Originally Posted by Random_Disinformation
So if the commander is in the commander zone...does it still count as being an inplay ninja...example: So if I chose Shikamaru Nara as my commander, does that mean I cannot, in turn, play a ninja from my hand Named Shikamaru Nara?
No, a commander in the commander zone isnt considered to be in play, they are considered to be in the commander zone. so this adds an additional zone to the game.
just as how ninja's arent considered in play while they are in the chakra area or discard pile. being in the commander zone is also no in play.