I'm really getting tired of that one-card-a-day routine, so let's bring about some change and do TWO cards in one article:
And don't forget that in Highlander decks this is an opportunity to quasi include two of this highly useful card in your deck.
Now what is it actually worth? Shields are used in various instances in the game and are affected by attacks, two dilemmas and two interrupts. Now what shield strength do you need to overcome various problems?
Here's a list:
A Shields 5 to survive Loss of Orbital Stability(C Int)
B Shields 7 to survive Crystalline Entity(R Dil).
C Shields 8 to avoid Auto-Destruct Sequence(U Int) damage
Survive any number of Borg attacks, if docked at a Romulan or Klingon Outpost D Shields 9 Immunity to non-enhanced ship weapons Survive any number of Borg attacks, if docked at a Federation Outpost. E Shields 11 Immunity to ships with Bynars weapon enhancement(R) F Shields 12 Survive a single Borg Ship(R Dil) hit (anywhere) G Shields 24 Survive any number of Borg Ship attacks (anywhere) H Shields 27 Immunity to Kurlan Naiskos'ed ships.
Reasonably, you can expect to gain 4 to 6 SHIELDS on each of your ships. For the more commonly used ships, this would give the Galaxy class and other big ships at least an "F" protection, Runabouts are now "D" or "E", even the small Shuttles are at least "A", if not "B" or "C" protected. Having both cards in play could make a Husnock ship "G", as 2 times 6 plus the basic 12 just pushes it over the edge.
A well-equipped Enterprise with Wesley(2), Data(2), Geordi(4), Roga Danar(2) and an Engineering Kit(8; Wes,Data,Riker & Picard) could even qualify for "H", meaning it would withstand a shot from a massive Warbird with a Kurlan Naiskos aboard without even taking a single dent... (Using the Nutational variant, accomplishing this with Metaphasic shields seems less realistic).
In my decks, I only use one of these cards (normally the Nutational, as my best decks are Fed or Rommies). With those lots of Engineering personnel I get enough protection from just one and an Engineering kit also doubles the protection besides having additional uses.
Ratings for : NUTATIONAL / METAPHASIC Wesley's rating: 8.0 7.0 Jon's rating: 9.5 8.0 Allen Castaban's rating: 7.0 7.0 Tim Kwong's rating: 8.5 8.5 Habib's rating: 8.5 7.5 Bryan's rating: 10.0 9.0 Jeff's rating: 8.0 7.5 Holt Kernodle's rating: 8.0 7.5 Simon's rating: 8.0 9.0 Data's rating: (no joke!) 9.4444564 9.4443457 Jason's rating: 8.5 7.5 ---------------------- AVERAGE RATING: 8.5 8.0
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