Greetings HeroClix Fans!
We’re back with another exciting look at two more characters from our Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline Organized Play series! Today we are pleased to bring you two more of Hank Pym’s many identities that can be found in the second wave of Age of Ultron tournament boosters, Giant-Man and Yellowjacket!
First up is Giant-Man, who can be played at 158, 100 and 50 points. Giant-Man’s 100- and 50-point starting lines are on clicks 4 and 7 respectively. Like Hank Pym, Ant-Man and Goliath, Giant-Man has the Morph: Many Identities trait. Also, like Goliath, Giant-Man’s version of Morph: Many Identities has an additional sentence which requires you to use his blue click numbers for the trait.
Giant-Man has a second trait called Stand Tall Next to Hulk and Thor which lets him make an extra close combat attack as a free action as long as another friendly character with the Avengers keyword and a damage value of 4 hits an opposing character. Giant-Man has a very consistent set of attack and damage values, starting with an attack value of 10 and a damage value of 4 on his top click. Stand Tall Next to Hulk and Thor lets Giant-Man play the role of clean-up batter in your lineup by having your heavy hitter get in the first attack on an opposing character. (Remember that Stand Tall Next to Hulk and Thor says your teammate only has to hit the opposing character for the trait to come into play.) Giant-Man can then come in and make a normal attack on the same opposing character, then follow up with a free action close combat attack.
Giant-Man can help swing for the fences by using Outwit on his first two clicks to counter a defensive power prior. Those first two clicks also feature Quake, in case Giant-Man finds himself facing opposing characters. Giant-Man can take a hit as well as he gives one, thanks to two clicks of Impervious that are followed by a click of Invulnerability.
Mid-dial, Giant-Man continues showing he’s a team player by tying up opponents with Plasticity, grabbing objects to use in attacks with Super Strength, and boosting the damage values of adjacent friendly character making close combat attacks with Empower. Giant-Man also switches defensively to Toughness for the remainder of his dial.
As we reach the final third of Giant-Man’s dial, we see a special power in his attack slot called Growing Personal Problems. This lets him use Quake with a locked damage value of 3. Additionally, when he does and actions resolve, all objects, walls and blocking terrain within 2 squares are destroyed. To help Giant-Man close the distance from an opposing character, he has Sidestep.
Now up to bat is Yellowjacket, who has point values of 100 and 50 and a range of five squares with two targets. Like Giant-Man, Yellowjacket has the Avengers and Scientist keywords to assist you when including him on a themed team. Yellowjacket also has the Defenders keyword.
Yellowjacket has the Morph: Many Identities trait that lets him be replaced with other characters that have the trait. However, Yellowjacket has a second trait called Unstable Personality Changes that also allows him to be replaced with a character that has the Morph: Hank Pym trait. Now replacing Hank Pym will be even more chaotic for HeroClix players! Choose wisely!
Whereas Giant-Man’s dial is primarily suited for close combat, Yellowjacket’s power set is somewhat more balanced to include range. Charge appears on Yellowjacket’s top two clicks, followed by Sidestep. On Yellowjacket’s first four clicks he alternates between Precision Strike and Incapacitate in his attack slot. Defensively, Yellowjacket can use Toughness on his first two clicks to absorb some damage. Combat Reflexes appears on the rest of Yellowjacket’s dial, which makes him tougher to hit in close combat. Yellowjacket ends his dial with the combination of Stealth and Smoke Cloud on his last two clicks.
On Yellowjacket’s damage track he starts and ends his dial with Exploit Weakness. Between those clicks, Yellowjacket has a special power called I’m a New Hero that “Killed” Hank Pym, which lets him use Perplex and Shape Change. Additionally, Yellowjacket modifies his attack and damage values by +2 when attacking a character with a Morph trait.
Giant-Man and Yellowjacket should add some welcome variety to the HeroClix battlefield. Giant-Man is a nice option for players who like to fight up close while Yellowjacket can be used at ranged as well as in close combat.
That’s all for this sneak peek at the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron set! Stay tuned as we reveal more exciting characters in the days and weeks to come!