Basic
Upgrade

Skill.

Cost: 1.
Resource:

Max 1 per player.

Hero Action: Exhaust Deft Focus → reduce the resource cost of the next superpower card you play this turn by 1.

Galaxy's Most Wanted #24.
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Edit: Fixed some numbers because of cards pointed out by commenters where timing doesn't quite work. Updated with a new heroes up through War Machine.

This is the strongest, though most restrictive, non-hero resource generator we've seen yet due to is low cost of only 1 resource. All current Superpower cards are hero cards (except Invulnerability, which is horrible), so you can't actually build a deck around Deft Focus, but some heroes will benefit from it more than others. When evaluating this, consider it takes 2 uses to come out even on resources, and 3 to come out ahead.

Here is a list of heroes ranked by how many of their cards can take advantage of Deft Focus. Obviously, this excludes cards like Fruition or Speed of Light that are Superpowers but zero cost. Some superpowers that are interrupts during the villain phase are also not counted since Deft Focus is used as an action, not a resource.

Tier 1: close to an auto-include

Quicksilver (13), Groot (12), Spider-Woman (9), Spectrum (8), Adam Warlock (7)

  • Deft Focus is amazing with these heroes simply due to how many Superpower cards they have. I would always play 1 and consider playing 2.

Tier 2: warrants consideration

Hulk (6), She-Hulk (5), Scarlet Witch (4), Thor (5), Spider-Man (3), Captain Marvel (5), Ms. Marvel (5), Iron-Man (3)

  • While these counts may be low, remember it only takes 2 uses of Deft Focus to break even. I would think about playing either 0 or 1.

Hope you like my breakdown, and let me know if you've tried it and found success, especially with the Tier 2 heroes!

Stretch22 · 101
Hey! I like that you took the time to count everyone of them, thx! This will be useful! — neothechosen · 2535
Scarlet Witch only has 4 cards that benefit from Deft Focus, because the timing doesn't allow you to use Deft Focus on Warp Reality. — OrionJA · 4
I think it won't work for SpiderMan's 'enhanced Spider sense', since you can't do a Hero Action (like Deft Focus does) in the villain phase, so it's 3 for Spidey — warboykurgan · 1
Good analysis, but wanted ot note that for groot specifically, the number of superpower cards is misleading and IMO he's closer to tier-2 for this card. Out of those 12 card, 5 are upgrades which you might play once only (if at all) and 1, fruition, is 0 cost and doesn't make use from deft focus. It is a useful card for groot, if you get it out early, but it's nowhere near the level of use quicksilver gets out of it... — 6crows · 1