CoreTCG Exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix Preview: Flame Swordsman!

The Flame Swordsman is an impressive close combatant in the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe and his HeroClix figure definitely delivers on that promise!

Flame Swordsman begins play with a special power titled Salmandra Flamestrike, which allows him to use both Charge and SidestepCharge is a great power to move into the melee against your opponents with, and still make a close combat attack while Sidestep allows Flame Swordsman to move up to 2 squares as a free action.   Need to get a little closer before Flame Swordsman uses Charge? How about moving behind cover after K.O.’ing an opposing figure? Sidestep is great for either option (and more)!

Precision Strike also ensures that damage dealt by the Flame Swordsman cannot be reduced below 1, transferred, or evaded.  Already adjacent to an opposing figure? Use Close Combat Expert to add 2 to damage dealt when fighting in close combat!

Mid-dial, standard Charge replaces Salamandra Flamestrike while a new special power appears on the dial; Flaming Sword of Battle allows the Flame Swordsman to use Blades/Claws/Fangs.  If that weren’t enough, if Flame Swordsman rolls a 5 or 6 for damage with Flaming Sword of Battle, after actions resolve all damage dealt to the target of the attack is increased by +1! (but only until your next turn, we have to presume that the target stops, drops, and rolls by then)

Late-dial the Flame Swordsman exchanges Charge for standard Sidestep.  Defensively, Flame Swordsman enjoys some protection from damage thanks to Toughness (which reduces damage dealt to the Flame Swordsman by 1).  Later Combat Reflexes adds 2 to the Flame Swordsman’s defense against close combat attacks, and then finally Super Senses rounds out the Flame Swordsman’s dial, allowing him an opportunity to evade attacks.

At only 95 points, the Flame Swordsman is an excellent addition to most teams and strategies thanks to his power selection and consistent combat values.  The Indomitable combat ability also makes the Flame Swordsman an attractive addition, as he can act two turns in a row without fear of pushing damage.  The Joey Wheeler, Fire, and Warrior keywords ensure that the Flame Swordsman will find his way onto theme teams as well.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this special exclusive preview from the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One set from WizKids Games.  Due out in February 2014, the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One gravity feed set will feature more than 50 figures to collect, and will be available in game stores everywhere!

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