Not by itself, but you’ll need to play it to play some Upgrades in the set.
This was written in Rules Roundup 10/11/19:
“I play Brainstorm
. Using my 2 actions, I play Ancient Wisdom
first, then System Reboot
. I draw Unleash Potential
off of System Reboot, do I get to play it for free now?
Both Brainstorm and Ancient Wisdom resolve “top to bottom”. When you play Brainstorm, then you play Ancient Wisdom, you must play Unleash Potential at that moment. In your case, you’ve moved past Ancient Wisdom and are continuing with Brainstorm, playing System Reboot. It’s now too late to play Unleash Potential with your previous Ancient Wisdom.”
Would this rule also apply to Tech Research? You must play a Superior upgrade after playing Tech Research or else that Tech Research is not forfeit. Example: I play Brainstorm first, then I play Tech Research, then I play Medic. Can I play Superior Jetpack
Superior upgrades only check to see if you have played Tech Research at some point previously in your turn. Therefore, there is no issue with playing other cards between Tech Research and a Superior upgrade.
Along those lines, am I limited to playing 1 Unleashed Potential per Ancient Wisdom
? Am I limited to playing 1 Superior upgrade per Tech Research?
Your Ancient Wisdom
allows you to play a single Unleash Potential
. After you’ve played Tech Research, the number of Superior upgrades you can play is only limited by the number of upgrades you can play.
Yes, but only if you’ve already played Tech Research. Megatron
’s ability doesn’t get around that requirement.
Yes. Hunker Down
doesn’t ask you to play the card, so the requirement from Tech Research does not apply.
Let's say I have Shockwave in bot mode and when my opponent flips for an attack, they flip a card with a green icon (For this example, let's say Tech Research). They then swap a card from their hand to take said Tech Research. Would that swap count as scrapping the card, and therefore trigger Shockwave's ability?
No. Green battle icons do not cause a “scrap”, they cause a “swap”, causing the card to go into the played area. It will be scrapped at the end of the turn with the other cards flipped during that battle.
I was wondering about Sergeant Chromia from Wave 3 and how the Alt mode flip ability works. Does the flip ability work in saying that you can play any blue armor upgrade, like possibly Superior Plating
as an example, along with your original upgrade and action, or is it saying that the player is able to play an additional blue armor upgrade from hand along with their own upgrade and action on that turn?
Sergeant Chromia’s flip ability asks you to play a blue armor right then. If you don’t, you’ve forfeited the opportunity to do so. Your normal upgrade play and action play aren’t affected by this. The flip ability does not allow playing Superior Plating
without previously having played Tech Research.
Leap of Faith
gives you the ability to play a card, but that card’s requirements must still be met.
Yes, it can.
Given Hunker Down
, which says "Flip each of your characters from bot mode to tank mode. Then for each of your tanks that isn't upgraded with an Armor, put an Armor on it from your scrap pile", bypasses the requirement to play Tech Research for Superior Plating
, does the same apply to Jetfire
, whose wording is "When you flip to this mode - Put an Armor or Utility from your scrap pile onto this character"?
If I play a card that allows me to play an upgrade, can I play a Superior Plating
/Jetpack/Cannon without needing to play Tech Research?