Team Ideas – The Bridge to S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Among the other competitive pieces to come out in the Deadpool set (detailed here and here), we got a new figure that falls into a category of pieces that I refer to as “recruiters,” DP041 G.W. Bridge. Like TDW015 Duhg and SLOSH201 Cosmic Boy, DP041 G.W. Bridge has the ability to give any character a keyword that they didn’t have before. In a correctly built team, he can give any character the Six Pack, Weapon X, or Solider keywords. Just one problem… those are boring. Reasonable but boring. And they aren’t worth all the hoops you have to jump through to get them. That leaves the S.H.I.E.L.D keyword. That’s more fun.

So what does it take to get that keyword in a 300 point army? Well G.W. himself is 68 points, and the cheapest S.H.I.E.L.D generic, AVM003 Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., is 19 points. Together the 4 generics required and G.W. are 144. That means I can give the S.H.I.E.L.D keyword to any character 156 points or less. So I can easily create a team like this:

 

Little known fact: this is how Michael Jackson would have looked in another 10 years.

Little known fact: Red Skull’s appearance is actually the result of the world’s worst nose job.

Welcome to S.H.I.E.L.D, Director Skull

DP041 G.W. Bridge

CATWS014 Agent Sitwell

CATWS002 S.H.I.E.L.D. Soldier

AVM003 Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

AVM003 Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

AVM016 Red Skull

Total = 296 points

 

See that was way more fun than the Six Pack keyword. Let’s try Another one for those of you who saw the latest Captain America Movie:

 

Sometimes his chest TV shows his face, other times it shows Game of Thrones.

My face, now in HD…

Arnim, Head of the I.T. Department

DP041 G.W. Bridge

AVM206 Agent Coulson

AVM003 Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

AVM003 Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

AVM003 Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

DP054 Arnim Zola

Total = 300 points

 

Now I know what you’re thinking, that’s fun but not all that competitive. Is there any way giving someone S.H.I.E.L.D. keyword actually helps you in battle other than giving you a theme team bonus? Just one. It’s this guy: CATWS005 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent. I’ve tried this guy out in battle and he’s the real deal. Just about any attack aimed at the pieces you care about get redirected to this guy and you lose a 36 point character instead of your 100+ character. Alpha Strike? Just stand there and take it. If they swoop in for a hit on your team that just means they’ll be in a great position for you to hit them next turn. To bump it up a notch the special mastermind power on CATWS005 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent also works with CATWS106 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent because they share the same name. That means you would only lose 25 points of your force to an attack instead of 36. Even better.

The downside of having six S.H.I.E.L.D. characters on a team in a 300 point game is that it will take you all of your actions just to move them around, much less make any attacks. S.H.I.E.L.D. keyworded figures aren’t know for flying. What a S.H.I.E.L.D. team really needs is something to carry them. There is no helicarrier in HeroClix (currently), but I thought of the next best thing. Here’s my final (competitive) team:

 

The ring is the mightiest weapon in the universe... and it get's HBO.

The ring is the mightiest weapon in the universe… and it gets HBO.

Hal Jordan, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

DP041 G.W. Bridge

CATWS005 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent

CATWS005 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent

CATWS106 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent

CATWS106 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent

TT033E Green Lantern

Total = 300 points

 

TT033E Green Lantern is exactly what S.H.I.E.L.D. needs. He can carry your whole team. That means moving all 6 guys in 1 action. He’s a virtual helicarrier. The offense on this guy is great. He’s got 8 range, perplex, and he can choose to gain Close Combat Expert, or Ranged Combat Expert as the situation warrants. Since the rest of his team all has the S.H.I.E.L.D. TA, that will allow him to turn his range up to 11.

This is actually what it looks like to turn a Green Lantern ring up to 11...

This is actually what it looks like to turn a Green Lantern ring up to 11…

DP041 G.W. Bridge is very similar to TT033E Green Lantern offensively as he also can gain Close Combat Expert, or Ranged Combat Expert as needed, but instead of perplex he has outwit. Additionally, they both strikingly similar defensively – which means they both have a lousy defense. That’s their weak point. At least it was until they got to this team. With two CATWS005 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, and two CATWS106 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, it’s likely the first four times your team takes a hit neither Green Lantern or G.W. Bridge will take any damage at all. They will just be able to sit there and take pot shots with their RCE and willpower while any living S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents enhance their damage with the S.H.I.E.L.D. TA. The other team isn’t going to out range you with all the S.H.I.E.L.D. TA floating around and even if they base you, your damage dealers can get Close Combat Expert and your two CATWS005 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents have empower! That’s a no win situation for the opponent. The only things you need to fear are Precision Strike, Pulse Wave, and Energy Explosion. You have an outwit to help nullify those powers.

Just like with my Iron Pharaoh team, I feel my Green Lantern S.H.I.E.L.D. team is very capable of competing at an event like the ROC and I haven’t seen anything like it published anywhere. It’s original to me right here and now. It’s designed to win in a no resource allowed tournament and will need to be changed for a tournament where resources are allowed. If you get a chance to play this team at a real tournament, leave a comment here and let me know how you did.

 

 

Local Tournament Report – 1/08/14 Comics & More

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I’m tired, but I will give a quick and dirty run down of tonight. I leave the 4000 word introductions to Hypefox.

The Format: 600 point modern. No Colossals. No Resources. No special items. No vehicles larger than a peanut base. 40 minute rounds.

What I played:

BM031 Alfred Pennyworth

NML002 Batgirl

BM016 Batgirl

BM025 Batgirl

FFBM003 Nightwing

BM001R Batman

BM206 Red Robin

ATA074 Batman Family * 7

(side boarded) BM100 Nightwing and Batgirl

Total = 598 Points

Round 1: Played against  IIM001A Iron Man, IIM029B War Machine, IIM016 Pepper Potts, and FI301 Splitlip. The first few turns went like you might expect. I knew he would get the first shot(s) with his huge ranged advantage. My 5 perplexes all went to defense for my approach. War Machine moved up, fired, and missed. Iron Man shot batman for 6 through a wall while he was sitting in hindering with increased defense. On his last click Batman ran to Alfred. It reminded me of the movie. “Alfred I need you!” Everyone else ran to base the other team because they had pushed for their alpha strike. The next round NML002 Batgirl got a perplex to hit and 2 perplexes to damage. She charged/flurried on Warmachine and hit both times. He went to click 7. The other two Batgirls took up firing positions. Iron Man Hit BM025 Batgirl and she ran to Alfred. Red Robin finally got to the fight and used running shot to knock WarMachine up to Click 10. War Machine sidestepped behind Iron Man. Iron Man then Shoots NML002 Batgirl and KOs her. Nightwing finally shows up and Bases Iron Man. The next round with a Perplex he knocks Iron Man to Click 3. Over the next two rounds Iron Man breaks away and then he and War Machine KO Nightwing from range. Batman finally rejoins the fight and gets into firing position on a pushed War Machine and… the judge calls time. The match ends with zero points for me and 175 for the other team. I think I could have taken this match with more time, but it ends up a loss.

Round 2: Played against GG034 Super-Skrull, IH104 Black Bolt, GG208 Super Skrull, M10A022 Wolverine, GG035 Replica, and GG202 Skrull Assassin * 2. In theory I would have said this was a good matchup for me. However playing the game turned out differently. After Nightwing was so slow getting into battle in game 1, I decided turn 1 to merge him and Batgirl into BM100 Nightwing and Batgirl. My opponent’s Super Skrull and Black Bolt had running shot, but due to hindering and elevation we both closed on each other without any ranged action. BM016 Batgirl and BM206 Red Robin take up elevated firing positions. Once we started mixing it up I realized I had a big problem. On my first turn of real action I charged NML002 Batgirl into a Super Skrull. Shape change roll was made. No attack. Then BM100 Nightwing and Batgirl charged that same Super Skrull. Skrull roll made. No attack. Batman based Replica and the Skrull Assassins intending to flurry them to death. He make it to the next round unscathed but Skrull rolls and a miss mean that only one assassin took damage. The following round replica crit hits Batman. The BM100 Nightwing and Batgirl duo holds it’s own for quite a while, but everyone else is getting KOed as my opponents forces went from one side of the map to the other. That’s pretty much how the match goes. IH104 Black Bolt misses his first few attacks, but eventually his running shot and ranged attacks started KOing my figures. This match also ended with time expiring. I KOed roughly 200 points of his team and he got 400 points of mine. Had this match continued I definitely would have lost all my pieces.

Round 3: Played against ASM020 Rhino, M10A018 Green Goblin, ASM031A Kraven the Hunter, ASM029 Demogoblin, ASM002 Shocker, ASM030 Lizard. Immediately went to the BM100 Nightwing and Batgirl duo again. No ranged action due to elevation and hindering. I send out BM016 Batgirl as bait. The goblins both bite and BM016 Batgirl is down to her last click and heading to Alfred. Kraven uses leap climb to base Alfred. Batman and the Duo are sent into hindering near the opposing team with their defense perplexed up. The Lizard has no problem rolling an 10 to hit Batman’s 20 defense and a blades roll puts bats on his worst click (3rd click). The following round Bats runs to Alfred. BM016 Batgirl uses her outwit to take away Kraven’s defense and NML002 Batgirl and the duo charge up an elevation to KO him. Red Robin shoots a Goblin. Rhino and Lizard are left without opponents on their elevation and they starting walking. That elevation aggravation will continue for them the rest of the game. M10A018 Green Goblin does get off an awesome energy explosion on four of my guys around Alfred. But, no one is KOed and he goes down the following round. This match was eventually called for time. Being in the losers bracket we didn’t bother counting the points. I definitely would have KOed all opposing pieces with more time.

What I learned:

FFBM003 Nightwing is awful. I only played him to merge into the duo. I would say play Blackbat over him every time.

Skrulls are irritating and effective if you are lucky.

IIM001A Iron Man is really pretty good.

IIM016 Pepper Potts is pointless if your opponent read my earlier article and knows not to KO her.

If you play BM001R Batman he will always end up on his one bad click every game and you will hate it.

NML002 Batgirl is very good with some perplex backup.

Improved movement or a taxi are pretty must a must for stealthy characters.

What Batman Family team would I play if I could go back and do it all over again?

BM031 Alfred Pennyworth

NML002 Batgirl

BM201 Batman

BM010 Blackbat

BM206 Red Robin

BM100 Nightwing and Batgirl

ATA074 Batman Family * 6

(side boarded) BM205 Nightwing
(side boarded) BM025 Batgirl

Total = 600 Points

This team has 6 characters in a 600 point game so I can move them all every turn. All of the close combat attackers now have improved movement and all attackers have move and attack abilities. No more basing the opposite team and hoping they don’t hit me before I get a chance to hit them. Red Robin has a taxi now to get him into firing position. Batman has exploit weakness to help soften up impervious tent poles. The number one best improvement is no more FFBM003 Nightwing.