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Kotetsu Hagane [Good Assistant]


Review Date: 07.01.09

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 2.75
Limited: 2.60

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Beastly Mage

Kotetsu Hagane

Today's card is one that's seen some action where I come from. This new version of Kotetsu has a few stats that make it a good choice for the new Shikamaru deck. Mental of 1, and Proctor... you know what I'm talking about!

Now, on to his effect: when he's the back Ninja in the same team as his partner Izumo then the head Ninja can't be affected by your opponent's Jutsus. That can be good, but remember that the back Ninjas are left vulnerable (if we only read this effect). I only see him as good material for the new Proctor deck. Try it and se.


Limited: 3/5 (pretty solid for his turn)
Constructed: 3/5 (Proctor deck)
Art: Remember not to get cut shaving.../5

Matthew Low Thursday 7/1 - Kotetsu Hagane [Cool Assistant]

Pros: He's a proctor born to work with Shikamaru, and decent stats with a cool effect to protect against Gaara jutsus and the like.

Cons: You need Izumo, and as I've said, I'm not a fan of character specific stuff.

That said, he's decent at best. I can't see him having much play at the moment, but if Proctors start seeing play, he's a possibility.

Constructed: 2.0 out of 5.0 (Can't see it quite yet.)
Limited: 3.0 out of 5.0 (Decent stats.)

N. Jolly
N-533 Kotetsu Hagane

Puppets, Sound 4...and now, sidekicks? What a week...

Now we're looking at the T2 Kotetsu. He has pretty good stats, 3/2 0/2, fire and genjutsu, which is actually pretty nice, and he has mental and is a proctor, which might help out Shikamaru Proctor. So far so good.

The effect here is very specific: When Kotetsu is chilling with his buddy Izumo, and they're in the back row, the head ninja is unable to be affected by your opponent's jutsu. That'd be pretty nice if that head was Shika...ya know, so he couldn't get sucker punched. Seems to help out the Proctor deck a bit, and the genjutsu theme a bit, but it seems like a fun card more than anything else.

Constructed:2.5/5 The definition of average.
Limited:1/5 You'd have to pull both to have a chance...and this card's "No way FR Limited is possible" rating is Izumo and I hate our jobs/5
Art:5/5 He's not carrying books, which is a big step up for Kotetsu.
StormVyper Zera Kotetsu Hagane [Good Assistant]

So if he's in the same team as Izumo, the head ninja can't be touched by jutsu. It's cute, but that's about it. The fact that he has to be in Izumo's team is pretty bad. That's way too big a restriction for such a mundane effect IMO. Everything else about him is ok.

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

   Hey there guys, this is our last day for reviews. Tomorrow we're taking it off due to July 4th so happy holidays to you all :). Today's card is:

Kotetsu Hagane N-533

  Well the latest print of this dude has the same stats and characteristics. However he's extremely useful in conjunction with FR's Shikamaru and also hits the curve with him. Not only that but when he's together with his partner in crime, Izumo Kamizuki, he also makes the head ninja unaffected by your opponent's jutsus, not that this is not valid. Not bad I'd say, but there's still not a 100% working deck that includes this guy, his friend and Shikamaru so we'll see in a later on future as more support surely comes in.

Limited: 2/5 (Average ninja)
Constructed: 3/5 (Nice with shikamaru)

Art: This Kunai is bigger than yours.../5



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