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Heroic Whirl Wind


Review Date: 01.30.09

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 3.33
Limited: 2.33

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
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3 = average.
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Beastly Mage

Happy Friday, Naruto fans!

Today's card is a mission from the upcoming set. Let's check it out, shall we?

First off, we notice it's a full permament mission. Turn three, with one hand cost (Lightning, like all the cards this week). The effect's pretty good, particularly in Mostly/Full Leaf decks. Any time a "Leaf" Ninja (regardless of rank, species, or gender) uses a Jutsu that Ninja gets +2/+2 during the turn. In limited this can be pretty sweet. In constructed, if played right, it can be disastrous. Now, we also notice that it doesn't have the no duplication clause. That means you can have more than one of this mission out with no problem (unless they errata this card or something).

Now, last thing: if this card is for "Leaf" Ninjas... WHY IS GAARA ON THE CARD ART?!

Not that it matters. Gaara's cool anyways. =P


Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 4/5
Art: Wait... if it's Heroic Whirl Wind, why is it Lightning?!/5


2008 Stone
Village Kage
Happy Friday everyone!

Heroic Whirlwind

Well, we’ve seen some pretty decent stuff for Lightning this week, both here and on Bandai. Well today we have a card that’s kind of “meh” in my opinion. It’s not terrible, it’s not great, it’s just not going to be that card that breaks the game wide open. Heroic Whirlwind (whirlwind is actually one word, yet they spelled it with two…) is a boost to the Leaf theme that gives your ninja +2+2 whenever they use a jutsu. This effect can occur multiple times, and it can even stack with other copies of itself. It’s mostly a gimmick card, to be used to quickly overwhelm an opponent’s team when they aren’t expecting it. Have HSM Lee spam Leaf Hurricane 3 times, and he gets +9 for those, then another +6 for the effect of this card (if it’s the only one out there) And you have a Lee that’s 18/15. Funny, yeah, but inconsistent nonetheless.

Limited: 4/5 (Those small boosts can really help sometimes.)
Constructed: 2/5 (Lightning just doesn’t have the space for yet another lackluster mission)
Art: If this is all about the Leaf, why on earth is Gaara in this picture?
Friday 1/30
Heroic Whirlwind - Mission - Lightning

I actually like this card. My opinion might not be common though.

The fact that this is Lightning gives it two pluses: Naruto vs Sasuke, and Jutsus that can be played from the discard like Unexpected Attack and Shuriken (and Chakra in this case). In a sense, Shuriken becomes a Kunai at will, which is nice. Unexpected for +4?

The problem is that Lightning has a ton of amazing Missions already, from The One who lives within to Reunion to Box Lunch to 9th Match to Naruto vs Sasuke. I like this card a lot, but I'd be hardpressed to find room for it and be willing to play it over other Missions on T3. It has definite potential since it can pull a boost out of no where with no loss from the hand.

I would have loved it to be on an earlier turn, but overall it's a decent card and has some interesting uses. Just nothing uber amazing will be played heavily type of card.

Limited: 1.3/5 - Can't see this being useful.
Constructed: 3.7/5 - Can be thrown into Lightning decks that use Unexpected/Shuriken and instantly have use.


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