Illicit Auction

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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Set Rarity
Classic Sixth Edition (6ED) Rare
Mirage (MIR) Rare

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Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Custom Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

Illicit Auction occurrence in decks from the last year

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Illicit Auction Discussion

burferking on Mathas, Bitter Hugs

1 year ago

I like your deck! It has a similar flavor to my Grixis Twisted Group Hug (No Pain, No Gain!), where I can help with cards and effects, but at a cost. The idea was a Zedruu the Greathearted , but with black, black being my favorite Mtg color. I invite you to take a look at my deck and draw some inspiration from it. One of the principles of the deck is that I don't target destroy/exile/counterspell anything; "that wouldn't be nice, from a good guy that helps you, eh?". I personnally found that Illicit Auction and Pain's Reward are such fun cards and can hurt a player so bad at the same time ! You could also consider any cards with the Join Forces and Tempting Offer mechanics. If I do help someone, it is not everybody, like I originally would have like. So to be honest, I may rename my deck "Grixis Bitter Hugs" -because I think it is more accurate than "Grixis Twisted Group Hug"- if you don't mind. While commenting, I took time to update my deck's description, which was pretty much empty before lol

You could also add Anvil of Bogardan , Oracle's Vault , Outpost Siege , Vance's Blasting Cannons  Flip, Bloodgift Demon , Indulgent Tormentor , Well of Lost Dreams ... Phyrexian Arena is a must, Rhystic Study is a beast (but pricy $), Mystic Remora is great and you could add also Braid of Fire , comboing with Luminarch Ascension . For more lands, add Land Tax , Knight of the White Orchid , Weathered Wayfarer , Sword of the Animist , Thaumatic Compass  Flip, Journeyer's Kite ...

Wargles on Looking for cards to fit …

1 year ago

So I've been building a demon tribal deck around a "deal with the devil" theme (its rakdos) I think I have enough demons and a good idea of what edits to make on that front, but I'm lacking in cards that are deal-like. Some examples of such cards would be Tempt with Vengeance , Illicit Auction and Curse of Opulence . Ideally cards that suggest some kind of exchange or game that have some fun and interactive effects.

deck: Rakdos' Riot

MahBoi100 on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 year ago

jamesschlegel Here's a link to my list:

I'm looking forward to playing politics, as well as bringing home the fact that attacking me is perilous, even with little to no board presence. I'm also really happy that I finally found a place for my pet card, Illicit Auction ! ^_^

burferking on Giving Good People Bad Permanents

1 year ago

I actually have a Grixis deck that also gives permanents, but they are two-edged swords, meaning they help, but for a price. I think that it's my most casual deck (no destroy/exile effects, no counterspells) and it the current list is what I'd like it to be. I can, but don't win often with this deck (usually with Commander kills), but oh, I like it even if it didn't work as well as planned. And «bet life for an effect» cards can hurt players so much ( Pain's Reward and Illicit Auction in my deck, they can be gamechangers!

Grixis Twisted Group Hug (No Pain, No Gain!)

imjustabill on Rakdos EDH

1 year ago

There is a lot here. It is not that I think your deck is bad, just some options. Rakdos is my favorite guild and I have been considering a Rakdos deck for a while now.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Triskelion combo is pretty good in this deck. Both cards help a lot on their own, Triskelion is colorless so you can potentially cast him for free on top of being able to trigger damage to cast Rakdos. Mikaeus can help recur you Eldrazi. If you do 6 damage in a turn ( 1 swing with you commander ) you can cast the combo for 3 black.

If you don't want to combo. You still may want to pick up more targeted clear. Bedevil and Unlicensed Disintegration . Kaervek's Purge is potentially another good one if a player is buffing their creatures.

Illicit Auction can generate a ton of value, either stealing good creature or getting an opponent to spend a lot of life.

You may also want to throw in a Burnished Hart . You can potentially use it as a turn 2/3 creature to get a swing in turn 3/4 to allow Rakdos cast. It also has the added benefit of potentially being cast for free.

Neheb, the Eternal also has some good synergy considering you have several X cost spells.

I forget the names but there are several lands that do damage upon entering.

Mogis doesn't especially synergize with the deck as his damage is during other players turns and you have so much colorless it will be difficult to get him to 7. ( Commander + Mogis does get 6 though )

Ramp: Maybe replace some of your lands with ramp. Tutors/Draw: I would try to squeeze in 2/3 more tutors and 2/3 more draw cards. Behold the Beyond can cause scoops if used on a turn where you have done ~10 damage. And 10 damage isn't too much in this deck.

A lot of this also depends on your play group.

PrideGreen on Introduce A Little Anarchy

2 years 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

2 years 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.

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