Iizuka the Ruthless


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Saviors of Kamigawa (SOK) Rare

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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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Iizuka the Ruthless Discussion

KumaLKS on Aggro Samurai

1 year 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

2 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

2 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; ...

2 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; ...

    2 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

    SCORE: 10 | 5 COMMENTS | 5901 VIEWS | IN 9 FOLDERS

    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!

    Unknown* joecool1299

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    MagicalHacker on Best Tribal Commanders

    3 years ago

    Here are the best commanders for each tribe for each color combination where possible (apologize in advance for repeating earlier comments, I just want to be thorough):






















































    sonnet666 on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

    3 years ago

    Almost got it in three hours, I'm only like 20 minutes late.

    Assuming a 6 tier system:

    To be moved from T5 to T6: (Rationale: french-vanilla, overcosted with no pay-off, or just vitually no effect on the game.)

    Akuta, Born of Ash, Anthousa, Setessan Hero, Baron Sengir, Bartel Runeaxe, Boris Devilboon, Cho-Manno, Revolutionary, Arcades Sabboth, Atogatog, Chromium, Circu, Dimir Lobotomist, Cloudhoof Kirin, Commander Greven il-Vec, Crovax the Cursed, Dakkon Blackblade, Daughter of Autumn, Gabriel Angelfire, Gallowbraid, Gosta Dirk, Grandmother Sengir, Haakon, Stromgald Scourge, Halfdane, Hazduhr the Abbot, Hivis of the Scale, Huang Zhong, Shu General, Hunding Gjornersen, Ihsan's Shade, Irini Sengir, Ishi-Ishi, Akki Crackshot, Iwamori of the Open Fist, Jacques le Vert, Kei Takahashi, Kentaro, the Smiling Cat, Lady Caleria, Liu Bei, Lord of Shu, Livonya Silone, Lord Magnus, Ma Chao, Western Warrior, Marhault Elsdragon, Morinfen, Myojin of Cleansing Fire, Myojin of Life's Web, Orim, Samite Healer, Palladia-Mors, Pang Tong, "Young Phoenix", Pavel Maliki, Princess Lucrezia, Purraj of Urborg, Rashida Scalebane, Rashka the Slayer, Reveka, Wizard Savant, Riven Turnbull, Rohgahh of Kher Keep, Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked, Sima Yi, Wei Field Marshal, Soraya the Falconer, Spirit of the Night, Stangg, Taniwha, Tarox Bladewing, Telim'Tor, Tuknir Deathlock, Tuktuk the Explorer, Ur-Drago, Vaevictis Asmadi, Veldrane of Sengir, Xun Yu, Wei Advisor, Yukora, the Prisoner, Zhang Liao, Hero of Hefei, Zhao Zilong, Tiger General, Zhou Yu, Chief Commander, Zuberi, Golden Feather.

    (I left out Ramirez DePietro because I just didn't have the heart to be the one to demote him. I mean, come on, he's a pirate. Pirates should get their own tier...)

    Moved from T4 to T5: (Rationale: mediocre voltron stats w/ limited defensive or evasion abilities, effects that don't have a strong effect on the game.)

    Arashi, the Sky Asunder, Adamaro, First to Desire, Alexi, Zephyr Mage, Atalya, Samite Master, Autumn Willow, Ayumi, the Last Visitor, Balthor the Stout, Bounteous Kirin, Cabal Patriarch, Cao Ren, Wei Commander, Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh  Flip, Commander Eesha, Daghatar the Adamant, Diaochan, Artful Beauty, Dong Zhou, the Tyrant, Eron the Relentless, Fumiko the Lowblood, Geist of Saint Traft, Gerrard Capashen, Ghost Council of Orzhova, He Who Hungers, Heidar, Rimewind Master, Higure, the Still Wind, Iizuka the Ruthless, Iname as One, Iname, Life Aspect, Isao, Enlightened Bushi, Infernal Kirin, Jareth, Leonine Titan, Jedit Ojanen of Efrava, Jiwari, the Earth Aflame, Kamahl, Pit Fighter, Karona, False God, Kami of the Crescent Moon, Kaysa, Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs, Kiyomaro, First to Stand, Kiku, Night's Flower, Kodama of the North Tree, Kumano, Master Yamabushi, Korlash, Heir to Blackblade, Kuon, Ogre Ascendant, Lady Evangela, Lady Sun, Latulla, Keldon Overseer, Linessa, Zephyr Mage, Llawan, Cephalid Empress, Lovisa Coldeyes, Masako the Humorless, Masumaro, First to Live, Munda, Ambush Leader, Ob Nixilis, the Fallen, Oyobi, Who Split the Heavens, Oriss, Samite Guardian, Pianna, Nomad Captain, Pharika, God of Affliction, Polukranos, World Eater, Radiant, Archangel, Ragnar, Rakdos the Defiler, Rayne, Academy Chancellor, Rorix Bladewing, Ruhan of the Fomori, Sensei Golden-Tail, Shauku, Endbringer, Shisato, Whispering Hunter, Silvos, Rogue Elemental, Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer, Sosuke, Son of Seshiro, Squee, Goblin Nabob, Starke of Rath, Sun Ce, Young Conquerer, Sunastian Falconer, Tahngarth, Talruum Hero, Tajic, Blade of the Legion, Takeno, Samurai General, Thriss, Nantuko Primus, Tymaret, the Murder King, Vhati il-Dal, Vorosh, the Hunter, Zhang Fei, Fierce Warrior, Zurgo Bellstriker.

    Moved from T4 to T6: (Rationale: a combination of the last two. These guys really didn't belong in T4 in the first place.)

    Guan Yu, Sainted Warrior, Hakim, Loreweaver, Hikari, Twilight Guardian, Kodama of the Center Tree, Kuro, Pitlord, Kongming, "Sleeping Dragon", Maga, Traitor to Mortals, Mannichi, the Fevered Dream, Meng Huo, Barbarian King, Nagao, Bound by Honor, Obzedat, Ghost Council, Patron of the Nezumi, Patron of the Kitsune, Tivadar of Thorn, Zhang He, Wei General, Zuo Ci, the Mocking Sage.

    Moved from T3 to T4: (Rationale: Just basing this off of my experience with the commanders and the synergies available to them. Trying to split into Good Tier and Average Tier. Priorities for Good Tier: commanders that have built in methods of dodging removal and disruption (e.g. Thrun, the Last Troll), and commanders who's strategies quick swing the board out of proportion if left unchecked (e.g. Rakdos, Lord of Riots).)

    Adun Oakenshield, Akroma, Angel of Fury, Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Angus Mackenzie, Anowon, the Ruin Sage, Athreos, God of Passage, Balthor the Defiled, Baru, Fist of Krosa, Borborygmos Enraged, Bosh, Iron Golem, Crovax, Ascendant Hero, Dragonlord Atarka, Dragonlord Dromoka, Dragonlord Silumgar, Dralnu, Lich Lord, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Erebos, God of the Dead, Ertai, Wizard Adept, Feldon of the Third Path, Gahiji, Honored One, Garza Zol, Plague Queen, Godo, Bandit Warlord, Heliod, God of the Sun, Homura, Human Ascendant, Iname, Death Aspect, Isperia, Supreme Judge, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip, Jenara, Asura of War, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Jolrael, Empress of Beasts, Jori En, Ruin Diver, Kaervek the Merciless, Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund, Kaseto, Orochi Archmage, Keranos, God of Storms, Kodama of the South Tree, Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury, Kothophed, Soul Hoarder, Kozilek, the Great Distortion, Kresh the Bloodbraided, Lavinia of the Tenth, Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero, Mangara of Corondor, Marrow-Gnawer, Mayael the Anima, Mirri the Cursed, Mogis, God of Slaughter, Molimo, Maro-Sorcerer, Nahiri, the Lithomancer, Nin, the Pain Artist, Nissa, Vastwood Seer  Flip, Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius, Norin the Wary, Nylea, God of the Hunt, Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath, Olivia Voldaren, Patron of the Akki, Patron of the Orochi, Pia and Kiran Nalaar, Radha, Heir to Keld, Reki, the History of Kamigawa, Sapling of Colfenor, Skullbriar, the Walking Grave, Surrak Dragonclaw, Surrak, the Hunt Caller, Sygg, River Cutthroat, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Thraximundar, Thromok the Insatiable, Toshiro Umezawa, Trostani, Selesnya's Voice, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, Ulasht, the Hate Seed, Urabrask the Hidden, Varolz, the Scar-Striped, Vendilion Clique, Venser, Shaper Savant, Visara the Dreadful, Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, Wrexial, the Risen Deep, Xira Arien, Yasova Dragonclaw, Yeva, Nature's Herald, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard, Zada, Hedron Grinder, Zo-Zu the Punisher, Zurgo Helmsmasher.

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