Awesome. That's probably the best word i could use to describe or represent this card. This card has so many benefits going for it. 2500 ATK monster that has a built in, once per turn Dark Bribe with no drawback, and as if that wasn't nice enough lets throw in the ability to throw his death over to another six samurai!!! Ya I don't for see him hitting the graveyard any time soon. Also while being comboed with Spirit of the six samurai, giving him another way to avoid death and making him a 3000 ATK monster who lets you draw cards on top of that, that's just insane! And to add on to that hes an EASY synchro monster to summon, its extremely easy to summon him in one turn with no effort what so ever. There are 4 easy basic combos to summoning him. (witch i will go in to detail about in the combos with other cards section.)
This card is pretty straight forward when it comes to uses. Being 2500 ATK it's the main trump card in the deck, with it's ability to negate one spell/trap card per turn on a whim, and with great support from the Six Samurai arch-type cards It has quite a bit of uses. You can drop him early on in the game and special summon as many Six Samurai as you can and go in for massive damage and use him to protect your onslaught from annoying spells and traps such as Mirror Force, Dimensional Prison, and Book of Moon, if late game you want to summon him? no problem! Just use Double-Edged Sword Technique, and special summon Kagemusha (Level 2 Six samurai tuner.) and any level 3 warrior type monster, witch the Six Samurai deck has quite a few decent ones to offer! (Kageki, Yaichi, Hand of the six samurai, and Elder of the six samurai) then synchro summon Shi-en and dominate the field! So, he has quite a bit of uses at quite a bit of different times during the game.
Strategies and game play:
One of the main strategies with this card is to summon him and as many of your Six Samurai and Shien monsters as you can and go all in, dealing massive amounts of damage and if done correctly, can lock your opponent down. But being a 2500 ATK monster he can do pretty well with just a few Six Samurai monsters, and playing any number of Six Samurai monsters in a turn is extremely easy, and works vary well with Shi-en as he is a Six Samurai, allowing them to gain great bonuses and make them that much better.
Combos with other cards:
This is probably the biggest part of the review. One of the main and the biggest reasons Legendary Six Samurai Shi-en is so awesome, the fact that he is such a great card and is insanely easy to summon. The reason he is so easy to summon is because of all the combos to summon him. As all ways you can summon him by playing a level 3 warrior monster and keeping it alive for a turn then summoning Kagemusha and synchro summoning. But there are MANY easy ways to summon him in one turn!
#1. Normal summon Kageki, then use his ability to special summon Kagemusha, and there you go! level 2 Six Samurai tuner + level 3 warrior = Shi-en.
#2. Note! this only works if your opponent controls a monster, special summon Elder of the Six Samurai then normal summon Kagemusha, and again! There you go! level 2 Six Samurai tuner + level 3 warrior = Shi-en
#3. Normal or special summon Elder of the Six Samurai, then use Asceticism of the Six Samurai and special summon Kagemusha, then synchro summon for Shi-en. Or flip it if you have Kagemusha and need Elder of the Six Samurai just search your deck for him instead.
#4. Note! This can only be used to summon Shi-en if you have Kagemusha and a level 3 Six Samurai monster in your graveyard! Use the trap card Double-Edged Sword Technique specail summon Kagemusha and any level 3 Six Samurai monster from your graveyard and there you go! Once again an easy way to summon Legendary Six Samurai Shi-en.
#5. This one is one of my favorites! Do what i said to do in combo #3 and summon Shi-en, but then use Double-Edged Sword Technique and summon Kagemusha and Elder of the Six Samurai again, from the graveyard and with them in play you can now summon another level 5 synchro! My recommendation, Naturai Beast! Now you can shut down one trap and as many spells as you like and have 2500 and a 2200 ATK monsters to do some major damage!
There are other combos that work with Shi-en and his Samurai support cards but the list would go on for quite some time if i tried to list them all. So I figured i'd just list some of the main ones.
Ways to counteract it:
As any really good card, Shi-en have some weaknesses, He can easily be countered by counter traps such as Solemn Warning and Solemn Judgment. (At the cost of some life points.) Monster effects can take him out if there's no other Six Samurai in play, or if you use two destruction spells (Smashing Ground, Fissure, Soul Taker..etc), they will have to negate the first one, and then if they have no other Six Samurai in play the kill spell will destroy Shi-en .The one last way to counter shi-en is by summoning a monster with 2600 or more ATK.
1. 2500 ATK. (Both pro and con depending on the situation.)
2. Great once per turn counter ability.
3. Great evasion ability.
4. MANY ways to summon.
5. Part of a GREAT arch-type, with awesome support cards.
1. Easy to counter with counter traps.
2. 2500 ATK (Both pro and con depending on the situation.)
Legendary Six Samurai - Shi en comes in both Ultra Rare and Ultimate Rare. From the Yugioh set: Storm of Ragnarok
Artwork and aesthetics:
The art on this card is AMAZING, and you can totally tell hes a younger version of the card Great Shogun Shien, and the art on this card and the other Six Samurai arch-type cards all tie together in a unique and cool story line.
I't takes a lot to get this from me but i'm giving Legendary Six Samurai - Shi en a 5 out of 5. It's evasion ability, good attack, good counter ability, and easy ability to be summoned makes it an amazing card worth a 5!!!