It's -1 cost compared to the level 0 version, and it has an extra icon. If you can pull off the token pull (hello, Jacqueline, Olive, and various kindred cards) you can use it on all those annoying Geist enemies from TCU, plus any horror-not-damage enemies you care to fight. The reduced cost makes it more playable in Mystic decks that often suffer from resource shortages, and it;'s nice that both versions work on Elites.
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 damage to the attacking enemy equal to its damage or horror.
If you take arcane research with Sefina, you’re going to run out of cards to level up quick. (Wards of protection and suggestion are other useful ones.) This one also stays good for an entire campaign: the more damage enemies do, the more damage hypnotic gaze does. It pairs best with cards that let you see more tokens, and has anti-synergy with bless and curse tokens.
I didn't have high regards initially for this spell. Thought it would be something for musicians, hanging around with witches, or for soothsayers. As a respectable business woman, worthy for the renowned Silver Twilight Lodge, I didn't care about , what these people said. I rather wanted to recharge my Azure Flame or Rite of Seeking. But the more I got involved with the lodge, the more I met. I even got a bit into Jazz mood , when I found a book in the old witch house. Suddenly, I was not so sure, if I want to educate myself in recharging. Unlike most other , seeking for arcane spells, I'm well prepared to find use in them, even after they are depleted from power. I was not willing to sacrifice that.
I always loved to dodge the goons. Even when I had better things to do than dedicating myself to them. It hardens my and makes me strong. So the prospect of doing that twice as often as normal, even at a slightly higher cost, started to appeal to me. I'm now glad, whenever I meet another at that occasion. (Or even a .) But I ignore it, if I don't. That's what I was always good at.