GTM #256 - Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Rise & Fall
by WizKids



Greetings HeroClix fans!

This June epic outer space X-Men action hits the tabletop at warp speed! The X-Men have well documented connections to the outer space Shi’ar characters.

If you haven’t been keeping up with HeroClix, this set continues some of the great improvements to the game from earlier this year – bigger sculpts, improved details, enhanced paint jobs, and game play that connects to past and future sets better than ever!

Today we’re going to highlight some of the members of a fan-favorite team – The Starjammers! Long time X-Men fans have probably enjoyed them in HeroClix over the years, but they made a big splash in Marvel HeroClix: House of X. In Rise and Fall, you’ll see some continued mechanics and traits from House of X along with some brand-new traits like “Rally” and “Salvage”. The Starjammers getting more support in X-Men Rise and Fall will make them a force to be reckoned with. Let’s dive into some spoilers!

The most eye-catching part of Raza is his Salvage ability. By strategically positioning him you’ll be able to boost your combat values for later. At only 35 points, between Salvage and his full-dial Blades/Claws/Fangs he’s very likely to punch above his weight when it comes to hitting the opposition!

Ch’od is the powerhouse of the Starjammers! At 75 points and 6-clicks, he doesn’t seem too tough to take down, but when you consider his 3 clicks of Impervious, there’s a chance your opponent can’t even break through to the second half of his dial! He’s no slouch on offense either, allowing you to use Charge/Quake for some great crowd control options. He also has a trait to give other Starjammers the ability to use Mastermind, but only to transfer damage over to him and his full dial of damage reducers. With the Dolphin symbol, he’s also going to be hard for your opponent to target if the map has (or you generate) some water terrain.

Hepzibah is a figure that will take a lot of finesse to play, are you up to the challenge? With Charge and 2 bolts, she’ll have some crowd control options. Given her range 4 she’ll also be able to threaten characters who might not be adjacent but get too close. While she’s got Salvage just like Ch’od and Raza, the trait that really stands out on her dial is The Resurrection of Corsair. Once per game, you’ll get to bring back one of your Starjammers in a way that’s reminiscent of Living Legend from 2020’s Captain America release. And even if you want to use her on an X-Force or X-Men team, she will be able to use this trait for herself.

With tons of characters having worked alongside the Starjammers, the keyword won’t be limited to the typical crew. The X-Men’s Polaris, Lilandra, Havok, and Rachel Summers are just some of the familiar faces that will join up with Marvel’s most famous space pirates.

We have another treat for readers today in the form of two of the generics that will be awesome to collect as army builders or to fill out the last few points on your team! First up – the Brood!

At only 15 points, Brood starts off with Stealth and Blades/Claws/Fangs, there’s a chance they can land a devastating blow on an opponent before they get KO’d. On the other hand, there’s a chance that your opponent is able to KO them in one hit, but to do so they’ll need to ignore your other threats – it’s a win-win for you! Be on the lookout for another Brood in the set to be revealed later that works with these Brood!

Another major group for this space themed set, the generic Shi’ar Soldier generates light “Shi’ar Flag” objects, so if you’re trying to make object attacks, for 20 points he’s a great option. Then again – future spoilers might tell us about some cool combos involving Shi’ar Flags. Only time will tell…

Both the Pre-Release and regular release of Marvel HeroClix: X-Men Rise and Fall will be in June 2021, so make sure to get Pre-Orders in with your FLGS! On top of the booster brick, be on the lookout for an X-Men themed fast forces set from the Rise and Fall storyline, a special dice and token pack featuring X-Men art from the Timeless comic variants, and a Play at home kit featuring an incredible birthday Deadpool that can’t be missed!