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Dispatch of Anbu

Review Date: 02.03.09

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 2.17
Limited: 1.00

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Beastly Mage

Dispatch of Anbu

Today's card is a swarming Jutsu. Dispatch of Anbu can bring back the Anbu cards in your discard and Chakra areas to the battlefield. This is possible even if you already have an Anbu Ninja out. Dunno if there are going to be Anbu Ninjas in the new set, but in constructed this can be quite useful. For three colorless it's a good deal. Try it and see.


Limited: 1/5
Constructed: 2/5
Art: I always wanted one of those masks.../5


2008 Stone
Village Kage
Dispatch of Anbu

Definitely another interesting card. This card lets you fish out all other copies of the “Anbu” ninja from your discard pile or chakra area and add them to the users team (who also must be an anbu) . Cool thing is, these copies don’t go away, they can stick around on your side of the field and fight. Problem is though, at the moment there are only 3 different anbu, and you can run at most 6 in a deck. (3 “fire anbu” from curse and 3 Yugao Asaki who’s name is Anbu in her characteristics.) Also, that’s a lot of Anbu eating up deckspace for one jutsu, especially since they are all turn 3. It leads me to believe that we’ll be getting another anbu in this set. For the most part though, this card will ultimately be useless unless it’s in a rush deck where you have slots for a bunch of turn 3 drops. I can’t possibly see this making a use in limited, unless you draft 3 Anbu…

Limited: 1/5
Constructed: 2/5
Matthew Low
Writer for
Scrye Magazine
Tuesday 2/3
J-432 Dispatch of Anbu - Jutsu - Fire

This is an interesting card to say the least. The problem is that there are only two different Anbu in the game that you can run, so getting it off is the problem. And no, oddly Kakashi Hatake [Anbu Days] is not Anbu.

There's the Fire Anbu that you can play multiples of from Coils, the Wind Anbu from Dream that gets boosted if you have discarded Special Jonin or higher, and the same Wind Anbu in Chosen who finally gets her name, Yugao Uzuki, that gets Growth coins as your T3 or higher guys bite the dust. The first two are both called Anbu, so you can only mix/match three, and throw in three more of Hayate's girlfriend (poor Hayate... such a dedicated girlfriend).

So there lies the problem. Only six cards you can shove in your deck. You'll need one in play as the user, and at least one in the discard, preferably two or more to make this ugly. Problem is that self-milling is Lightning's specialty, and we're looking at Fire/Wind here, so likely you'll need to go Fire/Lightning and treat the Wind as splashes. Keep in mind you will get stuck with your extra Wind Anbu in hand since you can't play multiples as normal drops. Dispatch of Anbu would be funny if you manage to drop three or more, adding 6+ to your team power to make 10+, depending on which you pull and if Wind Anbu's effect triggers. Funny if it works, because you'll likely OV and then have crazy board presence. Just highly unlikely.

Go make a fun deck on it and see if it works. If more Anbu come out in the future, I can see it becoming very strong because extra drops is not a bad thing. Three generic chakra cost isn't a big deal since it's generic so you can technically try any style and use whatever is in your hand, and you can charge your Anbu from hand, pay with them for the Jutsu, and retrieve them with this card. Fun card to say the least, just highly unlikely to work at this point in time.

I'd like to see someone Shadow Clone over half their deck away and then play Dispatch by Anbu to OV two teams, and then completely overwhelm their opponent with board presence. That would be worth watching.

Limited: 1 out of 5 - In the unlikely chance of pulling 2x Anbu, having one in play, one in discard, and this in hand... right.
Constructed: 2.5 out of 5 - Limited choices and unlikely to pull off, but can be devastating and possibly game-ending via board presence. Slightly inflated numbers due to possible potential in the future. Give us another Anbu Bandai and you never know...



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