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Paladin Bond + Unleash + Counterfeiter infinite loop OTK

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I accidentally got inspiration for this infinite combo playing a Golden Horn Security against the gantlet boss AI with "All units have Bond." Ricklick discovered this earlier [OTK] Unleash + Bond = ∞, but only runs Street Gang as Unleash unit.

The key idea is:
1) get any Paladin out, e.g. Crownwatch Paladin. I have 12 in total. A few more would be safer.
2) have any Unleash unit on your hand Golden Horn Security, Parliament Elder, The Krinkle Boys, Carnivorous Terror or Street Gang. I have 12 of them in the deck.
3) make all units Paladin type (including those on your hand) with Counterfeiter
4) Play Anointer of the Faithful to give any of your Unleash cards Bond. Note they also get +1/+1 as Paladins when you play the Unleash unit which makes all of them pay for themselves when bonded.
You can discard the opponent deck with Street Gang, kill the opponents with a lot of little pings with The Krinkle Boys or fill the board with an army of >10/10 Carnivorous Terror .

I always redraw in the beginning if I have neither Counterfeiter nor Anointer of the Faithful on my hand.
To counter aggro and removal I keep 8 void unit draw cards in the deck to make sure I keep the combo parts that are needed available.
As the combo still requires 4 cards coming together I often need to search for the missing piece with Keelo, Bold Innovator, Reweave, Reweave and Crafty Infiltration.

I have 6 unit removal cards. It's usually too little to hold the tide. I usually lose 10-15 life before I can pull this off.
Win rate in low Throne tiers is about 50%. I probably need to swap the less superior Unleash units for the better ones, drop some of the void draw effects for more removals to buy time. Some more power fixing would help either.

Proposal welcome.


Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

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Influence Requirements
1 1 2

Power Sources
13 12 13 11

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Deck Rarities
11 18 26 1 5

Card Types
33 0 17 0 25

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Dead Reckoning [Set1003]
Whispers of the Throne [Set1085]
Shadow of the Spire [Set1087]
Hour of Glass [Set1115]
Valley Beyond [Set1125]


January 31, 2023


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Capnfrost Eternal Version: 23.01.25
This is what I came up with. It was very fun and I could combo off pretty consistently.

One MAJOR flaw with this deck is because of the max of 50 free cards played it makes Kringle Brothers way harder to use since the Snowball counts as a card. If your opponent has more than 25 life it makes it essentially impossible to win.

That being said this deck should not have a back up plan. I played the paladins with Aegis because they are able to stick very easily. I cut the 2 mana Birthing Pod unit because it couldn’t search for power cost less than. The issue isn’t finding the Unleash cards it’s the 2 drop. I really like Bartholo’s keepsake. It’s 4 more copies for crafty infiltration that can sometimes draw a power. The power base is mostly crests and cylixs because crests are super valuable in a deck where you want to draw specific cards and cylixes are just incredibly powerful. It’s very fun but unfortunately due to the dexterity of the combo, time-out potential, and free card limit killing with Kringle Brothers is hard. My idea of moving the mill guy into the market is I wanted to have an unleash guy in the market and they are the least impactful one on its own.
4 Dark Return (Set1 #250)
4 Anointer of the Faithful (Set1003 #24)
4 Counterfeiter (Set1087 #21)
4 Crownwatch Paladin (Set1 #139)
4 Reweave (Set6 #101)
4 Bartholo's Keepsake (Set9 #157)
4 Crafty Infiltration (Set14 #195)
4 Hidden Road Smuggler (Set5 #210)
4 Parliament Elder (Set13 #87)
3 Slay (Set2 #236)
4 The Krinkle Boys (Set13 #113)
3 Carnivorous Terror (Set13 #125)
2 Throne Warden (Set1 #514)
2 Harsh Rule (Set1 #172)
3 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
1 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Crest of Order (Set4 #253)
3 Hooru Cylix (Set14 #194)
4 Argenport Cylix (Set9 #205)
4 Crest of Vengeance (Set3 #264)
4 Crest of Cunning (Set3 #267)
2 Feln Cylix (Set14 #199)
1 Through The Unknown (Set13 #140)
1 Annihilate (Set1 #269)
1 Mithril Guardian (Set12 #76)
1 Nothing Remains (Set12 #192)
1 Street Gang (Set13 #162)
Zac_DeCroix Eternal Version: 23.01.25
Your variant looks more consistent indeed. Some choices where constrained to what I have :)
Agree on a lot of your points:
1) Kringle Brothers and Parliament Elder are the weakest Unleash units for this combo.
2) Golden Horn Security also has the problem that it won't benefit from it's ability since it counts as a Paladin. Also requires two Shadow which I sometimes didn't find.
In my current version I'm keeping only Carnivorous Terror or Street Gang. Btw, Street Gang not only mills but also deals 2 damage on a spell milled. Killed a 150 cards deck with the damage.
3) Keelo only fetches units with the same cost I sacrificed. Taking 4 Reweaves instead is the right choice.
4) More Aegis Paladins is a good idea. But the Mithril Guardians work well either. They don't get targeted for removals, have 5 health and Inscribe.
5) Crests are best. Added all I have and had to fill up the gaps

I was seeking 2 more combo elements for fun but wasn't successful finding anything that fits neatly:
a) giving Charge on the Unleashed units (sth. like Death Pit or Magus of Celerity)
b) triggering effect for each unit casts (e.g. Iceberg Scattershot)