GTM #203 - Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool & X-Force Preview
by WizKids/NECA

Deadpool is back and ready to break the fourth wall in Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool & X-Force! WizKids will be releasing this new 5-figure booster in February 2017 with pre-release events around the world. This new set includes many of the teams that Deadpool has appeared on, as well as many of his friends, henchmen, and foes! Sub-themes of the set include X-Force, Mercs for Money, X-Statix, and the Deadpool Corps! We are going to start off our Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool & X-Force previews with the Merc with a Mouth, himself, and one of founding members of the original X-Force, Cannonball!

First up, let’s look at one of the many Deadpool figures in this set! This version of Deadpool comes in at 75-points with standard combat symbols on his dial and a range value of 7. One of his main traits is Shifting Focus: Deadpool! Once per turn, if Deadpool begins the turn on the map, he is given a free action to replace himself with a different character with the Shifting Focus: Deadpool trait! This allows him to switch to a different version of himself for any situation, including making close or range attacks, healing, and moving into position.

This version of Deadpool focuses on moving around the map to leap into the battle (or out of harm’s way). His special movement power, Yoo Hoo! I’m Over Here Now Spanky, allows him to use Phasing/Teleport normally or as a free action. If he uses it as a free action, he rolls a d6 and replaces his speed value with that result. This provides him a great way to get around even if he has two action tokens or is adjacent to an opposing character. Deadpool’s dial is filled out with other standard powers including Super Senses at the beginning and tail end of his dial, Combat Reflexes and Exploit Weakness mid-dial, Shape Change on a few clicks, and regular Phasing/Teleport on his last two clicks. With the Shifting Focus trait, Deadpool can change up his strategy to fit any situation he finds himself in. He thrives when getting into positions to attack, scampering away to heal himself, and making close or ranged attacks to capitalize on any weaknesses he can find. If you want to see all of the cool stuff that Deadpool can do with Shifting Focus, keep your eyes peeled for additional previews! For themed team building, Deadpool has X-Force for non-generic themed teams, and Assassin, Detective, and Solider for generic themed teams.

Next up, let’s take a look at our X-Force team member, Cannonball! As usual, Cannonball is all about flying by quickly and knocking people away. He comes in at 75 -points with the X-Men team ability. He doesn’t have any traits, but instead has three special powers on his dial. On his first three clicks, Cannonball has a special movement power called Blast-Off Beatdown, which allows him to use Charge, Force Blast, and Improved Movement: Ignores Characters and Ignores and Destroys Blocking Terrain. Also, when he moves four or more squares in a direct path, this power increases his attack and damage values by +1 during that turn. To complement this effect, Cannonball also has a special defense power (Blast Shield) which gives him Energy Shield/Deflection and Toughness. Additionally, like Blast-Off Beatdown, if he moves four or more squares in a direct path, he can use Invulnerability instead of Toughness during that turn.

First, Cannonball's offensive powers will knock his opponents away, then his defense powers will protect him from their ranged attacks, so he's more likely to do it again! He can also break away automatically with Improved Movement: Ignores Characters to make sure he gets the bonuses for moving four squares in a direct path. Cannonball’s special damage power External only appears on his last click. It serves as a once-per-game STOP click, and gives him Regeneration. He can use Regeneration normally or as a double power action, and if he uses it he doesn’t subtract two from the result. The rest of Cannonball’s dial has standard Charge, Combat Reflexes, Close Combat Expert, Empower, and Earthbound on his last click. He also has access to the X-Men team ability to heal himself or another character with a Wildcard team ability. Lastly, for themed team building, Cannonball has four non-generic keywords to build with: Hellions, New Mutants, X-Force, and X-Men.

Thanks for joining us for our first preview of the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool & X-Force set. Be sure to visit the WizKids Info Network at win.wizkids.com to find Friendly Local Game Stores hosting HeroClix pre-release events near you. Until then, be on the lookout for more Shifting Focus: Deadpool and X-Force team figures as we continue to reveal more of Marvel HeroClix: Deadpool & X-Force on HeroClix.com.