Ill-Gotten Gains

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy (CNS) Rare
Urza's Saga (USG) Rare

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Ill-Gotten Gains

Sorcery

Each player discards his or her hand, then returns up to three cards from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.

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Ill-Gotten Gains Discussion

Mike94 on Flight 666, ready for Takeoff

1 month ago

Thanks for the suggestions Rabid_Wombat, atm I'm still play-testing the deck and Ill-Gotten Gains and Reforge the Soul are definitely cards that should be tested. I'm also not entirely sure if this deck is going to be a more combo based or reanimoter in the future. Thus far, the combo strategy supported with reanimation works the best within my meta.

Rabid_Wombat on Flight 666, ready for Takeoff

1 month ago

Great to see another Reanimation deck with a cool theme...Just traded for Karrthus yesterday so I'm wanting to build this list!

May I suggest the following cards to ditch your entire hand in the yard that will make the deck faster and more competitive Ill-Gotten Gains, Reforge the Soul and Fateful Showdown to dump those dragons in the yard as reanimation targets.

sylvannos on Massive rivals spoiler!!

1 month ago

@shadow63: I was mainly pointing out that I like the flavor of it. There were some other "reprints" in there, but Ill-Gotten Gains I thought was a neat update.

shadow63 on Massive rivals spoiler!!

1 month ago

Ill-Gotten Gains is a real card

Razulghul on Liliana, Discard or Tokens?

3 months ago

For sure discard! Necrogen Mists, Anvil of Bogardan, Waste Not, Memory Jar, Geth's Grimoire, Ill-Gotten Gains and Leyline of the Void.

I'd probably add a lot of good stuff aswell and use reanimation to win over relying on Liliana's Caress effects. So like Massacre Wurm, Rune-Scarred Demon, Grave Titan etc.

cgomes on *Primer* Night of the Living Stax

3 months ago

xEth0sx, I've finished reading the description of your Gisa deck and I think I can help you with it. I'll talk about some of my impressions about your primer first, then I'll go over some of your card choices and I'll tell you about a few cards I think should be in the deck.

As far as primers go, I'd say this one is missing a couple of important things. If I had to list them in order of relevance, I'd say that it is missing (a) a single card discussion section; (b) a section about how one should play the deck, what the deck is trying to accomplish, and how it tries to finish the game (e.g., a How to Play the Deck or a Strategy section); (c) why mono-B instead of any other color or color combination?; and (d) why Gisa? There might be other things but those are the items that came to my mind. I get that maybe you've just started writing this primer but moving forward, I believe it would be important to address these issues.

Now, let's talk about the exciting stuff, namely the decklist. The idea to use Ghoulcaller Gisa as a stax commander is an interesting one. It punishes spot removal and it takes advantage of creatures with a recursion ability to make even more creatures, which in turn can be used for stax pieces (e.g., Contamination, Smokestack) and hit face. I like the idea but why did you choose Gisa?

As a mono-B player, you'll need to be proactive about making it hard for your opponents to combo off because you don't have the luxury of running permission spells. The stax plan is very good here and I can see you are also playing a few disruption spells. A+ here. The only strange choice is Cabal Therapy. The sac ability might come handy at times but seems too situational. Duress is hands down a better choice, and I'd consider running Hymn to Tourach and Mind Twist as well. In the same vein, I'd even consider running Ill-Gotten Gains, too. It has great synergy with Waste Not and Leyline of the Void, and if you manage resolve it in the early game, it will set all your opponents back quite a lot (and it's also an additional yard recursion). It's a very versatile card that should be in every mono-B deck in my opinion.

On the stax package, I'd favor Infernal Darkness over Contamination hands down, or play both. Contamination shuts down your own coffers and it is more situational than Inf Darkness--that is, if you can cast darkness, you can keep it going for at least 2 turns, but if you can cast Contamination, you can only keep it going it you can also sac creatures. I understand the role of Tenacious Dead and Reassembling Skeleton but in my mind, I think you could remove both of them and if you really need an alternative, add something like Ophiomancer. Similar to Bitterblossom, Ophio doesn't require you to keep spending mana to create a creature.

One thing I feel you are missing is mana doublers. One advantage of playing a mono colored deck is that it makes it easier to run mana doublers, such as Extraplanar Lens, Bubbling Muck, and Crypt Ghast. If you go that route, you can get additional value with Candelabra of Tawnos (someone suggested before) and I'd also run Snow-Covered Swamps instead.

I have additional suggestions (e.g., Jet Medallion, Snuff Out, Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed, Innocent Blood) but I don't want to make this comment longer than it is. I have a competitive Erebos list (Erebos' Bargain) that might give you a few additional ideas on how to improve your own list. Feel free to check it. Anyway, good stuff you have here. Keep working on it and good luck on future games!

rdeller on Grinding Lilly

4 months ago

Saw the reddit thread, but since I don't actually have a reddit account I figured I'd comment here since Liliana is one of my favorite commanders. Cards you're not running that I'd highly recommend are Soldevi Adnate, Anvil of Bogardan, & Ill-Gotten Gains.

As for cuts I would try to pick on a strategy and streamline it. I'd start with lower impact cards like Sangromancer which does nothing but gain life which you don't really care about, or Liliana's Reaver which is overall pretty mediocre. You can either go the route of cutting the "goodstuff" cards like Phyrexian Obliterator or Sorin Markov, or you can cut down on either the discard, reanimation, or zombie themes. I personally play Liliana with a focus on the discard aspect, a secondary focus on Reanimation, & 0 focus on zombies.

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