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Susuke Uchiha– Beyond the Limits

Card Number: N-155

#2 of 2007

Review Date: 01.31.08

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 4.00
Limited: 2.75

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

Alucard of the Abyss

Today we get to the number 2 card in the top 10 of 2007 and it is certainly a card that dominated the majority of '07. Today we look at Sasuke Uchiha [Beyond the Limits]. This card (in conjunction with Chidori which I will get to) made Freedori the deck to beat of 2007.

We'll begin with it's stats. It's got average Sasuke stats and is a turn one. It has Growth so it's gets a boost in score there It's also got Sharingan Eye like most Sasuke do. Now on to it's effect, it can play any card named "Chidori" without paying the Jutsu cost. Now this effect is very powerful because of the powerful Chidori that they make. Also good because the Jutsu cost of most Chidori is 2 Fire and 1 Generic Chakra. This card is meant to dominate early to mid game with Chidori that are played for free with most likely the opponent not having a chance to negate them. This strategy alone coined the decktype "Freedori". A deck that played Chidori for free by abusing his effect.

Now his effect is nothing without good Chidori and that's another good thing. He has almost a virtual toolbox of effects on Chidori. There is the major damage one (the one that sees the most play and was reviewed earlier in the week, the R&R one) and also one that lets you draw as well as a few other useful effects. That's the obvious and really the only combo with this card is with Chidori. Otherwise it is just a turn 1 Ninja with average stats. The only other combo is using cards that work with his Sharingan Eye characteristic.

In Limited unless you can pull a good Chidori, I would pass this card by. His stats are average even for this format and his effect is useless without a Chidori.

Constructed: 4/5 (It did dominate the better half of '07 but it seems to have decreased in play lately)
Limited: 2.5/5 (all it has is the stats unless you pull Chidori)

Tomorrow we look at THE top card of 2007. This card was the most played card of the year and was the first thing added when Bandai came out with an errata list. Be sure to check it out.

The First Hokage

Sasuke[Beyond the Limits]

At number 2, we have the leader himself renovating the deck type we called Freedori from February until the end of September. Sasuke is a turn 1 Ninja with Sharingan Eye. He only has 3 Power, but he also has growth, and of course, he has the nifty effect of using the Chidori card for no chakra cost whatsoever. This card was fantastic at bluffing or just putting Chidori in the face of your opponent as early as turn 1. And you didn't even need to worry about Chakra because it was a free jutsu for Sasuke to use. His stats aren't that great, but Chidori easily bumps Sasuke to a power of 8 by himself, definitely solid early game, and could give you real early game advantage.
Freedori has died off right now in the meta due to the errata to some of Fire's key cards. Either way, this was one of the bread and butter cards of Freedori.

My Ratings:

Constructed: [As Of Right Now]: 3.5/5 [Formerly]: 4.5/5
Limited: 3.25/5 It's still at turn 1 which is nice, and if you pull Chidori, it's cool.
Art: 3.75/5


On to number 2. Sasuke Uchiha(Beyond the Limits). What has been said about Chidori(R&R) can mostly also be said about this Sasuke, since his entire effect revolves around Chidori. So, not much to say here. He was awesome before, still good, but with Shikamaru Nara(Formation) being run in just about EVERY deck, it is harder to pull off his effect.

Constructed:3.5/5(non-valid, and has to get around a popularly played early game card)

Limited:3/5(He's a decent early game ninja, plus if you actually pull Chidori, these together will win you the games that you draw them both.)

Ünderbheit Henchman

Sasuke Uchiha [Beyond the Limit]

This card benefited most from the set it came out in.
BTL put the "Free" in "Freedori". It's still a card to fear.
I suspect this card will always see a fair amount of play. There are enough versions of Chidori to choose from now that it's no longer necessary to have the hard-to-find Chidori from R & R.
Aside from it's effect it's one of only a few Sasuke with Taijutsu. It has the stats of a turn 0 Sasuke and growth.

For Constructed tournaments he's excellent. With the right cards he has a lot of potential even though he has since dropped out of the top tier spot light.
Supported with enough draw power and Chidori, this card will always be effective.

For limited your chances of pulling Chidori are slim to none. If you choose to use this card it will be for it's stats which aren't very impressive for a turn 1.

Constructed: 4/5

Limited: 2.5/5

-Ünderbheit Henchman


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