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The Fifth Kazekage [Guard with the Sand]


Review Date: July 12, 2009

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 3.25
Limited: 3.10

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

The Fifth Kazekage

Today's card is a Chibi version of the Fifth Kazekage (grown-up Gaara). This guy can protect the Ninjas in his team from all of your opponent's effects at the cost of one Wind Chakra. Unfortunately, this can only be activated when he's blocking. But, sometimes, you only need protection when you're blocking. Problem is that this effect can only be activated during the Exchange of Jutsu, and not during the Mission Phase, when your opponent usually activates the nasty effects before battling. I have mixed feelings about this effect, but other than that, he's pretty good for a Sand Deck, since being a turn 5 he can use certain devastating Jutsus (hint, hint).


Limited: (Chibi Promo)/5
Constructed: 3/5
Art: I've always wanted to know... what happened to his eyebrows?!/5

N. Jolly

N-465 The Fifth Kazekage: Guard with the Sand


...hey all, N. here, still recoving from the shock that was reviewing Sasuke...he's a beast...


But that's not why we're here!  It's Gaara's time to shine!...kinda...I guess...anways, we've got a T5 Satoosa, which means he can use any rank jutsu in the game, which is nice, but the only thing Wind has that he cares about is KO Blow.  His stats are a respectable 6/2, 4/2, so he's not a bad Satoosa, and he does have the Sand combat attribute, which is the best in the game, except for maybe Genjutsu.  Still, he comes equipped to use all the old 9k gems from before, and his own new move in Sand Coffin, which is nice, if not expensive for a single target jutsu.  But enough about that, he has an effect that some people like complaining about.


During the EOJ when you're the blocker, you can discard one chakra to make your team's ninjas (important for when reactive jutsus start coming out)unaffected by your opponent's cards.  Sounds nice, but let's look at the facts: if your opponent is attacking, they have the upper hand, so you'll probably be responding.  So you use your card, and then for Gaara's effect to matter, they'll have to try and removal-gate your card with Vortex or Trigram.  If they just negate it with Fan or Sharingan Eye, you're still beat.  Basically, you're hoping they respond how you want, which is always bad when you're planning on your opponent doing anything.  Honestly, 9k is still around, go play it unless you're using that combo deck to OTK with him, which is an awesome deck.


Constructed:1.5/5 There's so many better Gaara, run them.

Limited:2.5/5 Better here, as he's big...and of course my "First word I thought when I saw this card" is "Grumpypants!"/5

Art: Cheer up Gaara!/5  
StormVyper Zera The Fifth Kazekage [Guard with the Sand]

Turning your entire team into OCs is nothing to sneeze at, and would honestly be a lot more threatening if Wind had better generic jutsus. It only kicks in on the block though, but this card could easily turn the tides of battle provided you've got a removal jutsu or two. Either way, this card is a strong addition to the Turn 5 slot that, oddly enough, doesn't see the level of play I expected it to in general Wind decks. It may have something to do with Sasori [Best Toy], who I've seen run in decks where he clearly has no business being in. Ah well, people will do what they want.

Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 4/5
Artwork: So, now he's a baby emo kid?
~StormVyper Zera


   Welcome to a new week and hope everyone's enjoying it :), Today's card is the last chibi promo we'll be reviewing:

The Fifth Kazekage N-465

   Ok, so what's new(well not technically) with this super version of Gaara of the Funk o.O? Well he's carrying satoosa ranking and all his average characteristics and is Name:Gaara so you can run 3 of this one and 3 of another Gaara card. He's also turn 5 and the reason I mention this is because he can use a couple of very nice sand specific jutsus with requirements turn 5 or higher which is a good plus for him, he also has solid (H:6/2, I:4/2) for turn 5. Now his effect...

   So this valid effect lets you discard a wind chakra during the exchange of jutsu while your battling as a blocker to make his whole team untouchable which is very nice on one hand. On the other hand though limiting to only while blocking means the opponent will not run into him unprepared on purpose so you can't really get 100% use of his effect unless the opponent is crazy lol. It's a very nice effect however I prefer to search for jutsus every time he's sent out to battle (Gaara[Inmense Power]) then have a conditional effect that your opponent basically has control upon. But he's good either way and if used correctly he could be very deadly.

   A great ninja with an average effect.

Limited: 4/5 (Very good here if you got the wind)
Constructed: 3.5/5 (Good, but better out there)

Art: You talking to me!?/5



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