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Monzaemon Chikamatsu
[Warriors of the White Guard]

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

Average Card Rating

Limited: 2.00
Unlimited: 3.50
Block: 3.50

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
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3 = average.
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Beastly Mage

Monzaemon Chikamatsu

Greetings, Naruto Fans! Today's card is Monzaemon Chikamatsu. As you may know, these are Granny Chiyo's Puppet Ninjas (some of them). These guys are simply sick! For starters, even though they have no Combat, they do have 10 Support (5 when injured) plus 10 Mental Power (a bit odd since they are Puppets). This makes them a great Back Ninja. They can't attack on their own (nothing in the effect text says they can't block). They can only attack when they're with a [Secret Skills] Ninja. They also have a Valid effect. The Head Ninja that battles these Puppets gets discarded at the end of the turn. So, even if they don't survive the hit, that Ninja will be gone in a little while. They are a great addition to the Puppet Deck (which I can see getting better with this set). They could also be useful in Limited if you manage to draft a Secret Skills Ninja (plus they have no Hand Cost, so that can be a plus too).


Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 3.5/5
Block: 3.5/5
Art: Is it me, or does the one before the last one kinda look like Orochimaru?/5


Monzaemon Chikamatsu
10? that's crazy... with hardly any drawback?  It also carries a strong effect that is valid? 
This card has everybody talking about how puppet's second wind will arise this upcoming set.  I admit that I can see it happen with this card... and other support the set will carry. 
The thing to know that it cannot be sent out to attack unless a ninja with "secret skills" is involved.  The problem is that...it can block without one.
 It can be splashed into any deck and with 10 support...it's likely to happen.
 If that wasn't bad enough... "Head ninjas that battle this Ninja are discarded at the end of the turn"... oh my. 
Not that it really matters, since nobody uses mental nowadays, this card carries 10 mental power.  It doesn't make sense that puppets have any intelligence...
and can be used without a puppeteer. 
Regardless, it's a great 5 drop and with Kankuro [Tactician] still at 3... don't be surprised if puppets become top tier again.



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