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
Custom Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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"

Phenax, God of Deception Discussion

schulle on Ravnica reborn.

1 month ago

I would say 7 more but that is my taste. Some odd choices to point out

Mogis, God of Slaughter I get the idea you want them to sacc creatures to protect your walkers,but that will rarely work most people will take the 2 dmg and will target you even more Mogis draws hate to you instead of preventing it

Phenax, God of Deception I have no idea why you would add him to your deck,you habe 2 true millcards it would rarely be worth trying to win with that few effects like this in your deck(same goes for Mind Grind and you don't get him easily as a creature/Blocker online if you want additional hits from your commander take some boardwipes like Supreme Verdict or Kaya's Wrath

Omniscience is a great card if you have ways to cheat it into play like Academy Rector but hardcasting it isn't worth it that much because in best case you get it turn 9 and at this stage you should have enough mana to cast everything.

Azor's Elocutors without heavy proliferate support it won't help much in the game

Conjurer's Closet you have very few ETB effects on your creatures so it isn't that helpful to your plan

Advices to add: Definetly more lands!

To fix your mana and don't break The Bank(Fetchlands) get cards like Cultivate / Kodama's Reach to ramp you and fix your mana.

Focus on your maintheme which seems to be superfriends,so supportcards for this archetype are helpful,some new cards that are easy to get now would be Evolution Sage and Flux Channeler .

multimedia on Scarab's Army

1 month ago

Hey, nice first Commander deck, lots of good cards here :)

My advice is to improve the manabase. 10x Island is a lot when the majority of the early game Zombies you want to play are black especially one drops. Instead of 10 Islands add more Dimir dual lands to have more black sources while also having blue sources. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth would also help.

I see Command Tower in the maybeboard; it's the number one card to add to your deck. Thankfully it's not expensive :) Because of budget concerns if you have to cut some cards to clear enough price for dual lands than I would do that. Cards such as Phenax, God of Deception , Rite of Replication , Coat of Arms . These expensive cards are good, but they aren't vital to the Zombie strategy. Other lands to consider adding:

Other ways to help to get blue mana are by adding some mana rocks:

Buried Alive is good with Scarab tutoring for three creatures and putting them into your graveyard to then exile with Scarab or reanimate. Wonder is good with Buried giving Scarab and all your other creatures flying. Gravecrawler and Prized Amalgam are also good with Buried because they can be reanimated.

Cards with mana costs are going to be problematic to cast because there's so many Swamps in the manabase. The exception is God-Eternal Kefnet because it's a powerful Zombie. My advice is to cut the other double blue cards such as Cancel and replace them with alternative single blue mana cost cards or all black cards. For example, Arcane Denial or Negate can replace Cancel. Good luck with your deck.

MonkeySit on Phenax Mill

1 month ago

Not A problem K1ngMars you've been a huge help so the very least I can do is acknowledge that and show off your deck :)

Ah that's awesome! Glad I could somehow return the favor hahaha!

Yeah No Mercy just makes so much more sense being much cheaper and harder to remove.

Hahaha don't worry it's staying. I trust it's a good card when I see it everywhere and it will really put a huge tax on everyone later in the game.

Omg I didn't even think of that haha! Brilliant idea!

Yeah with Kozilek, Butcher of Truth i figured it was a two birds with stone - high toughness to tap with Phenax, God of Deception and it will recycle my graveyard. I am definitely open to other cards but I couldn't find the deck you mentioned on your profile haha? I'll do some of my own digging in the meantime anyway but thanks heaps for your help and I'll review the land count as well.

LordBlackblade on Phenax Mill

1 month ago

I want to second what cdkime said about diversifying your strategy. One of my decks is a Meren of Clan Nel Toth deck, and when there's a mill deck in my pod the victory is pretty much a given. I have two suggestions, one is pretty easy to implement, and the other requires considerably more alterations but from my experience can be quite powerful!

First, you could run Leyline of the Void to absolutely wreck graveyard decks. Add a few tutors, Demonic Tutor or Vampiric Tutor to increase the odds of getting it. It's obviously not perfect because it is just one card, but it helps massively against decks that would gain advantage from your milling. Other options in this vein include Relic of Progenitus , Tormod's Crypt , Nihil Spellbomb , and the ever-spicy Grafdigger's Cage .

The second strategy is to make your deck into a "hidden" theme deck utilizing Relentless Rats . One of the mill decks in my meta uses this strategy and more often than not, it works. With enough Relentless Rats out, they'll get pretty big butts that you can utilize with Phenax, God of Deception to mill your opponent out in one go. If that plan fails, or they're mill resistant ( Gaea's Blessing , Eldrazi Titans) you can just stomp their faces in with your rat army.

MonkeySit on New to EDH and would ...

1 month ago

I have only recently started playing EDH and my playgroup has really taken to the format. One of my favourite play styles is to mill the opponent mostly because it's such a different way to play the game and I recently stumbled across a Phenax, God of Deception deck which utilised a couple of methods I already have in my own mill deck and it seemed appropriate to build upon that. I have very limited knowledge when it comes to EDH and would love it if you could please leave a comment with some feedback or help and please if at all possible, leave your suggestions with what cards you would replace to help me out because I struggle with making cuts.

Phenax Mill

Commander / EDH MonkeySit


Thanks in advance!!

Galdwyr on Lord of the Lies

1 month ago

Really loving this deck, Ender666666! Always wondered how to make mill viable in EDH because of the desire to run Phenax, God of Deception as a commander one day! Wondering if you've considered recent cards like Psychic Corrosion , Thought Collapse and perhaps even Fraying Sanity ? Anyway, great stuff!

Sarios254 on Blue Black Mill

2 months ago

A funny Mill Deck Idea would be a combo with Phenax, God of Deception and some heavy defenders like Tree of Perdition ,etc.

I think every Black Deck need at least 1 copy of Thoughtseize .

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

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

UB (Dimir): 0.92%