Sventura. Debolezza

Curse. Pact.

Dexter Drake deck only. Replacement.

Revelation - Put Yaztaroth into play in your threat area.

You cannot put assests into play.

: Discard Yaztaroth.

Adam S. Doyle
Blood of Baalshandor #18.
FAQs (taken from the official FAQ or FFG's responses to the official rules question form)
  • NB: ArkhamDB now incorporates errata from the Arkham Horror FAQ in its card text, so the ArkhamDB text and the card image above differ, as the ArkhamDB text has been edited to contain this erratum (updated January 2022): Erratum: This card's constant ability should read: "You cannot play assets or put assets into play." - FAQ, v.1.9, June 2021
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This has been updated to match my "Signature Weakness Project." I have done my best to make sure that the original content isn't altered too much, out of respect for any comments.

Another weakness aimed square at the investigator's special ability. Looking at the two elements, the effect and the discard condition, we get:

The effect: You can't add assets to the play area. Dexter likes putting assets into play, it's kind of his jam, and this card stops that hard (see the note at the end about interpretation of the text). This is another very situational weakness. While you are never happy to see your demonic "friend" show up, sometimes it absolutely wrecks you, while other times you can limp to the end of the scenario without too many regrets. In some ways, it the exact opposite of Searching for Izzie or Cover Up, in that, if you have to draw it, the last turn or two is when you want to do do so. As usual with the to remove weaknesses, this has much greater impact in solo than multiplayer.

The discard condition: Spend two actions.

Taken together, this is a below average signature weakness, maybe average in solo.

Box vs book While this weakness is probably less annoying overall than Occult Scraps, the "box" signature weakness, neither is too terrible, making Dexter one of the investigators who should think seriously about including both sets of signature cards in one deck.

Note: The card text is a bit puzzling, since it seems obvious that the meaning is that Dexter cannot add assets to his play area. However, the Rules Reference makes clear that "play" and "put into play" are completely separate actions, suggesting that Dexter is only forbidden Anna Kaslow and Sleight of Hand, which would require creating an entirely new tier of "This is barely a weakness." When asked about it, MJ Newman responded "The intent is that you cannot do either—play assets or put them into play—the idea being that playing something does in fact also put it into play. However, as you rightly point out, that’s actually incorrect as far as the rules are concerned, so we’ll be updating the rules to reflect this in a later edition of the FAQ." So, Yaztaroth prevents any assets for Dexter.

Pretty harmless most of the time, espcially with leo de luca and haste. But you know, when you're swarmed by enemies, your shriveling has run out and azur flame in hand... — Django · 4246
I have a friend who is adamant that "putting into play" does not affect the play action, and that this doesn't stop you playing assets but simply stop you from using your ability... — The_Wall · 252
Hmmmm. Technically... your friend is half right. "put into play" is a specific term that speciifcally excludes "playing" cards. However, Dexter's ability is also "playing" a card, so this Weakness doesn't do much but keep Anna Kaslow and Sleight of Hand from working as written. I think the intent of the card is to block you from playing assets, but the text is a bit more murky. — LivefromBenefitSt · 910
Unfortunately, normal plays also quite obviously cause assets to be put into play. We see this from Crystallizer of Dreams. If put into play only referred to put into play effects, then the Crystallizer of Dreams never has to deal with its bonded weakness! — suika · 8669
If you have Haste down and you do this does it count as performing an activate action twice? Could you then go on to have a free activate action on another card? — Snakesfighting · 73