Fear Itself – My First Heroclix Tournament

22 06 2014

Last month I played in my first ever Heroclix tournament at Jak’s in Biloxi. The tournament was a Fear Itself sealed booster tournament with 500 point teams.

This is Nul aka The Hulk with a hammer from fear itself.

This is Nul aka The Hulk with a hammer from fear itself.

What that means is that we received 2 booster packs, opened them, and then had to build our team from figures we pulled out of those packs.   This is a really good format  for me as a new competitive player.  With this style of tournament, most of the players had no experience  playing with these particular figures.  We all had to quickly learn what our figures could do.

The tournament was Swiss format. This basically means  we  were allowed to keep playing, win or lose. We ended up playing 3 rounds each. Score was kept for the figures we defeated. Score only matters in the event of a tie.

The Breaker of Worlds

Indomitable gives a figure permanent Willpower. Use this to move and deal damage faster in the game.

Nul was my favorite pull from my boosters.  From what I have gathered on the character, Nul is The Hulk after he has taken an Asgardian Hammer (Like Thor’s Hammer).  The overall strategy is to run in an smash.  This figure was 300 points by itself. It had indomitable, which allows it to move 2 turns in a row without taking push damage.  As the tournament progressed, I realized how awesome  this was. I basically lost my second match because I did not use this ability.

I also learned that I should always read my opponents ability cards for myself. I did not use indomitable, because my opponent had an ability that would not allow any character in range of it to have 2 action tokens. After I lost, the judge pointed out that this ability would have only worked on figures that cost less than 240 points.

Nul has a range of 4. Normally in Heroclix, a range of 4 is not much use. 8 to 10 is what I usually look for, but in Fear Itself many of the characters have a range of 0. Nul also could use running shot. This allows him to move up to 5 spaces and make a ranged attack in the same move. As part of his special ability that allows him to to this, he takes a -1 to damage. Even after this -1, he will still hit for 4 clicks of damage.

I tied for 3rd place in the tournament. I learned a lot about the game by playing. IT was well worth the $25 entrance fee. I had a great time.

As of this post, I have participated in my second tournament, The War of Light. It was held on 6/14/2014. Month 2 will be held on 7/12/2014 at Jak’s in Biloxi and possibly a new gaming store found in Gautier, MS called MacNarb Gaming.

You can look for tournaments in your area using the Wizkids event system

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