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Uzumaki & Shadow Clone
[Mastering the Secrets of the Rasengan]
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Naruto Uzumaki & Shadow Clone
Last card of the year! OMG!!!
Today's card is the Naruto/Shadow Clone Platoon.
This platoon comes in handy in Rasengan-based decks.
Since the effect allows him to reduce the cost of
any Rasengan (any Naruto with Clone Status can use)
down to one Lightning Chakra. That means that even
Explosion of the Rasengan can cost just one
Lightning with this Platoon. He's a Starter Deck
exclusive in the new Naruto Starter Deck, so you
won't see him in a booster draft. In constructed
format it's pure mayhem. Try it and see.
Art: Two times the Knucklehead-edness, two times the
Happy New Year's!!!
The Poo Toucher
Happy almost new year one and all, this will be
another short week sad to say, but today we will
cover the Naruto Uzumaki & Shadow Clone Platoon from
First I think I should explain how anticipated this
card really was. The ultra-cool players knew about
this card back around the chosen because it was in
the Japanese card with just about the same effect,
back then if you played naruto at all you were
usually playing either legacy from the fourth hokage
from dream legacy (set 5) or control of power from
revenge and rebirth (set 4) neither one of those
having clone status (much to the dismay of the
players) so a card on turn 1 that keeps it's 3/0
stats in either status along with using things like
rasengan from quest for power (set 7) either the
auto outstanding or the damage standby or even the
blazing rasengan from the chosen (set 9) to remove
any opposing threat. In that format, speed was the
best way to counter the best deck (over 9000) so
having a 3/0 than can easily become a 10/0 was a
very impressive thing, add to that it could use all
those jutsu for a mere 1 chakra just made the
playerbase love the card (I know I did)
However, between the chosen and now, we got a ninja
who is immune to removal, (the best answer to pumps)
has clone stats, is named naruto uzumaki, and isn't
a platoon! So as bad as it is, this card went
completley unnoticed once released at a competitive
level. One thing I would've loved was to see the
popular "this ninja cannot be removed by opposing
jutsu" text, but oh well.
As the card is right now, I could see it being used
as a "cheapsangan" kind of deck that abuses things
like explosion of the rasengan from approaching
winds (set 11) for that cheap 1 chakra and tries to
secure board advantage by turn 3 before the opposing
player can drop their powerhouse OC ninja, but don't
expect this years jonin results to be flooded with
this guy, it's just too underwhelming in the current
format to be a factor.
constructed: 2 out of 5. It would've been nice to
have a form of protection given the format, but oh
limited: N.A. out of 5. this is a starter only card
Art: 4 out of 5. It is proly the most pleasing jutsu
visually, and so this can't be bad art right?
Until next time, truly yours, The Poo Toucher
N-406 Naruto Uzumaki and Shadow Clone-Mastering the
To start of this review, the OC Naruto doesn't
exist...he just doesn't, which will allow this
review to be more objective...Ah, that feels better,
now doesn't it?
This is a very fun card, and actually quite viable
in a Rasengan deck, using this, Blazing, and
Explosion, as all of them are this cheap. The
chakra you even get for playing it onto the board
can set up for a turn 1 blowout if you've injured
something before this, which with Naruto on board
isn't uncommon at all. After that you get one of
three(or four, if you're running
Prince/Moonlight...not a bad idea...)delicious
flavors to use with this Naruto...it's like a swiss
army knife of magic spinning balls, and it's other
users aren't that bad either, with Jiraiya-IOTHT
being at the top of the list to always give this
little kid a weapon.
Overall, this card isn't it's own deck, but it is
it's own trump card. Try it out, blow away early
game teams, and question why it's Lightning/Fire and
not Lightning/Wind...I do...
Limited-...it's in a starter deck, right?
Naruto and Naruto
Welcome to the most pointless Platoon in the game:
Naruto + Naruto. Pretty crappy. If you're using it,
that means you're using a Rasengan deck, and most
likely 3 Rasengans and as many Explosions as you can
find. Too bad those are 3-chakra Jutsus and this
platoon has bad stats for lategame and decent early
(late-game is when you'll have drawn your Rasengans).
Combo that with the fact that there's only one Ninja
you can possibly use to platoon this and you've got
a pointless platoon.
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