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Hokage (Lightning Speed)
Ah, the Fourth Hokage...
A lot of people like this guy, and for good reason.
The ability to give you an extra battle reward in
any status PLUS good stats are just great. Add to
that the fact that when injured he gets better stats
and he can't be blocked by single-ninja teams...
that's just (shall I say it?) Beastly! I actually
run this guy and he's worked wonders for me. If you
manage to get a copy (since it's not that easy), AND
you want to run him, do it! He really is that good.
Art: A friend of mine asked his for his b-day cake
with this photo, so I'll say: Delicious!/5
Nick 2008 Stone
The Fourth Hokage
Unlike Sasuke from yesterday, we have not seen a lot
of variants to this ninja. It would be the fact that
he is dead, but...we still get new versions of the
1st and 2nd Hokage, and the Third...Ok well that
doesn't make much sense. Anyway, this card is
supposed to be representative of the nickname "The
Yellow Flash" that is very fitting for this effect.
Any time his team wins a normal battle reward, you
get an extra. Decent effect if I do say so myself,
especially in comparison to the other version that
can heal. His secondary effect is the beastly part
though. When injured, your opponent can't throw
chump blockers at him! Guess where this card sees
play the most? OC and Toad decks. Decks that already
are pretty mean once they get going, and this guy
just ends it that much faster. It's cool that this
card was one of the ones we were waiting for, yet I
still think that Bandai owes us that really really
great Fourth Hokage. For now though, I'm happy with
this one. Want an easy way to get him injured? Use
Haku [Camoflauge] or Sasuke [Breaking off the
Connection] before he is sent out to attack.
Oh, and I don't care what Mark thinks, the platoon
of The Fourth Hokage and Gamabunta FAILS hardcore in
comparison to this ninja.
Limited: 5/5 When run with the Naruto starter.
Art: Much more dynamic than the previous version.
4th Hokage (Lightning Speed)
One of my personal favs from 2008, the 4th really
knows how to break games wide open. When he wins a
normal or outstanding reward, he gets another one.
and when he's injured, he can't be blocked by a team
of 1. Both effects are valid. If your opponent is
forced to split teams, he wins. This alone makes him
good. What makes him better is that he is a 5/4
healthy and a 6/5 injured, making him an above
average back ninja and abusable in the right team. (Kakashi
ES and him = 3-4 a turn!!)
Constructed: 5/5 (If you run lightning, you run him)
The Fourth Hokage [Lightning Speed]
Welcome Pojo'ers! Today's card of the day is none
other than the ninja that goes by Yellow Flash, The
Fourth Hokage [Lightning Speed].
start by comparing him with the old Fourth Hokage
[Hero of the Village]. That was 8 sets before
Lineage was out - 2 years. The old Fourth healed
all of your ninjas (situational). Semi-decent
card. This one however, gives you an extra battle
reward when you win a normal/outstanding BR. Let's
see, 3/10 BR's, that's GOOD. The other thing is,
Yondaime has 4 support healthy now, compared to the
old 3 support from Curse of the Sands. 5/4 healthy,
6/5 injured makes him the strongest Hokage of them
all up to date.
can't say Lightning needed this card, because it's
hard to fit him in anyway with 3 Jiraiya IotHT taking
T6 slot. However, he does take more preference over
HotV majorly, so that's a plus. The other problem
is getting Yondaime injured for his other effect;
easier said than done.
this card make Lightning raise up from the bottom?
Yes, but not all the way up to the top. It took a
different card to make Lightning Tier 1. But this
card will still see play.
Bottom line, he's better than HotV.
Limited: 3/5 If you make it to T6
The Poo Toucher
Today we are going over one of the most influential
cards of the year, The Fourth Hokage Lightning
Wait.....what? This is the 9th best card released in
the entire year of 2008??? I'm going to have to
Let it be known I am in no way saying that this is a
bad card. It is heavily stated as a 5/4 6/5 (the
best support in this game is, you guessed it the all
mighty 4th) it also has 2 game changing effects, the
first being that if allowed to win battle rewards,
he get's 3! the second being while in injured status
(a 5 support) he's only allowed to be blocked by a
team with at least 2 ninjas in it.
So why am I saying this does not deserve it's place
in the top 10 countdown? There are many, many
I have been playing lightning competitivly for
almost 6 months exclusively, so when it was revealed
that they would be releasing this new improved (in
japan he did not have the Kiba leading scout
ability) 4th Hokage in Lineage of Legends (set 10) I
looked around at what I could play him in....he's
yet to make an impact in any of my decks. In the
past 6 months, I've competitively played
mono-lightning Naruto Vs. Sasuke (Pre-Lol) and mon-lightning
Naruto OC (Jiraiya Instuctor of the Hidden Technique
was a staple, and I feel 4-5 6 drops is far too
much) Both have T2 a chunin (NVS won a chunin). A
question I ask everyone of you reading this is, how
can a card who isn't even effective in his own color
be one of the 10 most influencial for the year?
Lightning was also a very aggressive style of play
upon release of this ninja, most games not even
lasting until turn 6. Add to that the 4th needs to
be in injured status to attempt to gain battle
rewards (if, that is, if he hits the table, bank on
him being blocked) and back ninjas are rarely
injured. I can see that on paper, he is a impressive
ninja. But while his format was being played (set 10
format) there was just no need for him. Add to that
in the very next set, Lightning was given a ninja
who was the same turn and 60-70% of the time upon
deployment gains you 2 battle rewards (Jiraiya
presence) and you have a nice looking card, but a
bad card just the same:(
The final point I feel I must stress is the I've yet
to see a big event (chunin+) be toped with this
ninja in the deck as more than a 1 of. Obviously I
am not omipotent, so it could've happened but if it
did, people would play this more often. As far as
I'm aware, only washingtons chunin was toped with
this card, and it was a 1 of (if there are more,
please PM me and LMK) and not only that, but with
Jiraiya IotHT in the same deck (meaning this was not
his best card to play turn 6) and this was in the
lineage format (meaning he didn't have acces to our
#10 card) and at that point, no one had any idea on
what a Naruto OC deck should look like (I played
Anko Signs of Orochi in mine XD) now there's just no
room for this card.
When you take all of that into account, the only
plausible reason why I see this shiner on the eye
that is this list, it's because of who the character
is (the 4th hokage is a fan favorite) and that's all
well and good, he's a decent card, but in no way the
9th best released this year (there are 3 cards I'd
gladly put above him that didn't make this list...)
With that, let me re-iterate. This is not a bad
card, just not the 9th best.
Constructed: 3 out of 5 (based on the Lineage format
and not what's currently available)
Limited: 4 out of 5. He was great in limited because
he's so beefy and removal isn't a big thing in
Art: 5 out of 5. Love the cape
Until next time, truly yours. The Poo Toucher
9. The Fourth Hokage-Lightning Speed
Now this is a card that in my opinion wins for "Best
Fan Card with a good effect". The Fourth needed a
good form badly to make his fanboys happy, and this
is where they got it. He's a BR pulling Machine, and
he doesn't let anything stand in his way, especially
people by themselves. He's an awesome turn 6, and if
he was any other element, he'd be even more
welcome...problem is, right now lightning's meta
stands behind OC Naruto and shouts "Hold the Line!"
That right there is not good, and it really makes me
wait for a change to lightning, so that this card
can shine. Do I like this card? Yes. Do I think it's
good? Yes. Do I think it's one of 2008's finest? No
chance. This is a very good card, and I enjoy using
it in my hand discard deck, but it's still just
another not completely board changing card.
This is a card that if there was some combo to it
that allowed you to swing through consistently, it
would be incredible, but at this point, it's just an
awesome supporter/Rasengan User.
Constructed: 4/5 It's a really good card, but it
didn't change this game
Limited: 4/5 Also insane if you can get it.
Art: 5/5 This is what a Hokage should look
like...even if they're a girl...
The Fourth Hokage [Lightning Speed]
Continuing the Top 10 countdown, we move to number
9, which in my opinion is more of a fan boy card,
but also still very solid.
At number 9, we have the brand new Fourth
Hokage[Lightning Speed] straight out of Lineage of
the Legends. This card is very popular in Lightning
builds, but still isn’t seeing play due to the fact
that Lightning is using Jiraiya[Instruction of the
Hidden Technique]. Still, Fourth is a very popular
card and the most expensive card in terms of price
from Lineage of the Legends.
The Fourth Hokage is a very versatile 6 drop that
Lightning has in its arsenal. It’s also more of a
support ninja, which helps Lightning as they lack
support ninjas compared to ninjas that have a lot of
combat a la Naruto, Rock Lee, Jiraiya, Might Guy,
etc. Moving forward, this enhanced version of Fourth
Hokage is superior to the one released in Curse of
the Sand. The big first difference that is
noticeable is that he has 4 support in his new
version in healthy status compared to 3 in his old
version. He has two other effects to boot, which
improves this version. His first effect states: When
you win a normal battle reward or an outstanding
battle reward due to this ninjas team, you can win
an extra battle reward. Obviously, this is a no
brainer for your opponent as they’ll chump block
Fourth’s team so you don’t get that extra battle
reward. However, with Explosion of the Rasengan
coming out in Approaching Wind, you can bounce one
ninja to the bottom of the deck, which then allows
you to score battle rewards via his effect, which is
nice. His effect might also come too late for him to
make the huge difference that you want him to make.
The effect is great when you have a lot of battle
rewards and your opponent having to sacrifice their
ninja in order to live. His second effect is what
makes his first effect deadly. When The Fourth
Hokage is in injured status, his team cannot be
blocked by a team of 1 ninja. This is amazing. Now
your opponent cannot chump block your Fourth
Hokage’s team, so you’re either forcing your
opponent to block with their team of 2 ninja or
block with their largest team and possibly face the
wrath of Lightning’s large arsenal of jutsu. The
only problem I see is that Fourth cannot auto-injure
himself like he could in his previous version. As
usual, The Fourth gets better support and combat
while in injured status since he is Naruto’s father
after all and it would only make sense. He’s a
really solid ninja overall and if you’re looking for
a support ninja with some nice effects, the new
Fourth Hokage is your man for the job.
Overall, he is seeing play sparingly in Lightning
decks, and I hope he can make more of an impact
since he is a solid ninja, just not everything that
Jiraiya that can recycle jutsu with Naruto on the
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