January 20, 2016

DC HeroClix: World’s Finest – Poison Ivy


Greetings HeroClix Fans!

Today we are continuing the Booster Brick previews for the upcoming Heroclix set, DC HeroClix: World’s Finest!  The focus of this set is of course on the two stars of the comic series of the same title; Batman and Superman.  In addition to different versions of each hero, representing them throughout their lengthy comic book histories, we would be remiss to ignore how their arch enemies have changed with them over the years.  Today, we feature a villain that was pulled in Scott Porter latest unboxing video, Poison Ivy!

DC HeroClix: World’s Finest - Poison Ivy

At 65 points the common Poison Ivy makes for a very affordable thorn in your opponent’s sides.  This Ivy is all about close combat tie ups.  She opens with a click of Stealth but then can be pushed into position to tie up opponents with Plasticity.  Her Improved Movement, Down The Garden Path, ignoring hindering terrain will help her get where she needs to be.  To further her tie up utility you can use her trait Constricting Vines that gives her a special Smoke Cloud at 6 range that forces opposing characters to roll break away from the smoke markers and take an action token or penetrating damage if they fail.   Making the most of her lock-down features she has Poison on 4 out of her 5 clicks, along with a smattering of Toughness, Combat Reflexes, Perplex, and Exploit Weakness.  For teamwork options, she naturally has the Batman Enemy Team Ability letting her share a friendly character’s attack value so she can still have good odds of making a hit even late dial where her numbers dip low.  She also has excellent Theme Team options with Arkham Asylum, Scientist, and Secret Society of Super Villains keywords.   This figure represents Poison Ivy early in her criminal career as she terrorized Gotham City to further her twisted sense of ecological justice, but does not represent her at the height of her powers.  For that, we go to the Prime.

DC HeroClix: World’s Finest - Poison Ivy Prime

The Prime version of Poison Ivy has gotten more in touch with the green, both in her chlorophyll skin pigment and in the green ring around her dial base.  This represents Ivy when she took up residence in Metropolis and held Superman within her plant spore influenced thrall during the Hush storyline.  This Ivy adds some keywords, in addition to Arkham Asylum, Scientist, and Secret Society of Super Villains, she has Gotham City Sirens, Injustice Gang, and Metropolis keywords.

At 90 points, she maintains a few tricks from her earlier version with Improved Movement: Up The Folly Steps, ignoring hindering terrain and, this time, a full dial of Stealth, four clicks of Poison again, and the Batman Enemy team ability. She drops the Smoke Cloud trait in favor of 6 Range with 2 targets and a special Mind Control trait, No Man Can Resist Me, Not Even Superman that lets her ignore the usual feedback damage when using Mind Control, places Enthralled tokens on the cards of any character successfully controlled, and gives her a +2 attack bonus if she only targets one character within 3 squares.  Pay attention to those Enthralled tokens, she has two ways to take advantage of them.

First with her defense special, You Won’t Let Anything Happen To Me, Poison Ivy is able to convince her Thralls to protect her.  This power grants her Super Senses and, in addition, when she is targeted with an attack you can elect to remove an Enthralled token from an opposing character and let her use that character’s defense power. Secondly, with her damage special, Let Me Remind You What Will Make Me Happy, not only can Ivy use Shape Change, but she also prevents anyone with an Enthralled token from attacking her at all (unless all opposing characters have been Enthralled).  With all the Stealth, Super Senses, Shape Change, defense borrowing, and target denying, she is going to be one tough weed to pull!  If all of that fails however, she does finish her dial with some Outwit and two clicks of Regeneration to save her from wilting under pressure.

That’s all for today, HeroClix fans! We’re really excited for you to see this set which features great figures; both in terms of new dials for old favorites, and some long awaited debuts. So stay tuned as we continue to preview World’s Finest!  Don’t forget to check out the WizKids Facebook page for more unboxing videos with Scott Porter and visit the WizKids Event System to find DC HeroClix: World’s Finest Pre-Release Events near you.

Until next time, just push ‘em all!

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