Sakashima's Student


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Planechase Anthology (PCA) None
Planechase 2012 Edition (PC2) Rare

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Sakashima's Student

Creature — Human Ninja

Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand tapped and attacking.)

You may have Sakashima's Student enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it's still a ninja in addition to its other creature types.

Sakashima's Student Discussion

rylei on Yuriko Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!

1 week ago

what about Sakashima's Student i feel like it adds more consistency than Fallen Shinobi and you leave more mana open to control the board.

Solelyselesnya on Yuriko Turn and Burn - cEDH

3 months ago

Thanks for the detailed comment Hissp! It is very appreciated.

Truthfully, I have found Cabal Therapist to be minimally useful. Yes, it can reset yuriko, but really, what can't? I like the ideal of Sidisi's Faithful . I'll try it out soon as a more immediately impactful replacement.

I've been debating between Dispel and Abjure for this list. Just this last month I've been testing Abjure and it has been performing very well. Cheap, catch-all counters allow the deck to commit to the board more aggressively with less fear, and Abjure has been stellar at filling that role. I think I will officially make the switch.

Sakashima's Student , Mutavault , and Shizo, Death's Storehouse are all in my deck irl but I've somehow forgotten them on this list! You are absolutely right about Sakashima's Student , its a phenomenally versatile ninja. I'll update the list to reflect this.

Full disclosure, I'm not totally sold on Sakashima the Impostor . It tends to be a win more, and as you said, as its usually at its best when you are already in a good board position. I definitely wouldn't run both Sakashima and Spark Double . Its on the chopping block.

I've seen your list, and Entomb + Wonder / Filth looks spicy! I'm guessing the amount of mass-evasion a player will want will depend heavily on their meta composition. If playgroups tend to get clogged up on the ground, then these seems like great inclusions! I am lucky enough that I don't have a hard time connecting with ninjas (always at least one deck that commits minimally to the board), but I think it is great tech to have! That being said, the inclusion of more cheap changelings in Modern Horizons definitely raises my evaluation of cover of darkness.

Mission Briefing seems good. I keep telling myself that Snapcaster Mage is better in this list because he can be replayed with ninjutsu, but I have tended to undervalue scry (in this case surveil) in the past. I'll give this some testing. More brainstorming is always a good thing, and I suppose there is no reason why I couldn't run both.

And finally, Memnite and Phyrexian Walker for the win! (Seriously, every Yuriko player should have these 0-mana creatures in their arsenal).

Hissp on Yuriko Turn and Burn - cEDH

3 months ago

Ok now that I've recovered from my initial excitement, a few questions / thoughts...

Have you run Sidisi's Faithful ? I recently cut Cabal Therapist as I didn't like it being dead the turn it came in. Curious on how you've found Therapist more useful so far.

My list runs slightly more ninjas and slightly fewer turns. While I understand not running the worst 3 ninjas with ninjutsu cmc <=3, I'm pretty surprised to see Sakashima's Student missing from your list. I've often found it to be the best ninja in the 99 (before Infiltrator was printed). Care to explain your reasoning?

I've found Mission Briefing particularly useful to flashback Brainstorm (or whatever else).

Mutavault has very little downside while putting in serious work on slower draws. Shizo, Death's Storehouse to a lesser but still notable extent.

We're also one of the few decks able to take advantage of Abjure ..!

A final question on how your deck's been running since Horizons. I've noticed in several games I'm yearning for mass-evasion. Maybe it's the metas I've seen, but adding, Wonder , Entomb , and Cover of Darkness to my list seems just barely (if still not quite) enough. How have you found things along this front? I'm also not running (never have) Sakashima the Impostor or Spark Double . They're 4-cost ninjas that aren't better than 2-cost ninjutsu cards unless you have 3 or more ninjas on board, in which case you're already in a good spot. Curious how you've found them so far. Also curious why you chose Sakashima over the Double.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!! So glad your list is the Yuriko list linked to the

IrateWarrior on House of the Rising Sun

3 months ago

I’ve only had a hand full of tests but the times ive gone off I had the thought I need a few cards to give me infinite hand size. So it’s not terrible by any means. I have it sorted if you change it to custom to show how everything breaks down.

Right now I’m trying to force in Coastal Piracy Aminatou's Augury Gush Thassa, God of the Sea and Sakashima's Student just trying to find the cuts. I might cut Karn's Temporal Sundering for the Temporal Mastery tho for that wicked miracle effect

CrimsonChaos on Clones, Clones everywhere

4 months ago

Sakashima's Student is another fun clone card you may find interesting.

BolasFucks on Ninjutsu and general priority

6 months ago


Last night my buddy had 2 fliers attack 2 different players. Neither had a flying creature to block with so they both declared no blockers.

After no blockers were declared, my friend returns the creature attacking player 1 to hand as part of the ninjutsu cost for Yuriko. Then returns the creature attacking player 2 to hand via ninjutsu for Throat Slitter .

Player 2 does not want his creature destroyed by Throat Slitter's combat damage trigger, so before the damage step casts Deflecting Palm targeting Throat Slitter.

With Deflecting Palm on the stack, the attacking player flashes in Spellstutter Sprite and it resolves, but it's ETB has no legal target so it doesn't resolve. Then while holding priority, he goes to ninjutsu in Sakashima's Student , returning Throat Slitter to hand and copying SS which would now be able to counter Deflecting Palm since now X=2 (fairies in play).

We were not sure if this was legal, but we let him do it based off the wording on ninjutsu. It seemed wrong, but the only prerequisite was that the creature being bounced was an unblocked attacker which we believed Throat Slitter still was.

Question 1: Attacking player was able to do one ninjutsu after the other if there were no responses, correct?

Question 2: Was player 2 able to cast Palm after Throat Slitter ETB'd but before damage was dealt?

& the big one!

Was the attacking player allowed to ninjutsu in the student as described? And if so, would this wild interaction have worked as intended?

Thank you for your help!!

Hissp on Two Lands One Ninja

6 months ago

Obviously Modern Horizons threw a lot of changes into the list. In my current iteration I'm running 26 creatures + Mutavault :

My ninjitsu enablers are either free ( Memnite , Ornithopter , Phyrexian Walker ) or provide repeatable utility ( Cabal Therapist , Putrid Imp , Sage of Epityr , Sidisi's Faithful ). I don't prioritize evasion at all. I'm also running all 3 1-drop changelings ( Changeling Outcast , Mothdust Changeling ,{Universal Automaton})

I'm running every creature with a ninjitsu cost of 1 or 2 ( Azra Smokeshaper , Ingenious Infiltrator , Mistblade Shinobi , Ninja of the Deep Hours , Sakashima's Student , Skullsnatcher , Walker of Secret Ways ) as well as 3 more expensive ninjas that provide value ( Fallen Shinobi , Mist-Syndicate Naga , Throat Slitter )

The other creatures I'm running either provide incredible ETB value ( Gilded Drake , Spellstutter Sprite , {I would probably run Snapcaster Mage if I had one}) or facilitate team evasion ( Filth , Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive , Wonder .

And of course there's the Dragon Knife itself, Draco :D

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