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[The Man of Mystery]


Review Date: July 16, 2009

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 2.75
Limited: 3.00

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

Beastly Mage


Today's card is a good boy...


Sorry, this guy's got the same name as my dog! o.0

Yeah, and he's just as bright too!

Tobi is probably the first Akatsuki Ninja card with no rank or a sign of original village of origin. Kinda odd, kinda like it's effect. Rather than going to the discard pile or anywhere else when he's removed, he goes back to your hand. Combat Attribute... "?" Remember, he's Zetsu's assistant. He's also got Ambush, which makes him combo pretty well with a new mission that's in the next set. You'll see what I mean soon enough. -.o


Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Art: He's a good boy!/5

N. Jolly
N-604 Tobi-The Man of Mystery

...yeah, I'm still here...still as N. as ever...

Now we get to one of my favorite ninjas in the series, Tobi! We all know what kind of boy he is, so I'll leave it at that. Let's look at his stats first; Akatsuki, Male, Ambush. Having Akatsuki really helps him combo with quite a few cards that require Akatsuki, such as Corps in Black and others. He's a 3/3 2/3, T3, which are great stats for that turn, and makes him a great Sasuke CH target. But that's not his best reason for being a CH target...

His ability almost seems impossible at first read: Valid-When this ninja is removed from play (for any reason!), move this card to your hand instead. He has this ability, and Ambush...he's nearly immortal! He can be used as a handcost constantly, Ambushed out, and allowed to die just to serve as another hand cost for pretty much anything. With his stats, he's also a really good Fire T3 (I hate Kankuro so much...) and can be abused with chump blocking for the entire match. There's only like three cards that can actually deal with him (Mangekyo Sharingan, ANC Air Bullets, ANC Liquid Bullets), and only one that's commonly played.

Constructed:3.5/5 He's awesome, but he has to fight for his turn slot way too much to be great.
Limited:4/5 Freaking Awesome
Art:...Tobi is a good boy!...couldn't help myself.../5
StormVyper Zera Tobi [Man of Mystery]

Cue the Austin Powers theme, baby, yeah! <3 Sorry... Oh come on, you can't tell me I was the only person who thought of that after looking at this card.

Surprisingly, our first card incarnation of Tobi isn't a SR, which is shocking considering all Akatsuki are SRs when they're first released. Well, expect for Deidara and Sasori, but the vanilla versions don't count because they're bad. :P

At first glance, I said "why would I play this" and wrote it off as a meh card. I actually had to read his effect 2 more times before it actually clicked (it's summer, give me a break). It has decent stats, and if I'm thinking correctly, this guy will bounce back into your hand for just about everything: showdown damage, removal/damage jutsu, damage effects, and the list goes on. This guy's sole purpose in life is to be used as a Hand Cost, plain and simple. Play a mission charging Tobi, Ambush, let him die, bounce him to your hand. Lather, rinse, repeat. For you Yugioh players out there, this is Naruto's version of Sinister Serpent. For that reason, I can instantly see him played as at least a one-of in a decent number of Fire decks. I like not paying for my hand costs; that sounds like a good plan. On the flip side though, you're generating less chakra, so be careful.

Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Artwork: ..I hate this artwork. It's so bad.
~StormVyper Zera

  Good day to you all, today's review is short and sweet because the card was hyped but it didn't come out as we expected but hey, it's a good collectible:

Tobi N-604

  Well, not much can be expected out of his first print as he is completely "useless" in this time line. He's a turn 3 Akatsuki with ambush 3/3 2/3, other then being used as a low turn Akatsuki deck ninja he has very good support and the ambush stat is not bad at all. However, no combat attribute altho "?" counts as one but you know what I mean, no rank, no mental power and a few other things I wont spoil for you faithful viewers ;) takes away a lot of playability from him.

  His effect is a gentle response to RFG. It's valid and whenever he's RFG'd he goes back to your hand, not bad to pay a hand cost then ambush him or w/e. Overall he's not a bad ninja but I doubt he'll be seeing competitive play.

Limited: 2.5/5 (Good stats and ambush)
Constructed: 1.5/5 (What's mentioned above isn't enough)

Art: I'm a good boy!!!/5



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