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Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP – Taskmaster

Greetings once again, HeroClix fans! Today, we’re taking another look into the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP Event, with one of the most skilled combatants in the Marvel Universe – the Taskmaster!

A feared villain turned trainer for the Initiative, Taskmaster is an incredible fighter with a photographic memory, allowing him to adapt to the fighting style of anyone he’s ever faced before, just by watching them move! As such, he’s been able to fight and defeat the likes of Captain America, Daredevil, and Deadpool with relative ease – typically, what defeats Taskmaster is his overconfidence!

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP - Taskmaster

As a skilled combatant, it’s only fitting he have traits that show that. His first, called I Took Out the Avengers Once…Most of Them, states that you may give Taskmaster a free action, choosing one of his combat values that is lower than the same combat value on one adjacent opposing character. You may then modify the chosen combat value by +1 until your next turn, or until his dial is clicked. His second trait really emphasizes Taskmaster’s versatility in combat, and is called Master of All Moves. This trait says that at the beginning of your turn, you may turn Taskmaster’s dial to another click. If you do, at the end of your turn, return him to the click he began the turn on!

Normally, it would make sense to run through power by power, but in the case of Taskmaster, it makes more sense to look at the situations that his dial layout and design offer. Need to work from the shadows? Click 1 offers Stealth, Precision Strike, Super Senses, and Perplex. Ranged combat is the order of the round? Make use of his range of 5 squares on click 3, giving you Running Shot, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, Energy Shield/Deflection, and Enhancement. Locked in close combat and need to deal as much damage as possible to a pesky Shapeshifter? Click 6 offers Flurry, Blades/Claws/Fangs, and Battle Fury. His possibilities are nearly endless, and the opportunities he offers are exciting.

Hinted at earlier, Taskmaster is a man of shifting allegiances – and his Minions of Doom team ability solidifies that by making him a wildcard, allowing you to copy other team abilities from your friendly characters. He’s also able to be run on themed teams for Hydra, Initiative, Martial Artist, Pro-Registration, and Thunderbolts!

That’s it for today, HeroClix fans! We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at Taskmaster, and that the other items from the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP event have piqued your interest. Visit the WizKids Info Network to find events near you today and stay tuned for more review of the new figures in the coming weeks! Until next time, don’t be afraid to push!

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Chaos War Preview

Multi-Talented Avengers Foe: The Taskmaster!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Welcome to another preview from the Marvel HeroClix: Chaos Wars set.  Are in you in need of cannon fodder for your next nefarious plot? Well, today we check out the top trainer of super villain minions, and a former (?) agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Taskmaster!

Taskmaster has two traits.  First is Still Have the Photographic Reflexes.  With this trait, you can give Taskmaster a free action to use to use any standard power an opposing figure with one or more action tokens, and within 8 squares and line of fire can use, until the end of his turn.   The condition of having action tokens represents Taskmaster having “seen” that figure use a power.  His other trait, You Hold No Surprises, makes sure that opposing figures powers or abilities can’t alter Taskmaster’s combat values.

Taskmaster has a dial full of powers that show off his hours of studying superheroes fighting styles, to increase his own combat abilities, and the weapons he uses to duplicate the feats he has witnessed.  Taskmaster begins play mimicking Black Widow’s infiltration skills to hide in the shadows with Stealth.  To protect himself from counter attack, he uses the Invulnerability of his replica of Captain America’s shield that he carries.  Taskmaster has a few clicks of a special power representing his years of Super-Villain Training that allows him to use Enhancement and Leadership, with the added benefit of adjacent friendly characters modifying their range and attack by +1 on a successful Leadership roll! On his second click, Taskmaster utilizes the bow he carries to duplicate the skill of Hawkeye’s archery as Running Shot.  Toughness represents Taskmaster using Luke Cage’s stance.

Mid-dial, Taskmaster demonstrates his martial arts prowess by using Spider-Man’s reflexes with Leap/Climb and maneuvering around the battlefield with ease.   Combat Reflexes shows his study of Daredevil’s agility when standing toe-to-toe with an opponent.  At this point in his dial, Taskmaster replaces Super-Villain Training showing his ability to plan for a fight and adapt on the go with Outwit. 

At the end of his dial, Taskmaster utilizes Tigra’s ferocity to rush into battle with Charge for a couple clicks.   Taskmaster can do his printed damage or choose to use his trusted sword in the hopes of doing more damage as Blades/Claws/Fangs shows up on his dial.  Toughness returns to Taskmaster’s dial to again provide some damage reduction.  His last click sees the return of Running Shot to make a move and attack.  Ideally, if Taskmaster is targeted by an opposing figure his Energy Shield Deflection will provide protection against range combat attacks as he copies Punisher’s reflexes.

At 139 points, Taskmaster will be a solid attacker on any force you include him on; a generous selection of keywords, including Agency X, Frightful Four, Hydra, Martial Artist, and Thunderbolts, will give Taskmaster plenty of theme team options.  Additionally, his Minions of Doom wildcard team ability only enhances his versatility.

Thanks for joining us for yet another exciting HeroClix preview! Don’t forget that stores everywhere will have Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War boosters for sale next week on July 11th!