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Ninja Art: Shadow Stitching
Today's card is one that only Shikamaru (Chunin
version) and his dad can use. This Jutsu can change
the effect text of another Jutsu to: "Discard the
User". That means that it's like Water Shark Bomb
(reviewed earlier this week), but for Earth/Shadow
decks. Not much more to say about this card...
Limited: 2/5 (if you can draft Shikamaru)
Art: Splat! Splat! Shadow beats ink!/5
J-506 Ninja Art: Shadow Stitching
Hello all, it is I, N. Jolly, eternal defender of
all that is good and just in this world. I stand
before the masses and say nay to all that which is
sin!...so how was your day?
Today's card is one that's had it's rarity swapped a
few times before it came out in it's final SR form;
Shikamaru's trademark jutsu, Shadow Stitching. Let's
look a the stats of this card, shall we: It requires
the Shadow combat attribute, so only Shikamaru and
his dad Shikaku can use it. That's a little strict,
but we've used more restrictive jutsu before. It's
cost is Earth/Earth, which isn't bad, as right now
this card stands are Earth's only real negation, so
it's pretty good on that front.
It's effect is what makes it special though, as it's
Earth's only reactive jutsu: Change the test of the
targeted Jutsu to "discard the user of this jutsu".
That's a pretty nice effect, as it not only stops
the jutsu but kills the user. Seeing as this element
also has Yamato, it seems like it was built solely
to take out TBM decks. But it's really good as a
stand alone card too, as negation is something Earth
needs more of. The new 1st Hokage was a step in the
right direction, and this card really helps the
element along nicely.
The only real issue with this card is it's primary
user, Shikamaru. If Shikamaru [Unwillingness] wasn't
around, this card would be great. But when the best
Shikamaru in the game is based around not being sent
out to battle, you've got a problem. Unless
something happens to this Shikamaru, this card will
not be ran, but I'm reviewing it on how useful it
would be for the deck overall, so it's still a nice
card in that respect.
Constructed:3.25/5 It's a good throw in for Earth if
you have the room.
Limited:1.5/5 There is a good Shikamaru here to use
for it, but not a good chance of pulling both.
Art:It looks like he's wrecking up Hokage Rocks with
Ninja Art: Shadow Sewing
For only having only 2 known users in the entire
Naruto universe, this card should've swapped effects
with Water Style: Water Shark Bomb. Like most
reactive jutsu, they're pretty straightforward. It's
a good card, and worth a look if you're using a
Chunin Shikamaru and Shikaku.
Ninja Art: Shadow Stitching
Another day, another card and today's card certainly
gives me some stitching from the blood-bursting vein
in my forehead as a result of the frustration I have
with this card!
Let's be rational about this. Compared to Shark
Bomb, of which we reviewed earlier this week, why
does this reactive jutsu get the worse effect? It
has MUCH less users, being at 2, and certainly
deserves to go into the element with now the least
amount of negation. I would've been so happy if the
effects between these two SR reactive jutsu's were
switched, because then Stitching would've felt more
Now, I know what you all are thinking:
Master Wang, you charismatic godsend! How much of a
difference is it really between discarding and
removing a ninja from the game? If both remove the
user from the battlefield, then they can be equally
as good, right?
WRONG! Anbu, Puppets, Ghost Panic, Tobi, and Naruto,
as a whole, would agree with me! You could discard
that Anbu, Salamander, Orochimaru, Tobi, or Naruto/Shikamaru,
and they could just come right back the next turn.
You could've played a Disguise jutsu and probably
done just as good. Plus it's restricted to TWO
Of course, I expect Squads involving Shikamaru in
the future, but even then, it cannot compare to it's
counterpart SR in terms of the dozen of its capable
users! Did I mention it has TWO FLIPPIN' USERS!!!
Less # of users should get the stronger effect if
they target the same thing! Earth got man-handled by
Bandai on this one and it disappoints me beyond sin.
Sure, if you have Earth, you'll play this, but you
have protection in other effects and may not even
play this unless you have 3 Shikamaru's and 3
Shikaku's. Why? BECAUSE THEY'RE THE ONLY FRIGGIN'
TWO PEOPLE WHO CAN PLAY THIS THING!!! I NEED
SCISSORS!!! 61!!!! *skronks*
Art: ...meh /5
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