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Anbu Assault

Reviewed April 5, 2011

Average Card Rating

Limited: 3.67
Unlimited: 3.50
Block: 3.67

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

Anbu Assault
This is one card that I'm really loving. Anbu Assault makes surprising your opponent more fun than it already is. This Mission works in a simple way: if you didn't deploy (note that it says "deploy" and not "put in play") any Ninjas this turn, at the end of the turn you put an Anbu Coin on this card. While this card has two or more of those coins you can deploy Ninjas during the EoJ. This can be an unexpected move for your opponent. Let's say you skip on deployment during your turn, you end it and it's now your opponent's turn. Your opponent attacks, and you have two coins on this Mission. Suddenly, a deployment. This card would work during any EoJ, not just yours.
In limited this card can help, but it's even better in constructed. I can see this card popping up on a few decks, not just Dog and Anbu decks. Try it and see!
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Block: 3.5/5
Art: They're the last thing you won't see.../5


M-754 Anbu Assault

Today we start up our set 21 preview week with an interesting mission to go along with Fire's rush theme... sort of. The first obvious downside of Anbu Assault is that you cannot deploy a ninja for turn turns, which is certainly a steep cost especially early game. This downside can somewhat be avoided, however, with cards like the new Anbu that puts itself into play, without counting as a deploy. If you can get two Anbu coins on the mission, without your opponent completely wrecking your field, this pay off is somewhat decent. Deploying during the Exchange of Jutsu on your turn is kinda pointless since it would be better to do so during your mission phase, however, deploying during your opponent's turn can quickly make up for the ninja deficit your village has.  Although you will have a slow start, you can quickly amass a huge army of ninjas in some situations. It's also good to have in your hand if you don't draw ninjas with a perfect curve.

My major issue with this mission though is that it does not have built in protection from cards like Shino [Parasite] or Friendship from Sorrow. Not deploying two ninjas to only have your mission destroyed will pretty much instantly lose you the game.

Limited: 3/5 Not as mission hate here (at least so far) and it is decent with the new Anbus.
Constructed: 2.5/5
Block: 2.5/5

That Guy

A Road of Silence: Anbu Assault
First off...I'll admit my bias towards Anbu ninja's: These guys have to be the most interesting, creative, and unique sub type amongst Anime genre's....period. Their presence in the story really brings the feeling of a complex society full circle; always having an FBI like organization taking care of what needs to be kept under wraps. Now that my respect splurge is done I should review our first card of this week, the silent and deadly (NO PUN) Anbu Assault.
Turn 0 I like but the one hand cost I could live without, though top decking this card or having it in your opening hand will make that issue null and void. If you didn't draw a turn 0 and just hate mulligans you have a solution, though some will see this card as excusing two turns of a poorly constructed turn curve...but every duelist has had a bad draw(s) at least once. Better yet once you have two coins you can permanently deploy ninjas in the heat of battle.
The Anbu deck will obviously love this card, multiplying their numbers, but this cards uses won't stop their and will probably be used by other attributes and deck types as well; especially Chunin and higher rank heavy decks who won't have their combo's going off till later in the duel.
Constructed: 5/5 (1.Helpful,2.No downside.,3.The surprise element.)    
Limited: 5/5 (You might get unlucky and not get many lower turn ninja's)
Block: 5/5 (While not all the old tools are available, current format will thrive with this promo)
Art: +A (I'm glad I can give an A once in a blue moon...and that silhouette of a person in the sky in the moonlight...that is them!)



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