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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  The Shark, Karshon


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.

If they 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.

N00bie Magnifico The Shark, Karshon
Injustice Gang
3-drop at 6/5
Flight and Range

Willpower 2
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.

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