Greetings HeroClix Fans! Civil War is upon us! Beginning June 1st HeroClix venues all over the world will kick off the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline Organized Play. Choose your side, whether you stand with Tony Stark on the Pro-Registration side -or- with Captain America on the Anti-Registration side, both teams are equally balanced and ready to play. It is up to you (and your dice) to decide who is victorious!
Today’s preview of the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War Storyline OP gives you a taste of that balance as we look at team members on each side of the conflict. Two heroes who have to shop the ‘Big and Tall’ section for new suits, Atlas & Goliath!
Co-opted by the government as part of the Thunderbolts team of (semi) reformed super powered criminals, Atlas represents the Pro-Registration forces supporting Iron Man. At 90 points, Atlas provides a strong backbone for your team. With abilities provided by the Indomitable defense symbol, the Giant damage symbol, and the Masters of Evil team ability, he can keep moving and keep hitting whenever you need to dish out damage. There is a good chance he will always have something close by to hit with the Giant Reach ability. He has movement options at every position on his dial with a starting click of Charge, two clicks of a special movement power Just Like When We Invaded the Mansion that lets him use Flurry and Sidestep, and when using Flurry he can place any hit characters adjacent to him after the action ends, and then he finishes with regular Sidestep. With some Quake and Close Combat Expert, on attack and damage respectively, he can be useful for hitting multiple targets or singling out just one. His attack stays at a consistent 10 with a little rise at the end and his damage never drops below 3. Atlas is also sturdy enough to take some heavy hits with Impervious, Invulnerability, and Toughness for damage reduction on every click. He also works as a team player with the Justice Like Lightning trait that is also featured on the other Thunderbolts members in this set, which gives him the chance to remove an action token from a friendly character with the Thunderbolts keyword within 4 squares whenever he damages one or more characters with an attack. Now let’s see who he will likely be grappling with on the Marvel HeroClix: Civil War battlefield.
Matching Atlas at 90 points, Goliath sports the Indomitable and Giant Size abilities for Captain America’s Anti-Registration faction. He also has the Defenders team ability to share his healthy starting 18 defense value with other Defenders or Wild Card characters. As more of a traditional heavy hitter, Goliath strides ahead at the opposition with Charge and Super Strength, switching over to Sidestep and Close Combat Expert mid dial. He finishes with higher attack and damage values as a last ditch effort to help his team, with the Get Ready for the Shortest Comeback in History that lets him use Charge without reducing his speed value by half. If Goliath falls in clix combat just as he did in the comics his trait, A Hero Remembered will trigger and result in a click of healing for the rest of his teammates, and the use of Sidestep if he is KO’d during your opponent’s turn. His defensive line of Invincible, Invulnerability, and Toughness should keep you from seeing his KO clicks too early though.
Until next time, keep your dice on the table and your eyes on the map!
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