Masterful Thief: Apply Sneak attack damage on one attack twice?

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The masterful thief paragon AP ability states:
"Masterful Action (11th level): When you spend an action point to use an attack power, you can deal your Sneak Attack damage to a target of the power regardless of whether you hit it or whether you have dealt Sneak Attack damage to it this turn, but you must have combat advantage against the target."

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So lets say you use an action point to make an attack with CA.  The attack hits and thus the sneak attack rule allows you to deal extra damage to one enemy.

Irrespective of the sneak attack rule, masterful action states that you can deal your sneak attack damage to a target of that attack.

I find this to be a little unclear.  I see two possible interpretations:

Interpretation 1
"Interpreted literally."  The masterful action damage is simply your sneak attack damage; but it's plain damage, not extra damage (after all that's what masterful action says): resistances and vulnerabilities apply once again.  This makes sense with respect to the fact that it's hit or miss; it really is separate source of damage, not some extension of the hit.  Though there's only one attack, sneak attack damage effectively occurs twice: once due to the sneak attack, and once, separately, due to masterful action.  The rule saying it applies regardless of whether sneak attack has applied this turn already is merely for clarity, since masterful action isn't actually the same thing.

In short: masterful action is similar to sneak attack, but it's not the same thing and both can apply to one attack but are separate damage sources.

Interpretation 2
"It's just an extra sneak attack."  The masterful action reference to sneak attack damage is meant to imply sneak attack rules.  The rule stating "...but you must have combat advantage against the target" is just for clarity; sneak attack says that anyhow.  Common sense says that sneak attack applies or it doesn't: it makes no sense for it to stack with itself (there's no rule for this, but it's obvious).  Since masterful action is simply sneak attack, it's extra damage in the sneak attack sense: resistances and vulnerabilities do not apply separately.  When you deal it on a miss it might be "separate" only in the sense that there's no base damage, but if it's an attack that deals half damage on a miss you'd still get only one damage source with half normal damage + full sneak damage.

In short: masterful action allows you to use sneak attack in a slightly broader set of circumstances.

So which is it?
I expected interpretation 2 while skimming, but interpretation 1 seems more consistent with what it actually says, so I'm leaning towards that now.  Also, the fact that it emphasizes the independence of having used sneak attack seems to suggest it's intent is just to make action points a little more damaging independantly of the normal sneak damage leaning towards interpretation 1).

I don't believe either interpretation is really all that powerful, but 1 is probably slightly stronger: it deals twice sneak damage on hit then miss, hit then hit, and miss then hit (only dealing once sneak on miss then miss), whereas interpretation 2 deals only sneak attack damage only once on a miss then hit.  On the other hand, resistances are more common than vulnerabilites; rogues don't miss that often anyhow, and if you _know_ you've missed, you can usually delay the action point to next round for maximal impact (until you do hit the first time).

Anyhow: opinions?
Masterful Action let you deal your Sneak Attack even if  you used it this turn and even if you didn't hit, while normally Sneak Attack cannot be used if you used it this turn and if you didn't hit.

Sneak Attack remains an extra damage that is in addition to the attack's damage and Resistance/Vilnerability will apply to the attack's damage accordingly as normal.

Sneak Attack: When you make an attack with a light blade, a hand crossbow, a shortbow, or a sling and hit an enemy granting combat advantage to you, that enemy takes extra damage based on your level (see the Sneak Attack table). You can deal this extra damage only once per turn.

Masterful Action let you deal your Sneak Attack even if  you used it this turn and even if you didn't hit, while normally Sneak Attack cannot be used if you used it this turn and if you didn't hit.

Sneak Attack remains an extra damage that is in addition to the attack's damage and Resistance/Vilnerability will apply to the attack's damage accordingly as normal.

Sneak Attack: When you make an attack with a light blade, a hand crossbow, a shortbow, or a sling and hit an enemy granting combat advantage to you, that enemy takes extra damage based on your level (see the Sneak Attack table). You can deal this extra damage only once per turn.



You're subtly mis-quoting masterful action.  It does not grant another sneak attack, instead it allows you to deal your sneak attack damage.  So it doesn't say you deal extra damage equal to your sneak attack damage.  But...

...I can see where you're coming from.  It's not too farfetched to say that since sneak attack damage is usually extra damage dealing sneak attack damage implies dealing extra damage.  It certainly simplifies things a little.  Let's suppose it is extra damage.  This doesn't really answer the fact whether you can apply the extra damage again, however.

So the really interesting question remains: what happens when both rules apply?
I assume Masterful Action let you deal Sneak Attack damage in addition to the attack's damage if you hit, and still deal its damage if you didn't hit since an effect that deals no damage cannot deal extra damage.

Masterful Action specifically allow Sneak Attack to become its own instance of damage if no damage is dealt but otherwise it follow extra damage rules.

''Deal your Sneak Attack damage'' is a catch phrase used multiple times in the rules and it doesn't mean its not in addition to an attack's damage necessarily.
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