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Shikamaru Nara
[Whim]

Card Number: Promo
 

Review Date: 07.17.07

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 2.20
Limited: Promo

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


Swordmaster
13

Tuesday's card is Shikamaru Nara, Whim from the Wrapper Redemption program. He's a Turn 1 and has the same stats as his turn 1 incarnations. It has a similar effect to Shikamaru, IQ over 200 in that it can perform a Mental Power Battle if it is opposed. However, this one requires you to get a Heads on a Coin Flip to trigger the Mental Power Battle, which gives you a chance to trigger his effect as opposed to a successful trigger for discarding cards like IQ over 200. Mental Decks can afford to discard cards as you can have enough Female Ninja in the deck to make Wish worthwhile, which means IQ's effect isn't really detrimental. This one will more than likely be dwarfed by the impact the new Shikamaru Nara, Formation will have on the metagame. The fact that Shikamaru is also easier to get also means you'll see less of this.

Limited:2/5(that is if you can play it in Limited as it is a promo card)
Constructed:2/5(its great stats are dwarfed by better Shikamarus)


Beastly Mage

Shikamaru Nara [Whim]

Another day, another card. This time it's one from the wrapper redemption program. This version of Shikamaru offers many things. First, 2 support. Second, with a coin flip, mental power battle. Problem is that you have a 50-50 chance of getting the effect. It's not as good as his IQ incarnation, which is one of the best turn 0's in the game, but still pretty good. Try it and see.

Ratings:

Limited: Promo/5
Constructed: 3/5
Art: 3/5

Akira

This is a standard turn 1 Shikamaru that has 4 mental power. It's effect gives you a 50% chance to start a mental battle when his team blocks or is blocked.

First of all, we already have a Shikamaru which most people will be playing 3 of. (Formation.)

Even if we didn't have that Shikamaru, this one is just a bit inconsistent. When you really need the mental you might flip tails. Or you may be about to get an outstanding victory if you have a normal battle, but you flip heads, and your team's mental doesn't beat the other team by 5 as your Team Power would. Since this is not an optional effect, it could cause problems.

All in all it's a weak card. It's competing with Shikamaru Nara [Formation] and it's effect isn't reliable enough to include in a serious competitive deck.

Constructed: 2/5
Art: 5/5 (The one part of this card that IS better than [Formation])

Ajj

            Today we look at crappy wrapper redemption Shikamaru.  This Shikamaru is disgustingly bad, worse than any other Shika to date.  In non mental decks, the new Formation is far superior as it has a better, more consistent effect, and in mental decks, the SR Shika will be a lot better as it can start mental battles consistently (must have 5 or more cards in your hand).  This card is just worthless.  worthless.

 

Limited:  2/5 (Ok stats and ok effect, but it’s wrapper redemption so you won’t get it in Limited)

Constructed:  1/5 (Inferior to all other Shikas, even Lazy Bum)

Art:  3/5 (Not great, but a whole lot better than Shika F)

Erk2106

Tuesday is here and it is once again time for a Card of the Day. Today we take a look at a promo card from the wrapper redemption program. Shikamaru Nara [ Whim ] will probably replace most if not all Shikamaru [IQo200oH]. Instead of discarding from your hand to force mental just flip a coin. You have a 50/50 chance of forcing a mental battle, verse losing cards from hand. With this card being a promo it appeals to not only the gamer at heart but as well as the collector. All in All this is a great card.

Ratings:

Limited 4/5
Constructed 3/5
Art 5/5 (This is the best art of all Shikamaru's I have seen.)


 

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