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Today's card is another Proctor version of
everyone's lazy-bum Ninja: Shikamaru. His effect is
somewhat reminiscent of the US Formation in that it
negates effect texts. But, there's a little bonus to
this Shikamaru. Rather than negating the effect of
the Head Ninja, it negates all the effect texts of
Ninjas battling this Ninja (and by default, his
team). Only problem is that it only happens when
he's attacking. Still, it's a good effect, which can
put your opponent in a tight spot when you attack.
Try it and see.
Sannins to the left of me, Kages to the right, stuck
in the middle with you...stuck in the middle with
Hello again my adoring public, today we have the
newest showing of Proctor Shikamaru, this time
sporting a brand new effect. But let's check out his
stats first; Leaf (okay), Chunin (means he can use
Head Hunter as well as the better Shadow Jutsu),
Proctor (This really only matters for his card,
which is kind of funny...not really), Male (seems
dangerous now, but not bad), Mental 4 (standard for
Shika, but still incredible), Growth (Always good,
and a nice growth off of the SR Shika when they
don't have any T2s left to hold back). All that and
Shadow with normal 2/3 1/3 stats is pretty good, but
I feel he's a bit understatted...probably just me,
but I'd like to see him with a valid effect with
Now this Shikamaru has an effect that's considered
an upgrade from his older USf showing, which is that
while he's battling as the attacker, the effects of
your opponent's ninjas are negated. That's pretty
nice, especially considering some of the effects
floating around out there. I'm still not sure how
this ability would work against Kiba/Aka, but for
the most part, negating an entire team is pretty
nice. I'd use him in a deck that relied on the new
and old Shadow jutsu, using the new SR Shika for
decks that just want to abuse his effect.
Constructed:3/5 Good Shika who is good at being
Limited:2/5 Not a lot of effects to negate as well
as better Shikas.
Art:It kinda looks like he didn't know he was
getting a card made today.../5
Shikamaru Nara [I Got Your Back]
Lol, it's [usFormation] on steroids. For a good
while now, it's been sort of an unwritten rule that
[usFormation] is like in an auto two-of in just
about everything. Shutting off problematic Ninja
effects like [Tragic Name] and forcing your opponent
to substantially lower their overall Team Power just
to play around is really strong. Now, your opponent
doesn't really have that luxury. In a game where
Ninja effects are just as powerful, if not more
powerful than the jutsu they play, shutting down an
entire team is a pretty big deal.
Limited: 5/5 (There's no reason not to play this
card here if you draft it.)
Constructed: 4/5 (Now you've got a choice between
this guy and his Genin incarnate.)
Today's Wednesday and the weekend seems so far
away... Today's card however is a new most
incredible ninja from the next set:
Shikamaru Nara N-596
While apparently Shikamaru keeps getting better and
better with every set or at least keeping high
standards going, this one is no exception. He's a
turn 3 Shikamaru with (H:2/3, I:1/3) stats which are
excellent with growth, 4 mental, proctor, etc
Shikamaru characteristics and turn 3 means he can
use the new Shadow Stitching Reactive Jutsu which is
another great PLUS.
Now what makes this Shikamaru so special, of
course, a crazy effect like every other Shikamaru
lol, this non-valid effect, common for Shikamaru, is
reminiscent of the usF Shikamaru which is a GREAT
ninja that still sees play nowadays and has been
very useful since the release, a perfect turn 1
ninja. This one although arriving a little later in
the game, makes up with excellent stats, good
characteristics and his effect now negates EVERY
ninja battling against him when he's sent out to
attack. This effect kills things like APW, Goal,
Gaara[TN], Flexi, Shika/Mari and so on which is
incredible! However, the down side to this is that
it's only when attacking and not being valid but
that's overlook-able due to how good the effect is,
this card WILL see play at least 1-of with the 2 usF
or maybe the other way around. Shikamaru does not
stop amazing me even to this day, this effect is
excellent and could add a new feel to playing ninjas
if it reaches wide spread use.
Awesome ninja, if this effect would either be
valid or when sent out to battle, he'd be perfect,
if it would have both then it would be broken.
Limited: 5/5 (No reason why not to play him here)
Constructed: 4/5 (May be a 5 but play-testing is
Art: You talkin' to me?/5
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