And you just left out all the rest of the card's text, which completely (and inconveniently) contradicts your point, and even invented some text yourself. Please show me where it says "you assign an evade token instead of performing a focus action." I see where it says token, but you keep replacing the word token with action. That's not what the card says. Please, stomp embarrassing yourself before I have to win the internet again.
Sigh. Read the damn card. It has two triggers (both of which have a range 1-3 limit):
1) You perform a focus action.
2) You are assigned a focus token (for example, Garven's ability gives you one).
Then it tells you what happens when the ability is triggered: you may assign an evade token INSTEAD of
whatever triggered the ability
. If it's the first trigger then you assign an evade token instead of performing a focus action. If it's the second trigger then you assign an evade token instead of assigning a focus token.
strike through on the part that you inferred. It actually doesn't state instead of what.
The card can either be read as:
#1: Once per round, when a friendly ship at range 1-3 performs a focus action or would be assigned a focus token, you may assign an evade token instead [of assigning a focus token].
#2: Once per round, when a friendly ship at range 1-3 performs a focus action or would be assigned a focus token, you may assign an evade token instead [of performing a focus action or assigning a focus token].
It doesn't explicitly state which is the case, but I am going to assume #1. Either way this has some interesting interactions with Recon Specialist.
Under #1 interpretation, you can opt not to let the card trigger on the first half (perform a focus action), and instead let it trigger on the second half (assigned a focus token) for one of the two focus tokens that you place next to your ship. This would essentially let you perform the focus action to gain an evade and a focus token. It's essentially a 5 point cost to gain a free evade when you focus. You can also Push the Limit to perform the Evade Action, and then gain a 2nd evade token.
Under #2 interpretation, you replace the entire focus action with assigning an evade token, so you could then Push the Limit to perform the focus action. It would normally be performing the same action twice, but according to this interpretation the action never happened. With Recon Specialist, this would allow you to gain 2 focus tokens and 1 evade. However, if you have evade and focus as available actions, and you have PtL and Recon Spec, you can do this without needing to invoke Jan Ors anyway.
Another issue with #2 is that this interpretation allows you to gain an evade token without ever performing any action, since by definition the action didn't happen. Therefore, if this were the case, the argument could be made that the ship can still perform an action, which would essentially allow it to gain a free evade token every round for 2 points. This gets sticky with the definition of "immediately" in this statement: "During the Activation phase, each ship may perform one action immediately after moving." I don't think you could actually make this argument, since between moving and performing an action you would be receiving an evade token, but you could certainly try to make this argument anyway.
Edited by MajorJuggler, 08 June 2014 - 11:16 PM.