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So in a Swordmage/Paladin hybrid scenario:

If during an encounter Escalating Assault were to trigger a MBA and I decide to replace the MBA with a Virtuous Strike, do I recieve the bonus of Escalating Assualt's +1 to future MBA's?

If during the same encounter Escalating Assault were to trigger a second time and I decide to replace the MBA with Virtuous Strike, do I recieve the bonus of Escalating Assualt's +1 to that attack?

The essential parts:

Escalating Assault:

Each time you make a melee basic attack granted by your Aegis of Assault power, you gain a cumulative +1 bonus on future attack rolls made for the melee basic attacks granted by this power (up to a maximum bonus of +3)

Virtuous Strike

Special: This power can be used as a melee basic attack
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Yes to both.

Escalating Assault improves melee basic attacks. Because Virtuous Strike says it can be used as a melee basic rather than in place of a melee basic, it is an MBA and therefore benefits from Escalating Assault.

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