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Naruto –
Control of Power

Card Number: N-136

#3 of 2007

Review Date: 01.30.08

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 4.00
Limited: 4.75

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


Naruto Uzumaki [Control of Power]

When Revenge and Rebirth first came out, Naruto immediately became the best 0 drop, better than Sasuke Uchiha even.

First, the downsides:
Choji Akimichi [US Formation] can beat him when Naruto is injured (and most dangerous) and Shikamaru Nara [US Formation] blocks his effect.

On the plus side, Naruto can pump to beat Choji, can be a 3 early on, can be a 6 if his effect isn't stopped, he has growth, he can use his effect when unblocked to potentially take 2 BRs, he can pump to have the Combat of a Jonin...

He's still very playable, but due to some cards that have come out recently, he isn't quite the unbelievably dominating powerhouse he was before.

I personally think the best 0 drop is probably Choji Formation right now, but I play both in my deck.

In limited, he's amazing. He's a 0 drop, he's got great stats. Pick him.

Constructed: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Art: 4/5 (I don't like his pose, but the orange chakra is awesome.)

The First Hokage

Naruto[Control of Power]

This card was one of the best 0 drops released in 2007 and it's reason can be justified. By milling 6 cards from your deck, Naruto can get +3 in power. And when he's injured status, he can be a 6/0. In addition, he also has growth which makes him even stronger in the early game. A lot of people won't to rid of Naruto first thing, but that is a hard task to take care of. One of the most popular decks in 2007 was Tempo and Naruto wasn't definitely a part of that since he can boost up to a possibly 6, there's 2 Battle Rewards for you right there. And he's a solid Lightning card type as well. Right now, I don't think he's as good as he once was, but he's still pretty good regardless. One of the best 0 drops since AoC Sasuke and the Formation squad.

My Ratings:

Constructed: 4.25/5
Limited: 5/5 Best 0 Drop in R&R


Here we come to number 3 on our top ten of 2007 list. Naruto Uzumaki(Control of Power). Right now most people run one of 2 Narutos in their deck, this, or One Last Attack. Both are turn 0s, both have growth and good injured stats. One Last Attack revolves around damage and being aggressive, and Control of Power revolves around pumping up with discards, and being aggressive. Naruto's cards do seem to reflect his reckless nature. Anyway, Naruto(Control of Power) has an effect where during the exchange of jutsu you may discard the top 2 cards of your deck to give him +1/+0, and it can be done up to 3 times per turn. Essentially making Naruto a possible 3/0,6/0 on turn 0, and with growth, a 4/1,7/1 on turn 1. This is obviously much more powerful than any other ninja for the turn, and in most cases stronger than even ninjas up to turn 4/5.

 However, this power does come at a cost, if you over-use his effect, then you run the risk of decking yourself out, or simply getting rid of all your good cards. However, if you know how to use the effect wisely, it provides early game control, so that it is harder for your opponent to come back. The release of Shikamaru Nara(Formation[Monday's card]) has hurt his playability some, since his effect only matters if he is a head ninja, and you'll want him injured, so if you lose a battle with him, he dies. If you're running a deck with Gaara (TN) and some other damage based cards(Suicidal Action), One Last Attack might be better, but this Naruto works when attacking or blocking, so your opponent doesn't get to hit you back on their turn without having to use an effect or jutsu.

Constructed:4.4/5(Turn 0, Growth, a powerful effect, and good stats make him a great choice for any deck)

Limited:4.8/5(You run this, it will dominate, the only downside is, the deck size is smaller in limited[generally])

Mark Howard


Lame. LAME. LAME!!! His picture makes him look like he's trying to crap sideways, and the effect is easily predictable and eats up 6 Cards for a measly +3. Use a better Naruto, or the new Turn 2 one with Jonin stats. Especially with Mill Decks (which will become a lot more popular soon; even I'm running it now!) this can kill you, and even if you're against something else, a clever opponent can trick you into running down your Deck.

There are better cards out there.


I'm not going to review the last cards. I don't really agree with much of this Top Ten list at all -_-

Ünderbheit Henchman Naruto [Control of Power] N-136

Coming out of what is arguably the most influential set of this game, this Naruto was a vital part of the deck known to most as "Tempo". It's strength while injured made it a force to be reckoned with. It wasn't really regulated until the release of the US Ino-Shika-Cho Formation in Eternal Rivalry. It died down a bit during that time until Lightning gained more card support with the release of Quest For Power.

Constructed - COP is still a major player in competitive decks, in particular the "Sexy Gaara"
deck. It may see a little less play with the added mill effect cards from this set, but only time will tell.

Limited - It's a great pick. From my experience milling off cards in a Limited tournament is not a huge deal since you're lucky if any of the cards match elements anyway.

Constructed: 4/5
Limited: 4.5/5



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