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Inscrutable, unpredictable and dangerous: there are no better words to describe the Izumi Samurai warriors. This precision-trained squad puts honor and ethics above all virtues; yet they are highly secretive, and will shift their allegiance if the cause inspires them.

Any warrior brave enough to attack an Izumi Samurai must plan carefully and make no mistakes. The Izumi are artful masters of the riposte: the lightning-quick, deadly-accurate counterstrike.

Stats

  • Life: 1
  • Move: 6
  • Range: 1
  • Attack: 2
  • Defense: 5
  • Point Value: 60
  • Figures Per Squad: 3

Abilities

  • Counter Strike:
    When rolling defense dice against a Normal Attack from an adjacent attacking figure, all excess shields count as unblockable hits on the attacking figure. This power does not work on other Samurai.

Synergy

  • Hatamoto Taro: Heroic Defense Aura
    As Samurai, Izumi Samurai may benefit from Hatamoto Taro’s Heroic Defense Aura ability.
  • Kato Katsuro: Kato Katsuro's Command
    As a Samurai Squad, the Izumi Samurai may benifit from Kato Katsuro's Command ability.
  • Sacred Band: Disciplined Army Defense Bonus
    Having a "Disciplined" personality, Izumi Samurai is compatible with the Sacred Band's Disciplined Army Defense Bonus.

Behind the Game

  • Who is affected by Counter Strike?
    Does Counter Strike work against other characters who have Counter Strike?
    Yes, the only time the Izumi's Counter Strike is negated is against other Samurai. All other figures that have counterstrike can still be affected by it unless otherwise stated on their card. (Hasbro FAQ)

Strategy

If you are playing a largely defensive game, the Izumi Samurai can be used to slow the advance of enemy melee units. Don’t put them out in plain sight of shooters, though! When your opponent’s melee squads come knocking on your Castle Door or try to come close to your shooters, place these units in the way and let them stay. Use future Order Markers on your ranged units to pick off the enemy while your opponent has to choose whether to leave engagement to come after your shooters or to try to take out the adjacent Samurai. Either way, the Samurai will be a problem for any strategy that involves breaching your defenses.

Don’t forget the Heroic Defense Aura of Hatamoto Taro (Einar's Flagbearer). This power allows every Einar symbol on Einar Valkyrie Dice to count as extra shields! The probability of shields go up from 1/3 to 1/2 per die, the same odds as getting a skull. Counter Strike becomes truly lethal. In the same vein, Kato Katsuro is another great support unit. If you can afford the extra 200 points, he allows you to take turns on the fly with the Izumi Samurai or any other Samurai or Ashigaru. This flexibility improves your ability to use the Izumi Samurai in response to where he reveals his Order Markers.

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