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Isawa Tadaka

Isawa Tadaka

Isawa Tadaka

Type: Character
Cost: 5
Military Skill: 5
Political Skill: 3
Glory: 2
Clan: Phoenix
Shugenja. Earth. Elemental Master.
Each opponent cannot play copies of event cards that are in his or her conflict discard pile unless the [Earth] ring is in that player’s claimed ring pool.
“As a mountain’s roots run deep, I shall not be moved.”
Deck: Dynasty
Number: 10
Illustrator: Amélie Hutt
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So this guy is a clear star player for New Phoenix, as he can easily reduce a huge hand of cards to nothing for event-driven clans like Lion, Crane and Scorpion. He's walking proof that virtual card advantage is a real thing. Also helpful is his Shugenja trait, and his synergy with Solemn Scholar.


An attachment driven game handles him slightly more easily, but he's efficient even then.


For any clan that wants to run off events, it's become increasingly clear that you either need to diversify your event choices (running more 1x and 2x, which is inherently inefficient of course), or dilute those events with more characters and attachments, or to find a way to run and carry blanking tech, which for the most part means Cloud The Mind.


All in all, I'd say this is a strong and competitive card that is perhaps a little bit overpowered compared to most 5-cost characters. However, like most cards that are a little bit overpowered (Policy Debate, A Fate Worse Than Death, etc.) there's answers available, so it becomes all about the metagame.


The main reason for this spiel is that you can't meta against this guy unless you know how dangerous he is.


Make sure you know how dangerous he is!