Originally Posted by Shino'sDad
But Pakkun is valid, whereas Shika is not, which is all that matters.
If we're talking about playing Shika in a Mental deck with Yoshino and all that jazz then yes, it matters. But when Shika is put in a deck for overall utility and Shika's Decision it barely matters at all. 0/2 0/0 are outright better stats than 0/1 0/1 as long as there's a head ninja and no OVs/Backstabs happen. I do realize that 0/1 injured is better than 0/0 injured blah blah but that's less important. If I drop Shika T0 and my opponent drops Pakkun T0 and attacks, there's no way I would block. I'd wait for next turn and attack with my 5+ power. Pakkun remains understatted but Shika O's 2 support makes him somewhat versatile.
This has sort of gotten out of hand. All I meant to say was Shika is still one of the very best T0's and Kabuto won't affect his playability. As I think about it more, if Ino CH stays we'll likely see decks that wouldn't normally play Shika O use him. The new Kabuto is even more reason to splash Shika and Ino since both fulfill her effect.