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Kisame Hoshigaki [Fierce Monster]


Review Date: Sept. 28, 2009

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 4.17
Limited: 4.00

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

Beastly Mage

Kisame Hoshigaki

Welcome to another week of reviews, Naruto fans! Today's card is Kisame [Fierce Monster], a card that has seen a lot of play in Water/Chakra Control decks. When your opponent has one or no chakra, then your opponent can't block Kisame's team. Then comes the valid part: when his team wins a victory, or outstanding victory, then you can discard one of your opponent's Chakras. That could mean that next turn, your opponent can't block his team, and you get a battle reward or two right then and there. Add to this that he's both a Jonin AND has Ambush, and you've got one Killer Shark Demon here.


Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 4/5
Art: Shark week coming up?/5

N. Jolly
N-644 Kisame Hoshigaki [Fierce Monster]

It's the beginning of the week, and I'm feeling fine! Things are going good for your fav N. Jolly (Google tells me there's hundreds of us!), and we have a pretty good week of previews, which I'm told might include some preview cards.

Today's card is one of the new stars of the Water line up, the new Kisame. He hasn't changed a lot, so let's look at his stats, shall we

T5 HC1
Akatsuki/Rouge Ninja/Jonin/Male/Ambush
6/2 4/1

He's pretty normal for a Kisame, but the inclusion of Ambush is a big help, as with Water running "Threat of the Tail'd Beast", he can be pulled back from discard into chakra, which gives you another go at playing him. Akatsuki doesn't really help anyone in Water, but it's not bad if you're trying to run around it, and the same can be said for Rogue Ninja. But now let's go down to his ability.

[Fierce Monster]

While your opponent has 1 or less Chakra, this Ninja's Team cannot be blocked

Valid: When this Ninja's Team wins a Victory or an Outstanding Victory, you can collect and discard 1 of your opponent's Chakra.

This is an effect that can be greatly abused in Water, as a lot of it's best effects already take a toll on your Chakra. Yoroi, Threat, 5HS, and others really add to this ninja's ability to attack unopposed. And even if they do have the chakra to block, if they try to chump you, it'll only help your opponent, as they can start sniping at your chakra (and your Ambush ninjas) with relative ease.

All in all, this is a very solid version of Kisame, and the one that's most likely to see play in Water's new control build. Combining cards like this with "Secret Meeting" allows Water to go through far too easily for most decks to stop without some planning, so expect to see this guy in a lot of Water decks.

Constructed:4/5 Best Kisame out there
Limited:4.5/5 Even better, as Water rules here
Art:I don't blame Kisame for having no friends, because he looks pretty much unlovable.../5
Master Wang Kisame Hoshigaki~Fierce Monster

Another week, another set of cards and boy oh boy does Kisame always seem to stick out in his own way.

This card alone has probably now given chakra-eater decks a champion to turn towards and have some reward. Not only does it have a nice valid effect, it certainly helps out it's first effect of not being able to be blocked when your opponent's chakra is at one or less.

Is he preferable in a water-tempo deck? I actually don't think so. It'll be interesting if he sees effective play outside of a water deck that only has Yoroi and/or himself as chakra eaters. Some will prefer Cold-Blooded and some will prefer Fierce Monster, but both fundamentally work differently. Give them both a shot in your water decks when you play them.

Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4.5/5
Art: GOTTA have this in foil! /5



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