Thor, Zombies, and Dr. Frankenstein, Oh My! Plus, the 2017 Ruleset.
This month the new Thor set releases and with it should come the new 2017 Ruleset. The ruleset was originally expected to release with the DC Elseworld set, however, WizKids felt it was best to postpone the release of the new rules to finish fine tuning them. The new ruleset brings much needed balance as well as less complexity. The idea is to make the game more intuitive, making it easier to learn and bring in new players.
The most notable stage is the change in phases. Before, if you didn’t do a non-free action, you remained at the beginning of your turn. This allowed players to perform as many free actions as they wanted before using their beginning of turn effects. Now free actions will end the beginning of turn phase and players will have to consider the final board state at the end of their turn when considering the beginning of their turn.
Many abilities change that now limit combos, for example, Psychic/Penetrating Blast and Energy Explosion. Before, Energy Explosion did not require spending a non-free action and could be combined with other actions such as Psychic/Penetrating Blast, creating an explosive zone that ignored all defenses. I will miss the combo as it significantly reduces some of my favorite pieces such as Boom Boom from the Deadpool and the X-Forces set, but I understand limiting someone’s ability to wipe a full team in one or two attacks.
However, some abilities become stronger. Leadership will get a notable increase in strength. Its current text is “At the beginning of your turn, give this character a free action and roll a d6. On a result of 5 or 6, add one action to your action total for that turn and this character may remove an action token from an adjacent friendly character with a lower point value.” Its change will now automatically give you an extra action total and will now also allow you on a result of 5 or 6 remove an action token from a friendly adjacent character with a lower point value or shares a keyword. The tradeoff is that it will be an Unique Modifier making it to where you can only activate the ability once a turn. While this may seem like a steep trade, it makes the ability stronger through reliability.
The Mighty Thor
Thor set releases this month. It will feature a starter set, token pack, and booster box known as a brick. Normally bricks are 10 packs, but this set will instead come with 8 packs and 1 colossal figure. Colossal figures take up a 2x2 space, are much larger than normal figures, and boast more power per point cost. 8 Colossal figures will release this set and I look forward to seeing which ones are released. Below is the distribution of rarity in the set:
The Marvel HeroClix: The Mighty Thor Booster Set has over 70 new figures to collect:
· 16 Common figures (plus one Prime)
· 16 Uncommon figures (plus one Prime)
· 16 Rare figures (plus one Prime)
· 12 Super Rare figures (plus one Prime)
· 8 Chase figures
· 8 Colossal figures
· 24 Weapon Objects (included with select figures in 5-Figure Boosters and Super Boosters)
Every pack will contain at least 1 rare or higher and each case (2 bricks) should have 1 chase.
Zombies and Dr. Frankenstein
Also announced for release in August is the Undead Heroclix Gravity Feed set. With it comes new monsters, ghost, and madmen alike. I’m looking forward to playing Dr. Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s Monster. I’ll be buying a full gravity feed. Below is the distribution of rarity in the set:
In this 24-count gravity feed, there are 19 different figures to collect. The rarity breakdown is as follows:
· 9 Common figures
· 8 Rare figures
· 2 Chase figures
With an impulse-friendly price point, single-figure foil packs are a great purchase for new and established players alike!
Heroclix 2017 Rules 2: Keywords. (2017, March 2). Retrieved from Heroclix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/2017/03/02/heroclix-2017-rules-2-keywords/
The Mighty Thor. (2017). Retrieved from Heroclix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/marvel-heroclix-the-mighty-thor/
Undead Heroclix. (2017). Retrieved from Heroclix: https://wizkids.com/heroclix/wizkids-heroclix-undead/