Yesterday I was using the spirit speaker and we kept fighting shadow dragons, the master in particular has that fire breath ability which upon successfully rolling a surge he is allowed to target other heroes with the attack.
Stone skin states that I must exhaust the card before the attack roll is completed to add 1 gray defense die.
I was never the initial target of the attack in which fire breath was added after the fact, so had no reason to activate stone skin.
After the attack roll is made, the surges allow the master to add the fire breath ability, so I was caught in the breath.
So should I have preemptively activated stone skin, which I must exhaust the card and a fatigue to use?
Should the OL state his intent that he may use the fire breath ability if he gets a surge?
What if I did exhaust my card, and the overlord decided not to apply fire breath, thereby calling my bluff, so so to speak and making me waste my skill.?
I would just like to see how others play it in this type of situation.