27, Jan, 22

What is Ninjutsu in Magic: The Gathering?

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The Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty kick-off stream just ended and WOW, what a showcase! We got a ton of card reveals, lore development but we crucially also learnt about some of the new and returning mechanics. One of those coming back to Magic: The Gathering and included in Neon Dynasty is Ninjutsu.

Ninjutsu was first seen as part of the original Kamigawa set back in 2004 but finally makes its return. Keen to know exactly how it works and how you might use it? We’ve got you covered!

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What is Ninjutsu in MTG?

Ninjutsu is a brilliant mechanic that essentially allows for the quick switching of cards that are in an attacking position. The rules text for the mechanic typically reads as follows;

Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.

There is a mana cost involved and on the most recent spoiler card, Silver-Fur Master, it’s one blue and one black mana. It also reduces the cost of activating Ninjutsu by one mana but will not reduce its own cost unless another copy is already in play.

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How to use Ninjutsu?

There are a few ways to maximize your use of Ninjutsu the primary one being to swap out a weak creature that it may appear you were using for chip damage, for one that has the ability to survive pack a bigger punch.

Alternatively, you may want to use them in an ambush. The already mentioned Silver-Fur Master can use Ninjutsu to enter the battlefield attacking but also gives Ninja and Rogues creatures +1/+1. This could turn potentially ugly fights in your favour or unlocked damage into a lethal hit.

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