The stony-visaged lord of Apokolips, DARKSEID,
stands at #6 on my top 10 list of 2008.
I reviewed Darkseid back in March (http://www.pojo.com/heroclix/COTD/2008/Mar/7.shtml),
giving him a rating of 4 out of 5. That rating still
pretty much stands, as his lack of the Indomitable
mechanic (which would fit him perfectly and make him
ultra-playable even at 50 points more) makes him a
bit more unwieldy compared to newer pieces. Still,
there are a lot of reasons he's one of the best of
1. Only 210 points with the stats of a bigger piece.
When a tentpole can run with the Fortitude feat and
still fit on a couple of cheap supporters (say, Gee
and Mercury for TK and tie-up/MM fodder,
respectively) or a solid 2nd attacker, that's good.
2. Omega Effects.
Being able to teleport foes, blast through reducers
or past figs and hindering is really flexible and
powerful. Especially since you can mix and match
most of these effects.
3. He's a heck of an upgrade over previous Darkseids.
The Hypertime and Icons models were OK but a product
of their times. This is the REAL Darkseid, or pretty
close to it.
It's nice that Omega Effect option 2 is penetrating
damage -2. But it's better to have the option of
turning off enemy Impervious to deal a full 4-6
5. ...AND Perplex.
Thanks to this power, he can juice up his damage or
his range just that extra little bit. In fact, the
new rules of Perplex make this even better on him
6. He's BRILLIANT TACTICIAN-friendly.
Another new wrinkle to the game since his debut
makes this a legitimate feat to try on larger games
of 500+ (where you could fit this and either
Fortitude or Outsmart on him).
7. Mid-dial Mastermind + Willpower +
Once he's in midlife, the presence of a meat shield
or some pogs could keep him in the game for a LONG
8. 12 range.
This really should be higher on the list, except
that it's the best thing and thus saved for last.
With Perplex able to boost it to 13 anytime (and
consequently making his anti-Stealth version a
7-range threat), range power makes the lord of
9. Deadly team combinations.
As good as Darkseid is alone, certain teammates make
him a real terror. A character with the Outsiders TA
could nix the damage penalty to the penetrating
option of Omega Effect. A stealthed meat shield
(say, Joe Chill) could allow him to get safely close
enough to use the anti-stealth option with
The sheer might and versatility of Omega Effects in
a range-dominated game like HeroClix makes Darkseid
the best yet on the list. A pity he's not
Indomitable; it'd make him the best piece in
HeroClix of the year even at 250 points.
We're only halfway through and we've already seen a
god on the list. The next is decidedly mortal yet
has a connection to Darkseid...