Puppeteer Clique


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Rare
Shadowmoor (SHM) Rare

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Puppeteer Clique

Creature — Faerie Wizard


When Puppeteer Clique enters the battlefield, put target creature card from an opponent's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste. At the beginning of your next end step, exile it.

Persist (When this creature dies, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

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Puppeteer Clique Discussion

S1ydevi1 on Gonti: If I Can’t Have It, Neither Can You

2 hours ago

The other night, I got to experience the joy that is Bottomless Pit and Geth's Grimoire, which led to me drawing Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Cabal Coffersand Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. I got to win by tutoring up and playing Gray Merchant of Asphodel with 20 devotion and blinking him with Conjurer's Closet. Also, I did a gross thing where I played Puppeteer Clique, targeting Master Biomancer, with a sac outlet in play. Yum.

Rivenor on When X Enters the Battlefield, Y

5 days ago

This looks like a pretty fun deck, I rather like Gonti ETB as a theme.

I would definitely take Rune-Scarred Demon and Sepulchral Primordial off the maybe list and into the deck. They are some of the strongest ETBs around and are definitely perfect for this deck.

Other interesting ETBs to consider:

Creature control:Fleshbag Marauder, Merciless Executioner, Abyssal Gatekeeper, Slum Reaper: If your playgroup likes their indestructible/hexproof stuff. I would not run all of course but pick your favorite.

Revival:Puppeteer Clique, Entomber Exarch, GravediggerClique is one of my favorite creatures period, really handy to have. Exarch offers options on ETB and Gravedigger is a classic but his relatively low cost can be really nice.

Card Draw:Phyrexian Rager, Phyrexian GargantuaThough they can deal a bit of damage to you but Black does not really care about that these critters can refill your hand nicely.

Other:Netherborn Phalanx: For both playing and tutoring. Can really hurt with a Panharmonicon in play.

scotchtapedsleeves on The Undying Thieves

2 weeks ago

doc_brietz I'm gonna include Captivating Crew in my next update! Thanks for commenting!

Zehk About Mob Rule, I have other board affecting stealy spells, so I don't think I'll be including that. I might include Custodi Lich though, the card draw would be pretty snazzy and flavourful!

Last_Laugh I don't think Sage of Fables is very usable, I have some wizards but I don't think I have enough to make a big effect, I only have seven. Metallic Mimic could be good though, I think I'll wait for Kaladesh to rotate before I buy though, they're too big in metas right now.

Haste could be good but I don't think I really want to use it THAT much. I might include Anger because I have it in my Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, so I could move it into this deck, not sure about Urabrask the Hidden. Too much hate will happen.

He_Who_Hungers I actually have a Puppeteer Clique, so I might put them in in place of one of the cards that I haven't bought yet, thanks for the help!

He_Who_Hungers on The Undying Thieves

2 weeks ago

Puppeteer Clique should be amazing in a deck like this. It allows you to pillage your opponents' graveyards like there's no tomorrow (though you will need a sac outlet to be sure the stolen creatures die after you have given them their counter, or they will be exiled). The persist synergises very well with Marchesa's dethrone, as it can return to the battlefield through its own persist, upon which dethrone will give it a +1/+1 counter which will nullify the -1/-1 counter gained through persist and allow it to persist again. Also note that the puppeted creatures will stay under your control until your next end step, so puppeting them in an opponent's turn can also serve as a defensive tool, while still allowing you to dethrone them and steal them permanently during your own turn.

ErnieSpratt on Wasitora GoodStuff

1 month ago

@ Cybersix

If I had Oracle of Mul Daya, I'd probably put one in instead of the Frog monster. I originally planned to also play Ramunap Excavator, but that guy kind of doesn't do anything without his frog bro or a Stripmine (which I probably should include in the list If im being honest). So Gitrog is just another slow piece of ramp + Card draw for now.

The other thing is that I usually am "That Blue Player" of my group. And this deck is something that I came up with to whip out when the dudes get sick of my shit )

On the same note, I find that Sheoldred and Gravepact are kind of too oppressive, and boring. So I prefer something funkier and less common in those slots, like Puppeteer Clique, Underworld Cerberus, Kaervek the Merciless, Olivia Voldaren, Massacre Wurm to name a few that I want to experiment with.

tarotplz on Ayli sacrifice removal

1 month ago

Nim Deathmantle is a card you could consider. It's one of the best recursion cards for Ayli.

Since you like Puppeteer Clique there is a great combo with it and Ashnod's Altar and the mantle.

You play Clique, reanmate something, sac it to Altar. It comes back due to Persist. You raniate something else, then sac it again. At this point Altar has made 4 mana and you can reanimate Clique with the MAntle. Then repeat until your opponents graves run out of targets.

rdeller on Liliana, Defiant Discard

1 month ago

Viscera Seer and/or Yahenni, Undying Partisan in place of Carrion Feeder.

No. The Scry 1 is mediocre compared to how huge feeder can get in this build. Additionally Seer doesnt win with mikeaus, the unhallowed & Puppeteer Clique while Feeder does. Yahenni was never a consideration. 3 mana vs 1 mana is a major deal, as is not being able to sacrifice itself like the Feeder can. The Feeders primary purpose is to come down early & Flip Liliana, while also not being a dead draw in the late game.

Withered Wretch in place of Nezumi Graverobberstrong text.

No. The double black casting cost is much worse in the early game where many of my early ramp is cards like Sol Ring, Mana Crypt, & Ancient Tomb, and I need to spend 2 Black on Liliana. Additionally Nighteyes has singlehandedly won me enough games that I would never consider this swap.

Corpse Augur in place of Disciple of Bolas.

No. Disciples biggest selling point is that its a sacrifice outlet that can flip Liliana on curve the turn after shes played.

Necromancy in place of Animate Dead (1 extra mana for a flash option).

Both Necromancy & Dance of the Dead are great reanimate spells, but I didnt need that many Animate Deads & I chose the option that required the least mana investment. If you value the more expensive Flash mode of Necromancy or the +1/+1 of Dance theyre fine options, just not the version I preferred.

Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed

Im not really sure what Id want him for. I mean, yes, he recurs Waste Not & spells, but hes super slow, super clunky, & Legendary so Liliana cant -X him.

Bazaar of Baghdad

Im eventually selling my left Kidney for a Chains of Mephistopheles, and Im told selling both kidneys will result in my death, so the odds I ever own a Bazaar are so low I havent bothered to even think about whether itd be worth including.

Diabolic Intent

I prefer it when my Tutors always work.

Phyrexian Reclamation

Great Card that I ran for a long time, but eventually cut to make room for other cards. May find its way back into the deck someday.

Torment of Hailfire (discard)

Why? Im not a big Mana deck, my Xs will not be that large, and people will just choose to eat the damage. The reason Death Cloud is so good is because an early Death Cloud for X = 3-6 after flipping Liliana in the first three turns is game ending. An Early Torment makes my opponents go k, take 12.

Kokusho for extra drainlife.

If he wasnt Legendary Id play him.

Vindictive Lich (discard)

Im not sure why I would play this. This card is pretty bad.

SynergyBuild on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

2 months ago

No Problem, for a budget option, a lot of great cards for this deck are in the Inalla, Archmage Ritualist's "Arcane Wizardry" EDH precon deck, below are some of the cards in it that you might like:


Into the Roil

Chaos Warp

Crosis's Charm

Rakdos Charm

Memory Plunder

Silumgar's Command

Puppeteer Clique

Clone Legion


Havengul Lich

Commander's Sphere

Darksteel Ingot

There are plenty more cool cards in it, so if that is cheaper or faster than buying each card individually, you may want to buy the whole thing and sell/trade off the rest.

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