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Itachi Uchiha [Despair at the Clan]
 

N-259
 

Review Date: 02.05.08

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 3.00
Limited: 4.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.
3 = average.
5 is the highest rating.


Beastly Mage

Itachi Uchiha [Despair at the Clan]

Simple effect for a complex character, I say. Put him in play, discard as many ninjas as you want, draw as many cards as you did discard ninjas. It's pretty good when getting rid of, let's say, injured Genins or stuff like that. If you're winning you have nothing to worry about. If you're losing, I wouldn't recommend it. It's an SR, so it's kinda hard to come by in limited, but in constructed it could help give fire some draw power.

Ratings:

Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Art: ANBU Itachi FTW!/5


Alucard of the Abyss

Today we look at quite possibly the best Itachi in the game so far. Today's card is [Despair at the Clan], a card of Itachi before he became part of Akatsuki.

First as usual, I will start with his stats. His healthy stats are 6/3 which are on par with other turn 5s although his injured status of 1/3 could be a little higher but his support remains high. He has Jonin status which means he can play those all important 8 Trigrams and other Jonin requirement Jutsu. He is also Leaf (the only non-Platoon Itachi with Leaf I might add) for if you are still playing The One Who Inherits and Entrusts the Will or if you want to use Suicidal Action with him. Lastly, he has Sharingan Eye which means he can play the Jutsu available to Sharingan users. Now, onto his effect. It may look familiar because it's effect is the same as a Mission from Eternal Rivalry, Fratricide. As a mission the effect isn't all that great, but on a 6/3 ninja as a come into play effect it's very nice. You can drop him late game and toss a couple of your otherwise useless Ninjas to draw into potential game winning cards. Now if you don't have any Ninja worth tossing then his effect is obviously going to be of little help but by turn 5 you should have at least 1-2 Ninja you can afford to lose for the draw.

I see him finding his way into Mono-Fire decks as well as Sharingan themed decks. He might also find his way into Fire/X decks that need some extra draw power. He won't replace the standard Fire 5 drops (the various Kakashi) but I do see him being played alongside them. There's aren't really any combos with him since his effect uses Ninja unless you are using it on either a Ninja that is going to be discarded at the end of your turn anyways or you are using it on a Ninja you stole from your opponent (which there are very little cards that do).

In limited you choose him first and build around him. His stats alone warrant playing him but his effect helps a lot in this format. Limited generally lacks any decent draw power and here you can toss some useless ninjas that you are forced to play for possibly very important draw. If you can pull enough Fire to support him then play him and even if you get a small amount of Fire, play him anyways because in this format you take anything you can get.

And I usually don't rate artwork, but I might from now on and this is a good card to start with. The moon in the background really makes this card jump out at you. Very good art.

Constructed: 3.8/5 (Pretty good, not the best 5 drop Fire has, but still good)
Limited: 5/5 (Obvious pick in this format)
Art: 5/5 (simply amazing art)

Tomorrow we take a look at one of the most sought after cards that came out in Battle of Destiny. Be sure to check it out.

~Alucard

Mark Howard

Sasuke [Despair at the clan]

Ugh! ANOTHER Sasuke!? Wait a second.... Pojo, you idiot!!!! You wrote "Sasuke" instead of Itachi. Whatever.

(Pojo Note:   ... No one reading has a clue what you are talking about.  As far as they know ... I wrote it correctly  :-P)

This "Sasuke" has the best picture EVUH! Still, his healthy stats rival those of Kakashi Hatake (who really SHOULD be a turn 6), but his injured stats are still poo (that rivals that of Winnie the Pooh!).

I don't really like his effect. It's pretty much Fratricide as a Ninja, but you have to kill them; they don't become Chakra. You can find a better Itachi than this.
Still love that picture.
2/5

And by the way, I'm going to cancel my Combo of the Week section. I haven't gotten a single reader email, and so if I don't get one this week, I'm going to stop doing the section :o So, if you feel like being human, my email is destinyhero@verizon.net (Destiny Heroes used to be my favorite YuGiOh cards)

Akira Itachi Uchiha [Despair at the Clan]
Healthy Stats - Standard.
Injured Stats - Good. I'd rather have a 1/3 injured guy than a 3/2 or something.
As for the effect...It's got a lot of combo potential.
Play Itachi, kill off your off-element ninjas, then play Selecting the Strongest - instead of just discarding those ninjas for the mission, you got to draw cards and demolish your opponent's field.
Also, the SR Kakashi [The Worst Outcome] allows you to ditch your injured/worthless ninjas for draw power, which is awesome.
If you're just playing him as a simple 5 drop with nothing else up your sleeve, he's a bit on the weak side...I'd rather just use a mission to draw rather than sacrificing my support/chump blockers.
In limited...He's SR, he's got good stats, and he can let you draw into jutsus/whatever. A good ninja to have.

Constructed: 4/5
Limited: 3/5


 

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