Phenax, God of Deception

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

Zacoly on The Mind Shredder

3 days ago

Deranged Assistant - is a very decent manadork in blue. There are very few mana dorks in these colors.

Jace's Archivist may not be your best option in this deck, since my mill deck focuses more on untap effects than yours, but this guy can still discourage tutoring, and BLAST opponents if any player at the table builds a large hand size (which you can easily get with Consecrated Sphinx) - Imagine using his activated both at the end of the guy's turn ahead of you, AND after drawing on your turn? The mill would be pretty awesome!

Either way, +1 from me! This deck looks pretty good, but when it comes to mill I do have to say my main man is Phenax, God of Deception not Lazav, both are very good though.

Tormentero on Mill Deck

6 days ago

There are lots of fun combos in Mill.

For example, a fun infinite combo would be Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank

Then you have a turtle mill approach you can take with Phenax, God of Deception you would use in combination with Wall of Frost or Colossus of Akros (For lack of a more efficient defender at the moment), and tap these creatures at the end of your opponent's turn for some huge mill, then they become untapped on your turn to defend again for the next round.

ClassyShinobi on Mill-y Vanill-y

6 days ago

It can be modern viable, but you would have to rework your mana curve. The deck as it is has a pretty high one. It needs way more 1 drops and way less 4-5 drops. I would only run a 1 of Traumatize, 1 Phenax, God of Deception, and 1 Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker. The legendary creatures make dead draws after the first one is out already and are pretty slow even if powerful. Also, Traumatize is expensive and gets a lot less exciting after the first. I would replace those slots with 4 Thought Scour. It doesn't mill as heavily as your other 1 drops, but DOES mill, and it draws you a card, which triggers tutelage, and abberation, and the mill you get from those cards helps will wight and abberation and it helps- Nevermind, you get the point. It seems solid.

ShokuYuki on U/B Mill

1 week ago

I think there are a lot of ineffective cards in there. You just put a lot of 1~2 mill cards without a strong strategy, and a lot of heavily costed cards. That's not commander.


Creatures: [8 Substitutions, total 10 creatures (-2 creatures)]

Remove: 1 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip2 Nemesis of Reason1 Balustrade Spy1 Belltower Sphinx1 Szadek, Lord of Secrets1 Phenax, God of Deception1 Merfolk Mesmerist2 Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker

Add: 4 Jace's Phantasm3 Hedron Crab

Lands: [6 Substitutions, total 22 lands (-2 lands)]

Remove:1 Nephalia Drownyard2 Duskmantle, House of Shadow1 Dimir Aqueduct4 Jwar Isle Refuge

Add: 1 Drowned Catacomb1 Watery Grave2 Ghost Quarter2 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds

Enchantments: [2 Substitutions, total 4 enchantments (+1)]

Remove: 1 Curse of the Bloody Tome1 Jace's Erasure

Add: 3 Sphinx's Tutelage

Artifacts: [0 substitution, total 0 artifacts (-5 artifacts)]

Remove:Codex ShredderKraken's EyeSands of DeliriumTablet of the GuildsKeening Stone

Sorcery: _[7 Substitutions, total 7 sorcery (-3 sorcery)]

Remove:2 Mind Grind3 Mind Sculpt2 Tome Scour2 Traumatize

Add: 3 Mind Funeral3 Breaking

Instants: _[4 Substitutions, total 16 instants (+10 instants)]

Remove:1 Induce Paranoia2 Psychic Spiral1 Vapor Snag

Add: 2 Psychic Strike4 Archive Trap4 Visions of Beyond4 Thought Scour

Planeswalker [1 substitution, total 1 planeswalker]

Remove: 1 Jace, Telepath Unbound  Flip

Add:1 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver


Tormod's Crypt


Crypt Incursion

Go for the Throat

Hurkyl's Recall


usurphling on 2015-08-23 update of A Control ...

1 week ago

For fun, I would recommend Phenax, God of Deception since you have kiora (i mean the 9/9 kraken), Sagu Mauler and Silumgar, the Drifting Death to take advantage of mill (in case for some reason, you cannot go through to their defenses) lol

I liked your choice of Learn from the Past. Yes Day's Undoing is less to cast but sometimes it screws your hand unless you picked a hand full of answers to the board.

Liarz0 on 2015-08-26 update of Cruel Control

2 weeks ago

Add black with Phenax, God of Deception and more walls maybe.

Tormentero on Unblockable Mill

2 weeks ago

Okay, you asked for it, champ. This looks like an awesome basis for something really good. I think you're having issues with speed because of how many combos you're trying to pull off here. For example Archive Trap + Ghost Quarter as a 2 of isn't going to get you to activate it enough. That's a combo that needs to focused around because of the specific cards needed. Also, I think that if you're going to go for the unblockable mill, you should focus more on that. I think you should get rid of your mill enchantments and put things like Mindcrank. I think that would fit more into what you're doing here. Profane Memento (lol always coming back to this card) could help you with survivability.

Grisly Spectacle is also pretty slow because of the mana cost. If you're getting desperate for removal try Go for the Throat. Dash Hopes or Psychic Strike might also play well into some of this.

If you're hellbent on keeping Hedron Crab, something like Oboro, Palace in the Clouds could help maintain that landfall effect. Otherwise, I would recommend something like Fog Bank, or Wall of Frost to stall for time.

On that note, an alternate wincon there would be to add those walls, and also Phenax, God of Deception. Basically you sit and stall with big, annoying defenders, then at the end of your opponents turn, tap your defenders for some massive mill, then they untap right after to stay up for defending.

Let me know if any of that didn't make sense. I'm pretty rusty on my mill game

Power / Toughness 4/7
Color(s) Black Blue
Cost 3UB
Converted cost 5


Format Legality
MTGO Legal
Casual Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Pre-release Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Born of the Gods Mythic Rare

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