters from the Pro-Registration, Anti-Registration, and Neutral factions.  Each character’s HeroClix base is colored to denote their faction:  Pro-Registration characters are red, Anti-Registration characters are blue, and Neutral characters have black bases.  For the Civil War Storyline OP set, the characters numbered #001 to #032 were designed in “pairs” of figures that have a similar point cost.  All the odd-numbered figures are part of Captain America’s team while the members of Iron Man’s team are even numbered. This character balance will come into play during your team drafting at the events.

How about we start things off by taking a look at the first pairing of characters in the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP set?  First up is Captain America!

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Captain America comes in at 80 points and has the standard movement, attack, and damage symbols.  He also has the Indomitable defense symbol, which lets him act on consecutive turns without fear of taking pushing damage. Captain America’s Improved Movement ability called Soldiering On, lets him ignore hindering terrain and characters when he moves. As the leader of the Anti-Registration forces, Captain America has the Anti-Registration keyword along with Avengers and Soldier to aid you if you choose to include him on a keyword-themed team.

Moving on to traits and powers, Captain America hits the battlefield with a trait called Just A Friendly Handshake, which he can only use once per game. Just a Friendly Handshake allows Captain America to neutralize Armor or Robot characters, like Iron Man, for a turn by giving them two action tokens when he hits them with an attack while adjacent. Captain America also has special powers in his defense and damage slots, respectively.  In his defense slot is a special power called Blocking Repulsor Blasts, which lets Captain America use Energy Shield/Deflection and Toughness, while also preventing characters from attacking him with Ranged Combat Expert. Captain America’s Energy Shield/Deflection and immunity to Ranged Combat Expert from Blocking Repulsor Blasts help him get into battle even if he is being attacked at range. The special power in Captain America’s damage slot is called Leading the Resistance which lets him use Close Combat Expert and Leadership as if he were 100 points.

The remainder of Captain America’s dial features standard powers like Sidestep, Flurry, Charge, Precision Strike, Toughness, Combat Reflexes and OutwitCaptain America also has a solid set of combat values with attack numbers that never dip below 10.

Captain America can easily hold his own in close combat but also has a flexible range of five squares to shoot as needed.  Conversely, his Pro-Registration counterpart in the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play set is a better shooter but can also throw a punch when an opponent gets too close.  Let’s take a look at Iron Man!

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Also coming in at 80 points but with the ability to shoot a single target six squares away, Iron Man has the standard attack and damage symbols and the Indomitable defense symbol.  He also has the wing speed symbol, which lets him fly and carry teammates.  As the head of the Pro-Registration faction, Iron Man has the Pro-Registration keyword along with Armor, Avengers, Illuminati, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Scientist.

As for traits and powers, Iron Man enters play with a trait called I Wanted to Talk, But… which can be used once per game when Iron Man targets a single opposing character with an attack.  If Iron Man shares a keyword with the target, he may counter that character’s defense power for the attack. With a lot of Avengers keyword characters involved in the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP, there are a lot of targets for this ability. Like Captain America, Iron Man has special powers in his defense and damage slots.  Iron Man’s defensive special power, Your Shield Can’t Scratch Me, Steve, lets him use Impervious. Additionally, Iron Man can’t be targeted by an attack using Close Combat Expert if any characters get too close. Iron Man’s damage special power We Must Follow and Implement the Law, allows him to use Ranged Combat Expert and Leadership as if he were 100 points.

Rounding out Iron Man’s dial are the standard powers Sidestep, Force Blast, Energy Explosion, Toughness, Energy Shield/Deflection, and Outwit.  As for combat values, Iron Man has slightly higher speed numbers than Captain America but his attack values taper a bit toward the end of his dial.  Defense and damage values match on both characters as well.

Thanks for reading!  Join us again as we reveal more exciting characters and highlight strategies and team builds from the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP set. Don’t forget to mark your calendars as events kick off this June!

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Announcements Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium

WizKids Games Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium!

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Greetings HeroClix Retailers and Fans!

Today we are going to talk about the next exciting Storyline Organized Play program, Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium! We are very excited for our first Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix Storyline Organized Play program and wanted to share of the details with all of you.

Battle of the Millennium is the first Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix Storyline Organized Play program, which will span six months beginning in October 2014. Each month, players will collect the Millennium Stone and items as they duel as never before – in the arena of Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix Storyline Organized Play!

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Each Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium Storyline OP kit will support up to 10 players each and will contain desirable competitive and participation prizes for players to collect as they make their way through the event series.

As with previous WizKids’ Storyline Organized Play programs, Battle of the Millennium OP kits will ship the last week of the month prior to each event (for example, October’s OP kit will ship the last week of September, and so on). That way, stores will have as much time in any given month to schedule their Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium events.

And speaking of scheduling, event templates for Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium have been uploaded into the WizKids Event System (WES) for stores’ convenience; we encourage every store hosting Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium tournaments to schedule their events in the WES as soon as possible, so players can prepare!

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We hope this closer look at Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium has helped you understand the program a little bit better. Be sure to check out the official Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium website here and prepare for epic duels!

As always, thank you for your continued support and interest. We have also put together a FAQ (below) to further assist your understanding of the program.

 

Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium FAQ

Q. What is Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium?
A. Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium
is a six month story line Organized Play program beginning in October 2014. Battle of the Millennium features exclusive prize content that can only be acquired through participating in the event.

Q. How often will Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix Battle of the Millennium events take place?
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Each Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium play kit will support one monthly event for up to 10 players each.

Q. What are the requirements to participate in the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium?
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Stores must be registered in the WizKids Event System (WES) and must have signed off on the WizKids Promotional Product Licensing Agreement. Lastly, stores must schedule their monthly Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium event in the WES as well.

Q. How do I order Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium Organized Play Kits?
A.
Contact your HeroClix distributor’s sales rep to order today!

Q. What if I need more than three Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium Organized Play Kits to support my Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium Organized Play events?
A.
Talk to your Sales Rep; every request for additional kits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Q. Where can I find more information about Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium?
A.
Check out the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Battle of the Millennium website here!

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Important Release Date Announcement!

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Greetings WizKids Games Retailers and Fans,

In the interest of keeping everyone abreast of the latest information, there will be a delay in delivery for some upcoming WizKids Games products.  We are adjusting the release dates for the following products:

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Pathfinder Battles: Reign of Winter 8-Ct Booster Brick  – SKU 71459:

  • The original release date was June TBD.  The new release date will be 4 June 2014

Pathfinder Battles: Reign of Winter Case Incentive Piece  – SKU 71461:

  • The original release date was June TBD.  The new release date will be 4 June 2014

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Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Month One Storyline Organized Play (OP) Kit – SKU 71624:

  • The original release date was 27 May 2014.  The new release date will be 11 June 2014.
    (This move is geared towards synching up the release of the Month One OP Kit with the next wave of available Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men product.)  

By informing everyone of these release schedule changes as soon as possible, our hope is to minimize as much confusion as we can.  We regret any inconvenience these delays may cause, and retailers should re-schedule their Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Month One events or other applicable events accordingly.  
 
As always, thank you for your continued support.  
 
Best,
-The WK Team

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Announcements Star Trek: Attack Wing

WizKids Games Announces Star Trek Attack Wing: The Collective!

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Greetings Star Trek: Attack Wing Retailers & Fans!

WizKids Games has just posted information about the next exciting Storyline Organized Play program for Star Trek: Attack Wing— The Collective.  In this article, we are going to take a closer look at The Collective to provide you with some more in-depth information about the structure of the the program.

The Collective is a 3-month storyline organized play event series starting in July 2014 with three unique organized play kits each to support one event per month.  The Kits are as follows:

SKU 71508 The Collective Month 1 OP Kit— First Contact

SKU 71509 The Collective Month 2 OP Kit— The Battle Of Wolf 359

SKU 71510 The Collective Month 3 OP Kit— The Battle of Sector 001

Kits include participation prizes for each player, scenario game rules with associated map elements and an exclusive Star Trek: Attack Wing ship for the winner of the event.  Each kit supports up to 10 players.

New to this event series is The Collective Tournament Ship Bricks (SKU 71645). The Collective Tournament Ship Bricks are 10 individually packed ships (with their corresponding cards and tokens) containing one of five different ships that are unique to this event series (each brick contains 2 copies of each of the 5 ships).   The ships are packed in sealed blind boosters so players will not be able to know which ship they will be receiving.

NOTE: Stores may choose to run The Collective organized play events without The Collective Tournament Ship Bricks if they so choose.

For stores purchasing The Collective Tournament Ship Bricks, the suggested format for the events are for players to pre-build a fleet of 90 points and— using the contents of their ship pack they drew from The Collective Tournament Ship Brick— field a 30 point ship that they add to their fleet.  Each ship pack contains options for generic/named ship, captains and upgrades that can provide multiple different configurations for a 30 point ship.  It is recommended that stores charge an entry fee for The Collective events (where local laws allow) to cover the cost of the OP Kit and Tournament Brick.

To recap:

  • The Collective Organized Play Kits will be packed separately from The Collective Tournament Ship Bricks and are separate SKUs to be ordered.  Stores may opt to run The Collective Organized Play series without purchasing The Collective Tournament Ship Bricks if they so choose.
  • The Collective Organized Play kits will support up to 10 players, unlike previous kits that supported up to 12 players.  If a store can demonstrate that they average more than 10 players, they may speak with their sales representative at their distributor to request additional OP kits/Tournament Bricks.

Thank you all for your continued support of Star Trek: Attack Wing and we leave you with this FAQ (below) that will hopefully answer any lingering questions you may have about The Collective Organized Play Event Series.

Best,
-The WK Team

 

Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective?
A: Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective is a three-month storyline Organized Play program beginning in July 2014.  The Collective features exclusive content found only in The Collective Tournament Ship Bricks and limited edition prizes found only in The Collective Organized Play kits.

Q: How often will Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective events take place?
A: Each Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective Organized Play kit will support one monthly event. The event itself is 3 months long.

Q: How many players does each Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective kit support?
A: Each Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective Organized Play kit will support 10 players. Please note that this is a change from the STAW The Dominion War event series.

Q: What are the requirements to participate in Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective?
A: Stores must be registered in the WizKids Event System (WES), and must have signed off on the WizKids Promotional Product Licensing Agreement.  Lastly, stores must schedule their monthly Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective events in the WES as well.

Q: How do I order Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective Organized Play materials and Tournament Ship Bricks?
A: Contact your Star Trek: Attack Wing distributor’s sales rep to order today!

Q: What if my distributor runs out of Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective OP kits or Tournament Ship Bricks
A: Make no mistake, we anticipate that Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective will be hot and the Tournament Ship Bricks will only be available while supplies last.   We suggest that you place your orders as soon as possible.

Q: What if I need three or more Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective Organized Play kits to support my store’s monthly Star Trek Attack Wing- The Collective events?
A: Talk to your Sales Rep; every request for additional kits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Q: What if, after speaking with my sales rep, I still cannot get enough Star Trek: Attack Wing- The Collective Organized Play kits or Tournament Ship Bricks?
A: The Collective organized play events can be run without The Collective Tournament Ship Bricks.  For stores running The Collective events without The Collective Tournament Ship Bricks,we suggest a standard constructed 100 point fleet build format.

Q: Where can I find more information about Star Trek Attack Wing- The Collective?
A: More information about what is included in each Star Trek Attack Wing- The Collective OP Kit can be found at http://wizkidsgames.com/thecollective.   Links to the instruction sheets will become active in the coming weeks.

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Announcements DC HeroClix: War of Light organized play

WizKids Games Announces DC HeroClix: War of Light!

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Greetings HeroClix Retailers and Fans!

Today we’re going to talk about the next exciting Storyline Organized Play program, DC HeroClix: War of Light.  We’re making some changes this time around with the express purpose of making things more flexible for everyone, and we want to highlight those changes for everyone’s benefit.

War of Light will be the next DC HeroClix Storyline Organized Play program, and will span six months beginning in June 2014. Like Fear Itself, War of Light will kick off with the release of a Scenario Pack in May 2014.  The DC HeroClix: War of Light “The Sinestro Corps War” Scenario Pack (click here for the solicit) will include the following exclusive content:

  • Two DC HeroClix figures unique to this Scenario Pack; Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Sinestro
  • Dice with custom Green Lantern logo
  • Two 3D special objects found only in this Scenario Pack; the Green Lantern Ring and Shield Construct
  • 48 Horde Tokens, 2 Maps and more!

All of the above content can only be found in the DC HeroClix: War of Light “The Sinestro Corps War” Scenario Pack and will not be available anywhere else.  This Scenario Pack is a “For-Sale” product for stores to use in order to build excitement and awareness for their in-store War of Light Organized Play programs.

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(Still with us after all that text? Here’s Blue Lantern Brother Warth to encourage you further!)

Coming back to the War of Light Organized Play program, another similarity to Fear Itself is that War of Light will also feature five-figure tournament boosters with content exclusive to this Organized Play series. However, unlike Fear Itself, War of Light five-figure tournament boosters and the OP Kit materials will be packed separately in order to create more flexibility in the program for retailers.

Additionally, the War of Light Organized Play kits will now only support up to 10 players each, meaning that there are only enough participation prizes for 10 players (plus an eleventh prize for the event Judge or tournament organizer).  This is different from previous Storyline Organized Play Kits, which supported up to 20 players each.

This new 10-player Organized Play kit model will be reflected in all of our storyline Organized Play programs for the foreseeable future, There are still four copies of the competitive prize in the new 10-player kits, so for stores ordering more than one kit (to accommodate larger play groups), they will have even more prizes to give out for their Organized Play events!

There is yet another important change worth noting as well: War of Light is a much larger set than Fear Itself was.  The War of Light tournament set includes 96 figures that can be pulled from the War of Light five-figure tournament boosters.

Now, we’re aware that 96 figures is a lot of content so what we’ve done is create two waves of tournament boosters, aptly named “Wave One” and “Wave Two”.  The Wave One tournament boosters are tied to War of Light Month One and Two events, while the Wave Two tournament boosters are tied to War of Light Month Three and Four events.

Additionally, since War of Light monthly events will be sealed play with two HeroClix boosters, stores will have the following options for their War of Light events:

  • Stores can host their War of Light events utilizing one War of Light booster and another HeroClix booster of the store’s choice, OR
  • Stores can host their War of Light event utilizing two War of Light boosters.

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Now, with greater content and flexibility comes greater responsibility; stores will need to be certain to order both their monthly War of Light Organized Play kits and their tournament boosters separately.  The War of Light boosters will be in high demand and in short supply.  However, because we have split the boosters and Organized Play kits in War of Light, the Organized Play kits should be more widely available.

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For example, let’s say a store has 8 players (and one Judge) who regularly attend storyline Organized Play events and this store wants to plan for its War of Light events. Well, let’s start with Month One as an example:

Firstly, that store will need to be certain to order one War of Light Organized Play Month One kit (click here for the solicit); that will support its anticipated player base.  Since each kit will support up to 10 players, and this store has never hosted more than 8 players for its storyline events (plus their Judge), one kit should be enough.

Now, the store needs to decide how many War of Light boosters it will offer its players for sealed play.  Since War of Light is a larger set than Fear Itself and thus more challenging to collect, and since it there is a limited window for each wave of tournament boosters, the store decides to offer two War of Light tournament boosters for each player for each of its War of Light monthly events.  This means that the store will need to order two bricks of the Wave One tournament boosters (click here for the solicit) for its month One War of Light event (two bricks equals 20 boosters, which is enough for 8 players at two War of Light boosters each).

As the store plans its Month Two events, it chooses to do the same thing, which means ordering one War of Light Month Two Organized Play kit (click here for the solicit) and another two bricks of Wave One tournament boosters (71193).

The store does likewise for each of its War of Light Months Three and Four events as well.  For each month’s event, it orders the following:

This brings us right up to War of Light Months Five and Six.  For the final two months of the War of Light program we have one last change to announce and that is that there is no specific wave of War of Light tournament boosters tied to Months Five and Six.

What this means for stores is that they are free to use any combination of leftover War of Light tournament boosters (either Wave One or Wave Two, or a combination of Waves One and Two) and other HeroClix boosters they have to support their Months Five and Six War of Light sealed events.

Stores can attempt to order additional Wave One and/or Two tournament boosters, but inventory will likely be non-existent by the time Months Five and Six roll around, so plan ahead!

Therefore, for Months Five and Six, stores will need to order the following:

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So, to recap the changes in War of Light:

  • War of Light five-figure tournament boosters and War of Light monthly Organized Play kits will be packed separately, and are separate SKUs to be ordered.
  • War of Light Organized Play kits will support up to 10 players, unlike previous kits that supported up to 20 players
  • War of Light is a much larger tournament set than Fear Itself, with almost three times the figural content in tournament boosters
  • There are two waves of War of Light tournament boosters:
    • Wave One tournament boosters are tied to War of Light months One and Two
    • Wave Two tournament boosters are tied to War of Light months Three and Four
  • Stores have the option of offering War of Light sealed play with one War of Light tournament booster (plus another HeroClix booster of the store’s choice), OR two War of Light tournament boosters.
  • War of Light Months Five and Six do not have any specific wave of tournament boosters tied to them.  Instead stores are free to use whatever Wave One and/or Wave Two tournament boosters they still have, and/or other HeroClix boosters, in order to support sealed play for those months.

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In conclusion, DC HeroClix: War of Light is going to be a big-big-BIG event in 2014 and we want it to be as fun as possible.  We hope this deep dive into the program will enable stores to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way now, so that when June 2014 rolls around, everyone can concentrate on having a fun time!  We have grown the War of Light Organized Play program due to the incredible response to similar programs, specifically Fear Itself, and ordered accordingly.  Nonetheless, we anticipate that War of Light will be even more popular and could go crazy.

In parting, we’d like to thank you all for your continued support of HeroClix, and we leave you with this FAQ (below) that will hopefully answer any lingering questions you may have about War of Light.

Best,
-The WK Team

 

DC HeroClix: War of Light Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Q: What is DC HeroClix: War of Light?
A: DC HeroClix: War of Light is a six-month storyline Organized Play program beginning in June 2014.  War of Light features exclusive content found only in War of Light five-figure tournament boosters and limited edition prizes found only in Organized Play kits.

Q: How often will DC HeroClix: War of Light events take place?
A: Each DC HeroClix: War of Light Organized Play kit will support one monthly event for up to 10 players each.

Q: What are the requirements to participate in DC HeroClix: War of Light?
A: Stores must be registered in the WizKids Event System (WES), and must have signed off on the WizKids Promotional Product Licensing Agreement.  Lastly, stores must schedule their monthly DC HeroClix: War of Light events in the WES as well.

Q: How do I order DC HeroClix: War of Light Organized Play materials and five-figure boosters?
A: Contact your HeroClix distributor’s sales rep to order today!

Q: What if my distributor runs out of DC HeroClix: War of Light Wave One or Wave Two boosters? Can I still run the events?
A: Make no mistake, DC HeroClix: War of Light is going to be hot and the boosters will only be available while supplies last.  If your distributor runs out of boosters for any particular month, you can still order your War of Light Organized Play kits separately, and run the sealed events with any two other HeroClix boosters from your inventory.

Q: Can I set aside extra War of Light boosters from my Wave One and Two booster bricks for use in Months Five and Six? 
A: Absolutely.  This is an excellent plan as we do not believe there will be much, if any, booster product available directly from us by the time months Five and Six roll around.  Caching extra boosters like this for later use will allow greater flexibility for stores’ events later in the program.  Any product leftover from War of Light months One-Four can be used in months Five and Six.

Q: What if I need three or more War of Light Organized Play kits to support my store’s monthly War of Light events?
A: Talk to your Sales Rep; every request for additional kits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Q: What if, after speaking with my sales rep, I still cannot get enough War of Light Organized Play kits? 
A: This is actually part of the reason we’re allowing for more Booster Bricks to be purchased per Organized Play kit.  While not perfect, it will allow stores flexibility to accommodate additional players than their War of Light Organized Play kit allotment would normally allow.

Q: Where can I find more information about DC HeroClix: War of Light?
A: In the coming weeks, more information about DC HeroClix: War of Light will soon be available at http://heroclix.com/WarOfLight.

 

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Marvel HeroClix: Avengers vs. X-Men Preview

Marvel HeroClix Avengers vs. X-Men: Cable!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

In today’s X-citing preview, we take a closer look at the first competitive prize available in the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Avengers vs. X-Men storyline Organized Play series! We shine spotlight on the time-displaced son of Scott Summers (better known as Cyclops), who in turn played the father figure to Hope Summers.  Of course, we’re talking about none other than the man known as Cable!

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Cable begins play with two traits: the aptly named Save Hope provides a defense bonus to friendly adjacent characters named Hope Summers, while Coming After All of You modifies Cable’s attack and damage values when he attacks anyone with the Avengers team ability or keyword!

Early-dial, Cable maneuvers around the battlefield unhindered thanks to the Timeslide special power, which allows Cable to use both Phasing/Teleport and Shape Change.  Toughness protects Cable from some damage early dial and Outwit gives Cable a little extra offensive “oomph” as he counters he choice of powers on opposing figures within line of fire.

Mid-dial, Cable switches things up a bit as he exchanges the Timeslide special power for Running Shot which gives Cable the opportunity to best take advantage of his two targets and 7 range.    Cable’s attack special power, There’s Always a Plan B, grants Cable the ability to make a Duo Attack and during the second attack Cable may use Precision Strike, which is a great way to ensure that damage during that second attack.

Mid- to late-dial, Cable also exchanges Outwit for Perplex, allowing him to modify a combat value of his choice while Toughness gives way to Invulnerability for more damage reduction.

Late-dial, on Cable’s penultimate click, he picks up a solitary click of Penetrating/Psychic Blast while his final click reveals Earthbound/Neutralized (which counters his Indomitable combat ability for this single click) as well as Regeneration, both of which represent his body’s war with the Techno-Organic Virus that’s plagued him since almost his birth.

At 124 points, Cable is a strong contender for a good secondary attacker since his shorter dial makes him a tough choice for a primary offensive piece.  Regardless, his Future, Past, Soldier, X-Force and X-Men keywords make for some very easy theme team-building options!

Cable is the competitive prize available in the Avengers vs. X-Men Month One kit and will be available in stores offering AvX storyline Organized Play.  Use the WizKids Event System today and find a store near you!

 

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Announcements Marvel HeroClix: Avengers vs. X-Men

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers vs. X-Men Storyline Organized Play Event Update

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Greetings HeroClix retailers and supporters,

We’ve been listening to your feedback concerning the upcoming Avengers versus X-Men (AvX) storyline organized play series and we wanted to share our thoughts as well as make an announcement of changes we will be making to the program as a result.

First and foremost, we would like to thank all the retailers around the world for your support of the WizKids Organized Play (OP) ProgramOP is the centerpiece of many of our product lines and your continued support is important to us.

AvX is a very exciting program linked to two upcoming starter products: Marvel HeroClix: AvX – Avengers and Marvel HeroClix: AvX – X-Men Starter.  Not only are these the two flagship teams of the Marvel Comics universe, but the recent comic book mini-series this OP program is based upon shook the foundations of both teams to the core.

Therefore we have filled this OP program with compelling competitive and participation prizes that is sure to excite our players, and hopefully you, our retail partners as well.

To that end, we’ve listened carefully to what our retailer and distribution partners have had to say about AvX specifically, and Storyline Organized Play in general.  To that end, we are making the following changes to the AvX storyline event series, effective immediately:

  • We are eliminating any and all purchase requirements connected to the AvX Storyline OP series.  Instead, we will be reviewing store orders against what their demonstrated HeroClix attendance has been for similar events.  Order allocations may occur as a result.
  • We are changing the recommended event templates for AvX from constructed events to a hybrid of sealed/constructed tournaments.  We will be updating the AvX event templates found in the WizKids Event System (WES) shortly to reflect this change.
  • Purchase of an AvX starter (Avengers or X-Men starter) is no longer a prerequisite for participation in the AvX Storyline OP series.  Rather, players will only need to bring one (or more) figure(s) from their selected starter to participate.
  • We are increasing our print run of AvX to more readily accommodate the current levels of demand for storyline OP.

It is our intention that by relaxing the requirements for the AvX Storyline OP will result in a much easier program to participate in, and therefore be more rewarding for all.  Furthermore, by altering the event recommendation templates in the WES, stores will more readily re-coup the costs of participating in the event series.

Lastly, we want to thank you all for your contributions to the incredible growth we’ve experienced with HeroClix.  As many of you are aware, in the past three years HeroClix has grown at an impressive rate and the response to Storyline OP has been spectacular.  The changes we are making to the AvX Storyline OP program, as well as additional changes to Organized Play we’ll announce in the future, will all be designed to both shore up the program to meet the current level of demand as well as increase flexibility for all.

As always, thank you for continued interest and support.
-The WizKids Games Team

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Announcements Marvel HeroClix: Fear Itself

Marvel HeroClix: Fear Itself Storyline Organized Play Update

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Greetings HeroClix retailers and supporters,

We’re writing to you today about the Marvel HeroClix: Fear Itself (FI) Organized Play Program.  The FI program was a bold, new program with a new configuration and content model.  We had a good idea that FI would grow the line but couldn’t reasonably anticipate the sort of growth we’ve been seeing at the store level.

Before we explain what we can do in the short run, we would like to apologize for the inconvenience any OP kit shortages has caused.  Your support over the last few years has transformed the product line for the better and we empathize with your frustration over the lack of FI OP product.

The Fear Itself OP model was an entirely new undertaking for WizKids and despite forecasting a healthy amount of growth; we were blown away by the turnout.   As many of you know, HeroClix has been growing at an impressive rate over the past 3 years and the surge of growth with Fear Itself has put us behind demand curve.  We are aware of the shortage situation and are taking steps to shore up downstream OP programs.  We are in the process of placing orders for next years programs and have already increased our print runs to accommodate the new level we seem to have achieved with FI.  Additionally, we are changing the configuration to match the new attendance levels.  Next years’ kits will have separate prize and booster SKUs – This will give us some additional options when it comes to fulfillment.  We’re also going to adjust the kit size based on the attendance we’re seeing at the stores.

In the short run,  we’re going to offer factory sets of the Fear Itself OP program contents to those stores allocated in months 4, 5, or 6.  Starting today (9/30/2013), we will be taking orders for a ‘print to demand’  Factory Set of the Fear Itself.  Only stores that were allocated in months 4, 5, or 6 will be eligible to order product and you will be limited to 1 factory set per store front allocated.  Orders will be cross referenced between DiamondAlliance and NECA direct stores to prevent double dipping.  We will be offering the Fear Itself factory sets (SKU 70876) to stores at the reduced pricing of $72 per set.  These sets are limited to one Fear Itself factory set per allocated store front.

Each Factory set contains one of each figure from the booster, one of each OP kit component and 1 final prize.

We expect the Fear Itself Factory Sets to be available in early December and will keep you updated should the schedule change.

Additionally, regarding Avengers vs X-Men (AvX) Storyline OP:  we have increased our print run to a level that we believe should be more than adequate for the current levels of demand.  We are also taking away the purchase requirement for the AvX program however we will be manually evaluating store orders based on purchase history,WizKids Event System registration and player registrations.

Lastly, we’ve updated all of the Avengers vs. X-Men event templates in the WizKids Event System from purely constructed events to a hybrid of sealed and constructed.  Players will still need to bring at least one figure from their selected AvX starter, but now our recommendation will be to create the rest of their force utilizing some combination of figures they bring to the event and sealed five-figure booster product.

As always, thank you for your continued support and interest,
-The WizKIds Team

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Marvel HeroClix: Avengers vs. X-Men organized play Product Spotlight

WizKids Games Announces Marvel HeroClix: Avengers vs. X-Men!

AvX_Wizkids_logoGreetings HeroClix Fans!

Things heat up this winter as the ultimate battle for the fate of the Earth begins as Marvel Comics’ successful Avengers vs. X-Men  (AvX) storyline event comes to the tabletop thanks to HeroClix!  Players will need to choose if they stand with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, or with the Children of the Atom, the X-Men, in four exciting monthly events in this latest HeroClix Storyline Organized Play event!

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In addition to highly desirable competitive prizes exclusive to this Organized Play program, each month participating players can add to their very own collection of the Phoenix Force! Along with the Phoenix Force resource dial, players will collect five Phoenix Force Fragments in order to combine them all into one incredible source of power.  Wield the might of the Phoenix Force in HeroClix!

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So how does one get started? Firstly, two Marvel HeroClix Starter products: AvX – Avengers Starter and AvX – X-Men Starter, kick off the program in November.  Players will select one starter and use the contents to build teams throughout the 4-month program.  All of the figures in these Starters are SwitchClix, which will become very relevant as the AvX Storyline event unfolds.

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Each Marvel HeroClix: AvX starter will include six figures, maps, the HeroClix Powers and Abilities Card and Core Rulebook – everything that players have come to expect from HeroClix starters.  However, also included in each starter will be team specific action tokens and custom dice! Show your team pride each month when you play in your store’s AvX events with these fantastic elements!

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Beginning in December, players will fight for their chosen team; will they defend the earth from the threat of the Phoenix Force alongside the Avengers? Or will they instead fight for the future of Mutant-kind with the X-Men? Each month players will select one or more figures from the starter associated with their chosen team, and construct a HeroClix force around their chosen figure(s).

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As with prior Storyline OP events, AvX rewards participation as well as competitive play; monthly participation prizes allow players to collect fragments of the powerful Phoenix Force HeroClix resource.

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That’s not all! During months 2 and 3, players will also receive special participation prizes: Limited Edition figures corresponding to whichever team they’ve chosen to fight alongside!

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In month 4 participating players also receive an exclusive Team Base (also corresponding to whichever team they’ve selected to play with).  This Team Base is compatible with the figures from their Starter product as well as a few other goodies found in the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline event!

Competitive Prizes include fan-favorites such as the time travelling warrior Cable, as well as the mutant Hope in all her White Phoenix glory, and more!

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The Grand Prize in Month Four is a colossal HeroClix figure, Dark Phoenix Cyclops! This incredible HeroClix figure represents the leader of the X-Men corrupted by the absolute power of the Phoenix Force (based upon the climactic events in the Marvel Comics AvX limited series), and it is dauntingly powerful while standing menacingly on the battlefield at several inches tall!

So sharpen your claws and ready your optic blasts: Avengers vs. X-Men is coming your way this winter and nothing will be the same again!