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Awesome Clix: Taskmaster
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HeroClix World Awesome Clix: Taskmaster
This week's Awesome Clix is an oldie but goodie: Taskmaster from the Marvel Xplosion HeroClix set. It's one of the oldest Clix figures out there, but even by today's standard he's a force to be reckoned with. For 39 points he can potentially do 6 points of damage on his first attack -- why aren't you using him in your games?

Awesome Clix is a series that discusses Golden Age characters should be used in today's Modern age games.

For 39 points you get an incredibly potent secondary attacker. The beauty of this figure really lies with that first click of life -- an 11 attack value with Blades/Claws/Fangs! Think about that... Taskmaster can potentially deal 6 points of damage for just 39 points! Even if he gets bumped to his second click, he's still got that BCF (a 9 AV is still good for 39 points). Note that he also has a range of 6 but you're better off focusing on getting in a good BCF attack.

Stealth and Energy Shield/Deflection help round out this character, which is very important since these two powers will keep Taskmaster alive until he can get into position. You certainly don't want to push him off that first click, so take your primary tentpole and Carry Taskmaster... because once you're adjacent to an opponent, he or she will have a hard decision to make -- attack your tentpole or attack the 39 point character that can potentially do 6 damage?

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HeroClix World Awesome Clix: Taskmaster

What I really like about this character is that he's a Wild Card. This is extremely important for a cheap figure like this. Need more Defense? Put him on a team. Need higher Attack? Put him on a team. Want to be a real jerk? Let him copy .

Here's some feats you can toss on Taskmaster to spice things up: Alias, Blood Oath (this is a particularly nasty card to use), Endurance, Life Model Decoy, Sneak, and Nanobots

At 39 points, the rookie version is where he shines the best... but the EXP and VET versions aren't bad either...

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Love this figure and picked him up on the secondary market for next to nothing last year. I actually like hiding him away in stealth and 'plinking' opponents for 1-2 damage safe in the knowledge that unless he gets Charg-ed or HSS-ed nobody wants to base him!

@ Karagnarok
I would imagine the 'Minions of Doom' is just another way of representing his photographic reflexes power. If an ally can do a TA so can he. M.O.D. is the wildcard TA for 'baddies'. The 'goodies' get Spider-Man Ally even if they never team up with him (especially in older clix).

Posted by: Mantis Warrior on 1/19/2015 9:11:13 AM
Sweet article, I may have to track one of these down! I could see using the rookie and vet though the exp feels a little underwhelming. Any chance you could do a future article on the old REV Sgt Rock? Still a threat after all these years.

Posted by: George on 1/15/2015 11:00:59 PM
The picture displays an image of Taskmaster in that costume with the hood up. I think the poor look of the sculpt spoils the finished product.
Still a great piece although i think we sold our rookie but have still retained the vet

Posted by: Coptur on 1/15/2015 4:51:45 AM
Honestly, the main reason I never used this Taskmaster once is because I never read any comics where he wears this costume. What era is it from? I've also never seen him as a Minion of Doom. Was he training people in Latveria or something?

Posted by: Kragnorak on 1/14/2015 3:16:15 PM
How is 75 points seems expensive for modern age, but for today's game? That's a pretty decent deal, considering that 100-150 points is average for a typical piece.

Posted by: Squabbler on 1/14/2015 12:20:26 PM
Theme was not a thing back then. Sure there was the idea, but there were no in game benefits to doing so.

Posted by: superfriend on 1/13/2015 1:47:01 PM
oh, wow... these are one of those figs that you'r like:"I want it so bad!!!"

Posted by: GILLY25 on 1/13/2015 12:15:34 PM
I would probably prefer using the rookie most as a filler for the reasons mentioned. I then put him on a Defenders or JSA although it would break theme.

Posted by: Lord Logan on 1/13/2015 11:01:57 AM