Mystic
Event

Spell.

Cost: 3.
Test Icons:

Fast. Play when an enemy attacks an investigator at your location.

Cancel that attack. Then, reveal a random token from the chaos bag. If it has a , , , , or symbol, deal the attacking enemy's damage to itself.

Falk
The Essex County Express #153.
Hypnotic Gaze
Reviews

Like Dodge, but with a chance to hurt the enemy! What could go wrong?

Well, in my experience quite a bit. First of all it's much more expensive than dodge is, which can cause extreme opportunity cost as you have to choose between taking damage now, and having a better board setup next turn. Furthermore the reflected damage is not guaranteed, which kind of negates a huge amount of this card's benefit.

Now, in theory you can run a sadism run where (Slight campaign mechanic spoilers) ------ you intentionally fill the bag with these negative nancy tokens (... not as bad an idea as it sounds on Expert difficulty) ------ and I can't comment on the strength of this card then, but in a more vanilla run it can be pretty unlikely to trigger.

I think, like Song of the Dead without a better way to control the chaos bag, extremely swingy cards are going to remain cool in theory, but bad in practice.

Difrakt 271
The mystic deck has many expensive cards (3+ ressources), but many with charges, you're better off saving these for such cards, over 1 use stuff. — Django 1270
Combined with Dark Prophecy, the chance of this doing damage is greatly increased. That adds to the cost, making it 4 total resources, for a potential of doing damage as a Fast action. — Tiktakkat 1
Unlike other spells, this can't be used with Uncage the Soul (fast action trigger), which is another knock against its surprisingly high cost. — PureFlight 54
Besides Dark Prophecy this can now also be combined with Olive McBride to increase its effectiveness. Premonition is another possibility. — Cluny 31