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Kiba Inuzaka
[Reliable Partner]


Review Date: Oct. 26, 2009

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 2.67
Limited: 2.33

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

Beastly Mage

Kiba Inuzuka

Welcome to another week of reviews, Naruto Fans!

Today's card is a new version of Doggy-Boy himself, Kiba. This Kiba is somewhat reminiscent of the first Akamaru that came out. But, rather than needing an Akamaru, all you need is a Ninja Dog out to put him in play for free. Other good effect: he gives Animal Ninjas growth coins when he's sent out to battle with them, not just Ninja Dogs. This is one Ninja that will really go well in Animal Decks (particularly Mill decks). Try it and see!


Limited: 3/5 (if you can draft an Akamaru)
Constructed: 3/5
Art: Better than before.../5

StormVyper Zera Kiba Inuzuka [Reliable Partner]

If you're like me, the first thing that came to your mind was probably "if this guy doesn't search for Ninja dogs or Akamaru, I'll stick to [Man Beast Clone]". Unfortunately for us, it looks like we'll be sticking to [MBC] a little while longer. When you deploy a Ninja Dog, you can free drop this guy from your hand. Not only that, but when he's sent out to battle with Animals in his team, he gives 1 of them a Growth coin. It's not bad, but it's not something I'd feel compelled to play.

Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 2/5
Mayur V.

     Hello everyone, my name is Mayur, and this is my first review for Naruto Card of the Day!!! Anyways, I apologize if my first few reviews are not very consistent in terms of layout. I will be using the first few reviews to determine the most effective format for me to use. I think this time, I will analyze everything (stats/effect/characteristics/etc.) separately, then give my overall impression of the card. Anyways, I am really excited to do this, so let's get started.


Today's card is from the new set, Foretold Prophecy, Kiba Inuzuka [Reliable Partner].


Stats: His healthy stats of 3/2 and injured stats of 2/1 are pretty solid for a turn 2 ninja. Also, fire decks do not have too many good fire ninjas with decent effects and decent stats.


Effect: In the right deck, it can be really good. Obviously, you have to run enough ninja dogs to use his first effect consistently. However, even if you have to deploy him, he is still good in any deck that uses lots of animals. His second effect is reminiscent of Shikamaru (Thinking Mode), except Kiba adds growth coins when both attacking and blocking. In an animal deck, I see this card being a very strong addition.


Characteristics/ Combat Attribute: Pretty good here. He has animal, chunin, and growth, allowing him to play some higher level jutsus, and having synergy with any "animal" effects. Also, growth never hurts. Then, the fang CA allows him to use the doggy jutsus.


Overall impressions:


     Overall, I like the card in theme decks involving lots of ninja dogs/ other animals. He is a nice turn 2 for fire to have, with pretty solid stats. However, in a general fire deck, or any other deck, Kiba [Man Beast Clone] is generally the better option. He lets you search for akamaru, thus letting you squad into kiba/akamaru on turn 3 almost every time. Also, the turn 2 entrance cost means he faces tough competition from cards like Shikamaru [Unwillingness] and the new Yoroi.


Overall Score:


Constructed: 3/5 <--- Obviously geared towards a ninja dog/animal deck. Not much use in a non-theme deck.


Limited: 2/5 <--- I think there are a few animal ninjas in this set, so if you can manage to pull a couple of them, then he can be pretty good. However, the chances aren't high for that, so the score reflects this.




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