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A Maser Tank from Onslaught.

Maser Tanks
were Cyber Minions from Scaldron. They moved on wheels, zipping about and firing their short range laser at intruders. They also filled a support role, cleansing their allies of negative status conditions.
  • Invasion Variant: Maser Tank Cruiser
  • Apocalypse Variant: Maser Tank Delta


Lore

Maser tanks were originally Crogenitor technology designed to assist research as atomic clocks and as electronic amplifiers for radio telescopes. Once the Darkspore infected them, their masers became weapons, although powerful enough to kill only at short range. Maser tanks are dangerously fast, chasing after their foes relentlessly and ruthlessly, and they brutalize any foe they catch.

Strategy

Maser Tanks were fast, but their beam had horrible range. They needed to be right next to you in order to even hope to hit, so that allowed heroes to pick them off with ranges attacks. Despite being Cyber herself, Seraph-XS would be good for taking out a group that was heading your way. However, their speed allowed them to close the distance ridiculously fast. So it could be easier to let then come into melee range, then hit them hard.

They could also cleanse their allies of status conditions. Strangely, they were unable to cleanse themselves (In Apocalypse, they hilariously try to). More than one in a group could make this point moot, as they would heal each other, and it gave Heroes that rely on status conditions a hard time. Most Necro heroes with Affliction bolt had other ways to damage, but this power could cause all sorts of problems for Tork.
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Invasion level Maser Tank Cruisers closing in on Lumin

Trivia

  • Maser Tanks most likely took their name from the Maser Cannon from various Japanese Diakaiju films by Toho Studios, most prominently the Godzilla Franchise. How they work has changed many times over the years, but ultimately, they are tanks used to fight hostile giant monsters and alien invaders by shooting laser beams. And like the Darkspore which are named after them, it doesn't take much to crush them.
  • Maser Tanks were the only Darkspore which moved using wheels. For that matter, no Heroes used wheels either, making these Cyber Minions completely unique.
  • Their laser cannons were actually Arakna's Cashout Weapons, the Soul Destroyer.
  • Their wheels resembled the Spore Creepy and Cute parts pack's Necrye part, and could actually be those parts.