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#N-1072 Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011
based on a 1 to 5 scale.
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Today's card keeps in with the "suit" theme. This
version of Sai has two effects. The first one
protects your Growth Coins from your opponent's
effects. So, any card that would either move or
eliminate Growth Coins on your side wouldn't be
valid. The second effect (Valid) protects your
Ninjas with Growth Coins from your opponent's Ninja
effects. This would include himself, given that he
has the "Growth" characteristic. Aside from that,
he's got the normal characteristics for Sai, such as
ANBU and Mental Power of 2. His stats are good too,
particularly for a turn 4. In Limited he could be
useful, but I'm guessing he's better in Constructed
and Block. Only time will tell.
Art: Yes, I do think it's what it says.../5
N-1072 Sai (Suit) [Academy Recluse]
The next card for the Leaf Academy Suit theme is Sai,
who disappointingly doesn't change the color of
card's background a lot. He's still a nifty card
however. His first effect, which unfortunately isn't
valid, protects your Growth coins from being removed
from your ninjas. The only cards that can do this in
block are Choji [Way Big!!] from Set 18 and those
Growth stealing ninjas from Set 16. As you may have
noticed, this is essentially the same effect all of
the old Leaf Academy (Student) ninjas had, except
Hinata. Growth removal isn't terribly common, but it
is a nice defense to have. Sai's secondary effect is
where the goods are at, however. Sai will protect
your ninjas with growth coins from your opponent's
ninja's effects. This protection is always useful,
however, it is only consistent in LA decks.
So far, I like where the LA is going. When it first
came out, it was a pretty cute card, but not heavily
played due to the lack of support it had. With these
new ninjas, particularly Shikamaru, the deck has
fighting chance. Additionally, there have been many
new cards that have come out over the sets to help
the deck. One simple and obvious combo is Naruto and
Kakashi [Reliance]. Naruto searches for the mission
and Kakashi adds four growth tokens to your ninjas
(assuming one is Naruto). You won't have too much
trouble getting multiple growths on your ninjas with
Tenten [Treasure House Of Weapons]. As long as you
can protect Leaf Academy, you should be fine. You
could also play it safe and not play LA until you
have 10 growths on your ninjas as well ;) Now only
if the reprinted that mission which made growth
tokens give +2/+2.....
Limited: 2/5 Useless effect, but he has nice support
Random: When I first read this card, I thought it
protected your Growth'd ninjas from everything. This
made me think that we need a Sasuke (State 2) (Suit)
card, which would do just that.
Sai (Suit) n1072
This Sai is easily one of the best Sai up to this
point in the game. With standard "Sai" stats, he
feels underwhelming, but his effects could prove
useful. For one, Growth coins on your ninjas are
unaffected by your opponent's effects, which at the
very least means no Choji [Way Big] to pick them up
off of your ninjas. For his second effect, your
ninjas with Growth coins cannot be affected by ninja
effects, which may prove useful in a format run by
dominating ninja effects like that of Monzaemon
Chikamatsu. Overall, this guy doesn't seem bad in
his deck, but outside of a deck with no real track
record, he will pale in comparison to the rest of
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