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DC HeroClix: Batman Preview

DC HeroClix Batman: The Bad Samaritan!

Greetings HeroClix fans!

The subject of today’s DC HeroClix: Batman set preview has a past that is clouded in mystery and intrigue.  What we do know, however, is Bad Samaritan has lived up to his name by clashing with the Outsiders and joining the covert agency known as Checkmate as the White Queen’s Bishop.

 

Bad Samaritan’s dossier shows that he is extremely sensitive to bright light and often wears sunglasses as a result.  Thus, he prefers to do his work in the shadows and shows this preference on his dial via Stealth on his first three clicks.

As a highly skilled assassin, Bad Samaritan possesses the Sharpshooter combat ability, which allows him to make ranged attacks against adjacent opposing characters and ignore opposing characters when drawing line of fire.  If he’s not based by an opposing character, he can take advantage of his range of six.  Bad Samaritan’s training as an assassin manifests itself on his second click when he gains a short run of Penetrating/Psychic Blast.

Although Bad Samaritan has been known to work with others, his true motives are often unknown and he’s been known to betray those he previously assisted.  This tendency is shown via a defensive special power, Plans Within Plans, which allows Bad Samaritan to use Mastermind and Super Senses and appears on the first three clicks of his dial.  Regular use of Mastermind closes out the last two clicks of Bad Samaritan’s dial as he lets others take the fall for him in a cold, calculating manner.

In his damage slot, Bad Samaritan starts with a click of Outwit.  That’s followed by a click of Perplex, which returns on his fourth click.  On his third and fifth clicks, Bad Samaritan gains a special power named Tactician, which allows him to use Outwit.  When he uses it to counter a power or ability of a target, the same power or ability is also countered on any opposing characters that are adjacent to the target!

Bad Samaritan comes in at 83 points and possesses the Calculator team ability, which makes him a Wild Card.  He also has a pair of keywords (Checkmate and Spy) which provide some options for theme team play.  Bad Samaritan makes a great addition to teams that use the Checkmate Additional Team Ability (available under the HeroClix Print and Play link in the Downloads section).

Thanks for reading!  Please join us next time as we preview more figures from the upcoming DC HeroClix: Batman set!

 

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Marvel HeroClix 10th Anniversary Preview

From White Queen to the Astonishing X-Men: Emma Frost!

Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Our series of previews for the Marvel HeroClix: 10th Anniversary set continues with a field trip to the Massachusetts Academy and a visit with its head administrator, the White Queen!

This August, HeroClix fans can celebrate 10 years of Marvel HeroClix with the Marvel HeroClix: 10th Anniversary set, a standalone set of 24 ALL-NEW, unique sculpts and dial designs for 12 fan-favorite Marvel Comics characters. The White Queen’s first appearance in HeroClix came in the Marvel HeroClix: Clobberin’ Time set and is the inspiration for today’s preview.

A member of the Hellfire Club’s Inner Circle, White Queen begins her dial with a short run of Mind Control in her movement slot and manipulates opposing characters to turn on one another.  White Queen also has Leadership on the first click of her damage slot to represent her status as mentor of the Hellions, a group of students at the Massachusetts Academy who are rivals to the New Mutants at Professor Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

One of the world’s foremost mutant telepaths, White Queen starts out without any powers in her attack slot but then gains the use of her Mental Knives (Penetrating/Psychic Blast) on her next three clicks. Defensively, White Queen’s mental abilities assist her in evading attacks by confusing her attackers with a simple misdirection (Super Senses).

On her last two clicks, White Queen can still be quite dangerous as she inflicts mental pain (Incapacitate) on her enemies while Willpower in her defense slot allows her to take actions on consecutive turns without fear of taking pushing damage.

White Queen has a range of six and comes in at 62 points. Her various keywords also offer plenty of options for team building.

Each character in the Marvel HeroClix: 10th Anniversary set has early and modern versions that are connected via the Battlefield Promotion game mechanic.  This ability allows the early appearance version of the character to transform into its more modern-era counterpart. In the case of White Queen, this results in a Battlefield Promotion to Emma Frost!

Emma Frost comes in at 114 points and has both the Brotherhood of Mutants and X-Men team abilities to denote her switch from villain to hero.  Her dial opens with a six-click run of Mind Control in her movement slot.  Emma Frost also starts with a pair of Penetrating/Psychic Blast clicks.  Both powers are not to be taken lightly as Emma Frost possesses a range of eight with a single target. Defensively, she can evade attacks with the use of Psychic Shielding (Super Senses) on her first two clicks.  On those same two clicks, Emma Frost also has a special power, Team Advisor, which allows her to use Leadership and Outwit.

On her third click, Emma Frost gains another special power, You Cannot Hide From Me, which allows her to use Penetrating/Psychic Blast and the Sharpshooter combat ability.  You Cannot Hide From Me sticks around for four clicks on Emma Frost’s dial.  She also drops the Team Advisor special power but retains standard use of Outwit on her next two clicks.

In her defense slot, Emma Frost gains another special power, Secondary Mutation, which allows her to make a choice for the remainder of the game:  Retain her primary telepathic powers or transform her body into organic diamond.  When Secondary Mutation appears, Emma Frost’s dial stops turning. You may then choose to turn her dial to click #8.  She also can use Super Senses.  If you choose not to turn to click #8, standard use of Super Senses returns for three clicks. That’s backed by two clicks of Perplex.

If you do choose to switch to click #8, Emma Frost gains yet another special power, I’m Immune to Your Clumsy Psychic Powers, Darling, which grants her Battle Fury and Willpower.  In addition, she modifies her defense by +2 when she’s targeted by a Penetrating/Psychic Blast attack.  This power appears for the remainder of Emma Frost’s dial.

Defensively, Emma Frost’s diamond form is represented via a pair of clicks of Impervious.  She then switches to Invulnerability on her final two clicks. In her damage slot, she starts with a click of Outwit to represent her scintillating wit, then rounds out the rest of her dial with Exploit Weakness.

At 114 points and with a handful of named keywords (Dark X-Men, Hellfire Club, Hellions, and X-Men), Emma Frost makes an excellent choice for many teams.

Thanks for reading!  Please join us next time for our next Marvel HeroClix: 10th Anniversary preview.  Until then, keep your Clix off their KOs!