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Shikamaru Nara [Formation]

Card Number: 71
Rarity - Uncommon

Review Date: 9.26.06

Average Card Rating: 4.7

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


dust2dust Shikamaru Nara [Formation]

Pro:
-Turn 0
-4 mental

Con:
-weak stats

here we go with the second of the three, but first in my book.

General-
Needless to say, this ninja is the mental ninja, he does have the highest mental power in the game. Most mental decks use him as the biggest power. On the other hand, opponents can also use it to go against mental decks. Just splash 2 in the side/main deck to fight off those mental nightmares. He also has 1 support, which is normal for a 0 drop. On top of that, only this Shikamaru can chump block.

There is really not much to say about him. In a mental it's a must, until the new one comes out. In any other decks, it is a worthy side deck.

Constructed: 5.0/5 (mental before Curse)
Constructed: 3.5/5 (any other before Curse)
Limited: 3.5/5
 


Rakath

Shikamaru Nara [Formation]

Now, if this wasn obvious because of yesterday, you better guess tomorrow! This is the non-Lazy Shikamaru, and he is in fact both weaker and stronger than his previous form. 0/1 - 0/0 - M4 is sad (for the regular combat) then awesome (for the mental combat) all at once. Like yesterday there is no turn or hand issue. And his Shadow Combat type lets him use all his own Jutsu cards. Now then, he also has an effect, and it's much like Ino's. When he's on a team with Choji and Ino he gains +0/+2. This is not bad for a Turn 0 to become 0/3 on Turn 2 (if you play all 3 in a row). However this isn't his only use.

He's also a staple in Mental combat decks thanks to his BETTER THAN EVERYONE mental combat. The only thing smarter than Shikamaru is... no, nevermind, nothing. He's the smartest ninja out there. Meaning no Mental combat deck is without him.

As for his Shikamaru Score... I like next set's better, but for now:

Shikamaru Nara rating - 4.9999/5 (Lazy Bum is a better ability name)
Constructed rating (InoShikaCho) - 5/5
Constructed rating (Mental Combat) - 5/5
Limited rating - 3.5/5 (Unlike Ino, his super genius status means he's valuable, as otherwise Ibiki will just run over your corpse with ease.)
Art - What a Drag/5
 

-Heartless Omega-

Shikamaru Nara
Leaf|Genin|Male|Mental Power: 4
Turn 0 Cost 0
Healthy stats: 0/1
Injured stats: 0/0
Element: Earth
Rarity: Uncommon
Combat attribute: Shadow
[FORMATION!]
VALID: This Ninja get +0/+2 when “Ino Yamanaka” and “Choji Akimichi” are in this Ninja’s Team.

Hey everyone. Sorry I haven’t sent in any reviews lately. Between work and school, it’s been literally killing all my time. College is VERY time consuming. So, I’ll try to send in more reviews. On to this review!

First off, my fave char is also one of my fav cards in this game, Shikamaru (it’s Shi-KA-ma-ru, not Shi-ka-MA-ru.) Anyway, he is a Turn 0, so you can play him during the first turn and later. His stats aren’t great, but his effect and mental power are useful. He has the highest Mental Power for a Turn 0 card. Also, his effect makes him a 0/3 when combined with Ino and Choji (Team Asuma) Ino and Choji also get boosts when combined as a team.

Shikamaru works well in a wide range of decks. He fits in the obvious Ino-Shika-Cho deck, since he’s IS part of the team. Also, he is useful in a Mental Power deck, since his MP of 4 gives him an unmatched advantage. I would use the other Shika (from the Path to Hokage set) in an Agro Earth deck. It’s troublesome, but he’s a decent card when used in the right deck.

Constructed:2.5//5 Put in the decks mentioned above and you’ll get the boost you need.

Limited: 3/5 Awesome if you get Ibiki in the draft.
 

 

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