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Mistblade Shinobi 
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed March 1, 2005

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 2.50

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Mistblade Shinobi

I hated this guy when I first saw him, but I think this was because I first saw Ninjutsu only as a new version of Onslaught block's Morph mechanic. I thought that the Shinobi, once he was 'Ninja'd' into play, was too weak to be any good. I'm still not thrilled about his power and toughness, and I think the Ninjutsu cost is slightly too expensive. However, in limited games especially, if you have other Ninjas in your deck already, Mistblade Shinobi is worth including, even if JUST BARELY. Even though this creature is tiny and expensive to use, it is ALWAYS GOOD to be bouncing your opponent's creatures. You could feel a lot BETTER about running the Shinobi if your deck includes the Equipment that rewards you for playing more Ninjas. While I DO think the OTHER blue common Ninja is constructed worthy, I do not think that Mistblade Shinobi is good enough for constructed play.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Mistblade Shinobi

Its the bound Ninja! When I first saw this guy I was so excited, he bounces a creature for one blue mana which seems like such great tempo control, but the more I play him, the more I realized that, if they had a big creature, they just blocked. If they had a smaller creature that they didn't block with, well, you probably didn't care about bouncing it. The additional temp sit back of bouncing your Ninjitsu'd creature probably was just as bad as the guy you bounced. So it really only worked with sufficient evasion, and that was hard to pull off in block or limited. In short, this card has moved down in rank for me.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 3
Limited: 2


* game store owner

3/1 Mistblade Shinobi

Creatures with this ability never seem to work out. The ability honestly doesn't seem that strong. I'd stay away from it. I'm already leary of the Ninjas and this one doesn't have a great ability.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5


* game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)

Mistblade Shinobi

Tricks are what Blue mages like, and this card is full of them. He's a bit whimpy for his normal cost, and I can't imagine him ever hitting the board outside of Ninjutsu. If he finds a niche against a particular type of deck, he could be interesting. In limited, if you are going Blue, play this guy. He can always be used to off a creature enchantment.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 2
Limited - 3


  Mistblade Shinobi is not the ultimate ninja, that would be the obfuscating ophidian, but it may be the American ninja. Ninjitsu is a really solid ability that is so perfectly useful for agro Blue builds that it is amazing. Blue has the most creatures with evasion and who doesn’t want a little suppertime surprise. For all intents and purposes, Mistblade Shinobi is an undercosted Man-o’-War and that was the very definition of a solid card. Perhaps the Ninja will revitalize Blue Skies in casual formats. I would look for him and his brethren in decks that carried evasion creating enchantments to make sure that the good times keep coming.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.0
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