Phenax, God of Deception


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander 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"

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Phenax, God of Deception Discussion

Inanity on Protean Chromium, Elder Dragon

2 weeks ago

I've only had one game so far, and it went pretty well. The game I played involved: Gaddock Teeg, Sliver Overlord, Edgar Markov, and Phenax, God of Deception. To be honest, the Phenax player pretty much won me the game by milling so much of my deck. They didn't see anything coming until I Replenished everything after a Cyclonic Rift and Eldrazi Chromium took out two players in a row, thanks to Karn's Temporal Sundering. The other two scooped after saccing four lands to Annihilator while I still had a fully stacked Chromium.

My meta involves a lot more aggro though, whereas yours looks like it spans the spectrum. I can't say I disagree with the premise, which is why there is still plenty of control in my Chromium deck. I don't play blue and white without making sure that I control the tempo of the game. :-D I still want to tweak it though. There's nothing wrong with an Auratron Aggro/control deck, you just have to find the right balance for your meta.

K1ngMars on #1 Say When

2 weeks ago

Oh wow! Can you tell me more about this infinite loop? In my deck there are already some.

the ones that I know are these, though I don't use all of them:

dsigsbee on Phenax, God of Mill

3 weeks ago

Eater of the Dead is basically a win-con for a deck like this. Here is my Phenax, God of Deception mill deck, if you're interested.

Sh1ftyL0ck3 on Turn 4, Mill 600 Cards Please... [Primer]

3 weeks ago

I love this deck! Mill was always a favorite strategy of mine, ever since I lost my first game against a stranger by that cause. It became my first commander deck with Phenax, God of Deception, but I could see this working amazingly to be Bant mill, which are two things I thought would never go together.

Lord_Olga on Mill Deck/Control

3 weeks ago

Phenax, God of Deception or even Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker would make for better commanders. Lazav, Dimir Mastermind. He has a cool ability and all, but it’s not good enough to warrant being a mill deck’s commander.

cdkime on Looking for ETB Mill card

4 weeks ago

There are some infinite combos with Grinding Station, but that requires Artifact creatures.

Halimar Excavator only works with allies.

Half-Squirrel, Half- jellyfish if you are able to use silver boardered cards.

Thassa's Devourer for enchantment creatures.

Another option is to use Phenax, God of Deception alongside Lightning Greaves, though this gives your opponents a chance to respond.

jozef on Wrexial the Deep Budgetish

1 month ago

maybe a Phenax, God of Deception. You'll definitely want some UB dual lands, and Bojuka Bog is a must.

Peaches5616 on Outcome of an ability that ...

1 month ago

Phenax, God of Deception gives creatures an ability to tap and mill a target player for X, where X is that creatures toughness.

If a player activates the mill ability of a creature where X is 10, and in response another player plays Turn to Frog what is the outcome?

Does the Turn to Frog resolve turning the creature into a 1/1 resulting in a mill effect of one card?


Does the Turn to Frog resolve turning the creature into a 1/1, but the mill ability would resolve resulting in a 10 card mill?


Does the Turn to Frog resolve turning the creature into a 1/1 negating the ability?

I'm almost positive the third outcome is incorrect, but I'm unsure as to the first two.

In addition, if the creature is tapped thus activating a 10 card mill, would a spell like Vraska's Contempt in response destroy the creature resulting in a 0 card mill because the creatures toughness does not exist on the battlefield, or would the tapped ability resolve resulting in a 10 card mill regardless?

In other words, is the tapped ability dependent on the creatures toughness at the time of activation or at the time the ability resolves?

Thanks for the help!

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