Look, Cyclops is awesome for what he is. He steps up to deal with the details so his teammates can just take huge swings, and this hero deck is attuned directly to that frequency.
His stats are solid. 2, 1, 2 with 3 REC and a standard hand size.
His alter-ego ability nets him a tactic card, which is the bread and butter of his strategy. Cyclops slaps debuffs on minions like Nintendo issues Cease and Desist orders. No one is safe.
But that effusiveness has limited use against villains that aren't rampant with minion flu.
The first problem is that the debuffs aren't permanent unless Field Commander is in play. Sure, a debuff lasting a single round can cripple most minions...so long as you or your teammates also have the means to exploit the debuff the same turn. But there's only a single copy of Field Commander, so these Tactic cards aren't reaching full potential until that is in play.
The second problem is that Cyclops' second best upgrade is his Ruby Quartz Visor, which generates a resource to pay for his optic blast and gives it Piercing and Ranged. But unlike so many other heroes in Marvel Champions, this iconic and essential upgrade is not tracked down during setup or as part of an alter-ego action. So you have to wander though your deck hoping to encounter the only piece of kit that Cyclops is known for. Are we also going to have to play through our decks for Wolverine's claws when that hero is released? Seriously, Cyclops can't control his optic blasts without the ruby visor. Why is it not part of the setup?
But you know what? It's not a big deal, because you can't even use his optic blast unless the target has an upgrade on it.
Okay, I know what you're going to say: Villains can have upgrades, and Cyclops has a bunch of debuff/upgrades he can slap on enemies, all of which let him take 3 point stabs each turn. And you're right. Except that Cyclops' debuffs only last one round when applied to the villain, even when his Field Commander upgrade is active, which means Cyclops needs every hero in play to capitalize on his upgrade once he plays it. That requires a lot of moving pieces, and becomes much less viable in the mid-to-late game.
All of which is to say that Cyclops is excellent at handling minions. So long as you can put a debuff on them. And have spare resources. Or have come across his visor. And hopefully found his Field Commander upgrade. FInally, once all of those pieces are in play, then maybe you can settle in to the business of decimating the underlings you may or may not encounter.
If it wasn't clear already, I'm trying to point out that Cyclops is a very situational hero. When it's the right situation, he...eventually gets things done.
Still, you have the benefit of stacking his deck with any and all X-Men allies, which is pretty cool. And before the end of the year, there will very likely be enough X-men to make that an awesome ability. But as it stands now, all of Cyclops' effectiveness relies on specific enemy cards being in play. Rocket Beam only reaches its potential with a debuff (and is actually a 'Ricochet Beam', wtf?) and the same is true with Cyclops' innate Optic Blast.
I'm also disappointed that there is only one copy of Full Blast, as it seems like a signature ability. Looking at Cyclops' innate 15 cards, there is limited damage and threat mitigation. Furthermore, I really feel like his visor should give him a +1 ATK, particularly since he doesn't get to start the game with it. It's odd that Cyclops has no buffs to his own stats in his deck.
Speaking plainly, Cyclops feels a lot like Black Widow did two years ago. A very technical hero that leans hard into a specific keyword, and when crucial cards are in play, they shine.
But Widow at least dished out damage and used the keyword cards to manipulate encounter deck cards, which are always present. Cyclops relies on 'infecting' other cards that aren't guaranteed to be present in order to reach his potential.
I guess I am worried that Cyclops is poised to succumb to the same fate as Widow: Keyword Starvation. Widow needed Preparation cards, and Cyclops needs Tactic Cards.
In my opinion, FFG should have just made Cyclops use Preparation cards. There would have been an existing pool, which means he would have revitalized a stagnant hero while also benefitting from those older cards. Instead, we will probably get to watch Tactic cards die on the vine like Prep cards did.
It all hurts because there was an obvious opportunity to give new life to long-dormant cards, as well as supercharge a new hero who frankly needed it. This Cyclops feels like he was created by people who only ever saw the crappy 90's cartoon of the X-men where they were all unaccountably 'shiny' and overwrought with angst.
Oh well, I always preferred Iceman anyway. He had better be one of the final X-men revealed for this cycle.