This card may seem obvious to most, but it sparked huge discussion in our game yesterday. The situation:
Units committed on battle dial:
Me: Hylar III Pulsar Cannon
Opponent: Bio weapon & Magen Shield
Me first (important later)
Leader strength doesn't matter because obviously they are both destroyed. On top of that the Pulsar Cannon and Magen shield clash to destroy everything else in the area. Now this is where it gets tricky. Most people state that both strength is 0 and turn order prevails, however, in the rules it nowhere states that the committed strength on the battle dial can go down during battle. The battle dials are only moved during step 2 of combat.
At step 7 it states: "Destroyed leaders are immediately moved to the casualty pool and do not contribute their strength when determining the winner of the battle" - nothing is stated about committed units.
Determining the winner in step 8 states: "Each player adds his leader’s strength to the number selected on his battle dial to determine his combat strength" - leader strength is 0 because both are destroyed. That leaves the battle dials which are still on numbers 3 and 5 whether the units are alive to back up that claim made on the battle dials at an earlier stage.
In the above example my opponent would win with a 3 < 5 battle strength. However others would say I would win because of turn order.
So, should battle dials be 'adjusted' due to casualties from strategy cards before comparing final combat strength? Common sense would say yes, rules don't say and that would mean battle dials stay put and still count.