Shifting Focus traits bring a whole new dimension to characters – check it out!
Shifting focus allows you to add complex characters with multiple traits without maxing out a single dial. Instead of jamming multiple traits into one model, they spread them over several that are linked using the Shifting Focus keyword. The new Avengers/Defenders set has 6 characters with this trait.
Let’s take a look at Black Panther…
For 30 points, Black Panther has the Avengers, Wakanda, and Scientist keywords and a dial that is as simple as can be; Stealth turns into Leap/Climb with movement that doesn’t count against your action total thanks to the Avengers team ability and a full four clicks of Outwit. Park him in hindering terrain and cancel opposing powers with Outwit. Back in the day, the 27 point Rookie Black Panther, with about the exact same starting powers and stat line, was likely the most played piece because his versatility made him a great fit on almost any team build.
When Black Panther needs to do his own fighting, he has Charge, Blades/Claws/Fangs, and Combat Reflexes to help him do it on his first two clicks. He finishes up with Sidestep, Combat Reflexes, and Exploit Weakness on his last two. Covering his keywords, he has Avengers, Wakanda, and Warrior.