Originally Posted by matthewlow
As much as you think Taijutsu Sasuke is good, and he is, you can't say no to a 5/0 T0 Genin. It doesn't get much better than that. If you're concerned you don't have enough Taijutsu dudes, add in more Hinata. And if you're not doing the Tears route, I'd even switch Naruto first, or run The 9th Match. That said, I'd go the Hinata route.
While Mental is a threat, that's what the Bombs are for. The sideboard is also meant to counter Revitalize with Smash to push for early BRs.
The chumping until you draw what you need isn't too uncommon, but if you have 6-8 targets (NvsS, Tears, Present) as well as Sakura, odds are in your favor. I'd rather have Tears win the game than have the Strongest Genin out.
From memory, the sideboard is...
2 Temari Chibi
2 Shimon Hijiri
1 Hinata Hyuga [Limitless Sight]
2 Suigetsu Hozuki [Dehydrated]
With Sabiru in the wings. And if Water rears its ugly face, Application of the First Stage is fun.
As myninjaway mentioned, Hinata is used to counter Mission negation and Kurenai, and has the side benefit of shutting down Jutsu too. She's a necessity in at least the sideboard, and I'm considering ditching Kimono and using just the T3. Note that she does have Growth.
Glad to hear you're trying it out. Wish I could play it myself! Fun with all the little Genin!
Actually, to be honest, I had a lot of fun with Kimono! This has nothing to do with if she was effective or not but when I played her the game suddenly turned into this huge gambling game, ha ha. Then when I could get her and Lee out at the same time the fun really began. I managed to actually discard their entire hand with that combo, when I was lucky enough.