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Review Date: July 27, 2009

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 2.25
Limited: 2.50

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


Today's card is a new Sand Ninja from Shippuden. Matsuri is a turn 0, which is good in limited, and gives other Sand Ninjas +1 support, which makes Temari [Wind Scythe] a 0/3. It also makes the Shika-Tema Platoon a 5 supporter since Matsuri's effect doesn't specify platoons or Sand-Only Ninjas. She's good, but: Will she make the cut in constructed? Only time will tell.


Limited: 3/5 (A turn 0 with good stats)
Constructed: 2/5
Art: It's a girl?/5

N. Jolly
N-602 Matsuri

Yeah, we're starting off the week big with...really? Bandai only got one preview?...so we're going with Matsuri...sorry folks...

That's right, we're doing the cards from the Sand theme, starting with Matsuri. Now I know I generally give a long review on cards, but with one this underwhelming, I can't go into much detail. She's a T0 Sand ninja, 2/0 0/0, Mental: 1 that gives every other Sand Ninja +0/+1. That's kinda cool, makes Temari into a 0/3 and Kank-Tact into a 3/4, but other than helping out a Wind City deck, doesn't really make Wind rethink it's curve.

Constructed:1.5/5 Not garbage, but deckable if you're desperate.
Limted:1.5/5 Same as Constructed
Art:Who the heck is this?/5

Oh, and my deck garage/column should be up by now, so check it out!
StormVyper Zera Matsuri [Follower]

Oh man, is this the beginning of Namekian Farmer #1 phase? Either way, it's about time we started getting more playable unique ninja; it's seems like every deck is packing the same handful of Genin names. Her stats coupled by her effect however, leave something to be desired. 2/0~1/0 was decent before, but with Naruto [Control of Power], vanilla Sasuke, Rock Lee [Loopy Fist], and now Choji [Infuriation] all packing 3 Combat or higher on Turn 0, poor little Matsuri is gonna find herself getting steamrolled.. a lot. My opinion is if they don't have just an amazing effect (like Shino [Insect Warrior] used to have), then they probably shouldn't just be a 2 Combat ninja if you expect them to see a lot of play. I don't know, I just think the pump is pretty negligible and this'll only really see play in dedicated Sand decks (and maybe a few Wind builds just to keep the off-color count down).

Limited: 1/5
Constructed: 2/5
~StormVyper Zera

    Good day to all, and welcome to Monday weeee >_<, lol without further a due we present to you another review on a new ninja:

Matsuri N-602

  Well, wind needed more 0 drop ninjas and here she is. Gaara's crazy fan girl is here to the rescue. She's a turn 0 ninja with decent stats (H:2/0, I:1/0), weapon combat attribute, 1 mental power and genin + sand obviously. She has a very nice characteristics setup for a sand ninja although stat-wise she doesn't really cut it.

   Her effect gives +1 support to every sand ninja in play you got. Which in technical terms is good to give support to a baki, a temari, a kankuro and so on. That's not bad at all. However, if this ninja were to have SOME support and a valid effect it would be much better off in this aggressive low-turn environment nowadays. Still, in sand/puppet decks she may be very useful to run 1 or 2 of her. In the late games she REALLY gets deadly adding support to Sasori, Third Kazekage, Chiyo, Kankuro, Ebizo and so on, which one by one it adds up to a lot.

   A good 0 drop wind ninja that was needed but she could have been much better.

Limited: 4/5 (0 drops are great here)
Constructed: 3/5 (Not bad at all for wind decks)

Art: The face of doom for Gaara.../5



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