Phenax, God of Deception

Phenax, God of Deception

Legendary Enchantment Creature — God

Indestructible

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

Creatures you control have ": Target player puts top X cards of their library into their graveyard, where X is that creature's toughness"

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Set Rarity
Secret Lair (SLD) Mythic Rare
Born of the Gods (BNG) Mythic Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Hero Legal
MTGO Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pioneer Legal
Legacy Legal
Noble Legal
Modern Legal
Unformat Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Heirloom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal

Phenax, God of Deception occurrence in decks from the last year

Unknown:

All decks: None%

UB (Dimir): None%

BUG (Sultai): None%

Modern:

All decks: None%

UB (Dimir): None%

UBR (Grixis): None%

WUB (Esper): None%

GWUB: None%

Pioneer:

All decks: None%

UB (Dimir): None%

Legacy:

All decks: None%

UB (Dimir): None%

UBR (Grixis): None%

WUB (Esper): None%

GWU (Bant): None%

RGWU: None%

Vintage:

All decks: None%

UB (Dimir): None%

Oathbreaker:

All decks: None%

UB (Dimir): None%

Unformat:

All decks: None%

UB (Dimir): None%

Casual:

All decks: None%

UB (Dimir): None%

GWUB: None%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: None%

UB (Dimir): None%

UBR (Grixis): None%

WUB (Esper): None%

BUG (Sultai): None%

UBRG: None%

GWUB: None%

Phenax, God of Deception Discussion

Valengeta on Crab pot

3 days ago

The idea looks fun but I would redesign this into a Mill deck. You can still use the crabs you have, plus you can use Horseshoe Crab and Ancient Crab in combo with Phenax, God of Deception. Take advantage of those crabs' high toughness.

Fraying Sanity helps you win the match much faster. Visions of Beyond is a cheap hand-refuel card if you follow the Mill idea.

After that you need spells to answer your enemy's moves. Counterspells and removal will help you survive. There's also a lot of non-creature spells that Mill, like Glimpse the Unthinkable.

Other than all of this, if you continue to use Iceberg Cancrix switch your lands to Snow-Covered Island, Snow-Covered Forest or Snow-Covered Swamp

coolguy0723 on Mill it over

1 week ago

I think you should cut Doorkeeper. He's your only defender creature so 3 mana and tap to mill one isn't a good payoff. Phenax, God of Deception will break the wallet a little bit but is a solid and a staple for mill. Extract from Darkness, Glimpse the Unthinkable, Psychic Corrosion, Mindcrank, and Riddlekeeper are some good options. Hope this helps as a fellow mill player!

SQUID-MAGIC on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant (Zombie Token Flood)

2 weeks ago

Good deck you have here! I have a few suggestions, but I'm not entirely sure if they will fit the theme of the deck. One option for the deck is utilizing those 2/2 Zombies to mill yourself with Phenax, God of Deception and create even more zombies in the process. I have a whole deck based around mill on my page, and you can go check it out there. If you target yourself with those zombies with Phenax, God of Deception then the results are insane. Just make sure you don't mill yourself to death in the process.

SQUID-MAGIC on The Mimeoplasm (phyresis is perfection!)

2 weeks ago

I am a proud Mimeoplasm player too! It's an awesome build you have here. Couldn't have done it better myself. I have a few different versions of the Mimeoplasm, but one of my favorites is a Mill/Copy deck. It works like a charm, but it is on a strict budget. If you wanna check it out, you can go see it on my page. Some of the win-con in it are Szadek, Lord of Secrets, Consuming Aberration, and Phenax, God of Deception.

UltimateRoxas40 on Cthulu Mythos

3 weeks ago

It's always nice to find someone else who has a Lovecraft inspired deck! If you're going the self-mill route (I love the self-milling = madness approach), Phenax, God of Deception, or Fraying Sanity can target any player including yourself, which can mill you for a lot throughout the game. Add in Thassa's Oracle representing the Deep Ones, and you've got another Win-Con that fits the flavor.

As for card draw, it's a bit pricey, but Rhystic Study is one of the best enchantments to draw cards, and it's another flavor win.

I'd also probably cut out Cosmic Horror. The flavor and lore are incredibly on-point, but it's really hard to justify running it, especially in a deck without a ton of ramp spells.

Awesome deck idea all around! Keep up the cosmic work. Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!

plakjekaas on What was your favorite play ...

1 month ago

I was playing Rankle, Master of Pranks, just resolved a Gray Merchant of Asphodel in a 5 player game for 16, so I was at 102 life. I swing in with Rankle, put all three options on the stack. My Phenax, God of Deception opponent mills himself in response, turns his Lazav, the Multifarious into a freshly milled Tree of Perdition, taps it to exchange its toughness with my life total, untaps it with Thousand-Year Elixir, and uses his commander's ability to mill me for 102, the Rankle trigger resolves, and I'm dead for drawing on an empty library.

SilentPlague on Psst... Hey, Wanna Glimpse the Unthinkable?

1 month ago

I really like the idea of self milling to win with a Laboratory Maniac. Never thought of adding that as a back up. Seeing you have 3 Phenax, God of Deception, Wight of Precinct Six and Consuming Aberration seem like they should be staples in your deck. I would say arguably over having Lazav, Dimir Mastermind. I personally also just do 1 Phenax, God of Deception. That is just because it is not my main win strategy and the whole legendary rule on the field thing. It is indestructible, so not going to die most likely, but I can see if you are just trying to increase the odds of having it out by turn 5. Overall, I think you will have a high success rate with what you already have.

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