N-1038 Hinata Hyuga [Playful]
Before I start my review on this card, I will post
the errata on it, just in case no one has seen it
New Effect text to
your Mission Phase,
you can select 1 of your opponent's Ninjas. In that
case, negate the selected Ninjas effect text during
this turn unless your opponent discards 1 card.
opponent's maximum hand size is reduced by 1.
As you can see, this card now has an effect name and
is less broken. Originally, she could negate effects
of ninja's during either players turn or make a
player discard a card from their hand with no
downside. While the errata still gives her effect no
downside, it is now limited to your opponent's turn,
making it a less annoying game breaker.
Negating effects is always a powerful effect, as you
can see with cards like Zetsu [Mysterious Nature].
While her effect can be stopped, it requires your
opponent to discard a card from their hand, which
will give you the hand advantage. This is kind of a
downside though if your opponent is playing the new
Water theme of activating effects when cards from
your hand are discarded, but that is very minor.
Hinata's second effect may not seem too useful, but
with support from cards like the new Neji and Hanabi,
you can reduce your opponent's hand down to 1-2
cards easily, or possibly zero. While this in itself
is not broken, it makes me want "Shelter From The
Shifting-Sands" to be rogue'd.
The most important part about this card though is
how it compares to the other playable Hinatas' in
the game right now. In Battle Reward flip decks, she
combos nicely with Shikamaru Nara [Chivalrous],
since she can negate a ninja effect during your turn
and then Shikamaru can negate it during theirs. It
has competition though with Hinata Hyuga [Power To
Protect], which is useful to the deck since she can
flip up battle rewards herself, but at the same
time, Hinata [Playful] can combo well with Shelter
From The Shifting Sands. Personally, I think you
should run one of each if you have the room for
In non-earth decks, Hinata can be nice side-board
material if you need negation, but Kigiri
[Smoke-Screen] tends to do a better job and he's a
Limited: 3.5/5 Great support and good effect.