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When Illusionary Servant becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.
Hi! This is an interesting combination, but I think you'll find that Phantasmal creatures and countermagic don't mix very well. If your opponent casts a spell targeting your creature, your phantasmal creature will die from its own ability even if you counter their spell (because targets are chosen when the spell is cast, not when the spell resolves).
For the phantasmal route, which is very risky in Modern, you might consider running lots of draw components, basically so that you have more creatures than they have answers. You could take a look at spells with Cipher, which are "encoded" rather than targeted on a creature you control, letting you recast them. And definitely I'd run four Lord of the Unreal. And don't forget Illusionary Servant !
If you like Lord of the Unreal more than Phantasmal creatures specifically, there are some good less-likely-to-die Illusion creatures to consider, such as Illusory Angel , AEther Figment (unblockable!), Krovikan Mist , and my personal favorite, Imaginary Pet . (For amazing art on an Illusion, you can't beat Blind Phantasm .)
I hope these ideas are helpful!
Shouldn't be too hard to get out and tops out your creature curve still... 4/4 instead of 3/4 and doesn't go boom.
Kira is not doing so hot in this deck because even if the ability is countered, you will sacrifice your Phantasmal Image . I like the muddle tech, but other than that you have to focus more on the tribal part of the deck.
18 island, 2 halimar depths
These 16 are the basics of the Illusions deck.
This will be well enough on the part of the illusion tribal. 15 cards left to go.
KrosanTusker Belive me Draining Whelk is amazing! Illusionary Servant is really good 3 drop but not much help late game or if Lord gets taken out and the Lord + Image combo fails somehow. Whereas draining whelk is really fun late game and can get ridiculously big.
Even if Heroic triggered via abilities (which it doesn't) Phalanx Leader doesn't target anything. Something you want to consider if a triggered effect or ability is based off of something being targeted. I.E. Illusionary Servant would not have to be sacrificed by Phalanx Leader placing counters on it.
Mana Leak , Ponder , one more metamorph should be good in the mainboard.If you want an aggro approach, Phantasmal Bear and Illusionary Servant instead of AEther Figment .If you want a longer game, Meloku the Clouded Mirror , and/or Chronozoa instead of Narcomoeba .I also think Phantasmal Dragon would be good in general here :D
|Power / Toughness||3/4|
|Avg. draft pick||10.28|
|Avg. cube pick||13.39|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|2010 Core Set||Common|