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[Demon of the Mist]
#N-1249 Reviewed July 22, 2011
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Today we have a new Zabuza. This one has an effect,
but he has the no-effect Water template. Why?
Because he can!
Also, he's a Super Rare.
During the EoJ, for no cost, you can move one
Stand-By Ninja on your opponent's side to the
owner's hand. Granted, this only happens during your
turn when you score any Victory with this Ninja. He
can hold his own at 7/2 - 5/1 with Ambush. His
effect is also Valid, so that can help as well.
Having Hand Cost kinda hurts him in Limited, but in
Constructed he could be a breath of fresh air for
Water. Try it and see!
Art: LIKE A BOSS!/5
N-1249 Zabuza Momochi [Demon of the Mist]
Random super rare is random... I'm not sure why
Bandai is still printing Super Rare Zabuza cards,
but I can't really complain. The first thing I
noticed about this card is how he now has a
politically correct effect name: [Demon of The
Mist]. No more Cloud Village for Zabz, for better or
Zabuza has been beefed up stat-wise from his
previous versions, which is nice considering we're
getting ninjas with 5/6 combat on turns 2 and 3 now.
This way, Zabuza will provide better combat late
game and be a tad bit more relevant. His effect is a
rather interesting one since it is an activated
effect rather than a triggered one, for whatever
reason. I don't know why you would need to activate
the effect... It could have been worded to something
like "When this Ninja is sent to attack and wins any
Victory..." but Bandai decided to make it an
activated one for whatever reason. Random musings
aside, I actually like this card's effect a lot. It
will make your opponent second guess chump blocking
you; if they chump block, you can take out when of
their more powerful ninjas standing by, so they may
make Zabuza go unopposed.
Zabuza surprisingly fits very well in Wind when you
combine him with Hiruko [Impatient] and the 3rd
Kazekage. With Hiruko, You can easily mess around
with how your opponent chooses to oppose you; the
Third Kazekage is pretty obvious... Win a victory
and turn a ninja into a Battle Reward. Of course,
there really isn't any Water/Wind builds that see
play, but throwing in a Hiruko in a Water deck is
viable if you want to try it out.
The only major downside with Zabuza is that he is a
T5 ninja which is usually reserved for Sasuke, but
you can easily make room for this Zabuza if you want
to play him. There are so many playable Sasuke's for
T4 that you could use instead of [Eyes of The
Serpent], so you can make room for Zabuza. It all
depends on what you want to run.
Unlimited: 4/5 Fun with Haku (Childhood)
Nick 2008 Stone
[Demon of the Mist]
Hey look, his effect title is finally from the
correct village! It only took 22 sets...Anyway, I
really like this Zabuza. I'm not too sure if he
should have been a super rare, but he is decent.
He's got updated combat stats from previous versions
and has that nifty ambush ability. But that's not
the key here. His key is that effect to snipe your
opponents standby ninja. It's a free effect during
your turn, so there is no reason not to use it. The
weird thing about it though, is that you have to
actually activate that effect during the exchange of
jutsu. It's not automatic. His validity is a plus
though, along with pretty decent injured stats.
Unfortunately, the effect only works on your turn,
so if you win a victory on the block nothing
happens. I do like him, but he's competing with
Sasuke and Kisame for that 5 drop spot in water.
(Maybe just Kisame if you use OV Sasuke.) What would
be nice though is if we can find a way to drop him
into play early to disrupt your opponent and lock
them down. I think that would make this guy pretty
insane. However, like Obito from Wednesday, he's
pretty good at taking out squads and reinforcements.
Unlimited: 2/5 Water has so many other turn 5 ninja
Block 3/5 Not bad, just a matter of preference on
which 5 drop to run.
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