[EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to Night Five of the 12 Nights of Clix-Mas 2019!! First, we reviewed the ground rules; for Night 2, we hit the ground running with an in-depth review of Call-In Cards from friend of the blog, Roberto Ty! Night Three brought us HypeFox’s look at the 10 best Chases of the year. And then we had a rare holiday appearance from writer/co-founder of the blog Ninwashui. It’s a Clix-Mas Miracle!! Then, we talked about the Five Things Wizkids Did Right This Year! And yesterday, The Ghost of Clix-Mas Future took us through a preview of just about every Heroclix release that’s been announced for 2020 so far!]
Welcome to Night Seven of the 12 Nights of Clix-Mas!!
Tonight, I thought it’d be fun to bring back one of our more popular features from a few years ago… the year end “Simply the Best” review!!
It goes like this: I come up with random (sometimes even arbitrary) categories and then tell you which piece or pieces were the best in category out of everything released this year!
We haven’t done it in awhile, because I used to try to cover everything–and I mean everything–in one column, which would then balloon to almost 4000 words.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: He’s not kidding. It’s been about 5 years since we tried this, and that feature came in at over 3300 words. We (sort of) revived the idea again at the end of 2016 for the Ninth Night of Clix-Mas that year in a two-part parody called “Simply the Rest,” wherein we talked about the worst Clix of the year.]
Well, we’re not going to get quite that in-depth tonight, and we’re actually gonna break this gimmick into a couple parts to make it more manageable.
So, without further ado, here was 2019’s…
SIMPLY THE BEST!!
Simply The Best… Primary Attacker of 2019:
1. ABPI074 Thanos — 160 Points — Ultra Chase:
Okay, I’ve devoted enough ink to how much I love this piece. But this was a weird year for Primary Attackers.
The whole role was almost rendered moot by the ubiquity of overpowered Call-Ins. I mean, you could make an argument that Kobik was a great Primary Attacker since she’s impossible to kill and can Call-In pieces to do her damage for her. But that would be a little too cynical, even for me.
2. XDPSG007R Juggernaut — 100 Points — Uncommon
The best version of Mr. Unstoppable ever.
3. XDPSG006R Onslaught — 125 Points — Uncommon
4. CMM021 Captain Marvel — 150 Points — Chase
5. RE068 Barbatos — 200 Points — Chase
Simply The Best… Sub-Theme of 2019:
1. Elders of the Universe — Avengers Black Panther and the Illuminati
These pieces were better than they had any right to be. Collector, Astronomer, Trader… even Voyager and the freaking Gardener showed up in the Meta! Champion had a great dial and he wasn’t even one of the five best Elders in the set!
One of the most unexpected delights of the year!
2. Brotherhood of Mutants — XDPS
This was a close one. Wizkids has done the Brotherhood so many times, and yet with this set, they reinvented so many of the key players that I was blown away. Best Juggernaut ever. Best Blob ever. The Danger Room constructs were creatively designed and were a big part of the new Pauper Meta.
3. Batman: Metal Chases — DC Rebirth
Barbatos is borderline Meta, Red Death and The Batman Who Laughs are both really good, but they’re most notable for their cool sculpts and cohesive theme.
Simply The Best… Supporting Characters of 2019:
1. ABPI069 Kobik — 115 Points — Chase:
Once again, I’ve talked her to death this Clix-Mas, but yeah, she’s that good. Mainstay of the current Meta.
2. Q — 30 Points — Super Rare Prime:
There’s a reason he’s $300. The premier dice manipulator in the Meta right now.
3. Q –– 50 Points — Super Rare:
Same as the Prime, except he’s 20 more Points BUT he doesn’t take up your lone Prime spot.
4. RE052E Mister Oz — 40 Points — Super Rare:
The DC version of Unseen. TK plus Prob across most of the board. At the beginning of the year, I would have thought he’d have the #1 Supporting Piece spot locked up.
Simply The Best… Sets of 2019:
1. Avengers Black Panther and the Illuminati:
Hands down, the best set of 2019. This set gave us Meta pieces at every rarity level:
Common: A.I.M. Red Squad, Voyager
Uncommon: A.I.M. White Squad, Medusa
Rare: Astronomer, Gardener
Super Rare: Taskmaster, Collector
And that’s just pieces that have shown up in Top 8’s. I’ve probably even missed a few. There’s also a ton more pieces that are just plain fun to play.
Add in all the great Equipment like the Infinity Gems, Gauntlets and Cosmic Cubes, and you have a set for players, collectors and everyone in-between. Worked on every level.
Nostalgia for the old cartoon meets really innovative Colossal Design. Pieces like Onslaught and Juggernaut are Meta-relevant while being really fun to play. The Danger Room Construct pieces (read: Primes) were a creative new paradigm. And Chase Jean Grey and Chase Jason Wyngarde were extremely memorable.
The only thing holding this set back is how forgettable most of the regular-sized pieces were.
3. Star Trek Away Team: Resistance is Futile:
Not just for the Q’s, but for the designers’ interpretation on the Bridge Crew of the Enterprise as well. Gets knocked down a few pegs for not fully fleshing out the Borg or Klingon factions.
4. Earth X:
Loved the comic; this set was a very faithful adaptation. The Venom Chases were memorable as well!
Okay That’s all I have for tonight! Tune back in to this space tomorrow for Part 2!
Until then… Merry Clix-Mas!