Phantasmal Bear


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Jace vs Vraska (DDM) Common
2012 Core Set (M12) Common

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Phantasmal Bear

Creature — Bear Illusion

When Phantasmal Bear becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.

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Phantasmal Bear Discussion

kameenook on Merely an Illusion

3 weeks ago

I don't really like Phantasmal Bear strangely enough, and definitely don't see Jace's Phantasm being more than a 1/1 flier for one, if you did cut some cards I would suggest Metallic Mimic or Phyrexian Metamorph

Funkydiscogod on Mdrn Deck built around Jace ...

4 weeks ago

It combos with Doubling Season, but honestly name one planeswalker that doesn't.

I would vote for tribal illusions, with Lord of the Unreal and just use Jace as a Phantasmal Bear factory that can also loot useless cards out of your hand.

Cipher001 on Mdrn Deck built around Jace ...

4 weeks ago

Well, illusion tribal is actually a thing. Not a very competitive thing, but it's a thing. Cards like Illusory Angel are cheap for their mana costs, but often have a "dies to any kind of targeting, ever" clause, like good ol' Phantasmal Bear here. Good thing Lord of the Unreal is also a thing. There's Jace's Phantasm if you want to go a more indirect route with mill, but that might be difficult. One deck on this site uses Grand Architect and Pili-Pala to great effect with all these cheap blue creatures to make casting infinitely high mana cards possible through way of -- you guessed it -- infinite combo. It's not going to be super competitive, but modern decks (I think that's the format that'll give you the most flexibility) don't have to all be Death's Shadow or Storm or Affinity. Casual playlists are often more fun, in my experience, but that's a subjective opinion and subject to factors like the competitiveness of your playgroup. Do you have a certain level of power in mind or specific format you want it to be in if any?

xyr0s on Enigma Delver

1 month ago

More library manipulation like Opt or Serum Visions would relieve you from playing the worst of these cards (Lightning Strike, Abrade). You could use a bit more threats (about 12 total) - Ninja of the Deep Hours or Phantasmal Bear, to keep it budget.

As you've been told elsewhere, you need to consider some real card advantage. Tempo isn't very strong in modern, as everything else is so fast.

Watertower420 on Modern-Illusions

1 month ago

Check out Monastery Siege for protection. Id drop the Errant Ephemeron for Illusory Angel. Also Phantasmal Bear and Jace's Phantasm are good drops for buffing the Krovikan Mist. A set of Force Spike for protecting your creatures might work as well.

Ryjo on Question about Phantasmal Bear's interactions ...

1 month ago

I'm going to say 'no', since Phantasmal Bear's ability doesn't target anything.

Smellygoat11 on Question about Phantasmal Bear's interactions ...

1 month ago

Quick noob question:

If someone targets my Phantasmal Bear with a spell or ability, can I copy the bear's triggered sacrifice ability (with Strionic Resonator) to target an opponent's creature?

I guess it's more a question on the nature of the sacrifice mechanic and whether or not it's legal to target opponent's creatures with it, despite the wording on Strionic Resonator.

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Illusions in need

2 months ago

A playset of Phantasmal Bear can really get the extra push you need in the early game to stay aggressive. Illusory Angel is also really aggressive, and has evasion.

I would add a couple copies of Monastery Siege for the Dragons mode, to negate the primary downside of Illusions.

Lastly, I would include a playset of Vapor Snag for some effective monoblue removal that also causes incidental life loss.

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