Thieves' Auction

Thieves' Auction


Set aside all nontoken permanents. Starting with you, each player chooses one of the cards set aside and puts it into play tapped under his or her control. Repeat this process until all those cards have been chosen.

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Set Rarity
Eighth Edition (8ED) Rare
Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Thieves' Auction occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Thieves' Auction Discussion

Gleeock on Marisi, C-C-C-C-Corona Breaker

2 weeks ago

How goes the goading? I just had the most perfect, imperfect Thieves' Auction win you could ever ask for.

Gleeock on Philosophy Represented

1 month ago

This was kindof fun. I feel like it says more about personalities than bulky argument-fodder could.

Gleeock on Philosophy Represented

1 month ago
  • Heartwood Storyteller I love punishers. This "punisher" is about as bizarre as can be. Punishing by rewarding & usually working against control objectives is right up my alley.

  • Oath of Druids Big, fun, splashy. Everyone at the table typically sees unusual events with this. I enjoy giving one controlling leader fits. I enjoy big damage games where everyone gets to be involved.

  • Thieves' Auction Splashy with great ability to break status quo, particularly when one player is running the table too much & I still get to choose first!

  • I play to radically alter & advance the game, this does not always mean I win. I usually make damage matter. I will usually be the player to break table lockdowns & one-sided affairs. Predictable decks can be built against, I am unpredictable, I will play parallel bomb effects. I enjoy the challenge of trying to win with these less-proven strategies. I avoid controlling (when I can) & avoid setting the game back (when I can). I play more incremental damage & group slug than the average bear.

Natalbee on Propagation Nation | Populate Group Hug

1 month ago

Gleeock - Yeah, I can definitely get behind Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin; especially with Reconnaissance and Shalai, Voice of Plenty in the 99 :D

Do you think he's better than Anax, Hardened in the Forge, Arasta of the Endless Web/Dragonlair Spider, Assemble the Legion or Darien, King of Kjeldor??

Thieves' Auction is brutal haha, I didn't realize it only exiled nontokens! Definitely finding a spot for that one and Genesis Wave. I think those effects are enough to warrant spots for more non-permanents.

Is Sword of Truth and Justice just for the protection? Not sure how it benefits my strategy.

Thanks for your help!!

Gleeock on Propagation Nation | Populate Group Hug

1 month ago

I'm a fan of new Krenko. He is handy at that weird middle-ground of going wide & tall. Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin. Thieves' Auction gives you a very difficult to deal with pseudo-removal that doesn't set the game back to square 1, it redistributes if one player is benefitting too much, & best of all... you keep your tokens. Similar vein would be Genesis Wave which would reset the game... but maybe in your favor. Maybe Sword of Truth and Justice?

Gleeock on EDH vs cEDH

1 month ago

GhostChieftain - I'll be darned... Guess I don't know it all. Those are pretty solid examples of more diversified interactions found in more "competitive" decks. I think you took the homogeny idea right out of my head though. I'm probably looking through the lens of what I typically see the most at tables when talking about the categorized cEDH decks. Najeela (which I see plenty of) has been a bit of an oddball. & as I was leaning to earlier, I think designers have been using all sorts of creativity to make new design spaces viably competitive. Look at Grismold, the Dreadsower, token gifting interaction would have never kept up with the big boys before, now it's an option.

As for the Oath of Druids example, it's all part of more gamble-focused playstyle. I had to call-out a buddy who did the ole' "that's not fun! Why would you play to not win" when I was enabling the Jodah player next-in-order to slap down a turn 4 Timmy-titan. Then I showed him the Thieves' Auction in my hand. Just another philosophy of gameplay that has a wild Turn-wincon variance & would be hard to rank how competitive it truly is: if you are scaling by turn-wincon consistency & efficient one-sided direct interaction then it shows pretty unfavorably. If ranking by resilience & destabilization, then it is tops.

Gleeock on EDH vs cEDH

1 month ago

Power scale does become pretty blurred though, it depends on how conventional everyone's strategies are (assumes similar goals & playstyles). This is why I say more scaling punishers with upside need to keep being released. I personally play very interactive decks, where I side with the idea that: "you give something to get something". I play a lot of unusual parallel effects that screw a whole bunch of conventional one-sided boards states & this actually leaves a good amount of the more convential "tier1" players scratching their heads. Nothing like an early Oath of Druids to suddenly flip the tables' balance of power to the Timmy, or watch the one-sided Ugin-lockdown player frown with annoyance with their one-sided boardstate being redistributed with Thieves' Auction

Gleeock on Did I Step Over the ...

3 months ago

Marisi, Breaker of the Coil .... Yes! Do it!! Do it now!!!. Then put Thieves' Auction in it :) it is great in there.

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