Illicit Auction


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage 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
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Rare
Mirage (MIR) Rare

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Illicit Auction


Each player may bid life for control of target creature. You start the bidding with a bid of 0. In turn order, each player may top the high bid. The bidding ends if the high bid stands. The high bidder loses life equal to the high bid and gains control of the creature. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)

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Illicit Auction Discussion

PrideGreen on Introduce A Little Anarchy

3 months ago

Love these types of decks! +1

A suggestion I have might be to cut the Primal Surge since you run so many spells. I would put in something like Timesifter or Illicit Auction for the additional chaos.

I have a deck of this nature that you could look at for ideas We All Need a Little Chaos..., and looking online for specifically chaos cards will usually yield some fun results. Hope you the best in your quest to create randomness in a formate of infinite combos and turn 3 wins!

Coward_Token on The Devil On Your Shoulder - EDH Tempting Deals

5 months ago

Illicit Auction is pretty similar but you'd lose out on hipster points cutting it. I personally find Blood Tyrant & Skyline Despot to be pretty underwhelming relative to their cost but you might have contradictory experiences.

Also, Psychic Battle is another SSS occupier with a choice aspect to it, although it might be too annoyingly chaotic.

Nietzsky on Kess, Mage of Dissident Spells

10 months ago

I'll toss an upvote, I always appreciate a little creativity in deck-building.

With Illicit Auction , you can always start a crazy bidding war over something like a Blightsteel Colossus , use the card in conjunction with Neheb, the Eternal , or find a way to pop down a Wound Reflection right after the bidding war is over.

The "fun" isn't in winning the bidding war, but forcing out a huge threat on the table, while simultaneously causing someone to unintentionally knock themselves out of the game XD.

Feyamius on Kess, Mage of Dissident Spells

10 months ago

Thanks for the pleasant comment. If you like the deck, an upvote would be nice. ;)

Illicit Auction looks like fun. Have to try it out though, since I'm usually not the one with the highest life total. I know the silliness of Dream Halls, that's such a great card and could be really good in that deck - or absolutely devastating when my opponents can just throw much more dangerous stuff on the battlefield than myself. But it's absolutely worth a try, thanks for that very dissident suggestion.

Nietzsky on Kess, Mage of Dissident Spells

10 months ago

If you're going for staight janky goodness, Illicit Auction is a very fun political card that can lead to some very interesting situations and completely kingmaker a player in last place.

Dream Halls is another piece of jank that will create very interesting game states, although this one would be very skewed in the favor of Kess (especially if you had Secrets of the Dead active.

fun looking deck, good job =)

BullettTime on Neheb Didn't Start the Fire

11 months ago

Thanks for the +1! It's rad that Neheb has so many die-hards (myself included) despite not being that popular on EDHREC.

I've seen your deck before and it looks great! Mine sacrifices the resiliency your's has for the chance to go off early. I wanna make sure the game doesn't go on long enough for card-draw or creatures to be relevant. It's the "drive the bus off a cliff and hopefully jump off last" kinda strategy.

Throne of the High City is a great suggestion and it should replace Shivan Gorge. The Gorge has been in the deck from the beginning and has never been relevant in a game. (There's definitely a way to slot in Arch of Orazca too. Ten permanents is a stretch for this deck. It probably means the game has gone on too long for me to win but this could pull me back from the brink.)

Chandra, Flamecaller and Grenzo, Havoc Raiser were in the first iteration of the deck. Flamecaller got replaced by Pyromaster in an effort to drive down the mana curve. And yeah, poor Grenzo, despite being awesome, just wasn't synergistic enough.

As far as pet cards go, Illicit Auction will unfortunately be cut pretty soon. It's getting pitched to Chrome Mox more than it's getting cast these days. Maybe I'll just replace it with Arch of Orazca go up to 35 lands.

But Cave-In isn't just a pet card! I swear! Lol. It's the best.

ChaosJester on Favorite Artwork?

1 year ago

I love all the Beeble Artworks plus:

But my all time favorite is Old Man of the Sea.

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