Mages' Contest

Mages' Contest


You and target spell's controller bid life. You start the bidding with a bid of 1. 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. If you win the bidding, counter that spell.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Mages' Contest Discussion

Reliquarian on shatterhulk budget

3 months ago

Okay hear me out, add Mages' Contest for the red counterspell no one will see coming when you're comboing off (if you have the mana, or if you can wait to have enough mana for counterspell backup).

I'm just saying, comboing off can get boring. But dropping a red banger like Mages' Contest when they try to stop your combo? Legendary.

As for a more serious suggestion, you could add Unmask as a way to clear the blue player of any counter magic before going off. It's also free to cast so it doesn't slow you down in that regard.

+1 upvote from me. Jund is sweet.

Mavalava on Unlimited Power

3 months ago

Sorin_Markov_1947 -- Brash Taunter would be fantastic if I ran some kind of ramp, be it rituals or otherwise! I love that card. Just recently got one for my Brion Stoutarm deck.

Browbeat I love. If I had a group to play casual 60 card with, I'd probably be running that more in the main deck instead of keeping it as a "maybeboard" card. It fits the decks theme well in basically every aspect!

Yea, I tried to make the deck a fair and fun deck despite the combo-centric nature of it. It's rather interactive -- burn spells to use as either direct burn or creature removal depending on the board state, and my creatures reflect damage, impacting combat decisions. Saving Grace can be fun to use and for extra silliness, Mages' Contest can be a fun gamble. However, suddenly blasting the opponent for potentially infinite damage out of no where, while the method has fun vibes, is also NOT the most fun. Perhaps taking out Guilty Conscience and adding the two Mages' Contest from the sideboard or maybe Arcbond would be better for more fun play.

Thanks for the feedback!

Reliquarian on Share the Pain

3 months ago

Love it. +1 upvote from me.

As for card suggestions, have you considered Grid Monitor ? It's a similar effect to Steel Golem which I see you have included. Pyromancer's Swath is another great one and can just end the game for whichever poor soul you drop it on since they have to top deck a way to remove it and enchantments can be especially hard to remove. Mindmoil can be similarly difficult to deal with and can disrupt a lot of people's strategies. Additionally, as a piece of red ramp, Alpine Guide can be great because you get the land and your opponent gets nothing (and if they have mountains it gets really good).

Finally I just have to mention a pet card of mine, Mages' Contest . It's a red counterspell that no one sees coming and can lead to some fun games of chicken with your opponents (and gets really good in a deck like this where your opponents will likely have already lost a lot of life to your Blim, Comedic Genius , so even if they bid more life than you it can still leave them dangerously low if they play it wrong).

Hopefully those suggestions are helpful!

Reliquarian on EDH Burn

4 months ago

lol sorry I had to riff off of your description (and lack of lands). As for a real suggestions you should throw in a Mages' Contest to really cheese em'

TheMonOmnath on My hell is mono-red

6 months ago

Is there a good mono-red deck to use Stolen Strategy in ?

The art is awesome and I do love the idea of stealing my opponents stuff.

I wouldn’t mind something that could also include Mindslaver and Emrakul, the Promised End with Mages' Contest like someone pointed out to me.

Reliquarian on Zirilan, OG Chronologist

8 months ago

If you're looking for more protection for Zirilan (and just a sweet & spicy card in mono red) you should consider Mages' Contest. It's a red counterspell which no one ever sees coming and you get the bonus of playing a game of chicken with one of your opponents while the rest of them watch in horror as you both bid life like madmen. (I'm definitely biased because its a bit of a pet card for me, but it's also sweet and no one plays it which is just a shame if you ask me).

Anyway even if you don't have the gusto to throw a Mages' Contest in this list it's still super sweet. I love seeing under appreciated commanders like Zirilan. +1 upvote from me!

Reliquarian on Get Dong'd

8 months ago

I've got two words for you... Mages' Contest...

Dong em' real good.

Also I just have to say, this is truly some top quality nonesense and I'm so here for it. Keep it up. +1 upvote from me.

Reliquarian on Sanctified With Dynamite

8 months ago

This list looks sweet! +1 upvote from me.

Also have you ever tried Mages' Contest in mono red? They never see a red counterspell coming and it makes for some pretty fun gameplay (sort of a minigame of chicken). Depending on how casual or competitive your games usually are you may not want to run it, but it's definitely something to consider if it's within your playstyle. Anyway keep it up! I'm always a fan of mono red artifact lists.

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