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Shikamaru Nara [Flexibility]
Turn Cost 1, Hand Cost 0
Leaf/Genin/Male/Growth/Mental Power 4
Combat/Support: 0/2, 0/0 Injured
Effect: While you have 5 or more cards in your hand,
this Ninja's team and the team battling against this
Ninja perform a mental power battle. While you have
4 or less cards in your hand, this Ninja's team and
the team battling against this ninja cannot perform
a mental power battle.
We start off an entire week of more Eternal Rivalry
reviews, beginning with one of the several SR Genin
ninjas in the set, Shikamaru, the resident genius
This incarnation of Shikamaru can cleverly fill two
main roles in a deck. One, there is the obvious
ability to have free Mental Power Battles as long as
you keep a full hand. In my opinion, Shikamaru [IQ
of 200 or More] fills the role better, since you can
perform a battle any time you have at least 2 cards
in hand, whereas this card forces you to play very
few cards. IQ of 200 or More is also a Turn 0, while
this is Turn 1 and you are likely to have played a
couple of cards before him. The second ability may
seem like a drawback, but it actually works well to
disarm opposing Mental decks. Any time in the late
game, you are quite likely to have 4 or fewer cards
in hand. In that case, any Mental Deck is probably
screwed, since you have the ultimate chump blocker
in this case. In my opinion, this card wasn't worth
being a super rare, I'd say its [Formation] cousin
is much more powerful...
Constructed: 2.75/5 Could make a side board impact
Limited: 2/5 Not many mental triggers to defend
Until Next Time-Meb9000
Hello there, Naruto fans. today's card is one of the
new SR's from Eternal Rivalry. This Shikamaru comes
with the basic stats for any turn-1 Shikamaru (0
combat, 2 support, 4 mental, growth), plus it's got
a nice effect. If you have five or more cards in
your hand every time you battle with this Ninja
you'll perform a mental power battle. If you have
four or less then the mental battles are negated.
Early game this card's gonna make a lot of mental
battles, probably giving you an advantage over your
opponent. Late game, however, you probably won't be
making much mental battles, much like when you use
Naruto [Misplaced Anger], but you don't have to
ditch your entire hand. It's a great card, not just
in Mental decks.
Limited: 5/5 (use it!)
Constructed: 4/5 (no hand discard with this one)
Today we look at the Super Rare Shikamaru from
Eternal Rivalry. Unlike his R&R version, he is a
turn 1, but that makes him, I guess more balanced.
He has 2 Support along with Growth, which could make
him a Support of 3, which is actually pretty good.
His effect makes him a Super Rare. When you have 5
or more cards in your hand, you and your opponent's
team perform a Mental Power Battle. While there are
4 or less, they don't. Early on, you'll be doing
Mental Battles like crazy with him because of his
Wild 4 Mental Power that Shikamaru has, but the
other Shikamaru[Smarty Pants] would run this guy
There's really no negative his effect like
discarding cards to do the Mental Battle, and so
forth. It's pretty easy. With Mental Decks getting a
push this set, expect to see maybe 1 or 2 decks try
out this Shikamaru and see how he works.
Limited: 5/5... You'll be owning the field with
Mental Power Battles
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