After a senseless act of violence took the life of her best friend and of her stepfather, Riri Williams used her supergenius intellect to reverse-engineer Tony Stark’s Iron Man design and create her very own power armor. Now she soars the skies as Ironheart, determined to rid the world of cruel fates like the one she once endured.
This high-tech hero boosts into battle in this expansion pack, which introduces Ironheart as a new playable hero along with her fifteen signature cards. With a pre-built Leadership deck ready to play from the get-go, you’ll be able to face down villains with Ironheart’s arsenal of armors from the moment you open the box. With the unique ability to gradually and permanently “level up” her armor for the rest of the scenario, Ironheart is a fantastic hero who can put in serious work for any team.
This hero pack also includes a bonus modular set featuring the bizarre electromagnetic intelligence, Zzzax!
Stroke of Genius
Right off the bat, it’s clear that Ironheart is a particularly unique hero for one major reason: she has three identity cards!
This trio of identities represents Riri Williams ’ (Ironheart, 1B) journey to perfect her armor and her growth as a hero over time. At the start of the scenario, you will only have access to Version 1 (Ironheart, 1A) of the Ironheart suit, which is relatively weak in terms of its capabilities. However, by using Riri’s Child Prodigy ability to build up progress counters, you can Level Up the suit to Version 2 (Ironheart, 2A). Now Ironheart is a little bit stronger, and Riri (Ironheart, 2B) has gotten a little bit better at building her suit—notice how her second version of Child Prodigy is slightly different than the first. If Riri manages to build up enough progress counters to upgrade her suit again, then you will obtain the Version 3 (Ironheart, 3A) armor, which is incredibly powerful.
With so much incentive to upgrade your armor, it makes sense that you will want to build up progress counters as fast as possible. Fortunately, Ironheart has access to more than one method of accumulating these counters. Cards like Fly Over (Ironheart, 5) and Photon Beam (Ironheart, 6) provide some progress while also thwarting and attacking respectively, while Stroke of Genius (Ironheart, 9) can net you a progress counter while paying for other cards (or two counters, if you use it to pay for Child Prodigy). Once you’ve upgraded your armor, take advantage of cards that scale off its Version number, such as New and Improved (Ironheart, 7) and Photon Blasters (Ironheart, 12), to truly steamroll the enemy!
To synergize with her unique capabilities, Ironheart comes with a pre-built Leadership deck full of fellow members of the Champions, each of them able to support both her and each other. Once Ironheart has reached at least Version 2, call on Cloud 9 (Ironheart, 14) to boost her THW and deal with any of the villain’s schemes that may have built up while you were busy upgrading. Use Falcon (Ironheart, 15) to get multiple uses out of Ironheart on your turn, while Snowguard (Ironheart, 23) can fill any role you need once you bring her into play. If you have the resources, call on Patriot (Ironheart, 16) to boost your stats and then Go All Out (Ironheart, 17) to deal massive damage to the enemy—with the boost from Patriot combined with Version 3 Ironheart’s stats, this ends up being a whopping 11 damage! That said, if you’re unable to go on the offensive like that, then go on the defensive instead with “Go for Champions!” (Ironheart, 25) to keep yourself and your allies safe from harm for the rest of the round.
Like with the Nova Hero Pack we announced previously, Ironheart also comes with a bonus modular encounter set. This set features the strange Zzzax (Ironheart, 37), a creature of sentient energy that gets more dangerous the more “energy” resources you have. Cards like Air Static (Ironheart, 39) and Feedback Loop (Ironheart, 36) will punish heroes for having too many “energy” resources on the cards they control and in their hand, while Haywire (Ironheart, 38) ensures that not even the heroes who focus on other resource types are completely safe.
Like all other modular encounter sets, the Zzzax set can be added to any scenario for some extra challenge. Can you fend off this being of living energy?
With the ability to upgrade her suit and lead her fellow Champions to victory, Ironheart is a spectacular hero and a valuable member of any team.
*This is an expansion set and requires the Marvel Champions core set to play.