Demonic Rage & Angelic Grace
Become the tranquil center of two opposing forces with this Varia class deck. As a Mystic Monk, you will feel most powerful when you maintain equal footing between your angelic and demonic actions. While maintaining that balance, your actions will generate chi, enabling you to create some powerful turns.
Balance is the key to being successful as the Mystic Monk. Maintain it, and victory will be yours.
The Two-Faced Terbum (one of the Mystic Monk's two items) rewards you for maintaining your balance. As long as your discard pile contains an equal number of angelic and demonic cards, the angelic and demonic cards you perform will get a boost. Maintaining perfect balance won't be easy, but if you are successful your reward will be increased longevity in the form of a continuous heal over the entire game!
In the event that things get out of hand, the Mystic Monk has a way to center herself and start moving toward a better-balanced state. The Harmonious Defense Action enables you to return demonic cards in your discard pile to your hand, helping you reset the scales as you move toward inner balance.
Twin Pillars of Adena rewards your ability to maintain your balance by enabling you to forgo rolling dice in favor of a guaranteed +3|+3 outcome!
Setting A Roll
The discard pile is not the only place a Mystic Monk can strive for balance. Center the Soul can be planned as a combo with another action to ensure that the net result of the die rolled is a balanced one. After rolling for an action combined with Center the Soul, all power die are set to the number three and all focus die are set to the number two. Rolling 3d6? Your result will be a guaranteed 9. Rolling 2d4 for a Block and need a 4 or higher to avoid the hit? Center the Soul and make it a certainty.
That's one way the Mystic Monk brings balance to the timeline. With training, any action can become executed with balanced precision.
Follow the Leader
The Mystic Monk has actions that work best when strung together with other actions into seamless attack patterns.
When an action references a "leading action" that means the action coming before the card on the timeline. If you were to plan to use an Eternity Palms followed by a Cerberus Staff, the Cerberus Staff action would make it so that the Eternity Palms would get +2|+0. This is because Eternity Palms is leading Cerberus Staff.
Conversely, when an action references a "following action" that means the action coming after the card on the timeline. Using the same example of an Eternity Palms followed by a Cerberus Staff, the Eternity Palms action would make it so that the Cerberus Staff would have +2|+2 and "End of Momet: You gain 2 Chi, then you may lose 2 Chi to disengage." This is because Cerberus Staff is following Eternity Palms.
Note that Cerberus Staff causes no action to get +0|+2 and Eternity Palms causes no action to get +2|+2 and "Start of Moment: You gain 2 Chi, then you may lose 2 Chi to engage." This is because there is not an action leading Eternity Palms and there is not an action following Cerberus Staff. These two actions are best used when they are positioned in between two other actions on the timeline. Make that your goal!
Chi is a stack that you will gain for yourself. Many of the actions that you will perform as a Mystic Monk will ask you to answer the same question: Spend you Chi now, or save it for later? All actions that generate Chi, like Wellspring of Wrath, will immediately give you the option to spend it for a powerful effect. It is up to you to decide to use it or lose it.
Why would you want to save Chi rather than spend it? Two stacks of Chi can also be used in place of any action point when paying to perform an action. A Mystic Monk with enough Chi in savings is capable of creating incredibly powerful turns where they quite literally out-perform their opponent.