Iizuka the Ruthless

Iizuka the Ruthless

Legendary Creature — Human Samurai

Bushido 2 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.)

(2)(Red), Sacrifice a Samurai: Samurai creatures you control gain double strike until end of turn.

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Set Rarity
Saviors of Kamigawa (SOK) Rare

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Format Legality
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Leviathan Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Unformat Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal

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Iizuka the Ruthless Discussion

seshiro_of_the_orochi on None

8 months ago

I really like this idea. As there are two different artworks for Brothers Yamazaki, you would definitely have to play one of each.

After a quick reasearch, the are cards to consider:

Iizuka the Ruthless

Godo, Bandit Warlord

Oathkeeper, Takeno's Daisho

To make Izuka a little better, adding some more samurai might be good. There aren't that many in red. If you go voltron, adding a little deathtouch is useful by itself, and it's ridiculous with Ronin Cliffrider.

Blackblade Reforged, Grappling Hook, Empyrial Plate, Fireshrieker are useful weapons. Also maybe bludgen brawl to have enough equipment for each of your commanders.

SmudgeDredd on Non-Black Aristocrats/Sacrifice

1 year ago

Second crash328, Red could be fun for this. Pashalik Mons I could see getting out of hand fast. Possibly Iizuka the Ruthless .

There's plenty of blue where you could possibly do something similiar with artifacts but I'd be curious what could be done with Jalira, Master Polymorphist with this theme. Maybe Thromok the Insatiable

KumaLKS on Aggro Samurai

2 years ago

Also, Hijack instead of Blind with Anger could work. For enchantments, I would have to suggest Brave the Sands and maybe Always Watching . One last suggestion would be Iizuka the Ruthless. Iizuka may seem flawed, but I find that it preforms quite well.

TLC55 on Samurai Tribal

3 years ago

If you can get your hands on a couple of Oathkeeper, Takeno's Daisho, and some Indebted Samurai, those would be worthwhile adds. I'm actually experimenting with my samurai tribal right now, gonna try and add red and get aggro with it :D Iizuka the Ruthless , Fumiko the Lowblood. I played very actively right around when Kamigawa block came out and I've always held a deep fondness for the whole set.

berryjon on Card creation challenge

3 years ago

Hidden Fortress
Legendary Land
General's Home: Iizuka the Ruthless
: Add or or to your manapool.
Whenever a Samurai you control would take damage, prevent 1 of that damage.
, Sacrifice Hidden Fortress: Search your graveyard for Samurai, and return them to your hand, then discard that many cards.

His problem is being Red when most Samurai are White (with a couple in Black), so this land fixes the color identity of the archetype, while synergizing with his ability.

Let's do another!

Eiti3 on Let's build around Unplayable Commanders; …

3 years ago

Iizuka the Ruthless + Oathkeeper, Takeno's Daisho + Runed Stalactite + Mountain + Genju of the Spires + Heartstone + Thousand-Year Elixir + Paradox Engine + 4 mana doublers below = Infinite Combo.

And all of these mana doublers will be needed to go infinite: Extraplanar Lens, Gauntlet of Power, Gauntlet of Might, Caged Sun, Mana Flare, and Chaos Moon. Could do a Soulbright Flamekin as well, but I don't know if the math works out.

  • Main Phase 1:
  • Iizuka the Ruthless, Oathkeeper, Takeno's Daisho, Runed Stalactite, an Mountain, Heartstone, Thousand-Year Elixir, and Paradox Engine are all out on board. Genju of the Spires in hand.
    Mountain for (5).
    → Cast Genju of the Spires on the Mountain. Down to (4).
    → In response to casting Genju of the Spires, TRIGGERED abilities layer with timestamps. Paradox Engine being the only one. Paradox Engine untaps all nonland permanents.
    Genju of the Spires resolves.
    → Activate Genju of the Spires's ability animating the enchanted Mountain. Down to (2).
    → Activate Thousand-Year Elixir's ability, the enchanted, animated Mountain spirit. Down to (1).
    the enchanted, animated Mountain spirit for (5). End up with (6).
    → Attach Oathkeeper, Takeno's Daisho and Runed Stalactite to the enchanted, animated Mountain spirit. Down to (2).
    → Sacrifice the enchanted, well-armed, animated Mountain changeling to Iizuka the Ruthless. Down to (0).
    → In in response to the enchanted, well-armed, animated Mountain changeling dying, TRIGGERED abilities layer with timestamps. Oathkeeper, Takeno's Daisho first, then Genju of the Spires. Genju of the Spires resolves first, returning to hand. Then Oathkeeper, Takeno's Daisho resolves returning the precious Mountain back to play .
    Iizuka the Ruthless's activated ability then resolves with all Samurai gaining double strike until end of turn.
    → Repeat.

    Add additional mana doublers to get infinite mana. Add a Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle with 5 other Mountains in play to insta-win. Temple Bell to deck yourself or opponents.

    EDIT: Felt like something was fishy. Figured out that Oathkeeper, Takeno's Daisho checks if it is a Samurai in the graveyard, not when it dies. I'm used to Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker. Apologies. And even a Ashes of the Fallen doesn't fix this. (Oathkeepers second ability checks whether the cards creature type is Samurai, not whether the creature was a Samurai when it left the battlefield.)

    EDIT 2: I did all the work and math for nothing so I'm not going to do it again, but I imagine you could replace Genju of the Spires, Runed Stalactite and the Mountain in the combo with Soulbright Flamekin, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, and Ashes of the Fallen to make it work. THAT WOULD BE EPIC.

    joecool1299 on Let's build around Unplayable Commanders; …

    3 years ago

    Does the title of this count as clickbait if I don't even try?

    What makes an Unplayable commander?

    I'm using EDHREC'S list of Unplayable commander's. They are commander's that have less then three decks on tapped out, you can find the list here.

    List of EDHREC unplayed commanders

    Casual ooctopus

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    How does this work?

    I'll randomly select a commander. I'll build the rough skeleton. You send me suggestions for weird cards for it. And we'll cut it down and ship it. Let's put the minds of the internet to the test

    TLDR; What's the deck already

    Because Samurai and I have such a great history.

    Iizuka the Ruthless

    So White samurai didnt' do much for me

    so logically the best solution is to go to a color with less samurai.

    At least his ability is better.


    As always any Suggestions for the deck, feedback, Liking and spreadage of the word is great appreciated!

    Here's the previous decks as well as a more in depth home page if you wanna follow my Insanity.

    Welcome to the Asylum!

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