Greetings HeroClix Players and Duelists!
With Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three released, let’s discuss some of the great combinations available with all of the new figures!
Buster Blader (YGO3#018) 150 pts
Revival Jam (YGO3#003) 52 pts
Kamion Wizard (YGO3#002) 57 pts
Hayabusa Knight (YGO3#012) 35 pts
Total: 294 pts
First up, let’s take a look at a 300-point team centered around Buster Blader! Buster Blader will serve as our main attacker, so we will concentrate on filling out the team with figures that will compliment Buster Blader. First, we’ll add Revival Jam as a tie-up figure. Tie-up figures are incredibly helpful when your team is based around close-combat oriented figures. As a tie-up figure, Revival Jam’s role will be to move adjacent to opposing characters (particularly, dangerous ranged combat figures like Dark Magician or Blue-Eyes White Dragon). By moving adjacent to opposing characters, the tie-up figure can prevent those characters from making ranged combat attacks and escaping Buster Blader. Further, Revival Jam is capable of holding its own in combat due to its Incapacitate as well as a few 3 damage clicks.
Next, we are going to add Kamionwizard, who brings support powers including Probability Control and Perplex in addition to offensive powers such as Penetrating/Psychic Blast and Precision Strike. Whenever possible, your team should include Probability Control so you can ensure that your attacks go as planned. Penetrating/Psychic Blast can help get through opposing damage reducers until Buster Blader picks up Exploit Weakness mid-dial.
Finally, with only a few points left, we can add Hayabusa Knight as another close combat attacker who would also benefit from Revival Jam tying up other characters, and can deal some damage using both Flurry and Blades/Claws/Fangs.
This team is very close combat oriented, but we can further improve the team’s performance by selecting a favorable map. If you win the roll to go first, try selecting the “Zeppelin” map from the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series 2 OP Kit, or the “Broken Sphinx” map from the Battle of the Millennium OP Event series which has plenty of blocking terrain to provide cover while Buster Blader approaches.
Seiyaryu (YGO3#011) 112 pts
Wingweaver (YGO3#005) 98 pts
Petit Angel (YGO3#008) 43 pts
Happy Lover (YGO1#027) 63 pts
Blade Knight (YGO1#020) 82 pts
Total: 397 pts
Our next team is a 400-point Light themed team. To begin, we’ll add Seiyaryu and Wingweaver as larger point investments. Seiyaryu has 7 range, the carry ability, and Indomitable. Although Earthbound/Neutralized is typically seen as a major drawback for characters by removing any special movement symbols (like Wing, Transporter, or Dolphin), attack symbols (like Duo and Sharpshooter), defense symbols (like Indomitable), and damage symbols (like Tiny Size, Giant Size and Colossal Size), Wingweaver can actually benefit from the Earthbound/Neutralized on its first click that cancels the Wing movement symbol, thereby allowing it to be carried. While being carried around, Wingweaver may use Defend to share its 18 defense between adjacent characters, and it even has some Support to heal characters when they get hit. Wingweaver can push onto its later clicks and become a great close combat character. In addition to Seiyaryu and Wingweaver, we have Petit Angel and Happy Lover, who both offer extra offensive support in the form of Enhancement. Petit Angel can be carried by any of your other friendly characters due to its Tiny Size, and Happy Lover can carry others with Phasing/Teleport in addition to Incapacitate with 3 Targets! To round out the team, we’ll add Blade Knight from Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One, who is capable of dealing some damage with Blades/Claws/Fangs, moving around by itself with Sidestep and Charge, and durable with full dial Toughness.
In addition to the synergy among figures, remember to fully utilize the benefits of having a Themed Team. By having a 400 point Named Themed Team with 5 characters, you get +5 to the roll for Initiative (the roll to go first and pick map), as well as 4 uses of Themed Team Probability Control. With the high number of figures with either Flight and mobility via movement powers, this team can capitalize on multiple elevations to provide coverage while setting up attacks and to help make the critical first strike! To that end, try selecting the “Millennium Puzzle” map from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle of the Millennium OP Event series if you win the Initiative roll.
X-Head Cannon (YGO3#014) 120 pts
Y-Dragon Head (YGO3#015) 105 pts
Z-Metal Tank (YGO3#016) 85 pts
Spirit of the Harp (YGO3#004) 60 pts
Magician of Faith (YGO3#013) 60 pts
Key Mace (YGO1#028) 65 pts
Total: 495 pts
XY-Dragon Cannon (YGO3#017)
XYZ-Dragon Cannon (YGO3#019)
Finally, we have a 500-point Light themed team utilizing all three of the XYZ monsters! X-Head Cannon, Y-Dragon Head, and Z-Metal Tank synergize well together with abilities like “Cover Fire” from Z-Metal Tank. They can also use Fusion to bring out either XY-Dragon Cannon or XYZ-Dragon Cannon. Remember, each of these powerful Fusion monsters brings its own benefits and drawbacks. XY-Dragon Cannon may be helpful if you need the help of some powers like Precision Strike, Poison, and the Flight symbol, and the brutal stats and damage output of XYZ-Dragon Cannon may be important when facing down stronger figures. The next addition to the team, Spirit of the Harp, is particularly useful with the XYZ monsters, offering Enhancement to bolster ranged combat attacks, Barrier to protect against opposing ranged attacks, and the “Soothing Music” trait, which offers Willpower to the XYZ monsters. All three XYZ monsters benefit from Willpower, but X-Head Cannon’s special power, “Double-Barreled Cannon,” which requires a Double-Power action that he would normally take pushing damage for. Next up, we have Magician of Faith for some Probability Control, some Penetrating/Psychic Blast, and Stealth to protect itself as well as block potential lines of fire to other characters. To round out our team, we are adding Key Mace from Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One. Key Mace is another Tiny Size character which can be carried by a larger character for free, and when it use its Charge and Precision Strike to get into close combat, it ties-up opposing, but does not prevent your friendly characters from drawing Line of Fire over it. In addition to that, Key Mace has Super Senses to attempt to dodge attacks and a +1 to its defense during a ranged combat attack from Tiny Size.
Overall this team thrives in a ranged combat environment, but is very capable of handling close combat as well. Like our 400-point team discussed above, this Themed Team benefits from bonuses to the roll for Initiative as well as several uses of Themed Team Probability Control. The benefit to the Initiative roll may be used to increase your odds of selecting map, allowing you to pick a map that maximizes the effectiveness of this team. For a range-focused team like this one, wide open spaces will benefit you. To that end, you may want to try selecting the “Egypt River” map from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle of the Millennium! OP Event series with plenty of water terrain to potentially hinder opposing movement and be clear for ranged attacks.
Thank you for joining us for Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three! These are only a few of the many combinations to be used with Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three, so be sure to try out your own teams and strategies as well!