Ah ninjutsu, what a mechanic. It’s been around in Magic: The Gathering for a long time now, and it’s one of those mechanics that appears randomly in a bunch of sets, because let’s face it; it’s cool. It’s something a lot of us grew up idolizing thanks to all the shows and cartoons about ninjas (Yes, including the Turtle variety).
Is it good in MTG Commander though? Is the ability to surprise your opponent with a sudden change of creature good? Well yeah, but it depends on the creature, doesn’t it? Thankfully, we’ve got a little breakdown of the best ninjutsu cards, and support cards, in Commander right here.
The best ninjutsu cards in Commander
We’ve got four picks for this section. First up is Yuriko, the Tiger’s Shadow, which has commander ninjutsu, and also allows you to draw extra cards whenever a ninja you control deals damage to another player, and also drain enemies as you do so.
Next is Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni, which allows you to steal a creature from an opponent’s graveyard whenever it deals damage. That’s a big deal. On that theme, you’ve also got Fallen Shinobi. This is a card that allows you to exile the top two cards of the library of whoever it hits, and then cast those spells until the end of the turn for free. It’s not exactly shocking that they’re one of the best ninjutsu cards in Commander.
Finally, we’ve got Higure, the Still Wind. Higure is a five-mana 3/4 that reads, “Whenever Higure, the Still Wind deals combat damage to a player, you may search your library for a Ninja card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.” That’s not all though, you can also pay two mana to make a ninja you control unblockable, which is absolutely absurd.
The best ninjutsu support cards in Commander
Technically speaking, Satoru Umezawa, doesn’t have ninjutsu, so they’re in this section. Along with giving every single creature card in your hand ninjutsu, which is truly absurd, they also read, “Whenever you activate a ninjutsu ability, look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. This ability triggers only once each turn.”
Other than that, our main choices for support cards are the ones that’ll allow your creatures to attack with no issue. That means cards like Whispersilk Cloak are huge. The ability to definitely get a creature through unblocked means you’ve always got a guarantee of getting at least one ninjutsu cast off, and that’s a very big deal when that’s the whole damn point of the deck.
We also really like Changeling Outcast here too. It’s a one-mana 1/1 that can’t block, but also can’t be blocked. It’s an excellent way of fuelling your ninja way, and we can’t imagine building a deck around ninjutsu without including them. You can absolutely just go all-in on ninjutsu too, and it’s a riot.