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Heroic Perseverance
Autobots
Wave 8: Waste|Lands (ver 1.0)
Number: 13
Uncommon
1★
Concept by Team Bayformers
Can be used with:
Arcee
Autobot Cosmos
Autobot Hound
Autobot Jazz
Autobot Mirage
...and more
Autobot
If your starting team is all Autobots Autobot 🠪 Your deck can have up to 1 extra ★ of battle cards.

If one of your damaged Autobots Autobot with Safeguard would take attack damage 🠪 It takes that much attack damage minus 1 instead.
Relevant Rulings
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
What is Safeguard?

Safeguard is a new keyword ability that limits how much damage can be done to a character that’s undamaged.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-11-08)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Safeguard
Does Safeguard apply to all damage or just attack damage?

All damage, including damage done by Actions or other abilities.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-11-08)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Safeguard
Does Safeguard work if something tries to move a damage counter onto the character while it’s undamaged?

No. Moving damage counters doesn’t count as damaging the character, although after the damage counter is moved, the character will be damaged and Safeguard will no longer work. Sneaky!
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-11-08)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Safeguard
Can Safeguard apply to the same character more than once?

Yes. Safeguard works as long as the character is currently undamaged, even if it was previously damaged in the game. If you repair that damage, Safeguard can cushion another blow.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-11-08)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Safeguard
How does Steamroll and Grimlock, Dinobot Leader's bot mode ability work when KO'ing an undamaged character with Safeguard?

Attempting to Steamroll into an undamaged character with three health, such as Slammer, Combat Drone, and Safeguard 3 (for example Medic's Protective Field) will first see the damage reduced to 3 damage, and then KO the defender. No additional attack damage would be available to be steamrolled into another enemy.
Source: Aequitas (2022-08-23)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Safeguard
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 #242 (November 30th 2023)
Deck Traits: Autobot Car Ranged Tank Wrecker Melee Leader Specialist Titan Master
Deck: 40🂠 26★ | Sideboard: 0🂠 0★ Added by Deck of the Day Modified on Jan 24, '24

Characters
Private Smokescreen 7★
Special Ops • Soldier
Twin Twist 9★
Demolitions
Autobot Countdown 4★
Aerospace Commander
Convex 4★

Stratagems
Heroic Perseverance 1★
Autobots
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
1 Ramming Speed
3 Rapid Conversion
3 Supercharge
2 Ancient Wisdom
3 Fight For Position
3 Showing Off
2 Wedge Formation
Rolling Actions
3 Take the Shot
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
3 Power Punch
2 Kinetic Intensifier Whip
2 Vamparc Ribbon
Armor
1 Bashing Shield
3 Improvised Shield
2 Untiring Parma Shield
Utilities
3 Basic Combat Protocol
1 Shard of the Divine Light 1★
Deck Stats
20 action cards
  17 regular action cards
  0 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
20 upgrade cards
  10 weapon cards
  6 armor cards
  4 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
37 icons on 31 cards (78%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
6 icons on 6 cards (15%)
5 icons on 5 cards (13%)
5 icons on 5 cards (13%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
17%
13%
8%
7%
6%
6%
2%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 27%
Bashing Shield: 7%
Wedge Formation: 13%
Vamparc Ribbon: 14%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 10 cards
Wave 2: 6 cards
Wave 3: 3 cards
Wave 4: 11 cards
Wave 5: 5 cards
Wave 6: 1 cards
Wave 8: 7 cards
Wave 9: 2 cards
Volcanic Ash
Deck Traits: Autobot Car Specialist Ranged Battle Patrol Tank Plane
Deck: 40🂠 26★ | Sideboard: 10🂠 5★ Added by EvilGem096 Modified on Aug 18, '23

Characters
Prowl 6★
Military Strategist
Private Flak 5★
Artillery • Tactics
Private Smokescreen 7★
Special Ops • Soldier
Private Sunrunner 5★
Battle Patrol • Air Defense

Stratagems
Obfuscating Cloud 1★
Private Smokescreen, Special Ops • Soldier
Heroic Perseverance 1★
Autobots
Sideboard
Arcee 5★
Skilled Fighter
Heroic Spotlight 1★
Autobots
3 Ramming Speed
1 Mounted Missiles 1★
1 Ultra Magnus Armor 2★
2 Rock Toss
2 Immersed In Shadow
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Backup Plan
3 Incoming Transmission
3 Supercharge
3 Fight For Position
3 Bellicosity
Rolling Actions
3 Take the Shot
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
3 Smokethrower
3 Sturdy Javelin
Armor
3 Improvised Shield
2 Bashing Shield
2 Cooling Vents
Utilities
2 Spare Parts
3 Acute Reflexes
1 Shard of the Divine Light 1★
Deck Stats
18 action cards
  15 regular action cards
  0 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
22 upgrade cards
  9 weapon cards
  7 armor cards
  6 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
31 icons on 25 cards (63%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
12 icons on 12 cards (30%)
4 icons on 4 cards (10%)
6 icons on 6 cards (15%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
12%
10%
8%
5%
4%
3%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 52%
Bashing Shield: 15%
Spare Parts: 16%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 20 cards
Wave 2: 7 cards
Wave 3: 7 cards
Wave 4: 13 cards
Wave 5: 1 cards
Wave 7: 1 cards
Wave 8: 5 cards
Wave 9: 3 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: 20%
Spare Parts: 20%
Severed Combiner Hand: 29%
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
TBA
Deck Traits: Autobot Leader Truck Melee Ranged Car
Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 7🂠 8★ Added by Spark-Kirin Modified on May 17, '23

Characters
Optimus Prime 13★
Battlefield Legend
Rodimus Prime 12★
Worthy Leader

Stratagems
2x Light Our Darkest Hour... 0★
All Characters
Sideboard
Private Sidetrack 4★
Battle Patrol • Demolitions
Autobot Roller 4★
Scout Drone
Heroic Spotlight 1★
Autobots
Combat Deck 3★
Trucks
Heroic Perseverance 1★
Autobots
This Shall Be Your Ship 2★
Leaders
1 Noble's Blaster
1 W-5 Gyro Blaster
1 Scout Armor
Actions
Regular Actions
1 Roll Out!
1 Security Checkpoint
1 Espionage
1 Master Plan
1 Press the Advantage
1 Battlefield Scan
1 Daring Escape
1 Counterespionage
1 Give Me Your Face
1 Dare to Believe
1 Menacing Gaze
Secret Actions
1 Dampening Field
1 Swerve
1 Hold the Line
1 Lose the Initiative
1 Speed Trap
1 Loading The Cannon
1 Lost In Transit
1 What Lies Beyond
1 Electro-Static Shielding
1 Cloud Cover
1 Wanna Bet?
Rolling Actions
3 Bracing Up
1 Extended Duration Mission
1 Imminent Breakthrough
1 Lie in Wait
1 Locking it Up
1 Muster the Will
1 Revving Up
1 Summon the Courage
1 Take the Shot
Upgrades
Weapons
1 Enforcement Batons
1 Vamparc Ribbon
Armor
1 Polarity Gauntlet
1 Severed Combiner Hand
Utilities
1 Matrix of Leadership
1 Prime's New Arm
Other Upgrades
1 Crystal of Power
Deck Stats
33 action cards
  11 regular action cards
  11 secret action cards
  11 rolling action cards
7 upgrade cards
  2 weapon cards
  2 armor cards
  2 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
14 icons on 13 cards (33%)
16 icons on 14 cards (35%)
11 icons on 11 cards (28%)
24 icons on 24 cards (60%)
15 icons on 15 cards (38%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
3%
3%
3%
3%
2%
2%
2%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 48%
Enforcement Batons: 8%
Espionage: 7%
Master Plan: 9%
Press the Advantage: 7%
Battlefield Scan: 7%
Daring Escape: 6%
Counterespionage: 7%
Hold the Line: 8%
Lose the Initiative: 8%
Speed Trap: 7%
Give Me Your Face: 8%
Loading The Cannon: 7%
What Lies Beyond: 8%
Bracing Up: 23%
Extended Duration Mission: 8%
Imminent Breakthrough: 8%
Locking it Up: 7%
Revving Up: 8%
Severed Combiner Hand: 7%
Cloud Cover: 8%
Vamparc Ribbon: 7%
Wanna Bet?: 8%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 4 cards
Wave 2: 5 cards
Wave 3: 3 cards
Wave 4: 3 cards
Wave 5: 7 cards
Wave 6: 6 cards
Wave 7: 1 cards
Wave 8: 16 cards
Wave 9: 5 cards
Outlier 1: 3 cards
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Deck Traits: Autobot Motorcycle Specialist Leader Truck Melee Ranged Battle Master
Deck: 40🂠 28★ | Sideboard: 10🂠 7★ Added by SpaceF91 Modified on Jun 25, '22

Characters
Arcee 5★
Skilled Fighter
General Optimus Prime 11★
Infantry • Leader
Private Lionizer 7★
Ground Command • Artillery

Stratagems
Heroic Spotlight 1★
Autobots
Heroic Perseverance 1★
Autobots
Sideboard
Private Turbo Board 7★
Air Command • Evac
1 Ramming Speed
3 Heroic Team-Up 1★
3 Quartermaster
3 Lie in Wait
Actions
Regular Actions
2 Ramming Speed
3 Roll Out!
3 Belligerence
3 The Touch 1★
Secret Actions
3 Bolster
3 End Hostilities
Rolling Actions
3 Take the Shot
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
3 Handheld Blaster
2 Vamparc Ribbon
Armor
3 Force Field
3 Improvised Shield
3 Medic's Protective Field
Utilities
3 Matrix of Leadership
Deck Stats
20 action cards
  11 regular action cards
  6 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
20 upgrade cards
  8 weapon cards
  9 armor cards
  3 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
34 icons on 28 cards (70%)
18 icons on 15 cards (38%)
6 icons on 6 cards (15%)
2 icons on 2 cards (5%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
16%
8%
7%
7%
7%
7%
4%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 28%
Vamparc Ribbon: 13%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 16 cards
Wave 2: 3 cards
Wave 3: 11 cards
Wave 4: 4 cards
Wave 5: 10 cards
Wave 8: 7 cards
Wave 9: 5 cards
[3rd] Inspiring Smoke
Deck Traits: Autobot Car Specialist Melee Ranged
Deck: 43🂠 26★ | Sideboard: 10🂠 6★ Added by Hawkhammer Modified on Mar 17, '22

Characters
Wheeljack 9★
Weapons Inventor
Private Smokescreen 7★
Special Ops • Soldier
Windcharger 7★
Autobot Warrior

Stratagems
Obfuscating Cloud 1★
Private Smokescreen, Special Ops • Soldier
Heroic Perseverance 1★
Autobots
Sideboard
Prowl 6★
Military Strategist
3 Supercharge
2 Mounted Missiles 1★
1 Spare Parts
2 Counterespionage
2 Turnabout Snare
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Start Your Engines
2 Confidence
1 Leap of Faith 1★
3 Fight For Position
2 Camien Crash
2 Impetuous Stand
Secret Actions
2 Hold the Line
2 Lose The Battle...
Rolling Actions
3 Take the Shot
Upgrades
Weapons
2 Grenade Launcher
1 Smokethrower
3 Fusion Borer
3 Photon Charge
2 Stormfall Sword
Armor
2 Bashing Shield
3 Improvised Shield
Utilities
3 Turbo Boosters
1 Pocket Processor
3 Auxiliary Fuel Tank
Deck Stats
20 action cards
  13 regular action cards
  4 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
23 upgrade cards
  11 weapon cards
  5 armor cards
  7 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
29 icons on 23 cards (53%)
3 icons on 3 cards (7%)
7 icons on 7 cards (16%)
9 icons on 9 cards (21%)
12 icons on 12 cards (28%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
10%
9%
7%
5%
5%
4%
4%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 31%
Bashing Shield: 12%
Pocket Processor: 7%
Hold the Line: 12%
Lose The Battle...: 12%
Stormfall Sword: 12%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 10 cards
Wave 1E: 3 cards
Wave 2: 8 cards
Wave 3: 1 cards
Wave 4: 5 cards
Wave 5: 13 cards
Wave 6: 7 cards
Wave 7: 3 cards
Wave 8: 7 cards
Wave 9: 2 cards

Placed 3rd in Harmony: Waste|Lands 2, played by Hawkhammer.