Originally Posted by Nice-Guy-Pose
Something that should've been considered over offing Growth was to use some foresight in what got Growth and whether additional effects should be a put in play or Deploy/Growth only.
Beyond Sakura's/Shikamaru's Decision, I don't think Konohamaru Ninja Squad would be as busted if the reveal and add effect only happened on Growth. It's still crazy playable/near staple status even without the add and reveal.
I don't think Growth is fundamentally broken. It just could've been retooled or had some more thought put into it. However this was back in set 18 times so most things were dumb. Seriously, that recent ambush Kisame where you get extra effects if you Deploy from hand was a great way to deter Ambush's benefits but gave you options. Mastery should really cost more than 1... I'm cool with Surge on its own. Dancing Leaf Lee got me an ov because he's so awesome he had Growth AND Surge. It was the support that made it dumb.
The problem with Growth is that, unless the effect is a great one, you won't growth. For a lot of ninjas, Growth was about as useful as an Expert: Oboro on a jutsu. But for the other broken ninjas, it was like Expert: Ninja with a "Remove your opponents deck, this jutsu cannot be affected by effects" kinda thing. Like KNS.