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Ninja Dog Squad (All Gathered)
 

#N-512
 

Review Date: 01.27.09

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 3.90
Limited: 3.25

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


Beastly Mage

Ninja Dog Squad (All Gathered)

Today's card is the probably the only squad with more than three names on it. Ninja Dog Squad (All Gathered) has some solid stats both in healthy and injured status, and three mental power. Along with the Ninja Dog and Animal characteristics. This card comboes well with Kakashi Hatake [Anbu Days]. If the dogs are in the same team as him... you can guess just how much he'll have just with them. Downside is that this squad has no effect, but that can be a good thing since it doesn't require yesterday's card do be put in play (neither does it require a summoning jutsu or anything like that). Dunno just how well this card will work in limited, but in a Ninja Dog deck... *grins*

Ratings:

Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 4/5
Art: Now I know who let the dogs out!/5

Matthew
Low
Monday 1-26-09 and Tuesday 1-27-09
Ninja Dog Squad - Lightning and Ninja Dog Squad (All Gathered) - Lightning

So what is there to say about these cards? It's Lightning. It's another dog. Ninja Dog Squad has great T1 stats: 0/2 that injures to 0/1 isn't something you see every day, or even much at all, as Shikamaru and Temari both injure to 0/0. Their effect leaves something to be desired as you're more or less charging a card to bring out Ninja Dog Squad (All Gathered) a turn or two early. All Gathered is attracted to the number 3 with T3, MP 3, and 3/3 stats all around. That's a solid Ninja overall, and can be pumped by Iruka [Accurate Analysis].

So what's my problem? Simple. Pakkun. Pakkun is part of the big squad, so you can't run [Hidden Intelligence] for some uber annoyance +2/+2 shenanigans. So if you want to run the vanilla theme, you're losing one of your key Ninjas. That's not a good thing. So in a sense you're restricted to running just the Dog Squad, and they'd be better off vanilla so they could get pumped.

That said I don't think it is necessarily a bad thing to run a few of either dog (depending if you are going with Pakkun or not) in a dog deck for a few more dogs to Kakashi Hatake [Anbu Days] into play, or just want a solid Ninja with solid stats. Running both, IMO, seems like not a great plan, because there are too many variables and the risk is not worth the reward. You'd need both in hand T1, not run Pakkun, only get a slightly premature 3/3 beatstick, and have lost a card in hand. Restrictions are not so fun.

Ninja Dog Squad:
Limited: 4.5/5 - 0/2 Ninja that injures well as a T1 is perfectly runnable.
Constructed: 2.7/5 - Has uses with decent stats, but effect isn't all that great.

Ninja Dog Squad (All Gathered):
Limited: 4.5/5 - Really great stats. What's not to like outside if it being a T3?
Constructed: 3.2/5 - Seems to be decent, but no effect with no Pakkun is frowns.
Mark
Howard
Doggy Squad

Now HERE we go! Look at that Characteristic line! Wo-oah snaps!

Characteristic Line (Lightning)
T3 HC1

Target: 1 Ninja
Effect: Win one BR for everything on its Characteristic Line.

Doggy Squad is an excellent card!!! Iruka boosts it to mono 4/4, but mono 3/3 without a hand cost is excellent anyway! Very versatile, and it'll be one FREAKING huge boost to Puppy Mill. Iruka + Inuzuka Clan = Mono 5/5? Check, please!

I really don't have to go into detail. Add in 3 Mental and you've got an absolutely GREAT card that Puppy Mill decks will flip out for! Now, try this combo out!

Kakashi [Anbu Days] (7/5 at least)
Wolfy (6/5)
Doggy Squad (5/5)

Iruka + Inuzuka Clan means this deck has a constant power of 17!!! Or 16, but that can go up even higher! Expect to see quite a few Puppies at your local tournaments soon.

4.5/5
Art: Better get my markers out.
Fun Fact: Pizza Pringles and homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Tomorrow: Itachi Uchiha [Fooled You]

Nick

2008 Stone
Village Kage
Ninja Dog Squad (All Gathered)

A boost to ninja dog decks everywhere, and finally some support on a low turn Lightning ninja. Gotta love it. With the effect of the Ninja Dog Squad previewed yesterday, you can drop this on turn 1, and get some free Chakra! What’s to argue about here? Worst case scenario, you drop this on turn 3. It can also take a hit just fine, as non of its stats drop.

Thing that weirds me out here is that it has 3 mental…I find it odd that a pack of dogs is smarter than a lot of ninja we have seen. Not that I’m complaining, lightning needed a mental boost somewhere.

Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5


 

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