we had this situation coming up when we tried our new scum lists. So the game was scum vs scum. I had the initiative. I played palob godahli with bodyguard. My opponent played Guri (Starviper) with bodyguard and Prince Xixor.
Guri gets the Focus because of range 1 "start of combat phase" ability to Palob. Palob steals the Focus because of "start of combat phase" ability. Guri wants to use bodyguard before because ... as you can expect "start of combat phase" ability.
What happens first?
Is it based on pilot skill and initiative order? Then it would be:
Me - Pilot Skill 5: Palob steals (nothing) Opponent - Pilot Skill 5: Guri gets Focus Opponent - Pilot Skill 5: Guri uses Bodyguard
I couldn't find anything about it in the rules or faq.