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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day
Date Reviewed: 02.22.07
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
The Shark is
a decent enough 3 drop for the Injustice Gang,
keying on their theme of loading up your
opponent's hand, then punishing them for having
all those cards. In the Shark's case, he's an
above the curve 6/5 when they have 6 or more
cards in hand.
drop to five or fewer cards, then he drops to a
4/4...not that exciting. Unfortunately for the
Shark, he's not as playable/useful as Lex Luthor
at that drop. He's not bad in draft though,
providing that you pickup some more IG support.
3-drop at 6/5
Flight and Range
While an opponent has five or fewer cards in his
hand, The Shark gets -2 ATK / -1 DEF.
"Surface dwellers make great snacks."
I'm not much of a fan of this card. At first
glance, the 6/5 is certainly attractive, but
then you read the Effect and realize that you're
really just getting a character at 4/4.
If you actually stick him into an IG deck, yes,
he will most likely always be at 6/5, but IG
isn't about big beatsticks. Its about burn, and
this guy does nothing toward that end. Add on
the fact that he's competing against Lex Luthor
for that 3-drop spot and The Shark is sleeping
with the fishes. Some IG builds don't even carry
a backup 3-drop should you miss Lex. Yes, Lex is
that important - important enough to underdrop
for. Not only does Lex swell the hand up for
that burn damage, but he provides a control
aspect to hinder your opponent. What happens if
The Shark is there in his stead? You lessen the
burn damage and your opponent is free to go wild
with his PTs. Even if he is at 6/5, that's not
going to do you much good.
Well, if The Shark doesn't have a home in an IG
build, perhaps his Willpower will help him find
a home elsewhere. Well, perhaps, but not in any
of my decks. He contributes nothing to JLA, GL
Shadowpact or EE Willpower builds, all of those
teams having better options at the 3-drop slot
than a virtually effectless 4/4 sore thumb.
I'm loathe to saying any card is a "bad" card,
but... well, The Shark is definitely not a
"good" card. Back to the binder with ya.