Phenax, God of Deception

Legality

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

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"

Phenax, God of Deception Discussion

AwesomeOctopus on MILL & STEAL

1 day ago

why the draw and discard when you can just go mill? the only time you should help your opponents draw is if you're a group hug deck that doesn't care about winning, or if you are Nekusar, the Mindrazer , otherwise you are just handing them the most valuable resource in the game. Just go full on mill. I would recommend: Fleet Swallower Phenax, God of Deception Mindcrank Bloodchief Ascension Traumatize

Salty_Sauce on Shapeshifter Mill ( First Commander deck)

3 weeks ago

There's Fraying Sanity . Overall Cry of the Carnarium and Ritual of Soot is super weak in commander. Hard board wipes like Cyclonic Rift Plague Wind Damnation are much better. Phenax, God of Deception is a great mill machine with either Eater of the Dead and consuming aberation. Diluvian Primordial is a great card along with Rhystic Study (which should be in every blue deck). There is Reality Shift which can exile commanders unlike Cast Down . Gilded Lotus for extra ramp. Tomebound Lich isn't that great in commander it's just got a really small body. Just a spew list of cards I think would be good for the deck: Mutilate Defile Clever Impersonator Evil Twin Wayfarer's Bauble Burnished Hart Lim-Dul's Vault (only if you include a combo) Lilliana of the Dark Realms + Torment of Hailfire I know that this is a very long list just trying to guide you toward what commander looks like!

Roxas255 on Carrion My Zombie Son

1 month ago

This deck is really cool and makes a great zombie tribal based deck as well. A cool trick that can help as another win condition for Carrion Feeder + Metallic Mimic + Putrid Goblin instead of damage is to add Phenax, God of Deception because then it gives you a mill combo to completely mill your opponent out. Not sure how good it actually is in modern format but thought it was cool that you might think is cool too.

Gezzerka on "I'll get an edge up and a little off the top"

2 months ago

Could put Traumatize in there as a combo piece with Fraying Sanity for a near instant win. Also Phenax, God of Deception and Eater of the Dead is also an instant win. Painter's Servant and Grindstone also work as a brilliant mill combo.

DemMeowsephs on Dreams to Nightmares

3 months ago

I would add in Phenax, God of Deception since you have a good amount of creatures. I would also add the following: Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker , Mindcrank , Fleet Swallower and some more. I would recommend using EDHREC and going to the mill theme. [https://edhrec.com/themes/mill]. Polluted Delta and Prismatic Vista are also good lands to have

schulle on Ravnica reborn.

6 months 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 Rise of the Eternals

6 months 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.

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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%