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Shimon Hijiri
[Keeping An Eye]


Review Date: Oct. 5, 2009

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 3.70
Limited: 2.50

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

Beastly Mage

Shimon Hijiri

Welcome to another week of reviews, Naruto Fans! Today's card is Shimon Hijir, also known as St. Simon. What's in the name change? No clue! *insert "confused" smiley here*

This guy is good at stopping Platoons, Squads, and even the Growth mechanic and any other way of putting Ninjas in play other than deployment. With Squads running amok right now, this guy helps stop them dead in their tracks. Problem is that this works both ways. That means both players have to deploy Ninjas if they want to put them in play.Other thing: not a valid effect, so keep him protected. In limited, he could be good. In constructed, however, he is great for controlling the field. Try it and see!


Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 4/5
Art: Gotta love the Intel Ops uniform/5

N. Jolly
N-628 Shimon Hijiri [Keeping an Eye]

Gonna be a short week, this week. Pojo is going on some adventure, something about...I don't remember, but it probably involves the hero of my new short story, Danger Penguin. Oh well, N. review power away!

Today's card is St. Simon (I'm not calling him Shimon, as I fell in love with him as Simon, and that's how it's gonna stay), so let's check out his stats:

T2 HC0 Water
Leaf/Chunin/Male/Proctor/Mental Power: 1
3/2 0/2 CA: Ninjutsu

T2 is a pretty busy turn for Water now, so even though it has pretty good stats for it's turn, it's not really good enough to be included just because of that. Being a Water Chunin does make him EOTD bait, but if you're running that, you're probably playing the Demon Brothers, so he's probably not going to be in the deck unless you're really loading up on Chunins. Proctor isn't really huge, but he has better stats than most of the other Proctors, so he's a better call if you're actually going to try to build around Shikamaru [Proctor]. But like always, it's his effect that's been garnering some attention:

[Keeping an Eye]

Players cannot put in play Ninjas except by deploying them.

This effect really messes with decks that love squads, as well as decks that put into play from deck. This really hurts Wind (Squads, Kankuro [Trick], Substitution), as well as other decks, but it's hard to validate as a main deck card. Still, as a sideboard, it can turn matches around.

Constructed:2.5/5 A perfectly middle of the road effect, as it has such swing
Limited:1.5/5 Nothing to really stop here...
Art:Help, I don't have any eyes! No wait, the animator just got lazy...that was close.../5
Master Wang Shimon Hijiri~Keeping an Eye

Another week, another set of cards and it's gonna be a Water Remake Week even though this "Week" will only be three days. >.>

Shimon Hijiri or as most know him, in the game, as St. Simon. A boost in stats, but the stats won't be the reason you run him. You'll have Yoroi or a Demon Brother for that slot nowadays, but you'll have Shimon in your side for his effect. Ninjas can only be deployed.

This effect doesn't stop Ambush nor deploying effects like 8 Ninja Dogs, but it does stop Platooning and Squading and Putting into playing. Stopping such awesome cards like Naruto/Hinata, Shino/Kiba, Ghost Panic, Tactician and a variety of others, Shimon has a respectable effect, however, he doesn't have main deck capability due to the scarcity of effects he stops, including Squading. Against certain decks, he's awesome, but do tread your T2's wisely with him in your sidedeck.

Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Art: Still can't see the eyes /5
StormVyper Zera Shimon Hijiri [Keeping an Eye]

Now that the dust has settled, I've been seeing less and less of this guy in the maindeck and more in the sideboard. This card could be a nightmare to unprepared Puppet players as well as a large number of Fire decks (who function primarily on powerful squads). He's got decent stats as well, but as the game progresses, his 2 Support seems less relevant and he's often gets pushed to the side for higher values. He's a good card all around though.

Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5



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