Pojo's HeroClix "Click of the Day"
Set: Critical Mass
Costs: 82, 96, 110
Health: 8, 9, 9
SSADD: 7/8/16/3, 8/9/16/3, 8/10/17/3
Powers: Rookie - Force Blast, Poison, Incapacitate,
Smoke Cloud, Willpower, Regeneration, Outwit
Experienced adds Flurry
Veteran adds Nothing.
Ranged Attacks: 2 range 6, 2 range 8, 3 range 8
History (from Whoclix) "Born in ninth century Spain, Esteban Diablo was
fascinated with the ancient science of alchemy. He discovered and concocted
countless potions that give him a wide variety of powers. Using his
alchemical knowledge for personal gain, he acquired a castle in Transylvania
and established a secret laboratory where he discovered an elixir to slow
aging. His victory was short-lived when a mob sealed him into a massive
crypt for several centuries. Diablo remained trapped until the 20th century,
where he was freed by the Thing, where his plans for conquest were been
defeated by the Fantastic Four."
I remember Diablo (or Diablow as we used to call him) from an issue of
Spectacular Spider-Man, and an issue of Alpha Flight. I don't ever remember
him being this
strong though, and that's one problem I have with Heroclix. Diablo should
not be this powerful.
That being said.
Here's my review...if you have the Vet Diablo, you must use him on a team.
He is a house that rivals even Nightcrawler for usefullness. Sure he's
expensive, but look what you get...Outwit - Check, Willpower - Check. 3
Ranged attacks - Check. 17
Defense - Check. Basically, he's your villain team's Heavy Hitter. TK him up
10 squares and let him blast away at all your opponent's non-stealthed
You can't go wrong. Heck your opponent can't base him either, because he'll
The Exp. and Rook. versions don't suck either, they just aren't as great as
REV sets of Diablo can be had for under five bucks on eBay right now, and I
suggest you hop to it and order one. That's ridiculously cheap for a
quality figure. Long term collectability is yet to be seen, though since
he's not that well known, I doubt he'll ever rise much more than $5 for the
vet. Still I wouldn't mind pulling one, and in a sealed-booster draft he's
deadly, Firelord deadly.
My Ratings: (Playability, then Collectability out of
Critical Mass #064, 065, 066
Not a huge amount of “cheese” figures in Critical Mass. A lot of the figures
are over looked and passed by. When June and July come, Wizkids will begin
to “phase out” sets starting with Infinity Challenge. When this happens,
expect Diablo to be on a lot of very powerful 300-400 pt. teams.
The Rookie: Not exactly the most popular out of the three, yet he has the
ability to deal a lot of damage and be quite a nuisance. For 82 points, his
damage is average (3) but his attack (8) and speed (7) seem to be a little
low. His poison ability does help to wear down stronger figures but his
defense is somewhat low and he will take a beating getting and staying in a
position to use poison. On his final two clicks of life, he can throw out
smoke clouds or regenerate (all the way up to click 2 with a roll of 6).
He’s a very good figure but overshadowed by his exp. and vet. versions,
which (for the points) are extremely better!
The Experienced: Ah, now we are getting into the two versions of this figure
that can be a total beat down expert. His range was increased from a 6 to an
8 and his attack increased by 1 (now up to a 9). He’s still able to deal
early damage without even attacking via his poison ability, but the true
beauty of this figure is on his 3rd click! Ah, Flurry, outwit, willpower and
a dual attack! This all adds up to a figure that can deal 12 clicks of
damage on two adjacent figures within two turns. Read the abilities and look
at his dial, I’m sure you can figure it out! If not, e-mail me and I will
explain it! This guys 3rd click is BROKEN! And it only gets better with time
(check out the 3rd and 4th click of the veteran version). I would consider
using this figure for this ability alone, not to mention the fact that he
has three clicks of outwit, two clicks of regeneration and six clicks of
The Veteran: What can I say? I love this figure and I’m sure when Firelord
is gone, I will try to include this fellow in most of my 300+ pt. teams.
This guy is as close to being broken as Firelord (In my opinion). He offers
a 10 attack, 8 range with 3 targets, 17 defense with the mighty willpower
and 3 damage with four clicks of outwit! Being able to target three
different figures for one click each of astonishing. Being able to set your
opponent up with his poison, then pull off a 12 clicks in 2 turns maneuver
is awe inspiring! I really cannot say enough about this figure, you’ll have
to play test him yourself and see just how deadly he is. I would suggest
using this figure in any 300+ pt. team if possible (once Infinity Challenge
He’s a figure that will see a lot of serious playing time once Challenge is
phased out. Unfortunately though, as long as Firelord remains supreme, he
will stay on the back shelf. There are a lot of strong non-unique figures in
Critical Mass, but Diablo seems to offer the most potential. If you ever
play in a Critical Mass draft or sealed Tournament and you have the
opportunity to place Diablo on your team, DO NOT pass it up!