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  • The Scholar of the Infinite's innate power only considers cards discarded by The Scholar himself. The wording on the cards matter for agency. For example, consider Miss Information's card "Missing Resources." Suppose you choose to reveal the top card of The Scholar's deck. Any cards The Scholar then discards will count toward his innate power. However, the revealed card is discarded by Miss Information, and so it does not count toward the innate power. Another example: cards discarded by The Super Scientific Tachyon's innate power do not count.
  • The Scholar of the Infinite's innate power deals damage first to The Scholar, then to 1 target. You may not choose another order. The Scholar can choose himself as the second target.
  • Police Backup does not care about the agency of discarding, like the Scholar of the Infinite's innate power. It just cares that a villain card caused a hero card to be discarded.
  • If The Scholar plays Don’t Dismiss Anything, and he ends up playing Know When To Hold Fast, the remaining effect of Don’t Dismiss Anything still resolves, then he ends his turn.
  • Let’s say that the Scholar has “Flesh to Iron” out, and Setback has “Wrong Time and Place” out. Suppose 3 damage is initiated to the Scholar, and thus would be reduced by 2. Because The Scholar WOULD be dealt 1 damage, you only remove 1 token from your Unlucky Pool to redirect it. However, because Setback is NOT The Scholar, he takes the full 3 damage.
  • With Advanced Chokepoint on her flipped side, it says “when a hero card would be discarded, move it face down to the villain play area instead.” If The Scholar chooses to discard a card to keep an elemental active at the start of his turn, and that card ends up going to Chokepoint’s play area, it still counts as a discard. The player still discarded the card, then the other thing happened. So Chokepoint still steals the card, but the player gets the positive effect.
  • If a target would gain HP but the amount it gains is 0, any triggers that happen on HP gain do not occur. This means "gaining 0 HP" does not cause Mortal Form to Energy to "deal 0 damage."
  • Proverbs and Axioms: players may choose to neither gain HP or deal themselves damage and use a power.
  • The damage reduction of Expect the Worst occurs at the same resolution step as damage redirection. That means you cannot choose to reduce the damage to 0 and then apply increase damage effects.
  • Scholar of the Infinite's power doesn't count cards discarded before his first turn of the game. But you can still use the power on your first turn, as it has a nifty "plus 1".

Spiff's Clarifications

Elemental cards are not Limited

  • It’s easy to overlook the fact that the Scholar’s Elemental forms don’t have the “limited” keyword on them, meaning that you can have any number of them in play at the same time. There is nothing stopping the Scholar from transmuting into a triple-thick iron form, or a liquid double-energy form, though of course, the number of cards he’ll have to discard each round to maintain such a form could get pretty high.

Mortal Form to energy

  • This card reads in part, “whenever the Scholar regains hp, the Scholar also deals 1 target that much energy damage”. even though the damage being dealt is based on the amount of HP the Scholar has regained, it is regular damage in every way and may be modified up or down by other in-game effects. Answers to Debates Questions

Offensive Transmutation

  • This card deals 1 target 2 infernal damage, and any target dealt damage this way cannot deal damage until the start of your next turn. Some cards deal damage in response to having been damaged (Ambuscade’s “Sonic Mines” for example), and because the two sentences on “Offensive Transmutation” are separated, it may seem like the order of operations would go like this – Scholar deals damage, the target card deals its damage back, and then the second sentence kicks in saying that the targeted card can’t deal any damage (now that it’s too late). However, that second sentence is just meant to modify the damage being done by the first sentence and there isn’t any separation between the two operations. so the correct order would be: Scholar deals damage, which causes the target damaged to not be able to deal their damage, then when the targeted card tries to deal its response damage, it can’t. Answers to Debated Questions

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