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[Perfect Possession]

Card Number: N-177

Review Date: 08.05.07

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 3.67
Limited: 1.67

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


Friday's card is Shukaku, and I for one am glad we finally have Shukaku and the Nine-Tailed Fox. Sand decks are finally possible, and Shukaku is the big guy of the Sand Attribute Ninja. While you need to use Possessed Mode Gaara's effect to summon him, you won't see him leave the play that turn to an 8 Trigrams, Gianmt Vortex Jutsu or a host of removal spells. He has the same stats as everyone's big snake Manda, plus he can abuse Gaara's Jutsus, which I think were limited to the fact only Gaara can do them. With a deck that can now contain 12 Sand ninja(3 baby Gaaras, 3 the normal Gaara of your choice, 3 Possessed Mode Gaaras and three Shukakus), Sand decks are now possible finally(thanks Bandai :) )

Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 3/5

Beastly Mage


Happy Friday! All I have to say about this card is: WhOa! o.0 Total inmunity from opponent's game removal? Yes, please. Problem is that this tailed beast is a pain to get out on the field. You need a regular Gaara, Possesed Gaara, AND Sand Coccoon. But, he's still pretty good. In the right deck, he's priceless. Try it and see.


Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 5/5
Art: 4/5


I don't like this card.  I really don't like any of the card with this new mechanic.
"This ninja cannot be removed from play by your opponent's card effects."
Big deal.  The problem with this is that it is too hard and complicated to get out.  First you need Gaara.  Then you need sand cocoon.  Then you need Possessed Gaara.  Then you need to play Shukaku.  And when all that is done you get a 9/0 7/0 ninja that cant be removed. 
Okay, so once somebody gets that out, yes, Baki is worthless, along with great breakthrough and others of the like, but trigrams still works on other ninjas and Shukaku can still be damaged by effects.  Or I could just muscle through him.  All ninjas die eventually, and Shukaku is really no different.  The only thing that bothers me is the power, but even then you ask yourself:  Is it really worth the trouble and money to play him?
And the answer is usually no.
Constructed:  3/5
Limited:  unplayable/5 (there is no sand cocoon in this set)
Oh, and if you REALLY like the "unremovalble mechanic" the best one is probably Naruto & Gamabunta.


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