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Pojo Exclusive:

Iruka Umino


Review Date: Oct. 16, 2009

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 1.75
Limited: 3.25

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

Beastly Mage

Iruka Umino (Childhood)

Welcome to another exclusive. Today's card is the kid version of Iruka-Sensei. It's a pretty good choice for T-0, since at that moment he will be the only Ninja on your side of the field. Protection against Ninja effects is also very good. In limited he could be good, not so sure about constructed though. There are better options there, IMO. Anyways, try it and see!


Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 2/5
Art: Where's the flavor text?!/5


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Pojo Preview #2

Iruka Umino (Childhood)

Originally, when I first glanced at this card, I thought it was kind of good. Now after really reading it, I realize that this card is bad. It has Ninja Academy Rank, and its stats are sub-par at best. Unless you are missing drops (a bad thing, or so I hear), you will only get his effect on turn 0. Drop him any other time and he’s just a vanilla 2/0 1/0 ninja. Not only that, but Lightning needs more support ninja early game, not lackluster head ninja. It doesn’t even give the other Iruka in your hand growth! Would anyone replace Naruto, Lee, Sumaru, Konohamaru, and to a lesser extent Idate for a ninja that is only 3/0 on one turn? No way. The only, only possible redeeming quality I could see of this card is that it has growth, and may fit into the growth theme that Wheat and Texans have mentioned for set 16. Other than that, I think this card is as useful as the Naruto/Sai platoon.

On a side note, Iruka has joined the club of “I’m too cool for flavor text,” with Kakashi and the Fourth.

Limited: 3/5. It’s a turn 0, and on color with one of the theme decks. Not too bad to draft I suppose.
Constructed: 1/5. Bill doesn’t let me drop it below that, but lightning has better options.
Art: 4/5 I like the art. We don’t see little Iruka that often (or Iruka period.)
StormVyper Zera Iruka Umino [Solitude]

To be honest, I didn't even know there was an Iruka (Childhood) picture to make a card from, but man this little guy is solid. And this card should have received the Growth effect some of the other Childhood character have; it would make him a much better card. Opening with this guy is obviously were he shines, as it allows him to trade with popular opening 3-Combat ninja like Sasuke [Copying the Skills] and Choji [Infuriation], which ends in his favor. On top of that, he's an Academy rank, so Sasuke can't steal his effect. I could see this card seeing some play to help Lightning keep it's splash count down, but I wouldn't count on seeing this kid everywhere.

Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 2/5
Master Wang Iruka Umino (Childhood)~Solitude

Another day, another EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW!!! *Waves arms* WOOOOOO!!!!

SWEET! Iruka Childhood! Awesome! Ninja Academy Student?! Holy God! A rank on a Childhood that isn't Anko?! Ninja Academy Student? Hmmm....

Okay, so the effect isn't as great as we'd like it to be, but hey! It's another Student! They're growing in numbers slowly! Perhaps we'll see more Students down the line considering all the Childhoods we're getting/may get. I wish the stats were slightly better, let alone its effect, but I'll hang onto him in case of a potential Student deck. COOL card though! I like it all the same! ^_^

Limited: 4/5 Love T0's
Constructed: 2/5
Art: I don't need to be a playable card to be cool! /5



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