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Hiashi Hyuga
[Head of the Hyuga Clan]

Reviewed April 13, 2011

Average Card Rating

Limited: 2.75
Unlimited: 3.13
Block: 3.75

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

Beastly Mage

Hiashi Hyuga
Today's card reminds me of something I have to say at the shop like every other week or at Chunin tournaments: Tracking is mandatory. No exceptions.
This card goes well with the Hyuga Hand Control Decks. He'll reduce your opponent's hand size by 1 AND he'll give you a Battle Reward at the start of your opponent's turn if your opponent's hand is empty (this is before drawing). It's a slow-but-sure approach to a win, though it does take a bit of effort to get this to work right. He truly belongs in the Hyuga deck. I don't see him fitting into other Earth decks (such as Battle Reward Flip). Hand cost and high turn cost hurts him in Limited. But, 2 Mental and Mastery help balance him out.
Limited: 1/5
Constructed: 2/5
Block: 3/5
Art: Watch closely... *one inch palm* KO!/5

That Guy

Bringing Strategy To the Table

Transitioning from our ANBU week we slam right into Earth...well more like a dude's palm who is of the Earth attribute. Hiashi Hyuga (Head of the Hyuga Clan) makes you assume he would be to the benefit of the Hyuga clan, but I would say this benefit is indirect. I'll be the first to support anything Taijutsu though, mainly because it's one of the more realistic characteristics of the Naruto series; unless some of you are magicians or fire breathers out there. Let's turn on our Byakugan pupils and give this card a detailed look through.

Guaranteed, nobody is arguing that Earth didn't need a Jonin that could have some potential to counter the hysterical presence of Water and Fire! I'm looking at this card from a birds eye view approach; allow the Earth element to hold a key to slow the more faster paced elements currently making up our meta. The fact that he's a Hyuga and of the Taijutsu characteristic are played down completely, besides the mastery characteristic, but don't let this fool you and want to binder this guy because a smart effect is this guys purpose. Hiashi's effect serves as a consequence for any opponent who is rushing through their hands or using an empty hand strategy, giving you a battle reward and bringing that much closer to victory. Atop one detrimental effect is another, "reduce your opponents hand size by 1", making Hiashi's first goal easier to pull off. I highly recommend this card for all mono-Earth decks or Hyuga specific decks; worth noticing also is this card doesn't really have a drawback. Run Hiashi and you will definitely be making your opponent "watch closely."

Constructed: 3.5/5 (While not having a distinct game breaking effect, he's a great strategical tool)
Limited: 4.5/5 (Has great potential to shake a loosely built deck)
Block: 4.5/5 (Palm to the face of water decks)
Art: C- (I always get the feeling that he's just staring at his nails with extreme intensity!!!)
P.S. Tomorrow's card might need a mani and pedi!



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