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Ares
Avengers

Reviewed 08.22.2007

Average Rating: 4.50

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating

Rurouni KJS Unique Ares (AVENGERS)
boot speed
275 points
Team: Avengers
Keywords: Deity, Mighty Avengers, Soldier
Range: 8 x 2

DIAL:
http://www.wizkidsgames.com/heroclix/marvel/figures_dials.asp?dialid=11389&unitid=13173&universeid=4

ANALYSIS:
Welcome to the toughest 1st click since Vet Superman from Icons. 13 Attack. 18 Defense, with Impervious.
Running Shot. 5 Damage with Super Strength. Ares will frequently get an opening shot on the other team, one that will stick and sting, and have a good chance of shrugging off the counterattack.

The downside is that his cost is so staggeringly high that he'll easily be swarmed and eventually take damage or at least be stalled by cheap tie-up pieces (due, in part, to his lack of flight). And cheap tie-up is the key, since whomever he bases will not last long against his special Tactics power, which enables him to Perplex his own values up +2. Does he need to land that attack on a basing pog? Boost his AV to 12. Is an enemy brick on him? Boost his Damage to 5. Does he need to snipe an out of range target?
Voila; his 8 range just became 10! Really, his Blades/Claws/Fangs power is largely superfluous on those clicks.

Mid-dial, Marvel's god of war gets Flurry and Super Strength. But his AV and DV finally slide to average levels, so this is the weak point of his dial. At the end, both values spike back up and he gets Tactics again to make Ares a real late-game wrecker.

FEATS?
With you sinking so many points into this figure, the last thing you want is for him to be eviscerated by some lowly Outwitter or Weakness-Exploiter. FORTITUDE him, especially with the card becoming obtainable thanks its reprinting in the Avengers set. On the retired end of things, DAMAGE SHIELD is useable through most of his dial, too. Finally, there's the ubiquitous THUNDERBOLTS, which might be key in keeping his points alive.

IN SUM:
Pretty mighty, indeed, as he should be for all those points. For best effect, he needs Fortitude and a cheap taxi to help him get around or take cover from the swarms he may face. Besides that, he's equal to most any fig in his weight class.

RATING: 4.5 of 5.


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