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Bankotsu, Member of the Band of Seven

Card Text:
When played, search your deck for a copy of BANRYU and put it in your hand. (*) While you control another character with "Band of Seven" in the title, your opponent may not use effects to search his deck or discard pile.

Type - character
Card Number - 54

Card Rating:  3

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

Date Reviewed - 11.27.06

Justin Balatbat Bakotsu, Member of the Band of Seven

Welcome again Inu fans to another week of COTD! This week we are going to finish off the Band of Seven from last week, and it looks like we will be going to start up cards for a Three's Company Deck or at least a Sesshoumaru friends based deck. The last card just stands out because it could belong in almost any deck. Anyway, let's start the review!

Bankotsu has always been the strongest out of all the BOS, yes? True, majority of the time. His first effect is awesome considering the fact that it boosts his power by +2, depending which Banryu you use. His 2nd effect is actually pretty good too because it stops your opponent from doing anything with his or her discard pile or deck. That is pretty great because almost half the decks I see these days use cards that look through their decks or their discard pile, such as "Overjoyed" and "Here He Comes to Save the Day!" So it is pretty worth keeping him. Maybe you could look into the other ones to see if they would work for you too. His colors aren't too bad either, even though he is a 4 deck costing guy.

Casual Play: 3/5
Tournament Play: 3.5/5 Higher because there is majority of people using recycle and search cards
Band of Seven Deck: 3.5/5

Art: 3/5 It really is him.

Bankotsu, member of the band of seven.
Again, this is for the players who are unable to get enough copies of the rarer Bankotsus for their BO7 deck. A 4 deck cost, actually light for a Bankotsu, and the colors are as well, 5black, 6blue, and 3purple. This is slightly subpar, both for a 4 deck cost, and a bankotsu in general, but it isn`t really weak, the 5 and 6 are stable, although one would expect a 7 somewhere on a Bankotsu, and the 3 is there for balance. However, when this

card is played you may search your deck for a copy of Banryu and put IT in your hand(you will notice on the card it says HIM, even though it is an item). This will, if I`m not mistaken raise Bankotsus colors by at least
+2, +3 if I remember correctly. Making even his lowest color a force to
reckoned with. His final effect is that as long as you have at least 1 other BO7 character out, your opponent cannot use effects to search their deck or discard pile. This can be nice and limiting, since most decks nowadays have at least some form or tutorage, be it for the discard pile, deck, or both. But, this will likely not have a huge impact on the match, since most decks only run a few forms of tutorage. However it is kinda nice.
Newb:2.5/5(high cost and only decent colors, along with two effects that will likely not have much of an impact here, especially since, if I remember

right, Banryu is only available as a subset promo in this latest set,
Tournament:3.5/5(BO7 primarily, he works here, and outside of BO7 decks, but

will likely find the most use in one. There are much better Bankotsus, but this is good for budget players) Art:3/5(I`ve always thought Bankotsu is pretty cool.)

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