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Exclusive Series #13 Preview:

Itachi Uchiha

[Mysterious Corps]


Review Date: 04.22.09

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 2.50
Limited: Starter

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

Beastly Mage

Itachi Uchiha

Another Fire/Leaf/Ambush?!

Yes, and he's a starter deck uncommon!

This card gives all other Anbu Ninjas +1/+1. It's a shame he's not an Anbu (in characteristics anyways). Like Kakashi (Anbu Days) he's pretty good, but he'll be even better if Anbu decks get a real boost from this set. With the previous set giving us some Anbu support, we could be seeing the start of a real Anbu deck. Try it and see!


Limited: Starter/5
Constructed: 3.5/5
Art: KATON! Gokakyu no Jutsu! FTW/5


2008 Stone
Village Kage
Itachi Uchiha
[Mysterious Corps]

Well, I knew we wouldn’t get a set without an Itachi. Every set since DL has had at least 1. This is only the second Itachi that we’ve had with the Leaf characteristic, but he fits in the theme. Personally, I’m not a fan of this Itachi. +1 +1 to Anbu really isn’t worth it, especially as he can only boost 2 other ninja. The Kakashi from today doesn’t have Anbu, and neither does this Itachi. Even in the theme, no one will run this over [Goal] or [Formidable Visual Jutsu]. Well, it’s a starter deck card, so no big deal I suppose.

Limited: N/A
Constructed: 1/5
Matthew Low Wednesday 4/22 - Itachi Uchiha [Mysterious Corps] - Ninja - Fire

This Mysterious Corps stuff seems to have a link... hmm... maybe?

Itachi seems pretty nice for a 5 drop for Anbu. He gives a boost to all the Anbu in play, and his stats are decent at 6/3 1/3, injuring to the same support. He doesn't have Anbu, but Ambush is a nice way to go. He's not amazing in a hat or anything, but he seems solid and will entirely depend on more Anbu being released. That said, it'd be the only deck type you'd see him in as well.

Constructed: 3.4 out of 5.0 (Anbu only.)
Limited: 2.4 out of 5.0 (Beatstick with a hand cost :().
are you guys ready for a two-fer? Well we've got it with Itachi Uchiha from set 13.

giving a plus to other anbu members is cool, but +1/+1? really? with anbu himself he can't even be abused with kakashi, I think I'll stick to goal.

As uncool of me as it is, that's the only point I'll make, sorry guys and fems

Constructed: 1 out of 5. a saving grace is it's easy to get.

Art: 4 out of 5. Nice art, can't say that about a lot of Itachi's
Mark Howard Itachi "Ichiha"

Wow, the American CCG really does take all its pictures from Japan, this Itachi was on the cover of a starter deck. Ooh, he's even starter exclusive. Anyway, godly stats (6 combat and mono 3 support), even with Ambush included, and he's got Sharingan & Genjutsu. He powers up all of your Anbu ninjas, so he's really great. Heck, Anbu decks might even be viable. "Might" because they still need more ninjas (coughcoughtowakomachikagura), and they're still gonna get run over by Tailed Beast Form (see the official naruto ccg podcast for details).

Overall, good support for Anbu again. They have the support they need, now all they need are more Anbus to work with.

Art: Meh.
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StormVyper Zera Itachi Uchiha [Mysterious Corps]

Yay, more Anbu support. Too bad it's pretty bad though. The fact that this card is named Itachi Uchiha already leaves a bitter taste as it means you're not playing clearly superior versions like [Goal] or [Formidable Visual Jutsu]. Not to mention +1/+1 is a pretty negligible boost, and as a further slap in the face, he's not Valid when he clearly should have been. Why they opted to put this particular effect on an Itachi instead of a new Anbu ninja, I will never fully understand. The flip side is this guy is super fun with The Third Hokage [Guardian of the Village]; a massive field of 6/4 Anbu? Yes, please! Unfortunately this card is still pretty much a swing and a miss in my book.

Limited - 1/5 (He's a ST Exclusive. Anbu cards in the starter deck, perhaps?)
Constructed - 2/5
Artwork - No "Anbu" Itachi will ever top [Despair at the Clan] in terms of artwork.
~StormVyper Zera


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