- Q: Can I use Dumb Luck on an enemy that hasn't come from the encounter deck, such as Serpents of Yig or Mob Enforcer? A: Dumb Luck can only return a card to the deck it came from. This is important because it means you can't use Dumb Luck on a monster that comes from a player's deck, the effect would just fizzle.
Fast. Play after you fail a skill test by 2 or less during an evasion attempt against a non-Elite enemy.
Place that enemy on top of the encounter deck.
Dumb Luck’s usefulness seems really limited, but it might have use for your non-combat investigator. You have to evade and fail against a non-elite enemy, but not failing too hard. Then after you used this card, it will come back again next round.
In solo, maybe you can send this to the encounter deck, and then dont have to worry about which of the new encounter card will mess up your day. If the enemy is really tough, and if you have Alyssa Graham, by accepting 1 doom you can send the enemy to the bottom instead.
In multiplayer if you plan ahead and have your leading investigator be a combat orientated investigator, this could work well. You would know it is coming, so the investigator can get his or her weapon or other assets out, preparing to murder this upcoming enemy. Ambush would be a really good combo here as well.
If you dont use it for the card effect, this card could replace Manual Dexterity for the same 2, minus the card draw. But it will be more flexible when you absolutely need this enemy gone for the round.
The power of this card isn't in coping with powerful enemies, it's in nerfing the encounter deck. Every turn you might endure unknown horrors, and the next encounter card could be truly awful.
This card turns a failure into a grand slam: put it right back on top of the encounter pile. It follows in the style of "Look what I found!", but for enemies.
You've guaranteed that the next encounter is just another mook that you know exactly how to handle. It's like mirror of recursion from an player's draw pile: instead of recycling good investigator cards, use this to recycle milquetoast enemies.
10/10, would evade that again.
PS: For a truly cool evasion deck run both this and Dumb Luck (2), so you have the option of burying a tough enemy in addition to recurring a mook.