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Confusing Card of the Week #41 - Save Civilians, Basic Action Card

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Today, we're going to take a look at Save Civilians, Basic Action Card from the DC Justice League Starter set.

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Ruling - Ability

Save Civilians says that when you field a Sidekick the turn you use the Basic Action, you can reduce the cost of another die by one and prep a die from your bag.

Save Civilians works when you field a Sidekick. Characters that have the Ally keyword are only considered Sidekicks while they are active in the Field Zone. Characters count themselves for 'When Fielded' abilities, so an Ally would trigger Save Civilians.

The fielding cost reduction part of this Basic Action can reduce the fielding cost to zero. Unlike purchase costs, fielding costs can be reduced to zero, but cannot be reduced into negative numbers. A character with a printed fielding cost of zero would still be zero and not negative one.

Because Save Civilians says draw a die and not search for a die, you get to refill your bag from your Used Pile if it's empty and then draw a die and add it to your Prep Area. This is very important to remember because if a card says search, you do not get to refill an empty bag. You can search an empty bag - you can not draw from an empty bag. If you can't draw a die, you do not take damage like you would in the Clear and Draw step.

Official Sources

Here is the official Ruling.

Competitive Play Rating

This Basic Action is definitely not one you would see in competitive play, and if one pops up - I'd be super surprised. It sounds good while reading it, but to get a full benefit from it, you would need to buy the Action Die, roll it with some Ally characters or hope for Sidekicks, and then benefit from it. It's got too many conditions with it and there are far better ways to get similar effects.

Save Civilians, Basic Action Card gets a competitive play rating of zero out of five stars.

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Casual Play Rating

This Basic Action has way too many conditions for a casual team. It's not often that a card gets such a bad rating for both competitive and casual play, but I wanted to feature this card because it has several aspects that can be applied to other cards. I can't recommend this card for a casual setting or even competitive play.

Save Civilians, Basic Action Card gets a casual play rating of zero out of five stars.

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  1. whisperni's Avatar
    I have found that saving civilians works pretty well with Angel Air Transport, Gobbie, and Parallax

    Essentially get Angel and Gobbie out in the field and then play save civilians and let the parallax shenanigans begin.

    With the ring global and white tiger you can play 2 sidekicks for free a turn. Use this to reduce the cost of fielding Gobbie and Angel. Then begin paying parallax to refield angel and gobbie. Since they are now free to field, it makes the gobbie parallax trick much easier to pull off. Angel is just there to keep putting more and more sidekicks out for Gobbie. I have taking someone from 20 to 0 in one turn using this method, with Angel helping you out I usually end up with 5-6 sidekicks in the field by the end, and if I can't pull it off in a single turn then all of the dice that were placed in my prep area from save civilians makes it much easier to do the next turn.

    While this is not a tier 1 or probably even a tier 2 deck, it is a lot of fun for casual and can destroy an unsuspecting deck.
  2. whisperni's Avatar
    Save civilians is also some of the best ramp in the game when paired with Ally Cards. Paired with April Ninja in Training in a sidekick deck, you will be putting a dice into your prep area and rolling a die every time you field April, not to mention your other sidekicks. You will also never have to pay any fielding costs ever. With something like fabricate or blue eyes to continually knock out April I can consistently roll my entire bag every turn without needing to have PXG. This is a great counter to decks that run elf thief as you do not need to save your energy for PXG.
  3. DiceDiceKitty's Avatar
    My ratings are purely personal and how I feel the card fits in the meta or in casual play. Of course there are going to be folks, like yourself, that can utilize a card to great effect. My local casual meta, and other nearby casual meta scenes have not been able to find a place for this card. I'm happy to hear that it has a place somewhere out there and maybe if others in casual scenes see how you're using it, they may be inspired to try to make it work for them. Maybe you could write up an article about a team that uses it and show folks how to build a similar team.

    My husband is planning on trying to build a team with Save Civilians that uses the Ring, Lesser Gear from D&D Battle for Faerun.