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We Need To Talk About Spiral
Eric Schaen (09/16/2013)
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HeroClix World: We Need To Talk About Spiral

Spiral is BrokenWhat’s A Player to Do?

Most players can come up with strategies to counter characters when they know what they’re dealing with. In Heroclix, you don’t know what kind of team you will be facing until you sit across from your opponent. So here are some recommendations on what to do when facing a Spiral based team.

Don’t group up
: Adjacent Characters are just begging for an attack from powers like the new and improved Energy Explosion. Try to keep at least two to three space between your characters, this will make targeting multiple characters on your team more difficult, while keeping your team close enough to retaliate on your turn.

Take cover
: Characters with powers like Stealth and Energy Shield/Deflection should go for hindering terrain immediately. If Spiral’s team is relying on ranged combat attacks, you can potentially squash the alpha strike. If she has characters that can use Charge, at least they will have to move in close to attack.

Box them in:
On outdoor maps, elevated terrain can be effective in leveling the playing field. Keeping your characters elevated but away from the edge is one way to make Spirals Job a little more difficult. For indoor maps, moving to a room with limited space can also present problems for Spiral, leaving her team open to retaliation.

Probability Control:
Having some Probability Control can go a long way. When her team attempts their principal attack, you can take comfort knowing you can make the attacker re-roll; provided they are within range. Theme teams count people.

Have a backup attacker:
If you only have one character capable of delivering solid attacks, they may as well have a sign that says attack me first. Powers that allow for move and attack strategies are almost essential when taking on Spiral teams.

Characters that can use healing powers like Support or Regeneration can be an operative way to get back in the game. Don’t count them out.

These tips won’t guarantee a victory, but when applied correctly, you’ll stand a much better chance.

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Your Comments:
in order to use that trait she needs to make a double power action(without willpower or indomabl) she takes a click of push after each use. which leaves her completly vulnerable and open for attack outwit her PC and charge her with blades and she is rendered useless lmao broken no!! waste of points yes :P

Posted by: decoder on 1/27/2014 9:45:29 AM
I love Spirals sculpt and saw her in the xmen cartoons. I want to play her sometime but I would not use her portal special so that everybody I play is happy. I only play comic accurate neat teams wether weak or strong because the are fun to play as and against, every person I've played against liked my team and reccognized it, people like comic book teams, and when I win games I can feel I earned that win not my over powered buffed up guys. I play the objects only with the characters they are trade marked for and never played a resource dial. I've won whole tournaments and usually win 2-3 games and get compliments from players so I am happy and those I play are happy cause our games last giving us both time to become more familiar with our pieces we pay good money for and have fun doing so and that is what it is all about.

Merry Christmas and Happy gaming!

Posted by: bizmanlance on 12/19/2013 1:08:36 AM
@Kano: No. Markers are not treated like objects (unless the card explicitely says so).

Posted by: The Le on 10/23/2013 8:27:34 AM
Can you attack and destroy the Gateway marker on the map like other objects.

Posted by: Kano on 10/23/2013 7:10:55 AM
As usual, the real question is "when they created Spiral's power, why didn't it cost more?"

The character does what she is supposed to do. If there is a problem, it lies with her cost.

Posted by: Kragnorak on 9/25/2013 1:21:23 PM
As a strategic point of view i think Spiral is way off. Her ability changes the whole map control concept at a ridiculous value of 106. Sniping support caracters becomes so easy with a ranged team. Hope they balance it out.

Posted by: Ben on 9/21/2013 12:00:02 PM
I like the ability Spiral has. I think it is very comic accurate. And that is the unique feel players have requested for characters. It is also exactly what special powers are for. At the same time, it is game breaking and needs to be tweaked. I remember during the Batman / No Man's Land events that Big Barda was on everyone's team because of her crazy power. I never got one and had to deal with it every time. This feels similar except I have one.

Posted by: superfriend on 9/19/2013 7:50:38 AM
For comic book accuracy I would say spiral is dead on. And I wouldn't want to play a shadow of a superhero or a shadow of a super villain. I mean who would like to play a superman with out flight super strength, imperv, sup TA, hypersonic. Or a spidey with out super senses, improve move or leap and climb. Wolvie with s**tty attack stats with no blades and claws and no regen . I think the best way to limit her power would be if the friendly character that uses the portal can only go though one per turn. In other words the character can't hyper sonic through attack someone then go through the portal again and end in their starting area in one turn.

Posted by: Joe Gonzalez on 9/17/2013 3:51:14 PM
I think she's a good character, one thing is that she takes damage when she dose her portal power, and that it says friendly characters may treat squares with gateway markers as adjacent to each other for movement purposes not line of fire.

Posted by: Mr J on 9/16/2013 5:19:49 PM
I've play against Sprial 6 times since the set release and defeated her and the cheesy team she was played on 4 outta the 6 times. As a Fanboy of Comics and clix, I feel she is current comic accurate. Not to say she is isnt broken or won't be overly abuse by certain clix players, but a good clix player with a good team can beat a cheesy opponent 8 outta ten times. Of course the problem is more so the player using Sprial then the actual figure itself.

Posted by: I guess on 9/16/2013 1:36:12 PM
This is a game issue I agree, but I still hate Stealth more.

Posted by: Dax on 9/16/2013 1:21:15 PM
I say just slap a "Only Spiral and characters that share a keyword with Spiral can use the portals" on to the wording and it's all good.

Played a 400 point Freedom Force team with GSX Mystique, Pyro and Blob as well as SI Arachne and MM Val Cooper pog. It did pretty good, but it wasn't broken. It's broken when you have things like H4H Ghost Rider with Utility Belt jumping through and wrecking your team before the games started that's an issue.

Another option one of my players suggested is that there be a penalty to stats if characters go through. Maybe that they can only go one way in a turn, so no through, attack, then run back through.

Posted by: Puuka on 9/16/2013 11:12:43 AM
It's actually even worse if you combine Spiral with a hypersonic speeder. Run through the portal, smash/blast, run back through. You never have to leave your starting area to attack anywhere on the map and flee back. I've faced a team: Spiral, Hope and Phoenix 5 Cyclops. On his second click, Cyclops has hypersonic speed, and outwit. Given that he and Hope can use both of those powers, it was a bloodbath.

Posted by: Jimmy Jack Jericho on 9/16/2013 10:21:58 AM
She is a powerfull character, and she dose have a pretty strong dial. I think her specials is what makes her powerfull.

Posted by: The Amazing Jakester on 9/16/2013 9:15:45 AM
I played against here and guess what. My opponents team won.

Posted by: Iron Can on 9/16/2013 9:02:14 AM
Ok, I'm totally a guilty party here, as i've used Spiral on my x-force team 3 out of 4 tourneys i've been in since WatX came out. I pretty much include her in my teams so that I don't get rolled BY her. Yes, this is a broken figure. Have I won hands down? No, but Spiral has presented a definitive game changing element? you betcha. I do believe she needs tweaking, bare minimum making the portals work both ways.

Posted by: Arcainum on 9/16/2013 6:37:08 AM