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Can't Squish This
Bombshell, Decepticon Psy Ops
Wave 9: Ark Exodus (ver 1.1)
Number: 07
Uncommon
1★
Concept by Joe Baiocchi & Jamie Madison
Can be used with:
Bombshell, Decepticon Psy Ops
Decepticon
While your Bombshell, Decepticon Psy Ops is defending against an attacker that has Pierce 🠪 Reduce the attacker's Pierce total based on the number of cards in your hand.
• 1-4 Reduce the attackers' Pierce total by 2.
• 5-7 Reduce the attackers' Pierce total by 3.
• 8+ Reduce the attackers' Pierce total by 4.
Relevant Rulings
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
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Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 11🂠 11★ Added by Matafer [The Ark] Modified on Oct 15, '23

Characters
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Sideboard
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1 Reprocess
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Actions
Regular Actions
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2 Vaporize
1 Spymaster's Ruse
2 Tripwire
3 Scan the Vaults
Secret Actions
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2 Cross-Counter
Rolling Actions
3 Lie in Wait
Upgrades
Weapons
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3 Handheld Blaster
3 Laser Cutlass
2 Sidecar Artillery
Armor
3 Reinforced Plating
3 Extra Padding
1 Severed Combiner Hand
Utilities
1 Pocket Processor
Deck Stats
22 action cards
  11 regular action cards
  8 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
18 upgrade cards
  10 weapon cards
  7 armor cards
  1 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
38 icons on 32 cards (80%)
6 icons on 6 cards (15%)
11 icons on 11 cards (28%)
7 icons on 6 cards (15%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
16%
14%
11%
6%
5%
4%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 29%
Extra Padding: 20%
Pocket Processor: 7%
Spymaster's Ruse: 6%
Severed Combiner Hand: 7%
Cross-Counter: 13%
Scan the Vaults: 20%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 13 cards
Wave 2: 8 cards
Wave 3: 6 cards
Wave 4: 5 cards
Wave 5: 5 cards
Wave 6: 5 cards
Wave 8: 7 cards
Wave 9: 7 cards
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Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 0🂠 0★ Added by Matafer [The Ark] Modified on Feb 20, '24

Characters
Flamewar 5★
Veteran Decepticon
Bombshell 11★
Decepticon Psy Ops
Cyclonus 8★
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Stratagems
Can't Squish This 1★
Bombshell, Decepticon Psy Ops
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Brainstorm
3 I Still Function!
3 Work Overtime
3 Hit and Run
3 Scan the Vaults
Secret Actions
3 Hidden Fortification
Rolling Actions
3 Lie in Wait
Upgrades
Weapons
1 Scoundrel's Blaster
3 Handheld Blaster
3 Sidecar Artillery
Armor
3 Extra Padding
1 Increased Durability
Utilities
3 Bravery
2 Pocket Processor
3 Point Position
Deck Stats
21 action cards
  15 regular action cards
  3 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
19 upgrade cards
  7 weapon cards
  4 armor cards
  8 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
31 icons on 25 cards (63%)
9 icons on 9 cards (23%)
9 icons on 9 cards (23%)
10 icons on 10 cards (25%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
10%
7%
5%
5%
4%
4%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 41%
Scoundrel's Blaster: 7%
Extra Padding: 21%
Pocket Processor: 14%
Scan the Vaults: 21%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 7 cards
Wave 2: 5 cards
Wave 2A: 3 cards
Wave 3: 3 cards
Wave 4: 9 cards
Wave 5: 6 cards
Wave 6: 3 cards
Wave 8: 3 cards
Wave 9: 5 cards
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Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 0🂠 0★ Added by Matafer [The Ark] Modified on Feb 20, '24

Characters
Flamewar 5★
Veteran Decepticon
Bombshell 11★
Decepticon Psy Ops
Tread Bolt 8★
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Stratagems
Can't Squish This 1★
Bombshell, Decepticon Psy Ops
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Brainstorm
3 I Still Function!
3 Work Overtime
3 Hit and Run
3 Open Agenda
3 Scan the Vaults
Rolling Actions
3 Lie in Wait
Upgrades
Weapons
1 Noble's Blaster
1 Scoundrel's Blaster
3 Handheld Blaster
3 Sidecar Artillery
Armor
3 Extra Padding
Utilities
3 Bravery
2 Pocket Processor
3 Point Position
Deck Stats
21 action cards
  18 regular action cards
  0 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
19 upgrade cards
  8 weapon cards
  3 armor cards
  8 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
32 icons on 26 cards (65%)
9 icons on 9 cards (23%)
10 icons on 10 cards (25%)
9 icons on 9 cards (23%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
11%
8%
6%
4%
4%
3%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 40%
Noble's Blaster: 7%
Scoundrel's Blaster: 7%
Extra Padding: 22%
Pocket Processor: 13%
Scan the Vaults: 21%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 7 cards
Wave 2: 6 cards
Wave 2A: 3 cards
Wave 3: 3 cards
Wave 4: 5 cards
Wave 5: 6 cards
Wave 6: 6 cards
Wave 8: 4 cards
Wave 9: 4 cards
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Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 0🂠 0★ Added by Matafer [The Ark] Modified on Feb 20, '24

Characters
Flamewar 5★
Veteran Decepticon
Bombshell 11★
Decepticon Psy Ops
Huffer 6★
Sullen Engineer

Stratagems
Can't Squish This 1★
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Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
2 Brainstorm
3 I Still Function!
2 Universal Network Access 1★
3 Work Overtime
3 Hit and Run
3 Open Agenda
3 Scan the Vaults
Rolling Actions
3 Lie in Wait
Upgrades
Weapons
1 Scoundrel's Blaster
3 Handheld Blaster
3 Sidecar Artillery
Armor
3 Extra Padding
Utilities
3 Bravery
2 Pocket Processor
3 Point Position
Deck Stats
22 action cards
  19 regular action cards
  0 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
18 upgrade cards
  7 weapon cards
  3 armor cards
  8 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
32 icons on 26 cards (65%)
9 icons on 9 cards (23%)
9 icons on 9 cards (23%)
9 icons on 9 cards (23%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
10%
8%
6%
5%
4%
4%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 40%
Scoundrel's Blaster: 7%
Extra Padding: 22%
Pocket Processor: 14%
Scan the Vaults: 22%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 6 cards
Wave 2: 7 cards
Wave 2A: 3 cards
Wave 3: 3 cards
Wave 4: 5 cards
Wave 5: 6 cards
Wave 6: 6 cards
Wave 8: 3 cards
Wave 9: 5 cards
B-17 Beetle
Deck Traits: Decepticon Motorcycle Specialist Insecticon Plane
Deck: 51🂠 27★ | Sideboard: 4🂠 0★ Added by EvilGem096 Modified on Jun 18, '23

Characters
Flamewar 5★
Veteran Decepticon
Bombshell 11★
Decepticon Psy Ops
Sergeant Skywarp 8★
Black Ops • Seeker

Stratagems
Villainous Spotlight 1★
Decepticons
Sideboard
Can't Squish This 1★
Bombshell, Decepticon Psy Ops
3 Rapid Conversion
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Brainstorm
3 Equipment Enthusiast
3 I Still Function!
3 Escape Route
2 Fuel Cache 1★
Secret Actions
3 Battlefield Report
3 Hiding Spot
3 Tetrinite Micro-Lining
Rolling Actions
3 Lie in Wait
Upgrades
Weapons
2 Drill Arms
3 Handheld Blaster
3 Multi-Tool
Armor
2 Scrapper Gauntlets
3 Severed Combiner Hand
Utilities
2 Crushing Size
2 Field Communicator
2 Stealthiness
2 Kinetic Converter
1 Pocket Processor
3 Nitro Booster
Deck Stats
26 action cards
  14 regular action cards
  9 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
25 upgrade cards
  8 weapon cards
  5 armor cards
  12 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
6 icons on 6 cards (12%)
28 icons on 22 cards (43%)
17 icons on 17 cards (33%)
7 icons on 7 cards (14%)
9 icons on 6 cards (12%)
3 icons on 3 cards (6%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
7%
6%
4%
4%
4%
3%
2%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 56%
Escape Route: 20%
Pocket Processor: 7%
Severed Combiner Hand: 18%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 25 cards
Wave 2: 8 cards
Wave 3: 9 cards
Wave 4: 3 cards
Wave 5: 4 cards
Wave 6: 3 cards
Wave 8: 6 cards
Wave 9: 1 cards
Cards are cool
Deck Traits: Decepticon Insecticon Specialist Sports Car Patrol Car Truck Melee Ranged
Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 1🂠 11★ Added by g3holliday Modified on Jun 11, '22

Characters
Bombshell 11★
Decepticon Psy Ops
Raider Detour 4★
Infantry • Demolitions
Crankcase 7★
Data Collector

Stratagems
Data Protection 1★
Crankcase, Data Collector
Can't Squish This 1★
Bombshell, Decepticon Psy Ops
Sideboard
Decepticon Shockwave 11★
Cybertron Commander
Advanced Technology 1★
Decepticon Shockwave, Cybertron Commander
Actions
Regular Actions
2 Leap Into Battle
1 Peace through Tyranny
2 The Bigger They Are
2 Intelligence Mission
3 Pep Talk
1 Universal Network Access 1★
2 Callous Leadership
2 Scouting Mission
3 Die Autobots!
Secret Actions
2 Battlefield Report
3 Hidden Fortification
Upgrades
Weapons
2 Piercing Blaster
3 Handheld Blaster
2 Trithyllium Drill
Armor
2 Blast Shield
3 Force Field
Utilities
3 Data Pad
2 Pocket Processor
Deck Stats
23 action cards
  18 regular action cards
  5 secret action cards
  0 rolling action cards
17 upgrade cards
  7 weapon cards
  5 armor cards
  5 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
2 icons on 1 cards (3%)
28 icons on 25 cards (63%)
12 icons on 12 cards (30%)
2 icons on 2 cards (5%)
2 icons on 2 cards (5%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
25%
11%
8%
7%
6%
5%
4%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 51%
Pocket Processor: 16%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 16 cards
Wave 2: 7 cards
Wave 3: 5 cards
Wave 4: 5 cards
Wave 5: 7 cards
Wave 7: 5 cards
Wave 9: 2 cards
Bombshell & Stratagem
Deck Traits: Decepticon Insecticon Specialist Stunticon Car Ranged Truck Melee
Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 20🂠 0★ Added by Ares Modified on Dec 3, '20

Characters
Bombshell 11★
Decepticon Psy Ops
Dead End 5★
Doomed Loner
Crankcase 7★
Data Collector

Stratagems
Data Protection 1★
Crankcase, Data Collector
Can't Squish This 1★
Bombshell, Decepticon Psy Ops
Sideboard
3 Equipment Enthusiast
3 Escape Route
2 Security Console
3 Adaptive Plating
3 Swerve
3 Hit and Run
3 Scan the Vaults
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Roll Out!
3 Security Checkpoint
3 Intelligence Mission
3 Brainstorm
3 Pep Talk
3 Scouting Mission
Secret Actions
3 Hidden Fortification
3 Swerve
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Handheld Blaster
Armor
3 Reinforced Plating
3 Extra Padding
Utilities
3 Data Bank
3 Kinetic Converter
1 Pocket Processor
Deck Stats
24 action cards
  18 regular action cards
  6 secret action cards
  0 rolling action cards
16 upgrade cards
  3 weapon cards
  6 armor cards
  7 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
33 icons on 27 cards (68%)
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:
10%
8%
5%
5%
4%
3%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 51%
Extra Padding: 22%
Pocket Processor: 8%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 15 cards
Wave 2: 13 cards
Wave 3: 9 cards
Wave 4: 16 cards
Wave 5: 8 cards
Wave 9: 4 cards