Creature Steal Combo Deck
The deck's main angle of attack is using an opponents own creatures against him. Cloudshift + Mark of Mutiny and Conjurer's Closet + Zealous Conscripts allow me to permanently steal an opponents creatures on turns 4 and 6, respectively. Mentor of the Meek and Traveler's Amulet help make sure I have 6 mana by turn 6. Champion of the Parish and Elite Inquisitor keep me alive and to take advantage of Conjurer's Closet. Conjurer's Closet will hopefully enter the battlkefield and flicker Zealous Conscripts and/or Captain of the Watch late game and give me a second chance to end the game, if I have not already.

The perfect game:

T1: Plains/Mountain, Traveler's Amulet.
T2: Plains/Mountain, Champion of the Parish, sacrifice Traveler's Amulet.
T3: Plains/Mountain, Mentor of the Meek/Elite Inquisitor + Traveler's Amulet.
T4: Plains/Mountain, Mark of Mutiny + Cloudshift - Creature steal.
T5: Plains/Mountain, Conjurer's Closet.
T6: Plains/Mountain, Zealous Conscripts (Conjurer's Closet) - Creature steal.

The Problem:
Now then, I can probably win the first game with this deck as it works well against decks which have creatures, and, well... most decks do. However, I am a bit worried about what might happen when I am sideboarded against.

Surgical Extraction, for example, would be devastating against me. Therefore my plan is to drop some cards in game two, most likely 2x Zealous Conscripts and 2x Conjurer's Closet, in order to minimize damages.

I am interested in knowing about any and every weakness this particular deck might have. What would you do to fix them? Also, any suggestions about what to include in my sideboard would be appreciated!

Please test, comment and/or + 1 if you like it. Thanks!


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Played against a friend today and had some minor issues against his fast-paced black exalted deck. Thing that was a bit nasty against my deck was that he used Tormented Soul, Knight of Infamy and Duty-Bound Dead along with Rancor and Inquisitor's Flail.

Obviously, Knight of Infamy has protection against my Cloudshift and most of my creatures, which was a bit of a bummer... not to mention the fact that Duty-Bound Dead was hardly worth stealing! However, he did have some creatures worth stealing (Flayer of the Hatebound and Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis) and when they got played I won. Just too bad that they didn't get played often more.. :p

Also, I hardly ever got to play Conjurer's Closet (even though I frequently had them in hand, often by the pair) and Angel of Glory's Rise was a bit redundant as I didn't have any creatures in my graveyard. Turns out I don't play that many...

Swithed out:

  • 1x Cavern of Souls
  • 2x Traveler's Amulet
  • 2x Conjurer's Closet
  • 4x Cathedral Sanctifier
  • 1x Angel of Glory's Rise

  • Swithced in:

  • 1x Mountain
  • 2x Pillar of Flame
  • 4x Elite Inquisitor
  • 2x Odric, Master Tactician
  • 1x Captain of the Watch

  • I know this is a bit boring, but I hope these changes give me just enough protection against aggressive decks that I can survive long enough to use my Conjurer's Closet. Before my battlefield was a bit empty before turn 4-6 (Cathedral Sanctifier always being picked off), and that's what I hope to change. I don't want to change it too much, but I noticed that I lacked cards to play on turn two and four a bit too often. Also I really missed having a few burn spells for lousy, but annoying creatures.

    Elite Inquisitor is a versatile defender with first strike (which I need), Odric, Master Tactician has first strike as well, works well with Zealous Conscripts, and is a soldier. Acting as a sweeper, Captain of the Watch gives all my soldiers +1/+1, vigilance and is flickerable.

    Please give me your thoughts.


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    This deck is Standard legal.

    Cards 60
    Avg. CMC 2.38
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    Top rank #10 on 2012-08-25
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    +1 Bonfire of the Damned main
    +1 Ash Zealot main
    -1 Restoration Angel main
    -1 Zealous Conscripts main
    +1 Plains main
    +1 Mountain main
    -1 Conjurer's Closet main
    -1 Searing Spear main