I've just got a few question that popped up during the last game we played. We introduced mechanized units and mercenaries lately and a few questions have so far been unanswered.
1. Domain Counters. The Ground Force is already landed by the time the Domain Counter is revealed, right? If the carrier is destroyed by a revealed fighter, the GFs still make it and I still retain control of the planet, correct?
2. Automated Defense Systems. The faq says "Mechanized Units are treated as Ground Forces in regards to invading and controlling planets only, this includes cards and effects which would revert a planet to neutral if no Ground Forces are present. They participate in invasion combat but are immune to all abilities that refer to Ground Forces, such as Action Cards, technologies, Domain Counters, bombardments, PDS fire, and Leaders." This means I'm correct in assuming that Mechanized Units are immune to the fire from Automated Defense Systems, since it specifically says "landing Ground Force." We were landing a single mechanized unit to take over a planet that had them on it. I wasn't entirely sure this was right because of them counting as Ground Forces in regards to invading.
3. Same situation but with mercenaries. Since they are switched to ground when during the invasion step, are mercenaries also immune to fire from an automated defense system?
4. Say I send two GFs and a PDS down during the invasion step and all the GFs are killed. What happens to the PDS?
Thank you for the help!