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[Control by Fear] 


Review Date: Dec. 8, 2009

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 4.50
Limited: 5.00

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

Mayur V.

Hey everyone, today we are reviewing the new Super Rare Yamato from Foretold Prophecy!

Let's start with his stats. He is a turn 5, 5/3, 2/2 ninja. He takes a hit on his support, going from a 5/4 to a 5/3. However, this Yamato also has Mastery, which is very nice to have. I don't know if having mastery warrants getting stat hit like this, but the combination of mastery and his effect is just ridiculous, so maybe its justified (unlike with Sai).

Yamato's effect negates the effect texts of all your opponent's ninjas with a lower entrance cost than him (so 5). That is a really good effect. Basically some of the games top cards are negated: Sasuke CH, puppets, Fourth Hokage Younger Days, Naruto/Shion, etc. This effect is obviously awesome, and this should be your go to Yamato in all situations IMO. This is a Yamato that you don't have to use simply for squading into Naruto/Yamato. Instead, you can keep him out on the field until you need to use naruto/yamato, and then do it. He is easily one of the best super rares in the set. If I had to rank him, he would be third (1. Fourth Hokage, 2. Fifth Kazekage). A game changing effect, Mastery, and good enough stats makes this Yamato the best one out at the moment.

IMO, he should be a staple in many earth decks. His only real competition in his turn in Earth is Deidara Plastic Arts, and the Promo Shonen Jump Yamato.

RANT: While I was just fawning over this card, I do want to take the time to express some displeasure that I have over how Bandai is treating Yamato in regards to rank. I understand not giving Yamato Anbu. It makes sense, considering all those put in play anbu missions in fire would be ridiculously broken. If that is the case, why not just give him Special Jonin??? This is why that rank exists right? Even though earth doesn't have too many jutsus that require a rank, the fact that he doesn't have a rank is really annoying. //Rant

Constructed: 4.5/5 <--- Near perfect card. Only problem is the understatting and lack of a rank. However, he has three support, which means he can still hang as a good back ninja. Also, Earth doesn't really have many great rank-requiring jutsus for his lack of a rank to be much of a deciding factor in playing him.. The understatting is also justified when one considers the fact that this card has both a ridiculous effect and Mastery.

Limited: 5/5 <---- Super field control + mastery =



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