2006 Magic Invitational Auction of the Geniuses

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For this year's Magic Invitational, Wizards of the Coast recruited 18 celebrity deck designers to participate in the "Auction of the Geniuses." They were given the following rules:

    1. Format is Online Classic with Vanguard.
    2. Each designer was assigned an Avatar.
    3. No sideboarding during play is permitted.
    4. Deck may only have sideboard if 1 of the 5 wishes is present in the deck. In this case, the sideboard may ONLY be used with the wishes.
    5. The players bid on decks based on their starting life totals and hand size. Each player starts with a base of 8/25, and the starting bid is modified by the stats of the Avatar associated with the deck up for bid.

The 2006 Magic Invitational runs May 10-12. Tune in to magicthegathering.com and Magic Online to follow all the matches.

Jamie Wakefield/Akroma, Angel of Wrath (+1 hand/+7 life)
When a creature comes into play under your control, it gains two of the following abilities at random: flying, first strike, trample, haste, protection from black, protection from red, or vigilance.

Main Deck

60 cards

20  Forest

20 lands

Blurred Mongoose
Caller of the Claw
Giant Solifuge
Jolrael's Centaur
Nimble Mongoose
Silhana Ledgewalker
Troll Ascetic

28 creatures

Chrome Mox
Overrun
Seedtime

12 other spells



Akira Asahara/Loxodon Hierarch (+0 hand/+12 life)
Sacrifice a permanent: Regenerate target creature you control.


Alan Comer/Flametongue Kavu (+0 hand/-6 life)
When a non-token creature comes into play under your control, it deals a random amount of damage between 0 and 4 to target creature.


Andrew Cuneo/Serra Angel (+0 hand/-1 life)
Whenever you play a spell, you gain 2 life.


Mike Flores/Hell’s Caretaker (+0 hand/+4 life)
3, Sacrifice a creature: Return target creature from your graveyard to play.


Tsuyoshi Fujita/Teysa, Orzhov Scion (+0 hand/-2 life)
Whenever a non-token creature is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 white, Spirit creature token with flying into play.


Mark Gottlieb/Seshiro the Anointed (+0 hand/-1 life)
At the beginning of the game, choose a creature type. Creatures you control, creature spells you control on the stack, and creature cards you own that aren't in play or on the stack have the chosen type in addition to their other types.


Itaru Ishida/Frenetic Efreet (-1 hand/-3 life)
Permanents you control have phasing. At the end of your turn, flip a coin. If you win the flip, take an extra turn after this one.


Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar/Maro (+1 hand/-7 life)
Tap an untapped creature you control, Discard a card: Target creature you control gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your hand.


Frank Karsten/Bosh, Iron Golem (+0 cards/-2 life)
X, sacrifice an artifact of converted mana cost X: Deal X damage to target creature or player.



Stephen Menendian/Eight-and-a-half Tails (+2 hand/-3 life)
1: Target permanent you control gains protection from a random color it doesn't already have protection from until end of turn.


Chris Millar/Stalking Tiger (+0 hand/+2 life)
Whenever you play a creature spell, you may pay 1. If you do, draw a card.


Olivier Ruel/Arcbound Overseer (+0 hand/+3 life)
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a charge counter on target permanent you control.


Dan Paskins/Goblin Warchief (+0 hand/+2 life)
Attacking creatures you control get +1/+0.


Chris Pikula/Ink Eyes, Servant of Oni (-1 hand/-3 life)
At the beginning of the game, look at target opponent's hand and choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. X, pay X life: Put target creature card with converted mana cost X in an opponent's graveyard into play under your control.


John Rizzo/Fallen Angel (+0 hand/-5 life)
Whenever a creature you control goes to a graveyard from play, target opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.


Adrian Sullivan/Birds of Paradise (+0 hand/-3 life)
Lands you control have 'T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.'

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