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2-Anbu [Rising Threat]/[Hidden Threat]
Today we'll take a look at two cards that made quite
an impact in 2011. Both of these cards went through
Erratas, restrictions, and finally got banned. Let's
take a look at them, shall we?
[Rising Threat] is a T0 Leaf, while [Hidden Threat]
is a T1 Mist. Both are Anbu-class/Fire males, and
both have a similar effect. When you have them in
your hand, you can put them in play, and that
wouldn't count as a Deployment. For those familiar
with the World Mission cards, these two made a good
combination with World of Fire, which allows you to
mill in exchange for the Blade Coins on the Mission.
The other reason for this is a little something
right before the effect text: Non-Unique. The
potential for swarming was set! They also have
different effects in the second part. When [Rising
Threat] is put in play all of your Anbu Ninjas (him
included) get +1/+1, while [Hidden Threat] protects
all of your Anbu Ninjas (him included) from damage
this turn. Not only could you swarm with them, there
was a chance you could also rush with them as well.
Originally, they were only called "Anbu" until an
Errata changed their name to include their
respective Villages, meaning you could have six out
rather than just three. With the Swarm/Mill/Rush
tactics being used in both Block and Unlimited, it
was discovered just how much of an exaggeration in
simplicity these two guys were.
That's why they're now blocked!
They also fit into pretty much any deck that could
use them. Void loved them because of its need for
Sacrifice material Ninjas. All other decks liked
them because having Early-Turn hitters is always
good. But, it was in Fire/Anbu/Mill that these guys
made their impact.
Since they're now blocked, I'll only rate them in
all formats (before the name Errata - after the name
Errata) before the Blocking.