Confusing Card of the Week #30 – Distraction, Basic Action Card

Posted: March 15, 2016 in CCW, Confusing Card of the Week, Rules
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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!


Today, we’re going to take a look at Distraction, Basic Action Card from the Marvel Avengers vs X-Men Starter set.


Ruling – Ability

The ability part of Distraction says that your opponent targets two of their characters and those characters can’t block this turn. In order to use this ability, you must have rolled an Action Face with the Basic Action Icon on it.

When you use this Action’s ability, you want to use it in your Main Step, before you start your Attack Step. This is because once you attack, you will not have an opportunity to use Actions or Globals until after blockers are assigned. I’ve outlined the basic steps in the Attack Step below.

Attack Step
~ Assign Attackers
~ Assign Blockers
~ Attacking player can use Actions
~ Both players can use Globals
~ Assign and resolve damage

Let’s say you roll two Distraction Action Dice and both land on an Action Face. Your opponent has four characters in the Field Zone and you use your first Distraction. Your opponent picks Character A and Character B. When you use your second Distraction, your opponent can choose Character A and Character B again because Distraction doesn’t say that the character chosen must be able to block.

 Ruling – Global

Distraction’s Global says that you can pay a Mask Energy and remove an attacker from the Attack Zone, back to the Field Zone. This means that you can pay a Mask and force an attacker to stop attacking. Any abilities that trigger when a character attacks will still happen, like Cheetah, Cursed Archaeologist.

Using this Global will stop a character from doing damage to you or your blockers. Like the action ability, this Global has a specific time for its use. You must use it after blockers are assigned because there are no legal targets during the Main Step. After blockers are assigned, you can use this Global as many times as you have energy to do so and you can target any attacking character – even your own.

You can attack with a character that has an ability that triggers when it attacks, like Cheetah, and after your opponent assigns blockers, you can use the Distraction Global to push your character back to the Field Zone. This gives you a chance to use it for it’s ability again on your next turn.

A attacker that is blocked, but then pushed back with Distraction’s Global, will deal no combat damage and will not be dealt combat damage by the blocker. The attacker is also no longer considered engaged with the blocker.

Competitive Play Rating
This is a great action for many competitive teams. The only major issue with it is that the Global can be used against you at the worst times. You just have to plan accordingly. While this Basic Action is great for most teams, it’s not one that you want to put on your team without serious consideration. The potential for the Global to backfire is high, so you have to know what you’re doing with this card. Personally, I only use it on one team and it has a very low chance to backfire for me. You just have to be careful with this card because I’ve seen it cost a player the game on more than one occasion.

Distraction, Basic Action Card gets a competitive play rating of four out of five stars.
4 Stars

Casual Play Rating
For casual play, this Basic Action is great. It helps with teaching beginners about the different steps and when to use and not use Globals or Actions. I don’t feel this Global is too powerful or too advanced for beginners and the Action part is easily explained. The most confusing part of this Basic Action is about its strategy and when to use the action ability and Global. If you’re an advanced player, make sure any beginners you’re playing know how this card works before they purchase the Action Dice. If you’re a beginner using this card, make sure you know how it works. Ask your opponent or a judge if you have any questions regarding this card.

Distraction, Basic Action Card gets a casual play rating of four out of five stars.
4 Stars

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  1. I’m one of those players who’s lost a game or two to this card. It’s very common in my local meta.

    In a recent draft I happened across my solution – Elf Thief! He’s going to be coming along with me quite often now to nab that saved mask off my opponent.

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  2. Elf Thief, Lesser Harper is a great way to get rid of their energy so they can’t Distract your attackers.

    I think almost all of team builds use Elf Thief now! Thanks for your comment! :3


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