Because of the upcoming GL sendaway, I decided to pick up an issue of Inquest and see what was what. After all, across the top of the mag was the legend, HEROCLIX: THE UNBEATABLE TEAM REVEALED! Well, see, I know Wizard pretty well, and I know they love that hype, so I thought, eh, I'll see anyway.
Let me save the rest of you the trouble and give you a run down of this particular issue:
The Letter page: Lots of YugiOh love. Nice. If I could dial back my age, this would be radical.
IQ News: nothing we haven't seen online already. Another Marvel RPG. Because, see, the LAST one was so great... Also, more trading card stuff. I'm stunned that there's still so much card play out there.
The 10 hottest Legions Cards. More MTG. Well, the Goblin Goon card does look pretty cool...wait, what am I saying? Ick, phooey, Magic bad!
Page 31, WizKids...Ah, here we go. Why I bought the bloody thing...let's see...Rex is a 38 year old independantly wealthy man from Indiana, and he's the world champion Heroclix player! Neat! What's his team? Firelord, 2 wasps, a black panther, bullseye, and a hydra medic. Sweet Fookin' Christ. I don't know what to say. A team I'd never play, and apparently he's winning sealed booster tourneys, too. All that love for 200 points. Who knew?
Mechwarrior, no comment. I don't play the game. Nor do I play regular MageKnight; I play Dungeons, instead. But the article format is the same. Cheese, and more cheese.
More card coverage, and then something called The Combat Zone...strategies for miniature games. Let's see...it's all Mage Knight LE's this time around. Useful for the beginning player. There's a picture of Mister Miracle with a point cost, picture of a dial, and a strategy write up...with absolutely NO mention whatsoever that this is a custom-built figure. And how did they figure that he would be 47 points? No one ELSE has cracked the Clix code...what do they know that we don't? Not much, I'll tell you that right now. It's all make-believe over there in Inquest land.
Now it's video game reviews. I guess that's gaming. Sorta.
More card articles, and then a price guide. That's on page 50. It runs for 42 pages, if you count the Player's Guide, as well. Only then is there an ad for next issue: An Exclusive Clix Offer, and a 72-page preview of the Marvel Roleplaying game (which won't be d20, but yet another and different arbitrary system that will suck with the same gravitational force as their last game).
So, that was 5 bucks of my life I'll never get back. Hopefully, this post spared you some of the grief, too...
I bought that issue yesterday and was looking forward to seeing the article about Rex. That was ok but it's a shame that they didn't print photos of the world champs.
I've not been through the issue carefully but I've already got more out of it than Mark Finn. I just picked it up to check out the Mister Miracle feature that Mark mentions (probably a left over from last months article which had figures and dials for Galactus, Green Arrow, etc). And it fell open at an advert which announces the HeroClix World Championship for 2003. That's a bit odd, because I thought that HeroClix didn't have a formal championship. But it's certainly something I'm going to look into as I like the idea of taking Rex's title.
Where and when is this championship? I'm not going to say (why increase the competition?). Buy your own copy...
BTW, there's a Firelord joke on page 4. Not as good as the Sentinel joke last month - now that was a hoot.
The one feature I'm not keen on are the spoilers for the Matrix sequels. I have to keep averting my eyes when I hit those pages. But I'm managing so far ...
I'd considered getting that IQ until I saw the headline about the unbeatable HC team. I remember back when I used to get that mag 6-7 years ago, and it used to be the unbeatable Magic decks that were always just reprints of the World decks. So I didn't bother buying it.
This world champion guy said his best move was to stall for eight rounds. BOO! BOO, I SAY! I don't mind that Firelord is his favorite figure, but there should be a law against sitting still for eight turns.
That's the result for HC not being a sanctioned game, every tournament has its own rules, I'm pretty sure this So called "Heroclix World Champion" not even get close to the las position in a tourney organized around here.
Our rules: No pass actions in 2 consecutive turns and no duplicated charachters with name.
Also I wonder if this champion anytime tried to make a team without a firelord (at least for fun)
Anyways, I think I have to buy IQ next month due to Green Lantern promotional but I'm sure that I never ever will buy another IQ without a promotion.
Just for the record the prices listed in IQ are very weird. Some of you know how do they calculate the price???
In the most recent Wizkids Underground they state that Inquest made a mistake and there is no current HC World Champ, ditto for MW. They're just high ranked/respected players.
As for his tactics/army, pure cheese, the guys in it for the win, so be it but thats not what HC is for me. The games too fun and has too many rules problems to play it seriously and take it that seriously.
Inquest is a joke. They used to be worth something five or six years ago, but now they have a bunch of clowns writting for it. Every once in a while I'll see a big Hero Clix headline on the cover and I'll get suckered into buy it. What a waste of money. I'm only going to buy it for the promotions for now on. I hope they go out of business soon to make room for a magazine that actually writes about the things they advertise on the cover.
Hey look, my Silver Surfer starts out with the same damage potential as the CM Elektra! Do Wizkids even read comics?
I dunno, I still enjoy inquest, it's funny.
Scrye is basically superior in every other way of course, but hey, you can't be all things. I need variety when I'm taking a dump so I buy both. When I'm goin no.2 I don't care what the articles are about, just need something to read.