Greetings HeroClix Fans!
Welcome back to our Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three previews! The set released last week so make sure to visit your Friendly Local Game Store. Today we are going to look at the mighty Buster Blader!
Buster Blader clocks in at 150 points with 8 clicks of up close and personal power! Buster Blader starts off with great stats and close combat powers, as well as Indomitable for Willpower! On its first two clicks, Buster Blader has Charge and Quake to move in and break up opponents’ formations on top of a solid 18 defense with Impervious. Buster Blader also has Battle Fury, which makes it immune to Incapacitate and Mind Control, and allows it to ignore opposing characters’ Shape Change.
In the middle of his dial, Buster Blader moves on to its special attack power “Dragon Sword,” which allows it to deal heavy damage to characters with “Dragon” in their name. Whenever Buster Blader uses Blades/Claws/Fangs from the “Dragon Sword” power while attacking a character with “Dragon” in the name, you can roll 2 d6 instead of 1, and choose one result to replace its damage value with. This gives you a better chance for Blades/Claws/Fangs to hit for some more damage. If Buster Blader gets hit onto one of these clicks, it can use Blades/Claws/Fangs combined with Exploit Weakness to really slay some “Dragons”!
Using “Dragon Sword,” Buster Blader has a 30.6% chance of dealing the maximum 6 damage using Blades/Claws/Fangs, nearly double the chance compared to rolling just one die! Also, it moves up from a 50% chance to a 75% chance of dealing at least 4 damage! “Dragon Sword” can also be used to selectively deal damage, making sure not to hit your opponent’s figures onto really dangerous clicks. The rest of Buster Blader’s dial has synergistic powers including Sidestep and Close Combat Expert, “Agile and Durable” for Combat Reflexes and Invincible while in close combat, and a stat spike back to 18 defense and 4 damage on its last click.
For team building, Buster Blader can be used as a main attacker on many teams, and he can be a real power house with a little support. Some supporting elements to team it with would be a good ranged combat attacker like Dark Magician from the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Starter Set to keep some pressure off of Buster Blader while he gets into battle, as well as a character that can use Telekinesis to get Buster Blader into play quickly such as Cannon Soldier from Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series 1. Buster Blader can also be teamed with other “Yugi Muto” characters like Sangan to remove action tokens with its ”Fiendish Support” Trait, and Beta the Magnet Warrior to pull in opposing characters with “Magnetic Pull.” Some “Earth” characters to team up with include Morphing Jar for Probability Control and Perplex, or Little Red Riding Hood for Perplex and her Trait to give friendly characters that share a keyword with her +1 attack for the rest of the game when she is KO’d.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! scenario games, Buster Blader also has a Trap/Spell effect that can added to your Trap/Spell pool for 3 points when building your force or when Buster Blader is KO’d. Its Spell, “Horn of the Unicorn,” allows a set character to take a power action to give itself +1 attack! Another interesting point, unlike the Spells from previous sets, “Horn of the Unicorn” doesn’t remove itself when used and can be used multiple times. Also, “Horn of the Unicorn” is placed back into your Trap/Spell pool when the assigned character is KO’d and able to be assigned to another character. Buster Blader’s Trap is “Torrential Tribute”, which must be assigned to a character that is not on its first click and activates when the set character is KO’d, assigning all opposing characters within 6 squares an action token.
That is it for this Series Three preview, but be sure to join us next time when we look at some helpful Spellcasters!