Phenax, God of Deception


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Born of the Gods (BNG) 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

cdkime on Grixis mill

1 day ago

Phenax, God of Deception is great for Mill, particularly if you have several larger creatures.

Oona, Queen of the Fae does not mill, but it does give you a large number of blockers while removing cards from an opponent's library.

Consuming Aberration provides a huge body that also mills.

The Scarab God - mill is, overall, a pretty weak strategy, so it's good to have some backup win conditions. The Scarab God has good synergy with mill and serves as a creature generator, graveyard hate, top-deck manipulator, and burn spell, all at once.

You will want graveyard hate, such as Tormod's Crypt. Lots of players use graveyard strategies, and you will be directly enabling these players. You'll need some way to mitigate the damage you are doing to yourself.

Animate Dead and other cards that allow you to reanimate your opponents' creatures can be quite nifty.

DirtyJerz on Lazav, Dimir Dominator

3 days ago

Also for your deck I would suggest playing Sands of Delirium, Geth, Lord of the Vault, Mindshrieker, Jace's Archivist, Mindcrank, Duskmantle Guildmage, and Phenax, God of Deception may make a better commander

goblinguiderevealpls on Is mill in commander "ok" ...

2 weeks ago

Phenax, God of Deception is the best commander for mill as far as i know, a lot of people will run stuff like Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre to negate mill but you can easily just run black exile like Leyline of the Void, Bojuka Bog, Crypt Incursion, Bitter Ordeal and all the artifact ones like Nihil Spellbomb and Tormod's Crypt

if people do run counter mill hou can always run Laboratory Maniac and mill yourself out

K1ngMars on "Library.exe has stopped working" [Updated]

2 months ago

Hi Chiberia, thanks for the comment! I didn't know about this cool combo, and seems super unexpected and fun. I'm afraid I will not include it though in the deck, here's why:

  • The combo works only if both pieces are available, and I don't run the tutors necessary to make them reliably be in my hand. This means that the cards must be already good and in them on their own, but unfortunately, they aren't. Leyline of the Void directly goes against my principal win conditions, that is tapping creatures like Mortivore with Phenax, God of Deception's ability. If those cards get exiled, the yards would be all empty (apart from mine, though I don't plan , and so my possibility to win.

  • On the other hand, Helm of Obedience has the problem in being an effect with an X cost. My deck doesn't ramp much, so investing all my mana on such an X activated ability is pretty much worthless, considering I would most often than not flip something useless or just not flip anything at all. The chance of flipping an Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger once in my life isn't really appealing to me.

  • The two cards both cost about 15$ and 20$ respectively. Another reason to not risk including them, even though the combo is able to kill an opponent point blank.

oliveoilonyaasscureshemorrhoid on Reanimator's Wet Dream: Sidisi Edition

2 months ago

@goodair Oh it's so good. I focus my deck around Phenax, God of Deception so Thousand-Year Elixir/Lightning Greaves help a bunch with that, and only gets better with Cryptolith Rite. I've also considered Druids' Repository, which saves the mana across turns, but Cryptolith works just fine, especially when Glacial Chasm is on the battlefield (which also synergizes with Muldrotha, the Gravetide/The Gitrog Monster and Ramunap Excavator. I'd definitely include Cryptolith, Repository, or Earthcraft!

resplendentobscurity on Lazav, Dimir Mind Thief

3 months ago

@ IvYekS

Thanks for the thumbs up, and the suggestions man.

I run a Paradox Engine in my Wort, and it's an absolute house in that deck, but, I've built around it a certain degree - I feel, if I were to run it here I would need to alter the deck to build around, as I don't think there's enough in there to get any incidental value. If I were to swap my commander to Phenax, God of Deception (which I've been thinking of doing...?) then absolutely!

I think Torrential Gearhulk was out of my price range when I was compiling the deck, but since rotation it's defintely a consideration - thanks for the reminder! Kind of forgot about it lol.

In Garruk's Wake is also a consideration - it's expensive, but I don't have to spend mana to rebuild, especially since I'm only running about 20 creatures...

Thanks for the suggestions, ;)

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