Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow

Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow

Legendary Creature — Human Ninja

Commander Ninjutsu ( Return an unblocked attacker you control to its owner's hand: Put this card onto the battlefield from your hand or the command zone tapped and attacking.)

Whenever a Ninja you control deals combat damage to a player, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. Each opponent loses life equal to that card's converted mana cost.

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster: Store Edition (MYSTOR) Rare
Mystery Booster: Convention Edition (MYSCON) Rare
Commander 2018 (C18) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow Discussion

Jones_SCONES on Milly's Yuriko | Game Knights #35

16 minutes ago

As a commander player which mainly plays Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow I can say that this deck is missing a couple of key cards.

You can check out my deck here: Just Ninja stuff

The main key cards thats missing include: Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive,Sakashima the Impostor, Filth, Shizo, Death's Storehouse, Reliquary Tower,Lightning Greaves,Lim-Dul's Vault,Temporal Mastery and other timespells.

Jones_SCONES on Milly's Yuriko | Game Knights #35

29 minutes ago

As a commander player which mainly plays Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow I can say that this deck is missing a couple of key cards. You can check out my deck here: https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/just-ninja-stuff/ but the key cards thats missing include:Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive,Sakashima the Impostor, Filth, Shizo, Death's Storehouse, Reliquary Tower,Lightning Greaves,Lim-Dul's Vault,Temporal Mastery and other timespells.

Artatras on "The Many-Faced God" - [[Primer]]

3 weeks ago

Hi _Putrefax and thanks for your suggestions!

I see where you are going with your stax pieces, but it is not necessarily the direction that I want to take. Damping Sphere does not have that much of an impact in Commander, apart from hurting storm strategies. Thorn of Amethyst has a similar effect, but it hoses me even worse. I have very limited mana resources, and every single mana is extremely important for me. I like Defense Grid a little bit more because, as you said, it makes me much harder to interact with. However, I am not a huge fan of these symmetrical effects. I have many instants in this deck, and the grid neuters my ability to interact with my opponents.

I really like, however, Mana Web. It either slows my opponents' gameplans or limits their interaction. Most importantly, it's effect is asymmetrical. I don't get hurt by it, and I like it a lot. I will be considering the Web for sure.

I have never had a great experience with either Meekstone and Crawlspace. Every time I have played those cards, they have never had that much of an impact on the game in my favour. I have never thought about Ensnaring Bridge, but I guess it makes sense. I can control Lazav's power at will and I don't have too many cards in hand, so it's worth the try.

Null Rod is actually unplayable for us. With it on the board, if Lazav ever becomes an artifact creature (and he will, considering our wincon creatures are artifacts), we won't be able to activate his ability again as long as the Rod stays on the board.

Karn, the Great Creator's effect is, once again, asymmetrical and can be taken into consideration. I particularly like his -2 ability, which is probably our only way of getting back any of our win conditions if they ever get exiled. I don't have too many available slots, but I hope I can squeeze it in somewhere.

As for Mystic Sanctuary, I admit I had underestimated it. One of my friends actually won a few games thanks to it, although with a completely different deck (Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow), where it makes even more sense. Still, I can't get around lands that have the chance to come into play tapped, and lands that must be considered more like a spell. To give you an example, I hate Bojuka Bog so much so that I don't play it in any of my decks. If I want graveyard hate stapled on a land I go for Scavenger Grounds, despite it being symmetrical. This is because Bojuka Bog, like Mystic Sanctuary, is more of a spell than a land. In the early game, I simply can't play them because it would be a waste. This means that, if in my first few turns of the game I have three lands in hand and one of them is a Bog or Sanctuary, then I have virtually just two lands. And if I am forced to play them immediately, it's a huge tempo loss since they come into play tapped. These kind of cards need to be drawn at the right time, otherwise they will be stuck in hand for an indefinite amount of time. Scavenger Grounds, on the contrary, can be played immediately with no downside and can be activated whenever we need. Of course I am not playing Scavenger Grounds in a Lazav deck, but this is just to explain you my line of thought. For these reasons, I would rather play Snapcaster Mage or Mission Briefing over Mystic Sanctuary.

I am really curious to see what Laboratory Maniac wincons you will be throwing in, because I kind of need an "I-Win-The-Game" emergency plan. Can you please link your build once it's ready?

Thanks again for your suggestions. Cheers!

Vurhorsten on Yuriko idk what im doing deck

4 weeks ago

You should also reduce the amount of lands you have in your deck. Firstly your converted mana cost is quite low, so you're deck won't suffer from a few less lands. Secondly you want to reduce the chance of pulling a dead draw with Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow.

Gorbah on Betrayal at House Marchesa

2 months ago

+1! Nice build, working on a Marchesa theft build myself and i playtested her for the first time last week in a 1vs1vs1 game against Ayara, First of Locthwain & Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow

You can probably guess what happened ... Ayara triggers... Yuriko triggers ... Taking extra dmg from my own cards... I had 0 lifegain cards like your build here ... It was a disaster.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Card creation challenge

2 months ago

DragonOfTheWest: You just made me realize that Mistford River Turtle us a great card for both Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow and Ezuri, Claw of Progress . Thank you!

SpitFire2k9 on Ninja Commander

2 months ago

Hey multimedia

Thanks for your opinion & honest Work on this Deck

Lands & Manabase

I think the Manabase should be not the Problem here
I dont play any of these expensive Lands in any of my Commander Decks and i didn't see any disadvantage in my Playgroups
The Lands i use here are all in stock and so i don't have to buy them
So if i will get my Hands on a better Land, i can exchange them with one in any of my Decks.

Anyway i see the Advantage on your choice of Lands and i will put them on the Upgrade List for this Deck with one exception

Mystic Sanctuary
This one is on his way into the Deck

I will cut Cavern of Souls because this is a relic of thinking about a Ninja Tribal CMDR
Never mind Cavern of Souls will be on the Upgrade list too but i have other Decks where i have to put this 60 Bucks in first ;-)

Baleful Strix + Arcane Adaptation + Wingcrafter

I didn't think about any other Creature's because i wanted to make it a Tribal Ninja CMDR
The only one i had in mind was Changeling Outcast

But these three are a must have for this Deck

So for Arcane Adaptation , Baleful Strix & Wingcrafter i will cut Price of Knowledge , Downsize & Drowned Secrets


I dont consider anymore :-)
Temporal Trespass , Dig Through Time & Treasure Cruise are in of course
Now i have to learn to fuck up my grave but i think i can handle this :-D
So Folio of Fancies , Spellbook are out and now i'm in struggle

I think that The Magic Mirror + Venser's Journal is a "too nice" Combo to Cut and on the other hand they have high CMC
Cutting Spellbook was also hard because Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow and all the others Ninja's "hopfully" gives you so much Cards
So i don't want to cut more "No Maximum Handsize" Cards because i think they're essential
The last card to cut you're offering is Erratic Portal so this one is Out
But this one was in for Protecting some of the "Nasty Ninja's" against hitting the grave from Battletricks
Hopefully the Entomb + Filth or Entomb + Wonder combo and / or Crystal Shard , Walker of Secret Ways will do their job

Vampiric Tutor + Lim-Dul's Vault + Insidious Dreams

So Vampiric Tutor is a well known Card but i think I've got enough Top Deck Manipulation and the "Cards to cut" are Rare. Same is true for Insidious Dreams wich i didn't know before
I had Lim-Dul's Vault on mind when i builded this Deck and maybe this is a game changing "Top Deck Manipulation" because of the mass of Cards u can look at

So i will clear the Maybeboard and all three are in there and i f i find a card to cut Lim-Dul's Vault will be the one who gets in 1st

Chain of Vapor

So here i need a quick 101 on this Card

"At this Moment i'm too stupid to understand how this card work and why it is so good in a Yuriko Deck" So i'm not too stupid to understand how this card works @all-> i'm too stupid why this one should be good and don't any have clue on this combo
So please give me the "Breakthrough"

Shitty English & Bad Grammar

Sorry for my very Basic English Grammar and this shitty English
I think in my Mothers Language much of this Desaster would sound very differnt :-D
And here are some dots and commas if u need them -> ........,,,,,,,, :-D

Update of the Deck will be done soon

dingusdingo on Competitive Kids: Is Twilight Prophet ...

2 months ago

I came across this card while researching for stuff for my Alesha stax deck. That decks goal is to slow the game/cut off combos and accrue advantage, which is why it caught my eye. I don't imagine the card being too viable in fast combo, like Bob is, mostly due to the CMC and board requirements. I'm still intrigued in the value it can generate in a grindier match up though, especially seeing how effective the Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow trigger is. Being able to hit all 3 players simultaneously makes the damage dealt FAR more efficient.


Interesting, my biggest fear for the card would be not getting the cities blessing consistently. What kind of a deck or shell did you run it in?


One of my biggest considerations for its inclusion is how much it pressures Ad Nauseam and Necropotence, the "life total into card draw" cards. Have you run into this or played it outside of competitive? Would love to know hear about it.


Bob does come out way faster, and guarantees the card, which is why its so good. Prophet is significantly slower, with higher risk of being staxed out due to its higher CMC. I would agree that most decks would rather slot Ad Nauseam in its place. Something to consider is how Prophet could dig for and also power out an Ad Nauseam too.


I often see Oakhame Adversary included in lists, and it seems very strong. Oakhame requires combat step to work though, and deals damage at a slower rate to players. It seems like more a card advantage engine than anything, where Prophet seems right inbetween card engine and backup wincon.

Obviously I don't want to overestimate how much damage is coming from those life loss triggers, but realistically you'd aim to exploit it with format staples like Sensei's Divining Top Imperial Seal Vampiric Tutor and so forth. Especially if you're packing anything with CMC 6+, you can speed up the clock on beatdown.


I don't imagine combo oriented lists will want it like they do Bob. I'm think it might have a home in stax or insane value lists though.


Agreed, visually striking.


Great insight. Cities blessing seems like you can attain it decently fast unless you get wiped.

Is Prophet a big target when it hits the board? Is the lifeloss from the drawing trigger significant to your beatdown? Any nice synergy cards you run alongside it?

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