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Sasuke Ichiha
[Learning a New Technique]


Review Date: 04.21.09

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 2.20
Limited: 2.20

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

Beastly Mage

Sasuke Uchiha

This version of Sasuke could be useful in a dedicated Chidori deck. With Freedori seeing less and less play (if any at all) this card could be helpful. Think about it: you have Kakashi on the field, and you need a big pump-up for him. You put our favorite Emo boy in play, discard the two "Fire" Chakras (yes, it's required) and look for Chidori. Thing is: is it worth it? Could be. I personally run a Fire deck, and I know of ways to get plenty of Chakra out early game, but that could be a bit situational. It all depends on your strategy... and a bit of luck!


Limited: 1/5 (still, he is a turn 0)
Constructed: 2.5/5
Art: Electro-Emo/5


2008 Stone
Village Kage
Sasuke Uchiha
[Learning a New Technique]

The Podcast previewed a Naruto Identical to this Sasuke. This one is just as useless. Here is why. He’s a turn 0 with a put in play effect that needs two chakra to use. How often do you have 2 fire chakra on turn 0 unless you hard charged them? Imagine you do and you search your Chidori. Now what? You have no chakra to play it. Best that you could do is growth into BTL at turn 1, then use it for free, but that’s soo unlikely. Looks like he’s gotten over the “Sasuke Syndrome,” because he at least retains a 1/0 when injured. In limited, he’ll see some play just because he’s a turn 0, but that’s it. I’d go for the 4/0 vanilla one before this though. At least it’s not a rare…

Limited: 3/5 (It’s a 0, and if you can’t get Vanilla, this can work)
Constructed: 1/5 If you can’t find a better Sasuke than this, you probably need to take a second look at your collection.
Art: This art should have been used for almost any other good Sasuke long ago.
That Guy Sasuke Uchiha ( Learning a New Technique )

Meet the Sasuke that brings Freedori back on top. With some of the added fire support cards adjusting Freedori will be a breeze. For just two chakra you can grab Chidori, then growth over with Beyond the Limits and start the cycle of Freedori. Learning a New Technique is basically the solution to let Sasuke have free access to his best jutsu and give you some serious advantage early in the game. Strategically you would not want to play this first turn unless you really want to get Chidori or just like intimidating your opponent. Also, this Sasuke does not have "Sasuke Syndrome", he's 1/0, hallelujah.

Constructed: 5/5
Limited: 5/5 (only if there is a Chidori in the next set)
Art: Kamehameha me haaaaaaa!
Mark Howard Sasuke Uchiha [Learning a New Technique]

This is a terrible card. Let's see why:

1. He's an early ninja, who needs you to drop 2 Chakra when deployed
2. You will not have early Chakra
3. 2 Chakra isn't a small cost, anyway.
4. Chidori takes a further 3 Chakra to use.
5. In total, this Sasuke will be eating up 10 Chakra
6. The only Genin Sasuke allowed to use Chidori is [Beyond the Limit]

So there you go. I thought we were going to get a great card, but this guy's just horrible. Oh well, maybe next time, Sasuke. Maybe next time.

1/5 (wish I could go lower)
Art: Meh.
Fun Fact: Boom backwards is moob!
StormVyper Zera Sasuke Uchiha [Learning a New Technique]

In a Chidori deck, which this card is obviously for, it's nice to search out a Chidori as early as possible. The trade-off, however, is that you miss out on the ability to play that Chidori for free on Turn 1, as you're not using Sasuke [Beyond the Limits]. Seeing as Gaara [Tragic Name] is such a widely used card right now, it's not unlikely that [Beyond the Limits] won't get to use it's effect. However, I'd much rather have the option for free Chidori than not. I could see this being used as a one-of, but I'd personally just use [Beyond the Limits] at 3.

Limited: 1/5
Constructed: 2/5
Artwork: ..Eh. It's average.
~StormVyper Zera
Steven Dally Jr. Sasuke Uchiha - Learning A New Technique

Now here we are shown what I believe to the last in the line of the new
Sasuke's, two being Water, the other two being Fire.

Now this Sasuke's stats, being it's usual 3/0 healthy, but surprisingly having
a 1/0 injured still won't save it. The effect, letting you go out and pay your two Chakra (HAVING to be fire, tough enough as it is) when getting put into play, to search for a Jutsu no one really plays anymore, makes him get shoved to the bottom of list of playable Sasuke's. I personally don't care for him, knowing there are better Sasuke's out there to play.

The effect let's you look for Chidori, but if people are playing Chidori, I see them still wanting to play the fan favorite, "Freedori" Sasuke, because having to cough up 2 FIRE chakra early game as it is, makes it where you wouldn't get to play with it, and just setting up for you to get Temari WS'ed having you waste
not only chakra but a Jutsu. =/

Limited - 2/5 because he IS a 0 drop, but obviously people would rather play the Water one.
Constructed - 1/5 SO many other playable Sasuke's.
Tuesday 4/21 - Sasuke Uchiha [Learning a New Technique] - Ninja - Fire

Amazing picture and neat effect. Problem? Overshadowed. Sad face.

Freedori already has [Beyond the Limits]. Tempo goes with [Breaking Off the Connection]. Many decks use [Complete Opening of the Eyes], while the new Sasuke in Fateful Reunion will be seen all over (both Water and Vanilla). Where does that leave this Sasuke? In the card box. Pretty card though. And he has injured stats! But so does Vanilla Sasuke.

He also isn't useful as a T0, as you'd have to virtually hardcharge two cards to search Chidori, which is -1 card/resource, and then you'd need to pay its cost, unless you Growth into BTL like a pro. Yeah right. So no to sad cards, even if they look awesome.

Constructed: 1.2 out of 5.0 (Sorry.)
Limited: 5.0 out of 5.0 (He's a zero drop that has 3 power and 1 when injured. Any zero with that kind of stats should be automatically perfect. Anyone who thinks otherwise... has NO idea what they're talking about. Unless, of course, you pull 3 Vanilla Sasukes first. Zero drops in limited are the first things to pick.)


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