Greetings, HeroClix fans!
You know, one of the things that we’re really thankful for is the fact that we get to make a small impact in the world of the costumed heroes that we all love so much. One of our favorite traditions that exists in the DC Universe is the annual Justice League & Justice Society Thanksgiving dinner. But, since our game is less about giving thanks and more about kicking butt, we decided to put together a 300-point team from each group. What says Thanksgiving more than two super teams locked in glorious combat? To the battlefield!
Our first team is from the Justice League, and features pieces from the DC Comics HeroClix: The Joker’s Wild!, World’s Finest, and Superman/Wonder Woman sets. Our first team member is Plastic Man, a super rare figure that offers a lot of board control through his trait, called Tag! You’re It!, for a relatively small point investment! At 70 points, Plastic Man is incredibly consistent with his stats, features a range of 4 squares, and with his trait, called Tag! You’re It!, grants Plastic Man the use of Shape Change, but he succeeds on a result of a 4-6. Additionally, when Plastic Man hits a single opposing character, after actions resolve, you’ll attach the Tag! marker to that character, removing it from anywhere else. A character with the Tag! marker that moves must roll for break away as if it was adjacent to Plastic Man and, if it is within range, can be targeted by Plastic Man with a close attack. When the character successfully breaks away, is hit with an attack, or Plastic Man fails a Shape Change roll, remove the Tag! marker. Additionally, Plastic Man has a special power, appearing on clicks 1, 3, and 5 of his damage, called Immeasurably Powerful, Absolutely Nuts. This power states that when Plastic Man is given a non-free action, choose either Sidestep, the Tiny damage symbol, the Standard damage symbol, or the Giant damage symbol. Plastic Man can use the chosen power, or has the chosen symbol, until you choose again.
The next member of team Justice League is the 003 Batman from the World’s Finest set – we have this specific Batman on our team, for versatility and more options. This Batman, as well as three others in the World’s Finest set, possess the trait Shifting Focus – Batman. This trait states that you may give Batman a free action if he began your turn on the map. You will then replace him with another character with this trait on the same click number. So, it’s really a case of, what do you need for the situation? Do you need a Batmanthat can move into hindering terrain for free? Or perhaps one that needs to be a close combat attacker that has Precision Strike and Flurry. There’s also options for a Batman who can counter multiple powers at the same time via Outwit and study his opponent, as well as a Batman that moves freely around elevated terrain, can attack multiple enemies at the same time, and can use both Energy Explosion and Incapacitate. At 60 points, these versions of Batman are designed to be switched on the fly to not only fit the needs you have for your team, but to constantly and consistently frustrate your opponent.
Our final member of the Justice League is the 048 Lex Luthor figure from the Superman/Wonder Womanset. Once one of the world’s greatest villains, this version of Lex Luthor is your team’s damage dealer. He comes in at 150 points, features a range of 7 squares, and can naturally break through all damage reducers on his first 5 clicks of life. He possesses a trait called A New Kind of Justice League, which states that adjacent friendly characters with the Justice League keyword can also use the Superman Enemy team ability on this team, giving Lex the ability to use Outwit on every turn if teammates stick near him. He also has a special power appearing on the first three clicks of his damage called Like it or Not, You Listen to Me Now, which states that Lex Luthor can use Leadership and Mastermind, and is considered a higher point value than adjacent characters with the Justice League keyword. Couple that with powerhouse abilities like Running Shot, Charge, Sidestep, Phasing/Teleport, Precision Strike, Super Strength, Impervious, Invulnerable, Toughness, Perplex, and Ranged Combat Expert, and Lex will be dishing out damage as a force to be reckoned with!
On the other side of the Thanksgiving table is the Justice Society. The first member of the team is a hard-nosed boxer, Ted Grant, Wildcat! Coming from The Joker’s Wild! set, Ted is a 65-point piece, with 5 clicks of life. His trait of note for this build is called, Sorry Pal, I Mastered That Style Before You Were Born. This trait states that adjacent opposing characters can’t use Close Combat Expert. Ted also possesses Charge, Sidestep, Quake, Toughness, Combat Reflexes, Regeneration, Empower, and Close Combat Expert. Of note as well is the fact that Wildcat is Indomitable, so be sure to push him when best suited for your situation.
The second member of the Justice Society is the 048 figure from the World’s Finest set, Zatara! Right off the bat, Zatara has a trait called Backwards Magic that you’ll need to decide if you wish to enact. This trait states that when you place your characters at the start of the game, you may turn Zatara to click 7. If you do, this game turn his dial counter-clockwise when he is damaged, and clockwise when he is healed – it really depends on if you desire board control or direct damage up front, as you’ll either begin with Running Shot, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, and Enhancement on click 7, or with Sidestep, Telekinesis, and one of his special powers, The Original Magician. The Original Magician power states that Zatara can use Perplex and Probability Control. When he uses Perplex, he may modify the chosen value, with the exception of damage, by +2 if he targets another friendly character he shares a keyword with. He also has a second special power which appears in the middle of his dial on attack called Sacrifice Myself to Save the Universe…and Zatanna.This power allows Zatara to use Pulse Wave. When he does, he doesn’t target friendly characters he shares a keyword with, and he may choose that his damage value becomes 4 and is locked. If he chooses to do so, after actions resolve, Zatara is KO’d. It’s a last ditch effort, but it can level your opponents and even the playing field quickly!
The final member of the team is the 002 common figure from the Superman/Wonder Woman set – Wonder Woman! A straight forward, 100-point piece, Diana is a close combat machine. With standard powers like Charge, Sidestep, Super Strength, Impervious, Invulnerable, Toughness, Defend, Perplex, and Close Combat Expert, she sticks around for a long time with her seven clicks of life. Her consistently high defensive values also allow you to make use of the JSA team ability with Wildcat, allowing you to bring his defense up to a higher level, making him even tougher to combat.
Both teams fall short of the 300 point mark, leaving you room for special objects, ATA’s, or resources to fill out your point totals – it’s really up to you!
That’s it for today, HeroClix fans. And yes, while we’re truly thankful for the fact that we get to make great games, ultimately we’re most thankful for you, the fans of our game. Thank you for joining us for the Justice League & Justice Society Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll see you after the holiday!