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Kisame Hoshigaki
[Mysterious Man from the Hidden Mist Village]

Card Number: N-202

Review Date: 05.17.07

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 4.00
Limited: 4.67

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.


Thursday's card is Kisame Hoshigaki(think that's his last name), Mysterious Man from the Hidden Mist Village and the first of the two Akatsuki members to be reviewed. Kisame is a Turn 5 Jonin with 6/2 healthy stats and a craptacular 2/1 injured status. We like him anyway thanks to his effect, which makes him a CHakra Absorption on a stick. I knew this card would make a great addition to the MonoWater deck that runs Yoroi, Chakra Absorption and Gato Transport, giving the deck a big man that can take off some chakra. Still, will you run him when you have Zabuza and Kabuto to choose from. We said the same thing in the last set when Kabuto Yakushi, Covert Operative came out and the answer was yes we will because his effect is awesome. Kisame's effect is somewhat on the weak side, but stripping your opponent of the precious chakra to play their Jutsus even if it is slowly can be devastating by the time Kisame hits play as he can wreck your plans easily.

Limited:5/5(big and controlling, a nasty combination in Limited)
Constructed:4/5(he has to prove himself with Zabuzas and Kabutos being run).

Beastly Mage

Kisame Hoshigaki (n-202)

Greetings, Pojo-ers. Today's card is one that can do a lot in Chakra Control decks. Kisame, some say, is better than Zabuza. Now, even though he doesn't do the damage effect like Kisame does, he does take care of your opponent's Chakra cards. Problem is that it only happens at the end of the turn AND only when he attacks. Should you run this? In a Chakra control deck, he's a big hitter, which makes him pretty good. Add to that the fact that the effect is valid, and you have another reason to run him in that deck.


Constructed: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Art: That's one ugly sword/5


Kisame is (in my opinion) the BETTER Akatsuki member. While Itachi gets some cool character-specific jutsus and a (usually) useless ninja effect, Kisame has great stats and an awesome valid ability. If he is sent to attack, your opponent discards two chakra at the end of the turn...even if he is removed from play with a jutsu or killed!

Cards like Konohamaru and Mysterious Small Organization can get him into play as early as turn 4, which is most likely the time your opponent will be playing Jonins and trying to Trigram or Vortex you. Kisame's effect can be read quite literally as "Remove your opponent's trigram fuel." Yoroi was solid because if you dropped him at the right time you could eat the single Chakra that would have allowed your opponent to turn the tide with a Jutsu. With Kisame, you have to wait until the end of the turn, but with his beefy stats and Jonin combat and support, he should be doing well for himself even without the effect.

In limited, there aren't a ton of Jutsus which really catch my eye (Unless you're drafting from the starter decks, in which case you can actually use him to kill Trigram and Vortex fuel) but he's a Super and he's got great stats. Turn 6 hurts him a little bit, but he can definitely drain your opponent's chakra, as well as their hopes for victory.'

Constructed: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Art: 3/5


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