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Exclusive Series #13 Preview:

Kakashi Hatake
(Anbu Days)
[Mysterious Corps]


Review Date: 04.22.09

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 3.67
Limited: 3.50

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

Beastly Mage

Kakashi Hatake (Anbu Days)

Whoa! That's the first thing that came to mind when I saw this card. The "Anbu Days" part is in his name and not the effect, so you know what that means. -_o

Now, this is one mean Kakashi. He packs 3 mental, Ambush, and a nice effect that could make him viable for Anbu decks. If he's put in play you can put in play an Anbu Ninja from your discard or Chakra area. That's kinda like giving Anbu's Ambush. Dunno how his effect will go off in limited, but you know he's gonna own in constructed if Anbus become more playable with this set.


Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3.5/5
Art: "I'm too awesome for Flavor Text!"/5


2008 Stone
Village Kage
Kakashi Hatake (Anbu Days)
[Mysterious Corps]

Wow, here’s something new, a Kakashi with a different name. This card is actually pretty decent for the Anbu rush theme. He comes into play, and brings a friend with him! Hope you still have some [Faceless Experts] lying around, might make for some fun. Throw Yugao in there for more possible swarming. Also, as an added bonus, this Kakashi has Ambush! Ambush! On a Kakashi! This is also another user for the Illusion card we previewed yesterday, so in limited, he’ll be useful I’m sure. In constructed, you can use the Anbu Tempo style to swarm your opponent. Plus, this picture is awesome.

Limited: 4/5 Jonin with no hand cost? Yes please.
Constructed: 4/5 (In the Anbu deck. Use EDTF, ES, or DOTM anywhere else.)
Matthew Low Wednesday 4/22 - Kakashi Hatake (Anbu Days) [Mysterious Corps] - Ninja - Fire

So Anbu theme it is. This Kakashi is great as you can run him as well as other Kakashis as he has a different title, and he put in plays another Anbu. Granted there aren't many options for that, but we can make due with what we have as another Ninja isn't a bad thing.

It does bother me that he's not an Anbu himself, but that's likely because it would conflict with his current rank. However, as a T4 with no hand cost, there's not too much you can complain about. And not to mention he has Ambush, which makes him amazing... ditch him and an Anbu as hand costs, and watch them come from the chakra as indirect hand advantage. Sounds like a plan.

The only downside is the Anbu archetype itself. Is it playable yet? Time will tell.

Constructed: 3.8 out of 5.0 (Good card for Anbu decks, not much else as there are other Kakashis.)
Limited: 4.5 out of 5.0 (He's a non-HC beatstick. Do the math.)
So today we cover Kakashi Hatake (Anbu Days) from set 13.

I do like that he has a different name than "Kakashi Hatake" that's cool. Other than that, I'm a bit reserved.

Having Ambush is a plus, but with minimal information about the Anbu archtype, I can say much. He has an effect similar to the Anbu Days Kakashi that shocked the world by topping the second Sanin, but putting in play 1 as opposed to 2 might be a big deal, we'll just have to wait and see.

I don't like that he lacks the Anbu characteristic, as it could be very important down the line (a card that gives all "anbu" ninjas +1 MP or makes them untargetable comes to mind) but for the time being it's just something to make me not want to use him.

Overall, it appears that the Anbu archtype is taking shape, and a center-peice could be in place with Kakashi, it will just be a matter of time until we see his true impact

Constructed: 4 out of 5. With all the negitivity aside, he could make a huge impact on this game.

Art: 2 out of 5. I like flavor text :(
Mark Howard Kakashi Hatake (Anbu Days)

Anbu decks are insane with speed, and Kakashi here helps. Great stats, and he even has Ambush, which really helps. There isn't much I can say about this card since there isn't much to him. Sure he doesn't count as Kakashi in the deck, but he doesn't have Growth so you shouldn't really play him in 3s anyway (like the whole Tsunade/5th Hokage thing). Also, Kakashi himself doesn't have Anbu, which is a load of crap because this Kakashi IS an Anbu dude.

Anyway, some great stats and a great effect for supporting his deck type.

Art: The hand reminds me of Sakura GP, so it's ugly.
Fun Fact: Are we gonna get Towa, Komachi and Kagura? (for people unlucky enough to have bought CONR2)
StormVyper Zera Kakashi Hatake [Mysterious Corps]

Man, Kakashi just loves calling for back-up. When this Ninja is put in play, he can fetch another Anbu Ninja to stand by him, much like [Anbu Days] does for Ninja Dogs. And his name allows you to run 3 of this Kakashi and 3 of another Kakashi (because 3 is never enough). My main problem with this card is the fact that he doesn't do anything else. What I'm seeing from the Anbu archetype is the ability to drop a bunch of Ninja in 1 turn out of nowhere, but that's about it. I personally would like to see something that actually makes the Anbu Ninjas threatening after the initial swarm (to push them into being more competitively viable than they are now). Here's hoping. The fact that he has Ambush is pretty cool too; I wonder if future Anbu Ninja (and "hero" characters) will have this characteristic.

Limited - 2/5 (Depends on if there are any Anbu in this set.)
Constructed - 3/5
Artwork - Looks like the Fourth Hokage isn't the only person pro enough to not have flavor text.
~StormVyper Zera


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