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Kyle from Kansas is a new freelance writer at HeroClix World. Please be advised that this article is considered rated PG, as it's language will not be suitable for children.
The launch of the new Giant Size X-Men set has been a great time of assimilation into the Heroclix club for a new player like myself. After a draft tourney, a sealed tourney, a 1000pt Colossal tournament, and a few home games, I've had some time to play with or against most of the new x-men set. There are a lot of great pieces in this set, and a lot of fun new possibilities; however, being tasked with encapsulating this set into just one take-away, I'd have to say it is this: Professor X is a prick.
I'm not saying Professor X is overpowered or "broken" or undefeatable. If he was I'd probably try and put him on every team I field. Professor X is just frustrating to play with or against because he can't do anything normal.
Imaging trying to introduce a new friend to the game. You let them pick out a team from your set and they pick the professor. You will then spend 10 minutes explaining all the special rules that apply only to professor X and his cerebro ability. Then his special Outwit ability allows him to outwit all the standard powers of the same color on a character.
Why is this neccesary? Did someone sit down and think "he's almost worth the 123 points, but normal outwit just isn't cutting it here."
I don't think so, I think someone said "you know what would be a prick move? if after spending all this time figuring out how cerebro works, if an opponent damages professor X let's give him a crazy version of outwit, so that way the players can spend MORE time figuring out how he even works"
Probability Control (PC) / Enhancement with the professor is another reason he's a prick. A PC/Enhancement ally can hide back with Professor X, far from harms reach. Again, this isn't an impossible or undefeatable strategy just annoying and prickish. These are all things that could come up in a sealed/draft event, without much effort put into team composition. I really look forward to seeing well thought out composed teams of Professor X, PC/Enhancer, and 6 researchers so he can reach anywhere on a map.
And by really look forward I mean anticipate major damage to my liver as I try to drink the memories away.