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Shikamaru Nara
[Academy Legends]

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

Average Card Rating

Limited: 1.90
Unlimited: 2.15
Block: 2.67

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.
3 = average.
5 is the highest rating.

Beastly Mage

Shikamaru Nara (Suit)

Hey there, Naruto Fans! After a well-deserved break from reality, I'm back in action. The new year brings us a new set of exclusives. So, let's get cracking! Today's card is a "suit" version of Shikamaru. The characteristics are all the same you'd expect from a Chunin-level Shikamaru. Thing is that he's a turn 0, making him get out even sooner. He's a 0/2 - 0/0, which is normal for Shika at that turn. I'm not completely sure what the "suits" do, but I'm guessing it has similarities with the Leaf Academy cards, since Shika's effect relates to Growth Coins. When one of your Ninjas is removed from play, you can put X Growth Coins on one of your in-play Ninjas. In this case, X is equal to how many Growth Coins the removed Ninja had. If you read the effect text, you'll notice that it doesn't say "one of your other Ninjas", so he can get the coins as well. I'm not completely sure how that kind of deck will fare off against other decks (such as Void), but this could be fun. He's an early-turn Ninja, so he can be useful in Limited. In Constructed and Block he could be good too. Try it and see!

Ratings: Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 2/5
Block: 3/5
Art: Ninjas are the original Men in Black/5


Shikamaru Nara (Suit) n1043:
I find it quite odd that we get a Turn 0 Chunin, but even so he isn't the best ninja to set in your village on your first turn, especially if you went second. Despite his odd characteristics for a Turn 0, the point of his effect is easily noticeable, and that is that your in-play Growth Coins won't go away if he has anything to say about it. For that, he is solid in a deck based around "Leaf Academy."
Limited: 2/5
Unlimited: 1.5/5
Block: 2.5/5


Shikamaru (suit)
So we get the treat to seeing some of the upcoming cards from the Gallant Sage pack?  Nice.
We get some more support for our Leaf Academy decks but is it really worth the trouble?  If you're updated, like I am, on the day-to-day spoiler on Bandai then you would most likely know about the new Suit archetype.  It's kinda unjust to say it's "new" but they do seem on their own in comparison to the present Lead Academy deck.  The standard "place one growth coin....blah blah" is being replaced with some more clever effects.  For instance: Shikamaru Nara (suit)
"when one of your ninjas is removed from play, put up to X growth coins on 1 of your ninjas.  x=the number of growth coins on the removed ninja"
It's a fairly defensive growth coin net for the deck. 
The stats are pathetic and the user will have to take advantage of the effect above all else.  There were two other Suit ninja cards but for the sake of saving some people from spoiler alerts I will hold my breath.
Still,  I'm not impressed.  Even with the mission card Leaf Academy this card doesn't cut the cheese for me. 
At the very least..he's looking good.
Block: 2/5
-bad stats and situational effect? i'll skip
-no chance

N-1034 Shikamaru Nara (Suit) [Academy Genius]

Today's card is part of the new Leaf Academy theme coming out in set 20. Shikamaru is third card we've seen so far. The other two Suit ninjas are Gaara and Sasuke, which were previewed at http://theperfectcurve.blogspot.com.

Shikamaru's effect has synergy with Sasuke's; when Sasuke kills off your Leaf Academy ninja, you can transfer that ninja's growth tokens onto another of your ninjas. This is very useful in Leaf Academy decks when your opponent tries to take out your heavily growth'd ninjas. A very nice support card for Leaf Academy decks.

Limited: 2.5/5 T0 with decent support and good Mental
Constructed: 3/5
Block: 2.75/5



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