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Hit Me With That Beat
Autobot Jazz, Special Ops
Wave 6: World|Strike (ver 1.2)
Number: 12
Uncommon
1★
Concept by Team Bayformers
Can be used with:
Autobot Jazz, Special Ops
+1   +1   Autobot
When your Autobot Jazz, Special Ops defends in alt mode against an attacker that has Pierce and you flip at least 🠪 Do 1 damage to Autobot Jazz, Special Ops. He can't take more attack damage for this attack than the number of damage counters already on him.
Relevant Rulings
Knowing the current amount of damage on Autobot Jazz, Special Ops is important to determine how much damage he takes when his alt mode ability triggers. For example, if he is at full health and an incoming attack triggers his alt mode ability, he first takes 1 point of damage, and then cannot take more than 1 damage for the attack. If he has 4 damage counters, first he takes 1 damage, and then cannot take more than 5 damage for the attack.
Source: Aequitas (2020-11-24)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Hit Me With That Beat
Common Megatron is in Bot mode. He has Grenade Launcher equipped giving him +4 attack. He attacks Barrage in Bot mode. Megatron does not flip any orange icons and Barrage does not flip any blue icons. Megatron's attack is 8 w/Pierce 3 (due to his ability), while Barrage has 2 defense. Does he only deal 6 damage for the entire attack or 3 only due to his Pierce 3?
6. Pierce is a minimum damage.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-01-25)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Megatron, Decepticon Leader, Pierce
Arcee is in Bot mode. She attacks Barrage in Bot mode. Arcee flips 3 orange icons and Barrage flips 2 blue icons. Arcee's attack is 4 w/Pierce 4 (due to her ability), while Barrage has 4 defense. Does she only deal 0 damage for the entire attack or 4 only due to her Pierce 4?
After flipping the three orange, she has Pierce 4, meaning she would do a minimum of 4 damage.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-01-25)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Arcee, Skilled Fighter, Pierce
Arcee is in Bot mode. She attacks Barrage in Bot mode. Arcee does not flip any orange icons and Barrage flips 2 blue icons. Arcee's attack is 1 w/Pierce 1 (due to her ability), while Barrage has 4 defense. Does she only deal 0 damage for the entire attack or 1 only due to her Pierce 1?
In this scenario, Arcee deals 1 damage.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-01-25)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Arcee, Skilled Fighter, Pierce
Does Jazz's ability work with Stable Cover? Stable Cover implies that the enemy still has Pierce, they just can't use it, while Jazz states "an enemy that doesn't have Pierce".
As stated, the enemy still has Pierce so Jazz's alt mode ability does not trigger.
Source: Aequitas (2020-11-11)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Stable Cover, Autobot Jazz, Special Ops, Pierce
Some cards refer to Autobots or Decepticons. How do I know which characters are Autobots?

Autobots have a red frame and the Autobot insignia in the lower right corner. Decepticons have a purple frame and the Decepticon insignia in the lower right corner. A few characters have "Autobot" or "Decepticon" in their names, although these aren’t the only Autobots and Decepticons.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2018-10-11)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Autobot, Decepticon
How does Pierce work?

Pierce tells you the minimum amount of damage a character can do in an attack, although a character can never do more damage than its attack total. For example, say a character with Pierce 2 attacks. After flipping battle cards, the attack total is 5 and the defense total is 4. Normally, the character with Pierce would do only 1 damage, but because of Pierce, it does 2 damage instead. This also works if the attack total is equal to or less than the defense total. Say the attacker has an attack total of 5, but this time it runs into a massive defense total of 9. If that character had Pierce 2, it would still do 2 damage. If the character with Pierce 2 had an attack total of only 1, it would do 1 damage against any defense total.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2018-10-11)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Pierce
Can other effects change the amount of damage done after Pierce is applied?

Yes. For example, say a character with Pierce 4 attacks Insecticon Skrapnel in bot mode. (He has the ability "This can't take more than 3 attack damage from a single attack.") After battle cards are flipped, the attacking character would do 2 damage, but Pierce raises that to 4. Insecticon Skrapnel’s ability would then reduce the damage done to 3.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2018-10-11)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Pierce
If I have a character with Pierce 2 (for example), and equip it with an upgrade that gives Pierce 4, the Pierce would be the greatest one or the sum of both?

Pierce stacks, so it would be 6.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-02-11)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Pierce
There's now an upgrade that says "Opponents cannot have more than Bold 2" or something to that effect. Mechanically, 3 instances of Bold 2 have worked the same as Bold 6. It hasn't been explicitly said that Bold and Tough stack just like Pierce, so does it?

Yes. Bold, Tough, Pierce, and other key words with numerical values do stack.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-10-11)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Pierce, Bold, Tough
When do you choose to add stratagems out of your sideboard? When declaring characters or when sideboarding battlecards?

Stratagems are played concurrently with the starting team for a game. This is required otherwise cards like Master Converter and Aerial Enhancements would not effect the starting team, leading Windsweeper to be sad when Blitzwing and Tracks don't count as Planes.
Source: Aequitas (2021-01-03)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Stratagem
Does a stratagem changing the attack/defence of a character change the base values for the character?

No. For example, if Private Pteraxadon’s Binary Edgewing Scythe upgrade mode removes the base defense from a defending Windblade, Combiner Hunter, it would not remove the +1 from the Camien Toughness stratagem.
Source: Aequitas (2022-08-23)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Stratagem
How many stratagems can I play?

You can play up to one stratagem for each different character, trait, or faction listed on the stratagem, as long as your starting team includes that character, trait, or faction. For example, if your starting team is all Autobots and includes Optimus Prime - Legendary Warrior, you can play both Heroic Spotlight and Duty & Honor.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2020-05-09)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Stratagem
Where do I put my stratagems?

Stratagems go on the battlefield. At the beginning of the game, as you reveal your team, you also reveal your stratagems.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2020-05-09)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Stratagem
Some stratagems have an ability that causes them to flip. What does that mean?

Flipping a stratagem essentially turns its ability off. This happens on one-time abilities to remind you that you've already used them.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2020-05-09)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Stratagem
Does a stratagem count as a card in my deck of battle cards?

No. Stratagems are never put into your deck.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2020-05-09)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Stratagem
Can I put stratagems in my sideboard?

Yes. Each one counts as one of your ten battle cards in the sideboard.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2020-05-09)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Stratagem
How should Stratagems be treated when using a W5 pack in Turbo?

Treat it like a regular star card.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2020-06-10)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Stratagem, Turbo Rules
Recent Decks Using This Card
Deck of the Day #204 (October 23rd 2023)
Deck Traits: Autobot Leader Car Melee Rescue Patrol Truck Specialist Boat
Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 0🂠 0★ Added by Deck of the Day Modified on Jan 2, '24

Characters
Autobot Jazz 6★
Special Ops
Private Red Heat 5★
Infantry • Emergency Response
Private Stakeout 4★
Infantry • Communications
Private Fixit 4★
Rescue Patrol • Medic
Private Seawatch 5★
Rescue Patrol • Search & Rescue

Stratagems
Hit Me With That Beat 1★
Autobot Jazz, Special Ops
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
1 Ramming Speed
3 Supercharge
3 Diagnosis
3 Head-On Collision
Secret Actions
2 Hold the Line
2 Turnabout Snare
Rolling Actions
3 Take the Shot
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
3 Power Punch
3 Erratic Cannon
3 Plasma Horns
Armor
1 Bashing Shield
3 Improvised Shield
2 Performance Gear Selector
Utilities
2 Field Communicator
3 Acute Reflexes
Deck Stats
17 action cards
  10 regular action cards
  4 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
23 upgrade cards
  12 weapon cards
  6 armor cards
  5 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
26 icons on 20 cards (50%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
20 icons on 20 cards (50%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
12%
11%
10%
10%
10%
6%
5%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 76%
Bashing Shield: 8%
Hold the Line: 17%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 8 cards
Wave 2: 6 cards
Wave 3: 5 cards
Wave 4: 11 cards
Wave 5: 8 cards
Wave 6: 3 cards
Wave 8: 5 cards
It Takes Two to Tango
Deck Traits: Autobot Leader Car Melee Ranged
Deck: 40🂠 28★ | Sideboard: 0🂠 0★ Added by EvilGem096 Modified on May 30, '23

Characters
Autobot Jazz 6★
Special Ops
Autobot Mirage 9★
Lone Wolf

Stratagems
Heroic Spotlight 1★
Autobots
Hit Me With That Beat 1★
Autobot Jazz, Special Ops
Stuck On You 1★
All Characters
Heroic Perseverance 1★
Autobots
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Backup Plan
2 Escape Route
3 Leap of Faith 1★
3 Surprise Attack
3 Diagnosis
3 Contemplation
Secret Actions
2 Turnabout Snare
Upgrades
Weapons
2 Piercing Blaster
Armor
2 Force Field
2 Ultra Magnus Armor 2★
3 Severed Combiner Hand
Utilities
2 Crushing Size
2 Data Bank
2 Debilitating Crystal
2 Spare Parts
2 Acute Reflexes
2 Shard of the Divine Light 1★
Deck Stats
19 action cards
  17 regular action cards
  2 secret action cards
  0 rolling action cards
21 upgrade cards
  2 weapon cards
  7 armor cards
  12 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
2 icons on 2 cards (5%)
2 icons on 2 cards (5%)
38 icons on 38 cards (95%)
7 icons on 7 cards (18%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
35%
34%
11%
10%
7%
1%
1%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 100%
Escape Route: 19%
Spare Parts: 20%
Severed Combiner Hand: 30%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 13 cards
Wave 2: 10 cards
Wave 3: 7 cards
Wave 4: 2 cards
Wave 5: 1 cards
Wave 6: 4 cards
Wave 7: 3 cards
Wave 8: 6 cards
Aint nothin like a funky beat
Deck Traits: Autobot Leader Car Melee Truck Ranged
Deck: 40🂠 27★ | Sideboard: 1🂠 14★ Added by EvilGem096 Modified on Mar 27, '23

Characters
Autobot Jazz 6★
Special Ops
General Optimus Prime 15★
Galactic Commander

Stratagems
Heroic Spotlight 1★
Autobots
Brutal Conditioning 2★
Melee Characters
Hit Me With That Beat 1★
Autobot Jazz, Special Ops
Sideboard
Grimlock 14★
Dinobot King
Stuck On You 1★
All Characters
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Treasure Hunt
2 Escape Route
2 Diagnosis
2 Wedge Formation
1 High Five
3 Hit and Run
2 Angolmois Surge
2 CNA-Encoded Armory
2 Fearless
Upgrades
Weapons
2 Energon Axe
2 Piercing Blaster
2 Thermal Weaponry
2 Laser Cutlass
Armor
2 Bashing Shield
1 Ultra Magnus Armor 2★
2 Severed Combiner Hand
Utilities
3 Matrix of Leadership
2 Turbo Boosters
3 Point Position
Deck Stats
19 action cards
  19 regular action cards
  0 secret action cards
  0 rolling action cards
21 upgrade cards
  8 weapon cards
  5 armor cards
  8 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
15 icons on 15 cards (38%)
15 icons on 15 cards (38%)
13 icons on 13 cards (33%)
9 icons on 9 cards (23%)
8 icons on 8 cards (20%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
7%
4%
4%
3%
3%
3%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 54%
Bashing Shield: 15%
Escape Route: 14%
Wedge Formation: 16%
High Five: 7%
Severed Combiner Hand: 16%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 15 cards
Wave 2: 4 cards
Wave 3: 5 cards
Wave 4: 6 cards
Wave 5: 5 cards
Wave 6: 7 cards
Wave 7: 2 cards
Wave 8: 2 cards
Wave 9: 1 cards
Can't Touch This
Deck Traits: Autobot Leader Car Melee Ranged Battle Master
Deck: 40🂠 27★ | Sideboard: 10🂠 0★ Added by Z-R0E Modified on Jan 5, '23

Characters
Autobot Jazz 6★
Special Ops
Autobot Mirage 9★
Lone Wolf
Private Vanguard 5★
Ground Command • Advance Guard

Stratagems
Heroic Spotlight 1★
Autobots
Hit Me With That Beat 1★
Autobot Jazz, Special Ops
Sideboard
3 Espionage
3 Paralyzo Box
2 Speed Trap
2 What Lies Beyond
Actions
Regular Actions
2 System Reboot
1 Leap of Faith 1★
3 Surprise Attack
3 Diagnosis
1 Reprocess
3 Hit and Run
3 Contemplation
2 Hand of Adaptus
Secret Actions
2 Hold the Line
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Piercing Blaster
3 Sturdy Javelin
2 Sidecar Artillery
Armor
1 Force Field
2 Ultra Magnus Armor 2★
2 Medic's Protective Field
Utilities
2 Data Bank
1 Debilitating Crystal
1 Toolbox
2 Rapid Response Cycle
1 Mirror Response Mode
Deck Stats
20 action cards
  18 regular action cards
  2 secret action cards
  0 rolling action cards
20 upgrade cards
  8 weapon cards
  5 armor cards
  7 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
2 icons on 2 cards (5%)
2 icons on 2 cards (5%)
36 icons on 36 cards (90%)
7 icons on 7 cards (18%)
5 icons on 5 cards (13%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
16%
14%
14%
9%
6%
5%
4%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 99%
Reprocess: 10%
Toolbox: 11%
Hold the Line: 20%
Hand of Adaptus: 19%
Mirror Response Mode: 10%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 11 cards
Wave 2: 7 cards
Wave 3: 5 cards
Wave 4: 8 cards
Wave 5: 11 cards
Wave 6: 5 cards
Wave 7: 5 cards
Wave 8: 3 cards
On the Jazz
Deck Traits: Autobot Leader Car Melee Ranged Decepticon Tank Truck
Deck: 41🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 0🂠 0★ Added by West Michigan Transformers Modified on Jun 22, '22

Characters
Autobot Jazz 6★
Special Ops
Private Smokescreen 7★
Special Ops • Soldier
Megatron/Ratchet 10★
Twisted Amalgamation

Stratagems
Hit Me With That Beat 1★
Autobot Jazz, Special Ops
Obfuscating Cloud 1★
Private Smokescreen, Special Ops • Soldier
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Equipment Enthusiast
1 System Reboot
3 Surprise Attack
3 Hit and Run
3 Nothin's Gonna Stand In Our Way
Secret Actions
3 Swerve
3 Hold the Line
3 Electro-Static Shielding
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Piercing Blaster
2 Noble's Blaster
1 Smokethrower
2 Enhanced Fusion Cannon
Armor
3 Force Field
1 Medic's Protective Field
2 Severed Combiner Hand
Utilities
2 Spare Parts
2 Acute Reflexes
1 Mirror Response Mode
Deck Stats
22 action cards
  13 regular action cards
  9 secret action cards
  0 rolling action cards
19 upgrade cards
  8 weapon cards
  6 armor cards
  5 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
4 icons on 4 cards (10%)
36 icons on 36 cards (88%)
15 icons on 15 cards (37%)
7 icons on 7 cards (17%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
12%
10%
8%
8%
6%
6%
5%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 99%
Noble's Blaster: 20%
Spare Parts: 20%
Hold the Line: 29%
Enhanced Fusion Cannon: 20%
Mirror Response Mode: 10%
Severed Combiner Hand: 19%
Nothin's Gonna Stand In Our Way: 29%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 11 cards
Wave 2: 7 cards
Wave 3: 1 cards
Wave 4: 7 cards
Wave 5: 6 cards
Wave 6: 1 cards
Wave 7: 6 cards
Wave 7A: 1 cards
Wave 8: 3 cards
Wave 9: 3 cards

Notes from West Michigan Transformers:
"For the Allied Crossplay Communitys June deck-building challenge. An all-in deck build for white icons, with Jazzs abilitys enhanced by BFAs Hit Me with that Beat, and Smokescreen giving his friends early Safeguard with TROPs Obfuscating Cloud. Plenty of Green-icon upgrades allow Megatron/Ratchet to accumulate devastating pierce, and plenty of flipping from Hit n Run and Swerve can help with the use of the alt-mode ability."
[16th] Still Can't Touch This
Deck Traits: Autobot Car Melee Ranged Aerialbot Plane Battle Master
Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 10🂠 6★ Added by Z-R0E Modified on Mar 27, '22

Characters
Autobot Mirage 9★
Lone Wolf
Fireflight 5★
Sky High Recon
Private Pteraxadon 6★
Air Command • Artillery
Private Vanguard 5★
Ground Command • Advance Guard

Sideboard
Autobot Jazz 6★
Special Ops
Heroic Spotlight 1★
Autobots
Hit Me With That Beat 1★
Autobot Jazz, Special Ops
1 Leap of Faith 1★
2 Ultra Magnus Armor 2★
1 Reprocess
1 Toolbox
2 Speed Trap
1 What Lies Beyond
Actions
Regular Actions
1 System Reboot
2 Surprise Attack
2 Quartermaster
3 Diagnosis
3 Involuntary Promotion
3 Hit and Run
2 Contemplation
3 Impetuous Stand
3 Hand of Adaptus
Secret Actions
2 Hold the Line
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Sturdy Javelin
3 Paralyzo Box
2 Sidecar Artillery
Armor
1 Force Field
2 Medic's Protective Field
Utilities
2 Data Bank
1 Debilitating Crystal
2 Rapid Response Cycle
Deck Stats
24 action cards
  22 regular action cards
  2 secret action cards
  0 rolling action cards
16 upgrade cards
  8 weapon cards
  3 armor cards
  5 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
37 icons on 37 cards (93%)
8 icons on 8 cards (20%)
8 icons on 8 cards (20%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
17%
12%
11%
11%
8%
8%
7%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 100%
Hold the Line: 20%
Paralyzo Box: 29%
Hand of Adaptus: 29%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 7 cards
Wave 2: 4 cards
Wave 3: 8 cards
Wave 4: 11 cards
Wave 5: 11 cards
Wave 6: 4 cards
Wave 7: 7 cards
Wave 8: 3 cards

Placed 16th in The 2022 Omega Invitational, played by Z-R0E.
[3rd] Ya like jazz 1
Deck Traits: Autobot Leader Car Melee Titan Master Truck Ranged
Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 3🂠 0★ Added by KingNaga Modified on Feb 24, '22

Characters
Autobot Jazz 6★
Special Ops
Apex 3★
Optimus Prime 12★
Legendary Warrior

Stratagems
Hit Me With That Beat 1★
Autobot Jazz, Special Ops
Sideboard
1 Counterespionage
1 Holomatter Projector
1 Spy Satellite Uplink
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Confidence
1 Leap of Faith 1★
3 Surprise Attack
3 Diagnosis
2 Reprocess
3 Wedge Formation
1 Impetuous Stand
Secret Actions
3 Hold the Line
2 Electro-Static Shielding
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Piercing Blaster
3 Anticipation Engine
Armor
3 Defensive Driving
1 Ultra Magnus Armor 2★
3 Medic's Protective Field
3 Emergency Repair Patch
Utilities
3 Toolbox
Deck Stats
21 action cards
  16 regular action cards
  5 secret action cards
  0 rolling action cards
19 upgrade cards
  6 weapon cards
  10 armor cards
  3 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
7 icons on 7 cards (18%)
4 icons on 4 cards (10%)
25 icons on 25 cards (63%)
11 icons on 11 cards (28%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
8%
8%
6%
5%
5%
4%
4%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 86%
Reprocess: 19%
Toolbox: 28%
Wedge Formation: 29%
Hold the Line: 29%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 4 cards
Wave 2: 10 cards
Wave 3: 7 cards
Wave 4: 11 cards
Wave 5: 11 cards
Wave 6: 1 cards
Wave 7: 3 cards

Placed 3rd in Two Lwosers 1, played by KingNaga.

Notes from KingNaga:
"3rd Place in Two Lwosers 1, played by KingNaga. His other deck is https://teletraan1.net/decks/703d0355/tough-boi-2
"