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Pojo Set 20

Sai (Suit)
[Academy Recluse]

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

Average Card Rating

Limited: 2.00
Unlimited: 1.90
Block: 2.33

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

Beastly Mage

Sai (Suit)

Today's card keeps in with the "suit" theme. This version of Sai has two effects. The first one protects your Growth Coins from your opponent's effects. So, any card that would either move or eliminate Growth Coins on your side wouldn't be valid. The second effect (Valid) protects your Ninjas with Growth Coins from your opponent's Ninja effects. This would include himself, given that he has the "Growth" characteristic. Aside from that, he's got the normal characteristics for Sai, such as ANBU and Mental Power of 2. His stats are good too, particularly for a turn 4. In Limited he could be useful, but I'm guessing he's better in Constructed and Block. Only time will tell.


Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 2/5
Block: 3/5
Art: Yes, I do think it's what it says.../5


N-1072 Sai (Suit) [Academy Recluse]

The next card for the Leaf Academy Suit theme is Sai, who disappointingly doesn't change the color of card's background a lot. He's still a nifty card however. His first effect, which unfortunately isn't valid, protects your Growth coins from being removed from your ninjas. The only cards that can do this in block are Choji [Way Big!!] from Set 18 and those Growth stealing ninjas from Set 16. As you may have noticed, this is essentially the same effect all of the old Leaf Academy (Student) ninjas had, except Hinata. Growth removal isn't terribly common, but it is a nice defense to have. Sai's secondary effect is where the goods are at, however. Sai will protect your ninjas with growth coins from your opponent's ninja's effects. This protection is always useful, however, it is only consistent in LA decks.

So far, I like where the LA is going. When it first came out, it was a pretty cute card, but not heavily played due to the lack of support it had. With these new ninjas, particularly Shikamaru, the deck has fighting chance. Additionally, there have been many new cards that have come out over the sets to help the deck. One simple and obvious combo is Naruto and Kakashi [Reliance]. Naruto searches for the mission and Kakashi adds four growth tokens to your ninjas (assuming one is Naruto). You won't have too much trouble getting multiple growths on your ninjas with Tenten [Treasure House Of Weapons]. As long as you can protect Leaf Academy, you should be fine. You could also play it safe and not play LA until you have 10 growths on your ninjas as well ;) Now only if the reprinted that mission which made growth tokens give +2/+2.....

Limited: 2/5 Useless effect, but he has nice support
Constructed: 2.75/5
Random: When I first read this card, I thought it protected your Growth'd ninjas from everything. This made me think that we need a Sasuke (State 2) (Suit) card, which would do just that.


Sai (Suit) n1072
This Sai is easily one of the best Sai up to this point in the game. With standard "Sai" stats, he feels underwhelming, but his effects could prove useful. For one, Growth coins on your ninjas are unaffected by your opponent's effects, which at the very least means no Choji [Way Big] to pick them up off of your ninjas. For his second effect, your ninjas with Growth coins cannot be affected by ninja effects, which may prove useful in a format run by dominating ninja effects like that of Monzaemon Chikamatsu. Overall, this guy doesn't seem bad in his deck, but outside of a deck with no real track record, he will pale in comparison to the rest of the meta.
Limited: 2/5
Unlimited: 1/5
Block: 1.5/5



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