From the preview:
Greetings HeroClix Fans, and welcome back as we bring you another exciting preview from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble set! Oh, the places we’ll go with the mutant teleporter known as Manifold!
As one of the Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble set’s Rare characters, Manifold comes into play at 58 points and has a short range of three squares with one target. Manifold’s role on your force won’t be that of main attacker, although he does have Hypersonic Speed and Precision Strike on his third and fourth clicks to ping away at opponents. Instead, Manifold’s power set calls for him to be used as a transport for the rest of your force, then settle in and provide support to your team.
Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble: Manifold
Manifold’s first, second, and last clicks feature Barrier to shield him (or other friendly members of your force) by throwing up some blocking terrain markers. On Manifold’s first and last clicks he has Telekinesis to move characters or objects around. Probability Control is found on Manifold’s second and fifth clicks and allows him to force a reroll of an undesirable roll. On clicks 3 and 4, where Manifold has Hypersonic Speed and Precision Strike, he gains a boost to his defense values against ranged attacks by using Energy Shield/Deflection. As the Avengers’ “souped-up teleporter,” Manifold’s speed slot features Phasing/Teleport on all but clicks 3 and 4.
The big gun in Manifold’s arsenal is his trait, Portals of Space and Time. The first sentence of the trait lets Manifold use the Carry ability. Additionally, when Manifold does, he may carry up to three friendly characters regardless of their combat symbols if they each share a keyword with him. Manifold has the Avengers and Secret Warriors keywords. Portals of Space and Time also helps Manifold protect his teammates after he’s carried them. The third sentence reads: “When Manifold is given a move action and actions resolve, you may give him a free action and friendly characters adjacent when this action was given modify their defense values by +1 until your next turn.” Remember, friendly characters must already be adjacent to Manifold when this free action is given in order to gain the +1 to their defense values.
Again, Manifold won’t be your force’s main attacker and his average attack and damage values reflect this. However, Manifold’s Portals of Space and Time trait should make him a viable choice for many teams to transport other friendly characters into or away from combat.
That’s all for this sneak peek at the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble set! Stay tuned as we reveal more exciting characters in the days and weeks to come!