Ansel G. Moreau, world-famous French action movie star, has a few dark secrets. His hobby of big game hunting has spiraled out of control - his constant need for bigger and more threatening prey has him hunting the very heroes that protect the earth! To this end, he employed a shady genetics corporation to give him superpowers, but the process went terribly wrong, scarring his million-dollar face and ending his acting career.
However, he did gain some new, energy-manipulation abilities from the process, which he plans to put to good use. Taking the name Ambuscade, he employs his new powers and a vast arsenal to hunt the heroes he considers to be the most dangerous and powerful. At the top of his list? Haka, the ageless Maori warrior. No one else could provide a sufficient challenge to one as skilled as Ambuscade, the world's most efficient and calculating hunter …
His hobby of big game hunting has spiraled out of control - his constant need for bigger and more threatening prey has him hunting the very heroes that protect the earth!
After defeat at the hands of the numerous heroes, Ambuscade knew he had to changes his tactics. It was time to form a hunting party! From other villains he had worked with on various jobs, to monsters he’d defeated in former hunts, to mercenaries he could tempt with the allure of quick riches, Ambuscade cobbled together a team of ne’er-do-wells: the Slaughterhouse Six! Each of them have their own prey they hope to take down, and they all aid each other in their vile hunts. More dangerous than ever, the Slaughterhouse Six is a threat to the safety of many heroes and their allies!
Ambuscade and the Slaughterhouse Six are hunting heroes! Any heroes that would make for an interesting trophy are high priority targets, and The Naturalist is at the top of their list! Beware!
Ansel G. Moreau has always been more than happy to take whatever jobs the highest bidder will offer, all the while looking for the greatest challenge of his illustrious career. After being bested by the heroes several times, he was ready to rid himself of his combat gear and return to his roots with a life of performing stunts in motion pictures. Then, OblivAeon attacked.
Now Stuntman fights alongside the heroes of the Multiverse in order to save all reality from complete destruction. Plus, if they prevail, then Ansel would finally have bested an adequate challenge.
In an alternate Timeline … Ansel G. Moreau never let his scars stop his career. He just went on being the best action hero the world had ever seen on the screen. So when all of reality was threatened and he had a chance to fight against that threat, Ansel knew it was time to show off. After all, he did all his own stunts.
Stuntman. Coming to a theater near you soon, provided the Multiverse doesn’t collapse first.
Sentinel Tactics: Ambuscade
Ambuscade began working for the highest bidder, and his skills made for some very high bidders indeed. The pay was nice, but what Ansel really thirsted for was more power! He longed to feel that spark and fire thrum through his veins once again. He knew that, by working for the right employer, he could eventually regain some semblance of super-human ability. Or at least, he hoped.
Now, all Ambuscade wants is the acquisition of wealth, the reattainment of superpowers, and the destruction of those who have thwarted him so many times in the past…
When Ambuscade is around, be wary. Anything could be a trap.
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- The events pictured on "Personal Cloaking Device" are followed up on Haka's "Haka of Shielding" card.
- "Sonic Mine" is the Argent Adept's first appearance.
- Ambuscade's character seems to be an amalgamation of three popular Marvel characters: Kraven the Hunter, Cable, and Bishop. Like Kraven, Ambuscade is a superhuman hunter that preys on other super-humans. Like Cable, he has a robotic shape-shifting arm and a massive stockpile of guns at his disposal. Like Bishop, he can absorb, store, and project energy.
- Ambuscade's cloaking ability is an homage to the Predator franchise.
- The "Quick Stim Patch" is very similar to the "slapper" drug patches featured in Batman Beyond.
- Ambuscade's "Trap" cards function very similarly to the famous Yu-Gi-Oh' card, "Parasite Paracide." Interestingly, the Yu-Gi-Oh card game also has "Trap" cards.
- Wearing a mask to hide his "disfigurement" as Ambuscade is similar to what Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom, Iron Man villain Madam Masque, and Batman villain Black Mask have done to hide their disfigurements.
Vengeance Style Ambuscade Flip
Ambuscade Villain Deck
- Armed and Dangerous (x2)
- Reveal cards from the top of the Villain deck until a Device card is revealed. Put it into play. Shuffle the other revealed cards into the Villain deck. Play the top card of the Villain deck.
- Art: Ambuscade decked out with Sonic Mines, the Explosive Launcher, and two Custom Hand Cannons;
- Flavor text: "Never carry more than is strictly necessary." - Ambuscade, The Deadliest Game #1
- Quick Stim Patch (x2)
- Ambuscade regains HP. Shuffle the Villain trash into the Villain deck. Play the top card of the Villain deck.
- Art: Ambuscade with a patch on his right arm as he reloads his Custom Hand Cannon;
- Flavor text: "I just threw him out the window! How is he already on his way back up?" - Haka, The Deadliest Game #5
- Run and Gun (x2)
- Ambuscade deals the Hero Target with the highest HP 2 Projectile Damage. Shuffle the Villain trash into the Villain deck. Play the top card of the Villain deck.
- Art: Ambuscade firing back as he retreats;
- Flavor text: "Why won't you stand still?! Face me!" - Fanatic, The Deadliest Game #4
- Snatch and Grab (x2)
- Vanish (x2)
- Search the Villain trash and the Villain deck for the Personal Cloaking Device. Put it into play. If you searched the Villain deck, shuffle the Villain deck.
- Art: Ambuscade cloaked and and behind an unsuspecting Tachyon in a building;
- Flavor text: "Come out, come out... today, preferably." - Tachyon, Freedom Five #703
- Charged Attacks (x1)
- Increase Damage dealt by Ambuscade by 1. Whenever a Device is destroyed, Ambuscade deals each Target 2 Energy Damage.
- Art: Ambuscade shooting his Explosive Launcher from a rooftop;
- Flavor text: "Tyler, is this what you were worried about? Because it's bad." - The Wraith, Freedom Five Annual #11
- Automated Turret  (x2)
- At the end of the Villain turn, this card deals the Hero Target with the Highest HP 2 Projectile Damage.
- Art: A closeup of the Automated Turret;
- Flavor text: "That is so not one of mine. Look at it! Not cute at all!" - Unity, Freedom Five Annual #11
- Custom Hand Cannon  (x2)
- At the end of the Villain turn, Ambuscade deals the Hero with the most cards in play 2 Projectile Damage.
- Art: A closeup of the Custom Hand Cannon;
- Flavor text: "They say the clothes make the man. So much more the tools, oui?" - Ambuscade, The Deadliest Game #3
- Explosive Launcher  (x1)
- At the end of the Villain turn, Ambuscade deals each Hero Target 3 Fire Damage.
- Art: A closeup of the Explosive Launcher;
- Flavor text: "With him packing that much firepower, we need to keep him from gaining the high ground!" - Bunker, Freedom Five Annual #11
- Personal Cloaking Device  (x1)
- When this card enters play, flip Ambuscade's villain character cards to his “Invisible Stalker” side.
- Art: A cloaked Ambuscade stalking Haka;
- Flavor text: "What cannot be seen cannot be avoided." - Ambuscade, Freedom Five Annual #11
- Reactive Plating  (x2)
- Reduce Damage dealt to Ambuscade and this card by 1. The first time a Target deals Damage to Ambuscade each turn, this card deals that Target 2 Energy Damage.
- Art: Ambuscade's plating on this right arm has formed into a shield to block at attack;
- Flavor text: "Pfft, amateurs. Do they really call you heroes?" - Ambuscade, Freedom Five Annual #11
- Sonic Mine  (x2)
- When this card is destroyed, this card deals each Hero Target 2 Sonic Damage. Targets dealt Damage this way cannot deal Damage until the start of the next Villain turn.
- Art: The Argent Adept holding his ears as sounds emanates from the Sonic Mine;
- Flavor text: "Whoops! Sorry!" - Expatriette, The Deadliest Game #2
- Rigged to Detonate (x2)
- When this card would enter play, shuffle it face-up in the Villain deck. Whenever this card is face-up on the top of the Villain deck, Ambuscade deals the Hero Target with the highest HP Energy Damage, then discard this card.
- Art: The Wraith pausing before stepping on a charge coin;
- Flavor text: "Ambuscade's greatest weapon is fear. Well, fear and exploding pocket change." - The Wraith, Freedom Five #702
- Unavoidable Explosive (x2)
- When this card would enter play, shuffle it face-up in the Villain deck. Whenever this card is face-up on the top of the Villain deck, Ambuscade deals each Hero Target minus 1 Energy Damage, then discard this card.
- Art: Ambuscade charging up a mailbox to explode;
- Flavor text: "He's already been here - don't trust anything." - The Visionary, Freedom Five #701
Vengeance Style Deck: Ambuscade, Villains of the Multiverse
- Double Team (x2)
- The 2 Villain targets with the lowest HP each deal the Hero target with the highest HP 2 melee damage. Each target which deals damage this way regains 1 HP.
- Art: Magman and a Flesh Golem attacking the Wraith;
- Flavor text: "Heads up, team: There are even more of them. I'm not sure what's going on here." - The Wraith, Freedom Five #702
- Hunting Pack (x2)
- Reveal the top 6 cards of Ambuscade's deck. Put any Nemeses revealed into play. Discard the other revealed card. Each Villain target with a Nemesis icon regains 2 HP.
- Art: Ambuscade, Desert Eagle, Glamour, Magman, Ray Manta, and Re-Volt heading into battle;
- Flavor text: "The Slaughterhouse Six! Every action hero needs a supporting cast, non?" - Ambuscade, The Deadliest Game #11
- Shrewd Ambush (x2)
- Reveal cards from the top of Ambuscade's deck until 1 Snare is revealed. Put it into play. Shuffle the other revealed cards into Ambuscade's deck. Move 1 Snare from Ambuscade's trash into play.
- Art: Ambuscade holding a rope as Guise and Unity stare at a "Enticing Target" as Mr. Chomps bites into it;
- Flavor text: "Too true, too true. You have said it, young Caspit. We must search for more clues!" - Guise, The Deadliest Game #7
- Too Many Guns (x1)
- The first time Ambuscade deals damage to a Hero target each turn, he also deals a second Hero target 2 projectile damage, a third Hero target 2 energy damage, and a fourth Hero target 2 fire damage.
- Art: Ambuscade armed to the teeth;
- Flavor text: "Oh, I have learned my lesson. I brought enough to share with everyone!" - Ambuscade, Freedom Five #702
- Concealed Pitfall (x2)
- Play this card in the Hero play area with the fewest Snare cards. Whenever that Hero's player draws a card, each target in this play area deals itself 2 melee damage. Then, destroy this card.
- Art: Leaves covering a pitfall;
- Flavor text: "Sometimes, the simplest tricks can be the most effective." - Ambuscade, The Deadliest Game #9
- Envenomed Bolts (x2)
- Play this card next to the Hero character card with the lowest HP. Whenever that Hero's player plays a card, Ambuscade deals the Hero character card next to this card 1 toxic damage.
- Art: Tachyon with two bolts heading towards her and another which has hit the side of her face;
- Flavor text: "Youch! How the heck did he even hit me with those?" - Tachyon, The Deadliest Game #8
- Rigged Net (x2)
- Play this card next to the Hero target with the highest HP. Whenever the target next to this card would deal damage, prevent that damage. When damage is prevented by this card, destroy this card.
- Art: A large net about to cover Setback;
- Flavor text: "Everything seems fine here. No sign of trouble. Which means I'm about to get jumped." - Setback, The Deadliest Game #10
- Enticing Target  (x2)
- Reduce damage dealt to this card by 1. Whenever a villain target with a nemesis icon would be dealt damage, redirect that damage to this card.
- Art: A cardboard cutout of Ambuscade;
- Flavor text: "Oh no. Ambuscade is back. He really needs to step up his self-promotion." - Unity, The Deadliest Game #7
- Desert Eagle  (x1)
- When this card enters play, it deals itself 3 damage. At the end of Ambuscade's turn, this card regains 1 HP and deals the Hero target with the highest HP X projectile damage, where X = this card's HP. If Haka is active in this game, this card is immune to damage from Villain targets.
- Art: Desert Eagle in midair over a desert;
- Flavor text: "You were rejected by your own people. There's no place for you in these times, either." - Desert Eagle, The Savage Haka #63
- Glamour  (x1)
- The first time a Nemesis card would be dealt damage by a Hero target each turn, redirect that damage to the Hero target with the highest HP. If Tachyon is active in this game, Hero cards cannot redirect damage.
- Art: Glamour in the middle of a mirror maze;
- Flavor text: "Welcome to my reality. Your version of the world no longer applies." - Glamour, Freedom Five #270
- Magman  (x1)
- At the end of Ambuscade's turn, this card deals the Hero target with the second lowest HP 3 fire damage. If Unity is active in this game, whenever an Equipment card is destroyed, this card deals each Hero target 1 fire damage.
- Art: Magman angrily heading charging;
- Flavor text: "It melted everything it touched! As if it's made out of living lava or something!" - Unity, Mystery Comics #391
- Ray Manta  (x1)
- At the end of Ambuscade's turn, this card deals the Hero target with the highest HP 2 energy damage and destroys 1 Equipment card. Then, if there are any Component cards in play, destroy 1 and each Nemesis regains 2 HP.
- Art: Ray Manta in midair over a city;
- Flavor text: "Robots from the fugure are here to kill us all! We deserve to know the truth!" - Ray Manta, Mystery Comics #431
- Re-Volt  (x1)
- At the end of Ambuscade's turn, this card deals each Hero target 2 lightning damage. Then, if Setback is active in this game, add 2 tokens to his Unlucky Pool.
- Art: Re-Volt with surges of electricity coming off him;
- Flavor text: "You're a pretty unlucky fella, hombre. This is going to be a bad day for you." - Re-Volt, Mystery Comics #212
Stuntman Hero Deck
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Sentinel Tactics: Ambuscade Power Cards
- Ambuscade’s trap cards can never enter play.
- If a trap card is on top of the deck when a card is being played from the top of the deck, the trap’s effect happens first.
- If a “reveal” operation is interrupted, e.g. by an Ambuscade trap incapacitating the revealing hero, the revealed cards go back where they came from in the order that they were before.
- Targets that are in the process of being destroyed (e.g. Explosives Wagon, Sonic Mine, other devices via Charged Attacks) can still be targeted and take more damage. (Note: in the video game we plan to put such targets behind the “Show All Targets” button)
- Cards that say “whenever a card is played” or “whenever a card enters play” do not react to Ambuscade's trap cards being flipped up and shuffled into the deck.
- Since Ambuscade’s Trap cards never enter play, they are not affected by Fixed Point in any way.
- The hero cards put in the villain deck from "What do you really know?" follow similar rules to Ambuscade's trap cards (i.e., the thing goes off even if it's part of revealing cards, etc).
- When Liquid Nitrogen Rounds is used to destroy Sonic Mine, the damage from Sonic Mine is reduced by 1.
- Just to be clear, the wording on the card is correct, and the damage dealt when a device is destroyed does in fact hit each target in play, including Ambuscade and his other Devices. It’s not unheard of for “Charged Attacks” to destroy a device, which destroys more devices, which destroy more devices in a cascade of damage.
- Ambuscade’s trap cards can never enter play. If a trap card is on top of the deck when a card is being played from the top of the deck, the trap’s effect happens first. Fireside Chats Wraith’s “infrared eyepiece” reveals the top two cards of the villain deck. if one of the revealed cards is a face-up trap, it doesn’t count as one of the revealed cards since it’s technically already revealed, so you should resolve the trap card, then keep revealing cards until a total of two facedown cards have been revealed.