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Pojo's Naruto Card of the Day

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Ino Yamanaka
[Loves Rival]

Card Number: 004
Rarity - Common

Review Date: 10.31.06

Average Card Rating: 1.5

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

dust2dust Ino Yamanaka [Loves Rival]

-low turn cost


Today is Halloween. Seeing how popular Naruto, I’ll bound to see some kid dressing up in their ninja outfits and go house after house collecting their precious candy. I guess I’ll throw some candy, like I would with a kunai to show my love…anyway..

Our second card pin point the weaknesses in all girl decks. With cards like Kinochi Battles and some new female ninja, it’s easy to see why we worry.

Compare to other versions of Ino, she appears to be the best of them all. Seeing how now a days, most people put female ninja in some form or another. Whether it is Temari, or Kurenai, Ino works wonders in countering that.

But is it enough? I think not. One measly ninja with support of 2 would not be enough to with stand against a team with Temari. Even with her, she can only tie with the best early drop team available, and even than you would have to discard. As we move on later in the game, the only female ninja that would trigger this would be Kurenai. She doesn’t exactly help there either. In the end, she is really nothing more than possible 2 support with a pretty face.

I do prefer Sakura.

Consructed: 2.0/5
Limited: 2.25/5
Playdoh Dude Ino Yamanaka [Love's Rival]

Ino is one of those ninja that makes you wonder. Why play it?
Ino is one of teh only ninja that gives you a technical advantage against your opponent. First of all, most deck splay at least one female ninja: whether it be Sakura, Kurenai, or the godly Temari, this ninja gives you.... an extra stat, making her equal to Temari. Well, how about that?
Obviously, this card should not be played in the main deck: your opponent pulls out Kurenai and you'll be helpless against a 3 support nin. Second, she only provides 1 earth chakra, while I'd rather play a client for chakra.

Sorry for the short review this week:
Constructed: 1.5/5. MOst cards will get this rating this week.
Draft: 1.5/5. While your opponent may pull something weaker like a vanilla Sakura, this girl is no match for the higher up Kurenai.
Art: Not many Ino cards have good art, 1/5.
Overall: 1.5/5



-still weak?

Today is Ino Yamanaka (Love's Rival) for those kunoichi decks. While i think the idea is great, and could potentially get girls into the game a lot more, it still doesnt spark my interest. Pumps are good, but how is it gonna keep up with an aoc? While cool, still weak, hate to leave early, but its not worth it for this card, see ya Ray

Constructed 1/5
Sealed 2/5
Art 2/5


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