Originally Posted by kunoalpha
I miss 40 card format where we weren't forced to run all draw/search/game ending missions.
Agreed. That was the beginning of the end. They made the decks too big to be consistent, so they overload them with draw and search to fix that. The problem with that it that drawing also allows for faster chakra building. That makes it easier to play more jutsus and other effects that use chakra.
Add mission negation with massive draw, bad combination. Draw gets you more draw, so if you stop one draw mission you pretty much stop all of them. If you can negate the only mission in your opponent's hand you have shut down their entire deck. We fix this by adding more draw effects; Ink Fish, Ino Childhood, Hotaru, Tenten, etc. This makes it easier to refill your hand after you go -2 when you use a negation. It keeps snowballing into more and more problems that all stem from the same thing, the deck size is too big.
It's too bad the we can't go back to the 40 card decks, but it wouldn't work with the cards the've given us.