Phenax, God of Deception


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Born of the Gods Mythic Rare

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Phenax, God of Deception

Legendary Enchantment Creature — God


As long as your devotion to blue or black is less than 7, Phenax isn't a creature

Creatures you control have " (Tap) target player puts top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is that creature's toughness"

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Phenax, God of Deception Discussion

Lame_Duck on TURTLES!

2 days ago

Well, I'll definitely give a +1 to a fellow Turtle player. If you're splashing black, you might want to consider Phenax, God of Deception as a win-condition.

DimirDenialDeck on Dimir Diciples of Phenax, Deception & Duplication

3 days ago


Thats a whole lot of useful advice, thanks! Made the following changes:

-Silumgar Monument + Burnished HartThe Monument wasnt terribly thematic, and I doubt I would find myself converting it into a dragon very often. I kicked myself when I saw this b/c I totally forgot about Burnished Hart.

-sphinx's tutalage +Bloodchief Ascension This is the the best news I could have asked for. This card singehandedly makes Phenax lethal. :D I did choose to keep Copy Enchantment so that I could Duplicate this and double the damage output.

-Dimir Guildgate +Myriad LandscapeWhile it damages my Dimir theme to not have this, the ability to tutor for a pair of lands is just too good to pass up.

-Quicksilver Gargantuan +Eater of the DeadLike Bloodchief Ascension (above), this guy is just too good for Phanax to not use. I traded an expensive Doppleganger for him.

-Braingeyser +Mystic Confluence-Mind Spring +Blue Sun's ZenithJust yes...

-Clone Legion +Liliana Vess...I didnt want to include a planeswalker, but she does all of the things that I need done. :/

I feel like You might have something where the Titans are concerned, but I already have several excellent Themed Kill-Shots among my Creatures; some of which are a bit subtle. ;)

The Sire of Stagnation Duplicates very well, and combined with Phenax, God of Deception they deliver 7 Mill/each and make Landfall both painful for my enemies and profotable for me. Consuming Aberration is an excellent target for Cloning, and can potentially Mill an opponent to death in a single shot in the Midgame using Phenax!

he fact Dopplegangers clone the creature being cloned means that I dont even need to keep the original around... :D

I am keeping Nighthowler as a way to grossly amplify the Power of a creature, and because I need a few Cheaper Creatures for early game. The joy of old Nighthowler is that He can also be Cloned... ;)

The Dimir Guildmage is there for Card Draw and Theme Mostly...

I didnt miss Duplicant - I do love that it is both Doppleganger and Removal. Ultimately I couldnt find a place for Him... :( I need Devotion off of my big creatures to fuel Phenax, and a 6 mana slot is a heafty cost when most of my deck is already at the 3-4 mana level.

Thanks for all of your help!DDD

Runeroads on Dimir Diciples of Phenax, Deception & Duplication

3 days ago

Same note I gave above on Braingeyser for Mind Spring.Swap Copy Enchantment for Fabricate or Copy Artifact. Fabricate will let you get more answers.

So last thing is the big question. How do you win?

Your Possibilities are Cloning, Commander Damage, Mill, Mill for Damage, combo, and/or Damage.So how do we weaponize Cloning and Mill?

For Milling turning into damage I would say Bloodchief Ascension and Duskmantle Guildmage are the only 2 cards that do this.

For Milling Phenax, God of Deception, Traumatize, Psychic Spiral, and Sphinx's Tutelage do this. Might consider Intruder Alarm, Freed from the Real, or Pemmin's Aura.

Infinite Combos: Phenax, God of Deception + Eater of the Dead. Bloodchief Ascension or Duskmantle Guildmage and Mindcrank.

Fueling your clones. You can't do anything cute like Biovisionary. You can't clone your clones. I believe there is some ruling that if you clone a clone it becomes whatever the target was cloning. So I would say you need good ETB and On Attack creatures. Off the top of my head I would say Banshee of the Dread Choir, Broodbirth Viper, Colossal Whale, Frost Titan, Grave Titan, Prognostic Sphinx, Raving Dead, Sage-Eye Avengers, and/or Windreader Sphinx. The titan's are really powerful I would consider them a strong include. Maybe instead of Dimir Guildmage and/or Nighthowler

A Shapeshifter you may have missed is Duplicant.

Damage, lots of creatures, Rise of the Dark Realms, kicked Rite of Replication, you may want to add Blade of Selves.

I notice you took out Persistent Nightmare  Flip and Dragonlord Silumgar. I felt like these 2 did a lot of work for you last night.

Alright that is all I have.

chirz2792 on Apostles and Chimes

6 days ago

You could switch to Relentless Rats over Shadowborn Apostle. Then use Phenax, God of Deception as your commander and you can mill and/or beat people to death if the sphinx plan fails.

joecool1299 on Frustrating Faerie Fucks! (Faerie tribal)

1 week ago

I do agree with the person above. If she isn't quite getting it, maybe ease her in with the 30 card beginner decks. You can get them for free at most local game stores.

As for the deck nothing more simple then Counterspell. Mana Leak and Remand are also good choices. Spelljack for lol's, although that might be a tad complicated. And if you really wanna burn money Mana Drain

I see Glen Elendra Archmage in the maybe board. I feel like that's a must if you can afford it. Phyrexian Arena seems like a must as well.

Sygg, River Cutthroat seems good with all the flyers you have. Coastal Piracy is great card advantage. And if you wanna go all in on mill Phenax, God of Deception

Also one or two good mass creature kill spells. Anything from Damnation and Toxic Deluge on the expensive powerful end, to Extinguish All Hope or Deadly Tempest on the cheaper but less powerful end.

If I were making this deck I would cut, Sea Sprite, Wasp Lancer, Oona's Gatewarden, Wind Dancer, Killing Glare, Mindstatic, and Haunted Cloak

I said a lot but I really enjoy this deck. Fairie beat down! If your girl friend get's into it I think she'll really enjoy it.

Thephelddagrif on My boy

1 week ago

My opinions on the Theros Gods:

romanceisdead88 on Phenax, God of Deception EDH mill

3 weeks ago

Intruder Alarm works wonders with Phenax, God of Deception as your commander. Plus, with Undead Alchemist, it's pretty much an insta-win.

PaladinOfSix on Mill Zombie

3 weeks ago

Love the idea of using Phenax, God of Deception and a ton of zombies to do something so blue. Should definitely playtest this a bunch and start to figure out which cards you want four of in order to make the deck consistent. You may also want to check out Endless Ranks of the Dead. Could allow your army to get out of control rather quickly. Maybe bring Lich Lord of Unx into the main to make the mill component more consistent as well. If so, maybe cut the other blue cards and run blue as just a splash for the lich and the god. Great deck idea!

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