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Welcome to another exclusive. Today's card is the
kid version of Iruka-Sensei. It's a pretty good
choice for T-0, since at that moment he will be the
only Ninja on your side of the field. Protection
against Ninja effects is also very good. In limited
he could be good, not so sure about constructed
though. There are better options there, IMO.
Anyways, try it and see!
Art: Where's the flavor text?!/5
Nick 2008 Stone
Pojo Preview #2
Iruka Umino (Childhood)
Originally, when I first glanced at this card, I
thought it was kind of good. Now after really
reading it, I realize that this card is bad. It has
Ninja Academy Rank, and its stats are sub-par at
best. Unless you are missing drops (a bad thing, or
so I hear), you will only get his effect on turn 0.
Drop him any other time and he’s just a vanilla 2/0
1/0 ninja. Not only that, but Lightning needs more
support ninja early game, not lackluster head ninja.
It doesn’t even give the other Iruka in your hand
growth! Would anyone replace Naruto, Lee, Sumaru,
Konohamaru, and to a lesser extent Idate for a ninja
that is only 3/0 on one turn? No way. The only, only
possible redeeming quality I could see of this card
is that it has growth, and may fit into the growth
theme that Wheat and Texans have mentioned for set
16. Other than that, I think this card is as useful
as the Naruto/Sai platoon.
On a side note, Iruka has joined the club of “I’m
too cool for flavor text,” with Kakashi and the
Limited: 3/5. It’s a turn 0, and on color with one
of the theme decks. Not too bad to draft I suppose.
Constructed: 1/5. Bill doesn’t let me drop it below
that, but lightning has better options.
Art: 4/5 I like the art. We don’t see little Iruka
that often (or Iruka period.)
Iruka Umino [Solitude]
To be honest, I didn't even know there was an Iruka
(Childhood) picture to make a card from, but man
this little guy is solid. And this card should have
received the Growth effect some of the other
Childhood character have; it would make him a much
better card. Opening with this guy is obviously were
he shines, as it allows him to trade with popular
opening 3-Combat ninja like Sasuke [Copying the
Skills] and Choji [Infuriation], which ends in his
favor. On top of that, he's an Academy rank, so
Sasuke can't steal his effect. I could see this card
seeing some play to help Lightning keep it's splash
count down, but I wouldn't count on seeing this kid
Another day, another EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW!!! *Waves
SWEET! Iruka Childhood! Awesome! Ninja Academy
Student?! Holy God! A rank on a Childhood that isn't
Anko?! Ninja Academy Student? Hmmm....
Okay, so the effect isn't as great as we'd like it
to be, but hey! It's another Student! They're
growing in numbers slowly! Perhaps we'll see more
Students down the line considering all the
Childhoods we're getting/may get. I wish the stats
were slightly better, let alone its effect, but I'll
hang onto him in case of a potential Student deck.
COOL card though! I like it all the same! ^_^
Limited: 4/5 Love T0's
Art: I don't need to be a playable card to be cool!
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