CDP: Ninjas Going Strong in 2023!

Let’s optimize the Ninja Strategy!


Strategic Summary:

Today’s Rogue Deck Profile features the Ninja archetype, a group of originally Warriors that have spun off into a myriad of different Types, subthemes, and effects. One of the primary monsters defining the Ninja theme is Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo, a Level 4 DARK Warrior that tutors any Ninjitsu Art Spell/Trap on Normal Summon, or it tutors a Ninja monster when Special Summoned or Flip Summoned. The primary Arts to tutor in the deck nowadays are Ninjitsu Art Notebook of Mystery, a Quick-Play Spell that can set 1 Ninja monster and 1 Ninjistu Art Spell/Trap, and Ninjitsu Art of Dancing Leaves, a Continuous Trap that tributes a Ninja monster or face-down monster on the field and Special Summons any Ninja from your Deck. Between these two cards, you have access to literally any other Ninja support card in your Main Deck, from Ninjitsu Art Tool – Iron Digger to Tobari the Sky Ninja, either of which can assist in extending your plays even further past that initial Hanzo.

One thing you may be asking is what is the end goal of using these Ninja cards, and one of the biggest reasons to run the deck is their affinity for making good use of flipping face-down then back face-up. This means that Book of Moon and Book of Eclipse are mainstays for the deck. These two Quick-Play Spell Cards offer significant disruption to the current meta, and when drawn, can quickly give you a new leg to stand on in the duel. If that fails, you can always turn to your two newer Ninja Fusion monsters, Meizen the Battle Ninja and Yaguramaru the Armor Ninja. Meizen gives all of your Ninja monsters the ability to attack directly, while Yaguramaru offers an effect to banish a Ninja or Ninjitsu Art to banish an opponent’s monster! Either way, you can also turn to one final option in the Main Deck, another boss monster in the form of Jioh the Gravity Ninja. This Level 8 Rock monster offers easy ways to flip more monsters around, as well as an effect to destroy a card whenever a monster if flipped face-up! Why stand there so stone-faced, start being sneaky with the Ninjas!

Provided Decklist:

Monsters: 16
||| Nibiru, the Primal Being
| Jioh the Gravity Ninja
||| Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo
| Kagero the Cannon Ninja
| Baku the Beast Ninja
| Green Ninja
||| Mitsu the Insect Ninja
||| Tobari the Sky Ninja

Spells: 14
| Instant Fusion
| Reinforcement of the Army
||| Book of Moon
||| Book of Eclipse
||| Ninjitsu Art Notebook of Mystery
| Ninjitsu Art Tool – Iron Digger
|| Hidden Village of Ninjitsu Arts

Traps: 10
||| Infinite Impermanence
| Ninjitsu Art of Shadow Sealing
|| Ninjitsu Art of Duplication
| Ninjitsu Art of Mirage-Transformation
||| Ninjitsu Art of Dancing Leaves

Extra Deck:
| Ultimate Great Insect
||| Meizen the Battle Ninja
||| Yaguramaru the Armor Ninja
| Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS – Sky Thunder
| Downerd Magician
| Daigusto Emeral
| Gigantic Spright
| Number 2: Ninja Shadow Mosquito
|| Ninja Grandmaster Saizo
| Cross-Sheep


Note: This is continuing the style of Creative Deck Profile articles, designed to showcase a build through replays and an attached summary. If you wish to see a CDP for an archetype, theme, or strategy you love, feel free to private message me on the YGOrg Discord server, the comments section of any of my YouTube videos, or just post a comment in response to this article on our Facebook page or through the site with your ideas for me to keep under consideration! On most YGO-related communities my username is Quincymccoy, so feel free to reach out. Current pending requested profiles include: Gunkan, Ursarctic, Beetrooper

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