Phenax, God of Deception

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

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Born of the Gods Mythic Rare

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Phenax, God of Deception

Legendary Enchantment Creature — God

Indestructible

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

JV38 on Lazav, Dimir Mastermind

3 days ago

I would recommend Phenax, God of Deception. His ability to give all your creatures "tap to mill X" works really well with Lazav.

Ohthenoises on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

1 week ago

Speaking of mill what do people think of Undead Alchemist + Altar of the Brood in a more creature-centric meta? (yisans and Selvalas etc) Think it's a decent combo to add into something like Phenax, God of Deception? (For reference we are largely ignoring his first set of text and caring about the bottom half.)

urahara_roshi on Unthinkable Mill

1 week ago

have you considered this card Memory Erosion as a control option I have a mill deck Where did your deck go? on here that I own I have found in play its very useful especially against control or creature midrange base and if you have consuming aberration out this guy is hilarious Phenax, God of Deception milling the amount of the aberrations toughness is almost a win condition and a funny one at that and I feel that Tome Scour is also essential for a mill deck only because its mill 5 for one blue it may event help to reduce the deck cost to make it more budget its the reason I didn't use Glimpse the Unthinkable I love to see mill decks and this is a great one I will be testing against mine I think today to see how it flows

slvstrChung on Attempted mill/control deck

2 weeks ago

I'd like to know about your metagame. Who do you typically play against, and what are their decks typically like? Is there a reason you need a deck this large? It's 159 cards, which is almost enough to make three decks, if they're each 60 cards. (You'd just need 3 more lands and 2Oish spells.) And, to be honest, I think that's part of your problem: your deck doesn't work well because it's two decks at once.

At the risk of bragging, I'd like to direct your attention to a mill deck I made, Toughness Trilogy, Ep. III: The Wall of Phenax. You'll notice that it's only 60 cards total and only has 9 spells in it (at 4 copies each). It's extremely streamlined; every card in it is directed at the central goal of milling. Because it's only 60 cards, I also have an optimal chance of drawing what I need -- Phenax, God of Deception is the bomb spell, and everything else either helps defend me until it arrives or, well, mills the opponent out in case I never draw it. (The spells alone are enough to deck a single opponent, assuming they're playing the standard 60 cards.)

My suggestion is that you apply a similar set of pruning shears to your own deck. What is it trying to do, mill or control? And, once you've decided that, does (any given card) contribute to that theme or not? Some of them you can get rid of right off the bat; Bane Alley Broker, for instance, doesn't particularly help you mill or control. I mean, sure, it helps with deck filtering, getting rid of stuff you don't need... but that kind of proves my point. Why not just get rid of those cards right now, instead of when you're already playing the deck?

What do you want this deck to do? Pick one thing. Slim down the card list until it's 60 cards, and every card helps you do that thing. Take the rest and make a second deck with them that does the other thing. Both of them will function better. =)

Good luck, and may you draw well!

TheRedKnight on I Wanna Kill and I Wanna Mill

2 weeks ago

Tree of Perdition and Tree of Redemption for some nice high toughness creatures for Phenax, God of Deception ;) and maybe Shpinx's Tutelage for even more mill

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