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Pojo Exclusive Season 23 Preview:

Partial Expansion Jutsu #J-867

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

Average Card Rating

Limited: 3.00
Unlimited: 3.17
Block: 3.38

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

Beastly Mage

Partial Expansion Jutsu
Today's card is another exclusive preview from S23. Today we check out Partial Expansion Jutsu. This Jutsu, although an Akimichi Technique, can be used by anyone regardless of Combat Attribute. You get to move X amount of cards from your Discard Pile to the bottom of your Deck. In that case the User gets +X/+0. So, if you've discarded a lot of cards due to effects (such as milling effects) you get to recover your deck AND get a Combat boost. Not only does that make it good for Earth Decks but it could even be side-decked just in case you're facing a Mill Deck. It's good all around, especially for its cost (two Earth). The Combination part, which it gets if the User is in a team with someone with the required Characteristic/Attribute, in this case Food, lets you look at the top three cards in your deck, move one to your hand and then move the other two in any order to the bottom of your deck. So, if your opponent's almost cleaned you out with World of Fire or any other milling strategy, here's your Ace in the Hole.
Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 3/5
Block: 3/5
Art: SMACK!!!/5


J-867 Partial Expansion Jutsu

Today's exclusive set 23 preview is yet another anti-mill card for Earth, but unlike the other cards that return your entire discard pile to your deck, this card can be played as early as you need it. The 1st Hokage [Supremacy] and Weapons of War to a lesser extent (since it isn't played much) both return all of your discarded carded to your decks, but mill is fast enough to mill you out before you can play either, which makes this card a better option. Additionally, Partial Expansion will give you massive pump, assuming you played when you have 10+ discarded cards.

Strangely, the cards second effect requires Combination like "Human Boulder" does. I understand why Human Boulder has it since it requires Food, but It would make more sense to make it an Expert effect on this card. In fact, the Combination effect will most likely not go off in most conditions. Choji/Choza is probably going to be your head ninja so you will probably make them the user of the jutsu to get the pump. In that case, the combination will not go off unless you have the other one as a back ninja, which isn't likely since both Choji and Choza have no support. Of course, you can probably make any ninja use it while having Choji and Choza in the back and still win an outstanding victory if you have enough discarded cards. This problem also fixes itself if you have Shikamaru & Choji squad out since that squad has decent support. I still don't see why it is a Combination effect though... I'm glad that Bandai hasn't completely discarded the mechanic at least.

I don't play Earth, so I'm not the best person to say if this card is worth main decking or not. It's obvious side board material for mill, but it still is good for non-mill decks. Earth has a tendency for prolonging the length of the game with BR shenanigans (especially in Unlimited, for those who play it), and your discard naturally builds up over time, so it can be a cheap pump when you need it. With cards like 1st Hokage [Supremacy] and/or 1st Hokage Chibi, Earth should have no problem in mill... unless they get discarded (other than Chibi 1st).

Limited: 3/5 Kind of hard to play cost, but doable
Unlimited: 3/5
Block: 3.5/5
Secret-Tech-Meta-Warping-Pro-Tip: Chain this to your opponent's Smash :3


2008 Stone
Village Kage

Tuesday time.
Partial Expansion Jutsu
We move from Rock Lee to Choji and Choza for Tuesday. In continuing fashion, Earth further strengthens its position on the "anti-mill" element. Partial Expansion allows you to take your discard pile and put it under your deck and get a +1 for every card sent back. This can make your head ninja pretty beefy, especially after you get hit with World of Fire. If you have a Choji or Choza in the team, you get to add one of the top 3 cards from your deck to your hand! Also a pretty sweet deal. I doubt this card will be used in the main deck, but it's decent for the sideboard. Lightning's Senjutsu ninja can even easily use this card to prevent milling. (And it even has a lightning symbol to work with the deck.) The lack of requirements make this card pretty useful and should help against the meta that is mill. Honestly, I'm surprised this wasn't a rare in the set. (Glad it isn't.)
Limited: 4/5
Unlimited: 3/5
Block: 3.5/5 (Decent sideboard material.)



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