Originally Posted by NextoftheLegacy
Two things that are quite important in the next meta that you've overlooked:
1. Fire/Water will be a great deck with the new Kabuto and JI. Hidan with Kabuto gives you an extra drop every turn, and with Utakata/Kidomaru/Bartender cat you can bring out whatever other ninja you want. Incredibly strong, and IMO better than a fire/wind JI.
2. The earth mission that tutors ino/shika/cho drops sets up a great, consistent curve for earth. It won't do much for revitalize or perm earth, but a mental deck with Mind Transfer and Formidable Team with a few other assets from Earth might become decent.
I did mention fire/water as a possible slot in top 8. However, I feel that Kabuto + JI + Filter setup is a lot harder and not nearly as good as fire/wind Baki lock or Sasori dropping Hiruko to separate teams, not even getting into the whole Tetragram debate.
A good point about the mission, but I just don't feel like Earth will really have as strong of a presence with the JI shenanigans, people wanting to run water again, and Pakkun just completely destroying mental power
This is coming from an Earth player.