Howdy and welcome back readers! My blog suffered a few days of neglect, but I assure you it was for a good cause. My nephew came over for a long weekend of lots of HeroClix play. We had a lot of new figs to try out thanks to a generous offer from a fellow gamer over at HCRealms, and the map that I had been working on, while not finished, was certainly game ready. So let’s jump right into the action!
We had a few battles Friday night, and Garrett took a lot of victories. I wanted to try a Hydra team out, so I fielded Mentallo, Richard Fisk, Hardball and Viper. I don’t recall his team exactly, but it was a power house team, including the Hulk and Abomination. They rolled over my team pretty easily. We didn’t get much actual play in, as we were dusting off the cobwebs of trying to remember all the rules and powers, and dividing up our forces took some time.
I did take one victory that night though, but it was a cheap one. I fielded the same Hydra team, plus Captain America and Black Cat. He likes his alter egos, so he turned Bruce Banner and Eddie Brock into Hulk and Venom, his old Captain America from the first battle, Armadillo and Luke Cage. I won, but it was a cheesy victory, exploiting Black Cat’s Bad Luck power.
For those that don’t know, she’s terribly over powered. For just 52 points you can park her in Stealth and make every enemy reroll their attacks. The obvious strategy would be to get back there and kill her, but she has 17 defense and Combat Reflexes, making it a hard-to-hit 19. Really over-powered.
Saturday brought in my trade figs, so I had two cherry picked figs to field and that turned the tide of things. First, we wanted to try out our Apocalypse colossal. You can read about him in a previous blog, and I touched on some of the battle notes there. He played him and crushed my Cyclops, Rogue and Psylocke. Then we cheated and fielded a 500 point team, adding in some X-Force via Wolfsbane and X-23. They won, but it wasn’t a very rewarding victory.
Then came my first real victory. Garrett didn’t want to crush me with the Hulk again, so he brought out Puma, Chameleon, Venom, Carnage and turned John Jameson into Man-Wolf. I used a bunch of my new figs – War Machine, Firestar, US Agent, Phobos, and I tried my hand with an alter ego, turning Peter Parker to Spiderman. I dominated pretty badly, but it was through a strategic misstep on his part. He clustered up his forces and War Machine and Firestar rained fire down on them. Firestar’s starting click with Energy Explosion is fantastic. With some decent rolls she can really lay on the hurt if they gather up. By the time I turned Peter Parker, the battle was already won.
After a loss, he went all out on the next battle. He fielded Hulk, Abomination, Venom, Klaw, Man-Wolf and he squeezed Patriot in there. Having flash backs of Hulk smashing my forces the night before, I brought in cheesy Black Cat in addition to Cyclops, Leader, Black Widow, Red Hulk and US Agent. My strategy was to ruin his day with Black Cat, and use Leader and Black Widow for crowd control. Well, Leader’s utility proved to be enough and Black Widow ended up just providing a little extra fire power. Cyclops and Red Hulk blasted and tore their way through them with surprising ease. We both agreed Black Cat was just insanely over-powered, and I decided not to use her anymore.
Next he tried to field some more strategic characters instead of his usual tank teams. He chose Doorman, who he used quite well to taxi characters around, as well as Chameleon, Sin, Spiderman, Nomad and Will-o-the-Wisp. I brought out Phobos, Slingshot, X-23, Wolfsbane, Blob, and Firestar. He didn’t cluster up this time, and in fact he lured me into stealth pretty well. I charged Blob in recklessly as he’s such a tank, but they picked him apart. It was a team heavy with Blades/Claws/Fangs, though, and they tore him up. X-23 even had a crazy round where she had Flurry and Blades up and killed two enemies in one round.
Next we did a smaller match. He was bringing out the Hulk again, but I didn’t want to cheese it up with Black Cat. So I brought out Cyclops, Rogue, Psylocke and X-23 vs his Hulk, Spiderman, Chameleon and Doorman. It was a fun, close match. My strategy was not to piss the Hulk off, so I ignored him and tried to pick his team apart. They’re all pretty evasive, with Shape Change or Super Senses. Spiderman sitting in stealth made for a problem, and it came down to an injured Cyclops, Rogue and Psylocke vs Hulk. He succeeded in smashing Rogue and Cyc, but Psylocke finished him off with a high roll on her psychic knife after Cyc knocked him off his crazy 19 defense/5 damage dial.
Monday we decided to go out with a bang, doing our largest battle yet at 1,000 points. We each fielded our toughest guys, while leaving Black Cat out. My plan again was to take everyone out and leave Hulk for last, but I changed my strategy at the last moment. After failing a break away roll, I was left with Phobos staring Hulk in the face, axe in hand. I decided to hell with it, I hate to pass a character that can be doing some damage. I also figured maybe it would be wiser to try to take Hulk out with a full team, rather than wait until they’re half dead and all hurt. It worked out and we killed him pretty fast. With Hulk out of the way, the rest of his forces fell one by one.
I can’t be sure, but I think they’re ganging up on Cyclops.
That battle wrapped up faster than we expected, so we decided to up the ante to a 1,500 point match. Same drill, we each fielded teams to win. This was the funnest battle of the weekend. It was a little overwhelming with so many characters on the map, trying to keep track of it all was a bit much. But what that did for us, was it slowed the pace of the battle down a bit, and it made it much more strategic. There were also so many figs on the map that the tide turned back and forth several times, making it exciting for both of us.
The very first round he took out Firestar. I flew her too close and hadn’t anticipated just how many attacks he’d get on her in such a big match, so there went my Energy Explosion cannon and his morale was high. It continued like this for a bit, with him a kill or two ahead of me the whole time. Then I took it back a bit, with a big round with some high rolls killing Hulk, hitting his 19 defense for big damage. That same round War Machine landed a double kill, targeting two injured characters and mowing them down.
So the battle was bag in my favor, but not for long. Normally I land a few fliers up on the building and blast down on them, and he tends to ignore them. Not this time, however. He used Doorman to teleport up some of his tough melee characters which scattered my strategy a bit. He tried to pile Carnage and Venom up on Red Hulk, but Hulk was holding his own against them with some lucky rolls. I made the mistake that he had made earlier, though, clustering my forces up in the street. Nomad came out of nowhere with an Energy Explosion of his own while Klaw kept pushing Pulse Wave. He blasted down several of my figs this way and I started to get nervous. He blew through my front line and I realized I had neglected a lot of ranged firepower he had lying in wait.
But my Cyclops had gone untouched the whole match, and that’s a fig you don’t want to ignore. His Leadership kept others going strong, his Willpower and sharpshooter icon had him blasting through the forces and picking his team apart. And I’ve said before how much I love speeders. Slingshot was still in it, and I raced her through to tie up his ranged characters. I think I won because of this strategy and some insanely lucky rolls. Slingshot is squishy, so I figured she may die quick doing this, but I kept making her Super Senses roll again and again. It kept some lethal ranged characters tied up while I got a few kills and finally won the battle.
So that was our weekend of playing HeroClix. We each had a blast. I felt a bit bad as, for a while there, Garrett just couldn’t seem to win. I kept giving him pointers but it wasn’t working. We finally agreed that maybe it was the order of figs that came in on Saturday giving me an advantage, so I’m hoping he gets some good pulls with the boosters I buy us from Galactic Guardians, and I took down an order of figs he would like to try to buy or trade for to toughen his roster up a bit.
Hope you enjoyed the report, and stay tuned Clix fans! There’s still plenty of posts coming down the pipeline! I’ll leave you all with a Hulk vs Red Hulk shot. Until next time!