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

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

23 hours 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 day 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

1 week 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.

Gattison on Millton, Massachusetts

4 weeks ago

Battlemaster39: yeah, you're probably right about Echoing Truth. I was on the fence about it, but I might as well playtest it a bit.

I personally do like janky cards like Phantasmal Bear, however, you are right again. I only have 4 Delver of Secrets  Flip, and they're being used elsewhere. So for now this thing is placeholding until I get around to ordering more (since my LGSs don't sell singles).

Going up to a $20 budget isn't really a problem for me, although I do have like 20 different (paper) pauper decks alone. So, eventually.... =)

Thanks for your advice though! appreciated.

Battlemaster39 on Millton, Massachusetts

4 weeks ago

I feel like Echoing Truth is a better sideboard card as it only helps in situations like against token strategies. Also, I personally don't really like Phantasmal Bear and Delver would probably be better. Overall I like the concept but I think you can expand beyond a $9 budget constraint to maybe about $20.

TheSurgeon on White/Blue Millitude

1 month ago

My only issue is Phantasmal Bear. It really has no purpose that I can discern here. I would drop it for 2 more lands and another Archive Trap. You don't have enough land.

Pygmyrhino990 on Lord of the Unreal

1 month ago

definitely Unsummon, Negate is also good. Pull Vapor Snag onto the sideboard and move 2 remand to the side as well. I don't play much blue so I don't know of much artifact hate specific to blue, but otherwise Disperse is good for all permanents. Sideboard is no place for creatures such as Phantasmal Bear. Cut down on the metamorph to 2 as 4 mana is a lot for a sideboard card, similar to Kira, as the effects do not stack. Hurkylls can also maybe be cut down to 3 as that takes up almost 1/3 of your sideboard.

Pygmyrhino990 on Illusionist's Assistance

1 month ago

If thats a creature, shouldn't it say "when ~ enters the battlefield (you may) search your deck for an illusion creature and put it into your hand, Then shuffle your library.

If your looking for illusion tribal, try mix the blue illusion creatures, such as Phantasmal Image and Phantasmal Bear (which have the abilities to sac them) with, with black graveyard revival such as Cadaver Imp. Alternatively, you could play an illusion control deck. Because illusions are cheap creatures that can easily be removed, they are very strong, such as Phantasmal Bear, which is 1 mana for a 2/2. If you have a decent amount of counterspells, using cards such as Decree of Silence, Jace, Unraveler of Secrets or a simple Negate. This was you can protect your powerful creatures and annoy your opponent. Hope I was helpful

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