From power rings to radioactive rocks, explosives to magical artifacts, every hero and villain has some equipment they just can't live without. And when you need to decide which of these weapons you need on your Heroclix team, it can be a pretty tough decision. I'm here to help.
Greetings, my fellow Clixers! Weíre staying in the past to look at an object that, while it may not turn the tide of your high-point game, will certainly make those rangeless bricks of yours into slightly more appealing pieces (not that they really need it). Of course, Iím talking about the Laser Turret!
cdS004 Laser Turret
(optional) Once during your turn (but not during another action) when a character friendly to you occupies this object's square, give this object a free action to make a ranged combat attack ( 8, 2, 4 ) against any opposing figure.
Availability: The Laser Turret was available in Collateral Damage boosters, and is now available on the secondary market for next to nothing, like most old special objects.
You have no idea how cool these objects were when they came out. You young guns are all used to the idea of all your special objects being 3-D and comic-inspired, but in the beginning they were just generic items with interesting effects. This one was the best of the first class of cardboard special objects, granting you a free attack that only you and your teammates can use. The turret does have its own statistics, but that makes sense and lets you put a guy with no range or 1 damage on top of it and blast away. Itís not without its flaws Ė such as being designed for a world where Invulnerability was reserved for Uniques and rarer pieces Ė but you can still make use of its extra attacks in whatever way you please.
The part that really shows the Laser Turretís age is the stats it uses for its attack. Back when Collateral Damage was released, figures often had lower defenses (making the 8 attack more likely to hit) and didnít have damage reducers like they do today (meaning that the 2 more likely to have an impact). Still, we have an object that lets us make a ranged attack that A) functionally ignores Mystics damage (since the damage is dealt to the Turret, which made the attack), B) doesnít use up one of your precious actions, especially important in low-point games, C) can attack regardless of adjacency, D) provides your brick with an object to fight with should he be using it and get rushed, and E) canít be turned back on you. Thank you, Playerís Guide, for finally getting with it and working on my computer; Iíll never write another article without consulting you first. Back on topic, the Laser Turret really shines in low-point games, where youíre less likely to encounter a lot of Invulnerability and super-high defenses. If youíve ever wanted to play a 100-point game and need a special object that you think can help you out-fight your opponent, look no further.
While itís not as effective as it used to be, the Laser Turret can still make an impact on lower-point games, where actions are slim and that 2 can make a difference whether you win or lose. If youíre ever in the mood for a quick game with a few figures, this is the format and object for you.
Thatís all for this article; come back next time when we have a special article planned for all you Teen Titans fans. Until then, happy Clixiní!
Of all the objects in the game, old or new, this one has done the most for me in terms of winning games. Every time it has been used in a game, either by me or my opponent, I have always been able to make use of it to my advantage.
I want to clarify one point on this statement; the only map I have ever run into this object on is the Castle map (the one with the moat etc). That said, I have been in at least 5 games on that map where the Laser Turret was used, by me or the other guy.
In every game where the Laser Turret (LT) was placed by either side, I wound up in control of it and basically sat there and used it with near impunity. The way it worked out was, I had a guy who could use the object set up waiting for anyone who closed in to take them out; and, in every situation, I also was lucky enough to have an Outwitter next to the Laser Turret gunner as well. This means that no one, not even bricks, were able to close the distance on the Laser Turret, nor get an angle enough to make ranged shots on the LT, without getting a retaliatory strike in return.
The LT has been so great for me in games that I have even thought about making an actual 3-D version of it to use in the game. It is definitely worth using, even in todays games - if you can get the situation to come together for you, as I was able to make it work for me.
Even at 8 attack and 2 damage, It's an extra free attack every turn that ignores Mystics and Stealth! That's pretty good, broken in fact. One of the top objects in the game, especially at 0 points. The only reason not to use it was because you had super strength figures and were using the dumpster and meteorite objects as you fro heavies.
Also this.object goes together with Congo Bill/Congorilla like peanut butter goes with chocolate.