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Iruka Umino


Review Date: 03.18.09

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 2.75
Limited: 3.25

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Beastly Mage

Iruka Umino

Today's card is a new version of Iruka-Sensei. This Iruka gives +1/+1 to all of your Leaf Ninjas, but only during the turn he was deployed. I'm sorry, but a temporary pump-up effect doesn't cut it most of the time. I'm more of a [Reward] fan Iruka-wise. Still, in Limited this could help a lot if you manage to draft a lot of Leaf Ninjas.Anywhere else is up to you.


Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 1.5/5
Art: Where's the blackboard?!/5

Matthew Low Wednesday 3/18
Iruka Umino [Teacher]

I'll admit; I'm very partial to this card because I'm a teacher. He's great during the turn you alpha strike (swing with super teams) and he can produce a tempoary 3 boost, and 3/2 is not shabby. Downside is that after testing, in tempo he doesn't quite get there for your three power Genin, and that's typically where he'd see most use. Reward and Accurate Analysis are both great options, so make sure to consider those when you look at this one as well.

I really like this card, but he ultimately works as a win-more card that doesn't always work as planned. In time I can see him getting much better, so I would keep a watch on him as he's not bad either.

Constructed: 2.8 out of 5.0 (Time may change things.)
Limited: 4.0 out of 5.0 (Solid Ninja to boost others.)
Today we have Iruka Umino Teacher from set 12.

When talking about any iruka you have one of two choices: have good stats or have good effect? Now I don't mean to say the good stated iruka's have terribad effects, but there's definatly a difference.

Now for the good stat iruka, we have both Accurate Analysis and now Teacher. AA has found a home in aggressive lightning decks and I have a feeling that Teacher will give him a run for that spot. He gives all other Leaf Ninja's +1/+1 for that turn, I think if he'd given himself that bonus he'd be much better, but like they say those who can't teach, so it kinda makes sense.

For good effect, we have Reward. He's an auto heal that just happens to be a come into play effect, that means 2 things:

He's very hard to stop.

He goes great in decks designed around Gaara, as he has no effect it's no loss to discard him for damage.

Now when discussing Teacher, he has a home in Naruto Vs. Sasuke, but only a +1/+1 for 1 turn is just a little to underwhelming to main him, sorry Iruka:(

Consturcted: 2 out of 5. He's has bad luck being named Iruka, fire could use a card like this.

Limited: 3 out of 5. Ninja+Bonus to other ninjas make him really solid.

Art: 4 out of 5. Iruka's cool, and he is laying down knowlege, that's cool.

Until next time, this is THE Poo Toucher
Mark Howard Iruka Umino [Teach]

Well, we got another Iruka. Nice to see his stats haven't gone up at ALL. Looks like someone needs to go to the gym.
Anyway, he has the same effect, basically, as the Third Hokage [GOTV] from LOTL (did we really need 3 Super 3rds in a single set?), except only for a turn. AA and Reward, and even Scapegoat, are all better than this.

Art: So pathetic, you'll get laughs whenever ya 'ploy him.
Fun Fact: Soda only makes you thirstier.
Tomorrow: Follows this same pattern. Can you figure it out?


2008 Stone
Village Kage
Iruka Umino

This card from ANC, I like. It’s a great boost for tempo and NvS decks. Play NvS, drop Iruka and swing away for free battle rewards while you have a quick boost. Also works well in tempo otherwise where you want to just keep hammering your opponent with smaller ninja and quick boosts. Last I heard, a free boost from a ninja is pretty spiffy. This card is also pretty useful in limited, as those little boosts can help swing the game one way or another. Personally though, I’m still curious as to what this “cube” format for limited is. Tylar and Zero (Andrew) were talking about it in the podcast…

Limited 4/5
Constructed 4/5 (In tempo or NvS)


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