Let’s Make (Nick Fury’s) America Great Again!! (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Prob!!)

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I’m gonna build a wall of Probs, and I’m gonna make Hydra pay for it!!

Hello Again!! I know we’ve been radio silent for a little while, but today we’re back with another brief Team Idea article before we delve into some TMNT 2 Top Ten love!

So it’s not a secret to point out that Nick (Balls of) Fury is, well, really freaking good. We’re not breaking new ground there.

But with so many Call-In teams dominating the Meta, folks have gotten away from Nick in recent months. Well, this is just completely unacceptable to us PATRIOTS who were enjoying the Howling Commando’s time in the (Meta) sun!

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, we are aware of the irony in referring to NFAOS056 Nick Fury as a Howling Commando when it’s one of the only comic-based Nick Fury pieces in the game that DOESN’T have that keyword. Carry on.]

So we came up with a team designed to leverage the temporary, all-in nature of a Call-In team to your advantage. The theory behind this build is to make actually hitting your characters as obnoxious as possible for your opponent. How do we do that? By stacking this team with a bunch of high defense values and evasion abilities and A METRIC TON OF PROBABILITY CONTROL!!

And not just any Probability Control. CHEESY Probability Control. And not just any cheesy Probability Control. We’re talking about the overly processed, double-stuffed, chewy-melty-Taco-Bell-Nachos-Bell-Grande sort of cheese here. We’ve just slathered it all over this roster.

To wit:

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Team Name: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Prob!!

Theme: None

Roster:

NFAOS056 Nick Fury          — 120 Points

(w/ JLTWR101B Sloth Relic)  — 4 Points

SMWW060 Mr. Mxyzptlk 70 Points

TMNT2029 Renet Tilley    — 55 Points

(w/ JLTWR101F Wrath Relic) — 4 Points

WF066R Spectre                   — 35 Points

JLTWR101 Pandora’s Box   — 12 Points

Total:                                         300 Points

Builder’s Notes: This team uses Pandora’s Box, so I’ve noted in parenthetical which Sins I would suggest playing on each character–your mileage may vary. And since timing is always crucial when using Pandora, I would start the game with Fury next to Renet Tilley (pretty obvious), give Fury a power action to equip the Sloth Relic and THEN have Renet ‘port everyone to where you want to set up camp.

Pushing Renet onto Click 2 to equip Wrath will give her Willpower, Combat Reflexes and put her on her best Click (the one that lets her Prob from anywhere on the Map).

And you’re off!

But enough about starting moves. Let’s go over this roster in a little more detail, and really dig in to why it can be so frustrating for your opponent, shall we?

Nick Fury Original Sin

Nick Fury is your Primary Attacker, obviously. He sports an 18 Defense, Stealth, Shape Change and a Prob that can be used from 9 Squares away and sees through Elevated and Hindering Terrain and also Characters. So, for someone to take him out or even significantly damage Fury with a Call-In piece, that figure would have to be able to see through Stealth or be placed adjacent to Fury, hope Fury misses his SC roll and then hit an 18 Defense twice.

Except–

Fury’s gonna have the Sloth Relic, so now you’ve got to hit a 19 Defense Value TWICE

Except–

Spectre 2

Tower Defense Mode Spectre is ALSO on this team, and his Damage Special (I SET THIS WORLD ON A DIFFERENT PATH: Spectre can use Probability Control to target a character regardless of line of fire.) along with his 12 Range means that as long as you place him correctly at the start of the game (i.e., somewhere near the middle of the map), he can cover pretty much the entire board with his Prob.

So now you have to hit Nick Fury’s 19 Defense THREE times. Which would start to get silly…

Except–

renet-tilley

Renet Tilley is ALSO on this team, and once you get her to her second Click (which should take you til all of turn 2 to accomplish) she picks up a Damage Special of her own (SCEPTER OF THE SANDS OF TIME: Renet Tilley can use Probability Control regardless of range and line of fire.) that ALSO lets you Prob anyone from ANYWHERE ON THE MAP!

So now you have to hit Nick Fury’s 19 Defense a completely unreasonable FOUR times!!

Except–

MrMxyzptlk

Mr. Mxyzptlk is also on this team, so it is entirely conceivable that even IF you manage to get through Fury’s Stealth, Shape Change and FOUR different Probs to actually hit his 19 Defense, Mr. Mxy can still make it all go away… (stop me if you’ve heard this before… ) FROM ANYWHERE ON THE MAP!!

Now, we haven’t even delved into the fact that if you let Mxy loose on his second Click, he can conceivably tie up your opponent’s entire team with his Special Pulse Wave (ZEROING THE PLAYING FIELD: Mr. Mxyzptlk can use Pulse Wave, but deals no damage when doing so. Instead, give each hit character up to 2 action tokens.).

Or the fact that Renet Tilley is actually a pretty darn good Tertiary Attacker!

But what if my opponent looks at all the odds and decides to attack someone else? Good question!

The Spectre has an 18 Defense with Energy Shield/Deflection and the KC TA, so hitting him (again with all the Probs floating around) isn’t exactly easy. And because of the nature of his special, you can often times tuck him behind some Blocking Terrain that makes him extra hard to get to for your opponent (depending on what Map you end up on, that is).

Mr. Mxyzptlk has a 18 Defense Value with Tiny Size and Super Senses, so he’s no walk in the park either.

And Renet Tilley (once she has the Wrath Relic) is also a 19 Defense no matter how your opponent chooses to attack her (unless they can get close enough for a Pulse Wave, that is).

Now, there are also a few variant versions of this build worth talking about.

First, if you choose to put, say, Greed on Mxyzptlk instead of putting Wrath on Renet Tilley, and then choose Path of the Hunter at the start of the game, you can actually add a FOURTH Prob to your arsenal for roughly 50% of your turns once both Sin Relics are in place. And since Mr. Mxy has a native 9 Range, that’s huge!!

 

But there are probably some of you who think that that’s too much Prob and want to pump up your damage output a tiny bit…

Team Name: Stop Worrying 2: Electric Bugaloo!!

Theme: None

Roster:

NFAOS056 Nick Fury                   — 120 Points

(w/ JLTWR101B Sloth Relic)           — 4 Points

SMWW060 Mr. Mxyzptlk          70 Points

(w/ JLTWR101D Greed Relic)          — 4 Points

TMNT2029 Renet Tilley              — 55 Points

(w/ JLTWR101F Wrath Relic)          — 4 Points

FFNFAOS099 H.E.N.R.Y.            — 15 Points

(w/ JLTWR101G Gluttony Relic)  — 4 Points

JLTWR101 Pandora’s Box            — 12 Points

(w/ remaining 3 Relics)                 — 12 Points

Total:                                         300 Points

This allows you to get all Relics out, although it costs you one Prob. And lil’ H.E.N.R.Y. with Sidestep, Combat Reflexes and a 17 Defense w/ Super Senses (before the CR) can either pump up your Damage Output OR act as a pretty damn reliable tie-up piece!

So while none of these teams are perfect against every Meta build out there (what build really is), you should at least have at least a puncher’s chance in every round!!

Okay, that’s all for today, but we’ll be back soon with a TMNT 2 Top Ten, along with the beginning of our Joker’s Wild coverage!!

Until Then, Stay Safe, and Watch Where You Draw Your Lines of Fire!!

 

Team Ideas – The Lazy Mirror Master

A few weeks ago I happened across an article reviewing the “Lazy Stranger” team that Alex Avila used to win the Ohio state Championship. You can view the original article on hcrealms here.

I don't have a picture of Alex Avila, but this is what I imagine it would feel like to face him in HeroClix.

I don’t have a picture of Alex Avila, but this is what I imagine it would feel like to face him in HeroClix.

Here is the team Alex used:

  • FL063E Phantom Stranger (w/JLTWS102 Sloth)
  • JLTW063 Sloth
  • FI001 Thule Society Priest
  • FI001 Thule Society Priest
  • WOLR102 Power Battery (Red Lantern Corps)
  • WOLR302 Red Lantern Ring
  • WOLR202.02 Axe (Red)
  • WOLR202.13 Stop Sign (Red)
  • WOLR202.11 Bulldozer (Red)

Total=300 Points

After the article user SevenBlueSeven  commented, “An insulting team that is useless to most players. Two chase figures plus a Red Lantern Power Batter[y]? How much $$$ was wasted to make this team? Give us something interesting that a common player can build and play for a LOT less $.” User Tyrant318 stated, “this team isn’t even modern legal” (although it was at the time of States–you gotta love the Internet).

So, taking that feedback into account, my challenge today is to build a team that is built around the Mystics TA and Penetrating Poison like Alex’s Build, but it must use cheaper pieces and it must be Modern legal.

Mirror Master of Earth. You have great rage in your heart. You belong to the Red Lantern Corps.

Mirror Master of Earth. You have great rage in your heart. You belong to the Red Lantern Corps.

That brings us to my version of the team:

  • WKD-027 Felix Faust
  • FL020 Mirror Master (80 points)
  • 3 * FL020 Mirror Master (30 Points)
  • WOLR102 Power Battery (Red Lantern Corps)
  • WOLR302 Red Lantern Ring
  • WOLR202.02 Axe (Red)
  • WOLR202.03 Mallet (Red)
  • WOLR202.10 Boxing Glove (Red)
  • WOLR202.11 Bulldozer (Red)
  • WOLR202.13 Stop Sign (Red)
  • AVASAVID-001 Black Widow
  • AVASAVID-002 Hawkeye

Total=300 points

Cost: Admittedly, WKD-027 Felix Faust is still fairly expensive. At the time of this article you can get one delivered to your door for $24.00 including shipping. He’s come way down in price since he was nerfed by Wizkids and you might be able to find him at an auction for quite a bit less. If you need a lower dollar cost then you can remove Felix and a 30 point Mirror Master for FL054 Abra Kadabra. The Red Lantern battery is approximately $41.00, but I had to include it because you really can’t do Penetrating Poison damage without it. Four copies of Flash uncommon FL020 Mirror Master can probably be found via very easy trades. You can probably bring some tacos to your next local event and find eager takers in a “give me a Mirror Master for a taco” trade. [EDITOR’S NOTE: I’m in.]

Let's take extra care to follow the instructions or you'll be put to sleep, and don't forget Taco Tuesday's coming next week!

Let’s take extra care to follow the instructions or you’ll be put to sleep, and don’t forget Taco Tuesday’s coming next week!

Playing the Team: When playing this team we’ll be following Detroit Pistons Coach Stan Van Grundy’s most famous strategy: We’re going to “form an f-ing wall!” Specifically we will be keeping the four copies of FL020 Mirror Master in front of WKD-027 Felix Faust. Faust has Willpower and no real defensive ability, but he sees right through characters so being behind the rest of your army doesn’t slow him down at all.

The Mirror Masters make particularly strong generic pieces at 30 points a piece. Unlike the 21 point generic FI001 Thule Society Priests used on Alex Avila’s team, they are strong combatants and not just tie up pieces. On defense they have Shape Change, Super Senses, and Themed Team Prob (since this is a Themed Team). On offense they have 10 Attack, Precision Strike, 2 targets, 5 Range and 2 Damage. They also have the awesome combination of SideStep and Penetrating Poison. When you consider all four Mirror Masters have the Carry ability AND that they can be carried themselves, you can do a lot of side stepping before surrounding an opposing character for a ton of automatic Penetrating Poison damage at the start of a turn.

You should also remember that all of the Mirror Masters are Wild Cards that can use Felix Faust’s Mystics TA to give an opposing character 1 Damage every time they are hit. So even when you opponent KOs one to avoid taking more Poison Damage, he’ll still take damage back from Mystics. It reminds me of my Grasshopper Team (which, Tyrant318, is still Modern Age legal).

Felix Faust was recently nerfed by Wizkids and most of his abilities were limited to a range of 7. This could pose a problem, unless you have a very good distraction that would allow you to get Felix Faust near the opposing team untouched. I feel that 4 rage filled Mirror Masters just might garner the majority of your opponents attention.

Once Felix is close enough then the Wizkids nerf is rendered moot. He will be back to the figure who spoiled Nationals this year and your opponent will see why he was the subject of the fastest Watch List nerfing that we have ever had. With powers like GREEN BELL OF UTHOOL: (Give Felix Faust a free action. Until your next turn, opposing characters within 7 squares may only be given move actions. Felix Faust must roll his d20 on his next turn.) AND PROJECT THAUMATON: (Give Felix Faust a free action. Until your next turn, opposing characters within 7 squares may only be given free actions. Felix Faust must roll his d20 on his next turn.) – he should give you total board control. Opponents will just be standing there unable to do anything and taking Penetrating Poison from all of the Mirror Masters (or from Felix if he is close enough).

The last two components of this team are the two ID cards I included in the team list: AVASAVID-001 Black Widow, and AVASAVID-002 Hawkeye. I chose those cards because I knew that AAOU106 Hawkeye and AAOU013 Black Widow were both good Call-In figures in the 80 points or less category.

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: Are they the best ones to use? I honestly don’t know. There isn’t a list anywhere that has all of the available Call-In figures by point cost. Hmmm…

Felix Faust can call in either of these ID card figures because he is 80 points and so can all of your Mirror Masters because their Trait states, “Mirror Master is considered 80 points for all game effects except victory points.” So any member of you team can call in any ID Card character that is 80 points or below!

That’s all for now. I think my next Article will revolve around that list that I mentioned didn’t exist for ID card call in characters…