I thought that each Marvel Phase ended with an Avengers movie. That's how Phase 1 worked, after all. But it turns out that "Ultron" was not the end of Phase 2 - that honor belongs to Ant-Man. To be fair, I don't think I was the only one who was a little bit skeptical of Ant-Man. A guy whose superpower is... getting smaller? That seems underwhelming. Also, Paul Rudd as an action hero? I think my skepticism was at least warranted. And I wasn't alone.
First off I want to say that I love Enfys Nest, I mean who doesn't. It is a nice addition to see her in the game and in more than one card.
To continue our Why? series here at I Rebel, I wanted to dig into Heroic Mode because I was not sure myself why I would want play on Heroic difficulty. You can read FFG's announcement article here if you are unfamiliar with the game rules, but it's basically just dealing each player X extra cards each villain phase. For all of my games described below, X=1 because I am not a masochist.
The Star Wars LCG game designers and developers certainly had a variety of choices to explore for development after the release of the Core Set. The universe is filled with iconic moments and locations. Given the fact The Empire Strikes Back is often viewed as the most popular of all Star Wars films, it was not too surprising that the first cycle of the game focused on themes from events on Hoth. The Hoth Cycle packs started releasing in late 2012 and finished in mid-2013.
If you scroll through episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Hulu (because why wouldn't you?) you will notice a theme in some of the later seasons. There's always an episode or two with descriptions that start with a phrase like "So-and-so casts a spell intending to do X, but it all goes horribly wrong." That's basically how Ultron starts - Tony Stark and Bruce Banner create an AI global defense program because apparently no one in the MCU has ever seen Terminator. That's the plot in a nutshell, and we have a lot to talk about, including a brand new section at the end, so let's get into it.