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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Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow Discussion
3 days ago
Combat damage does not use the stack. So you cannot use the unmodified creatures to get both triggers.
However, if you give Etrata, the Silencer First Strike, you will be able to get both triggers in the same combat step. Here's how:
First Strike works by creating an additional combat damage step. The combat damage step, in simple form, starts with damage being applied, then gives players priority (i.e. they can activate abilities or cast instant-speed spells).
So, here's how you'd time this:
Etrata, the Silencer is unblocked and deals damage during the First Strike Combat Damage Step. This is also going to trigger her ability, which will end up on the stack first.
Once First Strike combat damage has been dealt, you now gain priority since you are the Active Player. The stack has Etrata, the Silencer's ability on it.
Etrata, the Silencer is still "attacking" and still unblocked--even though she's already dealt damage, until the end of combat step she's still considered an attacking creature.
While Etrata, the Silencer's ability is still on the stack, you activate the Ninjutsu ability. As part of the cost for the Ninjutsu ability, you return Etrata, the Silencer to your hand. The stack now has Etrata, the Silencer's ability and Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow's Ninjutsu ability on the stack.
Etrata, the Silencer's ability resolves and you get to exile a creature with a hit counter on it. This still works even though Etrata, the Silencer is no longer on the battlefield to be shuffled into your library--she is safe in your hand, ready to be re-cast.
The First Strike Combat Damage Step ends, and you move to the regular combat damage step.
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow will do combat damage during this step, which will trigger her ability.
This is pretty important--cards like Akroma's Memorial will not work with this plan--they also give Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow First Strike, so she would not be able to do damage in the Regular Combat Damage Step. If you gave all your creatures Double Strike, this plan would still work.
I can't think of any Blue/Black cards that would really work well for this plan--there's some equipment, but you'd have to re-attach it to Etrata, the Silencer every time you wanted to perform this plan.
Ninjutsu is not casting the card--it's an ability that puts the card directly onto the battlefield without using the stack. Like Derevi, Empyrial Tactician's ability, the Ninjutsu ability bypasses the Commander Tax.
3 days ago
Also does Commander Ninjutsu get around Commander tax?
5 days ago
I'm of the opinion that top is not actually that good of a card unless you are playing Miracles or something like Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow or decks that lack draw power like mono red / white.
However you are playing blue. Top lets you look at the top three and rearrange them... or you could just draw three cards. Even sub-par cards like Concentrate barely cost more mana than the top after a couple activations (that's not even counting Mizzix discounts) and actually gives you the cards rather than sorting through them on your library.
Seriously. Just draw three cards and you're already in a better spot than anything the Top can do for you.
1 week ago
No combo?!?!? Guess I'll just leave... :(
I kid, mostly.
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow is a sweet deck. I haven't gotten my own all together but I've got a list Yuriko Hidden Tiger and I've watched other people playing her and having a lot of fun. There are a couple ways to go with her. Big CMC with few ninjas or lower CMC with many ninjas are the extremes.
1 week ago
I would love to put Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow in there, it's just I don't like spending more than a dollar or two on any single card and I put these lists up on Tapped Out to help me figure out decks I want to build with actual cardboard. That's also why I only have one Higure, the Still Wind. I'd love to have Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni too, why are all the good ninjas so expensive?!?
1 week ago
How about including Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow? Also adding a second higure might be good.
2 weeks ago
Any tips for dealing with decks that cause life loss instead of damage? I find it hard keeping Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow at bay, Kor haven and maze of ith have been all stars but they do eventually hit land removal and extra turns, fog spells are easily countered and akido spells are inapplicable
1 month ago
Thanks Sylvanrush, Insidious Dreams is already in the list. Notorious Throng is there as an extra turn spell with upside. I tried to keep my rogue count high enough to get some extra evasive dudes, and if I have a hack like Arcane Adaptation out, then I get even more Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow triggers that next turn.
Glint-Sleeve Siphoner is definitely a maybe, but being a rogue, evasive, and offering extra draw feels worth it. Could definitely be replaced though.
Laboratory Maniac is a wonderful card, but sees play in a few of my other decks. I wanted to restrict my wincons for this deck to make it a bit more "fun". If I go the labman route there are much more efficient Doomsday piles to be made. Thanks for stopping by!