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Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP- Daredevil and Wasp

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

A Civil War is upon us!  Venues around the world have officially kicked off the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play event series.  Choose your side, whether you stand with Tony Stark on the Pro-Registration side or with Captain Rogers on the Anti-Registration side.  Both teams are equally balanced and ready to play.  It is up to you, and your dice, to decide who is victorious!

Today we continue to feature that balance as we look at two heroes, one on each side of the conflict. Both fill similar roles on their respective teams, including the dodgy and elusive secondary attacker, the harassment piece that cannot be ignored, the sleeper hitter, and possibly the surprise champion of your team. Filling these roles today, we have Daredevil and Wasp!

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP - Daredevil and Wasp

Though the character’s name is Daredevil, his Real Name listed on the back of the card tells a different story.  During the time of the fight over the Super Human Registration Act, Daredevil’s secret identity as New York based lawyer Matt Murdock was leaked to the tabloids. He was under heavy scrutiny by paparazzi, the New York press, the police and FBI, and of course several of his old nemeses, who showed up at his doorstep.  To deflect suspicions that he was Daredevil and to keep his friends and law practice safe, he made a deal with his friend and fellow martial artist crime fighter Danny Rand, the Iron Fist. Danny was to wear the Daredevil costume and patrol the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Matt’s place until the media frenzy died down.  This meant though that when Danny Rand answered the call and joined Captain America’s Anti-Registration forces he was doing so as Daredevil!  In HeroClix terms, all this history gives him Anti-Registration, Marvel Knights, and Heroes for Hire keywords along with Mystical and Martial Artist, the Spider-Man Ally wildcard team ability and the potential to be called into the fight with the Avengers Round Table resource using either the Daredevil OR Iron Fist Avengers ID Cards.

If there is something that both Daredevil and Iron Fist have in common it is avoiding being hit while hitting hard in return.  At 70 points, Daredevil makes for an excellent close combat or short range combat piece.  With Sidestep, Charge, and Improved Movement: Ignore Elevated Terrain called New Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, he can get anywhere you need him to tie up and engage the opposition.  For ranged abilities, he has a 3 range with two targets and Incapacitate to start with, but where he excels is close combat.  He begins the game with Close Combat Expert and a special defense power, No Radar, Just Well Trained, that gives him Combat Reflexes and Super Senses to increase his attack, damage, and defense when engaging base to base and dodging incoming attacks.  Mid and late dial he switches to Willpower to get more actions and tries some other kung-fu methods with alternating Flurry and Exploit Weakness. With a single click of Regeneration on his 6th and last click, Daredevil will hopefully be able to stay in the fight.

Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP - Daredevil and Wasp

Fighting for the Pro-Registration forces at 70 points is WaspWasp has several ways to elude your opponent and their dice with the Flight symbol, the Tiny Size symbol, Improved Movement: Ignore Characters called Social Butterfly along with a full dial of both Super Senses and Sidestep. Wasp also has a trait called The Magic of Pym Particles that grants her the use of Shape Change, and if she rolls a 6 while using it, she may be placed adjacent to any character within 6 squares.  Offensively she has a 4 range with a single target and starts off making use of it with Range Combat Expert and later in her 5 click dial she wants to get up close and personal with Incapacitate and Exploit Weakness while maintaining consistent combat values.  She will be very hard to pin down and hit due to her dangerous options that cannot be easily ignored by an opponent.  She also has the Avengers, Lady Liberators, Pro-Registration, and Celebrity keywords for your theme team building enjoyment.

That’s all for today, HeroClix fans! We hope you enjoyed today’s article on the elusive attackers, Daredevil and Wasp. Log into the WizKids Info Network and find Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP tournaments near you and choose your side.

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Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Cards

HeroClix Fans!

The Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Cards are circulating into stores near you! We previously mentioned that there are over 45 cards available through the Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble, Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline OP and Marvel HeroClix: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Booster Bricks. There are more available at conventions and special events including our National/World Championships, Age of Ultron Storyline OP Events and Ant-Man Micro Tournament Weekend.

Check out the collection below, including ID Cards not yet available!

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble Booster Brick

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Black WidowMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- FalconMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Hawkeye

Black Widow, Falcon & Hawkeye

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- HerculesMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- JusticeMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Mockingbird

Hercules, Justice & Mockingbird

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- NovaMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- RoninMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Sandman

Nova, Ronin & Sandman

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- SersiMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- HellcatMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Jarvis

Sersi, Hellcat & Jarvis

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- ManifoldMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Rick JonesMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Triathlon

Manifold, Rick Jones & Triathlon

 

Marvel HeroClix: Original Avengers Fast Forces Pack

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Hank Pym

Hank Pym

 

Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline OP Booster Brick 1

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- ProtectorMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- VisionMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Wasp

Protector, Vision & Wasp

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- JocastaMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Machine Man

Jocasta & Machine Man

 

Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline OP Booster Brick 1

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Iron FistMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Luke CageMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Spectrum

Iron Fist, Luke Cage & Spectrum

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Wonder ManMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Jessica Jones

Wonder Man & Jessica Jones

 

Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron OP Kits 1-4

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Iron ManMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- HulkMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Captain America

Iron Man, Hulk & Captain America

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Thor

Thor

 

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

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Black KnightMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Black PantherMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Ms. Marvel

Black Knight, Black Panther & Ms. Marvel

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- QuasarMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- QuakeMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- She-Hulk

Quasar, Quake & She-Hulk

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- S.H.I.E.L.D. Priority AccessMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- S.H.I.E.L.D. ReinforcementMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- U.S. Agent

S.H.I.E.L.D. Priority Access, S.H.I.E.L.D. Reinforcements & U.S. Agent

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- War MachineMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Bucky BarnesMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Moon Knight

War Machine, Bucky Barnes & Moon Knight

  Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Red HulkMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Spider-WomanMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Venom

Red Hulk, Spider-Woman & Venom

 

Convention/ Event Exclusive Avengers ID Cards

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Ant-ManMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- AresMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Daredevil

Ant-Man, Ares & Daredevil

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Doctor StrangeMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- NamorMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Shang-Chi

     Doctor Strange, Namor & Shang-Chi

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Spider-ManMarvel HeroClix: Captain Marvel ID CardMarvel HeroClix: Tigra ID Card

Spider-Man, Captain Marvel (TBA) & Tigra (TBA)

Marvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- SentryMarvel HeroClix: Avengers ID Card- Swordsman

Sentry (TBA) & Swordsman (TBA)

Don’t miss your chance at a complete Avengers ID Card Set! Find them, win them and use them to dominate the tabletop. Collect them all and unlock achievements in the WizKids Event System. Play them individually or participate in the Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline OP event series to get your Avengers Round Table resource allowing you to add up to 6 Avengers ID Cards!

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Marvel HeroClix: Ant-Man Box Set

Marvel HeroClix: Ant-Man Box Set- Wasp

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Not every hero is lucky enough to be the focus of their own HeroClix set.  But Hank Pym can count himself among the fortunate as he’s the star of the Marvel HeroClix: Ant-Man Box Set, which features six versions of the Avengers’ scientist supreme from different periods of his heroic career.  Today, we take a look at a costumed identity Hank Pym adopted after the death of his ex-wife, Janet Van Dyne.  Please welcome the Wasp!

Marvel HeroClix: Ant-Man Box Set- Wasp

Wasp can be played at either 100 or 50 points, with his 50-point starting line appearing on click 4.  We’ve previously shown you several characters from our upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline Organized Play series that possess the Morph: Many Identities trait.  Wasp and the other characters in the Ant-Man Box Set also have this trait, which gives players even more options for swapping figures.

Additionally, Wasp has two more traits, Ant Swarm and Go Spy For MeAnt Swarm allows you to place an Ant Swarm bystander token in an adjacent square when Wasp is brought into the game through a Morph ability.  Go Spy For Me upgrades those Ant Swarm bystanders by letting them use Stealth, the Flight ability, and modifies their speed values by +3.

Wasp has a range of five squares and two targets.  He also has an Improved Targeting ability called Infrared Goggles, which lets him ignore hindering terrain when drawing lines of fire.

Moving on to Wasp’s dial, his speed track alternates between Running Shot and Sidestep and his speed values are consistent at 7 squares.  Wasp’s attack slot isn’t as consistent:  Three clicks of Energy Explosion with attack values of 10 appear on the front half of the dial.  The back half features two clicks of Blades/Claws/Fangs with another Energy Explosion click sandwiched between.  Energy Explosion makes good use of Wasp’s range and targets since they’re paired with Running Shot on three of the four clicks in which they appear.

Wasp’s damage slot has consistent values of 3 on each click; powerwise, he starts with a click of Leadership, then can help adjacent friendly characters deal more damage with their close combat attacks via EmpowerLeadership returns on Wasp’s last three clicks.  Finally, Wasp starts his dial with Toughness in his defense slot to absorb some damage dealt to him.  Mid-dial Wasp switches to Willpower.  A final click of Regeneration helps him stay in the fight a little longer.

Like all the characters in the Ant-Man Box Set, Wasp has the Avengers and Scientist keywords to make theme team building easy.

That’s all for this sneak peek at the Marvel HeroClix: Ant-Man Box Set!  Stay tuned as we reveal characters from other exciting HeroClix releases in the days and weeks to come!

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Chaos War Conventions Preview

Mite-y Avengers Part 3 – Giant-Man, the Wasp, and Ant-Man!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Once again, we are back to reveal more of the Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War set with another BONUS preview! This time we’re exploring a few different identities Avenger Hank Pym has donned over the years!  Let’s start with his most recent nom-de-guerre, Wasp!

Wasp begins play using his 6 range and Running Shot to take the fight to your opponent!  Toughness provides some damage reduction for Wasp.  Also, Leadership has the potential to add an action and remove a token from a friendly figure.  On his second click, Wasp gains a special power in his attack slot with the same name as the power used by his ex-wife, Janet van Dyne.  The power, Bio Electric Blasts, allows Wasp to use Incapacitate.  If he uses it and hits, deal the target 1 penetrating damage after actions resolve.  This power switches in and out over the course of his dial.

Wasp also has a damage power that replaces Leadership called Cybernetic Wasp Goggles that lets him and friendly characters within 3 squares and line of fire that he shares a keyword with use Exploit Weakness if their printed damage value is 2 or less.  Mid-dial, as Bio Electric Blasts continues to cycle on and off, Wasp switches damage reduction for damage avoidance as Super Senses is on his dial for one click before he switches back to Toughness. 

End-dial, Wasp switches to Super Senses for two more clicks.  Perplex also is in his damage slot on those same clicks.  On his last click, Wasp loses all damage reduction and avoidance to gain Willpower, and Bio Electric Blasts makes a final appearance.

Wasp possesses the Avengers and Scientist keywords, as well as the Avengers team ability.  Wasp also costs 75 points and has the Morph: Hank Pym trait, which allows him to change into his original secret identity, Ant-Man!

Ant-Man possesses a trait called Pym Particles, Shrink, which says, “Once per game, the first action Ant-Man may be given must be a free action to choose a friendly character of 75 points or less with the Avengers keyword.  That character possesses [Tiny Size] combat ability as long as this Ant-Man is on the map”.  Whether you choose to start the game with Ant-Man as part of your force, or use the Morph mechanic to bring him in, this figure has the potential to make a friendly figure better.

Ant-Man begins play with Stealth to hide himself as he moves to where he will do your force the most good.  On any click he has Stealth, he also has a special power called Ant-Swarm that lets Ant-Man use Poison.  When he does, opposing characters that occupy hindering terrain are dealt 2 damage instead.

On his second click, Ant-Man switches things up as he trades his special power and Stealth for Leap/Climb in his movement slot to make getting around easier.  Super Senses allows Ant-Man to potentially avoid attacks.  He also gains Outwit, which will be on all of his even-numbered clicks.  On his third click, Ant-Man switches back to Stealth and his Ant-Swarm special power.  Ant-Man gets two new powers at this point, Combat Reflexes, to make him harder to hit in close combat, as well as Perplex to help himself or his teammates.

Click four of Ant-Man is the same as click number two with Leap/Climb, Super Senses and Outwit.  Click five is again a close-combat click with Stealth, Ant-Swarm, Combat Reflexes and Perplex.  Ant-Man’s sixth click is the same as all even-numbered clicks with Leap/Climb, Super Senses and Outwit.  On his last click, Ant-Man is the same as his first click with Stealth and his Ant-Swarm special power.

Ant-Man, like the other forms of Hank Pym in the Chaos War set, has the Avengers and Scientist keywords, as well as the Avengers team ability.  However, Ant-Man is the only version to have the Tiny Size combat ability.  But like the rest, Ant-Man costs 75 points.  Like all forms of Hank Pym, he has the Morph: Hank Pym trait.  Well, Hank Pym was standard sized, then Tiny Sized.  Where does he go from here?  How about Giant Size?  Here is Giant-Man!

 

At his 75 point line, Giant-Man begins play with two traits.  Like the other Hank’s versions, Giant-Man possesses the Morph: Hank Pym trait.  This trait is only playable on his 75-point line and functions identically as it does on Pym’s other figures.  The next trait is called “Medium” Size which states “Giant-Man possesses [Standard Defense] and [Giant Size] instead of [Indomitable] and [Colossal]” combat abilities, but again, only on his 75-point line.

At the 75 point Morph: Hank Pym line, Giant-Man begins play with Super Strength to allow extra damage when an object is handy.  Toughness will provide some damage reduction from the inevitable counter attack.  On his second click, Giant-Man adds Charge to his dial to be able to move and attack.

Mid-dial, Giant-Man has another click of Charge, this time coupled with Quake to try and disperse groups of opposing figures.  Invulnerability offers more damage reduction to Giant-Man for two clicks.  Quake sticks around for one more click.

Late-Dial, Giant-Man gets one more click of Charge.  Exploit Weakness shows up on Giant-Man’s dial for two clicks, and his damage reducer goes back to Toughness.  On his last click, Giant-Man sees the return of Quake.  Willpower allows Giant-Man to push without fear of taking pushing damage.

As all versions before him did, Giant-Man has the Avengers and Scientist keywords, as well as the Avengers team ability.

This takes us through all versions of Hank Pym’s Morph trait.  But, as hinted at on the character card, there is still a lot more Giant-Man to see! Let’s take another look at him:

At 300 points, Giant-Man’s Pym Particles, Grow is similar to the trait on Ant-Man (#015).  Pym Particles, Grow says “Once per game, give Giant-Man a free action to choose a friendly character of 75 points or less with the Avengers keyword.  That character possesses [Giant Size] combat ability as long as Giant-Man is on the map”.  Need a huge helping hand on the battlefield? Giant-Man is here to make it happen!

Giant-Man begins play at his 300 point line using the always useful combo of Charge and Super Strength with his printed 5 damage.  The Indomitable and Colossal combat abilities will help him use these powers again on his next turn.  Giant-Man has Invulnerability to protect him from some return damage.  He also has a special power to start his dial, Building Shove, in which Giant-Man can be given a power action if he is adjacent to elevated terrain.  All characters occupying that level of elevated terrain within that same continuous border are dealt 1 penetrating damage and knocked back 1 square.  On his second click, Giant-Man trades Charge and Building Shove for some Outwit, which will be very useful from his colossal view of the map.

Click three of Giant-Man’s dial sees the return of ChargeExploit Weakness will make sure close combat damage sticks for his next three clicks, and Giant-Man replaces his damage reducer with Toughness for a couple of clicks.  His next two-click section sees Plasticity show up in his movement slot, and Giant-Man’s damage reducer of choice becomes Impervious.  Perplex makes a single appearance at this point in his dial.  Giant-Man also gains an attack special power called Swat, that says when given a close combat action, Giant-Man may target all opposing characters within two squares and then divide the damage between them.  This power can’t be countered by characters 100 points or less.

Mid-dial, Giant-Man switches back to Charge, Super Strength and Outwit for a click, then back to Plasticity, Swat, and Building Shove for a three more.  Giant-Man switches from two clicks of Toughness to two clicks of Invulnerability for damage reduction in this stretch of dial.  After this, Giant-Man switches back to Charge and Super Strength for the last time.  This click also sees Building Shove for the last time, and the return of two clicks of Impervious. 

End-dial, Plasticity and Swat are on the next two clicks and Giant-Man sees the last of his standard power damage reducers as Impervious is replaced with a click of Toughness.  Perplex returns to his dial at this point for a few clicks.  Giant-Man’s last three clicks are mostly bare, but the special power in his damage slot will be a benefit to whatever force he is on.  Avengers, Behind Me! allows Giant-Man to use Defend and Toughness.  Two defense values of 18, one having Perplex as well, and a 19 defense can provide a colossal help to his force!

Convention season is right around the corner and Giant-Man will initially be available at the NECA booth during San Diego Comic-Con, then later at Gen Con Indy.

And as it is the 10th anniversary of HeroClix, we have included with Giant-Man a special figure that pays homage all the way back to the first HeroClix set, Marvel HeroClix: Infinity Challenge, and one of the first convention exclusive figures ever, Ant-Man!

 

Ant-Man has the Morph: Hank Pym trait that all 75 point versions of Hank Pym in this set have, allowing him to swap versions as needs change.  Also added is the Tiny Size combat ability to represent his shrinking ability.  Ant-Man still has the Avengers and Scientist keywords, as well as the Avengers team ability.

To increase the original 43 point version of Ant-Man to the modern 75 point version, in addition to his trait and Tiny Size ability, two clicks of life were added, as well as the ability to do a printed 1 damage on every click!  (The original Ant-Man had printed 0 in all damage slots!)  Beyond these major changes to make him playable in a modern environment, the design concept is the same.  Ant-Man has Stealth the entire length of his dial to reflect how tiny he is.  He also has Incapacitate for his entire dial, as his ability to sting people with a 4 range is annoying, and not very lethal.  Also, Ant-Man still begins play with a 20 defense, and sees this number regress by 1 for every click of his dial.  Another noticeable change to make this new Ant-Man more playable than the original is a small boost to his attack values.  While the Infinity Challenge version had attack values starting at 8 and ending with 5, this version starts with a 9 attack and ends with 7!  And finally, Ant-Man may have the Chaos War set symbol, as this is the current set, but he still has the same collector number as the Infinity Challenge original, #173!

Thanks for reading!  Don’t forget to come back next Friday when our Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War set previews continue with a Kree-empowered Avenger!

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Mite-y Avengers Part 2 – The Wasp, Hank Pym, and Ant-Man!

Greetings HeroClix fans!

Welcome back! As promised, we’re continuing our bonus previews with three more figures from the Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War set that Ant-Man and Wasp can Split into.  Let’s start with the winsome Wasp!

 

Wasp begins play using Running Shot to start off the battle.  She can opt to use her 6 range with 2 targets to divide her printed 3 damage, or she can combine it with her attack special power, Bio Electric Blasts, which allow Wasp to use Incapacitate with the additional benefit that if she uses it and hits, the target is dealt 1 penetrating damage after actions resolve.  Wasp has the new Tiny combat ability, which increases her defense by +1 if a ranged attack is made against her and makes it so any friendly character can get her into battle.  Super Senses will allow Wasp a chance to avoid attacks, while an opening click of Leadership potentially adds an extra action to her force.  Her second click sees Leadership swapped out for Enhancement as Wasp finds another way to help her teammates.

Mid-dial, not much changes on Wasp as Enhancement, Running Shot and her special power are all still there.  She does swap Super Senses for a click of Combat Reflexes, before she switches back to Super Senses.  On her last click, Wasp gets Earthbound in her movement slot, which negates her Tiny and Flight combat abilities.  Defensively, she goes back to Combat Reflexes and does get a bit of added protection in the form of Shape Change.

Wasp possesses the Avengers and Lady Liberators keywords, which gives her a couple of choices for theme-team building.  At 77 points, Wasp makes a great secondary attacker on any force she’s on.

Next, let’s take a look at another Qualifying Name character Ant-Man and Wasp can Split into.  Here is Eric O’Grady, the Irredeemable Ant-Man!

 

Ant-Man begins play with two special powers on the front half of his dial.  In his movement slot, he has a power called OK, I’m a Voyeur, So What? that says when an adjacent character moves due to its own action, once per turn you may place Ant-Man in a square adjacent to that character after the action resolves.  Mobility should never be an issue for Ant-Man!  On his damage slot, Ant-Man has a special power called Irredeemable Liar that says Ant-Man can use Outwit, but only to counter an opposing character’s Outwit or Perplex or a special power that specifically allows the use of those two powers.

Mid-dial, Ant-Man picks up two clicks of Energy Explosion to go with his 3 range.  (Hey, he’s tiny, what do you want?) These overlap with his special powers, and the powers that replace them for the rest of his dial.  In his movement slot, Ant-Man switches to Stealth as he tries to keep himself out of harm’s way.  In is damage slot, Ant-Man gets Exploit Weakness to make sure any close combat damage sticks.  On his last click, Ant-Man picks up Blades/Claws/Fangs, which pairs nicely with his Exploit Weakness.

Ant-Man possesses the Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Thunderbolts keywords, giving him a good selection of named theme teams on which to use him.  He also brings the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. team abilities, as well as the Flight and Tiny combat abilities.  At 43 points, Ant-Man will be an inexpensive annoyance piece on whatever force he is included!

Not the Ant-Man you were expecting?  Well, we’ll get to him.  In the meantime, let’s take a look at the other side of the chart for Split, the Qualifying Real Name side, and take a look at Hank Pym!

 

Hank Pym begins play with a special power in his attack slot for the first half of his dial called Tinkerer Supreme, which allows him to be given a free action if he occupies a square with a light or heavy object, and then choose a standard attack power.  He can use the chosen power this turn.  This could be utilized well with his 5 range.  Hank Pym also begins play with Outwit, a power that will be on all of his odd-numbered damage slots. On his second click, Hank Pym trades Outwit for Perplex, and gains Willpower in his defensive slot.  Perplex and Willpower will be on every even-numbered click.

End-dial, Hank Pym keeps alternating clicks of Outwit with Perplex and Willpower.  On his last three clicks, Hank Pym loses his attack special power.  In his movement slot he gains Flurry.  Hank Pym possesses the Avengers, Defenders, and Scientist keywords, as well as the Avengers team ability.  For 75 points, Hank Pym is a useful support figure.

But, that’s not all Hank Pym is good for.  He also has a trait called Morph: Hank Pym.  Give Hank Pym a move or close combat action that deals no pushing damage.  After the action resolves, replace him with any character with this trait on the same click number.

What other figure has this trait?  Be sure to come back on Friday as we  take a look at a few different heroic identities Hank Pym has worn in his career from the Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War set, including a Colossal reveal! Until then, keep your Clix off their K.O.’s!

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“Mite-y” Avengers Part 1- Ant-Man and Wasp!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Today we have the first of three bonus previews from the Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War! Get set as we explore some new and updated abilities in the game.  To showcase these changes, let’s take a look at a duo well-known to Avengers fans, #053 Ant-Man and Wasp!

There’s a lot going on with Ant-Man and Wasp.  First, they’ve got a new combat ability on their dial, Tiny Size.  This ability is on the damage slot, as are all combat abilities that affect a character’s size.  Tiny Size modifies this character’s defense by +1 against ranged combat attacks.  If a figure is tiny, they should be harder to shoot.  A friendly character that is both adjacent and larger can use the Carry ability to carry 1 Tiny Size character, does not reduce its speed value for doing so and can continue to use the Carry ability if it can normally.  So, anyone that is not Tiny Size can carry a figure that is; the Carry ability is not required.  And, unlike the Carry ability, there is no -2 modifier to movement.  Also, if a figure already has the Carry ability, they can carry a Tiny Size figure and a normal-sized figure as well, with the normal sized character causing the -2 modifier to movement to kick in.  This ability can’t be countered.  Tiny Size can’t be outwitted, easy enough.

Now, let’s take a look at Ant-Man and Wasp.  First off, they possess a trait called Buzzing Right In Your Ear.  When an adjacent opposing character attacks Ant-Man and Wasp and misses, deal the attacking character 1 unavoidable damage after actions resolve.  When a non-adjacent opposing character attacks Ant-Man and Wasp and misses, deal each opposing character adjacent to Ant-Man and Wasp 1 unavoidable damage after actions resolve.  With their high printed defense, Super Senses on the first half of their dial, and the Tiny Size ability, Ant-Man and Wasp are sure to get a lot of use from this trait!

Ant-Man and Wasp begin play using Charge to get into battle.  They make sure damage will stick with the use of Exploit Weakness.  Once in place, Super Senses helps them avoid attacks for the front half of their dial.  When placed correctly, Ant-Man and Wasp will also be able to take advantage of Poison, another representation of their insect swarms.  On their second click, Ant-Man and Wasp swap Charge for Plasticity, making opponents have a harder time getting away, or themselves an easier time!

Mid-dial, Ant-Man and Wasp switch things up as they gain Stealth to keep themselves hidden.  On these two clicks, Outwit is in their damage slot, making Ant-Man and Wasp a good support figure.  Super Senses is traded for Toughness in this section of the dial.

End-dial, Ant-Man and Wasp have Plasticity and Poison back on their dial.  Toughness keeps them safe from some damage for the rest of their dial.  Ant-Man and Wasp also see Exploit Weakness return to make sure damage goes through.  On their final click, Ant-Man and Wasp also have Charge return as they make one last-ditch run at your opponent!

Ant-Man and Wasp possess the Avengers and Scientist keywords, as well as a 5 range.  At 168 points, Ant-Man and Wasp will be a solid investment on most forces.  Ant-Man and Wasp also possess the Duo combat ability, which now has a new ability added to it.

As before, the Duo combat ability grants a figure the Duo Attack ability, which allows it to make a second attack with a -1 modifier to damage.  It now also allows the possessor of the Duo combat ability to use Split.  Let’s take a look at Split. 

Split   Give this character a power action if it has no action tokens.  Simple enough.  Replace this character with one or more qualifying characters each from a different entry listed on this character’s character card.  Pick one or more names off the list; for example, “Ant-Man” or “Wasp.”  The qualifying replacement character(s) must have either qualifying name and total no more than this character’s point value  In this case the point value is 168 points, and any figure named “Ant-Man” and “Wasp” that total 168 points or less would qualify. (unless those characters previously used the Merge ability to be replaced by this character).  You can Merge 2 characters that cost more than the Duo figure you are Merging into, see below.  It doesn’t come into play with Ant-Man and Wasp, but it will with other figures. Replacement character(s) are assigned an action token and can’t be given an action this turn.  Pretty simple, since they took a power action to split.  Replacement character(s) begin a number of clicks from their starting line equal to the number of clicks from this character’s starting line.  For example, if the Duo is on click number 5 then the figures that are Split from it must come in on click number 5, or five clicks from the starting line if it does not have a numbered dial.  Also, if a figure has multiple starting lines, you can choose to use any one that fits and count clicks from that line.  If you choose to use an older Duo figure, like #060 Cap and Bucky from the Avengers set, just count your clicks.  This ability can’t be countered.  Again, simple enough.  Something that may not be obvious is that you can use the Split ability to split a duo figure into only one figure, points permitting, but that lone figure won’t be able to use the Merge ability.  Also, points permitting, you can Split into more than two figures.

For reference:

Qualifying Name      orQualifying Real Name
Ant-ManHank Pym
WaspJanet Van Dyne

 

The standard attack symbol also has a new addition to it, called the Merge ability.

Merge  When this character is adjacent to other friendly characters that each represent one distinct qualifying character listed on a Duo character’s character card and all of them have no action tokens, give this character a free action to replace all of them with that Duo character, the same number of clicks from its starting line as this character.  Not too complicated.  If any combination of the characters listed above are adjacent, and none have action tokens, they may combine to form a Duo figure.  Pick the figure you are giving a free action to and this Duo begins play on the same number of clicks from the starting line.  Note that you can give any figure the free action to pick the click the Duo is on.  The combined point value of the qualifying characters must be equal to or greater than the point value of the Duo character.  So it has to be either an even swap or you have to give up some points to make the Duo. (Unless that Duo character previously used the Split ability to be replaced by these same characters). If Ant-Man and Wasp had Split earlier, they can Merge.  The Duo character can’t use the Split ability this turn.  This is so you can’t Merge to heal a figure, and then Split right away. This ability can’t be countered.  Again, easy enough.

All three of these new abilities, Tiny size, Split and Merge will be on this year’s new Powers and Abilities Card.  In the 2012 Core Rulebook, replacement characters are a defined portion of your force.  They are revealed at the beginning of the game and possibly will be limited to a specific number per force.  There will be a Duo-Guide released around the same time as Chaos War that will provide the character/real names for all pre-existing Duos, to make these figures in your collection easier to use.

That is all for today.  Be sure to come back on Wednesday as we continue to explore the Marvel HeroClix: Chaos War set when we take a look at three figures from the chart above that Ant-Man and Wasp can Split into! Until then, keep your clix off their K.O.’s!