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Exclusive Series #12 Preview:

Substitution by Insects


Review Date: 01.22.09

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 2.33
Limited: 1.50

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

Beastly Mage

Substitution by Insects

Once again, a card that can make the Insect deck great. It protects all the Ninjas in the user's team from damage by letting the Substitution coins take the fall. This is good for blocking and for when your opponent uses Jutsus or effects that can damage your Ninjas. In limited, if you draft the right Ninjas, you're set. In constructed, it's one great choice.


Limited: 1/5
Constructed: 3/5
Art: More bugs!/5

Ryu Juini Substitution by Insects

To be honest? I'd rather run just one of Wind's, many, normal negation cards. Maybe in a true dedicated insect deck, but with only two users... eh. Yeah. Dedicated decks either need MORE users, or their users have protection effects.

Rating: 2/5 - It has a nice effect, but Wind has a lot of negation with out a gimmick.

Ew is a decent Jutsu that will be used in Aburame decks. I refuse to state that creepy icky other name. Ew has the unfortunate downside of only having two users, both of which aren't very strong. Only one turn to be used, too.

Ew gets 2/5
Art: Read the reviEW.
Tomorrow: Really? Another one!?
Fun Fact: How much wood could Chuck Norris chuck if Chuck Norris would chuck wood?
The Poo Toucher Greeting all you true believers, today we coverer a new jutsu from set 12, Substituton by Insects....

This card is basicly Sand Armor for Inesect users, it protects said user from 1 damage for 1 wind chakra.

Honestly, this card leaves a lot to be desired, in a format where pump and removal are the keys to victory a damage softener just comes off as a waste of jutsu space. I could see it being much, much more useful if either the Bees ninjas from the chosen (set 9) could use this or if it had more than just 2 users (Shino and Gen)

Super short review today, as I don't have much to say about this card, other than it's just sub-par.

Constructed: 1 out of 5. Bad cards are......darn that's catchy (thanks a lot zero :()

Limited: 2 out of 5. it's cheap....that's kinda cool

Art: 4 out of 5. Shino's cool. So Shino+Bugs=cool

Until next time.....ON DRAGON BALL Z! (thought I'd say something else, didn't ya?)
N. Jolly J-427 Substitution by Insects

A theme card, but one of the weakest there is.

It cost one wind, requires a wind, and gives the entire team immunity to damage for the turn. This card could be so cool if the coins didn't leave at the end of the turn, but it's such a funny response to SCJ, Chidori, Dragon Flame, and other such cards. It gives a pretty good effect, and helps power your insect whirlwind.

All and all, a pretty decent card for insects.

Constructed:2/5Insects aren't good, but hopefully they will be soon.
Limited:1/5Yeah, theme specific cards aren't good in limited.
Art:4/5Now this is a cool Shino Shot


2008 Stone
Village Kage
Substitution By Insects

I’m glad everyone liked yesterday’s preview card. So far this week has been great for wind. Today though, we bring you something for a specific deck, the insect deck. Now, it’s never been a competitive decktype, but things may change this set around. The main theme of the insect deck is to use Shino’s UN3 Jutsu that can bomb your whole opponents field when enough Insect or Shino jutsu cards are in the discard pile. So, more options are always good. This card reminds me of the Gaara specific “Sand Armor” from Curse, that gave him a permanent sand armor coin which he could use to stop 1 damage. This stops all the damage, but only lasts 1 turn. It’s cheap though, and a quick and easy counter to stuff like Lightning Blade, Dragon Flame, and 2k. Don’t expect this card to win you any games though.

Limited: 3/5 Gen and Shino are in the set, so shouldn’t be too hard to pull off.
Constructed: 2/5 This card really won’t change anything.
Art: I like Shino, but sometimes, he really creeps me out.


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